Hobohemia Collection (1905-1997)
Summary Information
Title: Hobohemia Collection
Creator: Brundage, Slim, 1903-1990 Creator: Sheridan, Jack, 1905-1967
Inclusive dates: 1905-1997
Extent: 17.0 Linear feet (16 boxes)
Printed Material: Serials and pamphlets are located in Box 14.
Abstract:
The Hobohemia Collection contains materials from 1905-1997. The materials are original correspondence and manuscripts, photographs, serials, pamphlets, ephemera, clippings, and realia. The collection centers around soap box culture, radical thought, and open forums for free speech in Chicago that were popular from mid-1910’s to the early sixties. Jack Sheridan and to a much greater degree, Slim Brundage and The College of Complexes, are the main focus of this collection.
Call number: hobohemia
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center), Joseph A. Labadie Collection

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has not been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation:

Hobohemia Collection, University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center)

Collection History
Acquisition Information:

This collection was acquired from the Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, Chicago, 2004.

Processing Information:

Anne S. Johns, Summer 2009


Biography

Hobohemia is a place, a time period, a lifestyle. It is political dissidence and a blue collar counterculture of artists, poets, writers, intellectuals, hobos, and ne’er do wells who bucked conventional society and politics generally from the mid-1910’s through the early sixties. This collection contains the correspondence and writings of many individuals who were part of this movement that thrived on free speech, especially that of Jack Sheridan, self proclaimed Hobo and avid soap boxer, and Slim Brundage, who forever considered himself first and foremost, a housepainter. It also covers much of the business dealings of the College of Complexes, an open forum for free speech founded by Slim Brundage in 1951.

The hub of Hobohemia was Chicago where the rails drew hobos and the labor movement a concentration of radical thought. There were Hobohemias in other cities such as San Francisco and New York, but none had the power of Chicago. Its momentum started with soap boxing in Bughouse Square which was located at the corner of Clark and Walton Streets in Chicago. This grew into the opening of the infamous Dil Pickle Club (circa 1920-1933) which was frequented both by Jack Sheridan and Slim Brundage who were regular speakers. Sheridan and Brundage were also dedicated Wobblies, along with Brundage’s future wife, Kay, in the union organization, Industrial Workers of the World. Jack Sheridan attempted to revive the Dil Pickle in 1944 but was unsuccessful. Slim later established The College of Complexes, The Playground for People Who Think, in 1951 of which he illustriously deemed himself, The Janitor. Other open forums such as the Anthro-Cosmo Open Forum, The Culture Vulture, and The Druid Society came and went through the years.

The style at these open forums was humorous, irreverent, sacrilegious, witty, challenging, and provocative. According to Slim Brundage, soap boxers were "much concerned with freedom, especially from responsibility." (p.88, Rosemont, 2003). But the open forums went way beyond this and tackled every subject, from sex to religion to the women’s movement to civil rights to national and international politics. Its "aura of attractive unrespectability" (p.35, Rosemont, 1997) drew Beatniks, professors from local universities, and professionals, as well as well as those on the fringe of society.

"In the spring of 1961, the United States Internal Revenue Service notified Brundage that the College owed a vast sum in back taxes, payable immediately...and Brundage’s legal battle against the IRS proved unsuccessful...The Chicago original closed in May. Thus Chicago lost its most colorful center for higher learning, and the city’s most celebrated Janitor went back to painting houses. As of New Year’s Day 1963, Brundage still owed the IRS a total of $101,720.01. (p.36, Rosemont, 1997) Slim attempted to revive the College of Complexes to a lesser degree over the years but it had lost its momentum and the anti-war movement of a new generation came to the forefront.

References: Rosemont, Franklin [Ed.] (1997). From Bughouse Square to the Beat Generation: Selected ravings of Slim Brundage. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company.

Rosemont, Franklin [Ed.] (2003). The rise and fall of the Dil Pickle: Jazz-age Chicago’s wildest and most outrageously creative Hobohemian nightspot. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Hobohemia Collection is composed of personal and business correspondence, manuscripts, business records, serials, ephemera, photographs, and clippings. It revolves around Jack Sheridan, an active Dil Pickler, and Slim Brundage, founder of the College of Complexes, as well the business workings of the College. The Jack Sheridan series (.5 linear feet), includes correspondence with professional peers and friends, family letters and correspondence, several of his manuscripts, personal records, and related news clippings. Correspondence includes Jack Conroy, liberal labor writer and activist, and John Quinn Brisbon who was an activist and in later years ran for VP and President representing the Socialist Party USA. Notes and plans for a "handwriting" TV series in which Jack would analyze viewers’ handwriting and response from the showing of one segment are included also. Family correspondence includes exchanges with Jimmy Sheridan, Jack’s twin brother and hobo, letters from James Sheridan, Jack’s father, to his family, dated 1917 and 1943, and documents from a federal INS investigation.

Manuscripts include a dedication to the reopening of the Dil Pickle Club in 1944 and a tribute to author and fellow Dil Pickler Max Bodenheim who was murdered. Poems to Jack Sheridan by Max Bodenheim and J. Q. Brisbon and poems by Jack Sheridan for Ben Reitman and in tribute to Hobo College are also part of this series. Personal records include school and service records, a letter of reference, parental certificates, and a copy of a US Treasury document denying Jack Sheridan as a merchant seaman.

The Slim Brundage series (11.66 linear feet), is comprised of personal and business correspondence, and material relating to family, Slim’s manuscripts, and material about the College of Complexes. Correspondence is listed by name and also chronologically. Personal correspondence includes that with writer Carl Sandburg (1937), an important Pickler, Thornton Wilder (1937), and hobo poet Axel Dragstedt.

Business correspondence relates to Slim’s workmen’s compensation regarding a fall he took as a painter and problems obtaining social security benefits. There are also letters to editors regarding submission of manuscripts and some subsequent responses.

Manuscripts comprise 3.5 cubic feet of this series. They include poetry, plays, articles, speeches, radio shows, and books. Most are undated and unsigned but the style consistent. Many of his short essays, or Ravings, are included here. The layout for his only book publication, Ravings of a Manic Depressive , is included. This book was a disappointment for Slim because of its hurried and sloppy assembly. Some manuscripts exist under differing titles; Slim also writes under the pseudonyms Malarkey McCarthy, Manuel Labor, and Casa Pintura.

Family material holds correspondence from Slim to his brother and children, his colorful autobiography which claims his place of birth as an insane asylum and a scrapbook compiled by his daughter, Anna Brundage, which coincides with the establishment of College of Complexes. The scrapbook also contains photographs of the family.

Materials on Margaret Brundage, who married Slim in 1927, include papers on her divorce from Slim in 1933 (official 1939) and custody of their only child, Kerlyn. There is a letter from Margaret to her lawyer explaining how Slim fit into Kerlyn’s life. Personal records and memberships include Slim’s union membership cards and certifications.

Materials under Kay Brundage, to whom Slim was married in 1940, includes correspondence with Slim regarding his painting accident in New York and recuperation, letters from her mother which shed light on Kay and Slim’s financial situation, flooding in Missouri, and the Truman administration. Other material relates mainly to her involvement, and to a lesser degree, Slim’s involvement, in the administration and activities of the Chicago Repertory Theatre and Child Guidance Center.

The College of Complexes subseries includes Business Records. These are marketing promotions such as the Miss Beatnik Contest, extensive business records which include donations to various pro labor and community organizations, mailing lists, IWW support, potential openings of College of Complexes locations in New York and San Francisco, and a large assortment of check stubs, ledgers, daily records, gate receipts, and steno pads recording College of Complexes daily monetary transactions.

Business Records also include correspondence and documents from the US Internal Revenue Service, the Illinois Internal Revenue Service, various vendors to whom Slim owes money, and lawyers regarding the dissolution of Slim’s business partnership with Margaret due to their divorce. There is a letter from Ann Landers and a letter to Hugh Hefner.

The Curriculum files contain typed monthly schedules of speakers enlisted for the College of Complexes. It was traditional to include essays by Slim known as Ravings into each Curriculum. Ephemera contains humorous items such as the Schizo Certificate, Slim’s business card from Mexico, a "pickup" card, play money, and certificates issued to speakers. There are newspaper articles that cover the Beats and the Miss Beatnik contest.

The Other Forums/Events/Organizations series (.75 linear feet), briefly addresses other open forums of the period. Slim and Kay Brundage were longtime Wobblies in the Council for Union Democracy. There are several essays that were written by Slim while committed to this organization as well as general member correspondence and business materials. Materials on the Dil Pickle Club include ephemera such as Volume 1, Number 1 of the Dil Pickler , a pamphlet of writings with the Dil Pickler Lending Library, as well as a small pamphlet with lecture schedule. Druid Society materials include a certificate establishing Jack Sheridan as a witness to the appointed trustees of the Druid Society.

The Writings by Others series (.5 linear feet), contains typed and some handwritten manuscripts by people active in Slim’s circle and the College of Complexes. The Anthology of Love is a collection of poetry written by others that Slim hoped to have published. Almost every poem has an attached typed commentary by Slim. There are handwritten poems by Max Bodenheim on truth and beauty and a guestbook for the Guild of Young Writers, 1932. There are writings by Kay Wood, who married Slim in 1940, John Krzton, "World’s Foremost Authority on Garbage" who reviews Slim’s Ravings, and Malarkey McCarthy, pseudonym for Slim Brundage.

The Serials series (.5 linear feet), contains literary publications from as early as 1905, The Crank , to 1960, The Tab. Amazing Stories and the Washington Square News contain articles by Jack Sheridan. The Tab contains photos and an article about the Miss Beatnik contest held at the College of Complexes in New York.

The Pamphlets series (.25 linear foot), contains materials that may have been used for reference by Jack Sheridan or Slim Brundage. Roger Payne’s The Hobo Philosopher , priced at 10 cents, explains how he can "maintain himself, working as a hobo, in about one day a week, instead of the usual six." The Isle of Mona is a Druidic fantasy written by Francis Lambert McCrudden, who corresponds with Jack Sheridan.

The Photographs series (.125 linear foot), contains many photographs that relate to the collection. Interior photographs of the College of Complexes, circa 1950’s, as well as photographs of Meta Toeber and Franklin and Penelope Rosemont at the 1997 COC Reunion. There are photos of Margaret and Slim Brundage, Slim’s son, Kerlyn, Slim in the hospital, and Slim’s well recognized portrait as housepainter. Photographs of The Place (San Francisco), its manager, Jack Langan, and photographs of Jack Sheridan’s family are among others. Several are unidentified.

The Newsclippings series (.125 linear foot), is arranged primarily by decade and relates to social protest, the free press, labor, unions, Cuba, and the Socialist Party.

The Ephemera series (.5 linear foot), is arranged by decade, subject, and title. There are flyers and bulletins on labor, Cuba, Vietnam, civil rights, post war housing, IWW, the March on Hunger to City Hall, and an Irwin Corey for President button. This material may have been used as reference by Slim for his writings and education. There is also a folder that contains many actual copies of The Curriculum, 1953-1990.

Subject Terms
    Subjects:
    • Bodenheim, Maxwell, 1893-1954
    • Conroy, Jack, 1898-1990
    • Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967
    • Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions.
    • Labor -- United States.
    • Oratory -- United States -- History.
    • Subculture -- United States -- History.
    • Tramps -- United States -- History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Jack Sheridan [series]:

    The Jack Sheridan series (.5 linear feet), includes correspondence with professional peers and friends, family letters and correspondence, several of his manuscripts, personal records, and related news clippings. Correspondence includes Jack Conroy, liberal labor writer and activist, and John Quinn Brisbon who was an activist and in later years ran for VP and President representing the Socialist Party USA. Notes and plans for a "handwriting" TV series in which Jack would analyze viewers’ handwriting and response from the showing of one segment are included also. Family correspondence includes exchanges with Jimmy Sheridan, Jack’s twin brother and hobo, letters from James Sheridan, Jack’s father, to his family, dated 1917 and 1943, and documents from a federal INS investigation. Manuscripts include a dedication to the reopening of the Dil Pickle Club in 1944 and a tribute to author and fellow Dil Pickler Max Bodenheim who was murdered. Poems to Jack Sheridan by Max Bodenheim and J. Q. Brisbon and poems by Jack Sheridan for Ben Reitman and in tribute to Hobo College are also part of this series. Personal records include school and service records, a letter of reference, parental certificates, and a copy of a US Treasury document denying Jack Sheridan as a merchant seaman.

