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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pathfinder Press Photographic Collection
    Dates: circa 1870-1999
    Collection number: 2004C50
    Creator: Pathfinder Press.
    Collection Size: 31 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 3 card file boxes (14.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Collected by Pathfinder Press for use in illustrating its publications, the collection includes photographs, drawings, and printed reproductions of illustrations, depicting Leon Trotsky, leading figures of the Russian Revolution, leaders of the Fourth International, leaders of the Socialist Workers Party of the United States, and scenes related to all of the above.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open for research
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pathfinder Press photographic collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biography Note

    Pathfinder Press was established in New York City in 1969 as a successor to Pioneer Publishers (1930-1965) and Merit Publishers (1965-1969), and has been associated with the Socialist Workers Party. It has been the principal English-language publisher of works of Leon Trotsky, and has also published documentary works on the Communist International, Fourth International and Socialist Workers Party, writings of Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and other American and international leftist leaders, and historical and analytical works on a variety of national and international political issues.
    A Pathfinder Press Collection, donated by the Anchor Foundation, was established in the Hoover Institution Archives in 1992, and consists of record copies of publications of the press. This separate Pathfinder Press Photographic Collection was received from the Anchor Foundation in 2004.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Pathfinder Press Photographic Collection consists of photographs collected by the press for possible publication in books and pamphlets. There are also a small number of original drawings and cartoons. Cartoons by Laura Gray constitute the first series. The photographic series which follow include a Russian File (concentrating on the Russian Revolution and the history of the Bolshevik/Russian Communist Party through the 1920s), a Leon Trotsky File (depicting Trotsky at all stages of his life, but especially during his last three years in exile in Mexico), a Socialist Workers Party File (depicting leaders of the party from the 1920s through the 1990s), and a General Subject File (depicting Fourth International leaders from outside the United States, other notable leftist leaders from the United States and abroad, and world figures of all political stripes). There is also a small Publications File of photographs arranged by title of Pathfinder Press publication in which they appeared. Oversize items constitute a separate Oversize File.
    Photographic prints often bear negative numbers on their backs. These will direct the user to a large file of negatives, arranged in numerical order. There is also a file of contact sheets, arranged numerically by negative number. An index card file of names of individuals depicted (mainly members or associates of the Socialist Workers Party) is also keyed to negative number.
    Users of the Pathfinder Press Photographic Collection should be aware of the existence in the Hoover Institution Archives of the Pathfinder Press Collection consisting of copies of publications of the press, and also of The Militant Photographic Collection, consisting of photographs created or collected by the staff of The Militant, the newspaper associated with the Socialist Workers Party. Negatives of photographic prints to be found in the latter collection are interfiled in the Numerical Negative File of the Pathfinder Press Photographic Collection.


    The collection is organized into 11 series, Cartoons, Russian File, Leon Trotsky File, Socialist Workers Party File, Oversize File, General Subject File, Publications File, Numerical Contact Sheets File, Numerical Negative File, Filmstrips, and Card File.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.


    Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940--Pictorial works.
    Fourth International--Pictorial works.
    Socialist Workers Party--Pictorial works.
    Communists--Pictorial works.
    Revolutionaries--Pictorial works.
    Communists--United States--Pictorial works.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Pictorial works.
    Pathfinder Press.