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Lawrence S. Wittner Papers

1977-2007

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Abstract

The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers document Dr. Wittner's activism in politics and his work with the Albany Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the United University Professions Solidarity Committee, and various other organizations in the Capital Region.

Summary

Creator:
Wittner, Lawrence S.
Date Coverage:
1977-2007
Quantity:
3.16 cubic ft. (about 3.16 boxes)

Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner joined the History Department at the University at Albany in 1974 and currently is Professor Emeritus. During the past forty years he has held various positions on the boards of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and United University Professions (UUP) Solidarity Committee. In 1980 he became a member of the UUP Executive Committee and served as Vice-President of Academics for the Albany Chapter from 1983-87 and chair from 1986-87. Dr. Wittner was one of the founders of the Albany DSA and since then has held several leadership positions in the group. From 1981-84 he was Secretary of the Albany Chapter DSOC/DSA, serving as a DSA National Board Delegate in 1983. While fully active in both these organizations, Dr. Wittner also co-chaired the Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition from 1982-84.

The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) was established in Albany in December 1980 under the auspices of Dr. Wittner and others. The DSOC is a national political organization dedicated to the creation of a democratic socialist society. The national organization was founded in the mid-1970s. The Albany chapter was founded "to begin to advance democratic socialist solutions to national and local problems." In January 1982, DSOC formally merged with the New American Movement (NAM) and formed the Democratic Socialists of America in April 1982.

The UUP Solidarity Committee supported local labor activities throughout the 1980s. The collection documents Dr. Wittner's participation in these activities in addition to his activism in local political campaigns, including the 1984 and 1986 Ed Bloch campaigns, the 1989 and 1993 Leon Van Dyke campaigns, and the national 1988 Michael Dukakis campaign for President of the United States.

Dr. Wittner received his A.B. from Columbia College, his M.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He has published numerous books, articles, reviews and other scholarly works and is a recipient of many academic grants and awards.

The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers consist of materials pertaining to Dr. Wittner's many years of political activism within the Capital Region as well as nationally and internationally. Folders in Series 2 and 3 contain many different political issues or events led or attended by Dr. Wittner. Series 1 consists of a large amount of correspondence, agendas, and flyers for Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 is arranged chronologically while Series 2 and 3 are arranged alphabetically.

  • Series 1 - Democratic Socialist of America/Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSA/SOC), 1980-1987, Undated
  • Series 2 - United University Professions (UUP) Solidarity Committee, 1986-2001, Undated
  • Series 3 - Other Activism, 1977-2007

Dr. Lawrence Wittner donated all of the materials in this collection to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2000 and 2011.

Processed by: Rosann Santos in 2000.

Collection record created by: Jamie Brinkman

Published: 2014

Jamie Brinkman interfiled the 2011 accession to the collection and created an EAD finding aid., April 2014

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers, 1977-2007. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Wittner Papers).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1.16 cubic ft. (about 1.16 boxes)
Arranged chronologically.
The series includes meeting minutes, agendas, financial statements, flyers and correspondence referring to various projects in the Capital District. There are also some DSA subject files. In addition, the series includes issues of The Albany Anvil, the monthly newsletter of the organization. The newsletter was a project of the Social Justice Center that started almost immediately after the group formed in 1981. May 1981 to May 1996, December 1996 and May-June 1987 are available.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_apap100-1_1

11Miscellaneous Leaflets and Articles1978-1981, 1985, Undated

nam_apap100-1_2

12DSOC Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1980 December-1981 June

nam_apap100-1_3

13DSA Constitution, By-Laws, Governance1980-1983

nam_apap100-1_4

14 The Albany Anvil 1981 May-1983 December

nam_apap100-1_5

15DSOC Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1981 June-1981 December

nam_apap100-1_6

16In These Times Promotion1981-1983

nam_apap100-1_7

17DSA National Board1981-1983

nam_apap100-1_8

18DSOC/DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1982 January-1982 May

nam_apap100-1_9

21DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases Notes, and Flyers1982 June-1982 August

nam_apap100-1_10

22DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases Notes, and Flyers1982 September-1982 December

