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Guide to the Henry Walter Papers
1950-2017
 MS 3016

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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Walter, Henry, 1927-2016
Title: Henry Walter papers
Dates: 1950-2017
Abstract: The Henry Walter papers primarily include Walter’s files as a speechwriter for New York City Comptroller (1970-1973) and Mayor (1974-1977) Abraham D. Beame. The files include drafts and final versions of speeches, messages to constituent groups, press releases, correspondence and memos, Beame’s daily public schedules, event invitations and related background briefing notes, and other documents concerning public relations activities in Beame’s office. The papers also include files related to Walter’s work as Press Secretary for Robert Morgenthau’s 1962 campaign for New York State governor and as the first Director of Public Information for the newly-formed New York City Department of Highways in 1963-1964. The papers also hold a broad range of New York City-oriented print matter, such as city government reports and local newsletters. Among these is a rich set of programs, seating charts and other documents ranging from 1956 to 2017 from the annual political parody show presented by the Inner Circle, an organization of New York City journalists and reporters.
Quantity: 38.67 Linear feet in 33 record cartons, 8 document boxes and 1 oversize folder
Call Phrase: MS 3016

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Biographical/Historical Note

Henry (Hank) Walter (1927-2016) joined New York City Comptroller Abraham D. Beame’s staff in September 1970 as Assistant to the Comptroller for Public Relations. In this capacity he wrote speeches for Beame, as well as press releases and messages to groups, and handled select correspondence on public relations matters.

After attending St. Joseph’s College and Fordham University, and a stint in the Army, Walter’s professional career began in 1953 as a copy boy with the New York World-Telegram. He became a reporter for the newspaper, first on civil service issues, then covering City Hall. He left the  World-Telegram in August 1962 to become Press Secretary for gubernatorial candidate Robert Morgenthau. In January 1963, Walter became the first Director of Public Information for the newly-formed New York City Department of Highways. He left the Department in March 1964, joining WMCA Radio as Director of Editorial Research, and was later promoted to Director of Public Affairs for Straus Broadcasting Group, of which WMCA was a part.

Walter left WMCA in mid-1970 and was hired on to Beame’s staff by his Executive Assistant, Dominick R. Peluso, who was a former reporter himself and knew Walter from their years on the City Hall beat for rival papers. Peluso left Beame’s staff in January 1972 for a job with the Queens Public Administrator, and he was replaced by Ed Katcher, another former reporter. In November 1973, Beame won New York’s mayoral election, and Walter stayed on as a speechwriter for Mayor Beame with the title of Special Assistant to the Mayor. In this position, Walter reported to Press Secretary Sidney J. Frigand and worked with other speechwriters and public relations staff, including the future Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer.

Abraham D. Beame (1906-2001) was a graduate of the City College of New York and a Certified Public Accountant who began working for the city’s budget bureau in 1946. Beame was first elected Comptroller in 1962. He left the office in 1965 to run for mayor on the Democratic Party ticket. He lost that election to John V. Lindsay, but returned to public service four years later in January 1970 upon his re-election as Comptroller. In the next election cycle, Beame again ran for mayor, winning this time. He was inaugurated on January 1, 1974. Although his mayoralty had moments of celebration, such as the events surrounding the 1976 Bicentennial of the United States’ Declaration of Independence, Beame’s tenure was marked more by fiscal crises (including the threat of bankruptcy), crime (including the Son of Sam serial murders), the failure to deliver basic services (including the power black-out of 1977), and other troubles. Beame ran for re-election in the mayoral campaign of 1977, but lost in the Democratic Party primary.

As Beame’s days in office came to a close, Walter transferred in November 1977 to work as a speechwriter for Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, a position he held until 1989 when Goldin left the Comptrollership after a failed effort to win that year’s mayoral election.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Henry Walter papers primarily include Walter’s working files from his years as an assistant for public relations matters, especially in connection with speechwriting, for New York City Comptroller (1970-1973) and Mayor (1974-1977) Abraham (Abe) D. Beame. The files include press releases, drafts and final versions of speeches/remarks, mayoral messages/greetings to constituent and other groups, daily press schedules, briefing memos on appearances (e.g., other attendees, important background information, logistics), invitations for Beame to attend events and programs or other documents related to those events, internal memos, city government agency reports, and other materials related to Beame’s public appearances and communications. The collection also holds the public relations work Walter did for Robert Morgenthau during his campaign for New York Governor in 1962, the press releases Walter prepared for the newly-formed Department on Highways in 1963-1964, and other work Walter did in the 1990s.

The collection holds a rich set of documents related to the Inner Circle annual political parody show. These include programs for all years from 1956 to 1999 and many from 2001-2017, along with seating charts, invitations, tickets, and other documents. Finally, the collection holds an idiosyncratic mix of newsletters, newspapers, commemorative booklets, and other print material on economic, political and cultural matters from the 1950s to 2001.

The collection also holds Walter’s files from his work from November 1977 to 1989 for Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, but those files are not currently open to research in accordance with the conditions of the collection’s donation.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized in five series:

Series I. Public Relations Files. Abraham D. Beame (1961-2000s, bulk 1969-1977)

Series II. Currently restricted

Series III. Public Relations Files. Other (1951-1993, bulk 1960s)

Series IV. Inner Circle Show (1956-2014)

Series V. Print Matter (1950-2001)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Beame, Abraham D., (Abraham David), 1906-2001

Document Type

  • Correspondence
  • Memorandums
  • Newsletters
  • Press releases
  • Souvenir Programs
  • Speeches

Subject Organizations

  • Inner Circle of New York Political Journalists.

Subject Topics

  • Controllership -- New York (State) -- New York -- Public relations
  • Mayors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Public relations

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

In accordance with the conditions of the donation, Walter’s files concerning his work for Comptroller Harrison Goldin (Series II) are restricted at the present time.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as the Henry Walter Papers, MS 3016, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

The collection was donated by Henry Walter’s son, Paul A. Walter, in November 2015.

Processing Information Note

The collection was processed by archivist Larry Weimer in 2017.

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Container List

Series I. Public Relations Files. Abraham D. Beame, 1961-2000s (bulk, 1969-1977). 22.92 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The series is organized in two subseries:

Subseries I.A. Comptrollership Years 1961-1974 (bulk, 1969-1973)

Subseries II.B. Mayoralty Years 1960s-2000s (bulk, 1974-1977)

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes Henry Walter’s files from his years as an assistant for public relations matters, especially in connection with speechwriting, for Comptroller (1970-1973) and Mayor (1974-1977) Abraham (Abe) D. Beame. The series generally includes three types of content: press releases from Beame’s office and other public statements made by Beame; working files underlying Walter’s public relations activities; and newspaper clippings. The working files include drafts and final versions of speeches/remarks, messages/greetings, daily press schedules, press releases, proclamations, briefing memos on appearances (e.g., other attendees, important background information, logistics), invitations for Beame to attend events and programs or other documents related to those events, internal memos, Walter’s timesheets and daily to-do lists, city government agency reports, and other materials related to Beame’s public appearances and communications. The subject matter primarily concerns city finances, politics, crime, drug abuse, and other such broad issues facing Beame, but also concerns specific events such as the celebration of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976 and the power outage/black-out of 1977.

