Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 6 Mar 2017
|9 Aug 2021||collection processed (RMH)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Jack Stachel Papers|
|Quantity:||3 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Correspondence, writings, speeches, clippings, printed matter, books and other material from the American Communist Party member and political activist.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Jack (Jacob Abraham) Stachel (1900-1965) was a Jewish-American political activist. A leader of the American Communist Party for forty years, Stachel was one of eleven Communist leaders convicted under the Alien Registration Act (popularly known as the Smith Act) in 1949, for which he served a sentence of five years in prison. Not only was Stachel involved in the progression of communism in America and the world, he also was outspoken on Vietnam, President Kennedy, the Civil Rights Movement, and other social and cultural shifts.
Stachel's wife, Bertha, was active as a Communist Party member by giving speeches, speaking out against the Smith Act verdict, endorsing Benjamin Davis, Henry Winston, and Gilbert Green, and wrote many letters to the editor of The Daily World, a communist leaning periodical. After Stachel died in 1965, Bertha annually published "In Memoriam" notices in The Daily World for more than ten years after Stachel's death.
Stachel and Bertha had one son, John.
The Jack Stachel Papers consists of correspondence, memorabilia, and writings relating to the personal and professional life of the American Communist Party leader and his wife, Bertha.
Correspondence-subject files includes letters and greeting cards from fellow Communist Party members and committees and organizations related to Stachel's Smith Act trial. Some important individuals in this series are Gus Hall, Henry Winston, Benjamin J. Davis, and Eugene Dennis. There is a substantial amount of letters from Bertha to Jack while he was in prison from 1951 until 1955.
Memorabilia contains the couple's death certificates and correspondence related to their funeral and burial, as well as a small amount of miscellaneous material relating to Jack.
Writings are divided into items by Bertha and items by jack; these include letters to the editor, speeches, notes, and no on.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. The other series are arranged alphabetically by title, type, or topic.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advance notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
A number of books (21) have been separated from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog and search on "Gift of John Stachel" to locate these items.
Bedacht, Max, 1883-1972.
Bloor, Ella Reeve, 1862-1951.
Davis, Benjamin J. (Benjamin Jefferson), 1903-1964.
Dennis, Eugene, 1905-1961.
Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley.
Ford, James W., 1893-1957.
Foster, William Z., 1881-1961.
Ganley, Nat, 1903-1969.
Gerson, Simon W.
Goldwater, Barry, 1938-
Hutchins, Grace, 1885-1969.
Johnson, Oakley C., 1890-
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Strauss, Franz Josef, 1915-1988.
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998.
Weinstone, William W. (William Wolf), 1897-1985.
Winston, Henry, 1911-1986.
Communist Party of America.
Workers Party of America.
Civil Rights demonstrations--1960-1970..
Civil rights and socialism.
Communism -- United States.
Communist Trial, New York, N.Y., 1952-1953.
Labor unions -- United States.
United States. -- Alien Registration Act, 1940.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Jack Stachel Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of John Stachel, 2012-2013.
|Box 1||Stachel, Bella (aunt) 1943|
|Stachel, Bertha (wife)|
|Box 1||to Jack Jul 1951-Apr 1953 (7 folders)|
|Box 2||to Jack Sep 1953-Feb 1955 (5 folders)|
|Box 2||to John (son) 1963, 1967, 1975|
|Box 2||Stachel, Evelyn (daughter-in-law) 1953-1954|
|Box 2||65th birthday 1965|
|Box 2||to Bertha and John 1949|
|Box 2||Stachel, John (son) 1952-1953|
|Box 2||Stachel, Moishe (father) 1943|
|Box 2||Auerbach, Isabelle 1965|
|Box 2||Baron, Rose 1955-1956, 1960|
|Box 2||Bedacht, Max 1959|
|Box 1||Birthday greetings 1951-1960|
|Box 2||Bittelman, Mrs. Alexander 1956|
|Box 2||Blair, Fred 1964|
|Box 3||Bloor, Ella Reeve 1949, 1982|
|Box 3||Colon, Clara 1970|
|Box 3||Committee to Keep McCarthyism Out of Michigan by Fighting Smith Act Persecutions 1953|
