Reference Center for Marxist Studies

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Thu Sep 19 19:28:13 MDT 2002

I'm just taking the liberty of passing this along to see if anyone on the list
has anything that might be of help on this.

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From:    Seth Wigderson <Sethw at>
Subject: Contacting the Reference Center for Marxist Studies
Date:    Thu, 19 Sep 2002 20:43:53 -0500

From: John Bass <jlbass1 at>

Dear List members:

Have any of you done research at the Reference Center for Marxist Studies?

If so, what is best way to contact them?

I have tried emailing them and calling them and have either gotten a
recording (when calling by phone) or no response (when emailing). This has
gotten me wondering whether I should simply go there without calling.
Maybe they are not equipped adequately to respond to inquiries by phone or

I am doing research on the activities of the CPUSA in Memphis in the late
1940s and early 1950s. From my reading of the Senate Hearings on Communism
in the Mid-South,the report on DPOWA Local 19 and the works of Professor
Michael Honey,  the party unit in Memphis was small but carried out
several activities that might earn it some fame, including protests
against the execution of Willie McGee, petitioning for the removal of
racial barriers in several Memphis factories, and circulation of the
Stockholm Peace Petition. Junius Scales's work has also been an asset,
providing information on the CPUSA unit in Memphis from 1950-1954.

To finish the work on my Thesis, I need to search the Daily Worker and New
South as well as any documentary evidence the CPUSA may provide. I have
sent in a request to the FBI for Freedom of Information sources on the
Memphis CP unit in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Does anyone know of a
periodical guide or some way in which I could find any articles on Memphis
in the Daily Worker or New South? If so, I can order these articles
through Interlibrary Loan.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

John Bass

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