Roman Rosdolsky Papers
Total size 2.47 m.
Consultation Not restricted.
Born in Lemberg (L'viv), Galicia, Austria-Hungary 1898, died in Detroit, USA 1967; activist, scholar; as a youth member of the Ukrainian socialist Drahomanov Circles; edited with Roman Turiansky the journal Klyči 1917; founder of the International Revolutionary Social Democracy (IRSD); studied law in Prague; member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Eastern Galicia, representing its emigré organization 1921-1924; leading publicist of the Vasylkivtsi faction of the Ukrainian Communists; Vienna-correspondent of the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow 1926-1931; emigrated in 1934 to L'viv, worked at the university; published the Trotskyist periodical Žittja i slovo 1934-1938; arrested by the GESTAPO in 1942, survived concentration camps; emigrated to the USA in 1947; worked as independent scholar; his many publications concentrating on Austrian social history and the works of Marx, include `Zur Entstehungsgeschichte des Marxschen "Kapital"' 1969.
Correspondence with Julius Braunthal 1965-1967, Isaac Deutscher 1951-1966, Karl Korsch 1950-1954, Paul Mattick 1964-1967, Otto Morf 1952-1967, Solomon S. Švarc 1949-1967 and others; manuscripts and typescripts 1929-1966, including his doctoral thesis `Friedrich Engels und das Problem der geschichtslosen Völker' from 1929, `Die ostgalizische Dorfgemeinschaft und ihre Auflösung' 1936, his inside account of the Ukrainian socialist left during the First World War 1951 and his concentration camp reminiscences of Auschwitz 1955; typescripts of `Der Streit um die "Polnisch-Russischen Staatsgrenzen" anlässlich des Polnischen Aufstandes des J. 1863' c. 1959, `Der Österreichische Januarstreik 1918. Legende und Wirklichkeit' c. 1960, `Die Bauernabgeordneten im konstituierenden Österreichischen Reichstag 1848-1849' c. 1961, `Zur Analyse der Russischen Revolution (1917-1967)' 1963, his contributions to the `Ökonomisch-soziologisches Marx-Engels-Lexikon' n.d. and other publications; files on Galicia 1846-1853 (partly handwritten copies and photocopies), on the armistice of Brest Litovsk 1917-1918 (typed copies) and other subjects; offprints, clippings and photocopies of his publications 1927-1969; offprints and clippings of reviews of his publications and commemorative articles 1964-1991.
List made in 2001