Beffel, John Nicholas

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From the description of John Nicholas Beffel papers, 1927-1949. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 68796293

From the description of Papers, 1927-1949. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34366789

John Nicholas Beffel (1887 1973) Radical journalist, publicist, and editor. A prolific writer of articles, essays, and publicity dealing with leftist issues, many pertaining to the syndicalist labor organization the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), anarchism and several noted anarchists. Beffel also produced short stories, autobiographical sketches and poems. Much of his activity involved defense committees for accused radicals in such cases as: the Mooney Billings Case in which the two men were found guilty of a fatal bombing during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco in 1916; the Centralia, Washington, case in which ten IWW's were accused of murder during an assault of IWW headquarters in connection with an Armistice Day parade in 1919; Sacco and Vanzetti; the Kentucky Miners Defense, stemming from the bloody “Battle of Evarts” in Harlan County, 1931; the case of Athos Terzani, an anti fascist accused of accidentally murdering a comrade during a fascist rally in New York in 1933; and the un¬solved political murder of anti fascist leader Carlo Tresca in 1943. Beffel was also involved with The League for Mutual Aid, a social service agency for leftists in need of assistance, founded by Roger Baldwin in 1920. Much of the boxes of correspondence relates to Beffel’s organizational and publicity efforts in these causes; much of the rest concerns his writings or those of his correspondents. Beffel edited several (published and unpblished) manuscripts, primarily by or about various anarchists (including Mikhail Bakunin, Rose Pesotta, and Harry Kelley, co-founder of the Ferrer colony in Stelton, N.J.), was interested in, and wrote about mysterious disappearances, and sometimes wrote articles under the names of Lancey Fitzgibbons, George Moresby, Mary Starland, Daniel Tower and others.

From the guide to the John Nicholas Beffel Papers, 1909-1970, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

John Beffel was a radical journalist, publicist and author who sometimes wrote articels under the names of Lancey Fitzgibbons, George Moresby, Mary Starland, Daniel Tower and others.

From the description of Papers, 1909-1970. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 478731549

Worked for the Chicago Daily News, and the Detroit Free Press. Later, he was managing editor for the Chicago Herald-Examiner, the New York World, the New York Daily Call and the New York Herald Tribune. For two years, he was publicity director for the American Civil Liberties Union. From 1936 to 1939 he was associated with the Brooklyn Public Relations Bureau.

In 1944 he began to handle publicity for the Workers Defense League, and engaged in free-lance publicity work, writing and editing.

From the description of John Nicholas Beffel papers, 1943-1954. (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32320820

