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Guide to the New York Workers School Materials
MS-M019  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: New York Workers School materials,
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1935
    Collection number: MS-M019
    Creator: Communist Party of the United States of America. New York Workers School
    Extent: 0.5 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection contains printed material relating to instructional courses offered by the Communist Party U.S.A. (C.P.U.S.A.) New York Workers School. This material includes outlines for courses on Marxism; supporting readings by Eugen Varga, Vladimir I. Sorin, and the Labor Research Association; memoranda; pamphlets; and position papers distributed by the C.P.U.S.A. The collection also contains files relating to the scope and function of the C.P.U.S.A., and material produced by affiliated national and international organizations including Communist International, Red International of Labor Unions, and Young Communist International.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Access to fragile originals is restricted when preservation photocopies are available.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    New York Workers School Materials. MS-M19. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 1974.

    Processing History

    Processed by Adrian Turner, 2001.

    Organizational History

    The Communist Party, U.S.A. opened its New York Workers School at 48-50 East 13th St. in October 1923. Students were provided with an education aligned with the Party's goals, emphasizing an understanding of Marxism and an awareness of affiliated organizations involved in the American communist movement. By 1927, the School offered a wide array of courses such as "History of the American working class," "Fundamentals of communism," and "Labor journalism," taught by David Saposs, Floyd Dell, Arthur C. Calhoun, John Dos Passos, and others. In 1944 the School was incorporated into the Jefferson School of Social Science.
    For further information about the School, see Marvin E. Gettleman, "The New York Workers School, 1923-1944: Communist Education in American Society," in New Studies in the Politics and Culture of U.S. Communism, Michael E. Brown et. al, eds. (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1993), 261-280.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection contains printed material relating to instructional courses offered by the Communist Party U.S.A. (C.P.U.S.A.) New York Workers School. This material includes outlines for courses on Marxism; supporting readings by Eugen Varga, Vladimir I. Sorin, and the Labor Research Association; memoranda; pamphlets; and position papers distributed by the C.P.U.S.A. The collection also contains files relating to the scope and function of the C.P.U.S.A., and material produced by affiliated national and international organizations including Communist International, Red International of Labor Unions, and Young Communist International.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Communist Party of the United States of America. New York Workers School-- Archival resources.
    Communist International. Executive Committee--Archival resources.
    Young Communist International--Archival resources.
    Communism--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Labor unions and communism--Archival resources.
    Communist education--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Working class--Education--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Labor movement--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Socialism and youth--Archival resources.
    Marxian historiography--Archival resources.