University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Jana Pellusch Papers, 1952-1992

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pellusch, Jana
Title: Jana Pellusch papers
Dates: 1952-1992
Abstract: The papers of Jana Pellusch, born 1950, member of the Young Socialist Alliance and the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers union, activist and author, include newspaper clippings, printed material, serials, letters, audio cassettes, quasi-publications, and writings, and relate to her involvements in organizations and unions.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01629
Extent: 7 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Jana Erin Pellusch was born February 26, 1950, in Refugio, Texas. Her family moved to Erie, Kansas, where she attended Erie High School, graduating in 1968. She attended Kansas State College (KSC; now Pittsburg University) in Pittsburg, Kansas, from June 1968 to 1972. While at KSC, Pellusch was an active member of the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA), the youth faction of the Socialist Worker's Party (SWP). She was the Pittsburg region delegate for the convention of the YSA in December of 1969. In addition, she was the local organizer for the SWP-affiliated Student Mobilization Committee (SMC), which sought to end the war in Vietnam. She was also active in the Campus Committee for Peace, an organization that led demonstrations and encouraged peacemaking activities at KSC and beyond. Her membership in socialist organizations in combination with her outspoken activities resulted in the FBI monitoring her.

In 1972, Pellusch moved to Houston, Texas. There, she continued as a member of the SWP. She worked as a substitute teacher for the Houston Independent School District before eventually becoming a laborer in the Mechanic and Maintenance Department of Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). In 1974, Pellusch also joined the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers union (OCAW) in the Local 4-227 chapter and was a member until 1989. In 1976, she ran a successful campaign to serve on the Workman's Grievance Committee for the union. As a contributor to the Socialist Worker's Party weekly newspaper, The Militant, Pellusch wrote about labor issues in the state of Texas including local strikes and issues concerning OCAW. Pellusch led an unsuccessful campaign for the office of Texas Railroad Commissioner representing the SWP in 1978. In 1981, Pellusch ended her affiliation with SWP, but continued to be involved with OCAW until 1989.

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings, printed material, serials, letters, audio cassettes, quasi-publications, and writings (1952-1992, bulk 1969-1980) collected and created by Jana Pellusch document her membership in the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union from 1974-1989; her involvement in political, social, and economic organizations in Kansas and Texas; her campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner; and her writings for The Militant.

The Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union [OCAW], Subject files series (1974-1992) reflects Pellusch's activities as a member of the union's Houston branch and includes notes and clippings documenting contract negotiations, strikes, and mergers affecting workers in Texas. This series also contains drafts and copies of published articles Pellusch wrote about Texas labor issues for The Militant. The folders on Karen Silkwood include articles and notices published by the union, as well as drafts of an article written by Pellusch for The Militant. Also included is a typed transcription of an interview Pellusch conducted with Silkwood's parents in October 1978.

The bulk of the collection is contained in the Subject Files, A-Z series (1964-1992), and consists of clippings from Houston and Pittsburg area newspapers, letters and pamphlets related to the organizations, events, and issues Pellusch participated in or followed. Pellusch's FBI file contains copies of reports documenting her active membership in political and human rights organizations in the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to copies of her published letters to the editor of The Collegio, KSC's student newspaper. Items in the SWP folders document activities of the organization nationally and in Houston, Texas, including notes from meetings, records of membership dues, and the procedures for chairing meetings and asking for signatures on petitions. Campaign pamphlets and election results from Pellusch's 1978 campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner are also included.

The Assorted notes removed from printed material series (undated) consists of notes found in serials and printed materials that were donated to the library.

The Quasi-publications series (1952-1976) provides insight into the views and tenets of different groups within the Socialist Worker's Party. The writings of the Internationalist Tendency (IT) record the ideological differences that led to the expulsion of the IT faction from the Socialist Worker's Party and Young Socialist Alliance in the 1970s. The series also contains writings published by the Los Angeles office of the SWP that describe the relationship between the local chapter and the national organization during the 1950s.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Pellusch, Jana
Corporate Names
Kansas State College
Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union
Railroad Commission of Texas
Socialist Workers' Party
Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.)
Labor unions
Political campaigns
United States

Related Materials

See also the Pellusch (Wanda Reed) Music Collection.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit. Thirty-eight items (posters and t-shirts) have been separated to the Artifact Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jana Pellusch Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1994-242; 1996-032

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Chisholm, Sarah Dana, Elizabeth Garber, and Jennifer Teichelman, November 2008. Subsequent revisions were made by Shelley Rowland and Evan Hocker, January 2009.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection


2.325/P18 [SRH1230002147] Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union [OCAW] subject files: A-Z, 1974-1992, undated
Axco Chemical Explosion 7-90, 1990
Asbestos Exhibit (Ravenesi), 1990, undated
Contract Negotiations, 1974-1985, undated
Correspondence, 1976-1980, 1990-1992
1980 Strike, 1979-1980, undated
1981 - Proposed Merger with Paper Workers Union, 1981, undated
Arco [Atlantic Richfield Company] (LPC) group - Misc., 1975, undated
Misc. Leaflets Arco group; local 4-227, 1975-1978, 1989, undated
Arco group, local 4-227 Newsletters, 1974-1979, 1985, undated
Health, 1989, undated
Healthcare Campaign 1990, 1990, undated
Local 4-227 Houston, 1979-1987
Local 16000 Pasadena, 1977, undated
May 1982 NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) Charge RE: Distribution of literature, 1974-1979, 1982-1989, undated
Mazzocchi, Tony, 1979-1982, undated
Militant articles Misc., 1979-1981, undated
Oil Industry Misc. Articles 1970's, 1974-1979, undated
Oil Industry 1980's, 1981-1983
Phillips Explosion Oct. 1989, 1989-1990
Karen Silkwood, 1979, undated
Silkwood - Militant Articles 11-78, 1978
OCAW Publications, 1981-1989, undated
Organizing Drive, 1988, undated
Strike 1980 Militant articles Court Citation, 1980, undated
Statements on Political Action, 1976-1984, undated
Texaco Strike 1982 (January-August), 1982, undated
Twelve Hour Shiftwork, 1989
Womens Conference 1982, 1982, 1994, undated
Subject files: A-Z, 1964-1992, undated
2.325/P19 [SRH1230002148] Abortion - WUAR [Women United for Abortion Rights], 1971-1972
Abortion - WoNAAC [Women's National Abortion Action Coalition], 1971-1972, undated
Abortion, 1970-1981, undated
ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union], 1978-1981, undated
Academic Right 1990, 1988-1991, undated
ACORN, [Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now], 1979, undated
Affirmative Action, 1972-1979, undated
[Afghanistan], 1980
Africa, 1976
Ageism, undated
Agriculture, 1971-1981, 1983, undated
Airlines: Eastern, 1989
American History - general, 1974-1977
Amnesty, 1976-1981, undated
Amnesty International, 1975-1982, undated
Angola, 1975-1976, undated
Animal Rights - P.E.T.A., 1991
Anthropology, 1975-1978
Antiwar (Desert Storm) 1991, 1990-1991, undated
Women and The War, 1971, undated
Fall-Spring, 1972-1973 [War Resisters League], 1973
May 1972 Blockade [Protests], 1972
April 22, 1972 [National Peace Action Coalition], 1972, undated
Antiwar Conferences, 1972, undated
Antiwar Conferences December 3-5, 1971 Wash. D.C., 1971
November 6, 1971 [National Peace Action Coalition], 1970-1971, undated
April 24, 1971 [National Peace Action Coalition], 1971, undated
Antiwar Conferences February 19-21, 1971 [Student Mobilization Committee], 1971, undated
Antiwar Conferences June 19-21, 1970 Cleveland [Peace Action Coalition], 1970, undated
Antiwar Conferences December 3-5, 1970 Cleveland [National Antiwar Convention], 1970, undated
Antiwar Movement general, 1969-1972, undated
Palestine [and Israel], 1969-1977, undated
Arab Struggle, 1971-1977, undated
Arab Gulf Struggles, undated, circa 1972
Argentina, 1974-1976, undated
[Art and Music], 1970-1978, undated
Atheism, 1979-1983, 1990, undated
The Automated War, 1969-1972, 1991
Bangladesh, 1971
Beer, 1989, undated
Birth Control, 1964-1972, 1980, undated
Black Liberation, 1969-1978, undated
Black Panthers, 1965-1972
Blacks - Houston, 1977-1980
Boycotts J.P. Stevens/Coors, 1977-1981, undated
Brown, Jerry, 1992
Budget, U.S., 1971-1982, undated
Busing (Boston 1974-1975), 1974-1981
Buy American Campaign, 1985-1992
Capital Punishment, 1970-1982, undated
Capitalism Examples of Decay, 1979
Castro, 1968
Charity, 1985
Chelation Therapy, 1982-1984, undated
Chemical Industry, 1976-1977, 1989, undated
Chicano - P.R. Movements, 1972-1978, undated
Child Care, 1971-1972, undated
Chile, 1973-1976, undated
China, 1976, 1989
Churches, undated
Citizens Party, 1980-1982, undated
Civil Liberties Anti-Nuclear Activists, 1979-1981, 1990, undated
2.325/P20 [SRH1230002149] Civil Liberties for far right, 1977-1979
Civil Liberties also PRDF, FBI files, ACLU, NLG, RESIST, 1970, 1983, undated
CODEL [Committee for Democratic Election Laws], undated
Common Cause, 1971, undated
Concession Bargaining, 1981-1982, undated
Contracts - Endorsers - Newspapers - Groups, 1976-1981, undated
Corporations (Citizen Lobbying of…), 1979
Criminology, 1969-1979, undated
Cuba, 1970-1977, 1980-1981, undated
Cultural Revolution and the New Left, 1968-1970, undated
Angela Davis, 1971, undated
Democrats, 1978-1982, undated
Democratic Party Convention 1980, 1980, undated
Demographics, 1979
DSOC [Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee], 1979, undated
DNA, 1977
Dow Strike, 1972, undated
Draft, 1967-1972, 1980-1981, undated
Eastern Europe, 1977-1980
Ecological Movement, 1962-1971, undated
Economy - Cost of Living and Incomes, 1971-1977, 1989, undated
Education, 1971-1977, undated
Educationals [Summer School for Socialists], 1972-1977, undated
El Salvador, 1980-1982, undated
ERA [Equal Rights Amendment], 1976-1980, undated
Ethiopia, 1975, undated
Evolution, 1981, undated
The Family, 1977-1987, undated
Farm (Migrant) Workers, 1974-1975, undated
FBI File 1982, 1981-1988, 1994, undated
Federation for Progress, 1982-1983, undated
FIST, 1978, 1989, undated
Feminist Issues, 1989
Forced Sterilizations, 1977
Foreign Aid, 1971
[Female symbol], 1977, undated
Fourth International, 1974-1977, undated
2.325/P21 [SRH1230002150] F.I. History of Pierre Frank, 1972
Gay Movement, 1970-1979, undated
G.I. Movement, 1970-1977, undated
Grenada, 1983
Health, 1975-1983, 1986, undated
Health Insurance Costs, 1989
High School Movement, 1972, undated
Housewives for Collective Action, 1972, undated
Houston Left, 1971-1975, 1982, undated
Houston's Ruling Class, 1978-1982
Immigration Issues, 1975-1978
Imports, Immigration, Tariffs, 1985
Insurance, 1982
[Indochinese revolution], 1977
IMT [International Majority Tendency] Correspondence, 1976-1977, undated
[Internationalist Tendency] Minutes, 1974, undated
[Internationalist Tendency] Budget, 1972-1973
I.T. [Internationalist Tendency] documents, newsletters, 1974-1976, undated
Jobs - Bay Area, 1983, undated
Jobs/Income, 1985-1986
International [Women's] Day, 1977, undated
[Iran], 1976-1977
Ireland, 1977, undated
Iron Range Strike, 1977
July 4, 1976
[Ku Klux] Klan, 1982-1984, 1989, undated
Labor - Houston Area, 1976-1978, undated
Labor - Legal Rights, grievance procedure, 1976-1981, undated
Shorter Work Week, 1977-1978, 1985-1986, undated
Labor, 1970-1979, undated
Latin America, 1976-1978, undated
Letters, 1974-1990
Letters - Beneke, 1975-1982, undated
Malcolm X, 1965
Mandel Defense Case, 1969-1971, undated
Marroquin, Hector, 1977-1979, undated
Marxism & Literature, 1980
Marxism, 1977, undated
Mass Action [term paper], 1970, undated
Maternity Benefits, 1976-1977
May Day, 1977-1980
Mexico, 1976-1978
Mid-East, 1975
The Militant, 1970-1977, undated
Military Expenditures, 1976-1980, undated
Misc. Organizations, 1978-1985, undated
MIA's (Missing), 1982-1985
Nader [Ralph], 1979
NBIPP [The National Black Independent Political Party], undated
Nicaragua, 1985
Nuclear Disarmament, 1989
Nuclear Power, 1978-1986, undated
NOW [National Organization for Women], 1977-1980, undated
Nutrition, 1977-1983
2.325/P22 [SRH1230002151] Older People, 1989, undated
Pacifica [Foundation], 1979, undated
PATCO [Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization], 1981, undated
Pathfinder [Press], 1969-1972, undated
Panama, 1975-1977, undated
Poland, 1981-1982
Police Brutality, 1977-1978, undated
Political Prisoners, 1977, undated
PRDF - Lockheed [Political Rights Defense Fund], 1980-1981, undated
Population, 1969-1970, 1977-1980, undated
Portugal, 1976
PRDF [Political Rights Defense Fund], 1974-1977, undated
Prisons, 1971-1972, 1985, undated
Psychic Phenomena, 1980-1985, undated
Puerto Rico, 1970-1976, undated
Quality Circles, undated
Quality Circles and Programs, undated
Quebec, 1976
La Raza Unida, 1972-1974, undated
Religious Movements, 1965-1974, undated
Recordings, 1970-1976, undated
Resources - Misc., 1966-1972, 1976-1983, undated
Right Wing Literature, 1965-1970, undated
Rosenberg Case, 1975-1983, undated
ROTC [Reserve Officers' Training Corps], 1969, undated
R.U. [Revolutionary Union], 1974
Scientology, 1969
Silkwood Case [Karen Silkwood], 1975-1984, undated
Silva Mind Control, 1974-1976, undated
Smoking, undated
Social Security, 1977-1978, 1981
Socialist Action, 1983
Socialists, Democratic, 1974, 1981, undated
Socialist Movement - general propaganda, 1965-1972, 1977, undated
SWP 1976 - Discussion on Latin America, undated
SWP Pre-convention discussion, 1973, undated
SWP Campaign - Texas, 1972-1980, undated
SWP 1977 Campaigns, 1977, undated
SWP 1976 Election Campaign, 1975-1976, undated
SWP 1972 National Campaign, 1971-1972, undated
Socialist Workers Campaign 1978 RRC, etc. [Railroad Commissioner], 1978-1979, undated
SWP Houston Branch, 1974-1982, undated
Socialized Medicine, 1989
Sociology, 1968-1972, undated
South Africa, 1976-1980, undated
Southeast Asia, 1969-1978, undated
Soviet Union Dissidents, 1978, undated
Soviet Union, 1973-1983
Spain, 1975
Spartacists, 1964-1973, 1977-1983, undated
2.325/P23 [SRH1230002152] Sports, undated
Steel Workers Fight Back, 1975-1978, undated
Student Movement, 1970-1974, undated
SMC - KSC [Student Mobilization Committee - Kansas State College], 1970-1971, undated
SMC [Student Mobilization Committee], 1970-1971, undated
Taxes - Proposition 13, 1978, undated
Tax System, 1974-1981, undated
Teamsters, undated
Technology, new, 1977-1980
Texas Rangers, 1972
Two Party System, 1972, undated
Ultra-Leftism, 1970-1971, undated
UMWA [United Mine Workers of America], 1976-1978, undated
University of Texas Issues, 1989-1992
YSA (Pittsburg), 1968-1972, undated
USLA [United States Committee for Justice to Latin American Political Prisoners], 1976, undated
U of H [University of Houston], 1972
WRL War Resisters League, 1972-1980, undated
Watergate, 1974
Welfare Rights, 1970-1977, undated
West Indies, 1971
IWY 1977 [International Women's Year], 1977, undated
March 1989 South Central Women's Studies Conference Houston, 1988-1989, undated
Women - Negative Images, 1988-1989
Women - Positive Images, 1989
Women, 1969-1979, undated
[Women - OCAW], 1976
Women's Movement, 1968-1976, undated
IWY 1977 Houston [International Women's Year Conference], 1976-1978, undated
Women's Studies, 1970-1972, undated
Workers World Party, undated
Young Socialist Alliance Socialist Worker's Party, 1970-1975, undated
YSA - 1973 Convention, undated
1972 YSA Convention - documents, newspapers, leaflets, 1972
YSA Discussion [empty], 1970-1971
YSA [empty], 1968-1969
World Political Situation - July 1976 Report; Houston - South Central Branch given by Jana Pellusch, 1976
2.325/P18 [SRH1230002147] Assorted notes removed from printed material, undated
Quasi-publications, 1952-1976, undated
Internationalist Tendency, 1974, undated
Los Angeles Socialist Workers Party, 1952-1953
Michel Lequenne, 1976
Audio cassettes, 1972-1979, undated
2.325/H68e [SRH1230001369] Education for Socialists, 1977, undated
History of the SWP (1940-1965), Harry Ring, Talks 1-6
Prospects for Freedom in 1965, Malcolm X
What Socialist America Will Look Like, James P. Cannon
The Founding of the Fourth International Commentary, by George Novack / Trotsky's Talk on the Founding of the…, Leon Trotsky
Afro-American History, George Weissman, Talks 1-3
Radio Free People, 1969, undated
Revolution is Preventive Medicine
Paul Goodman on Compulsory Miseducation
Who Programs the Computers?
The Panther Manifesto, Black Panther Party
The War and the Economy
Capitalism + Heroin = Genocide
The Pentagon Is Running Free
Radical Perspectives, 1969
2.325/B114a [SRH1230000412] Assorted cassettes, 1972, 1979
I'm Female, I'm Proud, San Francisco Women's Liberation Media Workshop
ABC Issues & Answers, 1972 Presidential candidates debate: Gus Hall, Communist Party; and Linda Jenness, Socialist Workers Party
Helen Caldicott, UCLA, April 1979