     
    Correspondence [subseries]:
    Box   1  
    Brisben, J.Q.
    Box   1  
    Conroy, Jack,  1965
    Box   1  
    Coxey, Jacob S.,  1944
    Box   1  
    Grover, Jack,  1949-1953
    Box   1  
    Handwriting TV Show
    Box   1  
    Handwriting Scrapbook
    Box   1  
    Illegible,  1964
    Box   1  
    Littleton, Charles J.,  1930
    Box   1  
    McCrudden, Francis,  1943-1956
    Box   1  
    Personal,  1958-1960
    Box   1  
    Publishing,  1935-1966
    Box   1  
    Selck, Lawrence,  1930
     
    Family [subseries]:
    Box   1  
    Biography/ED News
    Box   1  
    Sheridan, James/Letters,  c. 1917
    Box   1  
    Sheridan, James, Records,  1951, 1997
     
    Manuscripts [subseries]:
    Box   1  
    Concerning the Fifth,  1965
    Box   1  
    Dil Pickle Club Reopening,  c. 1944
    Box   1  
    Exit-Bodenheim,  1954
    Box   1  
    The Invisible Dictator
    Box   1  
    Poems
    Box   1  
    Polar Enigma
    Box   1  
    Sex Lecture
    Box   1  
    Where There Ain't No God
    Box   1  
    Records, Personal [subseries]:
    Box   1  
    Newsclippings [subseries]:
     
    Slim Brundage [series]:

    The Slim Brundage series (11.66 linear feet), is comprised of personal and business correspondence, and material relating to family, Slim’s manuscripts, and material about the College of Complexes. Correspondence is listed by name and also chronologically. Personal correspondence includes that with writer Carl Sandburg (1937), an important Pickler, Thornton Wilder (1937), and hobo poet Axel Dragstedt.

    Business correspondence relates to Slim’s workmen’s compensation regarding a fall he took as a painter and problems obtaining social security benefits. There are also letters to editors regarding submission of manuscripts and some subsequent responses.

    Manuscripts comprise 3.5 cubic feet of this series. They include poetry, plays, articles, speeches, radio shows, and books. Most are undated and unsigned but the style consistent. Many of his short essays, or Ravings, are included here. The layout for his only book publication, Ravings of a Manic Depressive , is included. This book was a disappointment for Slim because of its hurried and sloppy assembly. Some manuscripts exist under differing titles; Slim also writes under the pseudonyms Malarkey McCarthy, Manuel Labor, and Casa Pintura.

    Family material holds correspondence from Slim to his brother and children, his colorful autobiography which claims his place of birth as an insane asylum and a scrapbook compiled by his daughter, Anna Brundage, which coincides with the establishment of College of Complexes. The scrapbook also contains photographs of the family.

    Materials on Margaret Brundage, who married Slim in 1927, include papers on her divorce from Slim in 1933 (official 1939) and custody of their only child, Kerlyn. There is a letter from Margaret to her lawyer explaining how Slim fit into Kerlyn’s life. Personal records and memberships include Slim’s union membership cards and certifications.

    Materials under Kay Brundage, to whom Slim was married in 1940, includes correspondence with Slim regarding his painting accident in New York and recuperation, letters from her mother which shed light on Kay and Slim’s financial situation, flooding in Missouri, and the Truman administration. Other material relates mainly to her involvement, and to a lesser degree, Slim’s involvement, in the administration and activities of the Chicago Repertory Theatre and Child Guidance Center.

    The College of Complexes subseries includes Business Records. These are marketing promotions such as the Miss Beatnik Contest, extensive business records which include donations to various pro labor and community organizations, mailing lists, IWW support, potential openings of College of Complexes locations in New York and San Francisco, and a large assortment of check stubs, ledgers, daily records, gate receipts, and steno pads recording College of Complexes daily monetary transactions.

    Business Records also include correspondence and documents from the US Internal Revenue Service, the Illinois Internal Revenue Service, various vendors to whom Slim owes money, and lawyers regarding the dissolution of Slim’s business partnership with Margaret due to their divorce. There is a letter from Ann Landers and a letter to Hugh Hefner.

    The Curriculum files contain typed monthly schedules of speakers enlisted for the College of Complexes. It was traditional to include essays by Slim known as Ravings into each Curriculum. Ephemera contains humorous items such as the Schizo Certificate, Slim’s business card from Mexico, a "pickup" card, play money, and certificates issued to speakers. There are newspaper articles that cover the Beats and the Miss Beatnik contest.

