Collection Descriptions

AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council Oral History Collection (OH 7)

See BobCat, NYU's online catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council Oral History Collection (OH 10)

The New York Central Trades and Labor Council (AFL) merged with the Industrial Union Council of Metropolitan New York (CIO) on February 19, 1959 to form the New York City Central Labor Council. Under the leadership of Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. who served as president from 1957 to 1986, the council established vocational and peer counseling through its Rehabilitation Council (1963), launched the first successful attempt to organize the city's cabbies through the Taxi Drivers' Organizing Committee (1964); set up advisory committees to better meet the concerns of minority workers in the Hispanic Labor Committee (1970) and the Black Trade Unionists Leadership Committee (1972); and furthered labor education by working for the founding of the "Labor College" - the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies of Empire State College, State University of New York (1971). In 1992 the New York City Central Labor Council was composed of about 500 affiliates representing nearly one million members. COLLECTION SUMMARY: The collection consists of sound recordings of delegates and executive meetings of the New York City Central Labor Council, produced by the secretary to facilitate the preparation of minutes. Regular monthly meetings provide a forum for unions to consider local as well as nationally important issues. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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American Federation of Teachers Oral History Collection (OH 8)

See BobCat, NYU's online catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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American Federation of Teachers: United Action Caucus Records (TAM 388)

2 boxes (1 linear foot). Created in 1971, the United Action Caucus was a rank-and-file organization within the American Federation of Teachers. It took stands on various issues within the American educational system, supported progressive politics in general and campaigned for internal democracy within the American Federation of Teachers. The collection contains materials collected and circulated by the United Action Caucus particularly for AFT conventions and conferences. Document types include by-laws, flyers, newsletters, pamphlets and clippings. The documents span from 1981 to 1990.

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Association for Union Democracy: NY Area Files (WAG 302)

1 box (1 linear foot). The collection consists of case files documenting the Association for Union Democracy's efforts to assist local unions in the New York City area.

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Bernard and Jewel Bellush Oral History Collection (OH 23)

Bernard and Jewel Bellush conducted these interviews as part of their research for their book UNION POWER AND NEW YORK: VICTOR GOTBAUM AND DISTRICT COUNCIL 37 (Praeger, 1984). District Council 37 was chartered by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in November 1944. At that time its membership was limited to small numbers in the City's departments of Hospitals, Parks, Finance, and Health. Its first goals were to increase membership and to engage management in serious collective bargaining talks. Between 1950-1955, city employees gained Social Security coverage, improved pensions, the 40 hour week for blue collar workers. The AFL-CIO merger in 1955 brought many changes to the District Council. The AFL's AFSCME eventually merged with the CIO's Government and Civic Employees. In 1958, Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed Executive Order 49 which gave collective bargaining rights to employee organizations representing a majority of employees in a bargaining unit. Around that time, a series of strikes in cultural institutions resulted in union recognition for employees at Youth House, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Bronx Zoo, and the Coney Island Aquarium. Local 372, School Lunch Employees won bargaining rights for 12,000 employees by 1965. Local 375, the Civil Service Technical Guild negotiated its first contract in 1963 on behalf of its 5,000 engineers and architects. By 1972, DC 37 had 100,000 members. The New York City Fiscal Crisis of the mid-1970's threatened city employees with massive layoffs. Unions came to the rescue with pledges to invest billions of dollars in the Municipal Assistance Corporation. SUMMARY: The collection consists of 49 interviews with union and city officials. Among the notables interviewed were: Jack Bigel, Barry Feinstein, Victor Gotbaum, Stanley Hill, Carol O'Cleiricain, Felix Rohatyn, Donna Shalala, Al Viani, and Jerry and Mildred Wurf. Topics include: organization of New York City employees, public employee collective bargaining, hospital organizing, the 1966 Welfare Strike, the Fiscal Crisis, and the Taylor Law. Inventory available in repository. RELATED MATERIAL: Bernard and Jewel Bellush Collection.

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Albert Boni Interview (OH 62)

1 box. Transcript of interview with Albert Boni conducted by Alex Baskin on October 20, 1972.

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Murray Bookchin Audiocassettes (OH 56)

4 boxes. Collection consists of audiocassettes, containing approximately 500 tapes; date span ca. 1984 - ca. 1998. The cassettes contain interviews, speeches and talks, radio programs, etc. Unprocessed. No index or finding aid available.

