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Van Sickle Leftist Pamphlet Collection

Identifier: SC-##

Scope and Contents

The Van Sickle Leftist Pamphlet Collection is a collection of 81 uncataloged pamphlets, which are a part of the larger, catalogued Van Sickle Collection. Most of these pamphlets were distributed for free or at a very low cost and were largely propaganda tracts. Many of the items in the collection are very rare, and it is believed that many titles are unique to the UCF collection. The poor quality of the paper used in the printing of the pamphlets, as well as the temporal nature of pamphlet materials, has contributed to their scarcity. These pamphlets range in date from 1900s to 1970s cover a variety of topics related to communism and socialism. Topics include world pacifism and the banning of the atomic bomb, anti-racism, anti-Semitism, world labor movements, class struggle, women's rights, Marxist economics, religion, civil rights, and the United Nations. The pamphlets also cover a wide geographic range of much of Europe, Cuba, Kenya, the Congo, India, Vietnam and Korea; however, they are concentrated on the United States, Soviet Union and Canada. Many of the authors of these pamphlets are the communist parties of these nations; however, pamphlets are also authored by such figures as Josef Stalin, Frederick Engels, Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin and Fidel Castro.


  • Created: Circa 1900s-1970s


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Miss Van Sickle was a staunch Canadian Socialist who collected the pamphlets from the 1900s through the 1970s.


1 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



This collection represents the uncataloged pamphlets of the larger Van Sickle Collection at the University of Central Florida. 84 pamphlets produced largely from the 1900s through the 1970s reflect communist and socialist ideologies and propaganda. Pamphlets from the United States, Soviet Union, Canada and many other geographic areas cover such topics as world pacifism and the banning of the atomic bomb, anti-racism, anti-Semitism, world labor movements and Marxist economics.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by pamphlet number.

Method of Acquisition

The University of Central Florida Libraries purchased the materials in 1980 from the Van Sickle estate. The original collection contained over 15,000 items, including over 7,000 books, which were catalogued and moved into general circulation, and pamphlets. About 2,500 pamphlets were retained for holding in Special Collections, most being catalogued. This collection represents the uncataloged titles from the original collection.

Related Materials

Phyllis J. Hudson Collection, 1966-2006, Special Collections, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Staff; finding aid prepared by Jessica Achberger. All the pamphlets have been placed in acid free envelopes in order to maintain their integrity.

Van Sickle Leftist Pamphlet Collection
Jessica Achberger
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576