Manuscript Group 1608, Guide to the Samuel F. Chetta Papers 1975-1977

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Clippings, Fyers, Circulars, Minutes, Notes, Book Review, and Photographs.



Guide to the Samuel F. Chetta Papers
1975-1977
MG 1608

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Inventory prepared by Shawn Rosa.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. December 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Samuel F. Chetta
Title: Samuel F. Chetta
Papers
Dates 1975-1977
Abstract: Consists of clippings, flyers, circulars, minutes, notes, a book review, and photographs collected by Samuel F. Chetta that document the activities of the Newark-Weequahic branch of the New Jersey Socialist Workers Party during 1975-1977.
Quantity: 0.04 linear feet (4 folders)
Collection Number: MG 1608

Biographical Note

Samuel F. Chetta was a member of the New Jersey Socialist Workers Party, the state affiliate of the national party, during the years 1975-1977. He was an active member of the party: speaking at rallies, writing articles for The Militant, the party’s newspaper, and taking photographs.

The Socialist Workers Party is a small political party founded in 1938 by members of the Communist Party USA who had been expelled from that group. Since 1948, the party has run candidates for President, receiving its greatest number of votes in 1976 when Peter Camejo ran. In recent years the party’s membership has been in steady decline.

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Scope and Content Note

Consists of materials collected by Samuel Chetta that document the activities, and his role in them, of the Newark-Weequahic branch of the New Jersey Socialist Workers Party during 1975-1977, including clippings, flyers, circulars, minutes, notes, a book review, and photographs. Many of the flyers announce various New Jersey Socialist Workers Party events and rallies for such movements as abortion rights and the antinuclear movement; some describe the platforms of New Jersey Socialist Workers Party election candidates.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Chetta, Samuel F.

Subject Organizations:

Socialist Party (U.S.)
Socialist Workers Party

Subject Topics:

Abortion–Government policy–Citizen participation
Antinuclear movement–New Jersey.
Political parties–New Jersey.
Pro choice movement–New Jersey.
Socialism–New Jersey.
Social movements–New Jersey.

Subject Places:

Newark (N.J.)

Document Types:

Ephemera.
Photograph.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1608, Samuel F. Chetta Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the New Jersey Historical Society in March 2003.

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Bibliography

“Socialist Workers Party (USA)” Retrieved on July 25, 2003, from http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Workers_Party_(USA)

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Container List

Clippings, Fyers, Circulars, Minutes, Notes, Book Review, and Photographs.
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Clippings: Newspaper articles, two by Samuel Chetta, reporting on political rallies and other events of general interest to the New Jersey Socialist Workers Party. 1975, 1977
1 2 Flyers and circulars: Announcing various events and rallies for the New Jersey Socialist Workers Party, and advertising guest speakers including Samuel Chetta. [1976-1977]
1 3 Book review: Samuel Chetta reviewing Death at an Early Age by Jonathan Kozol in a typescript entitled “The Right to a Decent Education.” 3 p. 1976 Apr.
1 3 Minutes: Newark-Weequachic branch 1977 May 22
1 3 Notes: “What One Does for Human Rights”Manuscript notes describing his participation in an abortion rally, possibly used for an article. 2 p. 1977 July 18
1 3 Typescript: New Jersey Demand: “Stop Nuclear Power” [1977] July 28
1 4 Photographs (7) : Depicting various, unidentified members of the New Jersey Socialist Workers Party, many taken in a militant bookstore. [ca. 1976-1977]

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