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American Radicalism Ephemera Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center
Title: American Radicalism Ephemera Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1929-1974
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft.
Abstract: Miscellaneous ephemera relating to various radical social movements in the U.S. including pro-labor movements, anti-war activism, Communist and Socialist political organizations, and efforts to address systemic racism.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

American radicalism encompasses the political, cultural and intellectual history of radical social movements in the U.S. including pro-labor movements, anti-war activism, Communist and Socialist political organizations, and efforts to address systemic racism.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The American Radicalism Ephemera Collection comprises a variety of ephemera -- cartoons, newsletters, fliers, book catalogs, buttons, patches, brochures, posters, and more -- relating to radical movements of 20th century America. Movements reflected include anti-capitalism/pro-labor and peace/anti-war. The collection also contains items related to systemic racism and Black Power movements in the United States, including police brutality, police shootings, and the Black Panther Party.

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. 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.

Of particular interest are items by Emory Douglas, American graphic artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. The collection contains two prints and a cartoon by Douglas.

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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.

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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.

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Subject Headings


Farmworkers Boycott Committee.
Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990.
Ahmad, Muhammad, 1941-
Aquash, Anna Mae, 1945-1976.
Averill, Peg.
Bond, Julian, 1940-2015.
Brandt, Ralph.
Cleaver, Eldridge, 1935-1998.
Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-
Dellinger, David T., 1915-2004.
Douglas, Emory.
Ellis, Fred, 1885-1965.
Gold, Michael, 1894-1967.
Hampton, Fred, 1948-1969.
Hoff, Syd, 1912-2004.
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982.
Newton, Huey P.
Rizzo, Frank, 1920-1991.
Seale, Bobby, 1936-
Sir Lady Java.
Spock, Benjamin, 1903-1998.
Terry, Peggy.
Yosano, Akiko, 1878-1942.

Corporate Bodies

All-African People's Revolutionary Party.
Americans for the Corporate Enterprise System.
Attica Correctional Facility.
B.C. Hagglund (publisher)
Black Panther Party.
Chicago Women's Liberation Union.
Dow Chemical.
International Publishers.
John Reed Clubs of the United States.
National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression.
Peace and Freedom Party (U.S.)
Theatre Union.
White Panther Party.

Associated Titles

Grass Roots.


Black Arts movement.
Black power.
Chicago Seven Trial, Chicago, Ill., 1969-1970.
Congress of Racial Equality.
Feminism -- United States.
Police brutality -- United States.
Prison riots.
Prison violence -- United States.
Prisoners -- United States.
Prisons -- New York (State)
Racism -- United States.
Radicalism -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Radicalism -- United States.
Radicals -- United States.
Right to housing.
Siete de la Raza Trial, San Francisco, Calif., 1970.
Transgender artists.
Transgender people -- United States.


Chicago (Ill.)
New York (State)
Syracuse (N.Y.)
United States -- History.

Genres and Forms

Buttons (information artifacts)
Cartoons (humorous images)
Catalogs (documents)
Fliers (printed matter)
Political cartoons.

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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

Some items purchase, Blackman Fund. Other items acquired through donation and via transfer from other collections and University Archives.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 9 May 2007
Revision history: 21 Dec 2010 - adds (MRC); 19 Oct 2009 - additions (MRC); 22 Sep 2009 - Sacco/Vanzetti switched to SC; 3 Dec 2008 - additions (MRC); Jan 2008 - additions (MRC); 1 Nov 2007 - additions (MRC); 19 Jul 2007 - subjects updated (MRC); 3 Jul 2007 - subjects updated (MRC); 6 Sep 2019 - oversize posters added (MRC); 9 Nov 2020 - new items added, some additional organization done (MRC); 4 Feb 2021 - new items added (MRC); 15 Jul 2021 - Emory Douglas posters added (MRC); 4 Aug 2022 - numerous additions (MRC)

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Printed material
Box 1 Book catalogs 1929-1935
Box 1 Buttons, etc. - includes "Black Power" cloth patch
Box 1 Cartoons - includes one by Emory Douglas
Fliers and brochures
Box 1 Black liberationist 1967-1968, 1971, undated - Peggy Terry, Bobby Seale, Black Panther Party, etc.
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1930s, 1968, 1971, undated - topics include police brutality/police shootings, prison reform
Box 1 Atttica News Service 1973-1974
Box 1 Peace and Freedom Party 1969
Oversize 1 Posters - Peace and Freedom party; Anvil; Sir Lady Java
Oversize 2 Posters - "Read Raw Milk"; Angela Davis, Communist Party; Free Bobby, People's Legal Defense Committee; Free Ruchell Magee; Yosano Akiko poem; Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford); Anna Mae Aquash; assassination of Fred Hampton; two Emory Douglas prints
Box 1 Theatrical performances 1932-1935
Box 1 Miscellaneous - newsletters, "open letters," collection box, etc.

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