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Guide to the Hermina Dumont Huiswoud Papers and Photographs TAM 354

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Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo, 2006

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 23, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hermina Dumont Huiswoud Papers and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1890-1996
Dates [bulk]: 1928-1996
Abstract: Hermina ("Hermie") Dumont Huiswoud (1905-1998), was born in British Guiana (now Guyana), and migrated to New York in 1919. In 1926 she married Otto Eduard Huiswoud (1893-1961), born in Dutch Guiana (now Surinam) and a charter member of the Communist Party of the United States of America, with whom Hermina was also active in international communist activities, eventually settling in Amsterdam in 1949. The collection contains correspondence and a manuscript regarding Otto Huiswoud, letters from Langston Hughes, published and unpublished writings, personalia, and photographs.
Quantity: 1.25 Linear Feet in 1 record carton and 5 folders.
Language: Materials are in English and Dutch
Call Phrase: TAM 354

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Historical/Biographical Note

Hermina ("Hermie") Dumont Huiswoud (1905-1998), was born in British Guiana (now Guyana), and migrated to New York in 1919. In 1926 she married Otto Eduard Huiswoud (1893-1961), born in Dutch Guiana (now Surinam) and a charter member of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Otto was also active in international communist activities, including heading the Profintern's International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers, and editing their publication, The Negro Worker, under the name Charles Woodson. Hermina accompanied her husband to Moscow, Paris, Antwerp and Amsterdam, where she settled in 1949. She actively participated in activities associated with the Left, and wrote articles for radical publications. Langston Hughes was one of her friends and correspondents.

Sources:

  • Turner, Joyce Moore. Caribbean Crusaders and the Harlem Renaissance (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005)

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains Hermina Huiswoud's correspondence with friends, postcards, letters from Otto, correspondence regarding Otto (most with academic researchers), 46 letters and postcards from Langston Hughes, "Ballad of the Brown King: A Christmas Cantata" by Hughes; Hermina's newspaper articles, literary manuscripts, and biographical sketches of Otto; articles by Otto, and personal documents for both Otto and Hermina (citizenship, passports, pension, work, etc.), biographical materials relating to relatives; and biographical materials and correspondence relating to the Burroughs family (African American radicals). Also included in the collection are photographs of Hermina and Otto Huiswoud and of their travels in the Caribbean.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically. The files are grouped into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Papers
  2. Photographs

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Burroughs, Charles.
  • Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
  • Huiswoud, Otto.
  • Turner, Joyce Moore, 1920-

Document Type

  • Photographs.
  • Postcards.
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Personalia.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • Red International of Labor Unions
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • Communist International

Subject Topics

  • Communism.
  • International communist activities.
  • African American communists.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Hermina Dumont Huiswoud gave this collection of her papers and correspondence to her biographer Joyce Moore Turner.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1890-1996, are expected to enter the public domain in 2116.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Hermina Dumont Huiswoud Papers and Photographs; TAM 354; 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Joyce Moore Turner in 2006. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2006.001, 2006.008, and NPA.2006.098.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Hermina Dumont Photographs (PHOTOS 237). In 2013, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Hermina Dumont Papers and Photographs. Additionally, materials from the Langston Hughes Letters and Postcards to Hermine Huiswoud (TAM 354.1) have been reincorporated into the Hermina Dumont Papers and Photographs.

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Container List

Series I: Papers

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Burroughs Family (African American Radicals) - Clippings
circa 1946-1990s
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Burroughs Family (African American Radicals) - Correspondence
1973, 1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence (H.H.)
1966-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence (H.H.) - Postcards
1972-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence (Otto Huiswoud to H.H.)
1942-1954
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence re Otto Huiswoud
1961-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence - Researchers re Otto Huiswoud
1962-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence - U.S. Citizenship Status (H.H.)
1951-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Council on African Affairs (re United Nations Charter and Colonialism)
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Famiri [?] - Articles for O.H. on Cuba, Pushkin, etc.
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Guyana
1953-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Hughes, Langston - Ballad of the Brown King: A Christmas Cantata
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Hughes, Langston - Commemorative Material
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Hughes, Langston - Commemorative Postcards
1938-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Hughes, Langston - Letters (2) to Hermina Huiswoud
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Hughes, Langston - Letters (13) to Hermina Huiswoud
1938-1949
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Hughes, Langston - Letters (5) to Hermina Huiswoud
1950-1957
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Hughes, Langston - Letters (10) to Hermina Huiswoud
1961-1967
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Hughes, Langston: Postcards (16) to Hermina Huiswoud
circa 1945-1950
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Huiswoud, Christian (1895-1941)
1970-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Huiswoud, Ricardo
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Negro Question, Red International of Labor Unions - Otto Huiswoud, George Padmore Articles
1928-1930
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Negro Worker- Otto Huiswoud Articles
1931-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Newspaper Articles (H.H.) in Dutch, English
Undated , 1930-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Otto Eduard Huiswoud: Early Years and Political Parties / by H.H.
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Personal Documents (H.H., O.H.) - Citizenship, Death, Marriage, Passports, Pension, Work (I)
circa 1890-1960s
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Personal Documents (H.H., O.H.) - Citizenship, Death, Marriage, Passports, Pension, Work (II)
ca. 1890-1960s
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Personal Documents (H.H., O.H.) - Citizenship, Death, Marriage, Passports, Pension, Work (III)
circa 1890-1960s
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Pool, Rosie
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Postcards, Blank (folder 1)
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Postcards, Blank (folder 2)
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Robeson, Paul - Stamp Campaign
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Stove Invention (O.H.)
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Treaty with Bush Negroes in Suriname (translated by H.H.)
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Women, Biographical Essays on ("Women I Have Known Personally")
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Writings (H.H.) - Plays, Poetry, Stories
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Writings, Third Party
1967

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Series II: Photographs

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: A003 Folder : 7 Cuba Photographs
1946
Box: A003 Folder : 8 Hermina Huiswoud Family Photographs
circa 1890-1910
Box: A003 Folder : 9 Otto Huiswoud Family Photographs
circa 1907-1977
Box: A003 Folder : 10 Otto Huiswoud Photographs and Postcards
circa 1940-1960
Box: A003 Folder : 11 Photographs
circa 1960-1980

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