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Series II. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), 1982-1992

Scope and Content Notes:

In 1982 the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the New American Movement merged to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a merger opposed by Rabinowitz. Nonetheless, she was active in the DSA as a member of the national executive committee and she served as a Pittsburgh delegate at the 1983 DSA conference in New York City. The series includes organizational records, various publications, events, and committees and projects the organization was involved in. The series is divided into four subseries which are organized alphabetically. For further information on the DSA, please see the Robert Opie Shepherd Papers Relating to the Democratic Socialists of America, AIS.1990.21 held by the Archives Service Center.

Subseries 1. Internal Business, 1982-1992

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the organizational structure of the DSA and includes by-laws, correspondence, financial records, and membership lists which are organized alphabetically. Also included are some of Rabinowitz's personal notebooks from chapter meetings which reflect many of her personal views and thoughts about the organization. The statement concerning "New Directions for DSA" provides further insight into the merger.

Folder 18 By-laws, 1983
Folder 19 Correspondence, 1984
Folder 20-21 Finances, 1983
Folder 22 Fundraising, 1984
Folder 23 History of Organization, 1982
Folder 24 Membership, 1982
Folder 25 National Board, 1983
Folder 26 National Constitution and By-laws, 1982-1983
Folder 27 National Mailings, 1982-1985
Folder 28 Personal Notebook, 1982-1983
Folder 29 Personal Notebooks from Meetings, 1982
Folder 30 Personal Notebooks from Meetings, 1983
Folder 31 Phone Bank and Contributions, 1992
Folder 32 Photographs Used in Newsletters and Leaflets, undated
Folder 33 Statement Concerning New Directions for DSA, 1986

Subseries 2. Publications, 1982-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the various publications created by the Pittsburgh chapter of the DSA and includes newsletters, brochures, chapter mailings (which provide organizational news and announcements), and other various pieces of literature created by the organization. The literature is organized alphabetically. Because the "Robert Opie Shepherd Papers Relating to the Democratic Socialists of America, AIS.1990.21" already contains a significant amount of DSA publications, especially the Allegheny Socialist, only those which were not duplicates were kept in this collection.

Folder 34 Allegheny Socialist, February 1992-January 1994
Folder 36 Brochures, undated
Folder 35 Chapter Mailings, 1987-1988

Box 4
Folder 1 Feminist Perspectives on the Family, 1982
Folder 2 Pittsburgh Chapter News Sheets, 1982-1986

Subseries 3. Events, 1982-1991

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents regional and national DSA conventions and conferences, various events the Pittsburgh chapter hosted, and other events chapter members attended. Folders are organized alphabetically.

Folder 3 Basic Political Skills Training Conference, 1982
Folder 4 "Candidates Nite," 1983
Folder 5 "Candidates Nite," 1987
Folder 6 "Candidates Nite" for Pittsburgh City Council and School Board, 1985
Folder 7 Films, 1985-1991
Folder 8 First DSA Statewide Conference, 1984
Folder 9 Fred Small Concert Planning, 1982-1983
Folder 10 Kristin Lems Concert, 1987
Folder 11 Labor Conference, Detroit, 1985
Folder 12 Michael Harrington Event, 1982
Folder 13 Merger Convention, 1982
Folder 14 National Board Conference, Philadelphia, 1984
Folder 15-16 National Convention, New York, 1983
Folder 17 National Convention Resolutions, 1983
Folder 18 National Convention, Berkeley, 1985
Folder 19 Second DSA Statewide Meeting, 1984
Folder 20 Twentieth Anniversary Civil Rights March on Washington, 1983

Subseries 4. Committees and Projects, 1982-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the many committees and projects that DSA members formed based on international, political, and local issues as well as organizational needs. Folders are organized alphabetically.

Folder 21 Anti-Racism Commission and Latino Commission, 1982-1984
Folder 22 Democratic Socialist Political Action Committee, 1980-1987
Folder 23 Feminist Commission, 1982-1985
Folder 24 Institute for Democratic Socialism, 1983
Folder 25 International Affairs Committee, 1983
Folder 26 Labor Commission, 1982-1985
Folder 27 National Advocacy Campaign, 1983
Folder 28-30 National Executive Committee 1982
Folder 31 National Executive Committee, 1983
Folder 32 National Speaker's Bureau, 1982-1983
Folder 33 Religion and Socialism Commission, undated
Folder 34 Urban and Community Commission, undated