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  • Collection Summary

    Title: Charles Wesley Ervin collection
    Dates: 1927-1973
    Collection Number: 97049
    Collector: Ervin, Charles Wesley, collector.
    Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 microfilm box (1.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Internal bulletins, minutes, other internal documents, pamphlets, and serial issues, issued by Trotskyist organizations in India, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere, and by the International Secretariat for the Fourth International, relating to international Trotskyism. Includes some minutes of the Workers (Communist) Party of the United States.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In Mainly in English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Wesley Ervin collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The Hoover Institution Archives acquired the collection form Charles Wesley Ervin in 1997, with subsequent increments following.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Charles Wesley Ervin Collection consists of internal documents and publications of Trotskyist and Trotskyist-related organizations. It is especially strong in issuances of Trotskyist organizations in India and to a lesser extent Sri Lanka, and was used as research material for the book by Charles Wesley Ervin, Tomorrow Is Ours: Trotskyism in India and Ceylon, 1935-48 (Colombo, 2006). The collection also contains rare issuances from Trotskyist groups in the United States, especially early splinter groups from the Socialist Workers Party and its predecessors. There are also minutes and other internal documents of the Workers (Communist) Party from 1927-1928, just before the party's expulsion of the pioneering American Trotskyists. Completing the collection are rare issuances from the 1930s of the international movement for the Fourth International and single items from British and German Trotskyist groups of this period.
    The collection is arranged as a single series by country of issuing organization. Issuances of the international organization of the Fourth International movement precede those of national parties.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Communism--United States.
    Communism--Great Britain.
    Fourth International.
    Communist Party of the United States of America.