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Edward Levinson Papers

Identifier: LP000085

Scope and Content

Series 1: General Files

Series 2: General Records of UAW Publicity Director

Series 3: UAW Local Unions Orders and correspondence re: UAW publications

Series 4: Correspondence

Series 5: News clippings and press releases


  • 1910 - 1945


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English


Collection is open for research.


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Mr. Levinson was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 15, 1901. While still young, he became active in the Socialist Party, and eventually became a reporter for the Socialist Call. His career in the newspaper field expanded. He was assistant editor of "The New Leader" (1924) and editor of "America for All". From 1934 - 1939, he was labor editor of "The New York Post." In 1939, Mr. Levinson became associated with the UAW where he served as Director of Publicity and Editor of the United Auto Worker. He died on August 8,1945, while still active with the labor movement. In addition, Mr. Levinson wrote two books: I Break Strikes (1935) and Labor on the March (1937).


4 Linear Feet (8 MB, 1 OS Folder)


Correspondence, clippings, research notes, and other materials collected by Mr. Levinson, author of Break Strikes, and Labor on the March, and director of publicity for the UAW. Subjects include strikebreaking in the National Maritime Union, early unions in the auto industry, the Black Legion, the Socialist Party, war production, and wage and price ceilings. Among the correspondents are Victor Reuther, Franklin Roosevelt, and R. J. Thomas.


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 4-5), Series 3 (Box 6), Series 4 (Box 7), and Series 5 (Box 8). Folders in series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically, folders in series 3 are arranged numerically, and folders in series 4 and 5 are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Edward Levinson were deposited with the Labor History Archives in January 1964, November 1965, and in November 1967.

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