The series also includes some documents, including original correspondence, from the 1960s primarily related to Beame’s positions on tax and revenue public policy matters, and some material from Beame’s post-mayoralty years.

Subseries I.A. Comptrollership Years, 1961-1974 (bulk, 1969-1973). 8.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries primarily includes Henry Walter’s files from his years as Assistant to the Comptroller for Public Relations, from September 1970 to the end of Abraham (Abe) Beame’s tenure as Comptroller at December 31, 1973. The subseries generally includes three types of content: press releases from Beame’s office and other public statements made by Beame; working files underlying Walter’s public relations activities; and newspaper clippings. The subseries also includes some documents, including original correspondence, from the 1960s primarily related to Beame’s positions on tax and revenue public policy matters; these pre-date Walter’s involvement with Beame and likely were given to Walter in connection with his public relations responsibilities.

Press releases are found as four bound annual volumes for 1970-1973 and as unbound, foldered documents for the same years. The two sets appear to be largely identical. One important known exception is that the unbound documents include the press releases issued separately during Beame’s 1973 mayoral campaign and the transition period after his election. In addition to press releases, these documents include other forms of public relations material, such as speeches, remarks, messages, and the like. The sets each have “indexes,” which include a table of contents indicating date and subject matter of the documents. The bulk of the topics concern financial matters, such as bond sales, budgets, New York City's credit rating, governmental unit reorganizations and appointments, mass transit fares, expenses (e.g., Board of Education deficits, process for awarding management consultant contracts), and housing construction. Many of the topics, though financial in emphasis, have broader implications as well, such as drug addiction/drug abuse, the city's costs related to United Nations operations, home rule legislation in the state, proposed Manhattan House of Detention (Tombs) prison annex, and the Yankee Stadium renovation. There are also topics concerning national legislation (e.g., wage and price controls) and international matters, especially with respect to Israel (e.g., support for Soviet Jews, call for a UN investigation into Arab guerilla sabotage against people flying in and out of Israel, providing military jet planes to Israel, remarks at memorial services for the slain Israeli Olympic team members).

Working files include a mix of documents, including drafts of speeches and press releases (including unused material), Beame’s daily public schedules, carbon copies of outgoing correspondence over Beame’s or Walter’s signature, Walter’s to-do lists, notes, and time records, clippings, and reports issued by the Comptroller’s Office and other print matter, including the employee newsletter The Comptroller. One file includes the development of Beame’s mayoral candidacy announcement, with Walter’s observations on the events of that time (March 1973). Threaded throughout the files are glimpses of Walter himself, including carbon copies of short letters to his mother or to friends and professional colleagues. Most of these files are structured chronologically, with all matters from a given period of time (typically one month) filed together. A few files are subject-oriented and include correspondence, press releases, and other documents related to particular topics. These include a compendium of mayoral candidate Beame’s campaign promises and documents related to the efforts of one Abraham Broza to collect signatures on petitions in support of certain of Beame’s positions. These files also include Beame’s correspondence with state and city officials from the late 1960s, that is, prior to his comptrollership, concerning his positions on tax and revenue reform measures.

The files of clippings include mostly photocopies of articles from the New York Times,  Daily News,  Post, and other newspapers that concern Beame and New York City issues of interest to Walter as Beame’s public relations assistant. The files are especially extensive for 1973 and include the coverage of Beame’s mayoralty campaign.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged with the press releases first, followed by the work files, subject files, and clippings files.

Separated Materials Note

Some print matter was removed from the collection to be cataloged and shelved individually in the Library collection. The catalog entries refer to the fact that they were originally part of the Henry Walter collection. Many of these removed reports were duplicates of those in the collection; among those removed without duplicates remaining were the Comptroller's Annual Reports for 1971-72 and 1972-73; the New York State Statistical Yearbook for 1972; the New York City Statistical Guide for 1964; and Comptroller's reports on the Phoenix House program (1970), middle-income housing program (1971), and Health and Hospitals Corporation (1971).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Volume : 1 Press Releases, 1970. #1-175 (Bound)
1970
Box: 1 Volume : 2 Press Releases, 1971. #1-190 (Bound)
1971
Box: 2 Volume : 1 Press Releases, 1972. #1-257 (Bound)
1972
Box: 3 Volume : 1 Press Releases, 1973. #1-319 (Bound)
1973
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Press Releases, 1970. Indexes
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 2-6 Press Releases, 1970. #1-175 (5 folders)
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Press Releases, 1971. Indexes
1971
Box: 4 Folder : 8-12 Press Releases, 1971. #1-190 (5 folders)
1971
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Press Releases, 1972. Indexes
1972
Box: 4 Folder : 14-20 Press Releases, 1972. #1-257 (7 folders)
1972
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Press Releases, 1973. Indexes
1973
Box: 5 Folder : 2-10 Press Releases, 1973. #1-310 (9 folders)
1973
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Press Releases, Mayoral Campaign, 1973. Indexes
1973
Box: 5 Folder : 12-16 Press Releases, Mayoral Campaign, 1973. #1-216 (5 folders)
1973
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Working Files. 1970 May-August
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 18-19 Working Files. 1970 September (2 folders)
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Working Files. 1970 October
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Working Files. 1970 November
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Working Files. 1970 November?-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the report prepared by the Comptroller's Office School Construction Costs: A Study in Escalation.

1970
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Working Files. 1971 January
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 2-3 Working Files. 1971 February (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's Office report concerning the condition of the Tax Deficiency Account and the Tax Appropriation and General Fund Stabilization Reserve Fund ("Rainy Day Account") for 1971-72 and the report concerning the proposed Executive Capital Budget for 1971-72.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Working Files. 1971 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's reports Investment Progress concerning the New York City Retirement Systems as of 30 June 1970 and the  Special Survey of the Board of Education's Projected Operating Deficit, and the handbooks for New York City managerial employees describing their welfare fund benefits (1969, 1971).

