Ralph Dumain

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Ralph Dumain is an American archivist, librarian and independent researcher.

In 1991 Dumain became archivist/librarian of the C.L.R. James Institute in New York City, founded by Jim Murray (1949–2003) in 1983 to document James's life and work.[1] The Institute is affiliated to the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge, but has tried to make James's work available to a wider public by remaining "outside and independent of academia" and other "traditional institutional forms (including leftist political parties)".[2] This ideal is also reflected in Dumain's unusual website, The Autodidact Project, which reprints bibliographies, research guides and articles by radical thinkers, as well as a wide range of reviews and other writings by Dumain himself.[3]

Dumain has also served as president of the World Atheist Esperanto Organisation (Ateista Tutmonda Esperanto-Organizo, ATEO).[4]


  1. ^ Murray, Jim, "The C.L.R. James Institute and me", Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Volume 1, Issue 3 (1999), pp. 389–396. ISSN 1469-929X.
  2. ^ Dumain, Ralph, The C.L.R. James Institute--A New Model of Scholarship in the Social Division of Labor.
  3. ^ Petrović, Gajo, 'The Autodidact Project', A Dictionary of Marxist Thought, ed. Tom Bottomore et al., Harvard University Press, 1983, ISBN 978-0-674-20525-3, pp. 411–13.
  4. ^ World guide to religious and spiritual organizations, 1996, p. 18. ISBN 978-3-598-11296-6.

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