Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Debs mss., 1918-1924, consist of letters and draft press releases by Socialist leader Eugene Victor Debs, 1855- 1926. The first letter, dated July 11, 1918, is written on the letterhead of Debs' brother, Theodore, and is addressed to "Dearest of Comrades." Two letters written in 1920 are addressed to attorney Samuel Castleton and each encloses a draft press release. Castleton was to have the statements typed and sent to the United Press for release each Thursday until election day, Nov. 2, 1920. There are eight such drafts in the collection.

The final letter, written in 1924, is addressed "To whom it may concern" and is a letter of introduction for "Miss Florence S. Hall of Chicago, one of the most loyal members of the Socialist Party of the United States...."

A metal printing plate portrait of Castleton and Debs completes the collection.

Collection size: 10 items

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