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Working Files. 1971 March-April
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Working Files. 1971 May

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the booklet New York City Does Have a Future by Eli Ginzberg.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Working Files. 1971 June
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Working Files. 1971 July
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Working Files. 1971 July-August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's Office report Declining Attendance in New York City's School System.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 10-11 Working Files. 1971 August (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Summer issue of the Kingsbrook Auxiliary Reporter with photographs from the 16 May 1971 Dinner-Dance at which Comptroller Beame was honored. Includes the Comptroller's Office interim and second interim reports on the Municipal Loan Program.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 12-13 Working Files. 1971 September (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes to-do lists that range from August to December.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Working Files. 1971 September-October
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 15-16 Working Files. 1971 October (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report concerning the 1972-73 draft capital budget and the capital program for the five succeeding fiscal years.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Working Files. 1971 November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's preliminary report concerning the Department of Social Services' Day Care Imprest (Revolving) Fund.

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Working Files. 1971 December
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Working Files. 1972 January
1972
Box: 6 Folder : 20-21 Working Files. 1972 February (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's reports concerning the Department of Rent and Housing Maintenance's Emergency Services Repair Program, the 1972-74 Executive Capital Budget, the 1972-73 proposed expense budget, and The Case for Upgrading New York City's Credit Rating.

1972
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Working Files. 1972 March

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report Investment Progress concerning the New York City Retirement Systems as of 30 June 1971.

1972
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Working Files. 1972 April
1972
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Working Files. 1972 May
1972
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Working Files. 1972 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report on the Office of Neighborhood Government's Neighborhood Action Program.

1972
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Working Files. 1972 July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report "The Forgotten Children": A Second Study of School Truancy.

1972
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Working Files. 1972 August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report of the limited survey of the Parking Violations Bureau for compliance with the Marchi Bill (Scofflaw Law).

1972
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Working Files. 1972 September
1972
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Working Files. 1972 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report concerning the 1973-74 draft capital budget and the capital program for the five succeeding fiscal years.

1972
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Working Files. 1972 October-November

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's reports on the John Edward Bruce Day Care Center Number One and the Youth Board Research Institute of New York Inc.'s High School and Educational Incentive Program ("other than personal services" only).

1972
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Working Files. 1972 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report concerning the Youth Services Agency and City and State Funded Contracts with the Youth Board Institute of New York, Inc.

1972
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Working Files. 1973 January

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's reports on New York City Off-Track Betting (OTB) Corporation and Investment Progress concerning the New York City Retirement Systems as of 30 June 1972.

1973
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Working Files. 1973 February

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's Office report concerning the condition of the Tax Deficiency Account and the Tax Appropriation and General Fund Stabilization Reserve Fund ("Rainy Day Account") in the proposed 1973-74 expense budget. Also includes a report prepared for the Comptroller on the South Bronx Model Cities Camping Program's activities at Shaker Village Work Group Camp in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

1973
Box: 7 Folder : 10-12 Working Files. 1973 March (3 folders)
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Working Files. 1973 March. Mayoral Candidacy Announcement

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafts of the announcement, Walter's notes on discussions planning the announcement (March 8) and other public relations matters for the campaign in March, Jimmy Breslin's age-related criticism of Beame's candidacy and drafts of the response, campaign handbills and pamphlets, and other matters from the first weeks of Beame's candidacy. Includes a transcript of NBC's Meet the Press broadcast of October 17, 1965, which included mayoral candidates Beame, William F. Buckley, Jr. and John V. Lindsay.

1965, 1973
Box: 7 Folder : 14-15 Working Files. 1973 April (2 folders)
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Working Files. 1973 May
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Working Files. 1973 June
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Working Files. 1973 July
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Working Files. 1973 August
1973
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Working Files. 1973 September
1973
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Working Files. 1973 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the October 1973 issue of the periodical The Young Democrat focusing on the upcoming election and the program for the New York Press Club's 25th Anniversary Byline Ball at the Hotel Roosevelt. Includes the Comptroller's report concerning the 1974-75 draft capital budget and the capital program for the five succeeding fiscal years.

1973
Box: 8 Folder : 3-5 Working Files. 1973 November (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an invitation to the Beame pre-election rally on November 4 and two photographs of Beame and his wife, likely at the election night celebration. Includes copies of "Managing New York City's Pension Funds," an undated presentation to the Legislature's Select Committee on Pensions by Third Deputy Comptroller Melvin N. Lechner.

1973
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Working Files. 1973 December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Comptroller's report Investment Progress concerning the New York City Retirement Systems as of 30 June 1973.

1973
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Press Releases. Credit Ratings
1971-1973
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Credit Rating Hearing Transcript

Scope and Contents Note

Includes pages 74-132 of a transcript of a Congressional hearing concerning bond ratings.

Circa 1972
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Abraham Broza Petitions

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence and other documents related to Broza's efforts to garner public support for Beame's positions, primarily on the city's credit rating (1972) and the CUNY budget and the 35 cent transit fare (1973).

1972-1973
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Street Crime / Juvenile Delinquency

Scope and Contents Note

Includes letters from Lou Shainmark, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Herald American, with proposals for reducing New York youth street crime.

1973
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Youth Services Agency Expenses

Scope and Contents Note

Includes press releases, clippings and other documents concerning inquiries into the YSA's expenses.

1972-1973
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Press Releases. State-City Fiscal Commission

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two releases, 70-22 and 71-107.

1970-1971
Box: 8 Folder : 13 CUNY Faculty Appointment

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence concerning a dispute over a job offer of a professorship.

1973
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Reconciliations of City Accounts
1972
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Compendium of Beame's Campaign Proposals

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a compendium prepared by the campaign's Research Department, circa November 1973, and a version of Beame's mayoral inaugural address.

1973-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Women's City Club Address / Commission on Status of Women
1973 October
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Housing in the Non-Urban Setting: An Initial Report on Problems and Programs

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a paper sent to HUD by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. The paper was forwarded to Walter by one of its co-authors, with a letter proposing national growth policy as a possible campaign theme for Beame.

1973
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Time Records

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Walter's summary of his daily hours worked from mid-1971 to the end of 1972.

1971-1972
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two portrait photographs, one of Beame and one of him with his wife; a parody letter from the Committee to Erect a Statue of John V. Lindsay; list of Comptroller's Office staff; draft of a letter from Beame to Robert Moses concerning Moses's proposal for Beame to be a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's committee on purchases and sales of art objects; clippings; and other items.

Circa 1971-1973
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Annual Report of the Comptroller of the City of New York for Fiscal Year 1970-1971
1971 October 31
Box: 28 Folder : 1 First Mayoralty Campaign

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a transcript of NBC's Meet the Press broadcast of October 17, 1965, which included mayoral candidates Beame, William F. Buckley, Jr. and John V. Lindsay; William F. Buckley Jr's announcement as mayoral candidate; Buckley's biography; and a New York Times Magazine article. Also an unrelated 1961 press release from Mayor Wagner's office.

1961, 1965
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Presentation of the Reception Wing of Gracie Mansion

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the booklet prepared by the Committee for Gracie Mansion, Inc. on the occasion of the presentation of the Reception Wing to the city.

