Debs Collection

Deb Square

A Terre Haute native, Eugene V. Debs (November 5, 1855-October 20, 1826) was an American union leader and organizer, who ran for President of the United States five times (1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1920) as the candidate of the Socialist Party of America. He was known for his charisma and fiery oratory. His brother, Theodore Debs (1864-1945) served as his secretary. The Debs Collection contains the letters, telegrams, typescripts, and manuscripts of nearly 1,710 individuals and groups. In addition to these primary documents, the collection contains photocopies of Debs' speeches and published articles, family memorabilia and scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, political cartoons, scarce pamphlets, scattered periodical materials, and scores of snapshots, portraits, and other photographs of Debs and his family. Rounding out the collection are over 1,500 monographs by Eugene V. Debs, members of his circle, or scholars discussing relevant political issues, and even works of literature inspired by socialist issues. Included in these holdings is a set of Little Blue Books and Big Blue Books.