Farrell Dobbs Papers, 1928-1983

Summary Information

Title: Farrell Dobbs Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1928-1983

  • Dobbs, Farrell
Call Number: Mss 848; Micro 2034

Quantity: 6.8 c.f. (17 archives boxes) and 16 reels of microfilm (35mm)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Farrell Dobbs, a former national secretary (1952-1972) and Presidential candidate of the Socialist Workers Party. Included are biographical material, clippings, and Dobbs' FBI file; official party and personal research correspondence; subject files; speeches and writings; and reports to the party. The subject files consist of collected correspondence and original documents pertaining to his four-volume history of the origins of the Teamsters Union, a planned multi-volume history of American radicalism, and to a variety of topics in SWP history such as the Fourth International, Trotskyist factionalism of the 1950's and 1960's, and relations with the Young Socialists of America. Dobbs' experiences as a leader of the Minneapolis Teamsters strikes of 1934 are represented by collected records from other union activists, correspondence, minutes, clippings, flyers, and general research material. The collection also contains a small amount of material relating to Dobbs' wife, Marvel Scholl, including a 1934 diary and writings about the role of women in the Teamsters strikes. Prominent correspondents include James P. Cannon, Gerry Healy, and Harrison Salisbury.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00848
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