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Guide to the Tamiment Library Scrapbook Collections TAM 262

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 09, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Tamiment Library Scrapbook Collections
Dates [inclusive]: 1880s-1930s
Abstract: The collection consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and other materials documenting the U.S. labor and socialist movements, and the life and activity of labor organizer, Socialist Party leader and presidential candidate, Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926).
Quantity: 18 Linear Feet (30 boxes: 97 scrapbooks and clippings files and film reels)
Language: Materials are principally in English.
Call Phrase: TAM 262

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Tamiment Library Clippings Scrapbooks were compiled by the staff of the Meyer London Memorial Library of the Rand School of Social Science (1906-1956), the New York City workers education institution associated with the Socialist Party of the United States of America. The Eugene V. Debs scrapbooks were compiled by Debs and his brother Theodore, who served as his brother's secretary and office manage. Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) was a railroad labor organizer and later a leader of the Socialist Party, and was its candidate for U.S. president (1900-1912 and 1920), the last time while imprisoned for his opposition to U.S. entry into World War I.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tamiment Clippings Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings on a wide variety of individuals and topics. (There is a card index to the scrapbooks in the Tamiment Library Reading Room). The Eugene V. Debs scrapbooks contain clippings, magazine articles, leaflets, a large collection of obituaries, and miscellaneous materials collected by Eugene and Theodore Debs for reference purposes. (For a more detailed description, see: The Papers of Eugene V. Debs, 1834-1945: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition (MCA, 1983), which accompanies Tamiment microfilm series R7107.) Both scrapbook series document the labor and socialist movements in the United States and in New York City, related civil liberties and civil rights issues, and opposition to World War I.


Organized into two series:

Arranged numerically within each series.

Organized into two series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Tamiment Library Clippings Scrapbooks
  2. II, Eugene V. Debs Scrapbooks.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926
  • Debs, Theodore, 1864-1945

Document Type

  • Obituaries.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • Socialist Party (U.S.)
  • Rand School of Social Science. Meyer London Memorial Library

Subject Topics

  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Civil rights -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- United States -x Peace.
  • Labor movement -- United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection, which were created in circa 1880-circa 1930, are in the public domain. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Tamiment Library Scrapbook Collection; TAM 262; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Microfilmed copies of Series II must be used.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered from the Transferred from from Rand School of Social Science Meyer London Memorial Library in 1963. The accession number associated with this gift is 1950.117.

Existence and Location of Originals

Series II: Eugene V. Debs Scrapbooks, has been microfilmed as Series III of The Papers of Eugene V. Debs, 1934-1945 (MCA, 1983); patrons must use microfilm (R7107).

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Container List

Series I: Tamiment Library Clippings Scrapbooks.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Scrapbooks 3-4
Box: 2 Scrapbook 6
Box: 3 Scrapbooks 7-10
Box: 4 Scrapbooks 11-12; 14-17
Box: 5 Scrapbooks 18-25
Box: 6 Scrapbooks 26-31
Box: 7 Scrapbooks 32-41
Box: 8 Scrapbooks 42-48
Box: 9 Scrapbook 48
Box: 10 Scrapbooks 49-50
Box: 11 Scrapbooks 51-52
Box: 12 Scrapbooks 53-54
Box: 13 Scrapbooks 55-56
Box: 14 Scrapbooks 57-58
Box: 15 Scrapbooks 59-60
Box: 16 Scrapbooks 61
Box: 17 Scrapbooks 62-63, 65, 67 (Note: Scrapbook 66 is in Box 31)
Box: 18 Scrapbooks 68-69
Box: 19 Scrapbook 70
Box: 21 Scrapbooks 71 (Eugene V. Debs, Clippings, 1919-1920), 72 (Eugene V. Debs Clippings, oversize)
Box: 22 Scrapbook 73 (Upton Sinclair, "Little Steel," serialized in Daily Worker, 1937-1938)
Box: 31 Scrapbook 66

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Series II: Eugene V. Debs Scrapbooks.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 23 Scrapbooks 1-2
Box: 24 Scrapbooks 3-4
Box: 25 Scrapbooks 5-6
Box: 26 Scrapbooks 7-8
Box: 27 Scrapbooks 9-10
Box: 28 Scrapbooks 11-15
Box: 29 Scrapbooks 16-24 and oversize clippings
Box: 30 Clippings files, by topic, and old Debs Scrapbook microfilm reels.

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