nam_apap100-1_11

23Michael Harrington Visit1982

nam_apap100-1_12

24Mohasco Demonstration1982

nam_apap100-1_13

25John Dow Campaign1982

nam_apap100-1_14

26Debs Dinner, Invitations and Programs1982-1985, 1987

nam_apap100-1_15

27DSA Mailing Lists1982-1986, Undated

nam_apap100-1_16

28DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases Notes, and Flyers1983 January-1983 May

nam_apap100-1_17

29DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases, Notes, and Flyers1983 June-1983 December

nam_apap100-1_18

31Gregg Bell Campaign1983

nam_apap100-1_19

32DSA National Convention1983

nam_apap100-1_20

33New York State DSA1983-1987

nam_apap100-1_21

34DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1984 January-1984 June

nam_apap100-1_22

35DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1984 July-1984 December

nam_apap100-1_23

36Barbara Ehrenreich Visit1984

nam_apap100-1_24

37Ads inDemocratic Left1984

nam_apap100-1_25

38 The Albany Anvil 1984 January-1986 December

nam_apap100-1_26

39Democratic Committee Races1984, 1986

nam_apap100-1_27

310DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1985 January-1985 June

nam_apap100-1_28

41DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1985 July-1985 December

nam_apap100-1_29

42Nancy Burton Campaign1985

nam_apap100-1_30

43Jeremy Karapatkin Visit, Student DSA1985

nam_apap100-1_31

44DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1986 January-1986 October

nam_apap100-1_32

45Democratic Alternatives Conference1987

nam_apap100-1_33

46Membership SurveyUndated
Quantity: 0.80 cubic ft. (about 0.80 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
This series consists of administrative documents and paperwork such as agendas, minutes, correspondence and financial statements for the UUP's Solidarity Committee. It also consists of correspondence, clippings and general information about various issues being tackled by the group. The subject files include: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers' Union, Brooklyn Union Gas Lockout, Cargill Salt Miners' Strike, Coors Boycott, CWA, Grape Boycott, Independent Federation of Flight Attendants, Labor Councils and other AFL-CIO Affiliations, Mexican Workers, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, New Labor Struggles, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition, NYS Nurses' Association, Nicaragua Labor Support, Onondaga Community College Federation of Teachers, Portec Strike, Publicity for Manny Fields' plays, Social Agenda, Solidarnosc, South Africa Fund, South Africa Labor Support, Support for Overseas Unions, Tugboat and Barge Workers, United Paperworkers International Union, and the Zinc Miners' Strike.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_apap100-2_1

11Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Local 1712, Strike in Gloversville1987-1988

nam_apap100-2_2

12Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Local 791, Strike in Hudson1987

nam_apap100-2_3

13Brooklyn Union Gas Lockout, Transportation Workers Union (TWU)1986

nam_apap100-2_4

14Campaign for a Living Wage, Albany County1995-1998, Undated

nam_apap100-2_5

15Cargill Salt Miners' Strike, International Association of Machinists (IAM) in Lansing, MI1986-1987

nam_apap100-2_6

16Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, Buffalo1987

nam_apap100-2_7

17Coors Boycott1987

nam_apap100-2_8

18Grape Boycott, United Farm Workers (UFW)1987-1988

nam_apap100-2_9

19Independent Federation of Flight Attendants1987

nam_apap100-2_10

110Labor Committee for Peace and Justice in South America1988

nam_apap100-2_11

111Labor Councils and other AFL-CIO Affiliations1988

nam_apap100-2_12

112Mexican Unions1995

nam_apap100-2_13

113Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1986-1987

nam_apap100-2_14

114-15Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1987-1988

nam_apap100-2_15

116Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1988-1989

nam_apap100-2_16

117Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1989-1991

nam_apap100-2_17

118Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1991-1992

nam_apap100-2_18

119Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1992-1993

nam_apap100-2_19

120Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1994-1995

nam_apap100-2_20

121Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1995-1996

nam_apap100-2_21

122Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1996-1997

nam_apap100-2_22

123Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1997-1998

nam_apap100-2_23

124Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1998-1999

nam_apap100-2_24

21Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records2000-2001

nam_apap100-2_25

22National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET), Local 21, Schenectady1987