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Beffel, John Nicholas. Papers, 1909-1970. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn League for Mutual Aid (U.S.). Records, 1920-1970. Wayne State University
referencedIn Art Young Papers, Bulk, 1924-1944, 1891-1955, (Bulk 1924-1944) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Labor Research Association Records, 1914-2009 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Mary E. Gawthorpe Papers, Bulk, 1907-1933, 1881-1990 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Beffel, John Nicholas. John Nicholas Beffel papers, 1927-1949. University of Michigan
creatorOf Morris, James Oliver, 1923-. Joe Hill papers, 1949-1950. University of Michigan
referencedIn Gawthorpe, Mary Eleanor, 1881-1973. Mary E. Gawthorpe : papers, 1881-1990 (bulk 1907-1933). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Young, Art, 1866-1943. Papers, 1913-1955 (bulk 1924-1944). New-York Historical Society
creatorOf American Civil Liberties Union. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1917-1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Labor and Radicalism Photograph Collection, Bulk, 1940-1965, 1860-1985 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. Ralph Chaplin papers, 1909-1948. University of Michigan
referencedIn Labor Research Association (U.S.). Records, 1914-1981. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn John Reed papers, 1903-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. Letter, 1959 Sep. 28, Tacoma, Wash., to John M. McClelland, Jr., Longview, Wash. University of Michigan
creatorOf Carey, George V. Papers, 1913-1950. University of Michigan
creatorOf Inglis, Agnes, 1870-1952. Papers, 1909-1954. University of Michigan
referencedIn Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives,. Tamiment Library general photograph collection [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Industrial Workers of the World. General Defense Committee. An open letter to President Harding from 52 members of the I.W.W. in Leavenworth Penitentiary who refuse to apply for individual clemency [1922]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Beffel, John Nicholas. Papers, 1927-1949. University of Michigan
creatorOf Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. Papers, 1909-1948. University of Michigan
creatorOf Carey, George V. George Carey papers, 1913-1950. University of Michigan
creatorOf Beffel, John Nicholas. Letter, 1935 May 5, Brooklyn, N.Y., to "Dear Vince" [n.p.] University of Michigan
creatorOf Beffel, John Nicholas. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1915-1933. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee. Aldino Felicani Collection: Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee Records, 1915-1977 ((bulk 1920-1927)). Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf John Nicholas Beffel Papers, 1909-1970 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Labor Research Association Records 1914-2001. New York University, Tamiment Library
creatorOf Beffel, John Nicholas. John Nicholas Beffel papers, 1943-1954. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
creatorOf Industrial Workers of the World. General Defense Committee. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1917-1932. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers, 1906-1970 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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Relation Name
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981. person
associatedWith Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972. person
associatedWith Bluestein, Abe person
associatedWith Bluestein, Abe. person
associatedWith Brazier, Richard. person
associatedWith Brotherhood of Utility Employees of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Brundage, Slim. person
associatedWith Carey, George V. person
associatedWith Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. person
associatedWith Ehrmann, Herbert B. (Herbert Brutus), b. 1891 person
associatedWith Eisenberg, Daniel person
associatedWith Eisenberg, Daniel. person
associatedWith Ellae, Enness person
associatedWith Ellae, Enness. person
associatedWith Ettor, Joseph J. person
associatedWith Ettor, Joseph James, 1885- person
associatedWith Felicani, Aldino, 1891-1967. person
associatedWith Feliciani, Aldino, 1891-1967 person
associatedWith Ferrer School. corporateBody
associatedWith Fitzgibbons, Lancey person
associatedWith Fitzgibbons, Lancey. person
associatedWith Furay, James Henry, 1879-1955. person
associatedWith Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948. person
associatedWith Gawthorpe, Mary Eleanor, 1881-1973. person
associatedWith Hall, Covington, 1871-1951. person
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World. corporateBody
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World. General Defense Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Inglis, Agnes, 1870-1952. person
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Kelly, Harry person
associatedWith Kelly, Harry. person
associatedWith Kelly, Harry May, 1871-1953. person
associatedWith Kentucky Miners Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith Labor Research Association (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith League for Mutual Aid. corporateBody
associatedWith League for Mutual Aid (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Metzkow, Max, 1854-1945. person
associatedWith Modern School (Stelton, N.J.). corporateBody
associatedWith Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942. person
associatedWith Moresby, George person
associatedWith Moresby, George. person
associatedWith Morris, James Oliver, 1923- person
associatedWith Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945. person
associatedWith O'Connor, Harvey, 1897-1987. person
associatedWith Pesotta, Rose, 1896- person
associatedWith Quinlan, Patrick L., 1883-1948. person
associatedWith Reed, John, 1887-1920 person
associatedWith Robbins, Matilda. person
associatedWith Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Rocker, Rudolf. person
associatedWith Rocker, Rudolf, 1873-1958 person
associatedWith Roy, Anna person
associatedWith Roy, Anna. person
associatedWith Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Sokoloff, Ivan. person
associatedWith Starret, Mary. person
associatedWith Starrett, Mary person
associatedWith Starrett, Vincent, 1886-1974. person
associatedWith Steelink, Nicolaas, b. 1890. person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, corporateBody
associatedWith Terzani, Athos person
associatedWith Terzani, Athos. person
associatedWith Thompson, Fred. person
associatedWith Thompson, Fred, 1900-1987. person
associatedWith Town, Eleanor F. person
associatedWith Tresca, Carlo. person
associatedWith Wehde, Albert. person
associatedWith Workers' Defense League. corporateBody
associatedWith Young, Art, 1866-1943. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Illinois--Chicago
Harlan County (Ky.)
United States
Soviet Union
New York (State)--New York
Evarts (Ky.)
Evarts (Ky.)
Harlan County (Ky.)
Stelton (N.J.)
Stelton (N.J.)
Subject
Socialism
Literature, Modern--20th century
Anarchists--Biography
Right and left (Political science)
Communism
Syndicalism--United States
Syndicalists--United States
Anarchists
Sacco--Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
Newspaper editors
Social movements
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