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Guide to the Simon Schwartz Papers on the Socialist Labor Party TAM 280

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Simon Schwartz Papers on the Socialist Labor Party
Dates: 1970s-1980s
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-2
Call Phrase: TAM 280

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Historical/Biographical Note

A long-time member of the Socialist Labor Party, Schwartz broke with the Party in the 1960s along with Louis Lazarus and Murray Block among others. He was especially interested in Chile and Allende. His research on this topic led him into undertaking the writing of a history from a Marxist perspective. In his personal life, Schwartz was a witty, multi-faceted man who along with other activities, wrote lyrics under the name Ted Persons and produced a TV show in the early 1950s, the AdLibbers.

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Scope and Contents

Papers include correspondence with other dissidents from the Socialist Labor Party and their attempts at various re-groupings into the DeLeonist League and League for Socialist Reconstruction. Topics include the publishing activities of these groups, and Schwartz's political observations and critiques. The papers date from the 1970s and 1980s.


This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. Materials are in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Schwartz, Simon
  • Schwartz, Lena
  • Lazarus, Louis
  • De Leon, Daniel, 1852-1914
  • Block, Murray

Subject Organizations

  • League for Socialist Reconstruction (U.S.)
  • Socialist Labor Party
  • De Leonist League (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Socialist parties -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Simon Schwartz was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Simon Schwartz Papers on the Socialist Labor Party; TAM 280; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Lena Schwartz in 1990. The accession number associated with this gift are 1950.118.

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