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Socialist Workers Party records, 1928-2002

Socialist Workers Party

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 208 reels of microfilm (35 mm) and
    • 3 films; plus
    • additions of 146.2 c.f
    • 156 tape recordings
    • 40 disc recordings
    • 34 photographs, and
  • Finding Aids
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  • Restricted: The following portions of the collection are restricted for a period of 10 years after the date of creation, issuance, or publication of the materials: Minutes of Political Bureau, Secretariat, and other bodies elected by the Political Committee; National Office mailings; Local and District Internal Bulletins; and SWP Discussion and Debate Files.
  • The copyrights that reside with the SWP and related collections are held by SWP National Secretary Jack Barnes. Anyone wishing to publish from any of this material must obtain written permission from Mr. Jack Barnes or his representative, Mr. Steve Clark.


  • Records of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), an organization which had its origins in the expulsions of Trotskyists from the Communist Party in 1928, and which has been one of the most prominent radical groups in the United States. The papers document numerous social struggles with which the party was involved, its political organizing, its internal policy and doctrinal disputes, and the lawsuit, "Socialist Workers Party v. the United States Attorney General."


  • The films in this collection also are being cataloged individually.
  • This collection has been assigned Mss 1141.
  • A portion of this collection is available only on microfilm.
  • Loaned for microfilming by Thomas Kerry, New York, New York; by the national office of the Socialist Workers Party, New York, New York; and by the Minneapolis and Los Angeles branches of the Party, 1967-1968; by George Novack, New York, New York, 1970; and by the Library of Social History, via Reba Hansen, New York, New York, 1975-1986.
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