J. Louis Engdahl Papers (1885-1981, bulk 1912-1932)
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Correspondence [series]:

The Correspondence series (2.5 linear feet) is comprised of handwritten and typed letters, greeting cards, postcards, and telegrams and is grouped into three subseries: J. Louis Engdahl's outgoing correspondence; Engdahl Family correspondence, comprised of letters written by his wife, daughter, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, and other relatives in the Engdahl, Levitin, and Rodriguez families; and Others, listed alphabetically by name. Ralph Korngold, Frank Hayes, and Ruth Benedict are among the correspondents. Most of the Engdahl Family correspondence is comprised of Pauline Levitin Engdahl's letters to Louis.

Included in the Others subseries are two folders of "Sympathy Letters," written to Pauline Levitin Engdahl at the time of her husband's death. Notable among these are letters from William L. Patterson, chairman of the International Labor Defense. Some of the letters in these folders also discuss memorial and financial arrangements. Included with the sympathy letters are an undated, unsigned poem, "A Monument to Love," and an empty envelope addressed to Pauline Levitin Engdahl and dated 1927. The association of these items to the rest of the materials in this grouping is unclear.

Engdahl's letters to his wife, especially, and also to his daughter, comprise most of the Correspondence series. They recount in detail Engdahl's daily activities, his hopes and fears, and his affection and longing for his loved ones during his time apart from them (long and frequent periods of separation being an unfortunate consequence of his life's work). In earlier correspondence, dating from the 'teens, Louis and Pauline Engdahl both comment frequently on Victor Berger and his work. Later letters deal primarily with Louis's work for the ILD on behalf of the Scottsboro defendants. One can trace, too, the evolution of J. Louis Engdahl's relationship with Pauline Levitin (Engdahl), from good friends and allies in a common cause, to sweethearts, and finally spouses.

 
Engdahl, J. Louis, outgoing [subseries]:
Box   1  
To Pauline Levitin Engdahl
Box   1  
 1912-May 1914 (17 folders)
Box   2  
 June 1914-1916 and  1919 (7 folders)

(May also include one item to Pauline's mother, 1916)

Box   2  
 1921-1932 and  undated (7 folders)
Box   2  
To Pauline Engdahl (daughter),  1920-1923 1925 1927-1928 1931-1932 and  undated (5 folders)
Box   3  
To Family (wife and daughter),  1916-1919 1921-1922 1926 and  undated (5 folders)
Box   3  
To Others, various,  1932

(includes a letter in support of Sophia Rodriguez's Soviet visa extension)

 
Engdahl Family, outgoing [subseries]:
 
Engdahl, Pauline Levitin

(mainly to Louis Engdahl; includes some correspondence from daughter Pauline and from Sophia)

 
To J. Louis Engdahl
Box   3  
 1913-February 1914 (7 folders)
Box   4  
 March 1914-1919 1921-1923 (17 folders)
 
Engdahl, Pauline(daughter)
Box   4  
To J. Louis Engdahl,  1919 1922- 1923 and  undated (2 folders)

(includes some correspondence to and from Pauline Levitin Engdahl)

Box   4  
To others,  undated

(to mother and other family?)

Box   5  
Rodriguez, William and Sophia Levitin Rodriguez [a.k.a. Sonia or Vera]
Box   5  
Outgoing,  1911 1917
Box   5  
Incoming,  1921

(re Debs' Freedom Conference and Miner's Convention)

Box   5  
Rodriguez Sophia Levitin,  1914-1922 and  undated

(May also include a letter from Sophia and Pauline's mother)

 
"Relatives"

(including Mrs. Levitin, mother of Pauline and Sonia; and [cousin or brother?] Emil)

Box   5  
"Auntie," to Pauline Engdahl,  1921
Box   5  
"Aunt Mania," to Pauline Engdahl,  undated
Box   5  
"L.W.," to J. Louis Engdahl, [1915 ?]
Box   5  
Engdahl, David E.,  1932 and  1966
Box   5  
"Grandma Levitin," [to Polly Engdahl?],  undated
Box   5  
"Lawrence," to grandmother,  undated
Box   5  
Levitin, Emil Z. [Pauline and Sophia's brother or perhaps cousin],  undated
Box   5  
Levitin, Mrs. [mother of Pauline and Sophia],  1914-1919

(one 1914 letter to Sophia and Pauline appears to include a holograph will)

Box   5  
"Margaret," to "Aunt Polly,"  1933
Box   5  
Olin, Martha C., to Pauline L. Engdahl,  1915
Box   5  
Wedding announcement for Pauline Levitin,  1915
Box   5  
Unidentified, to Pauline Levitin Engdahl,  1937 and  undated
Box   5  
Miscellaneous,  1914- 1915 and  undated

([Some letters possibly from daughter Pauline]. Addressed variously to "Pussynyu," "Pussycat," and "Puzzuma," from "Monkeyface" and "Me."])

 
Others, outgoing [subseries]:
Box   5  
Benedict, Ruth,  1922
Box   5  
Branstetter, Otto, Socialist Party National Office, to [Sophia] Vera Rodriguez,  1921
Box   5  
Peluso, Edmond, Il Comunista ,  1922
Box   5  
Hayes, Frank J., UMWA, with manuscript, a biographical sketch of Hayes, by J.L. Engdahl
Box   5  
Korngold, Ralph,  1916
Box   5  
___, Jacob; Livingston, Rosen & Co.,  1915

(uncle of Sophia Rodriguez)

Box   5  
"Mac" [MacBride, ____?], to Pauline Engdahl,  1922 and  undated
Box   5  
Sympathy Letters to Engdahl family,  1932-1933

(Includes letters from William L. Patterson, International Labor Defense, and Pauline L. Engdahl's reply. Also includes poem "A Monument to Love," author unknown [possibly by JLE? and possibly goes with envelope from 1927 also in folder?]. Some correspondence re memorial and financial arrangements.)

Box   5  
Miscellaneous Others, scattered dates