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Lewis Corey papers, 1910-1953

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Call No.: MS#0282
Bib ID 4079676 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Corey, Lewis
Title Lewis Corey papers, 1910-1953
Physical Description 10 linear feet (24 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence, both personal and relating to social and political movements of 1926-1953, unpublished manuscripts on economic and political subjects, an unfinished manuscript on Fanny Wright with notes for the completion of the book, a manuscript outline for a projected book - "Towards Understanding America.", the manuscript of an F.B.I. investigation of the early years of Communism in America. Also included are pamphlets, magazine articles, and books, 1914-1919 by Louis C. Fraina and 1926-1953 by Lewis Corey.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lewis Corey papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

The manuscript of the F.B.I. investigation of Communism in America, in Box 2, is on: microfilm.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs Lewis Corey, 1957.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed LR 01/--/86.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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Beard, Charles A (Charles Austin), 1874-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Communism -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Krutch, Joseph Wood, 1893-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political parties -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social movements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Frances, 1795-1852 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Journalist, author, & publicist. Corey, born Louis C. Fraina in 1892, was an influential Marxist journalist and member of the Communist Party of the USA in the 1910s and 1920s. Like many other Americans involved in the Communist Party in the 1910s and 1920s, Corey becamse disillusioned with Soviet-style Communism and broke with the party in the inter-war era. In 1940 Corey, along with other anti-communist intellectuals such as Reinhold Niebhur, founded the Union for Democratic Action (later Americans for Democratic Action). In 1942 Corey began teaching economics at Antioch College. Corey did in 1953.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Charles Beard

Box 1 Malcolm Cowley

Box 1 Granville Hicks

Box 1 Joseph W. Krutch

Box 9 Correspondence, 1930-1934

Box 13 Correspondence 1935 1944-1952, 1935, 1944-1952

(Includes letters by Harry Elmer Barnes, Pearl S. Buck, Harold Laski, Max Lerner, Algernon Lee, Victor Reuther, and James Wechsler)

Box 15 Correspondence, 1935-1938

Box 8 Condolence Letters, 1953

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 2 Pre-Communist and Communist Period, 1922

Box 3 Amalgamated Union-- Articles and manuscript of book about Union

Box 4 Amalgamated Union-- Correspondence; The New Third Party-- Correspondence, 1946-47

Fanny Wright Research

Box 5 Preliminary research; Outline of Last 12 Chapters; Notes for Chapter 4,5,8,9

Box 6 Chapters 9-12, 14-18, 20; Epilogue; Feminist Chapter; Infidelity Chapter

Box 7 Various notes; Clippings; Photostats; Research; Nashoba Chapter

Box 8 Drafts of Chapters 1-9

Box 8 Obituaries

Box 9 Articles by Corey

Box 10 Articles by Corey

Box 10 Union for Democratic Action

Box 10 Americans for Democratic Action

Box 10 Correspondence of the 1940s relating to lectures, UTA, ADA, Labor and Peace Movements, including such individuals as Granville Hicks, Sidney Hook and Reinhold Niebuhr, 1940s

Box 11 Articles by Corey (unpublished and published)

Box 11 Lectures

Box 11 Material relating to an unfinished book, Understanding of America

Box 12 Reviews and related correspondence

Box 14 Lectures--Marxism

(includes "Beyond Marxism to Socialism")

Box 15 Lectures--Town Hall

Box 16 Lectures--labor relations, Marxism, Social and Political Movements

Box 17 Antioch

Box 17 Antioch Review, 1943-1952

Box 18 Lectures

(topics include economics, labor relations, and Marxism)

Box 19 Letters from Students, 1942-1952

Box 19 "Three Boys" Article

Box 19 War Activities

(correspondents include Daniel Bell, Charles Beard, Clifford Geertz, Max Lerner, David Lilinthal, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Walter Reuther)

Box 20 1949-1950

Box 20 Corey-MacGregor Controversy

Box 21 Labor relations

Box 21 World reconstruction

Box 21 Middle Class (articles and an outline of an unfinished book)

Box 22 Syllabi

Box 22 Labor Institute

Box 23 Attacks on Corey

Box 23 Correspondence, including individuals such as Victor Reuther, Max Eastman

Box 23 Lecture-- "In Defense of Capitalism"

Box 24 Notes

Box 25 Printed Material