Lovestone, Jay

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General secretary, Communist Party, U.S.A., 1927-1929, and Communist Party (Opposition), 1929-1940; executive secretary, Free Trade Union Committee, American Federation of Labor, 1944-1955; assistant director and director, International Affairs Department, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1955-1974.

From the description of Jay Lovestone papers, 1904-1989. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754870674

Biographical Note

  • 1907 or 1908: Moved to the United States
  • 1913 - 1915 : Early teens became interested in DeLeonite Socialist Labor Party and shortly thereafter joined Socialist Party
  • 1914 - 1918 : Attended City College of New York and became a member of the Socialist Study Club which was affiliated with the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. In 1917, became president of the society's branch at C.C.N.Y.
  • 1918: Graduated, City College of New York
  • 1918 - 1920 : Held a number of jobs and at various times attended classes at the City College of Accounting, New York University Law School, and Columbia University
  • 1919: Helped to organize the left wing sections of the pro-Communists in New York. Later became delegate to the founding convention of the American Communist Party.* [*The American Communist Party underwent several reorganizations and name changes during the time Jay Lovestone was a member. Please see Series Description for further information]. He was elected to the Program Committee and the First Central Executive Committee
  • 1921: Assistant Secretary, Communist Party
  • 1922: National Secretary, Communist Party
  • 1923: Author of The Government -Strikebreaker, a study of government intervention in the strikes of 1921-1922
  • 1925: Organization Secretary, Communist Party
  • 1927: General Secretary, Communist Party
  • 1929: Ousted from Communist Party by Iosip Stalin
  • 1929 - 1940 : Founder and head of Communist Party Opposition known as Lovestoneites or Lovestone Group.* [*The Communist Party Opposition underwent several name changes during the time Jay Lovestone headed the group. Please see Series Description for further information].
  • 1942 - 1944 : Committee to Defend America -Citizens for Victory
  • 1944 - 1956 : Director, International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Political Department Director, International Affairs Department Executive Secretary, American Federation of Labor (AF of L), Free Trade Union Committee
  • 1956 - 1963 : Director of International Publications, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Assistant Director of International Affairs Department, AFL-CIO
  • 1963 - 1974 : Director of International Affairs Department, AFL-CIO
  • 1974 - 1990 : Consultant on International Affairs, ILGWU and AFL-CIO
  • 1990, March 7: Died, New York City

