Guide to the Reference Center for Marxist Studies Pamphlet Collection, 1900-2004

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Guide to the Reference Center for Marxist Studies Pamphlet Collection, 1900-2004

1900-2004

The Reference Center for Marxist Studies (RCMS) was a radical library housed in the headquarters of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) in New York City. The Center was founded in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Its pamphlet collection consists of more than 10,000 pamphlets and includes nearly every pamphlet published by the CPUSA. It also includes pamphlets published by hundreds of organizations affiliated with or of interest to the CPUSA, and English language pamphlets published in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries. The pamphlets cover over 800 subject areas including: Communist Party activities throughout its history, anticommunism and the struggle against McCarthyism, the civil rights, labor and peace movements, the Spanish Civil War, anti-colonial and national liberation movements, and various Communist countries.

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Foster, William Z., 1881-1961

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Reference Center for Marxist Studies

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Gerson, Simon W.

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Jackson, James E., 1914-2007

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World Federation of Trade Unions.

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Lumer, Hyman

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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1842-1921

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Born in Moscow 1842, died in Dmitrov, near Moscow 1921; geographer, revolutionary and anarchist thinker; born into the Russian aristocracy; became an active revolutionary in 1872; lived in exile from 1876, from 1886 in Britain; founder of Le Révolté, contributor to Freedom, and author of many influential anarchist publications; in 1917 he returned to Russia. From the description of Archives. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84283335 Russian anarchist and writer. ...

Cacchione, Peter V., 1897-1947

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Ford, James W., 1893-1957

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James W. “Jim” Ford (December 22, 1893 – 1957) was an activist and politician, the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Communist Party USA in 1932, 1936, and 1940. A party organizer born in Alabama and living in New York City, Ford was the first African American to run on a presidential ticket in the 20th century....

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International Publishers

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Pettis Perry, Communist Party official and Smith Act defendant, was born January 4, 1897 in Marion, Alabama, the son of tenant farmers. Following his mother's death when he was four months old, he was raised by an aunt and uncle on their farm. His formal schooling totalled fifteen months. At age seventeen, Perry left home for a series of jobs at a plantation, lumber company, and pipe foundry. The discrimination and violence he witnessed in Alabama had a deep impact on hi...

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Vito Marcantonio was a New York politician active from the early 1930's up to his death in 1954. He was a congressman for the 18th New York District from 1935 to 1937 and from 1939-1951. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City in 1949. He was a member of the American Labor Party. From the guide to the Vito Marcantonio collection of political speeches and advertisements [sound recording], 1938-1952, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded So...

Bridges, Harry, 1901-1990

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Harry Renton Bridges, also known as Alfred Renton Byrant Bridges, came to the United States in 1920 from Australia where he had been a seaman and involved in union activities. Bridges continued to be active on the docks in fighting for labor rights and was instrumental in getting the International Longshore Association (ILA), an affiliate of the AF of L, recognized as the bargaining unit for the entire Pacific coast. He became president of ILA Local 34-36 and in 1936 its Pacific Coast preside...

Allen, James S.

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James S. Allen (1906-1986), an organizer, Marxist scholar, writer and editor for the Communist Party, USA, was born Sol Auerbach in Philadelphia in 1906, the year his parents, Jacob and Luba, who were Russian Jewish radicals, came to the U.S. A doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, he traveled in 1927 with the first American student delegation to the Soviet Union. In 1928 he was expelled from college for his radical activities, joined the Communist Part...

American Federation of Labor

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International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO)

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Peter J. Zanghi, a member of UAW Local 426, was elected first regional director of UAW Region 9 in 1939. From the description of Credential to the fifth convention, 1940 July 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 40641494 ...

Trachtenberg, Alexander, 1884-1966

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Minor, Robert, 1884-1952

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American writer, editor, artist, and illustrator; artist for The masses. Active in the Communist Party from 1919. From the description of Letter, 1923 Nov. 30, Chicago, to Art Young, New York. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34364246 Journalist, cartoonist. Minor was one of the founders of the Communist movement in the United States. From the description of Rober Minor papers, 1907-1952. (Columbia University In the City of N...

Sobell, Morton, 1917-2018

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Morton Sobell (April 11, 1917 – December 26, 2018) was an American engineer who is known for having been convicted of spying for the Soviet Union when it was an ally of the United States during late World War II; he was charged as part of a conspiracy said to include Julius Rosenberg and his wife, and others. Sobell worked on military and government contracts with General Electric and Reeves Electronics in the 1940s, including during World War II. Sobell was tried and convicted of espionage in 1...

Dimitrov, Georgi, 1882-1949

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Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich, 1870-1924

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Biographical/Historical Note Russian revolutionary leader; premier of Russia, 1917-1924. From the guide to the Vladimir Il'ich Lenin miscellaneous speeches and writings, 1903-1940, (Hoover Institution Archives) ...

United States. Internal Security Act of 1950.

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Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley, 1890-1964

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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was an agitator and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and a Communist Party (CP) official. Flynn was an organizer in major strikes in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey. She saw labor court trials as important extensions of organizing, and participated in trials in Missoula, Montana (1908), and Spokane, Washington (1909-1910). As part of her defense work she created the Workers’ Defense League, an organization to fight for th...

Jones, Claudia, 1915-1964

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