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Guide to the Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. Papers
1808-1976
 MS 438

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Container List

Series I. Constitutional Convention, 1937-1941. 1.6 Linear feet in two record cartons and an oversize folder

Arrangement

The series is organized in rough chronological order, beginning with campaign materials and election congratulations, followed by general correspondence, proposed amendments, and clippings on the convention, and ending with post-convention correspondence. Print matter and oversize materials complete the series.

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised of materials related to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s position as delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1938. Much of the series constitutes documents regarding the 1937 election, including voting schedules and results, colorful district maps, candidate promotional materials and other ephemera, and correspondence in light of Nathan's victory. However, the series also includes correspondence about the convention itself, such as a letter from Nathan to his wife, Mabel, on the daily routine at the convention, fairly extensive records on amendments proposed in Albany, and a souvenir poster signed by the members of the Committee on the Judiciary (especially significant are the signatures of Al Smith and Robert Wagner). Post-convention correspondence, which is also included in the series, is primarily in regards to dinner reunion plans and two funerals for former delegates to the convention. Additionally, the series contains 11 of the original 12 volumes of reading material sent out to the delegates in preparation for their duties, which mainly concern foundational information on U.S. government and constitutional history.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-2 Campaign Materials (2 folders of 3)
1937
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Campaign Materials (Folder 3 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Oversize 1937 Borough of Manhattan election schedule, Republican ballot instructional manual and oversize maps of 7th and 11th Manhattan Assembly Districts.

1937
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Congratulations on Election
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Misc. Constitutional Convention Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes 1938 letter from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. to wife on daily routine during Constitutional Convention.

1937-1939
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Proposed Amendments (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Contains name-embossed book of proposed amendments at the convention with Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s annotations.

1938
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Proposed Amendments (Folder 2 of 2)
1938
Box: 1 Folder : 7-8 Clippings (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Folder 7 includes a clipping about World War I.

1937-1938
Box: 1 Folder : 9-10 Post-Constitutional Convention Correspondence (2 folders)
1939-1941
Box: 17 Volume : 1-11 Constitutional Committee Reports, Vol. 1-10 and 12

Scope and Contents

Volumes include, New York State Constitution Annotated, Amendments Proposed to New York Constitution, Constitutions of the States and United States, State and Local Government in New York, New York City Government Functions and Problems, Problems Relating to Bill of Rights and General Welfare, Problems Relating to Legislative Organization and Powers, Problems Relating to Executive Administration and Powers, Problems Relating to Judicial Administration and Organization, Problems Relating to Taxation and Finance, and an index. All volumes inscribed with Edgar J. Nathan, III's name and address.

1938
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Constitutional Committee Note

Scope and Contents

Contains copies of note from Constitutional Committee Chairman Charles Poletti on the purpose of the committee reports. Originally enclosed in accompanying volumes.

1938
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Constitutional Convention Seating Map
1938
Box: Oversize Small Folder : 2 Oversize Committee on the Judiciary Poster

Scope and Contents

Features the signatures of all members of the committee, as well as other prominent New York politicians who were involved with the convention, including Al Smith and Robert Wagner.

1938

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