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Guide to the Simon W. and Sophie Gerson Papers TAM 330

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 13, 2018
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Hard, Robert
Title: Simon W. and Sophie Gerson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1925-2001
Dates [bulk]: 1945-1991
Abstract: Simon W. (Si) Gerson, 1909-2004, was the longtime New York State, and later national legislative/political action director for the Communist Party, and was an advocate of proportional representation and ballot access for minor political parties, including in the 1980s-90s as a leader of the Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE). He served as Confidential Examiner to Manhattan Borough President Stanley M. Isaacs, 1938-40, managed Communist election campaigns (later writing a biography Pete: The Story of Peter V. Cacchione, New York's First Communist Councilman), and organized activities in support of the Communist Party leaders indicted under the Smith Act, as was Gerson. In the 1950s he was executive editor of the Party's newspaper, the  Daily Worker, and of its later successor, the  Daily World. Along with his wife, Sophie Melvin Gerson, an organizer of the Gastonia Textile Strike of 1929, he was a longtime resident of and community activist in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The papers contain clippings, correspondence with leading communists and political figures, published and unpublished writings including manuscripts, memorandums, newspaper columns, reviews and reports, a scrapbook and speeches, including materials relating to Cacchione's career and death, and to Gerson's several campaigns for public office, research notes and typescript drafts for several chapters of a never-completed book, "Do We Really Have Free Elections (ca. 1990)," a related manuscript by Adam Lapin, "Tweedledum and Tweedledee: The American Two Party System," Communist Party internal documents, including reports by leading figures, many relating to the communist political crises of 1956-58 and 1989-91, and minutes of and correspondence relating to COFOE and the publication  Ballot Access News.
Quantity: 15 Linear Feet in 30 manuscript boxes, 1 record carton, 1 flat box and 1 oversize folder in a shared flat box.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 330

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Historical/Biographical Note

Simon W. (Si) Gerson, 1909-2004, was the longtime New York State, and later national legislative/political action director for the Communist Party, and was an advocate of proportional representation and ballot access for minor political parties, including in the 1980s-90s as a leader of the Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE). He served as Confidential Examiner to Manhattan Borough President Stanley M. Isaacs, 1938-40, until controversy over his Party membership caused him to resign this position, managed Communist election campaigns (later writing a biography Pete: The Story of Peter V. Cacchione, New York's First Communist Councilman), unsuccessfully campaigning to succeed Cacchione after his death in 1947, and organized activities in support of the Communist Party leaders indicted under the Smith Act, as was Gerson. In the 1950s he was executive editor of the Party's newspaper, the  Daily Worker, and of its later successor, the  Daily World. Along with his wife, Sophie Melvin Gerson, an organizer of the Gastonia Textile Strike of 1929, he was a longtime resident of and community activist in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

Simon W. Gerson Selected Bibliography: Monographs and articles in periodicals (excluding book reviews and newspaper articles):

------, "A People's' Constitution for New York." New York State Communist Party, n.d.

"The New Left Social Fascism." Communist, 9 (July, 1930): 622-631.

It Is Happening Here. New York: New York State Committee, Communist Party, 1941.

Public Speaking: A Speakers Guide Book, by Peter V. Cacchione; foreword by Simon W. Gerson. New York : Workers Library Publishers, 1942.

"Thomas E. Dewey: His Record." Communist 22 (May, 1943): 461-468.

Pete Cacchione--His Record. New York: Workers Library, 1943.

"The Stork Club Goes for Dewey." New Masses 60, no. 11 (Sep 11, 1946): 17-20.

"How You Can Beat Dewey." New Masses 61, no. 6 (November 5, 1946): 4-5.

"Electoral Coalition Problems." Political Affairs, 26 (October, 1947): 894-901.

"La Guardia: Guerrilla Warrior." New Masses (October 7, 1947): 9-12.

The Killing of William Milton, by Art Shields, Introduction by Simon W. Gerson. New York: Daily Worker, 1948.

