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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.

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.

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.

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

Encoded in EAD by Jamie Brinkman, 2014

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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.

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

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1 1Miscellaneous Leaflets and Articles1978-1981, 1985, Undated

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1 2DSOC Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1980 December-1981 June

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1 3DSA Constitution, By-Laws, Governance1980-1983

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1 4 The Albany Anvil 1981 May-1983 December

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1 5DSOC Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1981 June-1981 December

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1 6In These Times Promotion1981-1983

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1 7DSA National Board1981-1983

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1 8DSOC/DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1982 January-1982 May

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2 1DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases Notes, and Flyers1982 June-1982 August

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2 2DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases Notes, and Flyers1982 September-1982 December

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2 3Michael Harrington Visit1982

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2 4Mohasco Demonstration1982

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2 5John Dow Campaign1982

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2 6Debs Dinner, Invitations and Programs1982-1985, 1987

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2 7DSA Mailing Lists1982-1986, Undated

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2 8DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases Notes, and Flyers1983 January-1983 May

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2 9DSA Agendas, Correspondence, News Releases, Notes, and Flyers1983 June-1983 December

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3 1Gregg Bell Campaign1983

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3 2DSA National Convention1983

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3 3New York State DSA1983-1987

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3 4DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1984 January-1984 June

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3 5DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1984 July-1984 December

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3 6Barbara Ehrenreich Visit1984

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3 7Ads inDemocratic Left1984

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3 8 The Albany Anvil 1984 January-1986 December

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3 9Democratic Committee Races1984, 1986

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3 10DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1985 January-1985 June

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4 1DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1985 July-1985 December

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4 2Nancy Burton Campaign1985

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4 3Jeremy Karapatkin Visit, Student DSA1985

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4 4DSA Agendas, Correspondence, Notes, and Flyers1986 January-1986 October

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4 5Democratic Alternatives Conference1987

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4 6Membership SurveyUndated
Quantity: 0.80 cubic ft.

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.

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1 1Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Local 1712, Strike in Gloversville1987-1988

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1 2Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Local 791, Strike in Hudson1987

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1 3Brooklyn Union Gas Lockout, Transportation Workers Union (TWU)1986

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1 4Campaign for a Living Wage, Albany County1995-1998, Undated

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1 5Cargill Salt Miners' Strike, International Association of Machinists (IAM) in Lansing, MI1986-1987

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1 6Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, Buffalo1987

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1 7Coors Boycott1987

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1 8Grape Boycott, United Farm Workers (UFW)1987-1988

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1 9Independent Federation of Flight Attendants1987

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1 10Labor Committee for Peace and Justice in South America1988

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1 11Labor Councils and other AFL-CIO Affiliations1988

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1 12Mexican Unions1995

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1 13Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1986-1987

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1 14-15Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1987-1988

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1 16Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1988-1989

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1 17Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1989-1991

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1 18Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1991-1992

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1 19Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1992-1993

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1 20Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1994-1995

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1 21Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1995-1996

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1 22Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1996-1997

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1 23Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1997-1998

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1 24Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records1998-1999

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2 1Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence, Financial Records2000-2001

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2 2National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET), Local 21, Schenectady1987

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2 3New Labor Struggles1986-1987

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2 4New York State Labor-Religion Coalition1988

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2 5New York State Nurses Association, Malone, NY1988

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2 6Nicaragua Labor Support1988

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2 7Onondaga Community College Federation of Teachers1987

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2 8Portec Strike, United Steel Workers1986

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2 9Publicity for Manny Fried's Plays1988

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2 10Social Agenda1987-1988

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2 11Solidarnosc1988

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2 12South Africa Fund1988-1995

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2 13South Africa Labor Support1987-1992

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2 14Support for Overseas Unions1987-1988

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2 15Tugboat and Barge Workers, International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)1988

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2 16United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) Jay, ME Local 141988

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2 17Zinc Miners' Strike, United Steelworkers, Gouverneur, NY1987
Quantity: 1.20 cubic ft.

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

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1 1Albany Anti-War Actions2001

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1 2Albany Public School Teachers1987-1988

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1 3Albany UUP Chapter1978-1994

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1 4Americans Against Nuclear War1985

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1 5Anti-Apartheid Demonstration1984-1985

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1 6Art Rodriguez Tour, United Farm Workers (UFW)1989 April 05-1989 April 06

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1 7Campus Action1993-1999

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1 8Capital District Anti-Nuclear Alliance1979-1982

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1 9Capital District Chapter of the Labor Party1994-1998

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1 10Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition1985

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1 11Capital Region Social Forum2004

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1 12Capital Region Social Forum2007

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1 13Cesar Chavez Appearance1987 April 02

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1 14Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School, Classes Hosted at Hudson Valley Community College1983-1985

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1 15Dukakis Campaign1988

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1 16Ed Bloch Campaign1984-1986

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2 1Ed Bloch Campaign1984-1986

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2 2El Salvador Ad, National Labor Committee1982 March 28

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2 3-5Food Service Workers' Campaign, SUNY Albany1999-2001

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2 6Greyhound Strike1983

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2 7Hiroshima 60th Anniversary Events in Albany2005

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2 8In These Times Group1977-1978

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2 9James Bay Project1991

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2 10Leon Van Dyke Campaigns for Albany School Board and Alderman1989, 1993

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2 11May 1st Anti-Nuclear Weapon Demonstration2005

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2 12Mayors for Peace2005

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2 13Moral Majority1980

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2 14National Labor Committee, Protest of Clothing from Sweatshops1995-1999

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3 1New York State Coalition, Nancy Burton Campaign1985

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3 2Nicaragua Ad, NYS United Teachers1986

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3 3NL Industries1979

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3 4Nuclear Abolition Activities2005

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3 5Peace Action's Peace Voter Campaign2000

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3 6SUNY Peace and Justice2005-2006

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3 7SUNY Peace and Justice Group, Iraq War Talks2002-2003

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3 8Tax the Rich Program1989

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3 9-10Teach-In: A Labor Movement1997

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3 11Teach-In at the SUNY Albany Campus2002

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3 12UUP Contract Battle1985-1986

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3 13World Federalist Association, Capital District Chapter1988-1997