[Marxism] Dorothy Healey archives at CSU Long Beach
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Fri Nov 18 09:21:38 MST 2005
The Dorothy Healey Collection. (Political)
Healey served as a Spokesperson and Chairman of the Southern California
District, C.P.U.S.A. from 1949-1972, and eight years in Imperial Valley
and other agricultural areas organizing farm laborers. She was
prominent in left-wing C.I.O. activities in the 40's, organizing
cannery, mill and municipal workers. The collection was acquired in
1971 and there have been subsequent additions donated by Healey. It
contains over 10,000 items including books, pamphlets, broadsides
(handbills and leaflets) letters, photographs, speeches, news
clippings, etc. Particularly important are party programs, internal
discussion guides and position papers reflecting Communist Party theory
and practice from the 1940's to the 1960's. There are over 150 indexed
boxes. The collection is enhanced by the Al Richmond Papers, also
donated by Healey.
This description is not entirely accurate. Healey collected much more
than internal external CP documents. It is a trove of general left
material. The few Trotskyist items are included elsewhere, but that
they are here at all should put one on notice that her outlook was not
as narrow as one might suppose. She had a brother who either was a
Trotskyist or who supported his ideas in general.
One of the most important items is the text of 50 hours of taped
interviews, amounting to three typed volumes. Reading it as a book
would be a delight. There is an index, but it is not as sensitive as I
would have liked. You should think like a Googler if you want to use
Each of these items has been given a thumbnail description—again I
believe it to be 3 volumes, perhaps 4. There is a rough organization,
but no cross-referencing. However, since cross-referencing is a huge
task and the one doing the cross-referencing is making his or her own
personal and political decisions, that's probably just as well. One
should read the thumbnails.
There are strict rules regarding use. You should give notice ahead of
time if you want to see one of the collections. All of the copying (at
ten cents per page) is done by university personnel after you leave.
You can't walk over to a copy machine and do it yourself. It is open
M-F 9-12 and 1-5. Summer hours are 10-3. One can sit there and take
notes in pencil. Although closed for lunch, a small campus eatery is
just around the other side of the building. A larger one is not too far
away. I got away with parking in a restricted lot, but there is public
parking and a shuttle.
Here are some more of the holdings at CSULB that I cherry-picked from
the site referenced above.
The Mary Hunter Austin Collection, 1868-1934. (Literary)
Austin was an author and pioneer in California Bohemian movement.
Holdings include a significant collection of first editions.
The Dwight L. Dumond Collection. (American history)
The private collection of anti-slavery pamphlets and books which
consists of over 274 items dated from 1760 to 1860. The collection is
strongest for the decade of the 1830's because of quantity, as well as
continuity and variety. Included are sermons, political speeches and
broadsides of the abolition movement.
The Robert Cunninghame Graham Collection, 1852-1936. (Literary)
British author of travel books and biographies, who also helped
organize the Scottish Labor Party. Holdings include several first
The Huntington Collection. (American history)
The collection consists of primary resource material and contains
approximately 375 titles which were published between 1629 and 1887 in
England and America. Over one-third of these documents focus
specifically on events relating to the American Revolution and
occurring between 1755 and 1783.
The Radical Politics in California Collection. (Political)
The collection consists of materials relating to the Socialist,
Communist and Peoples' Party. It also includes a collection by Ron
Ridenour, freelance journalist and author, of scrapbooks depicting his
political involvement in Nicaragua.
The Rosie the Riveter Collection: World War II Era. (Oral Histories)
The collection provides a firsthand account of American women's
experiences as defense workers during WWII. CSULB oral historian,
Sherna Berger Gluck, directed extensive interviews with over forty
"Rosie the Riveters," focusing on the long-term effects of their
wartime work experience.
The Howard Sherain Collection, --1981. (Law)
The collection was assembled by CSULB Professors Barry Steiner and
William Leiter, Political Science Department, following the death of
Dr. Sherain, also of the Political Science Department. It represents
Sherain's involvement and writings specifically in the field of
American constitutional law and affirmative action. There are 35 boxes
of materials and a finder's guide.
The Upton Sinclair Collection: 1878-1968. (Literary)
Sinclair was an author and a political and social activist. The Upton
Sinclair Collection consists of some first edition books, an almost
complete holding of the publication Upton Sinclair's EPIC News, dated
from May 28, 1934 to December 9, 1935, numerous articles and
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