Scope and arrangement
The Hosea Hudson Papers comprise one cubic foot of documents. The papers of Hudson (1894-), labor leader and communist party organizer, span the period 1941 to 1980. The bulk of material dates from 1952 to 1958. Material from this period documents Hudson's communist party organizing activities in the South, particularly Alabama, and the party's concern with Negro rights and labor. As the bulk of Hudson's material dates from four years after his dismissal from the CIO as a communist, his activities as a leader of the Workers Alliance union and steel local 2815 are sparsely documented. Hudson's early years, however, are reflected in a series of notebooks in which he drafted his first book, Black Worker in the Deep South.
The Hudson Papers are arranged into two series. Papers documenting Hudson's communist party activities, including labor organizing, are in his GENERAL FILE, 1941 (1952-1958) 1980. Subjects reflected in the papers are labor unions, farm labor, unemployment, industrial workers, segregation, and the right of Blacks to vote. In the series of WRITINGS are holograph notes and chapters of two published books, Black Worker in the Deep South,written by Hudson, and The Narrative of Hosea Hudson,written by Nell Painter. Also included are various unpublished manuscripts, book reviews, and commentaries.
The Hosea Hudson Papers are arranged in two series:
- 1941 (1952-1958) 1980.65 cubic ft
Arranged alphabetically by folder heading. Documentation of national and regional Communist Party activities in general, and of Hosea Hudson's activities in the Alabama Communist Party in particular. The papers pertain to farm and industrial labor, labor unions, political elections, Negro rights and voting rights, unemployment, and Communist Party organization. Included in the papers are newspaper clippings, notebooks, schedules and agenda, brochures, leaflets, greeting cards, holograph notes, Communist Party resolutions and position papers.
Among the documents in this series are Hosea Hudson's letter to industrial workers of Steel Local 1489 (which recommends ways to strengthen the union), Hudson's report for the Communist Party's Review Commission, and the City of Birmingham's proclamation of February 26, 1980, as Hosea Hudson Day.
- 1954, 1968, 1975, 1980.35 cubic ft
Arranged alphabetically by folder heading. Drafts of the books Black Worker in the Deep South,written by Hosea Hudson, and of The Narrative of Hosea Hudson,edited by Nell Painter, and several unpublished works. The papers pertain to Hudson's life in the South, especially his activities in organized labor and the Alabama Communist Party. Included in the papers are a book review written by Hudson, several book reviews about his books, holograph drafts of chapters of the book Black Worker,notebooks, and a typed draft of The Narrative of Hosea Hudson.
Among the documents in this series is an unpublished draft of Hudson's “Highlights of Some of the United Labor Struggles in Alabama...”