Irwin Silber Papers
Scope and Content
The collection consists of published and unpublished songs that comprised a part of the People's Songs Library under the auspices of People's Songs Inc., and later Sing Out! Inc.
- 1886 - 1968
Language of Materials
Material entirely in English.
Collection is open for research.
Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library
Rules for Use of Archival Materials.
People's Songs Inc. was formed in New York City on December 31, 1945, by songwriters, singers, union representatives, and interested workers. An organizing committee, with Pete Seeger as chairman, was formed to establish office operations and begin the task of collecting, writing, and editing songs and songbooks, principally for labor unions. People's Songs Inc. also printed songs for amateurs and professional artists, issued a mimeographed bulletin to its members, and started an archives of folk, labor, farmer, political, and peace songs and exchanged songs with groups in South America, Canada, Australia, and Europe. People's Songs branches were formed across the country and in October 1947, the organization's first convention was held in Chicago. Among those associated with People's Songs Inc. were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Woodie Guthrie, Josh White, Bess Lomax, Burl Ives, and other notable folk artists.
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Mr. Silber was an early organizer and worker in Peoples' Songs, Inc. Mr. Silber's collection consists of a representative portion of the group's files, mostly early labor and social reform songs.
Materials are arranged in three boxes with the original folder headings and arrangement of songs in the folders were retained as received from Mr. Silber.
The Irwin Silber Collection was established in 1970 when Mr. Silber placed his files of labor, political, and social commentary songs in the Archives.
Processed and finding aid written by DE in July, 1970.
- Irwin Silber Papers
- Processed by DE.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
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