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Ginsburg (John) Papers, 1934-1946
MSS 73  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Ginsburg Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1946
    Collection number: MSS 73
    Creator: John Ginsburg
    Extent: 1 folder

    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    Abstract: This is a nine item collection of correspondence and writings of John Ginsburg. The IN correspondence is from the Communist Party and Peoples World. Ginsburg was critical of the positions taken by the American Communist Party during World War Two. The materials cover Ginsburgs criticism and responses to it.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Obtained by Library founder, Emil Freed.


    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ginsburg (John) Papers, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.


    The Library has no biographical information on John Ginsburg, but the collection indicates he was a member of the Communist Party in Los Angeles and had severe criticisms of their political positions during World War Two. Ginsburg wrote to the Daily Worker and the People's World voicing his objections to Communist Party actions. He apparently wrote at length on this subject and offered his own alternative proposals, some of which are in the collection.

    Scope and Content

    This very small collection is comprised of correspondence and writings of John Ginsburg. Correspondants include the Communist Party of the United States of America, The Los Angeles County Committee Communist Party, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who wrote to deny Ginsburg's accusation that they had contacted his employer. There is a set of questions Ginsburg had regarding the USSR's and US foreign policies in 1944 and a lengthly 1945 piece analyzing the Party's positions during World War Two and his suggestions for the future direction of the Party.