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Collected written material

This series contains drafts of essays not written byTom McEwen. Included in the series are: “The Mine Workers’ Union of Canada and the Great Pass Strike of 1932” by Allen Seager; “Basic Highlights of the Labor History – Lakehead and Canada”, by A.T. Hill; and a computer printout of an untitled work that describes events related to the confrontations between CPC Party members and Toronto police during the late 20s and 30s. The printout is dated September 4, 1976 and contains editing notes throughout. It is not known who wrote this piece. Also contained in this series are political and union essays: “Some Notes of the AHT Indians” by Morris Swadesh, “Strengthen the Struggle Against the Right Danger! (Statement of the Political Committee, Communist Party of Canada)”, and a few other writings which do not have titles.

Lastly, there is a collection of poems by Jake Bell which date from 1960 – 1965.

Materials are all typed, single page, on legal and letter-sized paper.

Correspondence - General

This series contains personal correspondence, mostly incoming (with one copy of an outgoing letter from Tom to Mr. Donald Evans, dated June 3, 1966). Letters are both handwritten and typed, from a single page to multiple pages.

Correspondence - Letters of Testimony

This series contains correspondence relating to Tom’s release from Headley provincial jail and subsequent internment in the Hull Concentration Camp in Hull, Quebec. The bulk of the correspondence are letters of testimony asserting the good character of Tom McEwen, solicited by Tom’s family as support for the efforts to have him released. Series also contains correspondence from government departments and officials commenting on Tom’s case.

Letters are typed and range from a single page to multiple pages.

Correspondence - Pacific Tribune

This series contains correspondence directed to Tom in his capacity as editor of the Pacific Tribune. Letters are both handwritten and typed, from a single page to multiple pages.

Drafts of essays not written by Tom McEwen

This file contains drafts of essays not written byTom McEwen: “The Mine Workers’ Union of Canada and the Great Pass Strike of 1932” by Allen Seager; “Basic Highlights of the Labor History – Lakehead and Canada”, by A.T. Hill; and a computer printout of an untitled work that describes events related to the confrontations between CPC Party members and Toronto police during the late 20s and 30s. The printout is dated September 4, 1976 and contains editing notes throughout. It is not known who wrote this piece.

Labour Union materials

This series contains material relating to various labour unions and
associated activities, as follows:
-Workers’ Unity League – History [Phillip Rankin]
-Workers’ Unity League – Executive membership list and minutes
-The Marine Workers’ and Boilermakers’ Industrial Union – Survey Report
-National Council for Democratic Rights – bulletins, pamphlets and proceedings
-Labour Union – general correspondence and reports

Political and union essays

This file contains political and union essays: “Some Notes of the AHT Indians” by Morris Swadesh, “Strengthen the Struggle Against the Right Danger! (Statement of the Political Committee, Communist Party of Canada)”, and a few other writings which do not have titles.

Press Clippings

This series contains numerous newspaper clippings from a variety of publications.

Tom McEwen fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1363
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1977

The fonds consists of documents made and received in the course of pursuing activities and interests in labour and communist issues. Fonds includes books, correspondence, magazines, manuscripts, newsletters, pamphlets, press clippings, and reports.

McEwen, Tom

Written material - draft manuscripts

This series contains drafts of books and essays written by Tom McEwen. Included in the series are drafts for a Labour History of Canada, “Prison Bars”, “Vignettes of the Red Army”, “Aviation Day in the U.S.S.R.”, “”Maoism – Now a Shameless Auxiliary to U.S. Imperialism”, “The History of the U.L.F.T.A.”, and “Men of the Forest – The Story of the Lumber Workers Industrial Union of Canada.”

Drafts are both handwritten and typed, single page, on legal and letter-sized paper.

Yukon election materials

This series contains materials relating to Tom’s campaign as a candidate for the Labour-Progressive Party in the June 11, 1945 Federal Election. Included in the series are statistical and informational campaign materials, correspondence, and publications such as the Labour Election Campaign Bulletin and copies of The Yukoner and The Dawson News. There are also miscellaneous promotional materials relating to Yukon Carnival Week, including copies of the Carnival Daily Bulletin.