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Collection Inventory

Series I Biographical Materials 1949-1965

Scope and Content Notes:

Newspaper clippings from the 1950s and a copy of a job application completed by Fleckenstein contain biographical information. The application was made to the Federal Anti-Poverty Program in 1965. There are two photographs of Fleckenstein. The bulk of the material is contained in series II and III.

Box 1
Folder 1 1949-1965

Series II Unemployment and Union Organizing, 1936-1948

Scope and Content Notes:

Fleckenstein's unemployment and union organizing centered around his association with the WAI, Workers Alliance of Indiana, and his efforts to organize Toy and Novelty Workers, a campaign by the CIO beginning in 1937. In 1937, the Toy and Novelty Workers Organizing Committee of the United Novelty Workers Local Industrial Union #718 filed a suite against the Wayne Novelty Company of Decatur, Indiana. There are many letters concerning this case from January 19, 1937 to August 8, 1939, as well as newspaper clippings and handbills. An effort was also made to organize labor for political action. Folder 5 focuses on several elections in Illinois.

Folder 2 Workers Alliance of Indiana and WPA Materials, 1936-1939
Folder 3 Toy and Novelty Workers, 1937-1939
Folder 4 Toy and Novelty Workers, 1937
Folder 5 Political Action, 1936-1948

Series III Memberships 1936-1938

Scope and Content Notes:

Memberships is comprised of mimeograph circular letters to the Fort Wayne Branch form the National Office of the CPO Communist Party (Opposition), ICLL Independent Communist Labor League ,and ILLA Independent Labor League of America, all versions of the Communist Party in the United States during the 1930s. Materials concern state conventions, recruiting drives, national training schools and summer labor institutes, booklists and correspondence from the Literature Departments of the CPO and ICLL. There are also announcements and coordination efforts for speakers' tours, as well as 1937 reports on the Spanish Civil War. Other circulars that deal with similar Communist groups in Europe relate to the International Communist Opposition and anti-fascist refugee relief appeals. From 1939, there are circular letters and committee reports for the YCAW Youth Committee Against the War. There are also program materials from the National Youth War Congress in Chicago in 1939. A mimeographed songbook contains Songs from a Warless World. The series concludes with constitutions, resolutions and statements from 1934 to 1936 from the CPO, ICO, and ILLA. Small documents, such as membership cards are placed in their own Folder 21.

Folder 6 CPO Communist Party (Opposition), 1936
Folder 7 ICLL Independent Communist Labor League, 1936-1937
Folder 8 ICLL National Office Circular Letters to Ft. Wayne, 1935-1936
Folder 9 ICLL Spanish Civil War Materials, 1937
Folder 10 ICLL Training Schools, 1936-1938
Folder 11 ICLL and CPO Literature Departments, 1936-1938
Folder 12 ICLL National Office Circular Letters to Ft. Wayne, 1937-1938
Folder 13 ILLA Independent Labor League of America, 1938-1939
Folder 14 ICLL and ILLA Circular Letters, 1938-1940
Folder 15 ICLL Circular Letters regarding the International Communist Opposition, 1936-1938
Folder 16 IRA International Relief Association, 1936-1938
Folder 17 Workers Age, 1936-1938
Folder 18 ILLA Financial Records at Ft. Wayne Branch, 1938-1939
Folder 19 YCAW Youth Committee Against the War, 1939-1940
Folder 20 Constitutions, Resolutions, and Statements, 1934-1939
Folder 21 Membership Cards, 1935-1947

Series IV Correspondence, 1935-1947

Scope and Content Notes:

Fleckenstein kept eight separate folders of correspondence from friends and colleagues from 1936 to 1947. Topics generally discuss organizational and theoretical issues.

Folder 22 Austin, Joe, 1936-1939
Folder 23 Ayers, Lou, 1936-1947
Folder 24 Benjamin, D., 1936-1940
Folder 25 Kaufman, Joe, 1936-1942
Folder 26 Lovestone, Jay, 1935-1939
Folder 27 Miles, George F., 1935-1939
Folder 28 Rasmussen, Hugo, 1938-1939
Folder 29 Various Associates, 1937-1939

Series V Miscellaneous Publications and Newsletters 1934-1938

Scope and Content Notes:

Miscellaneous Publications and Newsletters, contains U.S. publications concerning the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938 and a few lone printed newsletters.

Folder 30 Fair Labor Standard Act 1938 and Related Materials, 1938
Folder 31 Miscellaneous Newsletters, 1934-1939
Oversize 1 UAW Education Department Poster