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Guide to the Committees of Correspondence (U.S) Records TAM 220

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Collection processed by Katja Vehlow, 2000

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 02, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Committees of Correspondence (U.S.) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1991-1997
Abstract: The Committees on Correspondence was organized in 1992 after the 1991 Communist Party USA convention as a non-Leninist, democratic socialist organization to dispute the policies and leadership of CPUSA head, Gus Hall. The movement centered around the respected veteran communist and former leading CP official, Gil Green (1906-1997). The Committees on Correspondence sought to reach out to others on the left outside the Party, and held conferences in 1992 and 1994 to formally establish the new organization. Around 2000, the Committee on Correspondence changed its name to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. The collection includes: letters, memos, statements, minutes, photographs, and emails that document formation of the organization and national leadership meeting minutes.
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet in one record carton and two manuscript boxes.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM 220

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Historical/Biographical Note

The late 1980s and early 1990s saw, within the Communist Party of the USA (aka CP or CPUSA), the growth of an informal dissident reformist current, centered around the respected veteran communist and former leading CP official, Gil Green (1906-1997). Prepatory to the CP's November 1991 national convention in Cleveland, this group coalesced under the name "Initiative" to dispute the policies and leadership of CP head Gus Hall. After their defeat, which included an acrimonious credentials struggle that saw the Cleveland police called to enforce the rulings of the Gus Hall-dominated convention, the reformers withdrew from the CP and established the Committees of Correspondence in 1992 as a non-Leninist, democratic socialist organization. The new group, while composed principally of ex-Communists, sought to reach out to others on the left, and held a conference in San Francisco in July 1992, to formally establishing a new organization, which did not occur until the July 1994 convention in Chicago. The organization's name was changed, circa 2000, to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

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Scope and Content Note

The content of this collection reflects the origins of the Committees of Correspondence. Since the split with the CPUSA was in large measure connected to different approaches towards democratic processes within the Party, these procedures take up a lot of room in the discussions. There is also discussion of the meaning and relevance of socialism and socialist ideas in light of the collapse of the Communist bloc. Discussions of the envisioned character of the new organization are in various forms: letters, memos, statements, executive committee and national coordinating committee meeting minutes, photographs of members, and emails. The national leadership discussions are documented in detailed minutes and, frequently, hand-written notes by participants; the same is true for the national conventions. Although the Committees of Correspondence consisted of many local branches, it is only the Northern Californians whose activities are reflected here. The correspondence is largely national with some contacts to the international leftist scene.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Green, Gil, 1906-

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Electronic mail.
  • Minutes (administrative records)

Subject Organizations

  • Committees of Correspondence (U.S.)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Communism -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The archived website was migrated from the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service to the Internet Archive's Archive-It Service in November 2015. The link to California Digital Library was removed in October 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Committees of Correspondence was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Committees of Correspondence (U.S.) Records; TAM 220; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Materials

Gil Green Papers (TAM 095)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at https://archive-it.org/organizations/567.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by the Committees of Correspondence in circa 2000. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 2000.010, 2000.011, and NPA.2005.071.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Committees of Correspondence (U.S.) Photographs (PHOTOS 208). In 2013, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Committees of Correspondence (U.S.) Records.

In 2014, the archived websites were added as a series.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Photographs
1991-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Cleveland Meeting of the Initiative
Nov 1991
Box: 1 Folder : 2 From "Initiative" to Committees of Correspondence
Nov 1991-Jan 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Initiative
Oct 1991-Dec 1991
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters in Response to the Appeal of the "Ad Hoc Committee"
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Notes on the Cleveland-Convention by a Dissident
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "People's Weekly World" Lockout
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Post-Cleveland Position Papers of Committees of Correspondence Members
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Statements Concerning the Split
1991-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Newspaper Clippings
1991-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Financial Records
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Committees of Correspondence-Youth Caucus
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence with Japanese Activist
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 14 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 15 National Executive Committee Minutes
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 16 New York Committees of Correspondence - Meeting
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 17 San Francisco Conference - Endorsements
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 18 San Francisco Conference - Reactions and Statements
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 19 San Francisco Conference - Speeches, Resolutions
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 20 San Francisco Conference - Workshops
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence with German Activists
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Kendra Alexander (1946-1993)
1992-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Committees of Correspondence - Regional Initiatives (California)
1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence with South African Activists
1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Committees of Correspondence Flyers, Invites
1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Press Releases
1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 28 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
Jun 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 29 National Executive Committee Minutes
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Proposals for Structures and Goals of the Committees of Correspondence
circa 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Correspondence with French Activists
1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Founding Convention Preparation - Delegates, Committees, Tables
1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Rules Committee for the Founding Convention
1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 34 By Laws Committee
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Co-Chairs
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Convention Advertisement Journals
1994, 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Convention Greetings
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Correspondence
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Correspondence: Post-Convention Thank You Notes
Jul 1994-Aug 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Founding Convention - Speaker Invitations
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Founding Convention - Speeches, Statements
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Name Proposals
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 43 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
Jan 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 44 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
Nov 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 45 National Executive Committee Minutes
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Nominations - Convention (with biographies)
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Programmatic Suggestions for Committees of Correspondence and Founding Convention
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Correspondence
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 49 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
May 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 50 National Coordinating Committee Convention
Dec 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 51 South Africa Trip
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Co-Chairs
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Committees of Correspondence Convention - By Laws, Resolutions
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Convention Arrangements (Invites, Registrations)
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Committees of Correspondence Convention - Comments (Post Convention)
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Convention - Cultural Event
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Convention - Memos, Drafts
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Convention - Nominations and Elections
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Convention Preparations: Workshops
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 8 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
Mar 1996
Box: 2 Folder : 9 National Coordinating Committee Minutes
Dec 1996
Box: 2 Folder : 10 National Executive Committee Minutes
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 11 National Executive Committee Minutes
1997
Box: 3 Committees of Correspondence Videos
1992-1996
Archived Website

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism: Aug 13, 2009-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/http://www.cc-ds.org/]

Scope and Content Note

The Committees on Correspondence was organized in 1992 after the 1991 Communist Party USA convention as a non-Leninist, democratic socialist organization to dispute the policies and leadership of CPUSA head, Gus Hall. The movement centered around veteran communist and former leading CP official, Gil Green (1906-1997). The Committees on Correspondence sought to reach out to others on the left outside the Party, and held conferences in 1992 and 1994 to formally establish the new organization. Around 2000, the Committee on Correspondence changed its name to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. The website contains information on their conventions, publications, including their newsletter, the Mobilizer, by- laws, and other materials.

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