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George Breitman Oral History Collection (OH 38)

Public Programs (meetings, speeches, radio shows, etc.). c. 1956 - c. 1983. In February, 1995, the Tamiment Institute Library received the papers of George Breitman (1916-1986), a leading American Trotskyist and historian of Trotskyism, as well as an authority on, and editor and publisher of, the works of Malcolm X. Among the thirty cartons of papers were these audiocassettes. Breitman was, in 1937, a delegate to the founding convention of the Socialist Workers Party, the main US Trotskyist organization, still extant. Breitman played a leading role in the SWP's campaigns of the 1930s to organize the unemployed, was for many years editor of The Militant, the SWP weekly newspaper, and was editor of the SWP's Pathfinder Press. He wrote pamphlets, numerous newspaper articles, and edited collections of the writings of Leon Trotsky. He was one of the first Marxists to appreciate the work of Malcolm X, edited three books of his writings, and wrote The Last year of Malcolm X: the Evolution of a Revolutionary (1967). Breitman also was the unofficial historian of the SWP, an expert on the history of international Trotskyism. SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Series I. Malcolm X and other personalities, mainly consisting of 44 programs. For 39 of these, Malcolm X was the speaker, or one of several speakers, while the other 5 are on topics related to the Civil Rights/Black Power movements of the 1960s. Most of these date from after Malcolm Xís break with the Nation of Islam, 1964-1965. Included are speeches at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, appearances on various radio programs, appearances at the SWPís Militant Labor Forum, and an interview from Cairo, Egypt. There are also 10 programs on contemporary and historical radical and socialist topics (the speakers are SWP notables), Series II, contains two programs, one on the Industrial Workers of the World, and one on the Fourth International. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Burton Hall Union Democracy Oral History Project (OH 34)

These interviews were conducted by Jane LaTour in her capacity as archivist of the Burton Hall Papers, donated to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives by Hallís legal partner Wendy Sloan after his death in 1991. Burton Hall was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1929. He graduated from Williams College in 1951 and Yale Law School in 1954. While in college and law school he was a member of the Food, Tobacco and Agricultural Workers Union in Camden, New Jersey, the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 11, and the International Association of Machinists, Local 751, on the West Coast. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1957 and worked as a lawyer for a private firm and the Federal Aviation Agency before turning to labor law. Burton Hall set up his own practice in 1960 as a labor lawyer. Soon his practice was almost entirely comprised of rank-and-file members suing to protect their democratic rights within their unions. His office was located at 136 Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. When the building was demolished to make way for the World Trade Center, he moved to 401 Broadway, Hall was one of the pioneer attorneys in developing the case law for the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, also known as the Landrum-Griffin Act. His precedent-setting cases involved protection of the rights guaranteed by law in that section of the Act known as the "Bill of Rights" of union members. Thus he represented rank-and-filers in numerous cases involving issues such as eligibility for running for union office, discipline against members for criticism of their leadership, and expulsion of union members for advocating radical political ideas. COLLECTION SUMMARY: The collection consists of interviews with rank and file insurgents, family members, representatives of union democracy organizations and others who worked with Burton Hall. The bulk of the interviews relate to Painters and Teamsters (Local 282) union reform efforts. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Civil Service Technical Guild, Local 375 AFSCME Oral History Collection (OH 22)

1 box. In 1983, the Civil Service Technical Guild Local 375 under the leadership of President Louis Albano approached the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives for assistance in documenting its history for its upcoming fiftieth anniversary celebration. Under the direction of historian Rachel Bernstein, the collection of oral history interviews and archival materials was undertaken which formed the basis of "Building a City, Building a Union: a history of the Civil Service Technical Guild Local 375" which she wrote under commission of the union. Local 375 was founded in 1937 by municipal engineers to fight the La Guardia administration's attempts to replace civil servants with private consultants, a practice subject to the abuses of political patronage. The Guild's most successful initiatives were on the legislative front. An affiliate of the Civil Service Forum, the Guild joined the CIO Government and Civic Employee's Organizing Committee in 1950. After the merger of the AFL and CIO, it affiliated with District Council 37, AFSCME. At the time of the 50th anniversary, it represented close to 5,000 engineers, architects, city planners, chemists, and other white collar technical workers employed by the City of New York. SUMMARY: The collection is comprised of 35 life history interviews with union veterans and city officials. Topics include the organization and development of Local 375, the Civil Service Forum and other white collar professional unionizing efforts including the Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians, and the Government and Civic Employee's Organizing Committee, CIO; the Buckley Law; the Fiscal Crisis; and union efforts to reform city contracting practices.

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Communications Workers of America Oral History Collection (OH 26)

See BobCat, NYU's online catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

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Evelyn Davis Photographs (PHOTOS 215)

1 box. Includes two photograph albums that have been disassembled and one intact photograph album (largely black and white prints for all three), one disassembled scrapbook, and ninety loose black and white photographs ranging in size from 11x14 to 2x3 inches.

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Peter Drucker Oral History Collection (OH 37)

Historian Peter Drucker donated these tapes to the Tamiment Library after the publication of his biography of Max Shachtman, Max Shachtman and His Left: A Socialistís Odyssey through the American Century (1994). SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The interviews, conducted in 1989, include Shachtman associates Herman Benson, Hal Draper, Joel Geier, Emanuel Geltman, and Abraham (Al) Glotzer. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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W.E.B. Du Bois Photographs (PHOTOS 238)

1 box. Twenty-three black and white or sepia photographs.

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Frederic Ewen Graphics (GRAPHICS 21)

Four items separated from the Frederic Ewen Papers (Tamiment 227).

