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Arthur Preis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 283

Scope and Contents

The collection includes manuscripts, records of The Militant, correspondence, and miscellaneous items.

The manuscripts are divided into six sections: book manuscript, articles and other manuscripts by Preis, article manuscripts by other authors, print material, pamphlets and manuscripts of articles in the International Socialist Review. The book manuscript is of "Labor's Giant Step." Articles and other manuscripts by Preis and other authors include titles such as "Political Follies of 1950" and "The Present Situation in the Trade Union Movement." The print material includes articles from the The Fourth International, and the pamphlets include "Jobs for all" and "Welfare State or Socialism." There are also manuscripts for International Socialist Review including "How the Miners Won" and "American Labor--Fact and Fiction."

There are also records of The Militant including eight issues dating 1853-1864, mark-up and style sheets, and Martha Gray cartoons dating 1943-1945.

Miscellaneous items include Preis's commemorative address by Ted Selander, a photograph of Preis, and an obituary and article.

Correspondence, 1938-1964, is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondents include Comrades of Allentown, George Breitman, Cara Cook, James P. Cannon, Farrell Dobbs, Ross Dowson, Joe and Reba Hansen, Harry Howe, Jack Maloney, Jean Simon, W.F. Ward, and Beverly Wulp.


  • 1853-1963


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Preis (1911-1964), labor organizer, author, and historian, was born in Philadelphia and educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University. In 1933 he organized the National Unemployed League. He was an early member of the Conference for Progressive Labor Action, which group formed the American Workers Party and merged with the Communist League of America. He later was a member of the national committee of the Socialist Workers Party. He was on the staff of The Militant (New York) from 1940, and wrote a series of articles on the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, which he later expanded into a book, Labor's Giant Step (N.Y., 1964).


3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Arthur Preis (1911-1964) was a labor organizer, author, and historian. The collection includes manuscripts, records of The Militant, correspondence, and miscellaneous items.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians.

Guide to the Arthur Preis Papers
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University of Oregon Libraries Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA