© 2002 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and
Archives, Cornell University Library
Vern Smith, collector.
Industrial Workers of the World files,
.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives,
Cornell University Library
Fragment of the files of an editor of
The Industrial Pioneer. Includes reports,
manuscripts and clippings concerning the I.W.W. and labor unrest, particularly
in the 1920's.
Collection material in English
Vern Smith was an editor of The Industrial
Pioneer, a publication of the Industrial Workers of the World
Established in Chicago in 1905 by sponsors of socialism and the
remnants of 19th century labor unions, including the Knights of Labor, the
radical Western Federation of Miners and the American Labor Union, the
Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), or "Wobblies", evolved into a radical
industrial union which waged campaigns for improved working conditions, wages
and hours of work, as well as workers' control in mines, mills, lumber camps
Includes report (originals and carbons) of Vern Smith to the general
convention of the I.W.W. (1924) on the status of newspapers, questions on the
revolutionary nature of the I.W.W., the question of pacifism, an appeal for
workers to go to California, the question of boycotts, and injuring the
California capitalists by withdrawing buying power in limited localities;
report on change of editors of Industrial
Solidarity (the weekly official organ of the I.W.W.); list of Council
members appointed by people's commissars, and officials of the Central
Executive Committee of the USSR (1935); charges brought against Vern Smith for
deliberately violating the policy of the I.W.W. by printing "undesirable
articles" in The Industrial Pioneer; copy of the
organization program for the I.W.W.; report (1924) to the general convention of
the I.W.W. by the business manager of Industrial
Solidarity and The Industrial Pioneer;
report of the Ballot Committee (1925); and Gordon Cascaden's communication to
the I.W.W. General Convention (1925).
Also includes a statement of I.W.W. principles; affidavit of two
miners (members of the United Mine Workers and the National Miners Union)
(1931) before the State of New York; typed mss. by Smith, "The Worker's
Prospects in the USSR (1934), and "Beginnings of Revolutionary Political Action
in USA"; typed ms. "The I.W.W. Since the World War" (n.d.);
La Vie Ouvrière (23 July 1926); and "The Situation
of the I.W.W." (extracted from a report of Earl Browder to the executives of
R.I.L.U.; copy of facts and statistics extracted from various sources regarding
farm products prices to farmers and on the market (1929); and a copy of the
introduction to the minutes of the 1899 International Workingmen's Congress, by
Also loose sheets (copies) from typed mss. of outline on years
1928-1931, the "third period", with reference to unification of the Communist
Party and its growing influence, the Agricultural Workers Industrial League,
criminal syndicalism prosecution in California, the Illinois General Strike
(1929), the National Textile Workers' Union, the New Bedford Strike (1928), the
Gastonia Strike (1929), imperialism, war danger, terrorism and suppression of
the militant press. Also scrapbook regarding the I.W.W. and clippings from
The Daily Worker (1924-1925).
Communist Party of the
United States of America.
Industrial Workers of the
National Textile Workers'
United Mine Workers of
Freedom of the press--United
General Strike, Illinois, 1929.
Working class--Soviet Union.
Labor movement--Soviet Union.
Press, Labor--United States.
Textile Workers' Strike, Gastonia, N.C.,
Textile Workers' Strike, New Bedford,
Labor unions and communism.
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