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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Erika Gottfried, Mary Allison Farley, Katie Kirwan, and Robert Eberwein, with the assistance of Naomi Cromwell, Jason Chappell, and Alicia West.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 06, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect incorporation of 2015 accretion.  , February 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Moving Images Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1920-1969
Dates [bulk]: 1950-1969
Abstract: The Tamiment/Wagner Moving Images Collection represents the core motion picture film collection of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. It includes the film archives of the Transport Workers Union of America, a labor union founded in 1934 to organize subway workers and bus drivers in the New York City area that later included taxi drivers, railway employees, airline workers and utility workers in locals across the country; films and film footage from District 65/UAW , another labor union formed in New York City (in 1933) that organized warehouse workers, later expanding to include workers from the retail and manufacturing sectors, clerical personnel, salesclerks, writers, editors, technicians, and lawyers, include large numbers of women; a complete film, Nos Maisons d'Enfants, from the Jewish Labor Committee, a New York-based umbrella group of Jewish or Jewish-led trade unions and fraternal organizations, founded in 1934 to organize anti-Nazi and anti-fascist activity and to provide assistance to European Jews and others persecuted by these movements; footage shot by still photographer John Albok (1894-1982), known for his images of children and New York City street life during the Depression, who also documented organized labor and left-radical political life in New York City; and early footage of Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for socialists, in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, that opened in 1921. The remainder of the materials in the Collection come from various other labor and radical organizations. Together, they comprise approximately 40 hours of black and white and color 16mm motion picture film (and one 35mm film) which have been transferred to video for research use. They document activities and history of the labor movement and radical left or progressive organizations, mostly in New York City (although Philadelphia, Barcelona, Geneva, and a few locations in France are also represented. Most were produced by or for labor, left or progressive organizations and associated individuals in the United States. The Collection includes a dozen documentary films and a similar number each of television programs and filmed press conferences, but the largest proportion of materials by far consists of outtakes and edited sequences from these productions; a small amount of stock footage shot, acquired for, or associated with, these productions and unedited footage not associated with them.
Quantity: 56 videocassettes
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: FILMS.001

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Historical Note

The Tamiment/Wagner Moving Images Collection represents the core motion picture film collection of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. A description of the four main creators/subject areas of footage follows.

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) was founded in New York City in 1934 by subway workers. Affiliating with the fledgling CIO, it soon became the bargaining agent for all New York City bus and subway systems, and branched out to form locals across the country. By the early 1950s the union's membership had grown to over 100,000, in both public and privately-owned transit lines. By the 1960s, TWU locals were also established among railroad, airlines, and utility workers and taxi drivers. Politically progressive, it actively supported equal rights for African-Americans long before the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Its principal and eventually successful struggle in the decade or so following World War II was to win a five-day, forty-hour week for its members. Its New York Local 100 has always been the largest and most influential in the union.

The TWU's founders were mostly Irish immigrants who came to the United States after the Irish rebellion of 1916. Among them was Michael J. Quill (1905-1966), a Kerry native and subway ticket clerk who led early organizing efforts for the TWU, and became its president, a position he held for the first thirty years of the union's existence. Quill's leadership abilities and public persona quickly spread his influence beyond his own union to make him a key player in the broader labor and political arenas in New York and nationally. He was elected to two terms on New York's City Council, on the American Labor Party ticket, was the chairman of the City's CIO Council, and later served as a vice president on the AFL-CIO's executive council.

