MIA: History: USA: Publications: SPA – Bulletins 1904-1913

Socialist Party of America
Official Bulletins
[1904 – 1913]
The Official Bulletin of the SPA was issued monthly by the National Committee at the National Headquarters, 269 Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill.


Introduction

The merger of two social democratic parties to form the Socialist Party of America in the summer of 1901 was the result of a protracted process marked by obstruction and dissension. More than 18 exhausting months elapsed before the first move towards unity by the dissident wing of the Socialist Labor Party was finally met with grudging acceptance by the numerically smaller Social Democratic Party of Victor Berger and Eugene V. Debs, a group with headquarters in Chicago.

One obstacle to merger was debate over what should be the official organ of the new organization. The breakaway SLP dissidents (insultingly called “Kangaroos” by DeLeonist party regulars) produced an official organ also confusingly styled as The People, making use of the same name and numbering system of the regular publication.

This paper was renamed The Worker in April 1901, remaining the official organ of the party, by then known as the Social Democratic Party with headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Chicago SDP had an official newspaper of their own, The Social Democratic Herald, launched in 1898 at the time of the split of the old Social Democracy of America.

Rather than make a controversial decision about which of two former official organs to make the formal voice of the new Socialist Party of America, delegates to the founding convention punted — declaring that neither of these weekly newspapers would receive funds and formal sanction from the new organization. Both papers continued as independent publications, with the Social Democratic Herald purchased by Victor Berger and moved to Milwaukee.

For three years the Socialist Party, decentralized and disorganized, communicated with its membership through press releases from the National Office to party-friendly papers around the country. This proved to be insufficient for the task, however, and in May 1904 the so-called First National Convention of the SPA resolved that a new party-owned newspaper should be produced. This was the Socialist Party Official Bulletin, a four-page broadsheet.

Beginning in September 1904, the Official Bulletin would be issued monthly without interruption until April 1913, when it would be supplanted by the monthly newspaper produced by the party’s Lyceum Bureau, The Party Builder.

The Socialist Party Official Bulletin is a goldmine of information for historians of the Socialist Party of America, containing National Committee and National Executive Committee minutes, National Secretary reports, membership figures, financial statements, letters from party members, articles by prominent party leaders, and news about membership referenda and election of party officers.

Few copies of the ephemeral newspaper have survived. Fortunately at least one complete run was saved for posterity publication and is presented here in freely downloadable digital form for the first time.

Tim Davenport
Corvallis, OR
October 2018



1904

Volume , No. 1, September, 1904

Volume 1, No. 2, October, 1904

Volume 1, No. 3, November, 1904

Volume 1, No. 4, December, 1904

1905

Volume 1, No. 5, January, 1905

Volume 1, No. 6, February, 1905

Volume 1, No. 7, March, 1905

Volume 1, No. 8, April, 1905

Volume 1, No. 9, May, 1905

Volume 1, No. 10, June, 1905

Volume 1, No. 11, July, 1905

Volume 1, No. 12, August, 1905

Volume 2, No. 1, September, 1905

Volume 2, No. 2, October, 1905

Volume 2, No. 3, November, 1905

Volume 2, No. 4, December, 1905

1906

Volume 2, No. 5, January , 1906

Volume 2, No. 6, February, 1906

Volume 2, No. 7, March, 1906

Volume 2, No. 8, April, 1906

Volume 2, No. 9, May, 1906

Volume 2, No. 10, June, 1906

Volume 2, No. 11, July, 1906

Volume 2, No. 12, August, 1906

Volume 3, No. 1, September, 1906

Volume 3, No. 2, October, 1906

Volume 3, No. 3, November, 1906

Volume 3, No. 4, December, 1906

1907

Volume 3, No. 5, January, 1907

Volume 3, No. 6, February, 1907

Volume 3, No. 7, March, 1907

Volume 3, No. 8, April, 1907

Volume 3, No. 9, May, 1907

Volume 3, No. 10, June, 1907

Volume 3, No. 11, July, 1907

Volume 3, No. 12, August, 1907

Volume 4, No. 1, September, 1907

Volume 4, No. 2, October, 1907

Volume 4, No. 3, November, 1907

Volume 4, No. 4, December, 1907

1908

Volume 4, No. 5, January, 1908

Volume 4, No. 6, February, 1908

Volume 4, No. 7, March, 1908

Volume 4, No. 8, April, 1908

Volume 4, No. 9, May, 1908

Volume 4, No. 10, June, 1908

Volume 4, No. 11, July, 1908

Volume 4, No. 12, August, 1908

Volume 5, No. 1, September, 1908

Volume 5, No. 2, October, 1908

Volume 5, No. 3, November, 1908

Volume 5, No. 4, December, 1908

1909

Volume 5, No. 5, January, 1909

Volume 5, No. 6, February, 1909

Volume 5, No. 7, March, 1909

Volume 5, No. 8, April, 1909

Volume 5, No. 9, May, 1909

Volume 5, No. 10, June, 1909

Volume 5, No. 11, July, 1909

Volume 5, No. 12, August, 1909

Volume 6, No. 1, September, 1909

Volume 6, No. 2, October, 1909

Volume 6, No. 3, November, 1909

Volume 6, No. 4, December, 1909

1910

Volume 6, No. 5, January, 1910

Volume 6, No. 6, February, 1910

Volume 6, No. 7, March, 1910

Volume 6, No. 8, April, 1910

Volume 6, No. 9, May, 1910

Volume 6, No. 10, June, 1910

Volume 6, No. 11, July, 1910

Volume 6, No. 12, August, 1910

Volume 7, No. 1, September, 1910

Volume 7, No. 2, October, 1910

Volume 7, No. 3, November, 1910

Volume 7, No. 4, December, 1910

1911

Volume 7, No. 5, January, 1911

Volume 7, No. 6, February, 1911

Volume 7, No. 7, March, 1911

Volume 7, No. 8, April, 1911

Volume 7, No. 9, May, 1911

Volume 7, No. 10, June, 1911

Volume 7, No. 11, July, 1911

Volume 7, No. 12, August, 1911

Volume 8, No. 1, October, 1911

Volume 8, No. 2, November, 1911

Volume 8, No. 3,December , 1911

1912

Volume 8, No. 4, January, 1912

Volume 8, No. 5, February, 1912

Volume 8, No. 6, March, 1912

Volume 8, No. 7, April, 1912

Volume 8, No. 8, May, 1912

Volume 8, No. 9, June, 1912

Volume 8, No. 10, July, 1912

Volume 8, No. 11, August, 1912

Volume 8, No. 12, September, 1912

Volume 9, No. 1, October, 1912

Volume 9, No. 2, November, 1912

Volume 9, No. 3, December, 1912

1913

Volume 9, No. 4, January, 1913

Volume 9, No. 5, February, 1913

Volume 9, No. 6, March, 1913



Last updated on 24 Ocotber 2018