Either the Constitution or the Mundt Bill: America Can't Have Both. New York: New Century, 1950.

"The Jury System and Democratic Rights." Political Affairs, 31: 35-44 (July, 1952).

The Outlook for the N.Y. City Elections. New York State Communist Party (1954).

The Rights You Save May Be Your Own. New York: New York State Communist Party, 1954.

"A Communist at Cornell." Masses & Mainstream, 8 (July, 1955): 28-35.

Pete: The Story of Peter V. Cacchione, New York's First Communist Councilman. New York: International Publishers, 1976.

"On Building a Mass Anti-monopoly Party." Political Affairs (October 1977): 22-26.

After Fifty Years: Revisiting the U.S.S.R. New York : NWR Publications, 1978.

"The 1978 Midterm Elections." Political Affairs 57, no.1 (January, 1978): 18-21.

"Vito Marcantonio: From Republican to Radical." Political Affairs (November, 1979)

"Independence and Coalition; The Communist View." Political Affairs (December, 1979): 7-12.

"From Truman Doctrine to Reagan Doctrine." Political Affairs (August, 1987): 15-21.

"How to Win Political Democracy." Political Affairs (November, 1985): 14-17.

"Does the U.S. Have Free Elections?" Political Affairs (December, 1990): 10-14.

"Again, on Political Independence." Si Gerson and Jarvis Tyner. Political Affairs (January, 1993): 41.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers contain clippings, correspondence with leading communists and political figures, published and unpublished writings including manuscripts, memorandums, newspaper columns, reviews and reports, a scrapbook and speeches, including materials relating to Cacchione's career and death, and to Gerson's several campaigns for public office (including a speech recorded on two phonograph discs), research notes and typescript drafts for several chapters of a never-completed book, "Do We Really Have Free Elections (ca. 1990)," a related manuscript by Adam Lapin, "Tweedledum and Tweedledee: The American Two Party System," Communist Party internal documents, including reports by leading figures, many relating to the communist political crises of 1956-58 and 1989-91, minutes of and correspondence relating to Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE) and the publication Ballot Access News, clippings relating to Sophie Gerson's activities in Gastonia, North Carolina during the 1929 textile strike there, and audiocassettes and reel to reel tapes (public programs honoring the Gersons, and Gus Hall "Updates").

Notable individuals represented include: Ann Rosenhaft and Richard Winger (COFOE), Irving Adler, Helen Alfred (Peace Publications), Zaccariah Chafee, Mike Davidow, William O. Douglas, Harry Eisman, Fred Fine, William Z. Foster, Gil Green, Dorothy Healey, Murray Kempton, James Jackson, Al Lannon, Robert Minor, George Morris, Otto Nathan, Joseph North, John Pittman, Al Richmond, Lester Rodney, Morton Sobell, Norman Thomas, Robert Thompson, Carl Winter, and Alden Whitman (New York Times).

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically, except for boxes 27-31, which have not been arranged by an archivist. The collection is arranged into five series:

