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Guide to the Henry Walter Papers
1950-2017
 MS 3016

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 02, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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)