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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Added Entries
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Marvin Sanford Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1896-1970
    Collection Number: mssSanford papers
    Creator: Sanford, Marvin.
    Extent: 213 items in 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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 Mooney.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Marvin Sanford Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from George M. Sarris, July 30, 1975.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    The majority of the collection is related to Marvin Sanford and his work in socialism, labor unions, and communism. The collection is comprised of 72 manuscripts, most of which are typescripts of articles by various socialist writers including Daniel De Leon, Samuel A. DeWitt, Edward Keating, Gustavus Myers, Emil Seidel, and Norman Thomas. Also included are articles and research notes written by Marvin Sanford. There are 88 pieces of correspondence, most of which are written to Marvin Sanford and chiefly deal with socialism and politics in California. Authors of correspondence include Charles Pierce LeWarne and the World Socialist Party of the United States. The correspondence also includes 44 letters from DeForest Sanford to his son Marvin; these letters, which are written from the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where DeForest spent the last years of his life, include some of DeForest’s memories of his involvement with the socialist movement, labor unions, and the Llano Colony. The ephemera is comprised of newspaper clippings, and copies of Sanford’s publications “Free Society,” “The Searchlight,” and “The Voice of Militant Labor.” The entire collection covers socialism, communism, and union and labor issues, but more specifically the following topics and people are discussed: Edward Bellamy, cooperative societies including the Llano Colony, Eugene V. Debs, Ricardo Flores Magón, the Industrial Workers of the World, Jack London, and Thomas Mooney.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following order:
    • Box 1: Manuscripts
    • Box 2: Correspondence and Ephemera

    Indexing: Added Entries

    Secretary of the Young Socialist League (U.S.)
    • Addressee of Carl B. Beals letter (1915, Feb. 26). Box 2 (3).

    Indexing: Subjects

    Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898
    • Subject in Newton Van Dalsem speech, “The Bellamy Movement in Southern California” (1950, Mar. 27). Box 1 (31).
    • Subject in Newton Van Dalsem letter [1950] to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (27).
    Cooperative societies
    • Subject in Nevada Colony Corporation “By-Laws of the Nevada Colony Corporation” (1915-1916). Box 1 (7).
    • Subject in Marvin Sanford Manuscript regarding Co-operative Colonies [c.1913]. Box 1 (19).
    • Subject in Charles Pierce LeWarne, 1930-, letters (1968-1970) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (10).
    • Subject in Walter E. Reynolds letter (1933, Oct. 16) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (12).
    Debs, Eugene V.
    • Subject in Carl B. Beals letter (1915, Feb. 26) to Secretary of the Young Socialist League (U.S.). Box 2 (3).
    • Subject in Luella Twining letter [c.1939] to “Editor, People’s World.” Box 2 (26).
    Flores Magón, Ricardo, 1873-1922
    • Subject in article “Socialists and the Mexican Liberals” (1911, June 24). Box 1 (39).
    Industrial Workers of the World
    • Subject in Ephemera: Newspaper Clippings (1936-1965). Box 2 (38).
    Llano Colony (secular community)
    • Subject in Marvin Sanford Manuscript regarding Co-operative Colonies [c.1913]. Box 1 (19).
    • Subject in Walter E. Reynolds letter (1933, Oct. 16) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (12).
    • Subject in DeForest Sanford letters (1952-1956) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (16).
    • Subject in Bernie Stevens letter (1969, June 27) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (24).
    London, Jack
    • Subject in Marvin Sanford Article regarding Jack London, 1876-1916 [after 1916]. Box 1 (10).
    • Subject in Luella Twining letter [c.1939] to “Editor, People’s World.” Box 2 (26).
    • Subject in Hensley Charles Woodbridge, 1923-, letter (1961, Aug. 4) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (29).
    • Subject in Robert Hanson Woodward, 1925-, letter (1969, June 25) to Marvin Sanford. Box 2 (30).
    Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942
    • Subject in Luella Twining letter [c.1939] to “Editor, People’s World.” Box 2 (26).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898.
    Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926.
    Flores Magón, Ricardo, 1873-1922.
    London, Jack, 1876-1916.
    Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942.
    Sanford, Marvin.
    Industrial Workers of the World.
    Llano Colony (Secular community)
    Amateur journalism -- California.
    Communism -- United States.
    Cooperative societies -- United States.
    Labor movement -- California -- Periodicals.
    Labor unions -- United States -- History -- Sources.
    Socialism -- California -- History -- Sources.
    Socialism -- California -- Periodicals.
    Socialism -- United States.
    Socialists -- United States -- Correspondence.
    Communism -- California.
    California -- Politics and government.

    Forms/Genres

    Articles -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
    Newsletters -- California -- 20th century.
    Newspapers -- California -- 20th century.
    Typescripts -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    De Leon, Daniel, 1852-1914.
    De Witt, Samuel A.
    Myers, Gustavus, 1872-1942.
    LeWarne, Charles Pierce, 1930-.
    Sanford, DeForest.
    Seidel, Emil.
    Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968.
    World Socialist Party of the United States.
    Young Socialist League (U.S.), correspondent.
    Searchlight (San Francisco, Calif.)