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  • Title: Milton Genecin papers
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1987
    Collection Number: 89016
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 48 manuscript boxes (20.0 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, minutes, internal bulletins, other internal party documents, serial issues, and pamphlets, relating to socialist and communist movements in the United States, especially the Socialist Workers Party, and to activities of Trotskyist groups abroad.
    Creator: Genecin, Milton, 1908-1989
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


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    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1989.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milton Genecin papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1908 Born in Russia
    1913 Immigrated to United States
    1935 Joined Socialist Party
    1938 Founding member, Socialist Workers Party
    1940 Founding member, Workers Party, following split in Socialist Workers Party
    1941 Left Workers Party and returned to Socialist Workers Party
    1957-1971 National Committee member, Socialist Workers Party
    1983 Expelled from Socialist Workers Party. Founding member, Socialist Action
    1989 Died, Los Angeles, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Milton Genecin reflect his long membership in the Socialist Workers Party from its founding convention in 1938 up until 1983, when he was one of a number of veteran members who left or were expelled from the party. Genecin was sequentially active in the New York City, Akron, Toledo and Los Angeles branches of the Socialist Workers Party. He was the party organizer for some time in each of the last three cities, and was for a number of years a member of the National Committee of the party. In party work he used the pseudonym Milton Alvin. The papers provide detailed documentation of the interior life of the party during the decades of Genecin's membership. They are divided into five series.
    The Correspondence series consists overwhelmingly of Genecin's correspondence with other party members. It retains the chronological arrangement initiated by Genecin himself. While this may not be optimal for some purposes, it is ideal for others, bringing together as it does letters to and from multiple individuals discussing contemporaneous party situations.
    The series of Speeches and Writings by Genecin is also arranged chronologically. It includes both lectures and articles written for public outlets, on the one hand, and internal party speeches and discussion papers, on the other.
    The series of Internal Documents consists of assorted items circulated internally within the Socialist Workers Party. These include minutes, resolutions, theses, discussion papers, and mimeographed or photocopied transcripts of letters and other documents. Some notes by Genecin on party meetings are also included. This series too is arranged chronologically.
    The series of Internal Bulletins is very substantial. It consists of items susceptible to treatment as serials but intended for internal use only within the Socialist Workers Party. They are arranged by title and thereunder numerically/chronologically. Bulletins issued by youth or other affiliates of the party are included.
    The series of Printed Matter consists mainly of pamphlets intended for public consumption. Most of these were publications of the Socialist Workers Party or related organizations or presses. There is a separate subseries of pamphlets issued by unrelated organizations or presses, and other small subseries for serial issues and clippings.
    The Milton Genecin Papers were acquired by the Hoover Institution from Thelma Genecin in 1989, soon after her husband's death.
    The abbreviation SWP is used for the Socialist Workers Party in various places throughout the register.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Communism -- United States
    Socialism -- United States
    Fourth International
    Socialist Workers Party