Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the Socialist Labor Party
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The Tamiment Library, New York University, founded in 1906 as the library of the Rand School of Social Science, is a special collection documenting the history of United States radicalism, labor, and progressive social action. It accumulated this artificial collection of printed ephemera gradually over the years. The Printed Ephemera Collection on the Socialist Labor Party consists of fliers, leaflets, newspaper clippings, memoranda, reports, pamphlets, publications, and other printed ephemera.
The Socialistic Labor Party, originally organized as the Workingmen's Party in 1876, was founded in 1877. The name was changed to Socialist Labor Party (SLP) in 1890. The official publisher of the Party was the New York Labor News Company, and many pamphlets from publisher exist in this collection as well as in the Tamiment cataloged books and pamphlets collections. Two histories of the organization are included in the collection. The SLP was a marxist organization and still exists today. In the late 1800s the Party attempted to affiliate with union and labor groups to create one large organization and then tried to move members away from the American Federation of Labor, which failed. Those who were involved in this movement later were part of the founding of Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). Daniel DeLeon was a major figure in the party. Pamphlets by and about him are part of the collection and can also be found in the Tamiment cataloged books and pamphlets collections.
Scope and Content Note
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the Socialist Labor Party spans the years 1883 to 1992 and consists of fliers, newspaper clippings, brochures, circular letters, pamphlets and convention proceedings and reports. Clippings and flyers pertainin to candidates and the party platform make up a significant part of the collection. Also included are some material from the National Executive Committee, minutes, publications and circular letters. A few state and local party records are included in the collection. The main SLP papers collection is housed at the University of Wisconsin.
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.
Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this collection have been compiled by the Tamiment Library. There is no accession record associated with this collection.
The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff.