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Sender Garlin papers

Identifier: COU:636

Scope and Contents

The Sender Garlin Collection is divided into several categories: I. CORRESPONDENCE, II. PUBLICITY, III. WRITINGS, IV. PHOTOGRAPHS, V. TALKS, and VI. OVERSIZE.

I. CORRESPONDENCE contains personal letters sent to Sender Garlin, and notes including an invitation to an Appreciation Party for Sender Garlin, typed notes on “The Life and Death of Joe Hill,” and handwritten notes on note cards. II. PUBLICITY includes newspaper clippings about and written by Sender Garlin, flyers produced to publicize Sender Garlin talks, and pamphlets for an exhibition. III. WRITINGS include papers written by Garlin, photocopies of book covers available at the Norlin Library, and a book containing The Real Huey P. Long, four copies of The Truth about Reader’s Digest, The Real Rickenbacker, and two copies of Is Dewey the Man? IV. PHOTOGRAPHS contains one photograph of Sender Garlin giving a speech at the University of Colorado Memorial Center. V. TALKS holds tape recordings of Sender Garlin talks on social issues. These tapes are organized alphabetically by topic. VI. OVERSIZE contains publicity posters for Sender Garlin talks, sponsored by Social Issues Forum.

Martha Millet, wife of Sender Garlin, also has a small manuscript collection in the archives. Further, the archive possesses collections for the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador and the Rocky Mountain Peace Center. These collections are available upon request.


  • Creation: 1927 - 1986

Biographical Note

Sender Garlin was a labor journalist and social activist who moved to Boulder with his wife, Martha Millet Garlin, in 1980. Throughout his long career, Garlin has interviewed many notables including Lucy Parsons, Clarence Darrow, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Woody Guthrie, Krapskaya (Lenin’s Widow), Olga Knipper-Chekhova, the widow of Anton Chekhov, Georgi Dmitrov, hero of the Reichstag frame-up trial, and Tom Mank, veteran British trade union leader.

Sender Garlin was born in Bialystok, Poland, on April 4, 1902. In 1906, his family escaped Poland after pogroms ravaged Jewish communities in his town. They settled in Burlington, Vermont, and later moved to Glens Falls, New York. Sender Garlin studied at the University of Wisconsin, New York University Law School, Albany Law School, the New School for Social Research, and the Rand School of Social Science. He gained extensive journalism experience. He worked for The Daily Worker for 17 years, and was associate editor of New World Review. Additionally, Sender Garlin was a founding editor of The Partisan Review and was a charter member of the American Newspaper Guild. Later on, he worked for the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, did public relations for the New York Heart Association, and was editor of Physician's Legal Brief.

Sender Garlin is the author of numerous political pamphlets, including The Real Huey Long, The Truth About Reader’s Digest, The Real Rickenbacker, Enemies of the Peace, Is Dewey the Man?, and Red Tape and Barbed Wire: Close-Up of the McCarren Act. Later on in his career, Sender Garlin authored three historical-biographical works: John Swinton, American Radical, Charles Steinmetz, Scientist and Socialist, and William Dean Howells and the Haymarket Era.

Sender Garlin participated in protest movements on behalf of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927, the Scottsboro, Alabama case involving nine young blacks in 1931, and the Rosenberg’s in the fifties. He became a well-known individual in Boulder during the 1980s and 1990s, particularly on the CU Boulder campus. He established and was program coordinator of the Social Issues Forum, a student organization devoted to drawing leftist and liberal speakers to CU. Garlin was a member of the CU Cultural Events Board from 1982 to 1986. During his tenure on the board, he frustrated conservative campus groups, but was adamant that his advocacy cultivated balance. He has been a guest lecturer in many classes. He has frequently been interviewed on Boulder Public Radio KGNU and has given more than 20 lectures on the CU campus, making use of his experience and knowledge of the American labor movement. Some of his talks include “’Reds’ and the Real John Reed,” “Emma Goldman: Anarchist and Feminist,” “Scott Nearing: Humanist and Environmentalist,” “The Untold Story of Colorado Labor,” “Bertold Brecht and the Un-Americans,” “’Big Bill’ Haywood of Colorado,” “The Haymarket Tragedy: 100 Years Later,” “The Life and Death of Joe Hill,” and most recently, “Mark Twain: Social Critic.”

He was active in an assortment of Boulder-based political groups, including the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Left Hand Books and the Rocky Mountain Peace Center. Additionally, he was successful in his campaign efforts for the construction of a shelter at the RTD stop across from the University of Colorado Memorial Center.

Sender Garlin died at 97 years of age in his home in Boulder on December 6, 1999. He had two children with Martha Millet, Emily and Alexander, and a granddaughter, Annelise. He also had a son from a previous marriage, Victor, and two granddaughters Amy and Rachel, who all lived in Berkeley, California.


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Sender Garlin was a prominent Boulder labor journalist, social activist and lecturer. In the course of his long career, he became the editor of The Labor Defender, The Coal Digger (National Miner’s Union), The Western Worker (San Francisco), and associate editor of New World Review (New York). He was a founding editor of The Partisan Review (1934) and a charter member of the American Newspaper Guild. Sender Garlin participated in many protest movements throughout most of his life. He became a well-known figure in the Boulder community, especially on the CU Boulder campus during the 1980s and 1990s through founding the Social Issues Forum, as a member of the CU Cultural Events Board, and through giving lectures on the campus. The Sender Garlin Collection contains newspaper clippings, flyers, writings, photographs, correspondence, and tape recordings of talks by Sender Garlin.

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1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States