Young Socialist Alliance Records, 1954-1992

Summary Information

Title: Young Socialist Alliance Records
Inclusive Dates: 1954-1992

  • Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.)
Call Number: Micro 726; Micro 949; Micro 1079; SC 3018; FF 033

Quantity: 23 reels of microfilm (35mm), 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder), and 1 film

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of the national office of the Young Socialist Alliance, a revolutionary Marxist youth group closely allied to the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party. The YSA was formed in 1960 and it dissolved into the SWP in 1992. The collection documents YSA's role in the protest against the Vietnam War, in various struggles for minority rights, and in numerous other political and social conflicts dating from the 1960s through the 1980s.
On microfilm are National Executive Committee minutes, mailings, financial reports, mimeographed materials produced by the national office for intra-party communication, historical files, and detailed narrative reports on local activities during the 1970s. Subject files relate to involvement with the international student movement during the 1980s, and especially with the movement in South Africa; the domestic student movement of the 1970s; trials of several expelled dissidents; conferences and defense cases; and correspondence about diverse organizations such as Prisoners United and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Predating the YSA are bulletins and minutes of the National Action Committee of the Young Socialist League and minutes of the editorial board and mailings of the Young Socialist. Also included is a print of To Make a Revolution, a film by David Weiss concerning the YSA during the early 1970s. A few items, 1965-1971, are available in paper form.


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Language: English

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