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Guide to the League of American Writers archives, [ca. 1935-1942]
BANC MSS 72/242 z  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Brief History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Author Index to Correspondence and Papers

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: League of American Writers Archives,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1935-1942]
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/242 z
    Origination: League of American Writers
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes, 5 oversize folders
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Administrative, correspondence, congresses, affiliated group and publication materials concerning the activities and interests of the League.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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], League of American Writers archives, BANC MSS 72/242 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • V. 1 (nos. 1-3,5) and v. 2 (nos. 1-2, 4-9) of clippings have been removed for separate cataloging.
    • Photographs and negatives have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Brief History

    The League of American Writers was established in April, 1935, at the First American Writers' Congress, to be "a voluntary association of writers dedicated to the preservation and extension of a truly democratic culture." Waldo Frank was elected to be the first national chairman.
    In pursuit of its aim to combat the forces of fascism and reaction, the League greatly expanded its activities under the leadership of Donald Ogden Stewart and Franklin Folsom, who were chosen respectively as national chairman and executive secretary at the second Writers Congress in 1937. Many famous anti-fascist writers were rescued from concentration camps in Europe by the Exiled Writers Committee; thousands of dollars were collected for medical aid to the Spanish Loyalists; violations of civil liberties and instances of illiberalism in the United States were publicized and protested.
    Establishment and maintenance of writers' schools and regional writers' conferences, continuing forums, meetings, lectures, and the organization of four writers' congresses on a national scale reflected the League's interest in the furtherance of American letters. Its publications afford additional records of the political and literary activities of the group from its inception until its dissolution in 1942.

    Scope and Content

    The archives of the League of American Writers were purchased by the Berkeley Library of the University of California from Franklin Folsom in 1966. The collection has been microfilmed and the master negative is on file in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department.
    Students and researchers who wish to publish quotations from these materials must secure permission from the owners of the literary rights.


    The archives are organized in twenty-six parts, in which the original arrangement has been preserved as nearly as possible:
      Part 1-7
      Administrative records
      Part 8
      Correspondence and papers by individual authors
      Part 9-12
      National congresses
      Part 13-21
      Records of affiliated groups
      Part 22
      Part 23
      Photographs (Transferred to pictorial collection)
      Part 24
      Part 25
      Undated miscellany
      Part 26