Series I: Papers, 1927-2001

Series II: Scrapbooks, undated

Series III: Photographs, 1927-1991

Series IV: Addendum, 1918-1947

Series V: Addendum 2011, undated

The collection is organized into four series: I, Papers; II, Addendum; Scrapbook; III, Addendum; IV, Addendum, 2011. Each is arranged alphabetically, and the contents of each folder are arranged chronologically, except for boxes 27-31, which are unprocessed.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Fine, Fred.
  • Davidow, Mike
  • Chafee, Zechariah, 1885-1957
  • Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley
  • Cacchione, Peter V., 1897-1947
  • Bransten, Richard, 1906-1955
  • Alfred, Helen L.
  • Gerson, Simon W.
  • Thompson, Robert George, 1915-1966.
  • Sobell, Morton
  • Rosenhaft, Ann.
  • Richmond, Al, 1913-1987.
  • Rodney, Lester, 1911-
  • Foster, William Z., 1881-1961.
  • Lannon, Al, 1907-1969
  • Kempton, Murray, 1917-
  • Minor, Robert, 1884-1952
  • McKenney, Ruth, 1911-1972
  • North, Joseph
  • Aizman, Garri.
  • Gerson, Sophie
  • Winger, Richard
  • Green, Gil, 1906-
  • Isaacs, Stanley M. (Stanley Myer), 1882-1962
  • Lapin, Adam. Tweedledum and tweedledee: the American two party system.
  • Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980
  • Adler, Irving
  • Winter, Carl, 1906-1991
  • Jackson, James E., 1914-2007
  • Healey, Dorothy, 1914-2006
  • Nathan, Otto, 1893-1987.
  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
  • Whitman, Alden
  • Pittman, John
  • Gerson, Deborah
  • Hard, Robert
  • Steiner, Sarah

Document Type

  • Audiocassettes.
  • Audiotapes.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Photographs.
  • Briefs (legal documents)
  • Ballots.
  • Transcripts.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Testimonies.
  • Speeches.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Correspondence.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Reports.
  • Resolutions (administrative records)
  • Petitions.
  • Press releases.
  • Memorandums.
  • Notes.
  • Minutes (administrative records)

Subject Organizations

  • Civil Rights Congress (U.S.)
  • People's weekly world (New York, N.Y.)
  • Daily World (New York, N.Y.)
  • American Labor Party of the State of New York
  • Center for Voting and Democracy
  • Coalition for Free and Open Elections (U.S.)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America. Convention (16th : 1957 : New York)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America. Convention (25th : 1991 : Cleveland)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • Daily Worker (New York)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.). Office of the President
  • New York (N.Y.). City Council--Elections
  • Communist Party of the United States of America (New York)
  • Peace Publications Committee
  • Ballot Access News

Subject Topics

  • Representative government and representation -- United States.
  • Politics, Practical -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Proportional representation.
  • Third parties (United States politics)
  • Trials (Political crimes and offenses) -- United States.
  • Communist Trial, New York, N.Y., 1949.
  • Elections -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Communist trials -- United States.
  • Minorities -x Suffrage -- United States.
  • Minorities -x Suffrage -- New York (State)
  • Political parties -- New York (State).
  • Communism -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Election law -- New York (State)
  • Communists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Journalism, Communist -- United States.
  • Communists -- United States.
  • Proportional representation -- New York (State)
  • Jewish communists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Communism -- United States.

Subject Places

  • Bensonhurst (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Politics and government |y 20th century.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

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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 Simon W. Gerson and Sophie Gerson were transferred to New York University in 2005 by Deborah Gerson. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Simon W. Gerson Papers; TAM 330; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Materials

Peter V. Cacchione Papers (TAM 073)

Michael Gold: Peter V. Cacchione Manuscripts (TAM 339)

Simon W. Gerson Audiocassettes (OH 054)

Sophie M. Gerson Letters to Simon W. Gerson (TAM 401)

Stanley M. Isaacs Papers, New York Public Library (MssCol 1526)

Separated Material

Three manuscripts by Mike Gold have been separated to the Michael Gold: Peter V. Cacchione Manuscripts (TAM 339). Approximately 30 audiocassettes (1980s) that include "Gus Hall Updates" and several interviews with Simon Gerson have been separated to the Simon W. Gerson Audiocassettes (OH 054).

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Deborah Gerson in 2005; additional materials were donated by Robert Hard and Sarah Steiner in 2011. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 2005.009, 2005.011, NPA.2005.225, 2011.043, and 2011.080.

Processing Information

Photographs separated from this collection during processing were established as a separate collection, the Simon W. Gerson Photographs (PHOTOS 214). In 2014, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Simon W. Gerson Papers (TAM 330).

