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Malcolm and Lillian Caldwell Papers
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Series 1:  Malcolm Caldwell Papers 1927-1971

Extent: 2.0 cartons

Arrangement

Arranged predominantly in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

Series 1 consists of notes, correspondence, affidavits, and legal records produced during Caldwell’s time in the War Department where he served in the United States Engineer Office, Division of Airport Design and where, as a member of the Civil Service Unit of Local Chapter 205 of the Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists and Technicians (FAECT), he alleged discrimination due to his involvement with the union. In 1943 Caldwell was interviewed by the U.S. Army on his political activities and views on Russia and communism (Carton 1, Folder 8).
Caldwell’s involvement in union and political organizations, including the AFL and IAM Committee for Wallace, the Joint Anti-Fascist Committee Refugee Committee (JAFRC), the Oil Workers International Union, and the Independent Progressive Party is documented in the numerous campaign notes and press materials, correspondence, and writings he produced on their behalf. Also included are Caldwell’s notes for a textbook for the University of Illinois (Carton 2, Folder 15) and a novel, The Plan for A New America (Carton 2, Folders 16-23), as well as a collection of union newsletters and news clippings on topics such as the Cold War, Civil Rights, housing and education.
Carton 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1939-1971

 

World War II Military Service

Carton 1, Folder 2

Organized Reserve 1936-1943

 

United States Engineer Department (U.S.E.D.)

Carton 1, Folder 3

General 1938-1942

Carton 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1941-1943

Carton 1, Folder 5

Affadavits 1942

Carton 1, Folder 6

Evidence 1942

Carton 1, Folder 7

F.A.E.C.T. Civil Service Unit minutes and resolutions 1942

Carton 1, Folder 8

U.S. Army interview regarding political activities 1943

Carton 1, Folder 9

World War II - General 1940-1945

Carton 1, Folder 10

World War II - Labor 1938-1943

Carton 1, Folder 11

World War II - Prices 1941-1943

 

California War Chest

Carton 1, Folder 12

General 1944

Carton 1, Folder 13

Correspondence 1944

Carton 1, Folder 14

Campaign material 1944

Carton 1, Folder 15

National War Labor Board 1944-1945

Carton 1, Folder 16

Japan Letter (newsletter), Vol. 1 No. 7 (July 1954)-Vol. 1, No. 8 (August 1954) 1954

 

Labor Organizing

 

American Federation of Labor (AFL)

Carton 1, Folder 17

General 1949

Carton 1, Folder 18

Brotherhood of Carpenters - General 1948-1950

 

International Association of Machinists (IAM) Committee for Wallace

 

Committee for Wallace

Carton 1, Folder 19

General 1948

Carton 1, Folder 20

Correspondence 1948

Carton 1, Folder 21

Minutes 1948-1950

Carton 1, Folder 22

Henry Wallace 1948

Carton 1, Folder 23

Notes 1948

 

Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)

Carton 1, Folder 24

General - National 1942-1948

Carton 1, Folder 25

General - California 1942-1950

 

Los Angeles

Carton 1, Folder 26

Correspondence 1942-1944

Carton 1, Folder 27

Minutes 1942-1944

 

Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists and Technicians (FAECT)

Carton 1, Folder 28

General 1938-1945

Carton 1, Folder 29

Conners-Joyce circa 1945

Carton 1, Folder 30

Food, Tobacco and Allied Workers 1946-1947

 

Oil Workers

Carton 1, Folder 31

General 1942-1943

Carton 1, Folder 32

Organizing campaign 1942-1943

Carton 1, Folder 33

Top Organizing Committee (TOC) notes circa 1943

Carton 1, Folder 34

Correspondence 1943-1944

Carton 1, Folder 35

Minutes 1943

Carton 1, Folder 36

United Electrical Workers 1942-1943

Carton 1, Folder 37

ILWU correspondence 1942

 

Utility Workers Organizing Committee (UWOC)

Carton 1, Folder 38

General 1943-1944

Carton 1, Folder 39

Correspondence 1943-1944

 

Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, CIO Members Division (JAFRC)

