This collection contains printed
material relating to instructional courses offered by the Communist Party U.S.A.
(C.P.U.S.A.) New York Workers School. This material includes outlines for courses on
Marxism; supporting readings by Eugen Varga, Vladimir I. Sorin, and the Labor Research
Association; memoranda; pamphlets; and position papers distributed by the C.P.U.S.A. The
collection also contains files relating to the scope and function of the C.P.U.S.A., and
material produced by affiliated national and international organizations including Communist
International, Red International of Labor Unions, and Young Communist
The Communist Party, U.S.A. opened its New York Workers School at 48-50 East 13th St. in
October 1923. Students were provided with an education aligned with the Party's goals,
emphasizing an understanding of Marxism and an awareness of affiliated organizations
involved in the American communist movement. By 1927, the School offered a wide array of
courses such as "History of the American working class," "Fundamentals of communism," and
"Labor journalism," taught by David Saposs, Floyd Dell, Arthur C. Calhoun, John Dos Passos,
and others. In 1944 the School was incorporated into the Jefferson School of Social
0.5 Linear Feet
(2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Collection is open for research. Access to fragile originals is restricted when
preservation photocopies are available.