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Container List

Series I: Papers, 1927-2001

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Abt, John: Notes on the First Amendment
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Activities of Anti-Semitic Groups in New York City [A Report to the Mayor, From Nathan Frankel and Byrnes MacDonald]
Jul 18, 1937
Box: 1 Folder : 3 American Labor Party New York (City and State)
1938-1954
Box: 1 Folder : 4 American Student Delegation to Russia
1927
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Aptheker, Herbert "Democracy, Diversity, and Property"
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Association of City Hall Reporters/The Inner Circle
1948 , 1952
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Ballot Access News
1983-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bath Beach Community Improvement Association (Brooklyn, NY)
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bay View Civic Association (Brooklyn, NY)
Undated , 1948
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bensonhurst Fraternal Society (Brooklyn, NY)
Undated , 1982-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Bill of Rights Conference (New York, NY)
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Budget, Personal
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Cacchione, Peter V.: "Builders of America" (Play Written for the International Workers Order)
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Cacchione, Peter V.: City Council Career
1945-1947
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Cacchione, Peter V.: Death
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Cacchione, Peter V.: Election Campaigns
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Cacchione, Peter V.: Election Campaign
1943
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Cacchione, Peter V.: Election Campaign
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Cacchione, Peter V.: Pamphlets
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Cacchione, Peter V.: Succession Fight
1947-1948
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Celler, Emmanuel [Congressman Brooklyn, NY 12th District]
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Center for Voting and Democracy
1995-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Citizens Committee for the Election of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to Congress (Bronx, NY)
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Citizens Emergency Defense Committee (re Smith Act Defendants )
1952
Box: 2 Folder : 5 City Council Campaign
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 6 City Council Campaign: Bay Ridge Incident (Violence)
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 7 City Council Campaign: Correspondence
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 8 City Council Campaign: Literature
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 9 City Council Campaign: Loudspeaker Bill (Local)
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 10 City Council Campaign: Norman Mailer Support Statement
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 11 City Council Campaign: Press Releases
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 12 City Council Campaign: Press Releases, Speeches by Others in Support of Gerson
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 13 City Council Campaign: Sanford Chalfin Case (Police Brutality)
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 14 City Council Campaign: Radio Schedule
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 15 City Council Campaign: Scrapbook
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 16 City Council Campaign: Speech Gentleman's Agreement and Franco
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 17 City Council Campaign: Speeches on Israel
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 1 City Council Campaign: Speech "La Guardia vs O'Dwyer"
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 2 City Council Campaign: Speech "Liberal Party and Berle"
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 3 City Council Campaign: Speech "O'Dwyer Record on Civil Liberties"
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 4 City Council Campaign: Speech "Registration and Wasted Vote"
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 5 City Council Campaign: Speech "Robert Thompson Attack and O'Dwyer Record on Civil Liberties"
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 6 City Council Campaign Speech: "Trial of Eleven (CP Smith Activities)"
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 7 City Council Campaign: Three Minute [Sound] Recording Typescript
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Civil Rights Congress Bail Fund
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE)
1986-1996 , 2000
Box: 3 Folder : 10 COFOE Amicus Brief (Miller v. Lorain County, Ohio)
1997-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 11 COFOE Correspondence
1985-1997
Box: 3 Folder : 12 COFOE Minutes
1987-1996
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Commission on Fair Elections
1999
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Committee for Independent Political Action (Includes: "Dialogue with James Weinstein")
1966
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Committee of Neighbors and Friends of Si Gerson (re Smith Act indictment)
1951-1952
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Communist Party New York: Municipal/State Political Action, Politics
1953-1966
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Communist Party New York State: Election Campaign and Ballot Fight
1946
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Communist Party New York State: MTA Fare Increase
1991
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Communist Party New York State: Save the 5 Cents Fare Campaign
1947-1948
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Clippings
1956-1958
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Convention, 16th (New York, NY: Feb. 9-12, 1957)
1956-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Correspondence Contents: Foster to Dennis 5/31; Ford to Gerson 6/15)
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Correspondence, Documents
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents
1957
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents
1958
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents
1959
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents: California
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents: "New Features of the Negro Question in the United States" by James E. Jackson
Sep 1958
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents: "The Party Crisis and the Way Out" by William Z. Foster (reply to Bittelman)
Dec 1957
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents: Program Committee
1958-1959
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Communist Party USA: Crisis of 1956-1958: Documents: "The Welfare State and the American Road to Socialism" by Alexander Bittelmen
Dec 1957
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Convention (25th Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 5-8 1991)
1991
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
1989
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
1990
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
Jan 1991
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
Feb 1991-Jul 1991
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
Aug 1991-Oct 1991
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
Nov 1991-Dec 1991
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents
1992
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents: Memo on the Rachel Friedberg Estate
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Communist Party Crisis of 1989-1991: Documents: Elders Committee
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Communist Party USA: Czechoslovakia Controversy (Gil Green, Dorothy Healey)
1968
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Communist Party USA: Dissent (Gil Green, Don Hammerquist)
1968
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Communist Party USA: Documents
1993-1998
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Communist Party USA: Documents
2000-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Communist Party USA: Documents Miscellaneous
1940s-1990s
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Communist Party USA: Hall-Tyner Campaign Committee Case
1976-1992
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Communist Party USA: Jewish Question: Expulsion of Paul Novick
1966-1973
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Clippings
1937-1939
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Correspondence, Documents
1937-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Correspondence and Statement
1934-1939
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Legal Documents
1938-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: McNaboe Investigation
1938
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Opposition
1934-1939
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Resignation
Sep 1940
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Speech
Feb 16, 1939
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Confidential Examiner for Stanley M. Isaacs: Support
1937-1938
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Congressional Campaign (13th District: Brooklyn, NY)
1952
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Correspondence; Aronson, James
1963-1980
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Auerbach, Arnold Jerry
1930s , 1992-1993
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Correspondence: First name only
1977
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Abt, John
1971
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Baker, William and Christina (Maine)
1987-1996
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Bransten, Richard and Ruth McKenney
1955
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Correspondence: California (Includes Dorthy Healey, Al Lannon, Mickey Lima, Lester Rodney)
1958-1996
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Cards
1980-1998
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Cahfee, Zeccariah
1,955-1956
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Davidow, Mike
1975-1996
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Eisman, Harry
1975 , 1977
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley
Nov 10, 1947
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Correspondence, Foreign: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania
1964-1989
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Correspondence, Foreign: Denmark
1970-1975 , 1991
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Fine, Fred M.
1958-1964
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Garlin, Sender
1974-1980
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Correspondence: Garlin, Sender
1981-1992
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Correspondence: Green, Gil and Lillian
1960-1965
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Correspondence: Hassman, Harry and Regina
1988-1990
Box: 9 Folder : 20 Correspondence: Isaacs, Stanley M.
1938-1954
Box: 9 Folder : 21 Correspondence: Isaacs, Stanley M. (re Robert Thompson, etc.)
1955-1965 , 1994
Box: 9 Folder : 22 Correspondence: Kra, Sabina
1973 , 1978-1985
Box: 9 Folder : 23 Correspondence: Magil, Abe
1930
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Correspondence: Morris, George and Helen
1972-1994
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Correspondence: National Guardian
1965 , 1967
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Correspondence: National Writers Union
1989-1995
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Novosti Press Agency
1975-1982
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Correspondence: O'Dwyer, Paul
1947 , 1977
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Parenti, Michael
1985-1995
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Peace Publications (Helen Alfred, editor)
1958
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Pittman, John and Margret
1967-1992
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Correspondence (re: Progressive)
1955
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Reese, Mark (re Jackie Robinson documentary)
1996 , 1997
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Rubin, Danny
1968
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Sobell, Morton and Helen
1974
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Thomas Norman (re Smith Act, Fleischman bio of Norman Thomas; Robert Thompson, Herbert Aptheker Congressional Race
1956-1966
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Volga Peace Cruise
1982
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Whitman, Alden (New York Times reporter)
1978-1986
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Wheeler, Tim (re his nomination for James Aronson Award)
