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Guide to the James E. Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson Papers TAM.347

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo and Aniko Szucs, 2006

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 09, 2017
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Jasmine Larkin added Series XVI: Separated Materials, Box 30, to the finding aid. During the shelf read of Bobst, 10 West, a box of materials with accession number NPA 2006.077 was found. The accession record indicates these materials were separated from TAM 347. These materials have now been reincorporated into TAM 347. The accession record NPA 2006.077 and the resource record TAM 347 have been updated accordingly. Updated by Megan O'Shea to prepare one item for a move to offsite art storage in winter 2017  , June 2017 , November 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jackson, James E., 1914-2007
Creator: Jackson, Esther Cooper
Title: James E. Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1917-2011
Dates [bulk]: 1937-1992
Abstract: James E. Jackson (1914-2007) and Esther Cooper Jackson (1917- ) are African American communists and civil rights activists, best known for their role in founding and leading the Southern Negro Youth Congress (1937-48). James Jackson was head of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) Louisiana state organization in 1946, and was a Party organizer in the automobile industry in Detroit from 1947-50. He then moved to New York, becoming the Southern Director for the Communist Party. In 1951 he was indicted under the Smith Act, and became a fugitive until 1955. He later served as the Communist Party's Educational Director and as International Affairs Secretary, retiring in 1991. Esther Cooper Jackson served as Executive Secretary of the Southern Negro Congress from 1942-1946. She also co-founded and served as the managing editor from 1961-86 of Freedomways, an influential African American political and cultural quarterly. The papers contain clippings of articles by and about Jackson; correspondence of both Esther Cooper and James E. Jackson, including the Jacksons' voluminous World War II correspondence with each other; James Jackson's lectures, research notebooks, speeches, and writings and subject files. Also included are correspondence, internal documents and printed ephemera pertaining to the Southern Negro Youth Congress, and to  Freedomways, legal and other materials pertaining to the Smith Act indictments of James Jackson and other communists as well as Communist Party internal documents.
Quantity: 27 Linear Feet in 25 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize flat box, and 1 small flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.347