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Frances D. and G. Lyman Paine Papers

Identifier: LP001439

Scope and Content

The papers of Freddy and G. Lyman Paine consist primarily of correspondence related to their radical political interests and activities and material related to the newspaper "Correspondence."

Important subjects in the collection: Afro-American communists Afro-Americans--Civil rights Afro-Americans--Economic conditions Black power Communism--United States Marxism McCarthy-Army controversy, 1954 Radicalism--United States Socialist Workers Party Trotskyism--United States Workers Party

Important correspondents in the collection: Grace Lee Boggs James Boggs Martin Glaberman C. L. R. James Nettie Kravitz Dudley Randall


  • 1953 - 1976
  • Majority of material found within 1953 - 1960


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Frances D. (Freddy), who worked in the garment industry, and George Lyman Paine, Jr. met in 1934, shortly after Mr. Paine, an architect employed by the New York City Housing Authority, finished work on an exhibit for the Museum of Modern Art showcasing New York City slums. This meeting began a 44-year political as well as personal partnership. Lyman was a founding member of the Johnson-Forest Tendency of the Socialist Workers Party (C. L. R. James - Raya Dunayevskaya), which joined with other dissident elements within the party to form the Workers Party in 1940. In 1951, members of the Johnson-Forest Tendency established Correspondence Publishing Co., which issued labor and political pamphlets and the newspaper Correspondence.


2 Linear Feet (2 SB)


Frances D. and G. Lyman Paine enjoyed a forty-four year political and personal partnership. Their papers reflect their radical political interests and activities and include material related to the newspaper "Correspondence."


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


Several audio tapes featuring interviews with Freddy Paine and discussions among Freddy, Lyman and their friends, including a couple relating to C.L.R. James, have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Department.

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Repository Details

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