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Guide to the Harry A. Siitonen Papers, 1926-1990, bulk 1953-1977

Summary

The Harry A. Siitonen papers document Siitonen's work with the Socialist movement on the national and local scale in the 1950s through the 1970s. Siitonen, an alum of Michigan State University and son of Finnish immigrants, was heavily involved in the Socialist Party USA through the mid 1970s. He was chair of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Locals of the Socialist Party-USA during the 1950s-1970s, and active in the national Social Party-USA committee after its reconstitution in the 1970s. The papers are arranged into the following series: Correspondence, Subject Files, Party Conventions, Regional and National Organizations, Socialist Party Action Committee, California Socialist Parties, and Printed Materials. The papers include incoming and outgoing correspondence, internal memos, meeting minutes, resolutions, position papers, constitutions, and other records of party activities at local, state, and national levels.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11182
Title
Harry A. Siitonen papers
Date
1926-1990 and undated, bulk 1953-1977
Creator
Siitonen, Harry A.
Extent
8.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Harry A. Siitonen papers document Siitonen's work with the Socialist movement on the national and local scale in the 1950s through the 1970s. Siitonen, alum of Michigan State University and son of Finnish immigrants, was heavily involved in the Socialist Party USA from the 1950s until 1976, at which time he broke from the party citing disillusionment. He thereafter refocused his efforts on the Industrial Workers of the World. The collection consists of party documents from his time with the Socialist Party USA including: internal memos, meeting minutes, resolutions, position papers, convention handouts, notes, as well as incoming and outgoing correspondence and subject files.

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Arrangement

Arranged into series: Correspondence, Subject Files, Party Conventions, Regional and National Organizations, Socialist Party Action Committee, California Socialist Parties, Printed Materials.

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[Identification of item], Harry A. Siitonen Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1957-1990 and undated
(38 folders)
Box 1
Bibliographies, book lists-test, 1965 and undated
Box 2
Book reviews
Box 2
Clippings 1 of 2
Box 2
Clippings 2 of 2
Box 2
Ephemera
(2 folders)
Box 2
Flyers
Box 2
Pamphlets
Box 2
Photographs
Box 2
Position statements and and other writings
(3 folders)
Box 2
Siitonen Campaign papers
Box 2
Socialist Party History (1 of 2), 1952-1971
Box 2
Socialist Party History (2 of 2), 1948-1969
Box 2
Socialist Party USA Siitonen's resignation, 1926
Box 2
Socialist thought, 1952-1972 and undated
Box 2
Socialist Party - Personal Inc. letter from Upton Sinclair and ephemera, 1953-1971
Box 2
Writings
Box 2
Writings by/about Michael Harrington, 1971-1972 and undated
Box 2
Socialist Party - Democratic Socialist Federation convention, 1958
Box 3
Socialist Party - Social Democratic Federation, 1958-1967
Box 3
Socialist Party - Social Democratic Federation Convention, 1960
Box 3
Socialist Party - SDF Convention, 1962
Box 3
Socialist Party National Convention, 1964
Box 3
Socialist Party USA Convention, 1966
Box 3
Socialist Party Convention, 1968
Box 3
Socialist Party, USA Convention, 1970
Box 3
Socialist Party, USA Convention - newsclippings, 1970
Box 3
Socialist Party - Democratic Socialist Federation unity referendum, 1970-1972
Box 3
Socialist Party USA pre-conference correspondence, January - June 1973
(3 folders)
Box 3
Socialist Party, USA Convention, Mar-Jun 1973
Box 3
Socialist Party Convention minutes, 1973
Box 3
Socialist Party National Convention, convention documents, 1973
Box 3
Socialist Party USA National Convention, 1974
Box 3
Socialist Party Convention Constitution, 1974
Box 3
Socialist Party National Convention, 1975
Box 3
Socialist Party USA National Convention, 1975
Box 3
Socialist Party USA Platform, 1976
Box 3
Socialist Party Convention, 1977
Box 3
Socialist Party USA Positions
Box 3
Committee for a Socialist Program, 1954-1957
Box 4
Debs Caucus, 1968-1972 and undated
(6 folders)
Box 4
People's Party, 1973
Box 4
Socialist Party of Ill.
Box 4
Socialist Party of Milwaukee, 1973
Box 4
Socialist Party of NC, 1973
Box 4
Socialist Party of Wisconsin, 1968-1971
Box 4
Union for Democratic Socialism, 1972-1973
Box 4
Young People's Socialist League, 1971
Box 4
Young People's Socialist League Convention, 1971-1972
Box 4
Socialist Party, USA National Action Committee, 1959-1966
Box 4
Socialist Party, USA National Action Committee, 1967-1975 and undated
(12 folders)
Box 4
The Illinois Comrade, 1919
Box 5
Independent Socialist Committee, 1968-1972
Box 5
 

Historical Note

Born March 18, 1926, in Worcester, Massachusetts, Harry A. Siitonen is alum of Michigan State University, retired newspaper printer, writer for Finnish-American periodicals, and actor. Sittonen's parents immigrated to the United States from Finland in 1915, both of whom were stalwart members of the Finnish Federation. He joined the Communist Party while at Michigan State, and later joined the Socialist Party USA. He was chair of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Locals of the Socialist Party-USA during the 1950s-1970s, and active in the national Social Party-USA committee after its reconstitution in the 1970s. He resigned from the Socialist Party USA in 1976, citing disillusionment and refocusing his efforts on the Industrial Workers of the World. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Provenance

The Harry Siitonen Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Kat Stefko and Katrina Martin, 2014-2016.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1996-015.