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American Leftist Organizations and Labor Unions Stamps and Ephemera SPC.2018.026
SPC.2018.026  
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Description
The American Leftist Organization and Labor Unions Stamps and Ephemera Collection contains stamps, stickers, labels, cards, and other ephemera produced by socialist and communist organizations and labor unions in the United States, 1890-1940. The bulk of the materials in this collection are stamps from fundraising, boycott, and strike actions. Highlights include stamps and campaign cards from the International Workers of the World, "Save the Scottsboro Boys" fundraising stamps from the International Labor Defense, stamps and ephemera from the Continental Congress of Workers and Farmers, and stamps from the International Workers Order.
Background
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is an international labor union with ties to socialism and anarchism. Founded in 1905, membership peaked in 1917 at 150,000 members. Internal tensions and the First Red Scare after World War I contributed to the decline of the union in the 1920s.
Extent
1 box
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
There are no access restrictions on this collection.