John and Phyllis Collier Papers

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14.5 linear feet (29 MB); 1 oversize folder

John Collier (1874-1947) was interested in various socialist, radical, liberal, and anarchist causes, and was a life-long student of philosophy, theology, mysticism, and psychic phenomena. His papers contain correspondence, notes, literary manuscripts, clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and memorabilia relating to his activities as a writer and social critic as well as biographies and personal papers relating to his family and his two early confinements.

Also covered are correspondence, clippings, notes, and miscellaneous printed materials concerning Mrs. Collier's activities as secretary of the American Labor Party in New York (1919-20) and social worker in Los Angeles (1932-58). Part II of her papers include personal files, including an autobiography.

Subjects include American Labor Party, Garland Farm and Garland Fund (1920-26).Helicon Home Colony (1906-07), IWW, Tom Mooney defense, Sacco and Vanzetti Case, Upton Sinclair's gubernatorial campaigns (1934, 1936), Single-Tax and co-operative colonies, the Workers Defense League, and psychic phenomena. Correspondents include Roger Baldwin, V.F. Calverton, Malcolm Cowley, Floyd Dell, Theodore Dreiser, Max Eastman, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Charles Garland, Emma Goldman, Sidney Hook, Frieda Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Scott Nearing, Margaret Sanger, Max Schactman, Upton Sinclair, Norman Thomas, and Louis Untermeyer.

1881-1975, bulk 1887-1948
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