Guide to the James Dolsen Political Left Pamphlets Collection, 1918-1996 AIS.1999.11

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
James Dolsen Political Left Pamphlets Collection
Creator
Dolsen, James H.
Collection Number
AIS.1999.11
Date
1918-1996
Extent
6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract
James Dolsen was a founding member of the Communist Party USA and was persecuted during the 1930s and 1950s for his involvement in Communist activities. This collection contains pamphlets, newsletters, and newspapers from various organizations concerning unemployment, socialism and deindustrialization.

Preferred Citation

James Dolsen Political Left Pamphlets Collection, 1918-1996, AIS.1999.11, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

James Dolsen was a founding member of the Communist Party USA. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Workers Alliance of Allegheny County and District Secretary of the International Labor Defense, in addition to being affiliated with several Communist organizations in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. Dolsen was also a correspondent for the Daily Worker, the newspaper of the Communist Party USA. He was questioned by the Dies Committee and the House Un-American Activities Committee regarding his work as a Communist leader. In the early 1950s, Dolsen was convicted of sedition along with Steve Nelson and served several years in a workhouse before a new trial was demanded by the United States Supreme Court due to the unreliable testimony of FBI informant Joseph Mazzei. Dolsen lived to be 103 years old and was an active member in the Communist party until his death in 1988.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains pamphlets, newsletters, and newspapers from various organizations concerning unemployment, socialism and deindustrialization. Included are various socialist newspapers, including The Militant and  Labor Action, and other left publications from the 1950s. Information on deindustrialization in Pittsburgh during the 1980s can be found in subject files such as those regarding the Tri-State Conference on Steel. There are also several files regarding labor unions in the Pittsburgh area.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, March 2010

University of Pittsburgh Library System
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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark Dolsen in 1999.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Zachary Brodt in March 2010.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Steve Nelson Oral History Project Records, AIS.1978.24, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Hymen Schlesinger Papers, 1927-1990, AIS.1977.33, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

A. E. Forbes Communist Collection, 1921-1972, AIS.2000.07, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Lawrence F. Evans Collection, 1978-1988, AIS.1988.17, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

The American Left Emphemera Collection

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Tri-State Conference on Steel.

Genre(s)

  • Pamphlets

Personal Name(s)

  • Dolsen, James H.

Subject(s)

  • Communism -- United States
  • Communists -- United States
  • Labor
  • Labor unions and communism -- United States
  • Labor unions and socialism -- United States
  • Social action
  • Socialism -- United States
  • Socialists -- United States

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Previous Citation

James Dolsen Political Left Pamphlets Collection, 1918-1996, AIS.1999.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxVolume
The Class Struggle, 1918 11-2

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  Volume
Partisan Review, August-September 1938 3

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  Volume
The Communist International 4

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  Volume
Marxist Perspectives, September 1980 5

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  Folder
Mimeographed Letters, 1945-1948 1

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  Folder
Civil Rights Defense Committee, Pittsburgh Chapter, 1942-1944 2

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  Folder
Daniel de Leon Pamphlets 3

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  Folder
Union Agreements, 1974-1975 4

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  Folder
Socialist Publications 5

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  Folder
United Engineering and Foundry Company 6

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  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, 1944-1946 7

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  Folder
The Hilltop, January 1949 8

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  Folder
CCU Newsletter by the Committee of Concerned Unionists, 1978-1979 9

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  Folder
Just Harvest, 1987-1988 10

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  Folder
Tri-State Conference on Steel, 1985-1989 11-15

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  Folder
Western Pennsylvania Alliance to Block Bork, Steel Valley Authority and DMX 16

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  Folder
McKeesport Coalition for the Homeless 17

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Reference 18

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  Folder
Social Security “Notch”, 1987 19

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  Folder
Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy, 1987-1988 20

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  Folder
Activities 21

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  Folder
The Pennsylvania Activist, 1987 22

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  Folder
Economy 23

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  Folder
Religion, 1985-1987 24

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  Folder
LTV Plant Closures 25

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  Folder
Workers Compensation, 1987 26

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  Folder
Senior Citizens Health Care 27

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Newsletters, 1985, 1988 28-29

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  Folder
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee, 1984-1985 30

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  BoxFolder
Trotsky Articles 21

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  Folder
Newsletters regarding Women’s Issues, 1979-1980 2

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  Folder
The Scab 3

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  Folder
Women of Steel, November 1979 4

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  Folder
Federation For Industrial Retention & Renewal, 1990-1994 5

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  Folder
The Newsletter of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, 1981 6

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  Folder
Allegheny Socialist by the Institute for Democratic Socialism, 1987-1991 7

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  Folder
N.U.W.O. Bulletin by the National United Workers Organization 8

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  Folder
1397 Rank & File by USWA Local 1397, 1977-1978, 1981 9

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  Folder
City Times, 1981 10

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  Folder
The Voice by USWA Local 1256, 1977-1979 11

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  Folder
Convoy Dispatch by Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 1981-1982 12

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  Folder
From the Horse’s Mouth by Western Pennsylvania Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 1979-1981 13

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  Folder
Local 1010 Steelworker, 1979 14

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  Folder
The Steelworker, 1978 15

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  Folder
Tri-State Conference on Steel Newsletter, 1981, 1990-1991 16

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  Folder
Against the Current, 1991-1993 17

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  Folder
Bulletin in Defense of Marxism, 1990-1992 18-20

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  Folder
Labor Notes, 1979-1981, 1988-1996 21-22

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  Folder
New American Movement Pittsburgh Chapter Newsletter, 1977-1981 23

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  Folder
Resistance, 1948 24

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  Folder
United Effort by United Engineering and Foundry Company, 1947-1957 25-27

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  Folder
Dravo Review, 1956-1957 28

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  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Union Newspapers, 1957, 1981, 1990, 1992 31

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  Folder
Solidarity by the United Autoworkers, 1991 2

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Labor Newspapers 3

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  Folder
Mill Hunk Herald, 1979-1987 4

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  Folder
Social Justice by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, 1978-1979 5

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  Folder
United Mine Workers Journal, 1956, 1985-1987, 1991-1993 6

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  Folder
Socialist Action, 1991-1993 7

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  Folder
Why? An Anarchist Bulletin, 1947 8

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  Folder
Internal Bulletin of the Socialist Workers Party, 1953 9

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  Folder
Fourth International, 1942-1954 10-11

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  Folder
Anvil and Student Partisan, 1950-1953 12

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  Folder
IUE News, 1976-1981 13-15

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  BoxVolume
Changes Socialist Monthly, 1979 41-2

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  Volume
Tricolor, May 1944 3

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  Folder
Tri-State Council on Manufacturing 1

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  Folder
New American Movement 2

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  Folder
Labor Solidarity, 1992-1993 3

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  Folder
Clippings 4

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  Folder
Labor Party Advocates 5

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  Folder
New Directions by the United Autoworkers, 1990 6

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  Folder
US-China People’s Friendship Association, 1979 7

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  Folder
UFCW Local 23, 1991 8

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  Folder
Steelworkers Voice, 1977 9

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  Folder
Alliance for Progressive Action, 1992-1993 10

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  Folder
Newsletter from Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe’s Christian-Marxist Encounter Task Group 11

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  Folder
Fox Chapel Federation of Teachers, Local 2028 12

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  Folder
Somerville Mills Boycott 13

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Newsletters 14

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Newspapers, 1950s 15

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Newsletters and Newspapers 16

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  Folder
United Steelworkers of America 17

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  Folder
Tri-State Conference on the Impact of Steel 18

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  Folder
The Reporter, 1949, 1953 19

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  Folder
The Permanent Revolution in Science by R.L. Schanak 20

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  Folder
Labor and Nation, 1946, 1949 21

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  Folder
National Committee for Independent Political Action, 1989-1990 22

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  Folder
J.P. Stevens Company Information 23

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  Folder
Dollars & Sense, 1982 24

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  Folder
Reference, New 25

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  Folder
Teamsters for a Democratic Union 26

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  Folder
Songs by Michael Stout, 1988-1992 27

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  Folder
Hunger Action Coalition 28

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  Folder
Rathbum for Mayor 29

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  Folder
James Dolson v. United Engineering and Foundry Company, 1965 30

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  Folder
Ed Sadlowski for USWA President 31

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  Folder
World’s Greatest Fairshake Festival III, 1978 32

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Contract Agreements 33

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  Folder
Fliers 34

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  Folder
IUE Research 35

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  Folder
Articles on Labor at Westinghouse 36

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Research 37

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  Folder
Personal Calendar, 1975 38

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  BoxFolder
The Militant, 1953-1954 51-3

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  Folder
The Militant, 1980-1981 4-5

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  Folder
Labor Action, August 1953-March 1954 6-7

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  Folder
Steel Labor, 1969, 1976 8

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  Folder
Steel Labor/  Steelabor, 1977-1979 9-11

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  Folder
Daily World/  People’s Daily World, 1978, 1981, 1987 12

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  Folder
Workers Vanguard, 1978 13-14

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