     
    Correspondence [subseries]:
    Box   1  
    Dragstedt, Axel
    Box   1  
    Heim, Barre,  1960
    Box   1  
    Kassen, Helen W.,  1960-1961
    Box   1  
    Koch, Leo,  1960
    Box   1  
    Reinsberg, A.D.,  1960-1961
    Box   1  
    Ryan, Louise,  c. 1960
    Box   1  
    Sandburg, Carl,  1937
    Box   1  
    Stillman, George,  1959-1960
    Box   1  
    Toeber, Meta,  1989-1990
    Box   1  
    Wilder, Thornton,  1937
    Box   1  
    Williams, Robert F.,  1959
    Box   1  
    Letters to the Publisher (Mine Be Dust)
     
    Chronological (Incoming and Outgoing)
    Box   1  
    1937-1949
    Box   1  
    1944-1945
    Box   1  
    1950's
    Box   1  
    1958-1959
    Box   1  
    1960 (2 Folders)
    Box   1  
    1961 (2 Folders)
    Box   1  
    1963-1977
    Box   1  
    1988-1989
    Box   1  
    1988-1990
    Box   1  
    1990
     
    Business
    Box   2  
    1958
    Box   2  
    1959
    Box   2  
    1960
    Box   2  
    1961 (2 Folders)
    Box   2  
    1964-1969, Social Security (2 Folders)
    Box   2  
    Workmen's Compensation,  1949-1950
    Box   2  
    Letters to the Publisher/ Mine Be Dust
    Box   2  
    Greeting Cards
    Box   2  
    Letters to the Editor
     
    Manuscripts [subseries]:
    Box   2  
    A.E. Housman
    Box   2  
    A For Effort
    Box   2  
    Ain't, Ain’t So Bad No More, Dad
    Box   2  
    Alan Pinkerton
    Box   2  
    Alanzo Hardine
    Box   2  
    Alienation and Freedom,  1964
    Box   2  
    All My Sons,  circa 1947
    Box   2  
    Anti-Communist Commies,  1964
    Box   2  
    Articles
    Box   2  
    Autobiography of a Scissorbill
    Box   2  
    Ballots for Americans
    Box   2  
    Because a Lady Loved Him
    Box   2  
    Boys in Blue (3 Folders)
    Box   2  
    Catch As Catch Can Cooking
    Box   2  
    China Today
    Box   2  
    College of Complexes
    Box   2  
    Cross Country
    Box   2  
    The Day I Got Out of Jail
    Box   2  
    Dear Daughter (3 Folders)
    Box   2  
    Dear Mr. Editor
    Box   2  
    Encounter With Bill Reitman
    Box   2  
    Endsville,  circa 1960’s
    Box   2  
    Fabulous Females by Manuel Labor
    Box   2  
    Free Speech,  1987
    Box   2  
    Garbage Man for President,  circa 1964
    Box   2  
    Good Evening All You Squares Out There
    Box   2  
    The Great Unwashed,  circa 1964
    Box   2  
    Hermit
    Box   2  
    High Pockets and Harry
    Box   2  
    No Title/ Subject: Hitler,  circa 1940
    Box   2  
    Homes for the People
    Box   2  
    Honesty is the Worst Policy
    Box   2  
    How to Appreciate a Park System
    Box   2  
    How to Grow Old Disgracefully,  circa 1990
    Box   2  
    I Knew Him When,  circa 1940
    Box   2  
    If the Shoe Fits
    Box   2  
    In the 5th Century A.D. Allus Gellius Wrote the Following in His "Attic Knights" (2 Folders)
    Box   2  
    Interview with Bachelors (2 Folders) by Manuel Labor
    Box   3  
    Introduction, to Slim by Carroll, John
    Box   3  
    Jack London...Frustrated Soapboxer
    Box   3  
    Jokes
