Lawrence S. Wittner Papers, 1977-2007
- The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers document Dr. Wittner's activism in politics and his work with the Albany Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the United University Professions Solidarity Committee, and various other organizations in the Capital Region.
- 3.16 cubic ft.
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers, 1977-2007. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Wittner Papers).
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- Conditions Governing Access:
Access to this record group is unrestricted.
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- Scope and Content:
The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers consist of materials pertaining to Dr. Wittner's many years of political activism within the Capital Region as well as nationally and internationally. Folders in Series 2 and 3 contain many different political issues or events led or attended by Dr. Wittner. Series 1 consists of a large amount of correspondence, agendas, and flyers for Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
- Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner joined the History Department at the University at Albany in 1974 and currently is Professor Emeritus. During the past forty years he has held various positions on the boards of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and United University Professions (UUP) Solidarity Committee. In 1980 he became a member of the UUP Executive Committee and served as Vice-President of Academics for the Albany Chapter from 1983-87 and chair from 1986-87. Dr. Wittner was one of the founders of the Albany DSA and since then has held several leadership positions in the group. From 1981-84 he was Secretary of the Albany Chapter DSOC/DSA, serving as a DSA National Board Delegate in 1983. While fully active in both these organizations, Dr. Wittner also co-chaired the Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition from 1982-84.
The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) was established in Albany in December 1980 under the auspices of Dr. Wittner and others. The DSOC is a national political organization dedicated to the creation of a democratic socialist society. The national organization was founded in the mid-1970s. The Albany chapter was founded "to begin to advance democratic socialist solutions to national and local problems." In January 1982, DSOC formally merged with the New American Movement (NAM) and formed the Democratic Socialists of America in April 1982.
The UUP Solidarity Committee supported local labor activities throughout the 1980s. The collection documents Dr. Wittner's participation in these activities in addition to his activism in local political campaigns, including the 1984 and 1986 Ed Bloch campaigns, the 1989 and 1993 Leon Van Dyke campaigns, and the national 1988 Michael Dukakis campaign for President of the United States.
Dr. Wittner received his A.B. from Columbia College, his M.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He has published numerous books, articles, reviews and other scholarly works and is a recipient of many academic grants and awards.
- Acquisition information:
Dr. Lawrence Wittner donated all of the materials in this collection to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2000 and 2011.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1 - Democratic Socialist of America/Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSA/SOC), 1980-1987, Undated Series 2 - United University Professions (UUP) Solidarity Committee, 1986-2001, Undated Series 3 - Other Activism, 1977-2007
Series 1 is arranged chronologically while Series 2 and 3 are arranged alphabetically.
- Processing information:
Processed in 2000 by Rosann Santos.
- Social Activists and Public Advocates
Albany, New York
Political activists--United States
Labor unions--United States
- Wittner, Lawrence S.
University at Albany, State University of New York
United University Professions (Association : N.Y.)
Democratic Socialists of America
Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (U.S.)
- New York (State)--Politics and government