Leslie Bloom Collection

Collection Summary

Title: Leslie Bloom Collection
Call Number: MS 2016-05
Size: 2.0 linear feet (2 boxes)
Acquisition: Donated by Leslie Bloom, 2015
Processed by: JZ, 12-2015
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

This collection contains material written and collected by WSU alumnus Leslie Robert Bloom with respect to his unfinished master's thesis on the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and its presence in early 20th century Kansas. Items include drafts of Bloom's thesis, correspondence, copies of academic publications and IWW literature, press clippings, an interview transcript, federal agency and bureau reports, and assorted research notes. Inclusive dates are from 1910 to 1992.

Administrative History

Industrial Workers of the World, an international labor union, was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on June 27, 1905. Since its inception, the IWW's purpose has been to unite all wage-earning laborers for the purpose of overthrowing capitalism and the wage labor system, thereby bringing about an economic state of affairs in which laborers cooperate in the means of production. The union's headquarters are still in Chicago.

The IWW became prominent during World War I due to its stances against conscription and various economic and political policies enacted by the federal government after America declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. In September of that year, dozens of union members were arrested in Chicago, Wichita, San Francisco, and other locations for their alleged activities against the draft and the Espionage Act of 1917, along with other charges. Following a months-long delay, C. W. Anderson and others arrested in Kansas were tried and found guilty in federal court on various counts and sentenced to imprisonment in Leavenworth in December 1919. Following an appeal which reversed the federal court's ruling on a charge of sabotage, as well as requests by various parties for amnesty, all of the imprisoned IWW members were pardoned or granted commuted sentences by the end of 1923.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 FF 1-7 Master's Thesis. This series contains "Kittens in the Wheat: The History of the Industrial Workers of the World in Kansas, 1907-1923," Leslie Bloom's unfinished thesis on the IWW presence in Kansas during the early 20th century, with particular emphasis on the 1919 court case United States vs. C. W. Anderson et al, 1966-67. Arranged by chapter.
Series 2 Box 1 FF 8-15 United States vs. C. W. Anderson et al. This series contains copies of correspondence, legal documents, publications, biographical data, notes, and press clippings directly concerned with the above case, 1917-1923, 1967, n.d. Material arranged by year.
Series 3 Box 1 FF 16-46 Research and Supplementary Material. This series largely contains primary and secondary sources consulted and/or cited by Bloom during the researching and writing of his thesis. Also included is Bloom's 1966 interview with IWW General Secretary-Treasurer Carl Keller, copies of newspaper clippings, research notes, and related correspondence written by or sent to Bloom concerning his project, 1910-1992, n.d. Arranged alphabetically by creator or title, both of which are sometimes altered for brevity. When applicable, Bloom's notes relating to a given folder item are maintained therein.
Series 4 Box 2 Microfilm. This series contains eight reels of reference material used by Bloom, including a dissertation, Department of Justice records on the IWW, IWW-produced newspapers, and assorted leaflets and pamphlets on the IWW, 1917-1951. Arranged alphabetically by creator.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Master's Thesis

Box 1 FF 1 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 1: Background to 1908
Box 1 FF 2 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 2: 1909-1914
Box 1 FF 3 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 3: 1915
Box 1 FF 4 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 4: 1916
Box 1 FF 5 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 5: 1917
Box 1 FF 6 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 6: 1917-1918
Box 1 FF 7 Kittens in the Wheat, Chapter 7: 1919-1923

Series 2 ‒ United States vs. C. W. Anderson et al

Box 1FF 81917
Box 1FF 91918
Box 1FF 101919
Box 1FF 111920
Box 1FF 121921
Box 1FF 131922
Box 1FF 141923, undated material
Box 1FF 15Biographical profiles of imprisoned IWW workers, c. 1919, 1967, n.d.

