Ralph Chaplin papers, 1909-1948.


Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961. Ralph Chaplin papers, 1909-1948.

Ralph Chaplin papers, 1909-1948.

Consist chiefly of correspondence, some addressed to his wife, Edith, and his son, Ivan; poems, notes, and other writings, including his autograph album from Cook County jail, 1917, drafts of poems written while imprisoned at Leavenworth Penitentiary, 1918-23, and a negative photostat of Digest of California criminal syndicalism cases, written by the California branch of the I.W.W.'s General Defense Committee, 1926. Also included are printed poems, flyers, and newspaper clippings, prison documents. And ana. The papers largely concern the period of I.W.W. activism (1917-26), particularly his prison experiences and a report by A.W. Curtis on the Centralia (Wash.) trial of I.W.W. lumbermen; the publication of his pamphlets and books; and the organization, activities, and publications of Technocracy, Inc., a group promoting the technocracy movement (1933-34).

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