Carton 1, Folder 40

General 1943-1945

Carton 1, Folder 41

Correspondence 1943-1945

Carton 1, Folder 42

Press releases 1944

Carton 1, Folder 43

Unions Contributing to JAFRC 1945

Carton 1, Folder 44-45

Spanish Refugee Appeal 1945

Carton 1, Folder 46

Free Spain Fiesta - Correspondence 1945

Carton 1, Folder 47

Free Spain Fiesta - General 1945

Carton 1, Folder 48

World Federation of Trade Unions circa 1949

Carton 1, Folder 49

Miscellaneous leaflets 1953, undated

 

Political Activities

 

1940 Assembly Campaign

Carton 2, Folder 1

General 1940

Carton 2, Folder 2

Correspondence 1940

Carton 2, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1940

Carton 2, Folder 4

Miscellaneous elections 1940-1944

Carton 2, Folder 5

American Peace Crusade 1940

Carton 2, Folder 6

Los Angeles County Committee, Communist Political Association 1940-1944

Carton 2, Folder 7

Communist Party of the United States 1944-1955

 

Independent Progressive Party

Carton 2, Folders 8-9

General 1948-1950

Carton 2, Folder 10

Correspondence 1948-1951

Carton 2, Folder 11

Minutes 1948-1950

Carton 2, Folder 12

Committees for Peace 1949-1952

Carton 2, Folder 13

Wesley Robert Wells' case 1951

Carton 2, Folder 14

Los Angeles Committee for Protection of Foreign Born 1952

 

Writings, Teaching and Notes

Carton 2, Folder 15

Outline for textbook, University of Illinois 1927

 

The Plan for a New America

Carton 2, Folders 16-17

Manuscript circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 18

Proposed Constitution circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 19

Judicial System circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 20

Concentration of Power and Control circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 21

Wages circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 22

Part I circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 23

Miscellaneous circa 1930s

Carton 2, Folder 24

Mexico, notes 1938-1940, undated

Carton 2, Folder 25

Untitled novel circa 1940s

Carton 2, Folder 26

California Labor School syllabus 1950-1952

Carton 2, Folder 27

My Diary 1954-1959

Carton 2, Folder 28

Geneva Big 4 meeting, notes 1955

Carton 2, Folders 29-30

Miscellaneous notes 1930s-1960s

 

Research Files and Newspaper Clippings

 

Persons

Carton 2, Folder 31

B-D 1943-1951

Carton 2, Folder 32

P-Q 1941-1942

Carton 2, Folder 33

Rosenberg case 1950-1955

 

Subjects

Carton 2, Folder 34

Civil Rights 1943-1950

Carton 2, Folder 35

Cold War 1948-1950

Carton 2, Folder 36

Education 1949-1950

Carton 2, Folder 37

Housing 1947-1950

Carton 2, Folder 38

University of California Loyalty Oath 1950

Carton 2, Folders 39-42

Miscellaneous clippings 1938-1967

 

Series 2:  Lillian Caldwell Papers 1936-1971, undated

Extent: 1.0 box

Arrangement

Arranged predominantly in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

Consists of various scripts and class notes taken during her studies with the WPA-funded Los Angeles Federal Theatre Project, as well as news clippings about the Federal Theater's productions (Box 1, Folder 4) and its workers. Also includes transcripts with notes of her radio show, "Coffee Break", (Box 1, Folders 5-6) broadcast in 1963 on KMPX-FM, San Francisco, California. Lillian Caldwell was a member of the Waitresses, Cashiers, Checkers, Cafeteria, Fountain, and Diary Lunch Girls' Union, Local 48 (Los Angeles, Calif.).
 

Federal Theatre Project, Los Angeles

Box 1, Folder 1

Class notes and plays 1936, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Weekly reports, notes, and minutes 1937-1938

Box 1, Folder 3

Scripts undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1939

Box 1, Folders 5-6

Radio broadcast notes: Coffee Break 1963

Box 1, Folder 7

Notebook of messages 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 8

Waitresses, Cashiers, Checkers, Cafeteria, Fountain, and Dairy Lunch Girls' Union, Local No. 48 (Los Angeles, Calif.) undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Miscellaneous notes and writings 1949, undated