From the guide to the Jay Lovestone Papers, 1906-1989, (Hoover Institution Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn ILGWU. Local 89. Luigi Antonini correspondence, 1919-1968 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Gitlow, Benjamin, 1891-1965. Papers, 1910-1968. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library
referencedIn Daniel Nilva Photographs - Part I - Negatives, Bulk, 1950-1960, 1934-1975, (Bulk 1950-1960) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Louise Page Morris papers, 1950-1984 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn ILGWU. New York Cloak Joint Board records, 1926-1973 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Social Democrats, USA Records, 1937-1994, (Bulk 1970-1994) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Jonas, Sidney. Sidney Jonas papers, 1933-1938. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Papers, 1925-1997 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Deverall, Richard L.-G. (Richard Lawrence-Grace), 1911-. The Richard Deverall papers. Catholic University of America
referencedIn Rare Pamphlet Collection. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Relations Dept. ILGWU. International Relations Department records, 1968-1995. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Montgomery, David, 1927-. David Montgomery papers, [ca.1960-2000]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Mortimer, Wyndham, 1884-1966,. Oral history interview with Wyndham Mortimer, 1960. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Martin, Warren Homer, 1902-1968,. Oral history interview with Homer Martin, 1959. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1884-1983, 1920-1960 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. ILGWU. Local 89. Luigi Antonini correspondence, 1919-1968. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Leon Trotsky exile papers, 1929-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Victor Riesel Papers, Bulk, 1940-1980, 1929-1994 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Riesel, Victor. Papers, 1929-1994 (bulk 1940-1980). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Frankensteen, Richard T., 1907-. Oral history interview with Richard Frankensteen, 1959. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Alex Bittelman Papers, 1931-1972 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. New York Cloak Joint Board. ILGWU. New York Cloak Joint Board records, 1926-1973. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fleckenstein, Norbert J. (Norbert John), 1912-1986. Papers of Norbert J. Fleckenstein, 1934-1965, (bulk 1934-1939). University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Assistant President. ILGWU. Gus Tyler papers, 1952-1980. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Serafino Romualdi papers, 1936-1967 [bulk 1946-1966]. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Louis Stulberg, President. Correspondence, 1945-1977 [bulk 1966-1975]. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Charles S. Zimmerman papers, 1919-1958 [bulk 1920-1945]. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Elly Borochowicz Papers, Bulk, 1942-1985, 1913-1985 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn ILGWU. International Relations Department records, 1968-1995 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
creatorOf Lovestone, Jay. Jay Lovestone papers, 1904-1989. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept., Biography files. Pt.3. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Romualdi, Serafino, 1900-1967. Series 3. General correspondence, 1943-1967. Cornell University Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Jay Lovestone Papers, 1906-1989 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman papers, 1930-1946, 1935-1945 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Draper, Theodore, 1912-2006. Theodore Draper research files, 1919-1970. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Edward K. Welsh Papers, Bulk, 1960-1969, circa 1930-1974 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf International Relief Association. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1933. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Earl Browder Papers, 1879-1990 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn ILGWU. Gus Tyler papers, 1952-1980 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Borochowicz, Elly Breucker, 1902-1989. Papers, 1913-1985. 1942-1984 (bulk). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Lauck, W. Jett (William Jett), 1879-1949. W. Jett Lauck papers, 1913-1947. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Darcy, Samuel, 1905-. Oral history interviews with Samuel Adams Darcy, 1970 September 18 and 1971 March 23. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Boris Souvarine papers, 1915-1984 (inclusive), 1940-1984 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn David Montgomery Papers, ca. 1960-ca. 2000 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America records, 1914-1980, 1920-1950 (bulk) Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
creatorOf Morris, Louise Page. Louise Page Morris papers, 1950-1984. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. President's Office. ILGWU. Louis Stulberg correspondence, 1945-1977. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Bittelman, Alex, 1890-1982. Things I have learned, Autobiographical typescript, 1963. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn ILGWU. Gus Tyler papers, 1956-1996 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Series 6, Subseries 4. Bayard Rustin interview, 1977. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Romualdi, Serafino, 1900-1967. Serafino Romualdi. Series 9. Miscellaneous correspondence, files and clippings, 1951-1968. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Finn, E. Jay Lovestone, recorded interview by E. Finn, Aug. 30, 1978. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Lovestone, Jay. Jay Lovestone. Papers, 1929-1983. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Victor Riesel Papers, Bulk, 1940-1980, 1929-1994, (Bulk 1940-1980) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Assistant President. ILGWU. Gus Tyler papers, 1956-1996. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). Washington Office. Congress of Industrial Organizations Washington Office records, 1950-1956, (bulk 1952-1955). Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Ruth Fischer papers, 1925-1961 (inclusive) 1940-1961 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Daniel Nilva Photographs - Part I - Negatives, Bulk, 1950-1960, 1934-1975, (Bulk 1950-1960) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith AFL-CIO. corporateBody
associatedWith AFL-CIO. Executive Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Labor. Free Trade Union Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Angelton, James. person
associatedWith Beichman, Arnold. person
associatedWith Bittelman, Alex, 1890-1982. person
associatedWith Borochowicz, Elly Breucker, 1902-1989. person
associatedWith Brombart, David. person
associatedWith Browder, Earl, 1891-1973 person
associatedWith Bruegel, John. person
associatedWith Bundy, Eldridge. person
associatedWith Communist International. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party U.S.A. (Opposition) corporateBody
correspondedWith Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). Washington Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Coste, Brutus. person
associatedWith Dan, Phan-Quang. person
associatedWith Darcy, Samuel, 1905- person
associatedWith Deverall, Richard L.-G. (Richard Lawrence-Grace), 1911- person
associatedWith Dohrn, Klaus. person
correspondedWith Doris Stevens person
associatedWith Draper, Theodore, 1912-2006. person
associatedWith Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Eddy, George A. person
associatedWith Eivan, Amos. person
associatedWith Finn, E. person
correspondedWith Fischer, Ruth, 1895- person
associatedWith Fleckenstein, Norbert J. (Norbert John), 1912-1986. person
associatedWith Frankensteen, Richard T., 1907- person
correspondedWith Gitlow, Benjamin, 1891-1965. person
associatedWith Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Assistant President. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Assistant President. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Relations Department. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Relations Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. New York Cloak Joint Board. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. President's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith International Relief Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983. person
associatedWith Jonas, Sidney. person
associatedWith Kethley, Anna. person
correspondedWith Lauck, W. Jett (William Jett), 1879-1949. person
associatedWith Martin, Warren Homer, 1902-1968, person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Meany, George, 1894- person
associatedWith Mihajlov, Mihajlo, 1934-2010. person
associatedWith Montgomery, David, 1927- person
associatedWith Morris, Louise Page. person
associatedWith Morris, Louise Page. person
associatedWith Mortimer, Wyndham, 1884-1966, person
associatedWith National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. corporateBody
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Paladino, Morris. person
associatedWith Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Riesel, Victor. person
associatedWith Romualdi, Serafino person
associatedWith Romualdi, Serafino, 1900-1967. person
associatedWith Shanker, Albert. person
associatedWith Social Democrats, USA corporateBody
correspondedWith Souvarine, Boris. person
associatedWith Taft, Philip, 1902-1976. person
associatedWith Tehas, Virginia. person
associatedWith Thieman, Elfrieda. person
correspondedWith Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940 person
associatedWith Tyler, Gus. person
associatedWith Weiner, Herbert E., 1921- person
associatedWith Welsh, Edward K., 1902-1979 person
associatedWith Wittfogel, Karl. person
associatedWith Zimmerman, Charles S., 1896-1983. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Subject
Labor unions
Labor movement--United States
Communism
Trade-unions and communism
Trade unions--United States
Trade-unions
Labor unions and communism
Labor movement
Communism--United States
Occupation
Function

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Birth 1897-12-15

Death 1990-03-07

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