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Series I. New American Movement (NAM), 1971-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents the regional chapter of the New American Movement (NAM) and Rabinowitz's involvement in the organization. The series is divided into six subseries according to the functions, activities, projects, and interests of the organization. Additional materials concerning NAM can be found in the separate collection held by the Archives Service Center: New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records, 1973-1982, AIS.1989.18.

Originally founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1971 as a result of the anti-war movement, NAM was established in an effort to build a “new left.” Shortly after, regional chapters were established throughout the country. At its height, NAM had chapters in about 30 places (many of them being campuses) with about 5,000 members. It was supported by dues, fundraisers and donations. The organization stressed the importance of “political work and mass organizing as a means for transformation” and worked to “develop programs that would unify working people and catalyze a large mass movement for socialism.” Classism, sexism, racism, imperialism, and capitalism were many of the issues the organization advocated against. The organization was also concerned with a host of international issues concerning Spain, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and China. As a founding member of the Pittsburgh chapter, part of the steering committee, and primary creator of the chapter newsletter, Rabinowitz was heavily involved and committed to the organization. She also attended all of the national conventions.

In 1971, Rabinowitz helped found the Pittsburgh chapter. The chapter initially committed itself to anti-war activities -- organizing panel discussions, demonstrations, and pickets. In 1973 it helped fight for the impeachment of President Nixon. Due to the labor climate of the time, the organization eventually became heavily involved in workplace organizing, as well as social services and political education. Within the NAM were a number of commissions, such as the Energy Commission, that in 1975 devoted a considerable amount of time to speaking against the energy industry and its impending rate hikes, which included Duquesne Light. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy (PAJE) is a result of this, an organization Rabinowitz helped start.

Subseries 1. Internal Business, 1972-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries, organized alphabetically, documents the organizational structure of NAM and its role within the scope of the national organization. Included are the chapter structure and by-laws, chapter history, internal reports, member lists, correspondence, records of the national interim committee, and instructions for chapter leaders. It also documents the organization's eventual merger in 1983 with the Democratic Socialists of America. The New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records, 1973-1982, AIS.1989.18, contain additional materials relating to internal business.


Box 1
Folder 1 Chapter Evaluations, 1980
Folder 2 Chapter Structure and By-Laws, 1975-1978
Folder 3 Contacts, 1975-1977
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1972-1976
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1976-1981
Folder 6 Instructions on Leadership, 1977-1978
Folder 7 Internal Reports, 1973-1979
Folder 8 Names and Addresses for Local and National Chapters and Members, undated
Folder 9 National and Regional Chapter Reports, 1975-1981
Folder 10 National Interim Committee Candidacy Statements, undated
Folder 11 National Interim Committee Endorsements, 1975
Folder 12 National Interim Committee Resolutions, 1981
Folder 13 Newsletter Plans which Include Personal Notes, 1976-1982
Folder 14 Personal Correspondence, 1980-1981
Folder 15 Phone Tree, 1974-1978
Folder 16 Pittsburgh Chapter History, 1972-1977
Folder 17 Proposal for New Orientation Program, undated
Folder 18 Recruitment Guidelines, 1981-1982
Folder 19 Response Against Socialist Worker's Party Endorsements, 1978
Folder 20 Speakers Bureau and Fundraising Brochures, 1975
Folder 21 Staff Job Descriptions, 1976-1977
Folder 22 Steering Committee Notes, 1975-1977
Folder 23 Strategy Papers, 1977-1978
Folder 24 What is the NAM, undated
Folder 25 Various Materials, 1980

Subseries 2. Publications, 1973-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the various publications that NAM produced, especially those of the local chapter. Organized alphabetically, the publications include general mailings sent to members of the local chapter which reported on the various happenings of the organization; the chapter newsletter, which Rabinowitz was instrumental in the creation and distribution of; and various leaflets announcing chapter meetings and events. The collection originally included a substantial amount of national NAM materials like instructional guides for organizing and running chapters, the national newsletter Moving On, and national discussion bulletins, but these materials were eliminated due to being already included in the “New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records” collection.

Folder 26 Chapter General Mailings, 1977-1978
Folder 27 Chapter General Mailings, 1979-1981
Folder 28 Chapter Mailings, 1974-1975
Folder 29 Chapter Mailings, 1975-1976
Folder 30 Chapter Newsletter, October 1972
Folder 31 Chapter Newsletter, January-November 1973
Folder 32 Chapter Newsletter, March and Jul-Oct 1974
Folder 33 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1975
Folder 34 Chapter Newsletter, Feb-Sep 1976 and December 1976
Folder 35 Chapter Newsletter, February-December 1977
Folder 36 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1978
Folder 37 Chapter Newsletter, January 1979-January 1980
Folder 38 Chapter Newsletter, February-December 1980
Folder 39 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1981
Folder 40 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1982
Folder 41 Literature, 1975
Folder 42 Leaflets, 1974-1975
Folder 43 Papers by Frank Ackerman, Leon Blum, Harry C. Boyte, Logan Martinez, and Ed Meek, 1973-1976

Subseries 3. Events, 1973-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the various events the Pittsburgh chapter of NAM conducted or was involved in. Folders are organized alphabetically and include materials that document the local and national conferences and conventions, most of which Rabinowitz attended, as well as the film and dinner series, concerts and various other events held for or by the organization.


Box 2
Folder 1 Conferences, Conventions, and Events, 1975-1981
Folder 2 Events, 1976-1985
Folder 3 Film and Dinner Series, 1972
Folder 4 Films, 1979-1984
Folder 5 Fundraising Party Invitation, 1978
Folder 6 "A Morality Play" for the Pittsburgh Counter-Inaugural Ball, 1980
Folder 7 National Council Conference, 1974
Folder 8 National NAM Utilities Conference, 1977
Folder 9 Robin Tyler Concerts Planning, 1981-1983
Folder 10 Solidarity Day and Aftermath, 1981
Folder 11 Vietnam Peace Treaty Celebration, 1973

Subseries 4. Projects, 1976-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials that document the various NAM projects that Rabinowitz was involved in. Folders are organized alphabetically. The People's History Project and The People's Power Project make up a large portion of this subseries. The People's History Project was created in order to bring awareness to the region's labor history which resulted in the creation of a slideshow and people's history calendar. The People's Power Project was created in reaction to the energy crisis and acted as a form of outreach in order to bring awareness to the issue and inspire greater public involvement. In 1976 the People's Power Project testified at hearings for a Lifeline bill in order to push for energy rate restructuring. Rabinowitz, an experienced fundraiser, was responsible for the creation of the advertising book included in this subseries.

Folder 12 Advertising Book, 1981
Folder 13 Energy Commission Newsletter, 1979-1981
Folder 14 Feminism in Chapters, 1976-1982
Folder 15 Lifeline, 1975-1978
Folder 16 Lifeline Membership Lists, 1976
Folder 17 National Materials from NAM Utilities Project, 1974-1979
Folder 18 Pennsylvania Utility Commission Hearings, 1975-1977
Folder 19 People's History Calendar Planning, 1974
Folder 20 People's History Project Correspondence Concerning the "1905 A People's History" Slideshow, 1973-1976
Folder 21 People's History Slideshow Proposal, 1974-1975
Folder 22 People's Power Project, 1975-1979
Folder 23 People's Power Project Newsletters, 1975-1977
Folder 24 People's Power Project Notes and Minutes, 1975-1980
Folder 25 People's Power Project Slideshow Scripts, undated
Folder 26 People's Power Project Media Coverage, 1975-1977
Folder 27 Political Education Committee, 1973-1978
Folder 28 Socialist School, 1975-1980
Folder 29 Workplace Organizing Taskforce, 1973-1975

Subseries 5. Issues, 1973-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized alphabetically, this subseries documents the local, national, and international issues NAM was involved or interested in. Often times, these subject files were utilized for NAM projects and literature. Topics include abortion, anti-Nixon, gay rights, and women's issues, just to name a few. This is not a complete reflection of the organization's interests and involvement, but rather represents the issues that Rabinowitz kept materials on.

Folder 30 Abortion, 1978-1983
Folder 31 Anti-Nixon, 1973
Folder 32 Attica, 1976
Folder 33 Cuba, 1973-1974
Folder 34 Gay Rights, 1977-1979
Folder 35 JP Stevens Boycott, 1976-1979
Folder 36 Local and National Nuclear Issues, 1975-1979
Folder 37 National Health Security in Pittsburgh, 1977-1979
Folder 38 Puerto Rican Solidarity, 1967-1976
Folder 39 Reproductive Rights, 1978-1979
Folder 40 University of Pittsburgh Faculty Organizing, 1976
Folder 41 Vietnam, 1973
Folder 42 Women, 1973-1981

Subseries 6. Related Organizations, 1971-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

NAM helped found and was involved in a number of local organizations. While these organizations fell under the auspices of NAM or were led by NAM members, they did not claim NAM affiliation since people during the time were often reluctant to join socialist organizations. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy, the Public Power Movement, and the Coalition for Human Needs are examples of this. This subseries includes organizational records and is organized alphabetically.


Box 3
Folder 1 Anti-Vietnam, National Organizations, 1971-1976
Folder 2 Big Red Food Club Collective, 1974
Folder 3 Coalition for Human Needs, 1973-1974
Folder 4-5 Coalition for Human Needs City Budget Campaign, 1972-1974
Folder 6 Coalition for Human Needs City Budget Campaign Press Coverage, 1973-1974
Folder 7 National Committee Against Repressive Legislation and the Criminal Reform Act of 1975 (S1), 1975-1982
Folder 8 New Jewish Agenda, 1972-1982
Folder 9 Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy (PAJE), 1979-1980
Folder 10 Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy (PAJE), 1977-1979
Folder 11 PAJE Newsletter, 1982-1983,1986
Folder 12 PAJE Advertising Handbook, Fundraising and Planning, 1981
Folder 13 Pittsburgh Against Apartheid, 1982-1983
Folder 14 Pittsburgh Neighborhood Alliance, 1980-1983
Folder 15 Public Power Movement, 1976-1980
Folder 16 South Africa and Pittsburgh, 1985
Folder 17 Utilities Task Force, 1975-1980