1966 September 27
Box: 28 Folder : 3 "Crisis in New York City's Finances: Causes and Cures"

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the text of then-former Comptroller Beame's remarks at the Citizens Union and New School for Social Research.

1968 January 4
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Revenue Reform Proposals

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence and other documents concerning Comptroller candidate Beame's revenue proposals, especially for a joint state-city fiscal commission (1969, 1971); includes a letter from Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller (1969). Also includes correspondence with Mayor John V. Lindsay concerning a proposed executive branch reorganization, particularly with regard to "superagencies" (January 1970); letter to President Richard Nixon supporting a tax incentive program for employee training (January 1970); and an outline of remarks for the Midtown Council (October 5, 1972).

1969-1972
Box: 28 Folder : 5-8 Tax Reform (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, analyses, statements, and other documents concerning Comptroller candidate Beame's various tax/revenue reform proposals, including those related to off-track betting (OTB), tax sharing, real estate tax exemptions, and others.

1969
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Clippings. 1970 September-December
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 22-23 Clippings. 1971 (2 folders)
1971
Box: 9 Folder : 1-5 Clippings. 1972 (5 folders)
1972
Box: 9 Folder : 6-13 Clippings. 1973 (8 of 20 folders)
1973
Box: 10 Folder : 1-12 Clippings. 1973 (12 of 20 folders)
1973
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Clippings. Undated
1971-1973

Subseries I.B. Mayoralty Years, 1960s-2000s (bulk, 1974-1977). 14.17 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged primarily in chronological order.

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries of public relations files for the mayoralty years primarily includes Henry Walter's working materials as a speechwriter for Mayor Abraham Beame. The files include drafts and final versions of speeches/remarks, messages/greetings, daily press schedules, press releases, proclamations, briefing memos on appearances (e.g., other attendees, important background information, logistics), invitations for Beame to attend events and programs or other documents related to those events, executive orders, local law public hearing packages, clippings, internal memos, and other materials related to Beame’s public appearances and communications. Subject matter ranges from general issues facing Beame, such as crime, politics, and business/investment climate, to specific concerns of the time, such as the city’s fiscal crisis of 1975, celebration of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, the city's hosting of the Democratic National Convention in 1976, and the power outage/black-out of 1977. Files from the early months of 1977, during which time Beame ran for re-election as Mayor, include some memos and summaries related to political campaign messaging, but generally there are no extensive campaign-issued documents here. Some files include reports and other print matter and these are noted at the folder level in the container list below. Indexes to speeches/remarks given by Beame are available in the files; these tend to emphasize the group to or occasion on which Beame spoke, not the subject matter. The subseries also holds a small amount of material, such as clippings and reunion plans, relating to Beame but dating from his post-mayoralty years.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Beame Biographical

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three photographs of Beame's inauguration as Mayor, biographical notes from the 1970s, and some published articles about Beame.

1960s-1970s
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Indexes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the alphabetical indexes (and some monthly chronological indexes) for Beame's remarks, statements, messages, articles, and the like during 1974. Press releases are not included in the indexes.

1974
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Unused Speeches
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Personnel and Contact Phone Directories
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Mayoral Committee Lists
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Inauguration Documents

Scope and Contents Note

Includes program, invitation to inauguration and reception, standard portrait photograph of Beame, speech and drafts, and other documents.

1973-1974
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Kenneth Kowald Correspondence
1973 December-1974 May
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 January
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Press Releases. 1974 January
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Proclamations. 1974 January
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Correspondence. 1974 January
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Memos. 1974 January
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Working File. 1974 January
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 February
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 14-15 Press Releases. 1974 February (2 folders)
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Proclamations. 1974 February
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 17-19 Working Files. 1974 February (3 folders)
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 20 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 March
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 21-22 Press Releases. 1974 March (2 folders)
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 23 Proclamations. 1974 March
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 24 Working Files. 1974 March (1 of 4 folders)
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 1-3 Working Files. 1974 March (3 of 4 folders)
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 April
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 5-6 Press Releases. 1974 April (2 folders)
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Proclamations. 1974 April
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 8-11 Working Files. 1974 April (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the booklet Giovanni da Verrazzano: The Discoveries of New York Bay by Lino S. Lipinsky, published on occasion of the inauguration of the Verrazano -Narrows Bridge on 21 November 1964.

1974
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 May
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Press Releases. 1974 May
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 14-16 Working Files. 1974 May (3 folders)
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 17 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 June
1974
Box: 12 Folder : 18-19 Press Releases. 1974 June (2 folders)
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 1-4 Working Files. 1974 June (4 folders)
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 July
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Press Releases. 1974 July
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 7-9 Working Files. 1974 July (3 folders)
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 August
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Press Releases. 1974 August
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 12-13 Working Files. 1974 August (2 folders)
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 14 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 September
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 15 Press Releases. 1974 September

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Department of City Planning publication Little Italy Risorgimento: Proposals for the Restoration of an Historic Community, which was the subject of press release 468-74.

1974
Box: 13 Folder : 16-17 Working Files. 1974 September (2 folders)
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 18 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 October
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 19-20 Press Releases. 1974 October (2 folders)
1974
Box: 14 Folder : 1-4 Working Files. 1974 October (4 folders)
1974
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 November
1974
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Press Releases. 1974 November
1974
Box: 14 Folder : 7-9 Working Files. 1974 November (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Mayor's Policy Committee draft report Housing in New York City (Nov. 4) and final report  Housing Development and Rehabilitation in New York City (Nov. 13); the program for the 40th anniversary of New York City's public housing (Nov. 20); and a marketing brochure for the Port of New York-New Jersey Authority's new passenger ship terminal on the Hudson River at mid-Manhattan (Nov. 23)

1974
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1974 December
1974
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Press Releases. 1974 December
1974
Box: 14 Folder : 12-15 Working Files. 1974 December (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph of Arthur Schomburg, marketing material and fact sheets in connection with the opening of Schomberg Plaza to its first residents (Dec. 17); an image and other documents related to the presentation of a portrait of former mayor William O'Dwyer at Gracie Mansion (Dec. 20); and the Mayor's Year-End Report for 1974 (Dec. 31).

1974
Box: 14 Folder : 16 Compendium of Times Editorials

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a summary of New York Times editorials concerning the impending fiscal crisis from 1974 to mid-1975, prepared about July 1975.

Circa 1975 July
Box: 14 Folder : 17-18 New York Times Editorial Clippings (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clippings related to the fiscal crisis, some designated as favorable or unfavorable.

1974-1975
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Indexes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the alphabetical indexes for Beame's remarks, statements, messages, articles, and the like during 1975. Press releases are not included in the indexes.

