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Socialist Workers Party

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Fred and Laura Brode Collection MSS.0225



Descriptive Summary

Creator Brode, Fred, d. 1982
Creator Brode, Laura
Title: Fred and Laura Brode Collection
Dates: 1930's-1982
Identification: MSS.0225
Quantity: 5.25 Linear feet, 10 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Fred and Laura Brode dedicated their lives to politics from an early age. Fred Brode left Germany, his birthplace, as an economic refugee in 1929 to find work in the United States. He arrived in New York City just in time to witness the collapse of The Stock Market. For the next decade, like millions of others, he was unable to find a steady job. He did, however, find a Canadian-born wife, and both became members of a new, anti-Stalinist Communist organization, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).

In 1939, still searching for secure employment, the Brodes moved to Houston. Fred subsequently was hired by the Southern Pacific Railroad, a job he held until his retirement in the mid-1970's.

The Brodes were politically active throughout their years in Houston as members of the SWP and later the Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee and The Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party. Their politics naturally led them to become involved in the struggle for equal rights for ethnic minorities and women in Houston, as well as to correspond and maintain links with people and organizations elsewhere in the United States and abroad. In addition, Fred served as chairperson of the Houston Committee to End the War in Vietnam, the Houston May Day Committee, and the Labor Solidarity Committee. He was a founder of the Houston Marxist Collective and Study Group and the owner-operator of Connumard Publishers, which specialized in re-printing Marxist classics. Fred Brode died in 1982 shortly after his 75th birthday.

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Arrangement

The material in this collection is organized topically; each category of material is arranged chronologically, as per the following container list.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Fred and Laura Brode Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Brode, Fred, d. 1982
Brode, Laura
Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party
Communard Publishers
Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee
Socialist Workers Party
Communism--United States--Texas
Vietnam War, 1961 1975--Protest Movements--United States

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Related Material

RG E-43: Radical Leftist Political Literature Collection

OH 291: Taped Interviews with Fred Brode, 1980-1981

OH B58: Tape Recording of Fred Brode's Memorial Service, 1982

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fred and Laura Brode Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Laura and Robert Brode.

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, 1983.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Socialist Workers Party

Box Folder
1 1 Socialist Workers Party, International & Internal Discussion Bulletins, 1951-1953
2 Socialist Workers Party, International & Internal Discussion Bulletins, 1973
3 Socialist Workers Party, International & Internal Discussion Bulletins, 1974, 1976-1977
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2 1 Socialist Workers Party, Internationalist Tendency Conflict, 1973-1974
2 Socialist Workers Party, Internationalist Tendency Conflict, 1975
3 Socialist Workers Party, Internationalist Tendency Conflict, 1976-1977
4 Socialist Workers Party, Internationalist Tendency Conflict, undated
5 Speches and Position Papers by Fred Brode to the Houston Chapter of the Socialist Workers Party, mid-1970's
6 Socialist Workers Party, Houston Chapter, 1969-1971
7 Socialist Workers Party, Houston Chapter, 1972, 1977
8 Socialist Workers Party, National Activities, 1945-1971, 1973
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3 1 Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee, 1975
2 Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee, January-May 1976
3 Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee, June 1976-May 1977
4 Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee, Book orders and advertising, 1975-1977
5 Revolutionary Marxist Organizing Committee, undated
6 Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party, 1977
7 Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party, March-September 1978
8 Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party, October-December 1978
9 Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party, 1979
10 Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party, undated
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4 1 Communard Publishers, Houston: Publications, 1970's
2 Communard Publishers, Houston: Sales, 1978
3 Alexander Defense Committee (re: Azania/South Africa), 1964-1965
4 Alexander Defense Committee (re: Azania/South Africa), 1966
5 Alexander Defense Committee (re: Azania/South Africa), 1967
6 Alexander Defense Committee (re: Azania/South Africa), undated
7 Texas Southern University Police Riot, 1967
8 Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), 1967-1969
9 Lee Otis Johnson Case, 1969
10 Houston Congress of African People, 1975
11 Omowale Luthuli (aka Dwight Allen), documents re: USA-Azania/South Africa, 1979
12 Houston Haitian Refugee Committee, 1980
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5 1 Houston Citizens for Action on Vietnam, 1965-1966
2 The Austin War Review, September 1966
3 Bring-the-Troops-Home Newsletter correspondence, 1966-1967
4 National Anti-War Movement, 1966-1967
5 Houston Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 1967
6 Houston Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 1968-1969
7 Houston Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 1970-1973
8 Anti-War Speeches by Fred Brode, 1975-1976
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6 1 Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Committee, Houston Metropolitan Ministries, 1980
2 El Salvadore Solidarity Committee, 1980-1981
3 United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, 1971
4 Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 1974
5 Houston May Day Committee, 1975
6 Workin' People Talk (worker's newspaper), 1980
7 Labor Solidarity Committee, 1980-1981
8 Houston Coalition for Better Government, 1971
9 Houston Reagan Protest Coalition, 1981
10 Mockingbird Alliance and Anti-Nuclear Material, 1979
11 U.S. Committee for a Democratic Spain; Portuguese Solidarity Committee, 1975
12 Native Americans, 1978-1979
13 Women's Rights, 1967-May 1970
14 Women's Rights, June 1970-1971, 1978
15 Harris County Women's Political Caucus, 1972
16 Houston Marxist Collective, 1978-1980
17 New York Marxist School, 1979
18 International Press Correspondents, 1976, 1978, 1980
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7 1 Communist Cadre publications, 1976-1979
2 Spartacist League publications, 1964-1966
3 Spartacist League publications, 1967-1968, 1977-1979, 1982
4 Socialist Union publications and correspondence, 1975-1977
5 Socialist Voice, 1977, 1980
6 Workers Power Discussion Bulletin, 1981
7 Correspondence, general, 1968-1982
8 Correspondence, Shachtman-Stamm-Brode, 1930's-1980
9 Correspondence, Rainer Liebs to Brode (in German), 1974-1975
10 Correspondence, Upali Cooray-Brode, 1975-1981
11 Correspondence, Dr. Franz J.T. Lee-Brode, 1966 1976-1977
12 Position Papers, Steve Zeluck and Fred Brode, 1981
13 Bartee Haile-Workers World Party Correspondence, 1975-1976
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8 1 Miscellaneous Material, 1966-1975
2 Miscellaneous Material, 1976-1982
3 Miscellaneous Material, roughly dated and undated
4 Birthday Greetings to Fred Brode on 75th birthday, June 1982
5 Fred Brode, Obituaries, 1982
Box Folder
9 1-50 Photographs
51-118 Photographs

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