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BOX 81-91 Political File, 1906-1998
Material documenting Spira's political activism, particularly his support of Leon Trotsky's political philosophy and the ideals of the Socialist Workers Party. Spira’s involvement in the National Maritime Union of America, especially as editor of The Call for Union Democracy, a newspaper which took aim at the alleged corruption of NMU president Joseph Curran and his administration, forms another significant portion of this series. Also included are articles Spira wrote for the Socialist Workers Party newspaper the Militant, including files relating to African-American issues, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. These files sometimes include ephemera such as flyers and handbills Spira collected while on assignment. Reference and research materials include clippings, pamphlets, political tracts, and song books. Many of the publications were published by Pioneer Publishers for the Socialist Workers Party.
Writings, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and ephemera.
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
BOX 81 African-American issues
BOX 81 American Civilization on Trial: the Negro as Touchstone of History, a statement by the National Editorial Board of News & Letters, 1963
BOX 81 Civil rights in Mississippi, 1963
BOX 81 Correspondence, 1963
BOX 81 How a Minority Can Change Society by George Breitman, 1971
BOX 81 Negroes March on Washington by Albert Parker, circa 1940s
BOX 81 Negroes on the March: A Frenchman's Report on the American Negro Struggle by Daniel Guérin, 1956
BOX 81 Negroes in the Post-War World by Albert Parker, 1944 See also Restricted, Original copy
BOX 81 A Practical Program to Kill Jim Crow by Charles Jackson, 1945
BOX 81 Assembly line, 1956
BOX 81 Biological and chemical warfare, 1959-1972
BOX 81 Central Intelligence Agency, 1961-1965
BOX 81 Counter insurgency, 1961-1966
BOX 81 Cuba See also Container 311, Photographs
BOX 81 Fair Play for Cuba Committee, 1960-1962
(3 folders)
BOX 81 General, 1959-1963, 1975
BOX 82 Manuscripts, 1960-1961
(3 folders)
BOX 82 Trip, 1959-1961
BOX 82 Election campaigns, circa 1956, 1972-1975
BOX 82 Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1969-1981
(4 folders)
BOX 83 (2 folders)
BOX 83 Government spending, 1976-1978
BOX 83 Humor and quotations, 1957-1961
BOX 83 Industrial Workers of the World, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1984
BOX 83 Korea, 1951-1952, 1960
BOX 83 Labor, 1945-1977, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 83 Labor leaders, 1955-1961, 1973
BOX 83 Labor notes, 1955, 1962-1963, 1974
BOX 83 Leaders and misleaders, 1956-1973, 1983-1993
(2 folders)
BOX 84 (7 folders)
BOX 84 Mahwah, N.J., 1958
BOX 84 Miscellaneous clippings, 1959-1960, 1968-1980, undated
BOX 84 Military morale, 1955-1956
BOX 84 Military strategy, 1955-1964
BOX 85 National Maritime Union of America See also Container 14, Same title
BOX 85 Analysis, 1952, 1961-1967
BOX 85 Backdoor shipping, 1967
BOX 85 The Call for Union Democracy, 1966-1973, undated
(14 folders)
BOX 85 Censored, 1967-1968
BOX 86 Correspondence, 1968-1969
(2 folders)
BOX 86 Curran, Joseph Edwin, New Yorker articles, 1946
BOX 86 Curran, Joseph Edwin, propaganda, 1968-1969
BOX 86 Dues increase, 1968
BOX 86 Elections, 1958-1967
BOX 86 Forerunners, 1960-1966
BOX 86 General, 1935-1986, 1995, undated
(9 folders)
BOX 87 (4 folders)
BOX 87 Officers' pensions, 1971-1972
BOX 87 Personal, 1949, 1960
BOX 87 Publications, 1965-1968
BOX 87 Ramparts, 1960-1973
(2 folders)
BOX 87 Resumes, undated
BOX 87 "Save our ships, save our jobs" campaign, 1969-1971
BOX 87 Spira maritime documents, 1949, 1961-1968
BOX 87 Village Voice article, 1970
BOX 87 New York City, N.Y., 1969-1977
BOX 88 Political ephemera, 1946, 1955, 1969-1987
BOX 88 Prisoners of war, 1955-1976
(7 folders)
BOX 89 Reference and research
BOX 89 American Stalinism and Anti-Stalinism by James Patrick Cannon, 1947
BOX 89 American Workers Need a Labor Party by Joseph Hansen, 1944
BOX 89 America's Road to Socialism by James Patrick Cannon, 1953
BOX 89 Class Struggles in America by A. M. (Algie Martin) Simons, 1906
BOX 89 The Coming American Revolution by James Patrick Cannon, 1947 See also Restricted, Original copies
