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At a Glance
A small collection of poems, broadsides, fliers, publications, manuscripts, and letters.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Industrial Worker of the World Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed PTL 8/8/2012.
2012-08-09 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), also known as the "Wobblies", is international union founded in 1905.
The I.W.W. formed in reaction to the AFL's perceived failure to effectively organize the working class in a spirit of revolutionaly solidarity and class-consciousness. Claiming that "an injury to one is an injury to all", the I.W.W. wants to directly confront the ruling-calss. The I.W.W. sees workers as a class ineluctable at odds with the ruling, capitalist class. Through effective organization and strikes the I.W.W. wants to bing about the overthrow of the capitalist ecomonic structure and replce it with a just, cooperative economic and social structure.
As the I.W.W. wab-site states: "Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.".