Skip to main content

Charles Ashleigh Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: A - Bo, Box 1, Folder: 6
Identifier: LP001110
Transcripts of interviews with Charles Ashleigh describing his personal experiences with the IWW and other radicals in the years prior to and during World War I as well as the early 1920's.

Dates

  • 1973
  • 1975

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

Transcripts of interviews with Charles Ashleigh conducted by the Sussex Society for the Study of Labor History in 1973 and 1975. Mr. Ashleigh describes his personal experiences with the Industrial Workers of the World and other radical groups in the years prior to and during World War I and the early 1920's.

History

The collection consists of transcripts of interviews with Mr. Ashleigh conducted by representatives of the Sussex Society for the Study of Labour History in 1973 and 1975. As a youth, Mr. Ashleigh became interested in anarchism and radical philosophy. He left his native England for Argentina in 1909, working on a railroad there before coming to the United States in September of 1912. He joined the IWW two months later. He traveled exten-sively throughout the United States, finding employment with several metropolitan newspapers. In addition, he conducted lectures on socialism. Mr. Ashleigh testified at the government trials of Bill Haywood and other IWW members in 1917 and 1918 and left the United States shortly thereafter. He continued his travels, visiting the Soviet Union in 1922. There he worked for the Comintern. In that same year he departed for India as a Comintern representative under the alias Danda Lal but was arrested and deported.

Arrangement

Materials arranged in one folder.

Acquisition

The papers of Charles Ashleigh were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 1983 by Dr. Anthony Carew, lecturer with the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Manchester, England and opened for research in February of 1984.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February, 1984.
Title
Guide to the Charles Ashleigh Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1984-02
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA