MsC 426

  Manuscript Register

ERIK BERT PAPERS

Collection Dates: 1930 -- 1979
(Bulk Dates: 1960s)
12 linear ft.

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Posted to Internet: March 2003

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Biographical Note

Herbert Joseph Putz (Erik Bert) was born on November 25, 1904, in the Bronx, the son of Jakob Putz, a machinist, and Anna Marie Uzelmeier. The young Herbert went to public school in the Yorkville section and attended German socialist Sunday school. Later he attended Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University, and the University of Berlin.

In 1929 or 1930 Herbert Putz became active in the Communist Party and adopted the name Erik Bert. In November 1931 he became editor of The Producers News: National Edition, the official weekly organ of the United Farmers League. From 1934 until 1936 he edited the Farmers National Weekly, the official paper of the Farmers National Committee for Action. In 1941 he joined the staff of the Daily World, a position he occupied for the rest of his life. He died on June 11, 1981, in Brooklyn, New York.

Scope and Contents

The papers include subject files, correspondence, notebooks, typescripts, and published writings. A linkage between agriculture and communism in the United States is one of the major subjects.

Box List

Box 1

Agricultural Census

General

Correspondence, 1956 -- 1974 and undated

Miscellaneous notes, n.d.

1930

Typescript with notes

1940

Typescript with notes

1954

Typescript with notes

1959

Typescript

Typescript (2 folders)


Box 2

Agricultural Census, cont.

1959, cont.

Typescript carbon -- incomplete

Typescript carbon -- incomplete

Typescript carbon -- incomplete

Preliminary Report, 1961


Box 3

Agricultural Census, cont.

1959, cont.

Statistics

1960

Minneapolis Report

1964

Preliminary Report

1969

Typescript with notes (2 folders)

Typescript with corrections and revisions (2 folders)


Box 4

Agricultural Census, cont.

1969, cont.

Typescript with corrections and revisions (2 folders)

Typescript carbon -- incomplete

Typescript -- first draft. Titled: "Summary of Analysis of 1969 Census of Agriculture"

Typescript -- incomplete carbon of final draft

Typescript -- final draft. Titled: "The 1969 Census of Agriculture"

"The 1969 Census of Agriculture" by Erik Bert. Political Affairs, Vol. 54, #3, March 1975

1974

Typescript

Box 5

Notebooks

A. (2 folders)

B.

C. (2 folders)

D. (2 folders)

E.

F. (2 folders)

G. Karl Marx's Selected Works

Box 7

Notebooks, cont.

H.

I. (2 folders)

J. (2 folders)

K.

Box 8

Notebooks, cont.

L. (2 folders)

M. (2 folders)

N. (2 folders)

Box 9

Notebooks, cont.

N, cont.

O . (2 folders)

P. (2 folders)

Q. (2 folders)

Box 10

Notebooks, cont.

R. (3 folders)

S. (2 folders)

T.

Box 11

Notebooks, cont.

T. (2 folders)

U. Farmers in a Changing World

V. Marx on Agriculture

W. The South (2 folders)

Box 12

General Subject Files

Agricultural History -- U.S. Incomplete early drafts (5 folders)

Box 13

Agricultural History -- U.S., cont.

Typescript

Miscellaneous, 1969

Agricultural Land Policy

Agricultural Situation. Typescript, 1956

Agricultural Tenancy, 1971

Agriculture

Abroad, 1965 -- 1971

Clippings, 1948 -- 1979

Labor Force. Notes

Marxism. Notes

Montana Conference, 1975, including correspondence with Zane Zell

Plantation, 1966 -- 1967 and undated. Typescript

Box 14

Agriculture, cont.

Plantation, undated. Typescript with notes

Programs, 1963 -- 1965. Notes

Published miscellaneous items, 1929 -- 1962

Socialism, 1975 -- 1978

South, 1945 -- 1969. Notes

"The American Farm Crisis" by E. Bert. Political Affairs, Vol. 39, #7, July 1960

Analysis: Report of National Commission on Food Marketing, 1966. First draft typescript

"Another Look at the TR Statement" by E. Bert. Political Affairs, Vol. 44, #8, August 1965

Bicentennial, 1973, including a letter from Herbert Aptheker

Big Business and Agriculture, 1962. Notes

The Big Farmer Long-Range Program for Agriculture, Typescript

Big Farms, 1965. Notes

"The Big Food Chain Rip-Off, A Report to the [South Dakota] Farmers Union State Convention," by Homer Ayres, October 1975

"Capital Requirements for Mechanization in Agriculture," by Robert J. Beiter, June 1959

China, 1957 -- 1971, Printed material

Box 15

Civil Rights Commission, 1962 -- 1967

Clippings about Erik Bert, 1981

Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC), 1961 -- 1966. Notes

Communist Party -- Canada, 1971 -- 1979

Communist Party -- Farm Resolution, 1966, Typescript

"La Concentration Capitaliste dans l'Agriculture des Etats-Unis," by E. Bert. Economie et Politique, September 1962

Consumer Installment Credit, 1958, Typescript

Consumer Installment Credit, [1958?] Typescript and notes

Cooperatives, 1958 -- 1966, including a letter from Herbert Aptheker

Correspondence, 1941 -- 1977, including letters from Herbert Aptheker, Lem Harris, and Gus Hall

Box 16

"La Crise dans l'Agriculture," by E. Bert. Democratie Nouvelle, Vol. 14, October 1960

Critiques (Typescripts)

Engels, Frederick, "The Peasant Question in France and Germany," 1952

Lenin, Nikolay, Alliance of the Working Class and the Peasantry, 1959

McElveen, Jackson V., "Family Farms in a Changing Economy," 1957

Mitrany, David, "Marx Against the Peasant"

Crop Sales. Notes

The Development of Agriculture in the United States, 1949. Typescript with corrections

The Development of Capitalism in Agriculture, 1948. Typescript with corrections

Election Leaflet -- Farm, 1976. Typescripts and notes

Exports -- Food, 1962 --1966. Notes

Family Farm, 1959 --1966. Typescript and notes

Family Farm Policy, undated. Notes

Farm

Ownership, 1960 -- 1966. Notes

Program correspondence, 1958, including a letter from Elmer A. Benson

Size, 1962 -- 1966. Notes

Box 17

Farmers Educational Co-operative Union of America. Montana Division, undated

Farmers National Committee for Action, 1932 -- 1935

Farmer's Union

1963 -- 1964

1964 -- 1965

Convention, 1964

Food Stamp Survey, 1966 -- 1967

The Further Development of Capitalism in U.S. Agriculture. Typescript

German Communists on Agriculture, 1945 -- 1968

Iowa Agriculture, 1960 -- 1961. Typescript and notes

Land

Price, 1963 -- 1966. Notes

Public, undated. Notes

Box 18

Land, cont.

Reform, 1973 -- 1979

"Die Landwirtschaftskrise in den USA," by E. Bert. Aus Der Internationalen Arbeiterbewegung, Vol. 21, #105, 1960

"Lenin on Agriculture"

Typescript notes (2 folders)

Typescript with corrections and revisions

Published copy. Political Affairs, Vol. 40, #8, August 1961

Long Range Program for Agriculture, 1948. Typescript

Long Range Program for Agriculture, October 25, 1948. Typescript of three articles

Box 19

Machinery in Agriculture

Typescript and notes, 1946 -- 1968

Typescript and notes, undated

Marx, Karl

Agricultural Index

Capitalism in Agriculture. Typescript

On Agriculture. Notes

Minneapolis Report, May 28, 1960. Typescript

Box 20

Minnesota Agriculture, 1956. Typescript

Multiple Unit Farming. Typescript and notes

National Negro Commission, May 19, 1968

Negro Question. Typescript

Non-Farm Income, 1964. Notes

North Dakota Farm Size Trends -- A Rebuttal, September 7, 1949. Typescript

Number of Farms. Perspective

Off-Farm Work and Income. Notes

Optimum Farm Size. Notes

Organizations -- Farm

"Our Changing Farm Economy," by E. Bert. Political Affairs, Vol. 43, #6, June 1964

Outreach function -- U.S. Department of Agriculture

Political Economy. Class notes (2 folders)

Population -- Farm, 1965 -- 1966

Poverty, 1962 -- 1968

President's Farm Message, 1962. Typescript

Producers News: National Edition, 1933

Productivity -- Agriculture, 1950 -- 1966. Typescript

Box 21

Progressive Farmers of America and Progressive Farmers of Montana, 1926

Publications -- Miscellaneous, 1918 -- 1970

"Radical Farm Organizations and Periodicals in America, 1920-1960," by Lowell K. Dyson. Agricultural History, Vol. 45, April, 1971

Recreation, 1966. Notes

"Reformism in Disguise," by E. Bert. Political Affairs, Vol. 49, #1, January 1970

Rent, 1963. Farm real-estate notes

Resolution on Rural America -- Communist Party, 1969, including a letter from Lem Harris

Reviews by Erik Bert

Agricultural Cooperation: Selected Readings. Martin Abrahamsen and Claud Scroggs, eds.

