Staughton and Alice Lynd Papers, 1938-2015

Summary Information

Title: Staughton and Alice Lynd Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1938-2015

  • Lynd, Staughton, 1929-2022
  • Lynd, Alice, 1930-
Call Number: Mss 395; PH Mss 395; Audio 616A; M88-305; M91-219; VHA 141; M99-111; M2004-165; M2009-037; M2017-026

Quantity: 8.0 cubic feet (20 archives boxes), 8 photographs (8 folders), and 1 tape recording; plus additions of 88.2 cubic feet (86 record center cartons, 4 archives boxes, and 3 half-archives boxes), 112 tape recordings, 8 disc recordings, 0.9 cubic feet of photographs (2 archives boxes and 1 folder), 0.1 cubic feet of transparencies (1 folder), and 17 video recordings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, 1938-2015, of Staughton Lynd, a leftist historian and labor lawyer who was prominent in both the civil rights and the anti-war movements, and his wife, fellow activist, lawyer, and research partner, Alice Lynd. The majority of the papers cover the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, with the emphasis on the varied social movements and radical activities with which they were affiliated rather than the Lynds themselves. Articles and writings, correspondence, and clippings and other printed matter refer to campus protests of the 1960s; civil rights; the Vietnam War; tax reform; the Kennedy assassination; Jobs or Income Now (JOIN), a group which sought to organize the poor in Chicago; union organizing, especially among public employees in the Chicago and Gary, Indiana, area; the Mass Party Organizing Committee, a group which attempted to formulate a mass, Leninist, working-class party; and the New American Movement, a group which sought to build a mass-based democratic socialist movement in the United States. Includes materials related to Rank and File, a book about ordinary people in the labor movement on which the Lynds worked. There are also files on Staughton Lynd's attempt to bring a leftist perspective to the historical profession and to the American Historical Association.

Language: English

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