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Harry Fleischman - History of American Socialism and Other Topics Oral History Collection (OH 25)

See BobCat, NYU's online catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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Gender Relations in the Building Trades Oral History Collection (OH 20)

RESTRICTED COLLECTION: Interviews are open only with the permission of interviewers. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information. Jane Latour taped eight of these interviews in the summer of 1990 while working as director of the Association for Union Democracy's Women's Project. The interviews were collected with the intention of producing a pamphlet to encourage women in non-traditional jobs to engage in union activity. Francine Mocchio, while a faculty member at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, Empire State College, conducted interviews primarily with women employed as electricians, members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, for a research project on gender relations in the building trades. COLLECTION SUMMARY: Interviews with women employed in non-traditional jobs discuss their strategies for on-the-job survival and their roles as activists within their unions. Occupations include women employed in the building and construction trades, transport (air and subway) and communications. Union involvement included serving as shop stewards, health and safety representatives, running for union office and organizing rank and file caucuses, teaching in apprentice programs and organizing women's committees. Discussions include routes of entry in the "non-traditional" sector of female employment, activism, organizing tactics and achievements, and advice for others. A major focus of the interviews was to illustrate how women in non-traditional jobs can overcome obstacles on the job and within their unions in order to participate in the affairs of their respective unions. Inventory available in repository.

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Joe Glazer - Labor Songs Oral History Collection (OH 41)

In 1996, Joe Glazer donated to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives a collection of tapes and records from among the more than two dozen he produced over the course of more than 50 years as "laborís troubadour." His voice and guitar have been heard at scores of picket lines, union halls, and union and political rallies from the merger convention of the AFL-CIO in 1955 to the Solidarity Day demonstration in 1980. He has revived dozens of labor songs as well as composing some which have become traditional including "The Mill was Made of Marble," "Automation," and "Too Old to Work, Too Young to Die." He is a founder of the Labor Heritage Foundation, a national organization which promotes labor music, drama and culture and for the past twenty years, has organized an annual "Labor Arts Exchange" at the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The collection includes Glazerís tapes of folksongs of the American dream and immigration, songs of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), as well as other topical collections on the environment ("Garbage") and President Ronald Reagan ("Jellybean Blues). Index available in repository.

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Laura Gray: Reference Photocopy Binders (PHOTOS 0)

Nine binders of reference photocopies of original drawings 1 through 512 of the Laura Gray Cartoons Collection. Researchers must use these before looking at the originals. Those who want to look at the originals should contact the Nonprint Curator at erika.gottfried@nyu.edu.

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Michael Harrington - DSA Audiotapes (OH 48)

Collection contains recordings of Harrington's lectures at Queens College, audio notes on interviews with political leaders, various public speeches, and other assorted personal recordings. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons Collection (GRAPHICS 17)

25 boxes. 1075 cartoons by Gary Huck (mainly originals, with some photocopies); approx. 599 cartoons (mainly originals, with some photocopies) by Mike Konopacki, approx. 1138 sketches for cartoons on tracing paper; twenty-three years of monthly packages of labor cartoons (photocopies). for Huck/Konopacki subscription service, from 1983-2003 and 2005-2006 (with the exception of 1983 and 1984, all years are complete, with 12 monthly packets for each year) .

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Impact Visuals Records (TAM 256)

83 boxes (83 linear feet) Impact Visuals was a New York City-based cooperative photo agency dedicated to social documentary photography. Founded by Michael Kaufman, Impact Visuals operated for 15 years until shutting down in 2001.

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Sergius Ingerman Papers (TAM 4)

1 box (.5 linear feet). Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu. Russian emigre, socialist. Original MSS (largely in Russian), clippings, photographs. Following expulsion from Russia for radical activities (1884) and immigration to U.S. (1891), associated with Socialist Labor Party, later helped found Socialist Party of America. Chairman, Russian Immigrants Aid Committee. Writings include discussions of his opposition to Lenin and Trotsky, the failure of Social Democratic Party in Russia, Social Democratic Society of New York, Karl Kautsky, Raphael Abramovitch. Includes obituaries (in English, Russian, German, Yiddish) of wife, Anna Ingerman, M.D., active socialist.

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International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Oral History Collection (OH 21)

See BobCat, NYU's online catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. The tapes are open for research but copyright is held by Schomburg Center, NYPL, and researchers should apply there for permission to quote. Index available in repository.

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Maurice Isserman Oral History Interviews (OH 36)

This group of interviews was donated to the Tamiment Library by historian Maurice Isserman following the publication of "If I Had a Hammer. . .The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left" (Basic Books, Inc.: New York, 1987). Isserman conducted the interviews between 1983 and 1986. SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Isserman sought the roots of 1960s radicalism in the American Communist Party, the various groups led by Max Shachtman, the journal Dissent, and the Committee for Non-Violent Action. He conducted interviews with intellectuals and political partisans active in the 1950s and the 1960s, among them, Stanley Aronowitz, David Dellinger, Ralph DiGia, Hal Draper, Harry and Vera Fleischman, Manny Geltman, Todd Gitlin, Abraham (Al) Glotzer, Gordon Haskell, Richard Healy, Michael Walzer, Irving Howe, Julius and Phyllis Jacobson, David McReynolds, Debbie Meier, Juanita and Wally Nelson, Ronald Radosh, and Andre Schiffrin. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Maurice Isserman - Which Side Were You On? The American Communist Party During the Second World War: Interview Transcripts and Summaries (OH 51)

