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Series II: Correspondence, 1895, 1934-2008
Series IV: Business Files, 1922-2008, undated
Series V: Artwork, 1928-2006, undated
Series VI: Photographs, 1906-2005, undated
Series III: Subject Files, 1919-1968, undated
This series contains correspondence and research materials related to specific issues, organizations, or special magazine supplements. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics include, The Challenge of Africa, Icelandic Social Democrats, the American Committee of Cultural Freedom.
The subject files include correspondence between Levitas and U.S. officials during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Materials related to India detail the negotiations between the magazine and the State Department regarding publicly funded subscriptions. Other records show how Levitas aided government operatives in a project to translate various editions of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia into English, in order to show how Bolshevik philosophies had changed over the years. The subject files devoted to Italy are filled with letters, receipts, and reports, concerning Levitas' trips to Europe during the early 1950s. These travels, which the government reimbursed, brought the editor important information concerning socialist parties in allied countries during the Cold War.
Other subject files deal with research for individual articles, the preparations for the magazine's thirtieth anniversary gala, and the correspondence between Levitas and the Social Democratic Federation. Legal papers from a 1951 lawsuit between The New Leader and The Nation are also here. The lawsuit occurred after Clement Greenberg, an art critic at The Nation, submitted a letter to that magazine criticizing writer Julio Alvarez del Vayo for what he considered to be pro-Soviet views. After The Nation's editor, Freda Kirchwey, refused to print the letter, Greenberg sent it to The New Leader, which ran it in the March 19, 1951 issue. The Nation, contending the letter was libelous, also sued Greenberg and The New Leader's printer. The materials include excerpts of Alvarez del Vayo's writing used in The New Leader to support Greenberg's claim, legal documents and correspondence related to the lawsuit, and letters from readers.