Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.)

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The Jefferson School of Social Science (1943-1956) was a Marxist adult education institute in New York City. Like its predecessor, the Workers School (1923-1943), it was associated with the Communist Party, USA. The school occupied a nine story building at 575 Sixth Avenue, offered hundreds of courses to as many as 5000 students each term, and published course-related pamphlets. Librarian Henry Black accumulated a 30,000 volume library, and compiled course-related bibliographies. Among the faculty were a number of leftist academics dismissed from the City University of New York, including the school's director, Howard Selsam. The courses ranged from the year-long Institute of Marxist Studies to cultural and self-improvement offerings. The Subversive Activities Control Board's designation of the school as a Communist-controlled organization, led to the closing of the school in the fall of 1956.

From the description of Records and indexes, 1931-1958 (bulk 1944-1955). (New York University). WorldCat record id: 478461279

From the guide to the Jefferson School of Social Science Records and Indexes, Bulk, 1944-1955, 1931-1958, (Bulk 1944-1955), (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

The Jefferson School of Social Science (1943-1956) was a Marxist adult education institute in New York City associated with the Communist Party, USA. At its height it had as many as 5000 students.

From the guide to the Jefferson School of Social Science Collection, 1950-1956, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Kramer, Leon, 1889-1962. Leon Kramer papers, 1874-1964. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, UWM Libraries
referencedIn Doxey A. Wilkerson papers, 1927-1993, 1950's-1980's The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Printed Ephemera Collection on Organizations, 1886- Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Janet Pinkard Collection, 1933-1952 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf AFSCME. Song-sheets and song-books used by labor organizations. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Guide to the Communist Party of the United States of America Records, 1892-2009 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.). Records [microform], 1942-1956. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers of Eleanor Flexner, 1895?-1995 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.). Records and indexes, 1931-1958 (bulk 1944-1955). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Guide to the Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.) Records and Indexes, 1931-1958 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1895?-1995 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Selsam, Howard, 1903-. Papers, [ca. 1935]-1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Wilkerson, Doxey Alphonso, 1905-1993. Doxey A. Wilkerson papers, 1927-1993 (bulk 1950's-1980's) New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Guide to the Alfred F. Young Papers, 1930s-1960s Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Reference Center for Marxist Studies Pamphlet Collection, 1900-2004 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Jefferson School of Social Science Collection, 1950-1956 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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associatedWith Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003. person
associatedWith Black, Henry. person
associatedWith Black, Henry. Fundamentals of subject cataloging. person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. Farm Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Davis, Benjamin J. (Benjamin Jefferson), 1903-1964 person
associatedWith Davis, Benjamin J., Jr. person
associatedWith Dunne, William F. person
associatedWith Dunne, William Francis, 1887-1953 person
associatedWith Eleanor Flexner, 1908- person
associatedWith Flexner, Eleanor, 1908-1995. person
associatedWith Foner, Philip Sheldon, 1910-1994. person
associatedWith Foster, William Z., 1881-1961. person
associatedWith Kramer, Leon, 1889-1962. person
associatedWith Pinkard, Janet. person
associatedWith Reference Center for Marxist Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith School for Democracy (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Selsam, Howard, 1903- person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Subversive Activities Control Board. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilkerson, Doxey Alphonso, 1905- person
associatedWith Young, Alfred person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Subject cataloging--Handbooks, manuals, etc
Communism
Activism and social reform
Working class--Education--United States--History--20th century
Socialism and education--United States
Right and left (Political science)
Radicalism
Communism--1917-
Subversive activities
Education--Political aspects--United States--History--20th century
Adult education
General Strike, Seattle, Wash., 1919
Adult education--New York (State)--New York
Communism--United States
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Active 1931

Active 1958

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