This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera related to American labor supporter and socialist Marvin
Sanford (1897-1974) and his work in
socialism, labor unions, and communism. The following topics and people are referenced in the collection:
Edward Bellamy, cooperative societies including the Llano Colony, Eugene V. Debs, DeForest Sanford,
Ricardo Flores Magón, the Industrial Workers of the World, Jack London, and Thomas
Marvin Sanford (1897-1974), labor supporter and socialist, was the son of DeForest Sanford,
another notable socialist. In the 1890s, the Sanford family moved to Washington
State where DeForest Sanford established the “Peoples Advocate,” a newspaper for the
Social Democratic party; he also edited the official paper of the Knights of the
Labor Advocate. The Sanfords later moved to Santa Cruz, California. The Sanford
family also spent many years living at the Llano del Rio Colony in Antelope Valley,
California. Marvin Sanford, like his father, also published socialist newspapers
including “Free Society,” “The Searchlight,” and “The Voice of the Militant Labor.”
Marvin Sanford wrote many articles for the International Socialist Review and was a
teacher at the Commonwealth College in Mena, Arkansas.
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