|Box 3||Communist Party USA National Election Conference 1954|
|Box 3||Condolences on Jack's death 1966|
|Box 3||Davis, Benjamin J. 1955|
|Box 3||Davis, David 1954-1955|
|Box 3||Dennis, Eugene 1952, 1956|
|Box 3||Doty, Orin 1955|
|See Bloor, Ella Reeve.|
|Box 3||Families of the Smith Act Victims 1953-1954|
|Box 3||Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley 1949-1950|
|Box 3||Foley Square Smith Act trial 1948-1949|
|Box 3||Ford, James W. 1952|
|Box 3||Foster, William Z. 1950|
|Box 3||Ganley, Nat|
|Gerson, Simon W.|
|See Foley Square Smith Act trial.|
|See Minor, Robert.|
|Box 3||Gold, Michael 1954|
|Box 3||Hall, Gus 1966-1968, 1974|
|Box 3||Herman, V. 1960|
|See Rochester, Anna.|
|Box 3||Immigration case 1951-1955, 1960-1962|
|Box 3||Janos, Gyetvai 1964|
|Box 3||Jermoe, Victor Jeremy 1966|
|Box 3||Johnson, Oakley C. 1965-1967|
|Box 3||Kettner, Otto 1950|
|Box 3||Magil, Abe 1956|
|Box 3||Minor, Robert 1945-1950, 1954|
|Box 3||National Committee to Win Amnesty for Smith Act Victims 1953-1954|
|Box 3||North, Joseph|
|Box 3||Perloff, Jack and Ruth 1955|
|Box 3||Rent Strike 203 W. 94th st 1978|
|Box 3||Robinson, Dorothy 1965|
|Box 3||Rochester, Anna 1949, 1956|
|Box 3||Russo, Mike 1955|
|Box 3||Schwartz, Sidney 1966|
|Box 3||Shields, Art 1965|
|Box 3||Trachtenberg, Rosalind 1966 - wife of Alexander Trachtenberg|
|Box 3||United States v. Jacob Stachel 1948|
|Box 3||Williamson, John 1965|
|Box 3||Winston, Henry M. 1949, 1960, 1966, 1973, 1976|
|Box 3||Winter, Helen 1954|
|Box 3||Woodrow, Arley R. 1962|
|Box 3||The Worker Illinois Office 1965|
|Box 3||Miscellaneous 1949, 1953-1957, 1960, 1964-1969, 1974-1978|
|Box 3||Bertha Stachel 1974, 1978-1979 - death certificate and correspondence related to her funeral and burial|
|See also In Memoriam" notice.|
|Box 4||Jack Stachel 1944-1946, 1966-1967, 1979 - death certificate and correspondence related to his funeral and burial|
|Oversize 1||Jack Stachel 1952, 1955 - magazine clipping; photograph of Stachel|
|Box 4||Letters to the Editor, The Daily World 1954-1955, 1965-1967, 1970-1974|
|Box 4||"In Memoriam" notice 1969-1978|
|Box 4||50th Anniversary International Women's Day 1960|
|Box 4||on Benjamin J. Davis|
|Box 4||on Henry Winston and Gilbert Green|
|Box 4||Poem "For Morton Sobell"|
|Box 4||Against the Smith Act verdict|
|Box 4||On amnesty for Smith Act victims|
|Box 4||Communist Party USA 1973|
|Box 4||Jack Stachel 1966 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Jack's eulogy 1966|
|Box 4||On the McCarrow Walters Act|
|Box 4||William L. Patterson birthday rally circa 1955|
|Box 4||[Untitled] 1953-1955 (3 folders)|
|Box 4||About Communism [pamphlet text?] 1947|
|Box 4||Against Browderism 1948|
|Box 4||"Improve Methods of Party Leadership"|
|Box 4||New York Election 1958|
|Box 4||The political situation and the progressive party 1949|
|Box 4||"Relation of the Paper to Party"|
|Box 4||"Social Democracy" 1956|
|Box 4||"Some notes on the program" 1954|
|Box 4||"Wallace and the third party movement" 1948|
|Box 4||"Youth" 1952|
|Box 5||65th birthday|
|Box 5||"81 Party Statement and Fight for Peace"|
|Box 5||1960 election|
|Box 5||1964 election|
|Box 5||On Barry Goldwater|
|Box 5||On capitalism|
|Box 5||On Civil rights|
|Box 5||On Communism|
|Box 5||"Conference on the entire situation in SE Asia"|
|Box 5||CP [Communist Party] meeting|
|Box 5||CP [Communist Party] meeting report|
|Box 5||The Daily Worker|
|Box 5||On Defense Minister Joseph Strauss|
|Box 5||"Importance of DuBois and Castro Declarations Adherence to Parties of M-L"|
|Box 5||On Kennedy|
|Box 5||Outline for an edition of The Worker|
|Box 5||"Position of U.S. Capitalism and the Kennedy Administration"|
|Box 5||"Social Democracy-Reform"|
|Box 5||Speech to Communist Party|
|Box 5||Speech on Gates|
|Box 5||On Vietnam|
|Box 5||"Why a Quarterly and its Character"|
|Box 5||"Winning Mass Influence"|
|Box 5||[Untitled] 1945|
|Box 5||CPUSA [Communist Party of the USA] 1949|
|Box 5||To Communist Party plenum 1949|
|Box 5||"Remarks of Jack Stachel re: the Worker Campaign" 1944|
|Box 5||On The Worker and The Daily Worker 1957|
|Box 5||CPUSA [Communist Party of the USA] 1957|
|Box 5||CPUSA [Communist Party of the USA] conference 1947|
|Box 5||On CP [Communist Party]|
|Box 5||History of CP [Communist Party] given at the Youth Project|
|Box 5||Strike struggle|
|Box 5||On Will Weinstone|
|Jack and Bertha Stachel|