From its early days the TWU made aggressive use of public relations to communicate with its members as well as the general public, and to keep its fingers on the pulse of public opinion: it tape-recorded important meetings, it produced hundreds of radio advertisements for itself and its political allies, as well as live radio broadcasts. And it used moving images as well. It filmed union soapbox speakers and rallies and Michael Quill's election campaign rallies in the 1930; it documented TWU field days and victory rallies during World War II. In 1941 the union produced its first film documentary, the half-hour, United We Are Invincible(aka  United We Strike, aka  The Great Bus Strike of 1941), which told the story of the union's strike against New York City bus lines. This was followed by several other documentaries commissioned by the union. The TWU also enthusiastically embraced the new medium of television in early 1951, when it launched what was to be the first of hundreds of television programs and filmed press releases produced by the union (a small selection is included in this Collection). Most of these were made by professional filmmakers and producers, including Paul Miner, Tom Costigan, and Workers Film and Photograph League member, Leo Seltzer.

The labor union later known as District 65, UAW, was organized in New York City in 1933 by Arthur Osman. In 1938 it became Local 65 of the United Retail and Wholesale Employees of America, CIO. Though at first composed primarily of male, Jewish warehouse workers, the union expanded to include members of varied ethnic backgrounds from the retail and manufacturing sectors, clerical personnel, salesclerks, writers, editors, technicians, and lawyers, and it came to include large numbers of women. The union was characterized by democratic, rank and file rule, and an activist progressive political agenda that included early and active support for the civil rights movement.

The Jewish Labor Committee, an umbrella group of Jewish or Jewish-led trade unions and fraternal organizations, was founded in New York City in 1934. Its primary purposes were to organize anti-Nazi and anti-fascist activity and to provide assistance to European Jews and others persecuted by these movements. During World War II it maintained close ties with European resistance movements and was able to effect the rescue of hundreds of labor and socialist activists and their families. After the War, it assisted and resettled survivors and helped to reunite families, and became active in civil rights and labor rights campaigns in the United States and human rights work world wide.

John Albok (1894-1982), who immigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1921, and opened a tailor shop to support himself and his family, was also a still photographer known for his sensitive depiction of Central Park, children, and New York City street life from the Depression through the 1960s; he also photographed images of trade-union and leftwing political protest and culture during this same period. He occasionally documented the same subjects in moving images, using 16mm black and white and color film.

Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for socialists, their families and friends, near Bushkill, Pennsylvania, opened in 1921. Its initial purpose was to serve as a summer retreat for faculty, students, and friends of the Rand School of Social Science (a school for workers in New York City that was closely allied with the Socialist Party) and to provide a reliable source of revenue to support the School. The Camp was also home to the Tamiment Playhouse, a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the United States, nurturing major entertainment figures such as Max Liebman, Jerome Robbins and Danny Kaye.

Sources: Albok, John. John Albok: For the Children.Dallas, Texas: Photographic Archives Gallery, 1995.

Huberman, Leo. The Great Bus Strike.New York: Modern Age Books, 1941.

Freeman, Joshua. In Transit(New York, Oxford University Press, 1989)

John Albok, 1894-1982: Through the Eye of the Needle.Budapest: Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc., 1998.

LoMonaco, Martha. Every Week, a Broadway Revue: The Tamiment Playhouse, 1921-1960.New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Malmgreen, Gail. "Labor and the Holocaust: The Jewish Labor Committee and the Anti-Nazi Struggle." Labor's Heritage, Vol. 3, no. 4 (October 1991).

Quill, Shirley. Mike Quill Himself: A Memoir.Greenwich, CT: Devin-Adair Publishers, 1985.

Whittemore, L. H. The Man Who Ran the Subways: The Story of Mike Quill.New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968.

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Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of approximately 40 hours of motion picture film, comprising 193 separate segments that document the activities and history of the labor movement and left or progressive organizations, mostly in New York City (although Philadelphia, Barcelona, Geneva, and a few locations in France are also represented/depicted/included). It consists, with a single exception, entirely of 16mm film—primarily in black and white, but with a significant amount in color--and of the 51 videotapes to which these film materials were transferred, to create surrogates to allow screening while protecting the originals. Almost all of the materials in the collection were produced by and/or for labor, left, or progressive organizations or associated individuals in the United States. About a dozen documentary films, a similar number of television programs (kinescopes), and a dozen and a half filmed press conferences form the core of the Collection, but a larger proportion consists of outtakes and edited sequences from these productions, as well as a unedited footage and a small amount of stock footage shot, acquired for, or associated with, these productions.

