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Register to the Charles Wesley Ervin collection

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Dale Reed
Date Completed:
2011
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Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record and Microsoft Word file by David Sun and Elizabeth Phillips.
© 2011 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Charles Wesley Ervin collection
Dates: 1927-1973
Collection Number: 97049
Collector: Ervin, Charles Wesley, collector.
Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 microfilm box (1.3 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Internal bulletins, minutes, other internal documents, pamphlets, and serial issues, issued by Trotskyist organizations in India, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere, and by the International Secretariat for the Fourth International, relating to international Trotskyism. Includes some minutes of the Workers (Communist) Party of the United States.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: In Mainly in English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Wesley Ervin collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

The Hoover Institution Archives acquired the collection form Charles Wesley Ervin in 1997, with subsequent increments following.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Charles Wesley Ervin Collection consists of internal documents and publications of Trotskyist and Trotskyist-related organizations. It is especially strong in issuances of Trotskyist organizations in India and to a lesser extent Sri Lanka, and was used as research material for the book by Charles Wesley Ervin, Tomorrow Is Ours: Trotskyism in India and Ceylon, 1935-48 (Colombo, 2006). The collection also contains rare issuances from Trotskyist groups in the United States, especially early splinter groups from the Socialist Workers Party and its predecessors. There are also minutes and other internal documents of the Workers (Communist) Party from 1927-1928, just before the party's expulsion of the pioneering American Trotskyists. Completing the collection are rare issuances from the 1930s of the international movement for the Fourth International and single items from British and German Trotskyist groups of this period.
The collection is arranged as a single series by country of issuing organization. Issuances of the international organization of the Fourth International movement precede those of national parties.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Communism.
Communism--United States.
Communism--Great Britain.
Communism--Germany.
Fourth International.
Communist Party of the United States of America.


Box/Folder: 1

Movement for the Fourth International issuances

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Bulletin intérieur international (International Secretariat for the Fourth International). No. 1-3 (1937 April-1938 early May)

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Bulletin international (International Youth Secretariat for the Fourth International). Unnumbered (1937 November 10), no. 3 (1938 February)

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Circulaire (International Secretariat for the Fourth International). No. 1 (1938 April 1)

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Service d'information et de presse (International Secretariat for the Fourth International). No. 8-11 (1936 September 13-October 2), no. 13-21/22 (1936 November 4-1937 early August)

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

"Report of Conference on Sections for the Fourth International" (report by British delegate to the conference), 1936

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Germany. Mitteilungsblatt der I.K.D. (Internationale Kommunisten Deutschlands). No. 3 (1938 September)

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Great Britain. National Bulletin (National Conference of the Bolshevik-Leninist Organisations in Britain). 1938

Box/Folder: 1

India

Box/Folder: 1

Marxist Outlook (Socialist Workers Party)

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

1966. Vol. 1 no. 1-5 (February-May)

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

1966. Vol. 1 no. 6-11 (June-December)

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

1967. Vol. 1 no. 12 (January), vol. 2 no. 1-10 (February-November)

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

1968. Vol. 2 no. 11/12 (January or February [conflicting dates]), vol. 3 no. 1 (March), vol. 3 no. 5/7 (October)

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

1970. Vol. 5 no. 1-7 (February-August)

Box/Folder: 1

Red Spark (Socialist Workers Party/Communist League of India)

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

1970. Vol. 1 no. 1 (December)

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

1971. Vol. 2 no. 1 (March), vol. 2 no. 3/5 (November)

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

1972. Vol. 3 no. 1/2 (February), vol. 3 no. 5/6-7/9 (June-October)

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

1973. Vol. 4 no. 3/6 (August), vol. 4 no. 9/12 (December)

Box/Folder: 2

Pamphlets

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Communist League of India and Bangla Desh. 1972

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Draft Policy Statement(All-India Mazdoor Kisan Party). 1955

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Election Manifesto of the Socialist Workers Party. 1970

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Hutheesing, Sarojini. The Tibetan Struggle (Revolutionary Communist Party of India). Undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

In Defence of Socialism: Why We Condemn the "Merger" with the Praja Party (Socialist Party). 1952

Box/Folder: 2

Mishra, Anand

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

East European Crisis of Stalinism: Berlin, Poznan, Hungary (Communist League). 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Stalinism: What It Means: A Critical Appraisal of the 20th Congress of the C.P.S.U. 1956