See BobCat, NYU's online catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

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Jewish Labor Committee Oral History Collection (OH 27)

Interviews were conducted by Gail Malmgreen, NYU students Aimee Kaplan and Nancy Schmarak, and JLC staff member Arieh Lebowitz. The Jewish Labor Committee was established by a coalition of Jewish unions and fraternal organizations in New York City in February 1934, with the purpose of rescuing and providing material aid to victims of Nazi persecution. The Committee included affiliates of the United Hebrew Trades, the needle trades unions, the Workmen's Circle, the Jewish Daily Forward Association, and other Jewish labor organizations representing nearly 500,000 members. Working with the AFL, the CIO and a number of mainstream Jewish organizations, the JLC engaged many forms of anti-Nazi activity, including a boycott of German goods, mass meetings, demonstrations, propaganda and active support for anti-fascist forces, both Jewish and non-Jewish, in Europe. In 1940, a special emergency visa program which was engineered by the JLC and William Green of the AFL, helped more than a thousand socialists, trade unionists, and intellectuals whose lives were threatened by the Nazis, to find refuge in the U.S. During the war the JLC worked both through official channels and through the anti-Nazi Underground to channel aid to its friends in Europe, even in Nazi-devastated Poland. After the war, the JLC assisted concentration-camp survivors and other displaced persons in every way possible. It helped to locate relatives, feed, clothe and resettle refugees and find them new homes and employment. In the 1950s, with the support of the British, French, and German labor movements, the JLC played a significant role in negotiating reparations claims against Germany. In the 1960s, the JLC aggressively addressed the issues of civil rights in the U.S. and human rights for Soviet Jewry and supported the grape and wine boycotts called by the United Farm Workers. It remains active as a liaison between the American labor movement and the organized Jewish community, and continues its educational work on anti-Semitism, Holocaust studies, and Jewish culture. SUMMARY: The collection contains nineteen interviews. Among the interviewees are Dussia Minkoff, who discusses her life history and the life and career of her late husband, Isaiah Minkoff, who served as JLC Executive Secretary, 1936-1941, and Eleanor Shachner, long-time chair of the JLC Women's Division. Emanuel Muravchik, who served as the JLC's Executive Secretary from the late 1960's through the early 1980's, discusses his family and political background and the position of the JLC on Middle Eastern issues. A series of 12 videotaped interviews with historians and JLC veterans were conducted in connection with the Wagner Archives JLC video documentary project. This series includes interviews with Benjamin Gebiner, Joseph Mlotek, Vladka Meed, Gus Tyler, Motl Zelmanowicz and historians Jack Jacobs and Kenneth Waltzer. The documentary, entitled "They Were Not Silent: the American Jewish Labor Movement and the Holocaust", previewed in 1998. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Dan Katz - International Ladies' Garment Workers Union Oral History Interviews (OH 49)

Interviews conducted by Daniel Katz for his dissertation, A Union of Many Cultures: Yiddish Socialism and Interracial Organizing in the International Ladies' Garment Union, 1913-1941. (Rutgers University, 2003). Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Gertrude W. Klein Photograph Collection (PHOTOS 229)

2 boxes. One 8x10 b/w photograph. Second from the left: NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia; center: Gertrude Weil Klein; second from right: Jacob Potofsky of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union. [Gertrude W. Klein was a New York City Socialist Party candidate for New York state assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1919, a candidate for New York state senate 9th District, 1922, and an American Labor Party candidate for New York state assembly from Bronx County 8th District, 1940.]

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Labor Songs Collection (OH 16)

This series consists of produced sound recordings of labor or left music, donated to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. COLLECTION SUMMARY: Included are user copies of sound recordings that are part of the Archives' holdings as well as cassettes produced by labor musicians and occasional public events staged by the Archives around themes of labor music. RELATED MATERIALS: See also Tamiment-Wagner Disc Collections (NS-D) listings of recorded sound. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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John Lowenthal "Trials of Alger Hiss" Photographs Collection (PHOTOS 244)

1 box. Approximately 600 photographs (mostly 8x10 black and white prints with corresponding captions, including many duplicates), 200 reference photocopies of photographs, 100 35mm negatives and twenty (4x5) negatives, 15 contact sheets, and photograph indexes from the production files of the 1992 documentary film by John Lowenthal, "The Trials of Alger Hiss." The photographs capture key moments from Alger Hissí life and trials, and include family photographs. Five oversized photographs were separated and have been stored with oversized collections.

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Edward J. Malloy Papers (TAM 591)

1 box (1 linear foot). Engagement diaries and 1 file.

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Marine Workers Historical Collection Oral Histories (OH 30)

Interviews were conducted between 1980 and 1992 by Joe Doyle, Morris Weiner, and Debra Bernhardt. Some of the interviews were funded by the Chelsea Waterfront History Project. SUMMARY: The collection contains six interviews with merchant seamen and longshoremen. Topics include the National Maritime Union, New York City waterfront corruption, the Chelsea Irish community, and political campaigns. Index available in repository. RELATED MATERIALS: See OH-01, New Yorkers at Work, for other oral accounts of New York's waterfront history.