    Author Index to Correspondence and Papers

    Albee, George 8:A1
    Alegria, Ciro 12:3
    Allsberg, Henry G. 10:7
    Anderson, Sherwood 8:A2-3
    Appel, Benjamin 12:1
    Aptheker, Herbert 12:2
    Aragon, Louis 8:A4-513:3
    Arnold, Thurman 8:A6
    Auden, Wystan Hugh 8:A7
    Banning, Margaret Culkin 8:B1-3
    Barnes, Joseph 8:B4
    Barnouw, Erik 12:2
    Benes, Edvard 8:B5
    Benet, Stephen Vincent 8:B6
    Bessie, Alvah 12:3
    Biddle, Francis 8:B7
    Biele, Harry 8:C8
    Blake, Ellen 8:A2
    Bloch, Ernest 8:B8
    Bodenheim, Maxwell 10:7
    Bodet, J. Torres 12:3
    Bonner, Amy 8:B
    Botkin, B. A. 8:B10-11
    Brand, Millen 8:B1212:1
    Brandon, Tom 8:M4
    Brewster, Dorothy 8:B1312:2
    Bromfield, Louis 8:B14
    Brooks, Obed 8:B15
    Brooks, Van Wyck 8:B16-20L11
    Browder, Earl 10:7
    Buck, Pearl S. 8:B21
    Budzislawski, Herman 8:B22
    Burgum, Edwin Berry 12:2
    Burt, Struthers 8:B24-25
    Caldwell, Erskine 8:C1-2
    Canby, Henry S. 8:C5
    Carlisle, Harry 10:7
    Carneiro, Cecelio J. 12:3
    Carse, Robert 8:C612:1
    Chevigny, Hector 12:2
    Clurman, Harold 8:C7
    Cole, Joseph H. 8:C8
    Copland, Aaron 8:C9
    Corey, Lewis 8:C10
    Corwin, Norman 8:C11
    Cowley, Malcolm 8:C12-1410:7
    Crichton, Kyle 10:7
    Cronbach, Robert 12:1
    Day-Lewis, Cecil 8:D1-2
    Deutsch, Babette 8:L14
    Dillon, George 8:D3-4
    Domini, Ambrogio 8:D5
    Donato, Pietro di 8:D6
    Draper, Muriel 10:7
    Drasutin, Fodor 8:W21
    Dreiser, Theodore 8:D7-15
    Duranty, Walter 10:7
    Early, Stephen 8:R13-18
    Einstein, Albert 8:E1
    Falcon, Cesar 12:3
    Fearing, Kenneth 8:F1
    Fisher, Dorothy Canfield 8:F2-4
    Flexner, Eleanor 12:2
    Folsom, Franklin 12:18:F5 (and passim.)
    Frank, Waldo 8:F6-8
    Frankfurter, Felix 8:F9-10
    Franzen, Erich 8:F11
    Freeman, Joseph 8:F12
    Gelihorn, Martha 10:7
    Georg, Manfred 8:G1
    Gilbert, Enrique Gil 12:3
    Gold, Michael 8:L1612:2
    Graf, Oskar Maria 8:G2-3
    Grafton, Samuel 8:G4
    Graves, Lillian M. 8:L17
    Greenleaf, Richard 8:G5
    Gregory, Horace 8:G6
    Guthrie, Ramon 8:G7
    Hale, Hope 8:H1
    Halper, Albert 8:H2
    Hammett, Dashiell 8:H312:1
    Harris, Tjader 12:1
    Hart, Henry 10:7
    Hemingway, Ernest 8:C12H4-610:7
    Herskovits, Melville J. 8:H7-9
    Hicks, Granville 10:7
    Hoffmeister, Adolf 8:H10-11
    Holmes, Eugene C. 12:1
    Hook, Sidney 8:19
    Hudicourt, Max L. 8:H12
    Huebsch, B. W. 8:H13-14
    Hughes, Langston 8:H15
    Humphries, Ralph 10:7
    Hurst, Fannie 8:H16-18
    Ivens, Joris 10:7
    Jackson, Gardner 8:J1
    Jackson, Robert Houghwout 8:J2
    Kennell, Ruth Epperson 12.3
    Kent, Paul 12:1
    Kent, Rockwell 12:1
    Klein, Jerome 12:1
    Knight, Eric 8:K1
    Koerner, Daniel 12:1
    LaFarge, Oliver 8:L3,5,1
    LaMore, Chet 12:1
    Lanham, Edwin 8:L6
    Lapsley, Mary 12:3
    Laredo, Federico 8:L7
    Lawson, John Howard 12:2-3
    Lengyel, Emil 8:18
    Lennon, Florence Becker 8:19-29
    Leonhard, Rudolf 8:L30-33
    Lerner, Max 8:L34
    Lozowick, Louis 12:1
    Ludwig, Emil 8:L35
    Lyra, Carmen 12:3
    McCausland, Elizabeth 12:1
    McFee, William 8:M1
    McHenry, Beth 8:L15
    McKay, Claude 8:L18
    MacLeish, Archibald 8:M2-3410:7
    Maltz, Albert 8:M35-37
    Mann, Heinrich 8:M39
    Mann, Klaus 8:M38
    Mann, Thomas 8:M40-44
    Maurois, Andre 8:M45
    Meisel, James H. 8:L28
    Messersmith, George 7:36
    Mumford, Lewis K. 8:L25M46-48
    Muzzey, David S. 8:A3
    Nathan, Robert 8:N1
    Nelken, Margarita 12:3
    Neuwirth, Morris 12:1
    Oboler, Arch 8:01
    Osmers, Frank C. 8:W10
    Page, Charles 12:1
    Parker, Dorothy 8:P1
    Prokosch, Frederic 8:P3
    Putnam, Samuel 8:P412:1,3
    Radwanski, Thaddeus A. 8:R1
    Raymond, Margaret Thomsen 12:30
    Reade, Leslie 8:R2
    Regler, Gustav 8:R3
    Renn, Ludwig 8:R4-711:4
    Rexroth, Kenneth 8:R8
    Richards, Robert 12:2
    Riesel, Victor 8:L16
    Robinson, Earl 8:R9
    Roe, Wellington 8:R1012:1
    Rome, Harold J. 8:R11
    Roosevelt, Franklin Delano 8:R12-18
    Rosotov, T. 8:R19
    Saroyan, William 8:S1
    Schappes, Morris U. 8:32
    Schneider, Isidor 8:33
    Schuman, Henry 8:M15-16
    Seldes, George 8:34-5
    Shayon, Robert Lewis 8:36
    Shecan, Vincent 8:S7-13
    Sherwood, Robert 8:S14
    Sillen, Samuel 12:3
    Sinclair, Upton 8:S15-21
    Snow, Edgar 8:S22
    Speer, Robert K. 12:1
    Spender, Stephen 8:S23
    Stead, Christina 8:S24
    Stewart, Donald Ogden 8:325-610:712:1
    Stuart, Robert 8:S27
    Taggard, Genevieve 8:T1-212:1
    Tao, H. C. 10:7
    Thomas, J. Parnell 8:S5
    Toller, Ernst 8:T3
    Tong, Jocelyn 8:L27
    Uhse, Bodo 8:U1
    Undset, Sigrid 8:U2
    Untermeyer, Jean Starr 8:U3
    Van Doren, Carl 8:V1-2
    Wallace, Henry A. 8:W1
    Ward, Lem 12:2
    Ward, Lynd 12:3
    Ward, Mary McNeer 12:3
    Warner, H. M. 8:W2
    Warner, Sylvia Townsend 8:W3-5
    Westlake, Neda 8:D16
    Wheelwright, John 8:L12, 18
    Wilder, Thornton 8:W6-8
    Wiley, Max 8:W9
    Williams, Albert Rhys 10:7
    Williams, Florence 8:W10
    Williams, William Carlos 8:W10-13
    Winwar, Frances 8:L10
    Wolf, Else 8:W14
    Wolf, Friedrich 8:W15-22
    Wood, Charles Erskine Scott 8:W23
    Wright, Richard 8:2412:1
    Zukofsky, Louis 8:R8