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Socialist Labor Party Pamphlets

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 May 2011

Biographical History

The Socialist Labor Party (SLP) was established in 1876 as the Workingmen's Party but renamed the next year. It is the oldest socialist political party in the United States and the second oldest socialist party in the world. It ran the first socialist presidential campaign in 1892, and fielded national tickets in every presidential campaign through 1976.

According to the party's website, their goal is "a classless society based on collective ownership and control of the industries and social services, these to be administered in the interests of all society through a Socialist Industrial Union government composed of democratically elected representatives from all the industries and services of the land. Production would be carried on for use instead of profit."

Daniel DeLeon (1852-1914), author of three of the pamphlets, was an American socialist newspaper editor, politician, Marxist theoretician, and trade union organizer, and was a leading figure in the Socialist Labor Party of America.

Arnold Petersen (1885-1976), author of two of the pamphlets, was the party's National Secretary for more than 50 years.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Socialist Labor Party Pamphlets consist of 56 pamphlets put out by the party on a range of topics relevant to their ideology and goals. Topics covered include unemployment, low wages, capitalism, fascism, war/peace, strikes and anti-semitism. The collection also includes the Louisville city platform, and state platforms for New York and Illinois.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by title.


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.

Originals in box 2 are restricted due to condition. Researchers are requested to use the photocopies in Box 1.

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

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings relating to Socialism, Communism and American radicalism, including a collection of American radical ephemera; please see the SCRC Subject Index for a full listing. For cataloged books and periodicals, including New Masses and Partisan Review, please consult the Classic Catalog.

Subject Headings


De Leon, Daniel, 1852-1914.
Petersen, Arnold, 1885-1976.

Corporate Bodies

Socialist Labor Party.


Communism -- United States.
Labor movement -- United States.
Political parties--Platforms.
Radicalism -- United States.
Socialism -- United States.


United States -- Economic conditions -- 1961-1971.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Socialist Labor Party Pamphlets,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Table of Contents

Pamphlets (photocopies)

Pamphlets (originals)