The origins of the Frederic Ewen Center at the Tamiment Library date from 1998 when Hebert Kurz approached Dr. Debra Bernhardt, then head of the Tamiment Library, about establishing an academic freedom archive at New York University in memory of his uncle, Frederic Ewen. Mr. Kurz saw that the struggle for intellectual and academic freedom was part of the larger history of the American Left documented by the Tamiment Library. The Frederic Ewen papers came to NYU in early 1999 and became the core collection of a wide-ranging academic freedom archive. Tamiment sought to build on this acquisition and identify other collections of institutional records and personal papers relating to academic freedom. The first phase of this project was a survey of collections in the New York area. This was quickly followed by the acquisition of a number of important archives including the papers of Morris Schappes; the records of the National Lawyers Guild; the records of the Boudin and Rabinowitz law firm; and the papers of Victor Rabinowitz, Irving Adler, and Sam Wallach. In 2006, NYU launched the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center to make these collections accessible for research and to facilitate discourse on the subject of academic freedom. The center sponsors an annual research fellowship, an annual conference, occasional symposia, and book talks.

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Director Biographies:

Michael Nash
The late Co-director of the Frederic Ewen Freedom Center and director of New York University’s Tamiment Library

Marilyn B. Young
Co-director of the Frederic Ewen Center and a full professor in the department of history at NYU

Board Member Biographies:

Herbert Kurz, Founding Chair
Chairman, President, and CEO of Presidential Life Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Presidential Life Insurance.

Stuart Ewen
Distinguished Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College, and in the Ph.D. Programs in History, Sociology and American Studies at The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center

Carol A. Mandel
Dean of the Division of Libraries at New York University, which includes the Libraries, Media Services, University Archives and the NYU Press

Mary Nolan
Professor of History at New York University