1975
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Unused Material
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1975 January
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 4-5 Press Releases. 1975 January (2 folders)
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 6-9 Working Files. 1975 January (4 folders)
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1975 February
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Press Releases. 1975 February
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 12-14 Working Files. 1975 February (3 folders)
1975
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Remarks, Messages, Etc. 1975 March
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1975 March
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 2-5 Working Files. 1975 March (4 folders)
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Press Releases. 1975 April
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 7-11 Working Files. 1975 April (5 folders)
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Press Releases. 1975 May
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 13-16 Working Files. 1975 May (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the booklet checklist for the Ash Can School exhibition at City Hall in 1975.

1975
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1975 June
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 2-7 Working Files. 1975 June (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Beame's testimony before the Commerce, Consumer & Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Operations (June 23) and meeting minutes of the Comptroller's Technical Debt Management Committee from February 1974-March 1975, forwarded to Beame on 2 June 1975.

1975
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Press Releases. 1975 July
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 9-11 Working Files. 1975 July (3 folders)
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 12 Press Releases. 1975 August
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 13-14 Working Files. 1975 August (2 folders)
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 15 Press Releases. 1975 September
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 16-17 Working Files. 1975 September (2 folders)
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1975 October
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 2-5 Working Files. 1975 October (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

The clippings include the Daily News headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead."

1975
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Press Releases. 1975 November
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 7-10 Working Files. 1975 November (4 folders)
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Press Releases. 1975 December
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 12-14 Working Files. 1975 December (3 folders)
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 15 Indexes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the alphabetical indexes for Beame's remarks, statements, messages, articles, and the like during 1976. Press releases are not included in the indexes.

1976
Box: 18 Folder : 16 Unused Speeches
1976
Box: 18 Folder : 17 Press Releases. 1976 January
1976
Box: 19 Folder : 1-2 Working Files. 1976 January (2 folders)
1976
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Press Releases. 1976 February
1976
Box: 19 Folder : 4-6 Working Files. 1976 February (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a Thomas Bartosiewicz primary election campaign pamphlet (state senator from the 18th District, Brooklyn).

1976
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Press Releases. 1976 March
1976
Box: 19 Folder : 8-11 Working Files. 1976 March (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the booklet About American Express, a company history-oriented marketing document.

1976
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Press Releases. 1976 April
1976
Box: 19 Folder : 13-16 Working Files. 1976 April (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the brochure checklist for the Community Environments Flag and Banner Exhibition

1976
Box: 19 Folder : 17 Press Releases. 1976 May
1976
Box: 19 Folder : 18-19 Working Files. 1976 May (2 of 5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Bicentennial-themed program booklet for the 108th annual meeting of the Dental Society of the State of New York.

1976
Box: 20 Folder : 1-3 Working Files. 1976 May (3 of 5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a brochure relating the history of University Settlement (in connection with Beame's speech on the occasion of the Settlement's 90th anniversary).

1976
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Press Releases. 1976 June
1976
Box: 20 Folder : 5-9 Working Files. 1976 June (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a selection of essays written by elementary and high school students on the subject "What I Want You to Know About New York City" for a New York Times contest; background materials from the Embassy of Spain concerning the visit of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia, including two photographs of the royal family; and annual report for 1975 of the New York City Commission for the United Nations and for the Consular Corps, in connection with a 16 June 1976 speech by Beame.

1976
Box: 20 Folder : 10 Press Releases. 1976 July
1976
Box: 20 Folder : 11-14 Working Files. 1976 July (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various materials in connection with events which Beame attended and delivered remarks: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir information booklet and other Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints background material, including a photograph of President Spencer Wooley Kimball; lyrics to the new song "You'll Never Be Poor in New York" written by Ira Gassman, and performed at Gracie Mansion by the composer Jule Styne; Operation Sail 1976, International Naval Review and "July 4th 1976 in Old New York" brochures; Municipal Art Society award booklets for 1975 and 1976; invitation card to the Bicentennial ceremonies with Queen Elizabeth II (July 9); welcoming glossy brochure from the Citizens Committee for the Democratic National Convention to the arriving delegates (July 11); and the official commemorative program of the American Freedom Train.

1976
Box: 20 Folder : 15 Press Releases. 1976 August

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Department of City Planning report Schools for Communities: Expanding the Use of Our Schools (in connection with press release 295-76).

1976
Box: 20 Folder : 16-17 Working Files. 1976 August (2 folders)
1976
Box: 20 Folder : 18 Transcript of Beame Examination before the Securities & Exchange Commission in the Matter of New York City Bonds
1976 September 1
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1976 September
1976
Box: 21 Folder : 2-5 Working Files. 1976 September (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a compendium of remarks in connection with proclamations granting honorary citizenships, 1975-1976; the report Recommendations for a Preliminary Community District Map from the Subcommittee on Coterminality of the Mayor's Charter Implementation Committee (Sept 20); a booklet issued by Lord & Taylor in connection with its 150th anniversary (Sept 22); and a photograph of Mr. Big Apple in connection with a Committee in the Public Interest autumn campaign (Sept 30).

1976
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Press Releases. 1976 October
1976
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Special File. 1976 October

Scope and Contents Note

Includes select Mayor Beame and Mrs. Beame speeches from October 1976; one audience, the Maritime Port Council of Greater New York & Vicinity includes both the 1976 and 1974 Beame speech.

1976
Box: 21 Folder : 8-12 Working Files. 1976 October (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to the dedication of the Port Richmond Water Pollution Control Plant, including the mayoral letter and list of contents placed in a box in the cornerstone to be opened in 2026 (Oct 21); recommendations of Michael I. Sovern concerning negotiations between New York and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) (Oct 21); brochures, including route map, for the first New York City Marathon (Oct 24); and seating list, program and other documents related to the New York Press Club's Byline Ball at which Beame was roasted (Oct 24).

1976
Box: 21 Folder : 13 Press Releases. 1976 November
1976
Box: 21 Folder : 14 Report to the Securities & Exchange Commission

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the report of the Special Counsel to New York City concerning its investigation of transactions in city securities. Also includes a memo of December 2, 1974, stating reasons for the frequency of New York's short term borrowings and higher total borrowings.

1976 November 23
Box: 21 Folder : 15-17 Working Files. 1976 November (3 folders)
1976
Box: 21 Folder : 18 Press Releases. 1976 December
1976
Box: 21 Folder : 19-20 Working Files. 1976 December (2 of 3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph of the New York Cultural Center (Gallery of Modern Art) and other buildings at Columbus Circle in connection with its purchase and donation to the city by Gulf & Western (Dec 8); documents, including an exterior photograph, related to the opening of the Museum of Holography at 11 Mercer Street (Dec 8); and the Department of Investigation's report of the management audit of the Department of Purchase (Dec 10).