    Box   3  
    The Jungle Cookbook
    Box   3  
    Just Away
    Box   3  
    The Kingdom of God
    Box   3  
    Labor on the Loose
    Box   3  
    Labor Skate (2 Folders)
    Box   3  
    Lalage's Lover
    Box   3  
    Lascivious Maximus,  circa 1989
    Box   3  
    The Last Refuge of the Suedo Intellectual
    Box   3  
    The Law of the Yukon
    Box   3  
    Learn to Complain Without Suffering,  circa 1980’s
    Box   3  
    Local 1946,  1939
    Box   3  
    Loping Louie,
    Box   3  
    Luckiest Man in the World,
    Box   3  
    Media Monopoly,  post 1980
    Box   3  
    Mine Be the Dust (4 folders)
    Box   3  
    Mine Be the Dust (2 Folders)
    Box   3  
    Mine Be the Dust, Complete
    Box   3  
    More Stately Mansions (4 Folders)
    Box   4  
    More Stately Mansions (2 Folders)
    Box   4  
    My Days and Me (2 Folders)
    Box   4  
    My Friend, Come Anytime to This Place or A Working Stiff Sees Mexico
    Box   4  
    A Night at the Knowledge Box,  circa 1935
    Box   4  
    Notes (3 Folders)
    Box   4  
    ...Of We Who Work,  circa 1944
    Box   4  
    Old Lady, Nina Spies
    Box   4  
    One Man's Gift to God Which Purports to Be a Novel
    Box   4  
    Our Cherished Institutions
    Box   4  
    Notes (3 Folders)
    Box   4  
    Petition for All Humans Over 65
    Box   4  
    Pity the Poor Working Girl
    Box   4  
    Plays, Various
    Box   4  
    Poetry
    Box   4  
    The Poor Gringo’s Guide to Mexico (3 Folders)
    Box   4  
    The Poor Downtrodden Teachers
    Box   4  
    Portland County Jail
    Box   4  
    Prejudice
    Box   4  
    Prologue to Scene II
    Box   4  
    Propaganda
    Box   4  
    Ravings (3 Folders)
    Box   4  
    Ravings/Book Layout
    Box   4  
    Ravings/Conformity
    Box   4  
    Ravings/Freedom
    Box   4  
    Ravings/Intelligence
    Box   4  
    Ravings/Actual Layout
    Box   4  
    The Red Herring
    Box   4  
    Revolution in our Unions
    Box   4  
    Sabotage
    Box   4  
    Sex - A Play (2 Folders)
    Box   4  
    Sex, and to Hell With Ann Landers
    Box   4  
    Sex Probe from Outer Space
    Box   4  
    Skidroad (2 Folders)
    Box   5  
    Skidroad/An Overview
    Box   5  
    Skits
    Box   5  
    Slice of Life
    Box   5  
    Songs/Poems
    Box   5  
    St. Joan's Hospital
    Box   5  
    Statistical Slim
    Box   5  
    The Stench of Bughouse Square
    Box   5  
    The Story of Rut,  1938
    Box   5  
    Strictly Premeditated,  circa 1965
    Box   5  
    The Stupidity of Reading
    Box   5  
    Success Story by Casa Pintura
    Box   5  
    These Men We Live Among
    Box   5  
    Things As They Are
    Box   5  
    Today's Yesterdays (2 Folders)
    Box   5  
    Tolerance; People Are Funny,  circa 1955
    Box   5  
    Tramping, A Lost Tradition
    Box   5  
    Various Short Writings
    Box   5  
    Vicissitudes of the Janitor
    Box   5  
    When Three Men Hold Together
    Box   5  
    Who Said That (2 Folders)
    Box   5  
    Why Divorce?
    Box   5  
    The Working Class
     
    Family [subseries]:
    Box   5  
    Correspondence
    Box   5  
    Autobiography/Slim
    Box   16  
    B&W Sketch of Slim by Margaret Brundage
    Box   5  
    Brundage, Anna/Scrapbook
     
    Brundage, Kay
    Box   5  
    Correspondence (14 Folders)
    Box   6  
    Chicago Repertory Theatre (8 Folders)
    Box   6  
    Community Child Guidance Center (4 Folders)
    Box   6  
    Manuscripts (3 Folders)
    Box   6  
    Playbills/Programs
    Box   6  
    Brundage, Margaret
     
    Personal Records [subseries]:
    Box   6  
    Earnings Records
    Box   6  
    Memberships/Certifications
    Box   6  
    Newsclippings [subseries]:
     
    College of Complexes [subseries]:
     
    Correspondence
    Box   6  
    Cranford, Barbara,  1997
    Box   6  
    Civil Liberties
    Box   6  
    Fairplay for Cuba
    Box   6  
    Internal Revenue Service,  1961
    Box   6  
    Landers, Ann,  1960
    Box   6  
    New York Location,  1958-1961
    Box   6  
    Playboy Magazine,  1960
    Box   6  
    1959 (2 Folders)
     
    Business Records
    Box   6  
    Beatniks (7 Folders)
    Box   6  
    Donations,  1943-1960
    Box   6  
    Employee Loyalty Oath Forms
    Box   6  
    Industrial Workers of the World (IWW),  1954-1957
    Box   6  
    Mailings/Names,  circa 1960's
    Box   6  
    New York (2 Folders)
    Box   6  
    San Francisco
    Box   6  
    The Curriculum (4 Folders)
    Box   6  
    Ephemera
    Box   16  
    College of Complexes Banner
    Box   7  
    News Clippings (8 Folders)
    Box   8  
    1953, Records and Receipts
    Box   8  
    1953-1955, Quarterlies, Wages, and Ledgers
    Box   8  
    1954, Employee Records
    Box   8  
    1954, Records and Ledgers (21 Folders)
    Box   8  
    1955, Records and Receipts (1-6 of 19 Folders)
    Box   9  
    1955, Records and Receipts (7-19 of 19 Folders)
    Box   9  
    1955, Taxes
    Box   9  
    1956, Payroll Slips (2 Folders)
    Box   9  
    1956-1959, Quarterlies and Employers Tax Returns
    Box   9  
    1957, Records and Receipts (12 Folders)
    Box   10  
    1957, Payroll Slips by Name (2 Folders)
    Box   10  
    1957-1959, Withholding Tax Statements
    Box   10  
    1958, Records and Receipts (9 Folders)
    Box   10  
    1958, Payroll Slips (2 Folders)
    Box   10  
    1958, Withholding Tax Statements
    Box   10  
    1959, Records and Receipts (13 Folders)
    Box   11  
    1959, Payroll Slips (2 Folders)
    Box   11  
    1959, Withholding Taxes
    Box   11  
    1959, Administrative
    Box   11  
    1960, Records and Receipts (20 Folders)
    Box   11  
    1960, Payroll Slips
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    1960, Administrative
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    1961, Records and Receipts (2 Folder)
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    1961, Withholding Tax Statements
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    1954-1961, Bank Statements (3 Folders)
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    1962, Records and Receipts
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    Illinois Department of Revenue
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    Insurance Policies
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    Legal Documents
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    Liquor License Applications
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    Taxes, 1958-1962
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    Miscellaneous
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    Ledger Sheets, 1954-1959 (8 Folders)
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    Steno Pads, Gate Receipts
     
    Other Forums/Organizations [series]:

    The Other Forums/Events/Organizations series (.75 linear feet), briefly addresses other open forums of the period. Slim and Kay Brundage were longtime Wobblies in the Council for Union Democracy. There are several essays that were written by Slim while committed to this organization as well as general member correspondence and business materials. Materials on the Dil Pickle Club include ephemera such as Volume 1, Number 1 of the Dil Pickler , a pamphlet of writings with the Dil Pickler Lending Library, as well as a small pamphlet with lecture schedule. Druid Society materials include a certificate establishing Jack Sheridan as a witness to the appointed trustees of the Druid Society.

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    Anthro-Cosmo Open Forum, Ephemera
     
    Council for Union Democracy
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    Business (6 Folders)
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    Business/Mailings/Names (Box of Index Cards)
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    Correspondence (8 Folders)
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    Labor on the Loose,  1943
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    Responsible Leaders
     
    Culture Vulture, Correspondence,  1961
     
    Dil Pickle Club
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    Correspondence, 1944
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    Ephemera
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    Wilkesbarr, F.M./Sirfessor
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    Newsclippings
     
    The Druid Society
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    Business Records
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    Obituaries
     
    Writings by Others [series]:

    The Writings by Others series (.5 linear feet), contains typed and some handwritten manuscripts by people active in Slim’s circle and the College of Complexes. The Anthology of Love is a collection of poetry written by others that Slim hoped to have published. Almost every poem has an attached typed commentary by Slim. There are handwritten poems by Max Bodenheim on truth and beauty and a guestbook for the Guild of Young Writers, 1932. There are writings by Kay Wood, who married Slim in 1940, John Krzton, "World’s Foremost Authority on Garbage" who reviews Slim’s Ravings, and Malarkey McCarthy, pseudonym for Slim Brundage.

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    Anthology of Love (3 Folders)
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    Arnold, Ken, 1948
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    Author, Unknown
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    Bailey, Herb
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    Ball, Sam
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    Bodenheim, Maxwell
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    Carroll, John
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    Chaplin, Ralph
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    Guild of Young Writers, 1932
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    Hazard, Fred, 1940
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    Heiner, Gregory
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    Kasson, Helen
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    Wood, Kay, (4Folders)
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    Kemp, Harry
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    Krzton, John
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    McCauley, Stanley, circa 1974
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    McCarthy, Malarkey
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    Poetry
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    Ryan, Louise
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    Schretter, Natalie
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    Sustar, Lee, 1983
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    Worth, Kenneth, circa1936
     
    Serials [series]:

    The Serials series (.5 linear feet), contains literary publications from as early as 1905, The Crank , to 1960, The Tab. Amazing Stories and the Washington Square News contain articles by Jack Sheridan. The Tab contains photos and an article about the Miss Beatnik contest held at the College of Complexes in New York.