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Carl Aldo Marzani Oral History Collection (OH 42)

Interviews were conducted in Italy, mainly in Italian, in the late 1970s-1980 for Marzani's book, "The Promise of Eurocommunism", published in 1981 by Lawrence & Hill Co., Westport, CT. Unprocessed. No index available.

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Jeanne Mirer Papers (TAM 383)

14 boxes (14 linear feet). Mirer was a member of the National Lawyers Guild, who also represented the Guild.

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Miscellaneous Historic Sound Collection (OH 35)

This series contains odds and ends of sound actualities that have been donated to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives from time to time. Some are cassette transfers of discs. SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Included in this miscellany are several speeches by or about Sidney Hillman including the September 1941 Salute to Labor, the dedication of the Hillman Health Center and Hillmanís funeral, all donated by Hillmanís daughter, Philoine Fried. Also included is a speech of Jay Lovestone in 1964 and a produced cassette featuring Bayard Rustin, the Singer (chiefly Negro Spirituals). Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Helen Murphy Papers (TAM 139.1)

2 boxes (1.5 linear feet). Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu. This collection consists of the personal papers of Helen A. Murphy (1889-1986), children's author and playwright, and director of the Children's Theatre Program at Greenwich House from 1923-1968. The papers span from 1914-1986. The bulk are from her tenure at Greenwich House, and includes short stories, scripts, promotional material from productions at G.H. Ch. Th., correspondence, administrative material and some personal effects. The fragmentary nature of much of the collection can be attributed to the loss of a great deal of material which occurred during Murphy's absence from 1968-72. The collection is organized into three series: The Children's and Adult's Theatre at Greenwich House; Writings and Other Activities; and Personal Material.

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National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Local 15 Oral History Collection (OH 32)

Tapes were donated to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in 1990 after NABET Local 15 joined IATSE. NABET Local 15 had its origins in the 1940s when the Association of Documentary Film Cameramen organized an independent union. In the late 1940s, the National Association of Broadcast Engineers, a CIO affiliate, approached the ADFC and gave them a charter. At that time the name was changed to the Association of Documentary and Television Craftsmen (ADTFC) to accommodate the expanding craft categories to be covered by the NABE union umbrella. The ADTFC organized film crews working on low-budget and television films, areas not organized by IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, affiliated with the AFL. In 1954, most of the 700 members of the ADFTC joined the various locals of IATSE. Those who remained with the ADFTC formed a new union affiliated with the CIO, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. When the AFL and CIO merged in 1955, IATSE and NABET remained separate entities. With the increased number of television commercials, series and feature production in the early 1960s, workers previously unorganized by IATSE now organized NABET Local 15, the Association of Film Craftsmen. The new local, formed on September 19, 1965, would organize all the craft positions under one contract, which it felt would be more effective for workers on low-budget productions. This encouraged Local 15 members to work in more than one craft in any area of production. NABET was predominantly organized around the television industry; Local 15's charter was one of only three NABET locals devoted to film craftsmen. By the early 1970s, Local 15 expanded as its members increasingly worked on more feature films. Regional offices opened the country in Boston, Miami and San Francisco. In the late 1980s, NABET set up a meeting between officials of IATSE and Local 15 to discuss a possible merger. Soon after, NABET accused Local 15 of trying to secede. The International brought charges against Local 15 which subsequently went to court in an attempt to retain its member status as a NABET local. It lost the case and the international revoked its charter in 1990. Local 15, membership voted to join IATSE; it was admitted in October 1990. This collection has not been processed. No inventory is available.

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National Council of American-Soviet Friendship Photographs (PHOTOS 54)

2 boxes (2 linear feet). Approximately 167 black and white photographs, about half of which come from two disassembled photograph albums, 47 color snapshots, 40 color slides.

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National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter Oral History Collection (OH 44)

Audio cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes of radio recordings and symposiums/conferences. Inventory available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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New York City Immigrant Labor History Project Oral History Collection (OH 14)

34 boxes. The late Herbert Gutman, Professor of History at the City University of New York, project director, donated the tapes of the New York City Immigrant Labor Oral History Project to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in 1983. They were transferred from the New Jersey Historical Commission where they had been temporarily housed. The project began in 1973 under a two- year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Interviews were conducted by undergraduate City College students taught by Virginia Yans and Leon Fink, social history students at CUNY Graduate Center, and graduate student staff interviewers. Interviewers visited nursing homes such as the Workman's Circle Home and union retiree groups including the ILGWU Cloak Worker's Union and Longshoreman's Local 1814 to search out and tape immigrant workers whose memories dated to the turn of the century. The project focused on contrasting experiences of white ethnic and black newcomers to New York and the community, cultural and work lives of immigrants. Institutional history was not a priority. COLLECTION SUMMARY: The collection consists of 285 interviews with American Black, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Scandinavian immigrant workers. Topics include: family life, education, assimilation, women's roles, work process, ethnic community relations, pre-immigration experiences, work in the garment industry and on the docks, living conditions, politics, leisure, religion, unions, Ellis Island, courtship, class. Indexes or partial transcripts are available for many of the tapes. Index available in repository.

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New York City Taxi Drivers' Union Oral History Collection (OH 28)

1 box (1 linear foot). In 1964, under the direction of Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., the Taxi Driver's Organizing Committee was formed. In several weeks, 9,000 cab drivers had been signed up. On the strength of this showing, mass rallies were called for by Van Arsdale. Top labor leaders, among them George Meany, pledged their support for the cab drivers. The fruit of their efforts became evident when in July 21, 1965, in elections called for by the fleet owners, the TDOC won elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in 22 garages. Within the next year, it went on to win elections and bargaining rights in 82 garages and came to represent nearly 18,000 taxi drivers and other workers within the fleet garages. The culmination of the taxi drivers' struggle to organize was the granting of a charter by the AFL-CIO, on July 1, 1966 to the newly organized NYC Taxi Driver's Union, directly affiliated Local Union 3036. In the first election of union officers held in November of 1966, Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. was elected President of the Local. By September 1967, its membership had grown to 28,000. During the 1970's Local 3036 became affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In the early 1990's, Local 3036 claimed 8,000 members. COLLECTION SUMMARY: The span dates for the collection are 1966-1981, with the bulk of the material between 1966 and 1972. Local 3036 donated this collection to the Wagner Labor Archives in 1985. The collection totals 255 tapes of Union meetings, demonstrations and speeches. Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

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New York City Waterfront Oral History Collection (OH 60)

Collection contains seventeen interviews regarding organizing longshoremen on the NYC waterfront. Index available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

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New York Metro Area Postal Union Oral History Collection (OH 3)

Barbara Wertheimer, labor educator at Cornell NYSSILR's New York Labor Extension, conceived of an oral history project utilizing union retiree groups to document workers' contributions to New York City. The study of the New York Metro Postal Workers began in 1976 with a small grant under the direction of Dana Schecter and was meant to be a prototype project. For two years, Schecter met with a group of retired postal workers, trained them in oral history techniques, and set them to the task of the interviewing. The collection also contains an extensive interview with Morris Biller, President of the union from 1959-80, when he became president of the national union. Schecter donated the tapes and transcripts to the Wagner Archives in 1980. The New York Area Postal Union represents over 21,000 postal clerks, motor vehicle operators, maintenance, and mailhandlers in New York and New Jersey. The local resulted from the 1958 secession of officers and members of Local 10, National Federation of Post Office Clerks, an organization dating back to 1901. The secessionists favored an "industrial" organization that would include all postal "crafts." SUMMARY: The collection consists of life history oral interviews of 15 retired officers or activists of the New York Metro Area Postal Union including Morris (Moe) Biller, who went on to become president of the national union. The interviews cover the following topics: postal service working conditions; Local 10, National Federation of Post Office Clerks; organization of Postal Union of Manhattan-Bronx Clerks, National Postal Clerks Union; evolution of the New York Metro Area Postal Union; the National postal strike of 1970; and highlights of work histories and union leadership development. Transcripts are available for each of the interviews. RELATED MATERIALS: New York Metro Area Postal Union Collection at the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and the Josie McMillian oral history interview in the New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection.

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New York State AFL-CIO Oral History Collection (OH 17)

As part of her duties under the Harry Van Arsdale fellowship offered to Cornell ILR undergraduates, Leslie Braginsky conducted these interviews in 1988 with active and retired officers of the state labor federation. The New York State AFL-CIO was formed in December 1958 by the merger of the separate state bodies of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The state AFL traces its activities as far back as the 1860s, when existing labor unions called meetings to protest the Folger Anti-Strike Bill in the State Legislature. In 1865, the first state organization of labor unions was founded as the New York State Trades Assembly, with Henry Rockefeller of the Troy Typographical Union as president. Later that year, the name was changed to the Workingmen's Assembly of the State of New York. The name was again changed in 1898 to the Workingmen's Federation of the State of New York when the Assembly merged with the State branch of the American Federation of Labor. Finally in 1910, the name New York State Federation of Labor was adopted. After World War I, the State Federation fought for several labor reforms such as Workmen's Compensation. During the Depression, the Federation fought for State unemployment insurance and the New York State Labor Relations Act. The New York State CIO was chartered in November 1938, three years after John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers, became chairman of the Committee for Industrial Organizations, and one year after the CIO was expelled from the AFL and changed its name to the Congress of Industrial Organizations. At the 1938 New York State CIO founding convention, President-elect Allan Haywood adopted the principle that labor would take a greater role in the State's political affairs. The merger of the two rival labor federations took place on a national level in 1955. At that time, the State organizations began merger negotiations, but did not reach an agreement until 1958. COLLECTION SUMMARY: There are no transcripts for these interviews, but brief summaries do exist for all interviews. Narrators discuss their family backgrounds, their work as organizers and/or officers of their unions, and their experiences as officers of the State AFL-CIO. Interviewees came from various unions, including the Building Trades, IUE, Shoe and Boot Workers, RWDSU, Civil Service Technical Guild, and the American Communication Association. Narrators discuss the merger of the AFL-CIO, personalities within the State Federation, their positions on Taft-Hartley, and the current condition of the labor movement. Index available in repository. RELATED MATERIALS: The Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives are the repository for the historical records of the New York State AFL-CIO.

