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American Leftist Organizations and Labor Unions Stamps and Ephemera SPC.2018.026
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Title: American Leftist Organizations and Labor Unions Stamps and Ephemera
    creator: Industrial Workers of the World
    creator: International Labor Defense
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2018.026
    Physical Description: 1 box
    Physical Description: .20 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1940; undated
    Language of Material: Collection material is in English.
    Abstract: 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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [title of item]. American Leftist Organizations and Labor Unions Stamps and Ephemera Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains one box of 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 are stamps. Many materials were part of specific campaigns, including boycotts, fundraisers, and strikes. Unions and organizations represented include the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Labor Defense, the International Workers Order, the Continental Congress of Workers and Farmers, the League Against Yellow Journalism, the Bonus Expeditionary Force, the American Federation of Musicians, the Bakery and Confection Workers International of America, the Brewery Workmen's National Union, the Filling Station Employees Union, the International Hod Carriers, the United Cloth and Hat Makers, the Western Federation of Miners, and the Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers and Brass Workers Union.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.
    The International Workers Order (IWO) was a fraternal, mutual benefit, insurance organization from 1930 to 1954. The IWO boasted nearly 200,000 members immediately after World War II. Members had access to low-cost health and life insurance and medical and dental care. Affiliated with the Communist Party, the IWO disbanded under pressure from legal action taken against it by the state of New York.
    The International Labor Defense (ILD), operating 1925-1946, published a monthly newsletter and sold seals and stamps to raise funds for such cases as the Scottsboro Boys, Tom Mooney, and Sacco and Vanzetti. The ILD, which emerged from the Communist Party, was a staunch supporter of the Bill of Rights.
    The Continental Congress of Workers and Farmers for Economic Reconstruction, held May 6-7, 1933, in Washington, DC, was organized by Norman Thomas and Clarence Senior of the Socialist Party of America. Over 4,000 delegates from unions, farmers brotherhoods, labor cooperatives, student associations, and organizations of the unemployed met and devised a set of demands including money for public works projects, cash relief, and a bonus to unemployed veterans, as well as national health insurance, abolition of child labor, and nationalization of banks.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Sharon MacNett, 2018.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Labor unions--United States
    Labor movement
    Social movements--United States
    Socialism
    Communism--United States