BOX 89 The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1939
BOX 89 The Dangers of Libel: A Summary for Newsmen by the Associated Press, 1969
BOX 89 Dead Horse and the Featherbird by Paul Jacobs, 1962
BOX 89 The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International, 1946
BOX 89 Defense Policy in the Minneapolis Trial by James Patrick Cannon and Grandizo Munis, 1942
BOX 89 In Defense of Socialism: the official court record of Albert Goldmans's final speech for the defense in the famous Minneapolis "sedition" trial by Albert Goldman, 1944
BOX 89 Every Cook Can Govern: A Study of Democracy in Ancient Greece; also, Negro Americans and American Politics, 1956 See also Restricted, Original copy
BOX 89 The Irregular Movement of History: The Marxist Law of the Combined and Uneven Development of Society by George Novack, 1957
BOX 89 La lutte des Trotskystes sous la terreur Nazi by Parti communiste internationaliste, undated See also Restricted, Original copy
BOX 89 Miscellaneous publications, 1910, 1938-1947
BOX 89 A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau, 1971
BOX 89 Poems of war resistance, 1967
BOX 89 A Political Biography of Walter Reuther by Beatrice Hansen, 1969
BOX 89 Role of the Individual in History by George Plekhanov, 1940
BOX 89 Socialism on Trial by James Patrick Cannon, 1944
BOX 89 The Socialist Workers Party: What It Is, What It Stands For by Joseph Hansen, 1958
BOX 89 Two Pages from Roman History by Daniel De Leon, 1962
BOX 89 Vigilante Terror in Fontana: The Tragic Story of O' Day H. Short and his Family by Myra Tanner Weiss, 1946
BOX 89 Vote for Socialism in 1956: Farrell Dobbs for President, Myra Tanner Weiss for Vice-President, 1956
BOX 89 Women Against Myth by Betty Millard, 1948
BOX 89 Women and Society by Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin, 1938
BOX 90 Resist (newsletter), 1968-1974
(2 folders)
BOX 90 Resistance, 1968-1980
(2 folders)
BOX 90 Song books
BOX 90 The Bosses Songbook: Songs to Stifle the Flames of Discontent, 1959
BOX 90 Go Forward Singing, published by the Socialist Workers Party, 1945 See also Restricted, Original copy
BOX 90 Miscellaneous protest songs, 1941-1946, 1963, undated
BOX 90 The People's Song Book edited by Waldemar Hille, 1948
BOX 90 Rebel Song Book: Eighty-seven Socialist and Labor Songs for Voice and Piano, 1935
BOX 90 Sing!, 1951, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 90 Sing!: Labor and Socialist Songs, 1945
BOX 90 Sit-in Songs, 1962
BOX 90 Six Songs for Democracy by Paul Robeson, 1940
BOX 90 Young Peoples Socialist League Song Book, undated
BOX 90 Trotsky, Leon
BOX 90 Articles and essays, 1940-1957, 1964-1974
BOX 91 Publications and pamphlets, 1947, 1954-1969, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 91 Unions, 1961-1967, undated
BOX 91 United States Marine Corps training and education, 1956-1958
BOX 91 Vietnam War, 1963-1977
(5 folders)
BOX 91 War resistance, 1968-circa 1969, 1998
BOX 91-105 Animal Rights International, 1976-2002
Material documenting to the administrative functions of Animal Rights International (ARI), the non-profit animal welfare advocacy organization founded by Spira in 1974. Annual progress reports compiled by Spira detailing ARI's significant campaigns and accomplishments are included in this series, as are annual diaries and calendars recording Spira’s daily appointments and actions. Notes, clippings, and writings chronicle Spira's ideas for organizational strategy and planning from 1980 to 1994. Also included is evidence of contributions from consultants, part-time assistants, an advisory committee he nicknamed "Troika," and regular collaborative meetings with other animal welfare activists. To a lesser extent, administrative matters such as the organization’s name registration dispute, postage privileges, various contact lists, staffing, and funding matters can also be found within this series. Researchers should note that information detailing ARI's targeted media campaigns and advertisements can be found in the Laboratory Animal Welfare File, Farm Animal Welfare File, and Alphabetical File.
Annual reports, notes, calendars, diaries, and correspondence.
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