nam_apap100-2_26

23New Labor Struggles1986-1987

nam_apap100-2_27

24New York State Labor-Religion Coalition1988

nam_apap100-2_28

25New York State Nurses Association, Malone, NY1988

nam_apap100-2_29

26Nicaragua Labor Support1988

nam_apap100-2_30

27Onondaga Community College Federation of Teachers1987

nam_apap100-2_31

28Portec Strike, United Steel Workers1986

nam_apap100-2_32

29Publicity for Manny Fried's Plays1988

nam_apap100-2_33

210Social Agenda1987-1988

nam_apap100-2_34

211Solidarnosc1988

nam_apap100-2_35

212South Africa Fund1988-1995

nam_apap100-2_36

213South Africa Labor Support1987-1992

nam_apap100-2_37

214Support for Overseas Unions1987-1988

nam_apap100-2_38

215Tugboat and Barge Workers, International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)1988

nam_apap100-2_39

216United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) Jay, ME Local 141988

nam_apap100-2_40

217Zinc Miners' Strike, United Steelworkers, Gouverneur, NY1987
Quantity: 1.20 cubic ft. (about 1.20 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
Dr. Wittner's activism included other organizations such as the Americans against Nuclear War, Capital District Anti-Nuclear Alliance, Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition and the World Federalist Association. In addition, this series includes Dr. Wittner's involvement in local political campaigns throughout the 1980s including those of Ed Bloch, Nancy Burton and Leon Van Dyke.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_apap100-3_1

11Albany Anti-War Actions2001

nam_apap100-3_2

12Albany Public School Teachers1987-1988

nam_apap100-3_3

13Albany UUP Chapter1978-1994

nam_apap100-3_4

14Americans Against Nuclear War1985

nam_apap100-3_5

15Anti-Apartheid Demonstration1984-1985

nam_apap100-3_6

16Art Rodriguez Tour, United Farm Workers (UFW)1989 April 05-1989 April 06

nam_apap100-3_7

17Campus Action1993-1999

nam_apap100-3_8

18Capital District Anti-Nuclear Alliance1979-1982

nam_apap100-3_9

19Capital District Chapter of the Labor Party1994-1998

nam_apap100-3_10

110Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition1985

nam_apap100-3_11

111Capital Region Social Forum2004

nam_apap100-3_12

112Capital Region Social Forum2007

nam_apap100-3_13

113Cesar Chavez Appearance1987 April 02

nam_apap100-3_14

114Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School, Classes Hosted at Hudson Valley Community College1983-1985

nam_apap100-3_15

115Dukakis Campaign1988

nam_apap100-3_16

116Ed Bloch Campaign1984-1986

nam_apap100-3_17

21Ed Bloch Campaign1984-1986

nam_apap100-3_18

22El Salvador Ad, National Labor Committee1982 March 28

nam_apap100-3_19

23-5Food Service Workers' Campaign, SUNY Albany1999-2001

nam_apap100-3_20

26Greyhound Strike1983

nam_apap100-3_21

27Hiroshima 60th Anniversary Events in Albany2005

nam_apap100-3_22

28In These Times Group1977-1978

nam_apap100-3_23

29James Bay Project1991

nam_apap100-3_24

210Leon Van Dyke Campaigns for Albany School Board and Alderman1989, 1993

nam_apap100-3_25

211May 1st Anti-Nuclear Weapon Demonstration2005

nam_apap100-3_26

212Mayors for Peace2005

nam_apap100-3_27

213Moral Majority1980

nam_apap100-3_28

214National Labor Committee, Protest of Clothing from Sweatshops1995-1999

nam_apap100-3_29

31New York State Coalition, Nancy Burton Campaign1985

nam_apap100-3_30

32Nicaragua Ad, NYS United Teachers1986

nam_apap100-3_31

33NL Industries1979

nam_apap100-3_32

34Nuclear Abolition Activities2005

nam_apap100-3_33

35Peace Action's Peace Voter Campaign2000

nam_apap100-3_34

36SUNY Peace and Justice2005-2006

nam_apap100-3_35

37SUNY Peace and Justice Group, Iraq War Talks2002-2003

nam_apap100-3_36

38Tax the Rich Program1989

nam_apap100-3_37

39-10Teach-In: A Labor Movement1997

nam_apap100-3_38

311Teach-In at the SUNY Albany Campus2002

nam_apap100-3_39

312UUP Contract Battle1985-1986

nam_apap100-3_40

313World Federalist Association, Capital District Chapter1988-1997