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

The Programme for a Socialist Revolution in India (Socialist Workers Party). 1968

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Programme of the Communist League. 1954

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Roy, Lily. Socialism Reaffirmed: A Reply to Mr. Masani. 1944

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Sen, Indra. Communist Policy Today: A Marxist Analysis. 1952

Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Shukla, Chandravadan. Socialistic Pattern? 1955

Box/Folder: 2

Tagore, Saumyendranath

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Bourgeois-Democratic Revolution and India. 1939 (reprint 1946)

Box/Folder: 2 : 17

Congress-Socialism. Bengali edition 1936 (2nd English edition 1946)

Box/Folder: 2 : 18

The Hour Has Struck. 1949

Box/Folder: 2 : 19

Leftism and Leftist Unity. 1946

Box/Folder: 2 : 20

Permanent Revolution. 1944 (2nd edition 1948)

Box/Folder: 2 : 21

Stalin, Truman: Hands Off Korea. 1951

Box/Folder: 2 : 22

Tactics and Strategy of Revolution. 1948

Box/Folder: 2 : 23

The Treacherous Marsh. 1948

Box/Folder: 2 : 24

Leaflet. "Open Letter to All Congress Socialists by Mazdoor Trotskyist Party of India." Undated

Box/Folder: 2

Indian languages material

Box/Folder: 2 : 25

Vishwa Kranti. No. 1-8

Box/Folder: 2 : 26

Four pamphlets

Box/Folder: 2 : 27

Leaflets

Box/Folder: 2 : 28

Typescript English translations of passages from publications in Indian languages, 1939-1952

Box/Folder: 3

Microfilm

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Reel 1. For a Workers' and Peasants' Government in India (Revolutionary Workers Party of India), 1958; Bolshevik-Leninist-Trotskyist Draft Provisional Programme, undated; Draft Programme (Mazdoor Trotskyist Party of India), 1942; Socialist Workingmen's Fortnightly, 1948 April 25-August 1; New Spark, 1952 November 7; Militant (Revolutionary Workers Party of India), 1959 April 5-1961 January; New Spark (Bolshevik-Leninist Party of India), 1948 January 3-September 4; Indian languages material; New Spark, 1947 April 26-December 20

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Reel 2. Spark, 1946 early March-late July (not in order); Permanent Revolution, 1943 July/September; C. R. Govindan, First Round of European Socialist Revolution, 1945

Box/Folder: 4

Sri Lanka. Pamphlets by Colvin R. de Silva

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Left Disunity: A Reply to a Critic. 1950

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Outline of the Permanent Revolution: A Study Course (Lanka Samasamaja Party). 1955

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

The Present Political Situation in India (Bolshevik-Leninist Party parliamentary fraction, Ceylon). 1948

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Their Politics--And Ours (Lanka Samasamaja Party). 1954

Box/Folder: 4

United States

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

Communist League of Struggle (Albert Weisbord group). The Struggle for Communism: The Position of the Internationalist-Communists of the United States. 1935

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

International Workers School (New York; Communist League of America). "Organization Principles" course outline. Undated (1930s)

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Marx-Lenin School (Chicago; Communist League of America). "Imperialism and the Proletarian Revolution" course outline (Albert Glotzer, instructor). Undated (1930s)

Box/Folder: 4

Revolutionary Workers League (Hugo Oehler group; includes predecessor caucus within Workers Party of the United States)

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

International News. Unnumbered (1935)

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Internal Bulletin. No. 3 (1935)

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

Minutes, 1935 October 3-1936 January 28

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

Internal documents. Resolutions and circular letters, 1935-1936

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

Leaflets, 1935-1936

Box/Folder: 4 : 13

Socialist Union of America (Bert Cochran/George Clarke group). The Educator. Vol. 1 no. 1-7 (1953 December-1954 December), vol. 2 no. 1 (1955 October), vol. 3 no. 1 (1956 June)

Box/Folder: 4 : 14

Spartacus Youth League (Workers Party of the United States). International Bulletin vol. 1 no. 6/vol. 2 no. 1 (1934 December/1935 January); Organizational Bulletin (1935 January); Educational Bulletin on the Paris Commune (1935 March)

Box/Folder: 4 : 15

Workers (Communist) Party. Political Committee minutes, 1927 March 22-August 12; internal documents, including resolutions, motions and circular letters, 1927-1928