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Staughton and Alice Lynd collection

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Future oral history interviews are anticipated for the collection, but will not be conducted until 2011-2013.

Collection Description (Extant): The Staughton Lynd collection consists of thirty-four boxes of materials. These materials were donated by Staughton Lynd in August 1998. The collection reflects the entire life of Staughton Lynd, from the 1930s to the year 2000. The collection also encompasses Robert, Helen, and Andrea Lynd, as well as other writers and activists. The collection is divided into five series: Robert & Helen Lynd, Staughton Lynd Papers, Staughton Lynd Writing, Other Writers, and Periodicals. The Robert and Helen Lynd series contains early photographs of the Lynds as well as Helen's father, Staughton Merrell. It contains the writings, correspondence, audio recordings, and other related materials of both the Lynd parents. This series also includes a great deal of early correspondence from Andrea Lynd, Staughton's sister.

The Staughton and Alice Lynd papers series is comprised of photographs, correspondence, speeches, biographies, and related materials. It also consists of a large number of news clips, book reviews, and articles published by Alice and Staughton Lynd. The materials contained in this series are arranged chronologically by decade. They range from Lynd's own baby book, to letters written in the year 2000. The third series, Staughton and Alice Lynd publications, contains manuscripts, drafts, notes, and other materials concerning the Lynds' published works. These include "Rank & File," "Communal Rights," "American Labor Radicalism," "Solidarity Unionism," "Liberation Theology for Quakers" and others. There are also many drafts of "The Fight Against Shutdowns." Finally are the actual publications, such as "Intellectual Origins of American Radicalism," "Class Conflict: Slavery & the United States Constitution," and numerous essays included in collections.

The fourth series, Publications by Other Writers, contains the publications, manuscripts, and other materials from a long list of Lynd contemporaries and friends. Greg Calvert, Jamie Kalven, Jim Atelson, Al Young, and Jeremy Brecher are just a few of the many authors included in this section. Topics include Marxism, history, labor, and the first amendment. There are a significant amount of materials by Brian Willson, Eric Leif Davin, and David Rabban. The final series, Periodicals, contains runs of Liberation (1957-77), Radical America (1967-82), In These Times (1976-79), and WIN (1967-82). Staughton Lynd contributed articles to these publications. Also included are various law reviews, labor publications, and history journals.

Date(s): 1930s-2000

Extent: 35 record storage boxes, 35 cubic feet

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See large collection of the Lynds' papers at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Automobile industry and trade
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Labor unions
Mississippi Freedom Schools
Steel industry and trade


Sound recordings


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