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Guide to the Jacob Lofman Papers TAM 285

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Collection processed by Gail Malmgreen and Daniel Michelson, 2010

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 11, 2018
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jacob Lofman Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1928-1998
Abstract: Jacob Lofman (1911-2002) was a Polish-born photojournalist who maintained a lifelong interest in Jewish history and culture, and was involved with organizations devoted to Socialist Zionism and various forms of socialism. His photographic work appeared in many mass-market magazines, and was distributed for many years by the agency, PIX, Inc. The collection consists of personal and political correspondence, reports, newsletters, bulletins, memorial programs, flyers, and drafts of articles. A few items, mostly correspondence, relate to his work as a photographer.
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet in 1 record carton and 1 manuscript box.
Language: Materials are in English, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-2
Call Phrase: TAM 285

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Historical/Biographical Note

Jacob Lofman (1911-2002) was a Polish-born photojournalist who maintained a lifelong interest in Jewish history and culture, and was involved with organizations devoted to Socialist Zionism and various forms of socialism (including, for some years, Trotskyism). His photographic work appeared in many mass-market magazines, and was distributed for many years by the agency, PIX, Inc.

He was born on August 31, 1911 in Poland and apparently joined the Socialist Zionist organization, Hashomer Hatzair at an early age. He continued his membership in the group in the U.S. and wrote for its New York-based publication, Hashomer Hatzair. After emigrating to the United States he became a professional photographer; his work was widely distributed through the agency PIX, Inc. Among the many celebrities he photographed were Robert Frost and Sugar Ray Robinson, and one of his photographs was included in the historic "Family of Man" Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955. He and his wife, Rivke, had no children.

He read widely in Jewish culture and socialist politics, in several languages, and was associated with a number of socialist groups and parties in the U.S. He was a follower of Max Shachtman by the late 1930s and was a member of Shachtman's Workers Party in the 40s; he resigned from the Party, following a dispute with Shachtman, ca. 1948. He became involved with the Socialist Party in the 1950s, with Michael Harrington's Democratic Socialists of America in the 1960s and 70s, and eventually with Social Democrats, USA. He continued to read widely in left political literature, was a speaker on left and Jewish themes, and wrote for a number of newspapers, journals and newsletters over the years.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of personal and political correspondence; reports, newsletters, bulletins, memorial programs and flyers relating to the many left-wing organizations that Lofman was associated with, or interested in; some drafts of articles and translations that were sent to him by friends, or sent for his editorial attention; and a few items, mostly correspondence, related to his work as a photographer. Included are a few translations of articles by Polish dissidents, and some correspondence and printed items relating to left-wing politics in Israel.

Arrangement

Organized into one series: 1. General Files, 1928-1998. Files are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Horowitz, Helen
  • McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984.
  • Lofman, Jacob

Subject Organizations

  • Social Democrats, USA
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Workers Party (1940-1949)
  • Socialist Workers Party
  • PIX, Inc.

Subject Topics

  • Photographers -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Socialist Zionism.
  • Trotskyism |z United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Jacob Lofman were transferred to New York University in 2002 by Helen Horowitz. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Jacob Lofman Papers; TAM 285; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Helen Horowitz in 2002. The accession number associated with this gift is 2002.017.

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Container List

General Files, 1928-1998

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 AFL-CIO: Tom Kahn Mailings
undated; 1974-1977
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Appeal Bulletin (James T. Burnett), No. 12-13
Jun 1985-Nov 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Appeal to Reason Bulletin (James T. Burnett), No. 5-6
Jun-Sep 1983
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Appeal to Reason Bulletin (James T. Burnett), No. 9
Sep 1984
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Appeal to Reason (James T. Burnett): Correspondence
1989; 1993-1994; 1996; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Appeal to Reason Newsletter (James T. Burnett), Vol. I, No. 1-7
Feb-Aug 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Appeal to Reason Newsletter (James T. Burnett), Vol. II, No. 4-5
Apr-May 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Appeal to Reason Newsletter (James T. Burnett), Vol. II, No. 9-10
Oct-Nov 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Articles: Labor, general
1959; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Articles: Left Politics, general
1968-1985; 1996; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 B'nai B'rith Bugle (Lake Success Lodge and Chapter), Vol. 6, No. 7
Mar 1970
Box: 1 Folder : 12 B'nai B'rith: Lofman Talk
[1974?]
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Brown, Irving: "Alternatives to Wars of Attrition: The Role of Democratic Forces in a Political Solution" (National Information Strategy Center)
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Bulletin (Albert Gates, et al.)
Apr 12, 1943
Box: 1 Folder : 15 The Bulletin (George Marlen and J. C. Hunter; published by Red Star Press)
Mar 1943
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Bulletin [includes J. R. Johnson]
Apr 1943
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Bulletin on the National Question (Albert Gates, et al.)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Bulletin on the Negro Question (David Coolidge)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Business Cards (Jacob Lofman)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Committee in Support of Solidarity
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence
1961-1965
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Correspondence
1969
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Correspondence
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Correspondence
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Correspondence
1976
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Correspondence
1977
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Correspondence
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Correspondence
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Correspondence
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Correspondence
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Correspondence
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Correspondence
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Correspondence
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Correspondence
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Correspondence
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Correspondence
1987-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Correspondence
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Correspondence
1990-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Correspondence
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Correspondence
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Correspondence
1996-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Correspondence
2000
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Correspondence
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Correspondence, Outgoing
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Correspondence, Outgoing
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Correspondence, Outgoing
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Correspondence, Outgoing
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/Democratic Socialists of America
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/Democratic Socialists of America
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Democratic Socialists of America: New York
1991; 1995-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Falk, Julius: Leninism, the Comintern and Putschism (pamphlet)
1959
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Fourth Internationalist Tendency
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 57 Frost, Robert: Publishers Correspondence re: Lofman Photos of
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Furmansky, Moshe (Hashomer Hatzair): Memorial Tribute
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Glotzer, Albert: Biographical Sketches (Martin Abern, Albert Goldman, and Ernest Rice McKinney)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Glotzer, Albert: Letter to Jacob Lofman
Jun 14, 1979
Box: 1 Folder : 60a Hashomer Hatzair issue includes "Toward a Greater Zionism" by Yaakov Lofman
Oct 1935
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Institute for Democratic Socialism
1990-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 62 International Socialist League
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 63 Jews for Peace and Equality
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 64 Kahn, Tom: Obituary (Washington Post)
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 65 Labor Solidarity Network of Greater New York
1987; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 66 League for Industrial Democracy
1970; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 67 Lofman, Helen: Funeral
1999
Box: 1 Folder : 68 MAPAM: Meir Yaari, "Theses toward the Third Convention of MAPAM"
1957
Box: 1 Folder : 69 MAPAM: Peretz Merchav and Yosef Shatil Statements
[c. 1957?]
Box: 1 Folder : 70 McKinney, Ernest Rice: 90th Birthday and Memorial
1976; 1984
Box: 1 Folder : 71 Memorial Gatherings: Michael Harrington and Sidney Hook
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 72 Milstein, Tom: "Contemporary Threats to the Open Society" (typescript copy)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 73 Notes (in Hebrew)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 74 PIX, inc.: Sale of
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 75 Passover Haggadah
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 76 The Real World (Marathon Group), No. 6 (Tom Milstein, et al.)
May 1979
Box: 1 Folder : 77 Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
[early 1980s]
Box: 1 Folder : 78 School Notebooks (Jacob Lofman, in Yiddish and Polish)
1928-1930
Box: 1 Folder : 79 Sedova, Natalia: Statement for Radio Liberation (recorded in Mexico)
[1956?]
Box: 1 Folder : 80 Shachtman, Max: Statements about (Gordon Haskell, Albert Glotzer, Mordecai Povzea, and unsigned)
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 81 Social Democrats of New York
1981; 1985; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 82 Social Democrats, USA
1980-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 83 Social Democrats, USA
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 84 Socialist Party/Young People's Socialist League
1961-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 85 Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 86 Socialist Party-Democratic Socialist Federation
1970-1972; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 87 Socialist Party-Democratic Socialist Federation Convention
Dec 1972
Box: 1 Folder : 88 Socialist Workers Party
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 89 Socialist Workers Party
Jan 1940
Box: 1 Folder : 90 Socialist Workers Party
Feb 1940
Box: 1 Folder : 91 Socialist Workers Party
Mar 1940
Box: 1 Folder : 92 Socialist Workers Party
Apr 1940; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 93 Solidarity/Against the Current
1990; undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Tool and Die Makers Lodge 113, International Association of Machinists: House Un-American Activities Committee Hearing (Memorandum and Albert Dency Testimony)
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Translation from Hebrew: Yosef Barzilai, "Jerusalem, August 1929"
1965
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Translations from Polish: Andrzej Stawar, "Glosses: The Break"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Translations from Polish: Interviews with Jacek Kuron
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Translations from Polish: Irena Born, "The Rehabilitation of the K. P. P."
1956
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Translations from Polish: Rajmund Habermass, "The Mole's Disaster - K. P. P."
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 The Trotsky School of Falsification, Part One (Red Star Press)
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemorations, Metropolitan Synagogue
1989; 1998
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Workers Party
1940
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Workers Party
1941
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Workers Party: Bulletin, No. 6
Jan 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Workers Party: Bulletin, No. 8
Apr 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Workers Party: Bulletin, No. 9
May 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Workers Party: Bulletin, No. 10: Convention Discussion
Aug 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Workers Party: Bulletin, No. 11: Convention Discussion
Sep 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Workers Party: Educational Bulletin
Jul 1942
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Workers Party: Information Bulletin, No. 9
Jun 12, 1940
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Workers Party: Supplement to Information Bulletin No. 8
1940
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Workers Party: Internal Bulletin, No. 3-5
Aug-Nov 1940
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Workers Party: National Educational Bulletin, No. 1
Nov 1940
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Workers Party: New York Local
1940
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Workers Party: New York Local, City Convention Bulletin
1940-1941
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Workers Party: Trotsky Memorial Meeting
1941
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Yale Socialist Notes (with letter from Phil Dauman)
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Young Social Democrats
1982; 1984; undated
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Youth Committee for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East
1970-1973
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Clippings (mostly Yiddish) I
1960s-1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Clippings (mostly Yiddish) II
1960s-1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Photographs
undated

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