The Lusk Committee
L0029. Suspected Radical Organizations Seized Files, 1916- 1919. 1.0 cubic foot.
Arrangement: Organized into two subseries: Subseries 1, Original Records, 1918-1919, 0.5 cubic foot. Subseries 2, Photostatic Copies of Seized Records, 1916-1919, 0.5 cubic foot. Both are arranged alphabetically by name of organization.
The series consists of original and photostatic copies of records from approximately a dozen organizations suspected of radical activities. The records were seized by the committee during raids on the organizations' headquarters in New York City in order to gather information and evidence about suspected radical groups and individuals. The records include correspondence, meeting minutes, pamphlets, articles, organization and membership lists, and other materials. The records pertain to the various groups' organization, philosophy, membership, meetings, educational programs, and publications. There is information both on national organizations and their local branches, such as the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Union of Russian Workers, and the Workers Defense Union. Some non-English language materials are found in this series.
Subseries 1, Original Records, pertains to activity of nine suspected radical organizations. The majority of records relate to the Communist Party and to the left wing section of the Socialist Party.
Subseries 2, Photostatic Copies of Seized Records, pertains to a number of suspected radical organizations. This subseries contains a number of articles appearing in various radical publications and approximately 50 letters, articles, and reports in Russian without translations. Some organizations represented in this subseries are also found in Subseries 1, and while some of these copies duplicate original documents in Subseries 1, most do not.
Finding Aids: Folder list.