1976
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Working Files. 1976 December (1 of 3 folders)
1976
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Indexes
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Press Releases. 1977 January
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 4-5 Working Files. 1977 January (2 folders)
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Press Releases. 1977 February
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 7-9 Working Files. 1977 February (3 folders)
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 10 Press Releases. 1977 March
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 11-14 Working Files. 1977 March (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the original mayoral proclamation of Kazoo Day (March 18).

1977
Box: 22 Folder : 15 Press Releases. 1977 April
1977
Box: 22 Folder : 16-18 Working Files. 1977 April (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an October 1961 brochure issued by the Municipal Art Society of New York, The City Hall of the City of New York.

1977
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1977 May
1977
Box: 23 Folder : 2-9 Working Files. 1977 May (8 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Beame's re-election campaign announcement and documents concerning story lines and responses to questions about the 1975 fiscal crisis in relation to the campaign. Includes documents related to the Americana '77 Street Fair, including street maps showing location and type of exhibits.

1977
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Press Releases. 1977 June

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Preliminary Report on Flushing Airport prepared by Transportation Administrator Alexander J. Mautner (press release 247-77).

1977
Box: 23 Folder : 11-16 Working Files. 1977 June (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Official Statement for the issuance by New York City of $381,750,000 of General Obligation Serial Bonds (June 16).

1977
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1977 July

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Preliminary Findings: Blackout Commercial Damage Survey prepared by the Department of City Planning (press release 339-77).

1977
Box: 24 Folder : 2-4 Working Files. 1977 July (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the transcript of the interview of mayoral candidate Edward I. Koch on the program "New York Report" on WOR-TV Channel 9 Public Affairs (July 25); and the New Yorker with Ken Auletta's article "More for Less" (August 1), the letter from the  New Yorker informing Beame of the impending article, and Beame's rebuttal.

1977
Box: 24 Folder : 5-6 Press Releases. 1977 August (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the booklet Trees for New York City prepared by the Department of City Planning, with enclosed oversize reference sheet of tree information (press release 391-77).

1977
Box: 24 Folder : 7-10 Working Files. 1977 August (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the internal report of New York City "Weekly Indicators" for August 1-14, prepared by the Research Section of the Economic Development Administration; photocopy of the interview report for David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam") prepared by the Pretrial Services Agency (Aug. 11) (Includes only basic identifying information); and the report from accountants Peat, Marwick, Mitchell in response to questions posed by the Emergency Financial Control Board (Aug. 11).

1977
Box: 24 Folder : 11 Press Releases. 1977 September
1977
Box: 24 Folder : 12-14 Working Files. 1977 September (3 folders)
1977
Box: 24 Folder : 15 Press Releases. 1977 October
1977
Box: 24 Folder : 16-17 Working Files. 1977 October (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Report in Support of Indirect Source Permit for Westway: Response to Hearing Officer Recommendation of September 13, 1977 prepared by the Westway Expediting Council (Oct 7); theprogram for the Citicorp Center Dedication Ceremonies, in the shape of the building (Oct 12); and a brochure issued in connection with the Algonquin Hotel's 75th anniversary ((Oct 18).

1977
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Press Releases. 1977 November-December

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the Response of the City of New York to the Report of the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Transactions in Securities of the City of New York.

1977
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Working Files. 1977 November-December
1977
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Working Files. Undated

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a few documents that could not be specifically placed as to date, but are likely from 1976-77.

1976-1977?
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Post-Beame Mayoralty

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents related to Beame including a speech identified only by date (12 March 1979) in which Beame reflects on his administration in the context of disagreeing with those who see the steady decline of cities; arrangements for a reunion of Beame staff members (1983); newspaper articles; and an undated artifact: a plastic bag from the Daily News bearing the saying "We're Glad to be Back."

1978-2000s

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Series III. Public Relations Files. Other, 1951-1993 (bulk, 1960s). 1.17 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged by topic, in roughly chronological order.

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes documents, much of which was prepared by Henry Walter, of a public relations nature for various public figures, other than Abraham Beame and Harrison Goldin. Most notably, these include Walter's files as Press Secretary for Robert M. Morgenthau during Morgenthau's campaign for Governor of New York in 1962. These files include press releases, speeches and remarks, drafts, correspondence, schedules, and campaign travel arrangements. The series also includes press releases issued by Walter in his capacity as the Director of Public Information for the newly-formed New York City Department of Highways (1963-64). Also from the 1960s is a folder of campaign brochures and other ephemera related to former reporter and Democratic candidate Martin J. Steadman's campaign for Congress from the 4th Congressional District (1966), with a letter from Steadman to Walter thanking him for his help and support during the campaign.

The series also includes a small amount of speechwriting done by Walter in the 1990s. These include drafts of remarks concerning retirement financial security by Cuyler Findlay of the AARP Investment Program at Scudder Investor Services (1991) and work Walter did for former Westchester County Executive Alfred DelBello, including drafts of a speech and an article on the international transboundary movement of hazardous waste (1990), business and jobs (1992), and for a public affairs program on Cablevision focused on crime and punishment (1993).

The series includes a small amount of miscellaneous documents concerning Walter himself, including his 1960 remarks to the Air Pollution Control Association on the topic "The Role of Public Media"; a guest pass to the 1964 New York State Democratic Convention; his 1970 resume; a letter leading to his hiring on to Comptroller Beame's staff; two family photographs; an "I Care" lapel pin; and other documents.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 Folder : 1-12 Robert Morgenthau Campaign Files (12 folders)
1962
Box: 25 Folder : 5-9 New York City Department of Highways Press Releases (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the first Annual Report of the Highways Department (issued January 2, 1964, for the year 1963).

1963-1964
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Martin J. Steadman Campaign
1966
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Cuyler Findlay Speech
1991
Box: 25 Folder : 10 Alfred B. DelBello. Waste Management (Projects 39 & 40)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes circa 1976 campaign literature for DelBello's re-election as Westchester County Executive.

Circa 1976, 1990
Box: 25 Folder : 11 Alfred B. DelBello. Business & Jobs
1992
Box: 25 Folder : 12-13 Alfred B. DelBello. Crime & Punishment (2 folders)
1993
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Henry Walter. Miscellaneous
1951-1970s

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Series IV. Inner Circle Show, 1956-2017. 0.83 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents Note

Formed in 1922, the Inner Circle of New York Political Journalists (known commonly as the Inner Circle) is an organization of New York City political reporters and journalists that performs an annual amateur parody show lampooning city, state and national political figures. The show is a fundraiser for charity and has become a major event in which political figures, including the mayor of New York, now commonly perform. Henry Walter became a member in 1956, served as the organization's president in 1963, and performed in at least some of the shows. He also collected materials from the annual shows and those documents form this series.

The series includes the programs from the annual Inner Circle shows for every year from 1956 to 1999. For the 2000s, programs are missing from 2000, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013; the final year in the series collected by Walter is 2014. The programs include satirical cover art illustrating the theme of the year's show (which is often linked to a current pop cultural reference), the cast of characters and the performers, the lyrics to the show's many musical numbers, and reference to the commonly-recognized tune to which the lyrics were sung. For most years, the seating chart for the event is also included. The series also holds other documents for many of the years, including dress rehearsal programs (the dress rehearsal was held before the main event for members, family and friends), invitations/flyers (bearing the program's cover art), tickets to the dress rehearsal or President's reception, some scripts, and some miscellaneous documents, such as invitations to members to attend Inner Circle meetings.

The series also includes the program and seating chart for the 2017 show, the first to follow Walter's death in November 2016. The program includes a memorial statement for Walter on page 28 and a photo of him visiting the rehearsal on page 23 (4th row from top, 2nd from left).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Folder : 1-7 Inner Circle Documents (7 folders)
1956-1984
Box: 31 Folder : 1-9 Inner Circle Documents (9 folders)
1985-2017

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Series V. Print Matter, 1950-2001. 3.75 Linear feet in three boxes and 1 oversize folder

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged with the New York City directories first, followed by other print matter. The other print matter is arranged in the numerical sequence (1-255) of the items as found in the inventory provided by a member of Henry Walter’s family. This sequence is generally chronological, except that some oversize items from the 1980s are found at the end of the list. Copies of the detailed inventory are found in the two boxes that hold the other print matter.

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes a diverse and idiosyncratic mix of printed materials dating from the 1950s to 2001, though mostly from the 1970s and 1980s. Very generally, the material concerns economic, political, cultural, and public policy matters. Most of the materials were created by New York City-based organizations, concern New York City matters, and seem targeted to a New York City audience, but some are of state-wide or national scope. The bulk of the series includes some form of periodical, especially newsletters, newspapers, magazines, and series of technical or policy reports. But with few exceptions there are no extended runs of any of the individual titles; most titles are represented by only a few issues, often only the first number of the title. Aside from periodicals, the series holds a variety of single issue documents of interest, such as commemorative booklets, souvenir programs, annual reports, calendars of events, publicity materials, and the like.

Newsletters perhaps form most of the series. These newsletters were created by government agencies, or groups within those agencies, for internal distribution or for the general public; public policy interest groups; political figures; commercial institutions; trade associations; and other organizations. There are also many small newspapers created for distribution within a specific New York City neighborhood, organization, or constituency.

A detailed list of the printed material was provided by the donor’s family and is housed with the documents. The container list below summarizes most of these items at the folder level.

In addition to these miscellaneous printed material the series also includes several New York City official directories, known as the “Green Book,” from the 1950s to the 1980s used by Henry Walter.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Item : 1-25 New York City Official Directories ("Green Book")

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Walter's copies for the years 1950, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1976, and 1980 through 1988-89.

1950-1989
Box: 25 Folder : 14 Print Matter (#1-13)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the brochure for the NBC Symphony Summer Concerts for 1951, with four programs (10 June-15 July); program from Town Hall recital hall for the 2 May 1952 performance of Cham-ber Huang; WQXR's Monthly Guide to Dining Out (August 1952); booklet commemorating the 31st anniversary of The Jumble-Shop restaurant in Greenwich Village (1952);  Report on New York City Slum Clearance Projects Under Title I by Private Capital with Federal and City Aid by the Committee on Slum Clearance (April 1956);  Bay Ridge Home Reporter (14-21 June 1956); booklet  The Insurance on Your Apartment by the LeFrak Organization (circa 1957);  Joint Study of Arterial Facilities in the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Area (November 1957);  Taxi Weekly (20 November 1957); the  Guild Telegram (Vol 1, No. 1), announcing the slate of elected guild officials, including Henry Walter as Chairman; and periodicals, reprints, and other documents.

1950s
Box: 25 Folder : 15 Print Matter (#14-24)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the New York Central Railroad, Hudson Division timetable (29 April 1962); New York State Democratic Convention program (1962); program and seating chart for the Legislative Correspondents' Association banquet and parody show "Vial Ventures, or Find the Fount 'N Blow!" (1963); commemorative book for the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Spanning the Narrows (1964); two Better Business Bureau pamphlets; issues 1 and 2 of the weekly  Mayday, edited by Andrew Kopkind, James Ridgeway, and Robert Sherrill (October 1968); and the  Conservative Journal, issued by New York State Young Americans for Freedom (September 1968), among other periodicals and reprints.

1960s
Box: 25 Folder : 16 Print Matter (#25-40)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes four public affairs pamphlets from the Public Affairs Committee; "Freedom and the Public Schools" lecture by David I. Ashe (1969); several issues and six posters of the Marshall McLuhan DEW-LINE, issued by the Human Development Corporation (1969); annual report for 1969 of the New York City Police Department; and a marketing brochure for the Americana Hotel.

1960s
Box: 25 Folder : 17 Print Matter (#41-54)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a flyer for the non-profit Community Environments; two pamphlets about gold from the Federal Reserve; The Lotos Club centennial booklet (1970);two issues of the Marshall McLuhan DEW-LINE (1970); first number of newsletter for buyers/sellers, Everything for Everybody (1970); first number of newsletter from the New York City Human Resources Administration,  People (1970); first number of newsletter EAC (Environmental Action Coalition) News (1970);  A Tour of New York City & the Statue of Liberty picture book; booklet (souvenir?) for the musical  Grease; Mostly Mozart program (1972); and first number of newspaper  Media & Consumer (1972).

circa 1970-1972
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Print Matter (#55-67)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes New York Convention & Visitors Bureau brochures (1973); three numbers of a newspaper sent to New York area college students, The Press (1973); three issues, including first two numbers, of newsletter,  The Commuter, published for the Harlem-Hudson-New Haven Lines by the Penn Central Transportation Company (1973); issue of the  Armed Forces Comptroller (1973); Con Edison's  Customer Handbook and related brochures (1973); New York Press Club's 25th anniversary edition of  Byline magazine (1973); and promotional packet for the publication  National Star (1973).

1973
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Print Matter (#68-85)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes handbook New York, Your Host prepared by the City Commission for the United Nations and for the Consular Corps (1974); 5 issues of  Notes from the Municipal Reference and Research Center (1974); three issues of newsletter,  The Commuter, (1974); datebook  Life in America from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1975); National Urban League booklet  The Struggle for Equality of Educational Opportunity (1975);  Empire State Report (1975); first number of the Upper East Side's newsletter  East Apple (1975); and other periodicals.

1974-1975
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Print Matter (#86-96)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes New York Life Insurance Company's annual report for 1976; (souvenir?) program for the play, The Belle of Amherst with Julie Harris;  Operation Sail 1976 booklet; Tall Ships '76 souvenir program; checklist booklet for the exhibition  The Tulip & the Rose: Seeds of Queens History at the Queens Museum; booklet  The U.S. Customs House on Bowling Green by Brendan Gill; and five booklets in the Black Perspectives on the Bicentennial series published by the National Urban League.

1976
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Print Matter (#97-102)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes calendar of events for Bicentennial observances July 4th in Old New York; two booklets concerning the International Naval Review; issue of New York Press Club's  Byline magazine; Municipal Assistance Corporation's (MAC) annual report for 1976; and publicity packet for the Museum of Holography exhibition  Through the Looking Glass.

1976
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Print Matter (#103-115)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes The Story of Money comic book and other Federal Reserve Bank publications; an Italian wine guide distributed by Chatham Square Liquor Co.; first number of  The Bulletin Board, the newsletter of New York's block associations; first two numbers of  For Your Information, the newsletter of the Health Systems Agency of New York City; first number of  Focus, newsletter of the New York Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith; Con Edison's special issue of its periodical  Around the System for September 1977, reporting on the July black-out; first number of newspaper  Politicks & Other Human Interests; first number of Museum of Holography's newsletter,  The Whole Message; and first number of newspaper,  The News World: Manhattan.

1977
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Print Matter (#116-135)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two issues, including the first number, of the newspaper, The Trib; second number of  Focus, newsletter of the New York Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith; first three numbers of Borough President Howard Golden's  Brooklyn Newsletter; first four numbers of the Federal Regional Council newsletter,  Region II In View; first three numbers of Mayor Edward I. Koch's  Mayor's Newsletter; an issue of the Federation of Citywide Block Associations's newsletter,  News; the first two numbers of the newspaper  City News; first two numbers of the Metropolitan New York Nursing Home Association's newsletter,  Health Care News; an issue of newspaper  Politicks & Other Human Interests; and calendar of events for the "World of Our Fathers" Jewish Heritage Festival.

1978
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Print Matter (#136-156)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the first numbers of various newsletters: New York County Lawyers' Association's Legislative Update,  Neighborhood Women Network News, Bronx borough president Stanley Simon's senior citizen newsletter, Association of Concessionaires of New York City's  Concessionaire News, Citizens Housing & Planning Council's  Reporter, National Council on Compulsive Gambling's  Newsletter, Department of General Services's  DGS Reporter, Pace University Graduate School of Business's  GSB Outlook, and Columbia's  Career Development Bulletin;  World Traders' Atlas, issued by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; an issue of The Hunger Project's  Quantum Leap; first two numbers of  The American Lawyer; two numbers of borough president Golden's  Brooklyn Newsletter; first three numbers of Group Health, Inc's  GHI News; and summary of survey responses compiled by the League of Women Voters of the Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

1979
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Print Matter (#157-175)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the first number of various newsletters: Department of General Services's Operation Greenthumb Newsletter and  Wires Telecommunity News, Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry's  Currents, New York Employment Council's newsletter, Community Council of Greater New York's  Impact, Citizens Budget Commission's  CBC Quarterly; first two numbers of newsletter  The Queens Letter; Metro-North Railroad brochure  A Guide to Passenger Safety; two issues of The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's  Library Notebook; an issue of Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.'s newsletter  Elmcor Express; and other brochures.

circa 1980-1981
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Print Matter (#176-199)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the first numbers of various newsletters: Theatre Times,  Public Papers of the Fund for the City of New York, the Department of Probation's  Communicator, Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink's  Special Report, The Bowery's  Bank Notes, the Economic Capital Corporation of New York's  Newsline, the Department of Records and Information Services's  Notes, Metro-North's  Mileposts, and the New York Republican State Committee's  Greenburgh Gazette; first number of the political newspaper,  Talking Turkey; two issues of  Women in Touch, a newsletter from the Committee for Women's Concerns of the Comptroller's Office; three issues, including the first, of bulletins from Ellen's Coffee Cafe on Broadway; the first two numbers of the Brooklyn Paper's  Downtown News; the Municipal Assistance Corporation's (MAC) annual report for 1982; a Brooklyn Bridge centennial brochure;  ManhattanTrend, issued by Cushman & Wakefield; and a textbook for a correspondence course in French wines.

1982-1984
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Print Matter (#200-219)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes first numbers of various newsletters: from the Columbia Association (Italian-Americans) of the Comptroller's Office, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's New York Perspective, Division of Municipal Supplies'  DMS Happenings, from the Management Welfare Fund,  Fiscal Flash from the Bureau of Accountancy, Borough President Donald R. Manes's  Queens Update, from the Long Island City Business Development Corporation, the Jewish War Veterans Department of New York's  Beacon, New York City Transit Authority's  Welcome Aboard,  Cornell Connection, from the Charter Review Commission, the Port Authority's World Trade Department's  110 News, and the New York State Museum's  New York Delegate;  City of New York Comparative Analysis: Financial and Economic Indicators for FY 1985, issued by Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin; program for the memorial service at City Hall for Alfred T. Miele; booklet of selected state bicentennial programs,  Celebrating Our Constitution; an issue of Mobilization for Survival's  The Mobilizer; and other periodicals.

1985-1987
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Print Matter (#220-228)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes first numbers of various newsletters: Bureaus of Management Audit and of Financial Audit's Findings, Congressman Eliot Engel's  Reports to the People, Jewish Community Relations Council's  Urban and Domestic Viewpoints, Real Estate Board's  Tax Watch, and  Comptroller Chapter News; issue of  New York Delegate; first number of  Skyline magazine; New York City Council on Economic Education's  1989-90 Fact Book on the New York Metropolitan Region; and the Port Authority's annual report for 1989.

1988-1989
Box: 26 Folder : 12 Print Matter (#229-246)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes first numbers of various newsletters: BradyLine (1990), Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger's  Dateline: Manhattan (1990), from the Comptroller's Office Quality of Work Life Program (1992); first number of the  Journal of Multi-Cultural Community Health, issued by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (1991); benefit booklet for pensioners of the New York City Employees' Retirement System (1991); three press releases from Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman (1990); two issues of  Rail Whispers (1991); Metro-North brochure  A History of Grand Central Terminal (1998); program for the St. Patrick's Day Parade (1999); issue #11 of the  East Village Inky (2001); and two bulletins from the Department of General Services (undated, but likely 1980).

1990-2001, undated
Box: Oversize-small Folder : - Print Matter (#247-255). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the first numbers of Lexington Local newspaper (1980),  New View magazine (1982),  Westside Press newspaper (1983),  Commuter Express newspaper (1984),  Herald Center advertising supplement (1985), and  Undercurrents: Life Beneath New York magazine (1987); special issue on top 50 cities in  City & State magazine (1987); two copies of the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Calendar (1983); and 14 prints of watercolors by artist Fein of buildings in lower Manhattan, apparently distributed by Bank of New York (undated).

1980-1987

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