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Guide to the Howard Zinn Papers TAM.542

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, with the assistance of Maggie Schreiner and Walker Gunning

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 04, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series II: Correspondence, 1962-2010

Scope and Content Note

Spanning almost fifty years, Series II contains a wide variety of correspondence from strangers, acquaintances, colleagues and publishers. Much of the material could be classified as fan mail although there are critical letters as well. Many of the correspondents are involved in progressive causes championed by Zinn and the letters often reflect the personal experiences of those for whom Zinn’s writings resonate. There are also requests for job or school references as well as letters asking for Zinn’s participation in a variety of events and projects. Some of the correspondence is neither to nor from Zinn, but appears to have been shared with him by others.

Zinn’s annotations appear on some of the material and there are retained copies of a few of his responses. In a good number of instances, related items are included with the incoming letters (e.g., articles, reviews, clippings). Some well-known persons may be found within this series. Examples include Bill Moyers, Pete Seeger, Herbert Aptheker, Eqbal Ahmad and Noam Chomsky.

In addition to general correspondence, the series also contains two specific groups of letters. The first, reflecting Zinn's interest in justice and the rights of the incarcerated, consists of correspondence with prisoners; some are well-known, such as Kathy Boudin and Mumia Abu-Jamal. The second group of letters involves students, many at the secondary school level. A number of teachers either introduced Zinn writings in their class or invited him to visit and speak to the students. In both cases, the students were asked to write to Zinn with their reactions, questions or criticisms.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Correspondence (includes several letters from Irving Howe and from Dick Schaap)
1962-1964
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Correspondence
Jan 1965-Jun 1965
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Correspondence (includes letter from Wilfrid Sheed)
Jul 1965-Dec 1965
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Correspondence (includes letter from Herbert Aptheker)
Jan 1966-Jun 1966
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Correspondence (includes letters from Eqbal Ahmad, from David Riesman, and from C.Vann Woodward)
Jul 1966-Dec 1966
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Correspondence (includes letters from Otto Nathan and from Noam Chomsky)
1967
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Correspondence (includes letter from Richard Nixon)
1968
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Correspondence
1969
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Correspondence
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Correspondence
1971-1974
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Correspondence
1975
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Correspondence (re: Boston Globe columns, 1975)
Jan 1975-Mar 1975
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Correspondence (re: Boston Globe columns, 1975)
Apr 1975-Dec 1975
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1976
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Correspondence (re: Boston Globe columns, 1976)
1976
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1977-1979
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1980s
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1980
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1981
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1982
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1983
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1984
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Correspondence (includes letter from Eqbal Ahmad)
1985
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1986
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Correspondence (includes letters from Marilyn French and from Victor Navasky)
1987
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1988
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Correspondence
1989
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Correspondence
1990s
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Correspondence (includes letter from Noam Chomsky)
1990
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Correspondence
1991
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Correspondence
1992
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Correspondence
1993
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Correspondence (includes letter from Ron Kovic)
1994
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Correspondence
1995
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Correspondence
1996
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Correspondence
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Correspondence
Jan 1998-Jun 1998
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Correspondence (includes post card from Oliver Stone)
Jul 1998-Dec 1998
Box: 5 Folder : 27 Correspondence (includes letters from Howard Fast, from Oliver Stone and from Tim Robbins; also, greeting card from Ron Kovic)
1999
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Correspondence (includes letter from Ralph Nader)
2000
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Correspondence (includes correspondence and book from Patch Adams)
Jan 2001-May 2001
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Correspondence
Jun 2001-Sep 2001
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Correspondence
Oct 2001-Dec 2001
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Correspondence
Jan 2002-Aug 2002
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Correspondence
Sep 2002-Dec 2002
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Correspondence (includes letter from Bill Moyers)
Jan 2003-Jun 2003
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Correspondence (includes letter from Lori Berenson)
Jul 2003-Dec 2003
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Correspondence (includes letters from Andre Gregory and from Viggo Mortensen)
Jan 2004-May 2004
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Correspondence (includes letter from Elizabeth Edwards)
Jun 2004-Dec 2004
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Correspondence (includes letter from Oliver Stone, and copy of Zinn response)
Jan 2005-Feb 2005
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Correspondence
Mar 2005-Apr 2005
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Correspondence
May 2005-Jun 2005
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Correspondence (includes letters from Jane Fonda and from Oliver Stone)
Jul 2005-Sep 2005
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Correspondence
Oct 2005-Dec 2005
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Correspondence
[2005]
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Correspondence (includes letter from Pete Seeger)
Jan 2006-Jun 2006
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Correspondence
Jul 2006-Dec 2006
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Correspondence
[2006]
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Correspondence (includes letter from Jonathan Kozol and email from Naomi Klein)
Jan 2007-Jun 2007
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Correspondence
Jul 2007-Dec 2007
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Correspondence
[2007]
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Correspondence
Jan 2008-Jun 2008
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence (includes email from Colin Firth and note and email from Dennis Lehane)
Jul 2008-Dec 2008
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Correspondence
[2008]
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Correspondence
Jan 2009-Jun 2009
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Correspondence (includes letter from Bill Moyers)
Jul 2009-Dec 2009
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Correspondence
[2009]
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Correspondence
2010
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Correspondence (includes letter from Don DeLillo)
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Cuba
1995-1998
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Prison
1973-1999
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Prison
2000-2009
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Prison
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Prison - Abu-Jamal, Mumia (includes related case material)
1989-2003
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Prison - Barrett, James W.
1975, 1990-1997, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Prison - Boudin, Kathy
1983-2004, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Correspondence: Prison - Boudin, Kathy - Includes Related Case Material
1981-1984
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Correspondence: Prison - Boudin, Kathy - Includes Series of Articles on Brink's Robbery
1982
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Correspondence: Prison - Buck, Marilyn
2003
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Correspondence: Prison - Crafts, Charles
1980, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Correspondence: Prison - Hicks, Kevin D.
1991-1996
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Correspondence: Prison - Hicks, Kevin D.
1997-2009, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Correspondence: Prison - Irons, Peter
1967-1968
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Correspondence: Prison - Lake, Richard Mafundi
2002-2004, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Correspondence: Prison - Landis, Lois
2004-2008
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Correspondence: Prison - Mann, Eric
1970
Box: 7 Folder : 27 Correspondence: Prison - Nassar, George (via Al Amery)
1975
Box: 7 Folder : 28 Correspondence: Prison - Reilly, Bruce
2001-2008
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Correspondence: Prison - Rufo, Ray
1974-1977, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Correspondence: Prison - Salah-El, Tiyo Attalah
1986-1999
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Correspondence: Prison - Salah-El, Tiyo Attalah
2000-2009, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Correspondence: Prison - Sousa, Jerry
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 33 Correspondence: Prison - Taylor, Clarence A.
2004, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn
1987-2003
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn
2004-2009, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Canoga Park High School (Thomas Doyle)
1993-1995
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Community College of Vermont
1998
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Georgia State University
1999-2000
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Glendora High School
1997
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Granada Hills / CSUN Magnet High School (Thomas Doyle)
1996, 1998
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Hickman High School
2004
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Jefferson Middle School
1993
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Josiah Quincy Upper School
2009
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Memphis Preparatory School
1986
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Ramapo College of New Jersey
1998
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Tigard High School (Bill Patterson)
1986-1987
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Tigard High School (Bill Patterson)
1988-1992
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - Tualatin High School (Bill Patterson)
1996-2001
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Correspondence: Student Reactions to Zinn - University of Massachusetts, Boston
1999

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