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Preliminary Inventory to the Jay Schaffner Papers TAM 526

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jay Schaffner Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1950-2010
Dates [bulk]: 1970-1990
Abstract: Jay Schaffner (1952-), was an activist and official in the Young Workers Liberation League, a youth group affiliated with the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), of which he was also a member, and rom 1983-1991 Schaffner led the New York City-based Anniversary Tours, a travel agency associated with the CPUSA that organized trips to the Soviet Union and other socialist countries. Schaffner left the CPUSA in 1991 and joined the Committees of Correspondence, founded in 1991, and which in 2000 changed its name to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, which is a democratic socialist group largely formed by dissident members of the CPUSA, and was its treasure from 1993-2003. The papers contain records of the YWLL, CPUSA, COC/CCDS, and include convention discussion materials, reports, statements, notebooks, subject files, and clippings. There are also a single file on the Labor Youth League, a 1950s CPUSA affiliated youth organization; several each on Anniversary Tours and on the Greek Communist Party in the 1970s-1980s, some in Greek, and on Schafffner's 1976 trip to Greece to attend the congress of the Communist Youth of Greece.
Quantity: 25 Linear Feet in 25 boxes
Location: Materials are stored off-site and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 526

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Historical/Biographical Note

Jay Schaffner (1952-), was an activist and a leading official in the W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs of America, and its successor, the Young Workers Liberation League (YWLL), founded in 1979 (The YWLL changed its name to the Young Communist League in 1983), both youth groups affiliated with the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), of which he was also a member from 1968-1991, holding a variety of posts, including being a member of the National Organization Bureau and the Central Committee. Schaffner was also a CPUSA activist in Illinois in the late 1960s-early 1970s. In 1976 he attended the the congress of the Communist Youth of Greece, the youth group of the Greek communist party. From 1983-1991 Schaffner led the New York City-based Anniversary Tours, a travel agency associated with the CPUSA that organized trips to the Soviet Union and other socialist countries. and befor that, of Voices of the Future, a youth travel and speakers bureau. Schaffner left the Communist Party in 1991 and was a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence (COC), founded in 1991, which in 2000 changed its name to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), which is a democratic socialist group largely formed by dissident members of the CPUSA, and has served as its New York Coordinator (1991-1993) and National Treasurer (1993-2003)and shas been a member of its executive board (1991-2005). He is also (1991 to date, i.e., 2010) a staff member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, which represents musicians in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and is also one of the moderators of the progressive listserv, Portside.

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Scope and Contents

The papers contain records of the W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs of America, the Young Workers Liberation League, the Communist Party USA, the Committees of Correspondence / Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and include convention discussion materials, reports, statements, notebooks, subject files, and clippings. The materials cover the activity of Schaffner and these organizations in Illinois, New York, the United States, and internationally. There are also files on Schaffner's 1970 trip to North Vietnam, including his notebooks, clippings and other materials documenting student political activity at Niles Township High School (Illinois), a single file on the Labor Youth League, a 1950s Communist Party affiliated youth organization, several files each on Anniversary Tours, Voices of the Future, and on the Greek Communist Party in the 1970s-1980s, some in Greek, and on Schafffner's 1976 trip to Greece.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Schaffner, Jay
  • Schaffner, Jay

Subject Organizations

  • Committees of Correspondence (U.S.)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • Anniversary Tours
  • Young Workers Liberation League
  • Kommounistikon Komma tēs Hellados
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs of America
  • Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Communists -- Illinois.
  • Socialism and youth -- United States.
  • Communism -- Illinois.
  • High school students -x Political activity -- Illinois -- Niles (Township)
  • Communism -- New York (State).
  • Jewish communists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Socialism -- New York (State).

Subject Places

  • Niles (Ill. : Township)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Jay Schaffner, the creator of this collection, were transferred to New York University in 2010. Permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Jay Schaffner Papers; TAM 526; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Communist Party of the United States of America Records (TAM 132) contains a series of records of the Young Workers Liberation League.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jay Schaffner in 2010. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2010.013 and 2010.082.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Young Workers Liberation League
1969-1975
Box: 2 Young Workers Liberation League
1976-1980
Box: 3 Young Workers Liberation League (1976-1984); Notebooks (1986-1977, beginning)
1968-1984
Box: 4 Notebooks (1968-1977, end)
1968-1977
Box: 5 Notes and Speeches (1968-1980); Chicago (1968-1971, beginning)
1968-1980
Box: 6 Chicago (1968-1971, end)
undated
Box: 7 Greek Communist Party; Jay Schaffner's Trip to Greece; CPUSA Educational Materials
1970s-1980s
Box: 8 Communist Party Documents
1970s-1980s
Box: 9 Communist Party Documents (1970s-1990s): Labor Youth League (1950s); Anniversary Tours
undated
Box: 10 Communist Party pre-1991 Convention Discussion Materials; Various Subject Files; Communist Party (1969-1979, begin)
1969-1990s
Box: 11 Communist Party (1969-1979, end); Communist Party USA and New York State (1979-1991, begin); Anniversary Tours
1969-1991
Box: 12 Anniversary Tours; Communist Party, USA and New York State (1979-1991, end); Communist Party (1992-1994); Committees of Correspondence, aka COC (1991-1994)
1979-1994
Box: 13 Communist Party (1991-1994); Committees of Correspondence (1991-1994)
1991-1994
Box: 14 Committees of Correspondence (National and New York State)
1992-1994
Box: 15 Committees of Correspondence
1993-1998
Box: 16 Committees of Correspondence / Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, aka CCDS (1993-2005); Subject Files; Tributes to Lou Diskin, Gil Green, Jack Spiegel
1993-1999, undated
Box: 17 Committees of Correspondence / Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 1990-2005; Voices of the Future
1990-2005
Box: 18 Committees of Correspondence / Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
1990s-2000s
Box: 19 Committees of Correspondence / Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
1990s-2000s
Box: 20 Schaffner's 1970 trip to North Vietnam (includes his notebooks); Niles Township High School, Skokie Illinois (clippings on student activism, etc.), 1970s; Voices of the Future, Anniversary Tours, 1980s.
1970s-1980s
Box: 21 Jobs (includes music CD), Committees of Correspondence, and Alliance to End Repression and ACLU v. Chicago
1970s-early 2000s
Box: 22 Committees of Correspondence: Notes, Correspondence, Finances, and Conventions
1990s-early 2000s
Box: 23 Anniversary Tours
1970s-1991
Box: 24 Anniversary Tours (1970s-1990) and Chronological Files (1963-1997)
1963-1997
Box: 25 Chronological Files (1998-2010), Empire State College, and Scrapbook relating to Anniversary Tours
1970s-2010

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