As You Sow. Walter Goldschmidt

Cooperative Communities at Work
and Cooperative Living in Palestine. Henrik Infield

Forgotten Farmers
. David Eugene Conrad, 1965

Lenin on the Agrarian Question
. Anna Rochester

Mississippi Farmers, 1850 -- 1860. Herbert Weaver

Policy Directions for U.S. Agriculture
. Marion Clawson. John Hopkins Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 1968

Readings on Agricultural Policy. O.B. Jesness, ed.

The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South
. Broadus Mitchell. DaCapo Press, New York, 1968

The Tennessee Yeoman, 1840 -- 1860. Blanche Henry Clark, October 1942

Transforming Traditional Agriculture
. Theodore W. Schultz. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 1964

Rural Development, 1964 -- 1966. Notes

Rural Electrification, 1962 -- 1966. Notes

Soviet Agriculture, 1961 -- 1975. Printed material

Box 22

The Structure of Agriculture in the United States. Typescript

"Tin Horns and Calico," by Henry Christman, 1945. Typescript

United Farmers League, 1930 -- 1934

U.S. Agriculture at Mid-Century

1953. Typescript with corrections and revisions

1953. Typescript with corrections, revisions, and research

1954. Typescript with corrections and revisions

Viability of the Family Farm. Typescript and notes

"What the New Census Figures Mean to Agriculture," by H.L. Stewart. May 15, 1961

Workers and Farmers Co-Operative Unity Alliance, 1931

Workers Library -- Publications on Farming, 1932 -- 1943

Box 23

Published Writings

"Die amerikanische Arbeiterklasse gegen den Wall Street -Neokolonialismus." Nationaler Befreiungskampf and Neokolonialismus, Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, 1962

"Eliminate Looseness and Imprecision." Political Affairs, vol. 47, #6, June 1968, pp. 48 -- 54

"Entwicklung and Struktur der Landwirtschaft in den USA." Wirtshafts Wissenschaft, vol. 10, #7, July 1962, pp. 1085 -- 1100

Box 24

Published Writings, cont.

"Entwicklung and Struktur der Landwirtschaft in den USA." Wirtschafts Wissenschaft, vol. 16, #3, March 1968, pp. 468 -- 487

"The Further Development of Capitalism in United States Agriculture." The Communist, vol. 22, #7, July 1941, pp. 62 -- 634

"The Government and Agriculture." Political Affairs, vol. 44, #6, June 1965, pp. 26 -- 35

"Monopoly and Capitalist Society." Political Affairs, vol. 45, #5, May 1966, pp. 57 -- 61

"Myerson on Hamill's 'Socialism'." Political Affairs, vol. 54, #9, September 1975, pp. 5 -- 65

"The Nature of Small Business." Political Affairs, vol. 44, #11, November 1965, pp. 51 -- 60

"Notes on the Strength of American Capitalism." The Communist, vol. 9, #4, April 1930, pp. 32 -- 335

"The President's Farm Program." Political Affairs, vol. 41, #5, May 1962, pp. 14 -- 23

"Razvitie i struktura sel'skogo khoz aistva Soldinennykh Shtatov Ameriki." Ekonomika Sel'skogo Khoziaistva, vol. 32, #12, December 1961, pp. 107 -- 112

"The Trotskyite Species of Counterrevolution." Political Affairs, vol. 68, #5, May 1979, pp. 48 -- 56

"U.S. Agriculture and Tasks of the Communist Party." The Communist, vol. 9, #3, March 1930, pp. 280 -- 285


Book Reviews

Ackerman, Joseph and Harris, Marshall, eds., Family Farm Policy, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1947. "Family Farm Fantasy." Political Affairs, vol. 27, #10, November 1948, pp. 103 -- 1044

Harrington, Michael, Socialism, Saturday Review Press, N.Y., 1972. "Harrington's 'Socialism'." Political Affairs, vol. 51, #11, November 1972, pp. 55 -- 64

Lochman, Jan Milic, Church in a Marxist Society, Harper and Row, N.Y., 1970. "The Road to Transcendental Marxism." Political Affairs, vol. 49, #12, December 1970, pp. 57 -- 64

McMillen, Wheeler, Too Many Farmers, William Morroy and Co., N.Y., 1929. The Communist, vol. 9, #2, February 1930, pp. 188 -- 190

Sakharov, Andrei D., Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom, W. W. Norton and Co., Inc., N.Y., 1968, with introduction, notes, and afterward by Harrison Salisbury. "Salisbury via Sakharov." Political Affairs, vol. 48, #11, November 1969, pp. 57 -- 64

Veblen, Thorstein, The Theory of Business Enterprise, The New American Library. "Veblen on Capitalism." Political Affairs, vol. 38, #4, April 1959, pp. 60 -- 64

 

 

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