SKLAR, MARTIN J., 1935-
Martin J. Sklar papers, circa 1935-2014

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/mrbbj

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sklar, Martin J., 1935-
Title: Martin J. Sklar papers, circa 1935-2014
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1320
Extent: 45.5 linear feet (47 boxes), 2 oversized papers (OP), and 1 bound volume (BV)
Abstract:Papers of historian Martin J. Sklar including correspondence, writings, subject files, teaching materials, and printed material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Box 47 contains brittle and fragile paper. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to this material.

Due to the fragile nature of the orginal copy of the "William A. Galvin Commemorative Journal" (Box 48) researchers are required to use the photocopy in OP2.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 2014

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Martin J. Sklar papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Unprocessed collection.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Martin J. Sklar (1935-2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1950s, he attended the University of Wisconsin on a Ford Foundation scholarship where he majored in history; was an active member of the Labor Youth League; a co-founder of the Wisconsin Socialist Club; and was a founding editor of Studies on the Left, a leading theoretical journal of the new left. He also received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and began work on a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester (New York), though he withdrew before completing his dissertation. He was a leader in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Rochester, and was also a member of the successor organization, New American Movement.

As a graduate student in 1960, he coined the term "corporate liberalism" to describe his theory of twentieth century American capitalism which heavily influenced leftist activists of the decade. American historians of the era depicted the Progressive Era as a time of conflict between business and government, but Sklar argued that business and government had worked together to create a framework that would balance competing interests and curb the most extreme impulses of both capital and labor.

Sklar taught at Northern Illinois University from 1969-1976, and then at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) until his retirement in 2004. His book, The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916, was published in 1988. He was married to restaurant critic Nao Hauser.

Martin J. Sklar (1935-2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1950s, he attended the University of Wisconsin on a Ford Foundation scholarship where he majored in history; was an active member of the Labor Youth League; a co-founder of the Wisconsin Socialist Club; and was a founding editor of Studies on the Left, a leading theoretical journal of the new left. He also received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and began work on a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester (New York), though he withdrew before completing his dissertation. He was a leader in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Rochester, and was also a member of the successor organization, New American Movement.

As a graduate student in 1960, he coined the term "corporate liberalism" to describe his theory of twentieth century American capitalism which heavily influenced leftist activists of the decade. American historians of the era depicted the Progressive Era as a time of conflict between business and government, but Sklar argued that business and government had worked together to create a framework that would balance competing interests and curb the most extreme impulses of both capital and labor.

Sklar taught at Northern Illinois University from 1969-1976, and then at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) until his retirement in 2004. His book, The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916, was published in 1988. He was married to restaurant critic Nao Hauser.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of historian Martin J. Sklar from circa 1935-2014 and includes correspondence, writings, subject files, teaching materials, and printed material. The collection documents Sklar's socialism; involvement with Students for a Democratic Society; the publications Studies on the Left and In These Times; and his work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Northern Illinois University, and Bucknell University. Writings include his research and notes, as well as drafts of numerous articles.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.


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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Subject files: Early materials 1950s; Madison; Northern Illinois University, Socialism
2 - Subject files: Early Madison
3 - Subject files: Students for a Democratic Society; Studies on the Left
4 - Subject files, 1970s
5 - Subject files: In These Times; Socialist Revolution
6 - Subject files: In These Times
7 - Subject files
8 - Subject files
9 - Subject files
10 - Subject files
11 - Subject files
12 - Subject files
13 - Subject files
14 - Subject files
15 - Subject files
16 - Subject files
17 - Subject files
18 - Subject files
19 - Subject files
20 - Subject files
21 - Subject files, 1990s
22 - Subject files: Bucknell University [1 of 3]
23 - Subject files: Bucknell University [2 of 3]
24 - Subject files: Bucknell University [3 of 3]
25 - Subject files, 2000s
26 - Subject files, 2000s
27 - Subject files, 2000s
28 - Subject files and printed material by Sklar
29 - Writings: "Walter Bagehot and the Emergence of a Corporate Capitalist Consciousness" (1981) and "Hagel and Bourgeousie Liberty"
30 - Writings
31 - Writings
32 - Writings
33 - Writings
34 - Writings
35 - Writings
36 - Writings
37 - Writings: Charles Conant and currency reform
38 - Subject files and writings: "American Century"
39 - Writings: "American Century"
40 - Writings: "American Century," election notes
41 - Writings: Letters to Obama drafts and research
42 - Correspondence
43 - Teaching materials
44 - Teaching materials
45 - Subject files
46 - "William A. Galvin Commemorative Journal" [RESTRICTED]
47 1 Correspondence [See staff for access to this folder]
47 2 "Thoughts on Socialism and the American Political Tradition" [See staff for access to this folder]
47 3 Unidentified manuscript and typescript [See staff for access to this folder]
47 4 "Emergence of Capitalist Liberal Order" manuscript [See staff for access to this folder]
47 5 Master's essay [See staff for access to this folder]
47 6 New Freedom and Foreign Trade; Webb-Pomerene Ace and Wilson [See staff for access to this folder]
47 7 Radical America or Socialist Revolution Rochester 1969 Discussion of Sklar's view of working/middle class [See staff for access to this folder]
47 8 Scraps and fillers; political thinking 1960s, includes thoughts on Studies on the Left [See staff for access to this folder]
47 9 Fragments; 1960s political notes [See staff for access to this folder]
47 10 M. Lebowitz; Univeristy of Rochester Students for a Democratic Society and other late 1960s [See staff for access to this folder]
47 11 Political thought 1960s in Rochers and notes for "Disaccumulation" thinking [See staff for access to this folder]
47 12 "Capitalism or Democracy;" Studies on the Left; Madison Young Socialists; Manheim essay [See staff for aaccess to this folder]
OP1 - "Capitalism or Democracy;" Studies on the Left; Madison Young Socialists; Manheim essay oversized material [See staff for access to this folder]
47 13 Notes from Studies on the Left [See staff for access to this folder]
47 14 Webb-Pomerene Congressional debate; History 270 papers on Webb-Pomerene Act, 1918 [See staff for access to this folder]
47 15 1970s notes for "Socialist Revolution" edit and notes on Nixon [See staff for access to this folder]
47 16 C.S. Pierce; Political Theory and Stragey and used molds; 1960s political writing [See staff for access to this folder]
47 17 Quadrangle; Publication of Wilson book [See staff for access to this folder]
47 18 Master's thesis with numerous responses from William A. Williams; Thesis first draft [See staff for access to this folder]
47 19 "What is known as a thesis" [1 of 2] [See staff for access to this folder]
47 20 "What is known as a thesis" [2 of 2] [See staff for access to this folder]
47 21 First drafts of thesis chapters [See staff for access to this folder]
47 22 Paper fragments [See staff for access to this folder]
47 23-24 Government financial accounts [See staff for access to this folder]
OP2 - "William A. Galvin Commemorative Journal" [photocopy]
BV1 - Georgraphy notebook
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