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American Radicalism Ephemera Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 9 May 2007

Biographical History

American radicalism encompasses political, cultural and intellectual history of radical social movements in the U.S.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The American Radicalism Ephemera Collection comprises a variety of ephemera relating to radical movements of 20th century American, such as cartoons, newsletters, fliers, book catalogs, brochures, and more.

Cartoons include a 1938 postcard drawn by A. Redfield (cartoonist Syd Hoff) advocating a boycott of German, Japanese and Italian goods; a political cartoon "Ten Free Citizens" by Americans for the Corporate Enterprise System; and a Black Panther cartoon by Emory Douglas. The John Reed Club material relates to the First National Congress, May 30, 1932, and includes lists of national executive board members and clubs participating in the conference in Chicago, with delegates and membership numbers for each club. Also included are several "International Books" catalogs from International Publishers and some material relating to Dr. Benjamin Spock's peace activism.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings relating to American radicalism, among them the papers of Arna Wendell Bontemps, Earl Browder, Lillian Gilkes, Horace Gregory, Granville Hicks, Harry Roskolenko and John Spivak. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete list of related manuscript collections and to the Classic Catalog for related items in the Rare Books Department and general collection.

Subject Headings


Brandt, Ralph.
Ellis, Fred, 1885-1965.
Gold, Michael, 1894-1967.
Hoff, Syd, 1912-2004.
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982.
Spock, Benjamin, 1903-1998.

Corporate Bodies

Americans for the Corporate Enterprise System.
B.C. Hagglund (publisher)
International Publishers.
John Reed Clubs of the United States.
Theatre Union.

Associated Titles

Grass Roots.
The Anvil.


Printed ephemera -- Specimens.
Radicalism -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Radicalism -- United States.
Radicals -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Fliers (printed matter)
Political cartoons.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

American Radicalism Ephemera Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, Blackman Fund, 2007-2010.

Table of Contents

Printed material