1990 , 1991
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Winger, Richard
1986-1992
Box: 10 Folder : 17 Correspondence: Winger, Richard
1992-2001
Box: 10 Folder : 18 Correspondence: Winter, Carl and Helen
1961 , 1966 , 1991
Box: 10 Folder : 19 Correspondence: Wochenpost
1957-1975
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Chronological
1931-1949
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Chronological
1950-1954
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Chronological
1955-1959
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Chronological
1960-1969
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Chronological
1970-1975
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Chronological
May 1975-Dec 1975
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Chronological
1976-1977
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Chronological
1978-1979
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Chronological
1980
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Chronological
1981
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Chronological
1982
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Chronological
1983
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Chronological
1984
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Chronological
1985
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Chronological
1986
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Chronological
1987
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Chronological
1988
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Chronological
1989
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Chronological
1990
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Chronological
1991
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Chronological
1992
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Chronological
1993-1994
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Chronological
1995
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Chronological
1996-2000
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Czechoslovakia
1968
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Daily Worker: Gerson Memo to CP Secretariat
Jul 7, 1946
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Daily Worker: Correspondence, etc. regarding Re-Establishment of
1967
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Daily Worker: Crisis (Gates Resignation; Gerson becomes Editor
1957-1958
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Devaney Bill (New York State Civil Service Anti-Communist Measure)
1940
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Discussion Group Proposal on Exploratory Committee on Independent Political Action
1989
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Do We Really Have Free Elections?
1980-1988
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Acknowledgements and Preface
1990
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Chapter on Communist Party and Ballot Rights
1974-1984
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Do we Really have Free Elections? Chapter on Ballot Rights
1978 , 1987-1988
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Chapter on Bella Abzug (and Correspondence)
1989
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Do we Really Have Free Elections? Chapter on Constitution
1987
Box: 14 Folder : 13 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Chapter on Elections and 1947 Electoral Process
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Do we Really Have Free Elections? Chapter on "Post World War [War II] "Scare Hints
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Chapter on The Peoples Front
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Do We Really have Free Elections? Chapter on Who Should Vote? The Early Debates
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Correspondence
1988-1991
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Do we Really Have Free Elections? Correspondence: Mahler Institute
1988-1995
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Do We Really Have Free Elections? Research
1980-1990
Box: 15 Folder : 7 18th Avenue-Shore Parkway Block Association
1981-1982
Box: 15 Folder : 8 FBI Wire Tapping
1958
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Feinberg Law Closing brief of the CP of NY (Gerson, of Counsel)
Jun 17, 1953
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Felshin, Roy "Why I did Not Resign: An Open Letter to the City Planning Commission"
May 6, 1970
Box: 15 Folder : 11 The Fixer (Poem about Political Corruption), by William W. Wormer
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Foster, William Z. Letter to [CP] National Administration Committee re Daily Worker(Individual Criticism of Gerson position on Hungary)
Aug 31, 1957
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Foster, William Z. Speech: Radio Station WMCA
Nov 2, 1946
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Gates, John "Why I Quit the Communist Party" (New York Post Reprint of six articles)
1958
Box: 15 Folder : 14A Italy Gerson trip to (PCI Festival, Modena)
1966
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Hungary
1956-1957
Box: 15 Folder : 16 Idea File (for newspaper articles)
1957
Box: 15 Folder : 17 Independent Committee for the Support of Foster and Ford
1932
Box: 15 Folder : 18 Informers and the Smith Act
1952-1954
Box: 16 Folder : 1 International Organization of Journalists
1990-1991
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Jewish Communists
1982-1985
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Jury System (Includes Smith Act Materials)
1952
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Lapin, Adam. Tweedledum and Tweedledee: The American Two-Party System (typescript, 467 leaves; with Comments by SWG)
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Liberal Party
1944-1948
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Marcantonio, Vito: Speech (as Chair of NY County American Labor Party), Radio Station WMCA
Aug 9, 1943
Box: 16 Folder : 7 McCarran Act
1948-1968
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Minor, Robert: Letter to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Sep 23, 1952
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Movement for a Democratic Society
Undated , 1969
Box: 16 Folder : 10 New York (N.Y.) Board Of Elections: Annual Report [Gerson's annotated copy]
1937
Box: 16 Folder : 11 New York Politics
1975-1986
