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Guide to the Dissent Magazine Records  TAM.642

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 25, 2016 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Molly Davy to reflect removal of microfilm  , March 2016

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the records of Dissent magazine, a quarterly publication that offers political and social commentary from intellectuals on the political left. A large portion of  Dissent's records relate to editorial board decisions and administrative procedures. The collections also contains several indices of  Dissent issues in the 1990s, pamphlets, and scrapbooks documenting the development of the magazine.

The collection's editorial board records contain correspondence and meeting minutes from the 1950s to the early 2000s, as well as materials relating to the formation of the magazine's non-profit organization the Foundation for the Study of Independent Social Ideas (FSISI) in 1980. It also contains several records relating to the founding of Dissent in 1954, including the magazines' original business license and documentation of their first bank account. Administrative files largely relate to the day-to-day activities of the magazine, including the creation of  Dissent's website and archive. Several files relating to the creation of the  Dissent archive contain correspondence documenting the magazine's attempt to compile documentation related to founding member and longtime editor Irving Howe. Several of these files contain photocopies of Howe's correspondence with  Dissent writers.

This collection also contains a series of papers from Dissent editorial board member Emanuel Geltman. These papers largely relate to Geltman's political activity prior to his involvement with  Dissent.

Other materials contained in this collection include video recordings of conferences and lectures and promotional materials related to special events.


This collection is arranged into series by subject and creator.