The largest share of the materials in the Collection (84% --168 of the 193 segments) is the film archive of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) -- a national, New York City-based labor union whose members are mainly bus and subway workers. The TWU materials stretch from the 1930s through 1967 and document the union's own activities as well as of some of its friends and allies, including mass meetings, conventions, speeches, negotiation sessions, picket lines, demonstrations, parades and press conferences. It is also notable in illustrating the TWU's pioneering embrace of television as a public relations tool for trade unions. The remainder of the Collection--the non-TWU footage—while it represents a much smaller amount, is more eclectic and international in scope. It includes footage ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s documenting organizations or individuals associated with the three main strands of left-radical politics and culture: Communism, Socialism, and anarchism, as well as footage of, or produced by, other labor organizations, both U.S. and foreign. Also represented are New York City May Day parades in color and black and white, New York City and state politicians, and the daily life of poor, homeless, and working-class children and adults in New York City during the depths of the Depression, as well as such occasional random surprises as a shot of the dirigible Hindenberg flying above Madison Avenue on the day it later crashed and burned. While the footage in this Collection documents events and activities specific to labor history and radical and progressive movements, it also documents topics unrelated to these. A wide range of activities, locations, occupations, subjects, attitudes and emotions was incidentally captured, in addition to the intended themes. For example, the same footage that documents union activities in New York City in the 1930s shows street scenes in working-class neighborhoods in Manhattan and other boroughs that are seldom seen in moving images; while picket lines snake around the block and soap-boxers inveigh, in the background and foreground everyday life goes on; in front of tenements and brownstone stoops, children frolic and parents push baby carriages, and a horse-drawn cart and a bicycles ride through the frame (in some of these scenes exact locations are even thoughtfully provided—because the addresses appear on the signs carried by union members picketing in front of the homes of more than a dozen individual TWU members who have "deserted" the union). Similarly, a panoply of the feet and shoes (only) of ordinary New Yorkers on Fifth Avenue can be seen as part of a sequence whose purpose was to illustrate the effectiveness of a 1950s transit strike by showing the public walking instead of riding public transport. These unintentionally-recorded, usually fragmentary, documents of social history can be of particular value because they are candid and unposed, in contrast to the staged official activities which were shot to document and promote the activities of the organizations that commissioned them. Other "unintended documents" in the Collection include footage of public meeting places such as hotels and auditoriums; office, restaurant, and workplace interiors; mass transit, including subway trains and buses, subway and bus passengers, train stations and an airport; power plants and industrial equipment; the deserted waterfront of a New Jersey port; the changing streetscapes and neighborhoods of New York City, as well as some of its landmarks (the interior of the old Pennsylvania Railroad Station and its clock, New York Public Library, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Coney Island's Cyclone rollercoaster, and facades of businesses such as a Horn and Hardart Automat, and the Peck and Peck women's clothing store); track and field events, team sports recreation and resorts; parades and marching bands; voting; social dancing; stenographers, shoe shiners, television camera operators, reporters, police, waiters, musicians and teachers at work. Also: racially-integrated social and organizational gatherings in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s; rhetorical styles and oratory of politicians and union leaders; demeanor and dress of ordinary middle-class and working-class Americans in the mid-twentieth century; and performance styles on early public affairs television programs.