Box: 16 Folder : 12 New York State Italian American Committee for Roosevelt
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Notebook: Bibliography on Labor Politics; Abzug-Moynihan 76 Race; Minnesota Farmer Labor Party
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Notes for Talks and Speeches
1980-1983
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Notes for Talks and Speeches
1983-1992
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Passport Denial [Gerson ] /Right to Travel
1957
Box: 17 Folder : 4 People's Weekly World: Journalistic Guidelines
Undated , 1986
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Pete: The Story of Peter V. Cacchione: Correspondence
1974-1990
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Pete: The Story of Peter V. Cacchione: Research
Undated , 1970
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Pete: The Story of Peter V. Cacchione: Reviews
1976
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Poland: Anti-Semitism
1969
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Proportional Representation: "Ballad for Proportional Representation" by Milton Ost
1947
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Proportional Representation: Research
1947 , 1975
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Proportional Representation: Research Clippings
1938-1980
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Quotations
Undated
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Remarks at Funeral of Fred Breihl
Mar 14, 1974
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Rosenberg Case
1952
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Salute to Si Gerson
Nov 20, 1994
Box: 18 Folder : 12 Samuel Greenstein, et al v. Federated Meat Corp (Jack Kranis, et al)
1948
Box: 18 Folder : 13 Simon, Will (pseud? Editor of Morning Freiheit) Clippings and Articles
1961
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Smith Act Amnesty Campaign
Jun 1952-Mar 1960
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Smith Act Amnesty Campaign Correspondence
Dec 1957-Jun 1959
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Smith Act: Examination of Gerson
Mar 1949
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Smith Act: Families Committee
Jul 1952-Jun 1987
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Smith Act: Gerson Arrest and Acquittal Clippings
1952
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Smith Act: Gerson Correspondence
Aug 1941-Nov 1952
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Smith Act: Gerson Memos (to National Secretariat CPUSA) etc.
1950
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Smith Act: Gerson Testimony
Aug 23, 1949
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Smith Act: Gerson Testimony in Cleveland Case
Jan 1956-Feb 1956
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Smith Act: Miscellaneous
1950-1960
Box: 19 Folder : 11 Smith Act: Record of Cases (By Gerson)
Oct 1956
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Smith Act: Right of Counsel (Correspondence, memos, etc)
Sep 1951-Aug 1955
Box: 19 Folder : 13 Smith Act: U.S. vs. Flynn Clippings
Feb 1952-Jun 1952
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Smith Act: U.S. vs. Flynn Correspondence and Documents.
Dec 1950-Oct 1957
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Smith Act: Writings (as evidence, etc.)
Feb 1938-Jun 1982
Box: 20 Folder : 3 The Smiths (poem/lyric) by Marty Garaway re: Smith Act
Undated
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Society of Silurians (New York Journalists Organization)
1983-1998
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Speech: Cornell University
1955
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Speech: Rutgers University
Mar 10, 1949
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Speech: Tribute to a Workings Class Journalist (Harry Raymond aka Harold J. Lightcap)
1959
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Speech: Yale University
Oct 1952-Dec 1952
Box: 20 Folder : 9 Speeches
1939-1994
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Stachel, Jack "On the History of CPUSA" Lecture
Jun 1965
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Student Material (Gerson) George Washington H.S., City College
1925-1928 , 1981
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Gerson Testimony before House Committee on Un-American Activities
May 2, 1950
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Third Parties: Speech at Jefferson Forum (Feb.20, 1955) w/Jack McManus: Clippings, Notes
Dec 1954-Aug 1956
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Thompson, Robert
1943-1966
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Travel: Bulgaria, etc
1970-1978
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Travel: Portugal
1983
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Travel: Soviet Union
1975 , 1977
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Third Parties Research Notes [5x8 cards]
undated
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Trip to Soviet Union
1977
Box: 23 Folder : 2 U.S. Armed Forces: Gerson's WWII Service
1940-1997
Box: 23 Folder : 3 U.S. Armed Forces: GI Newspapers
1944-1945
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Wheeler, Tim: Report re Alleged Theft of Peoples Weekly World Materials by Carl Bloice & Barry Cohen
Jan 24, 1992
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Writings about Gerson
1952-1989
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Writings (as Festus Gunn): "Nikita Sergeyevich in the Unites States"
1959
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Writings (as Will Melvin)
1958-1959
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Writings: Book Reviews
Nov 1956-Jun 1991
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Writings: "Does Nader Candidacy Help the Right Wing?"
1996
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Writings: Manuscript/Typescript [Published/Unpublished]
Apr 1957-Nov 1997
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Writings: New Masses
1946-1947
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Writings: Other Newspapers (not Daily Worker, Peoples Daily World, Peoples Weekly World)
May 1972-Nov 1995
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Writings: Peoples Daily/Weekly World
1955-1998
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Writings, Published: Pamphlets & Journal Articles
Feb 1944-Jan 1993
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Writings: Synopsis and Outline: Labor and Politics
ca.1938-1939