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Out in the Union: Gays and Lesbians in the Labor Movement, Miriam Frank Oral History Collection (OH 39)

The Out in the Union Oral History Project was initiated in 1994 by Dr. Miriam Frank, Master Teacher of Humanities in the School of Continuing Education at New York University with support from the Stephen Charney Vladeck Junior Faculty Fellowship Program. Frank, the co-author of "Pride at Work: Organizing for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Unions" (Lesbian and Gay Labor Network, 1990), sought out gay and lesbian union activists in New York City, Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Portland and Seattle. SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The interviews are both biographical and topical covering such themes as family and class identity, the influence of the institutions of the political left and/or the church, love, and death. Specific labor topics Frank sought to document were institutional policies and new bargaining issues with regard to lesbians and gays; the history of gay participation in unions, both hidden and "out"; resistance to gays and lesbians in some sectors of the labor movement; labor education and AIDS education; and the influence of community organizing. Frank attempts to document individual struggles which had engaged activists in trying to live a gay life in the union world. Index available in repository. NOTE TO RESEARCHERS: This collection is restricted. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information on obtaining permission to use the collection. RELATED MATERIALS: See the archives of the Lesbian and Gay Labor Network, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.

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George Washington Polk Papers (TAM 178)

13 boxes (7 linear feet). Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu. George Polk was a CBS news correspondent covering the Greek civil war who was murdered in Salonika on May 16th, 1948. In the course of his investigations, he had uncovered, and was about to publish, evidence of criminal activity by rightist forces who had the support of the United States and Great Britain. This collection contains: I. GWP writings - broadcasts and cables, diaries, notebooks, short stories, Middle East Mosaic (book ts.); II. Clippings, cables re GWP murder, clips collected by GWP; III. Family Correspondence, incl. WRP (William Roe Polk - brother), ARP (Adelaide Roe Polk - mother); Capt. James H. Polk -ancestor (returned to donor); IV. GWP memorabilia, awards, memorials; V. Photographs - GWP, WRP, other family.

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Produced Audio Tapes Collection (OH 24)

These titles were donated to or purchased by the Tamiment Library/Wagner Labor Archives. COLLECTION SUMMARY: Produced tapes include documentary histories of Fiorello LaGuardia, Emma Goldman, the Scottsboro case, and Eugene Debs. There are two tapes from a CWA talk show program. In most cases there are no transcripts for these tapes. Scripts are protected by copyright. Index available in repository.

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Radical Pamphlet Literature Collection (TAM 358)

169 boxes (169 linear feet). Collection of 8,672 pamphlets microfilmed on 89 reels shelved in the Tamiment Library at: R-1743 to R-1831. See the published guide to the collection in the Tamiment Library shelved at Tam Ref HN 90 .R3 T323.

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Rand School of Social Science: Addendum (TAM 7.11)

17 boxes (5.5 linear feet). The Rand School of Social Science (1906-1956), a school for workers and socialists which was associated with the Socialist Party, and after 1936 with the Social Democratic Federation, offered a variety of courses on contemporary topics, traditional subjects and socialist theory taught by intellectual leaders of the socialist movement, distinguished academicians and trade union leaders. In 1917 the Rand School purchased a six story building at 7 East 15th Street, that had an auditorium, a library, classrooms, and office space which was utilized by several socialist organizations. In a climate of anti-radical feeling after World War I, the Rand School came under attack by the Lusk Committee, created to investigate radical activities in New York. After a series of court cases the Rand School retained control of its operations, and programs and enrollment increased. Shortly after World War II, courses and enrollment decreased sharply. In January 1956 the Board of Directors of the American Socialist Society closed the Rand School and transferred the title of the school and its building to the People's Educational Camp Society, the governing body of Camp Tamiment, a successful workers resort which had long provided the majority of the School's budget. The collection contains correspondence, mostly of the chief executives of the school; minutes of the school's Educational Council; student term papers; internal memoranda on reorganization plans for the school; material relating to the school's publications, among them the Institute of Social Science Bulletin (1951-1955); course records; reports, monographs on topical issues, and transcripts of lectures and debates; the records of the school's Labor Research Department, which published American Labor Year Book from 1916-1932; records of American Labor Archive and Research Institute, founded in 1941 to preserve documents of the European and American labor movement; and financial and bookstore records.

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Southern Tenant Farmers' Union Oral History Collection (OH 29)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Inventory available in repository. For information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

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Spanish Refugee Aid Inc. Photographs Collection (PHOTOS 246)

1 box. Unprocessed collection containing approximately eighty mostly black and white photographs documenting a variety of activities and individuals related to Spanish Refugee Aid, Inc. (SRA), Spain, the Spanish Civil War, and between 1917 and 1993, with the bulk dating from the 1960s and early 1970s. Notable activities include art sales, clothing drives, and fundraisers organized by SRA between 1960 and 1975, but the collection also documents famous Spanish artists sympathetic to SRA, along with various hospitals or homes where refugees received care. Individuals of note include SRA director Nancy McDonald, writer Albert Camus, and musician Pablo Casals.

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Stewardesses for Women's Rights Oral History Collection (OH 12)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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Tamiment Library Events Oral History Collection (OH 5)

This ongoing series of audiotapes consists of recordings of educational forums, conferences, commemorations, radio broadcasts, memorials, addresses and other formal events relating to the history of American labor and radicalism. The bulk of the events were staged by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and the Tamiment Library and related organizations such as the New York Labor History Association beginning from 1980 to the present. "Pillar of Labor" dedications provide biographical information about important unionists. The series also includes a few sound recordings of New York political organizations of the 1980s such as C.A.R.D., the Coalition against Registration and the Draft, and the Citizens' Party. Where programs or leaflets advertising events existed, they have been assembled to document the tapes. Index available in repository. Contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for information.

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Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection (OH 31)

Interviews were conducted between 1980 and 1988 by Andrew Horn of the Tamiment Playhouse Archives and by NYU Performance Studies graduate student Martha S. LoMonaco for her dissertation and subsequent book on the Tamiment Playhouse, entitled Every Week a Broadway Revue. The Tamiment Playhouse, located at the Socialist Party's retreat, Camp Tamiment, in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains, became the preeminent workshop and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television of the mid-twentieth century. Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, and Carol Burnett, directors Max Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton, choreographer Jerome Robbins, and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. Much of the original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television. All interviewees were involved in the Tamiment Playhouse, mainly in the 1950s. Most of the interviews consist of recollections of the Tamiment summer theater, as well as discussions about the importance of the Playhouse for Broadway. Of note in the collection are interviews with Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Imogene Coca, and Neil Simon. Inventory available in repository. The Shows were recorded (live, on reel to reel audiotape) at the Tamiment Playhouse from 1955-1960.

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Taxi Drivers Rank and File Coalition Oral History Collection (OH 13)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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Transport Workers Union Oral History Collection (OH 11)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Oral History Collection (OH 19)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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United Federation of Teachers Oral History Collection (OH 9)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog (http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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Vanguard Group Minutes (TAM 389)

1 box (.25 linear feet). A notebook of minutes of 1939 meetings of the Vanguard Group - a New York anarcho-communist group. The group published a magazine called Vanguard and dissipated during World War II. The notebook comes from the collection of the late Sidney Solomon, husband of Clara Solomon.

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Sam Wallach Photographs Collection (PHOTOS 251)

1 box. Approximately 225 black and white mostly 8 x 10 photographs and 13 black and white slides separated from the Sam Wallach Papers (Tam #241). Most of the images appear to document the activities of Rose Russell in the Teachers Union, and its successor organization, the United Federation of Teachers. Many of them were shot by the photographer and Teacherís Union member, Mildred Grossman. Dates appear to range from 1940s to the 1970s.

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Edward Kay Welsh Photographs (PHOTOS 190)

Approximately 20 photographic prints, mainly black and white 6x8 or 8x10. Many show Welsh meeting with union representatives in some African countries.

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Women Hospital Workers Oral History Collection (OH 6)

See BobCat, NYU's library catalog ( http://bobcat.nyu.edu), for a description of this collection. Index available in repository.

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Samuel Zagat: Reference Photocopy Binders (PHOTOS 000)

Nine binders of reference photocopies of original Zagat drawings in Graphics 12. Researchers must use these reference photocopies before requesting the original cartoons. Those who wish to see originals should contact the Nonprint Curator (erika.gottfried@nyu.edu). For more information see entry for Graphics 12, Samuel Zagat Graphics Collection.

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Gilda Zwerman Papers (TAM 269)

"1 box (1 linear foot). This collection consists of many letters from Judy Clark to Gilda Zwerman, a sociologist specializing in criminology. Clark, a radical activist member of the May 19 Communist Organization, was arrested in 1981 for her participation in a failed robbery of an armored truck in which a guard and two police officers were killed. The correspondence spans from 1986 to 1988 ans is addressed first from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York, and then from Tucson, AZ. The collection also includes 40 audiocassettes.Access restricted."

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Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) Collections


Irving Fajans Papers (ALBA 250)

1 box (.5 linear feet).Contains FOIA files of Irving Fajans.

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Popular Front Experience of France and Spain, 1936-1939: University of Southampton Conference Records (ALBA 112)

1 box (.25 linear feet). This collection includes materials related to a 1986 conference held at the University of Southampton titled "Comparative Perspectives on the Popular Front Experiences of France and Spain 1936-1939."

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John Simon: FOIA Files (ALBA 264)

1 box (0.24 feet.) John L. Simon was a psychiatrist who served in the Spanish Civil War as a medic and later became an active member of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. This small collection contains the FBI files on Simon obtained via FOIA request. The papers concern Simon's life after the war and span from 1949 to 1966.

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