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Guide to the Max Gordon: Communist Party, USA Crisis of 1956-1958: Internal Documents Collection TAM 519

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Max Gordon Communist Party, USA Internal Documents Collection
Dates: ca.1956-1958
Abstract: Max Gordon (1910-1990) was the (New York) City Editor of the Communist Pary USA's newspaper, the Daily Worker who sided with the unsuccessful social democratic reform faction during the 1956-1958 internal Party struggle in the aftermath of the famous "secret" speech in April 1956 by Nikita Khrushchev denouncing Stalin at the twentieth congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. This small collection consists of internal policy statements official and unofficial, by local and nationalParty bodies or by leading members.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM 519

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Historical/Biographical Note

Max Gordon (1910-1990) was the (New York) City Editor of the Communist Pary USA's newspaper, the Daily Worker who sided with the unsuccessful social democratic reform faction during the Party's 1956-1958 internal struggle in the aftermath of the famous "secret" speech in April 1956 by Nikita Khrushchev denouncing Stalin at the twentieth congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He was born in Gloversville, N.Y., graduated from City College, was an organizer for the Party in the Albany, N.Y. area before joining the editorial staff of the  Daily Worker in 1942.

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Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of internal policy statements official and unofficial, by local and nationalParty bodies or by leading members. Notable individuals represented include A.B. Magil (on Yugoslavia) and James Jackson (on issues pertaining to African Americans). There are also documents from the Ohio Party organization and from a group of members of the Party's the Southern California District, and a press release issued in response to the 1958 resignation of Daily Worker editor John Gates.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into one alphabetically arranged series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Strack, Celeste
  • Magil, A. B. (Abraham Bernard), 1905-
  • Jackson, James E., 1914-2007
  • Gordon, Nicholas

Document Type

  • Documents.
  • Reports.

Subject Organizations

  • Communist Party of the United States of America (Ohio)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America. Southern California District
  • Communist Party of the United States of America

Subject Topics

  • Jewish communists -- United States.
  • African American communists.
  • Communism -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Nicholas Gordon (son), September 17, 1984

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 ca.1956-1958, are expected to enter the public domain in 2078.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Nicholas Gordon in 1984. The accession number associated with this gift is 2009.089.

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Container List

Collection

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Communist Party National Administrative Committee: Press Release on the Resignation of John Gates
Jan 10, 1958
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Communist Party National Administrative Committee: "To All Members of the National Committee"
Dec 3, 1957
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Draft Labor Policy [Unsigned]
n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Fund Drive [New York State Report]
Jul 3, 1958
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Jackson, James E. "Certain Concepts Towards a Resolution on the C.P. and the Negro Question."
n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Jackson, James E. "C.P. Position or Status and Prospects of the "Black Belt""
ca. 1956
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Magil, A.B. "The Yugoslav Question."
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "Memorandum on Negro History Week. . ." / New York State Communist Party Educational Department
ca. 1958
Box: 1 Folder : 9 New York State [Communist Party] Committee Documents
1957-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Report of the Ohio State Board to the State Committee
Nov 11, 1956
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Strack, Celeste. Letter to the National Committee from Members of the Southern California C.P. District [with a cover letter to Max Gordon]
1957-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 12 "Toward Establishing the Basis for a Program in Culture" / by P.B.
n.d.

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