Young People's Socialist League

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The Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL) has been the name of the youth section of the Socialist Party USA (SP). It originated in New York City in 1907 as the Young People's Socialist Federation, however, by 1918 it became known as the YPSL (members were often referred to as Yipsels). In the 1930s, the majority of the YPSL membership sided with the Militant faction within the Socialist Party, led by Norman Thomas, against the more moderate "Old Guard" linked to the garment industry unions, the Rand School, and the SP's periodical, the New Leader, which withdrew from the SP in 1936 to form the Social Democratic Federation. In that same year, U.S. Trotskyists entered the SP and the YPSL en masse in an attempt to win them to their political program, and within the YPSL, they had considerable success. A number of Yipsels, such as sociologist Daniel Bell, would go on to become prominent intellectuals, in particular within the anti-communist left. The YPSL continued to exist, with some periodic mergers with other organizations and related name changes, into the 1980s, with Trotskyists, and former Trotskyists, playing an important role.

From the guide to the Young People's Socialist League Records, undated, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.). Records, 1900-1987. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.). Records, 1900-1976. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf AFSCME. Song-sheets and song-books used by labor organizations. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Weintraub, Hyman. Collection of Socialist Party material, ca. 1924-1946. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Guide to the Harry Fleischman Papers, 1929-1994 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lash, Joseph P., 1909-1987. Papers, 1934-1978. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Harvard University Student Strike, : General File, 1969 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.). Records of the Socialist Party (U.S.), 1897-1976. Library of Congress
referencedIn Julius Bernstein, 1919-. Julius Bernstein Papers 1920-1984 (bulk 1950-1977). New York University, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York Labor Records Su
creatorOf Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.). Records, 1954-1992. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.). Records, 1954-1976, 1980-1985. Wisconsin historical society
referencedIn Mendel V. Halushka Papers, 1919-1958 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn George E. Rennar papers, 1933-1972 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Thomas Barton Papers MS 539., 1947-1978, 1960-1974 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn Alexander, Robert J. (Robert Jackson), 1918-2010. Robert Jackson Alexander papers, 1890-1999 (bulk 1945-1999). Rutgers University
referencedIn Charters and Certificates of Affiliation Collection, 1888-1986 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Young People's Socialist League Records, undated Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Ernest Erber Papers, 1940s-2000s Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Morey, R. Hunter, 1940- . Papers, 1962-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Gershman, Carl. Carl Gershman papers, 1962-1984. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). Students for a Democratic Society records, 1934-1966 (bulk 1946-1966). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Young People's Socialist League. [Minor publications]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Guide to the Tamiment Library Newspapers, 1873-2014 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Pierson and Alice Ostrow Papers, 1928-1993 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Vogel, Virgil J. Collection, 1903-1980 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn John Reed papers, 1903-1967. Houghton Library
creatorOf Socialist Party (Wis.). Records, 1897-1955. Library Council of Metropolitan Milwaukee
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.) Printed Ephemera Collection, 1901-2002 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Friedan, Betty, 1921-2006. Papers, 1933-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Novik, Morris S., 1903-. Morris Novick Papers. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Student Peace Union Records, 1959-1964 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Julius Bernstein Papers, Bulk, 1950-1977, 1920-1984 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Fleischman, Harry. Oral histories [sound recording], 1973-1982. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Harry Lopatin Papers and Photographs, Bulk, 1930-1959, 1904, circa 1920-1990 (bulk 1930-1959) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Red Falcons of America (Organization). Records, 1932-1938. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Graham, Peter. Memorandum, 1979. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.). Socialist Party of America papers, addendum, 1919-1976 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Guide to the Daniel Bell Research Files on U.S. Communism, Socialism, and the Labor Movement, 1886-1980 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Manson, Jules J. Jules J. Manson papers, 1930s-1980s. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Young People's Socialist League. Records, 1926-1962. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Young Socialist Alliance. Handbills distributed by Socialist organizations on the University of California, Berkeley campus, 1935-1968. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Red Falcons of America Records, 1932-1938 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Julius Bernstein Papers, Bulk, 1950-1977, 1920-1984 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Harry Fleischman Papers, 1929-1994 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn International Socialists Records, 1970-1979 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Myra Tanner Weiss Papers, Bulk, 1952-1963, 1933-1997 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Socialism history collection, 1910-1956 (bulk 1934-1941). Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Kruse, William F., 1891-1952. William F. Kruse papers ca. 1915-1940s. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Hyman Weintraub and William Goldberg Collection of Socialist Party Material, ca. 1924-1946 University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alexander, Robert J. (Robert Jackson), 1918-2010. person
associatedWith Barton, Thomas. person
associatedWith Bell, Daniel, 1919- person
associatedWith Bernstein, Julius, 1919- person
associatedWith Betty Friedan person
associatedWith Erber, Ernest, 1913- person
associatedWith Fleischman, Harry. person
associatedWith Gershman, Carl. person
associatedWith Graham, Peter. person
associatedWith Halushka, Mendel V., 1904-1958 person
associatedWith International Socialists (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Julius Bernstein, 1919- person
associatedWith Kruse, William F., 1891-1952. person
associatedWith Lash, Joseph P., 1909-1987. person
associatedWith Lopatin, Harry person
associatedWith Manson, Jules J. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Morey, R. Hunter, 1940- . person
associatedWith Novik, Morris S., 1903- person
associatedWith Ostrow, Alice Scardino, 1915-2001 person
associatedWith Ostrow, Pierson, 1914-1967 person
associatedWith Red Falcons of America. person
associatedWith Red Falcons of America (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Reed, John, 1887-1920 person
associatedWith Rennar, George E. person
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.). Youth Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Party (Wis.) corporateBody
associatedWith Student Peace Union (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Vogel, Virgil J. person
associatedWith Weintraub, Hyman person
associatedWith Weintraub, Hyman. corporateBody
associatedWith Weiss, Myra Tanner person
associatedWith Young Communist League of the U.S. corporateBody
associatedWith Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Subject
Communism
Press, Socialist
Socialism and youth
Socialism and youth
Trotskyism
Occupation
Activity

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Active 1897

Active 1955

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