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MS Am 1655

Reed, John, 1887-1920. John Reed additional papers, 1909-1939: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1655
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Reed, John, 1887-1920.
Title: John Reed additional papers,
Date(s): 1909-1939.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Additional papers of John Reed, the American journalist and revolutionary. Includes correspondence, compositions, and materials about him collected after his death.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

62M-4. Manuscripts presented by Mrs. Virginia L. Hunt, Kenton Farm R.D. 3, Box 22, Springfield, Ohio; received: 1962 June.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Reed Additional Papers, 1909-1939 (MS Am 1655). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional papers of John Reed held by the Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

Reed (Harvard, A.B. 1910) was an American journalist and revolutionary. He joined the staff of The Masses in 1913, was a war correspondent in Mexico and Europe for Metropolitan Magazine, publicist for the Russian Revolution, and head of the Communist Labor Party.


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Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence of Reed, the bulk with his Harvard classmate, Edward Eyre Hunt; poems, plays, and articles by Reed; and letters about him after his death. Included are manuscripts by Reed on radicalism at Harvard; letters he wrote to Hunt from jail after his arrest for working with the International Workers of the World to support the silk workers' strike in Paterson, N.J. in 1913; material on the pageant about the strike performed by the silk workers in Madison Square Garden in 1913; a letter from Louise Bryant to his mother written three days after his death; letters concerning his papers, the biography of him by Granville Hicks, and the activities of the Harvard Alumni John Reed Committee to raise funds for a portrait of Reed by Robert Hallowell, and the Hicks biography; copies of Metropolitan Magazine with articles by Reed; and pamphlets, photos, and clippings on Reed and the labor movement.

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