Guide to the Passing through: a Yankee radical's journey (with the FBI tailing along), ca. 1992 | MC032

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Knowles, Clive D.
Title
Passing through: a Yankee radical's journey (with the FBI tailing along)
ID
MC032
Date
ca. 1992
Extent
702.0 pages
Language
English
Abstract
A typescript of an unpublished autobiography by Clive D. Knowles (Bates Class of 1933) discussing his life from his boyhood in Massachusetts, through his service in World War II, and to his later work with organized labor.

Preferred Citation

Passing through: a Yankee radical's journey (with the FBI tailing along), Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Clive D. Knowles was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on February 15, 1910. He graduated with honors from Bates College in 1933. He earned a master's degree in social ethics from the University of Chicago in 1934, and an S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1936. He taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C., for a year at the invitation of Benjamin E. Mays (Bates Class of 1920) and then dean of the Howard School of Religion. Ordained in the First Unitarian Church of Gardner, Massachusetts, Knowles served that church for a year before becoming executive director of the Massachusetts Labor Non-Partisan Political League.

After serving in combat during World War II, Knowles began a lifetime career in organized labor. He worked with the AFL-CIO in California, was an organizer with United Farmworkers alongside Cesar Chavez, and was also director of the Council of Carpenters. He devoted his life to help win equal pay and working conditions for minority groups in the workplace. After retirement, he was a ski instructor for five years with the Apache Mescalero Tribe of New Mexico. He spent the summers in Franklin, Maine, establishing the Molasses Pond Writer's Workshop, and with his daughter worked on production of the revival of Old Jed Prouty that played in coastal summer theaters. Author of the unpublished Passing Through: A Yankee Radical's Journey, he also wrote a memoir, No Man Can Live Without Hope (1994). He died in Sarasota, Florida, on February 27, 1996.

Scope and Content Note

A typescript of Knowles' unpublished autobiography which provides a genealogical sketch of his family and traces his life from his boyhood in Massachusetts, through his service in World War II, and to his later work with organized labor.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

No provenance information available. Accession No.: xx-062.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Knowles, Clive D.--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Labor unions--United States--Officials and employees--Biography
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American

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