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    Amazing Stories; vol. 20, no. 7 (1946)
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    Amazing Stories (1946)
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    Chicago (1954)
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    The Crank; (1905) September, (1906) January, (1906) September
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    ETC.; (1951) Spring
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    Family Circle; (1961) January
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    Lightnin'; (1932) March
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    The London Aphrodite; no. 4 (1929)
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    The Minetta Street Anthology
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    Mystic Magazine; (1954) August
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    Pegasus; (1952) Spring, (1952) Summer; vol. 4 no. 4 (1956)
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    Poetry Dial; vol.1 no.1
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    The Raven Anthology; no.8 (1934), nos. 63-64 (1945), no. 66 (1945), nos. 67-69 (1946), nos. 71-74 (1947), nos. 75-78 (1948), nos. 79-80 (1949), no. 82 (1949), nos. 83-86 (1950), nos. 87-89 (1951)
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    Soapbox; vol. 2 no. 1 (1936) (4 Folders)
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    Tab (1960) April
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    Various (1938, 1943)
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    Washington Square News; vol. 1 no. 1 (1954)
     
    Pamphlets [series]:

    The Pamphlets series (.25 linear foot), contains materials that may have been used for reference by Jack Sheridan or Slim Brundage. Roger Payne’s The Hobo Philosopher , priced at 10 cents, explains how he can "maintain himself, working as a hobo, in about one day a week, instead of the usual six." The Isle of Mona is a Druidic fantasy written by Francis Lambert McCrudden, who corresponds with Jack Sheridan.

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    Biblical Myths
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    The Hobo Philosopher
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    Isle of Mona
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    Labor/Unions (2 Folders)
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    Legislative
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    Miscellaneous
     
    Photographs [series]:

    The Photographs series (.125 linear foot), contains many photographs that relate to the collection. Interior photographs of the College of Complexes, circa 1950’s, as well as photographs of Meta Toeber and Franklin and Penelope Rosemont at the 1997 COC Reunion. There are photos of Margaret and Slim Brundage, Slim’s son, Kerlyn, Slim in the hospital, and Slim’s well recognized portrait as housepainter. Photographs of The Place (San Francisco), its manager, Jack Langan, and photographs of Jack Sheridan’s family are among others. Several are unidentified.

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    1930’s, Woods Near Desplaines River and Salt Creek
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    Ball, Sam
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    Brundage, Kay
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    Brundage, Margaret
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    College of Complexes, 1950’s Chicago
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    College of Complexes Class Reunion
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    Gould, Joe
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    Krzton, John (John the Garbage Man)
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    Langan, Jack
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    Reitman, Ben
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    San Francisco/The Place
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    Sheridan, Jack, Family
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    Slim Brundage
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    Slim Brundage (Workmen’s Compensation Laws)
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    Torregrosa, Max
     
    Ephemera [series]:

    The Ephemera series (.5 linear foot), is arranged by decade, subject, and title. There are flyers and bulletins on labor, Cuba, Vietnam, civil rights, post war housing, IWW, the March on Hunger to City Hall, and an Irwin Corey for President button. This material may have been used as reference by Slim for his writings and education. There is also a folder that contains many actual copies of The Curriculum, 1953-1990.

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    1940’s
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    1950’s
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    1960’s
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    Breakfast With Destiny, 1960
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    Brevities
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    California (4 pieces)
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    Casting /Promotional
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    Civil Rights
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    College of Complexes Class Reunion
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    The Curriculum
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    Hunger March to City Hall / Flyer
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    Irwin Corey for President Button
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    Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
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    Mary Arrchie Theatre, Chicago
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    Migratory Workers
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    Miscellaneous (3 Folders)
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    Pacifist
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    Postcards for Forums
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    Post War Housing
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    Science Notes
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    Songs/Poems
     
    Newsclippings [series]:

    The Newsclippings series (.125 linear foot), is arranged primarily by decade and relates to social protest, the free press, labor, unions, Cuba, and the Socialist Party.

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    1940’s-1950’s
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    1960’s-1970’s
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    1980’s
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    1990’s
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    2000-2002
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    Champions of Youth, 1936
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    Old Town Voice
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    Miscellaneous