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California Labor School Collection

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 29 Sep 2008

Biographical History

The California Labor School was originally founded as the Tom Mooney School in June of 1942. Its purpose was to train the huge influx of new workers into a wartime economy in trades and in various aspects of labor relations ranging from dues to union representation. The school was immensely successful and attracted talented and dedicated faculty, including George Hitchcock. The school's mission was to foster a unique "worker's culture" by passing on not only trade union methods and Marxist ideology, but also fine art, dance, and music. The school closed in the late 1950s.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The California Labor School Collection consists of a program for a 1950 performance by the chorus of "Trial by Jury" and several course bulletins.

Arrangement of the Collection

One folder.


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

Please refer to the the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing of collections relating to social activism and reform, and to radical literature. In addition, Special Collections Research Center has acquired numerous related periodicals, books, and other printed material; please be sure to search the Classic Catalog for these related materials. In particular, see Made in Berlin by Judith Yagodka and the San Francisco Writers Workshop magazine.

Subject Headings


Hitchcock, George.

Corporate Bodies

California Labor School.

Associated Titles

Trial by jury.


Radicalism in literature.
Socialism and education -- United States.
Socialism and theater -- United States.
Theater -- Political aspects.

Genres and Forms

Course catalogs.
Librettos (documents for music)
Programs (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

California Labor School Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Libretto purchased from the Peter Graham Fund for Radicalism in Literature and Art, 2008.

Table of Contents

Printed material