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International Socialists Records

Identifier: LR001225

Scope and Content

Important Subjects: American Federation of Teachers (AFT) American Youth and Democracy (AYD) Anti-Nazi League (ANL) Black Liberation Black Working Commission (BWC) Capitalism Class struggle Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Executive Committee (EC) Independent Socialist League (ISL) Industrial Committee (IC) International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Socialists (IS) International Socialists (U.S.) Labor unions-United States Labor Education and Research Project (LERP) Marxist Party Members at Large (MAL) National Secretary (NC) October League (OL) Portuguese Revolutionary Party (PRP) Progressive Labor Party (PLP) Radical Student Union (RSU) Socialism Socialism and social movements Socialist Workers Party (SWP) Socialist Youth League (U.S.) Socialist Youth League (SYL) Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) Teamsters United Rank and File (TURF) United Auto Workers (UAW) United Auto Workers, United National Caucus (UNC) United Steelworkers (USW) United Steelworkers, Rank and File Team (RAFT) Women’s Liberation Young Socialist League (U.S.) (YSL)

Important Correspondents: Eckster, Enid Semel, Gay (Gabrielle) Moody, Kim Wolfe, Glenn Geier, Joel

Series I: Office Files, 1952-1985 Contains convention documents and agendas, resulting commentaries on convention outcomes, various meetings, and notes, especially from the Executive Committee and National Committee. There are materials on the Women’s Commission, Black Commission, and IS branch reports, as well as speeches, educational materials, position papers, and discussion documents. Materials are from mainly 1972-1985, yet there are documents as early as 1950’s from the Socialist Youth League and publications as early as 1936. Please note the 1970 convention documents for International Socialists philosophical position statements. Very few last names are used; often dates and meeting locations are left out of documents for security purposes.

Series II: Publications, 1936-1985 Contains newsletters, pamphlets, newspapers, articles, critiques, bulletins, and other materials for intended distribution. Researchers may find handwritten notes interspersed within various publications. Folders are titled according to name of publication, or by subject, or format.


  • 1943 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1980


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Series I is restricted. Requires written approval of donor and a signed restricted use form.

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


23 Linear Feet (23 SB)


The International Socialists existed from 1968 -1986 in the U.S. with national headquarters in Detroit, and branches in 14 other cities. It was preceded by the Independent Socialist Club, established in Berkley in 1964, which then formed an International Socialist Committee. The International Socialist Club appealed to radical student and Maoist groups. Kim Moody, contributor of several pivotal writings to the socialist cause, helped to establish a branch of the Independent Socialist Club in New York. The Independent Socialist Club became the International Socialists at the 1969 convention, where a formal political platform was established to address the working class movement. Internal disagreements developed around degrees of radicalization and basic philosophy throughout the 1970's. These disagreements led to the formation of other organizations such as the Revolutionary Tendency and Workers Power. In 1986, International Socialists merged with Workers Power and Socialist Unity to become known as Solidarity.

The records in this collection illustrate the evolution of the political principles and internal workings of the International Socialists, mainly through the 1970’s. It shows their struggle for the rights of the working class, to reap the recognition and rewards it felt it deserved for providing the sweat of industrial production, the basis of the nation's wealth.


The collection is arranged into 2 series - Series I (Box 1-9) and Series II (Box 9-23).

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject or publication may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The International Socialists Records were initially deposited March 7, 1985. Subsequent deposits were made on October 26, 1987, and January 28, 1988.


Photographs and cassette tapes were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department. Issues of Workers’ Power from 1971, 1972, and 1978 were transferred to the Reuther’s Library Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Anne Johns on June 4, 2010.
Guide to the International Socialists Records
Processed by Anne Johns.
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Repository Details

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