Series 3 ‒ Research and Supplementary Materials

Box 1FF 16 Agricultural Workers Industrial Union [AWIU]. Leaflet for harvest workers, 1916. "Bylaws for the AWIU No. 400," 1917. "What is the IWW Preamble?," c. 1922.
Box 1FF 17Bloom, Leslie. Correspondence and receipts pertaining to institutional copying fees and microfilm orders, 1966-1967.
Box 1FF 18Bloom, Leslie. Correspondence on IWW research, 1966-1967.
Box 1FF 19Bloom, Leslie. "The History of the Industrial Workers of the World in Kansas with Background," 1966.
Box 1FF 20 Bloom, Leslie. Index of pertinent IWW-published newspaper articles, c. 1966.
Box 1FF 21Bloom, Leslie. Interview with Carl Keller, 1966.
Box 1FF 22Bloom, Leslie. Research notes and other source material, n.d.
Box 1FF 23Department of Justice. Report on the Investigation Activities of the Department of Justice, 1919.
Box 1FF 24Felix, David. Protest: Sacco-Vanzetti and the Intellectuals, 1965.
Box 1FF 25Goldwater, Walter. Radical Periodicals in America, 1966.
Box 1FF 26IWW. List of Delinquent Industrial Union Delegates, 1922. "A Message to the Oil Workers!," c. 1917. Meeting minutes, 1914-1915.
Box 1FF 27IWW. "The One Big Union Monthly," 1919-1920.
Box 1FF 28IWW. "Preamble and Constitution of the IWW," 1916.
Box 1FF 29Jamieson, Stuart Marshall. Labor Unionism in American Agriculture, 1945.
Box 1FF 30Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Biennial Reports for 1915-1916, 1917-1918, and 1919-1920.
Box 1FF 31 Latchem, E. W. "The IWW in the West – Its Significance," n.d.
Box 1FF 32 Lescoher, D. D. "With the IWW in the Wheat Lands," 1923.
Box 1FF 33Lusk Committee Report on Radicalism, 1920.
Box 1FF 34Naas, Bernard G. and Carmelita S. Sakr. American Labor Union Periodicals, 1956.
Box 1FF 35Newspaper clippings, 1910-1920, 1966, n.d.
Box 1FF 36Parker, Albert. Life and Labor in the Mid-Continent Oil Fields, 1859-1945, 1951.
Box 1FF 37Perlman, Selig and Philip Taft. History of Labor in the United States, 1896-1932, 1935.
Box 1FF 38Russell, Francis. Tragedy in Dedham, 1971.
Box 1FF 39State Geological Survey of Kansas. Geology of the Eldorado Oil and Gas Field, Butler County, Kansas, 1921.
Box 1FF 40Taft, Philip. "The Federal Trials of the IWW," 1962; "The IWW in the Grain Belt," 1960; Organized Labor in American History, 1964.
Box 1FF 41Untitled academic paper, n.d.
Box 1FF 42U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Labor Unionism in American Agriculture: Bulletin No. 836, 1946.
Box 1FF 43U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monthly Labor Review, April 1922.
Box 1FF 44U.S. House of Representatives. Commission on Industrial Relations, 1912-1915, Final Report of the Commission on Industrial Relations, 1916.
Box 1FF 45Veblen, Thorstein. "An Unpublished Paper on the IWW," 1918.
Box 1FF 46Wayne State University. Box and folder listing for IWW collection, n.d.

Series 4 ‒ Microfilm

Box 2 FF 1 American Civil Liberties Union. Records, Vol. 55 and Vol. 86, pgs. 245-337, 1917-1919. [one reel]
Box 2 FF 2-4 Department of Justice. Files concerning the IWW in Kansas and Oklahoma and the IWW trial, 1917-1921. [three reels]
Box 2 FF 5 Federal Records Center. Files concerning the IWW in Kansas, 1917-1919. [one reel]
Box 2 FF 6 IWW. "Industrial Worker," April 1, 1916-May 25-1918. [one reel]
Box 2 FF 7 Joseph A. Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan. Leaflets and pamphlets: "Sabotage," "More Truth about the IWW," "The Truth about the IWW," The Truth about the IWW Prisoners," "Agriculture," "Justice and the IWW," "Persecution of the Radical Labor Movement in the U.S.," "The IWW: Its History, Structure and Methods," and "Hot Shots from the Gateway," 1918, n.d. [one reel]
Box 2 FF 8 Parker, Albert. Life and Labor in the Mid-Continent Oil Fields, 1951. [one reel]