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Daniel J. Leab collection

Identifier: Mss 0087

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection illustrate Dr. Leab’s research interests and sources. Included are publications relating to the Cold War, communism, labor relations, and the portrayal of communism in film. There are also a number of photocopies from archival collections of the American Heritage Center, which Leab sought out as primary sources for his research. This collection will be of interest to researchers investigating the Cold War, American communism, and this portrayal of communism in film.


  • 1919 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1995

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection includes audio-visual materials. Access copies of audiotapes, audio cassette tapes, video cassette tapes, film reels, or other audio-visual materials may need to be ordered prior to on-site research. Please contact us to inquire about access to audio-visual materials.

Otherwise, materials are available for research at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection are primarily copies of printed and published materials, which may be held by other collecting institutions. In particular, there are a number of photocopies from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. As such, materials in this collection may not be copied or scanned for any other reason than personal scholarly research. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify the original material, owner, and copyright holder for any citation or use other than personal use. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel J. Leab is a professor emeritus of history at Seton Hall University. During his long career at the University Dr. Leab has served as director of the American Studies program, chair of the History Department, chair of the Rank and Tenure committee, and founder and director of the University's Multi-Cultural Program.

His research interests include the Cold War, American communism, the American labor movement, the history of the FBI and the CIA, and the history of film. He has written several books, including Orwell Subverted: The CIA and the Filming of Animal Farm and "I Was a Communist for the FBI": The Unhappy Life and Times of Matt Cvetic. He has also written numerous scholarly articles and served as an editor for several journals, including Labor History and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and TV.


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This collection consists of research materials used by Seton Hall Professor Emeritus Daniel J. Leab. During Professor Leab’s long tenure at the University, his research focused on the Cold War era, labor relations, and the history of film. The collection mainly comprises publications relating to the Cold War and communism and photocopies from the collections of the American Heritage Center relating to the portrayal of communism in film.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection is the gift of Daniel J. Leab to the Archives and Special Collections Center in 2015.

Related Materials

This collection is part of a larger collection of cataloged volumes which include a number of House Un-American Activities reports and books relating to communism and labor. A list of the books can be viewed here.

This collection contains a number of photocopies from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. The bulk of the photocopies are from the Louis de Rochemont collection, with a small number from the Jack Glenn collection and the John M. Anspacher collection. The photocopies represent a small subset of the collections used. For more information on the American Heritage Center, please visit their web page.

The Jacob I. Fass papers: A collection of the correspondence and notes of Jacob I. Fass, a chemical engineer who worked at a New Jersey chemical company during WWII. Fass and many of his correspondents had ties to American communist movements. Politics are often addressed in his letters, most of which date from the volatile years of 1942-1945.

Daniel J. Leab collection, 1919-2007 (Bulk: 1940-1995)
Brianna LoSardo
2016 February 25
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US