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Series II: Scrapbooks, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Scrapbook
undated

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Series III: Photographs, 1927-1991

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 32 Folder : 1 American Student Council Delegation to Russia
1927
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Cacchione, Peter V.
1943-1945; undated
Box: 32 Folder : 3 Cacchione, Peter V.: Funeral Album
1947
Box: 32 Folder : 4 Gerson, Simon
1970-1991
Box: 32 Folder : 5 Gerson, Simon: City Council Campaign
1948
Box: OS003 Folder : 1 Graphics (Oversize)
1938
Box: 32 Folder : 6 Graphics (Published)
undated
Box: 32 Folder : 7 Marcantonio, Vito and Simon Gerson
1948
Box: 32 Folder : 8 Negatives
undated
Box: 32 Folder : 9 PCI Festical (Modena, Italy)
1966
Box: 32 Folder : 10 Postcard: "Class War Prisoners"
undated
Box: 32 Folder : 11-17 Loose photographs and negatives
1944-1994

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Series IV: Addendum, 1918-1947; undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Clippings, Miscellaneous
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1918-1920
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Labor and Politics" : Research Notes
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 4 "Labor and Politics" : Typescript
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Proportional Representation: Clippings, etc.
1947
Box: 26 Folder : 6 "A Serious Problem" (re: Catholic education, by Joseph V. McKee)
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Writings, Miscellaneous (Gerson)
undated
Box: 27 Unprocessed
undated

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Series V: Addendum 2011 (Unprocessed), undated

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 28 Papers, Miscellaneous: Campaigns for office and other political activities (printed ephemera, clippings, correspondence); birthday celebrations and other biographical materials
undated
Box: 29 Papers, Miscellaneous: Campaigns for office and other political activities (printed ephemera, clippings, correspondence); birthday celebrations and other biographical materials
undated
Box: 30 Oversized and Miscellaneous items: Clippings (including Sophie Gerson/Gastonia); a 1948 campaign speech by Gerson on two records; a videocassette from an 80th birthday celebration for SG; buttons; a rolled high school certificate from 1925, several rolled clippings and posters
undated
Box: 31 Audio (cassettes and reel to reel tapes): include SG, Gus Hall Updates
undated

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