Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the papers consists of notes for a work [-in-progress] on antitrust legislation, notes for a history of Sinclair Oil, and notes for related articles. There are letters, 1922-1924, in which he writes at length about his activities and experiences in Russia, Peking, and Shanghai, and some correspondence, 1950-1952, concerning his books, When Russians Were. People, and, Farewell to Hard Times. Typescripts of his books and articles include, As Michigan Goes.... 1965, which is concerned with the problems besetting the free enterprise system, Farewell to Hard Times, a work on the gold standard begun in the 1920s and completed just after the end of World War II; The Trouble with the Banks, co-written with Joseph A. Wallis in response to the closing of the banks by President Roosevelt in 1933; an untitled incomplete work on classical economics; and a memoir of his experiences in Russia, When Russians Were People. While in Russia, Fleming Collected samples of the Bolshevik and anti-Bolshevik posters which were an important part of the ideological warfare of the period. Among the events they depict are the October Revolution of 1917, the ensuing civil war, and the intervention of the allied forces of France, Great Britain, and the U. S. Many of the "White" posters are anti- Semitic in tone. There are approximately 130 posters in the papers.