Each film segment described in the container list below has been assigned a unique Tape # and Tape Hour # (T# and H#). These T# / H#'s can be found in the container list. All segment titles have been supplied by archives staff except those in italics, which are the original titles given by the film's creator(s). Please note that running times for segments are approximate only, not exact. The container list consists of brief descriptions of each segment that includes a title, the location where the segment was shot, whether it is black and white or color, whether it has sound or is silent, footage type (these include complete film, part of film, filmed press releases, and "footage," by which is meant edited sequences, outtakes or unedited footage -- or combinations of these), date and approximate total running time; it can be used to browse the entire contents of the Collection. For more information on any individual segment, more detailed descriptions are available, including shot-by-shot descriptions of the contents with "in and out points" for each shot (e.g., showing approximately where a shot in the segment begins and ends), and for whom or what entity the segment was produced. The detailed descriptions can be reached by clicking on the following link: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/movingimage.pdf.

Arrangement

All three series are arranged in tape and tape hour number order, the order in which the original film segments were transferred to video. Segments were transferred mostly (but not always) in chronological order within union locals or divisions or within organizations as a whole.

Series:

  1. I, Transport Workers Union of America, 1930s – 1967
  2. II, Other Organizations and Individuals, 1920s - 1966
  3. III, Addendum, 1930s-1967

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Kaelin, Andrew.
  • Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980
  • Iushewitz, Morris.
  • Horst, James R.
  • Lacey, Martin.
  • Kellman, Louis.
  • Kearns, Matthew.
  • Kavanaugh, Mark.
  • Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969
  • Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963
  • Mailly, Bertha
  • MacMahon, Douglas.
  • MacDonald, David J. (David John)
  • Livingston, David
  • Forge, Maurice, 1902-1990
  • Manning, Louis.
  • Meany, George, 1894-1980.
  • Gerosa, Lawrence E.
  • Gilhooley, John J., 1921-1981
  • García Oliver, Juan.
  • Gray, Herman.
  • Miner, Paul.
  • Gilmartin, Daniel J.
  • Goldberg, Arthur J.
  • Diana, Raymond
  • Attreed, Eugene
  • Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939.
  • Faber, Gustav, 1912-
  • Felix, Harold.
  • Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974
  • Durruti, Buenaventura, 1896-1936
  • Companys y Jover, Luis, 1882-1940
  • Costigan, Tom
  • Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926
  • La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947
  • Beame, Abraham D. (Abraham David), 1906-2001
  • Benitez, Michael
  • Clark, Joseph S.
  • Cohn, Roy M.
  • Haywood, Allan S., 1888-1953
  • Hoffa, James R. (James Riddle), 1913-
  • Hollander, Louis, b. 1893
  • Hogan, Austin.
  • Debs, Katherine
  • Grogan, William.
  • Guinan, Matthew K.
  • Sheehan, Frank.
  • Debs, Theodore, 1864-1945
  • Stier, Richard R., 1864-1940
  • Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-
  • Van Arsdale, Harry, 1905-1986
  • Van Riper, Ellis.
  • Weissman, Lawrence
  • Williamson, Edward T.
  • Quill, Shirley, 1915-1991
  • Quill, Maria Theresa O'Neill
  • Robinson, Cleveland L. (Cleveland Lowellyn), 1914-1995
  • Rice, Charles Owen, 1908-
  • Santo, John, 1908-
  • Sacher, Harry, 1881-
  • Shannon, James.
  • Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
  • Lee, Algernon
  • Murray, Philip, 1886-1952.
  • Morin, Emilene.
  • O'Connor, Frank.
  • O'Grady, Joseph E.
  • Osman, Arthur.
  • O'Donnell, John Francis, 1907-1993
  • Quill, Mike.
  • Quill, John Daniel
  • Weinberger, Harry, 1888-
  • Curran, Joseph Edwin, 1906-1981

Document Type

  • Motion pictures (visual work)
  • Commercials.
  • Videocassettes.
  • 35mm.
  • 16mm
  • Pamphlets.

Subject Organizations

  • F.A.I. (Organization : Spain)
  • Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias
  • New York Public Library
  • Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.)
  • AFL-CIO. New York City Central Labor Council
  • Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (Spain)
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
  • Distributive Workers of America. District 65
  • Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya
  • Fifth Avenue Coach Company
  • Town Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • 30th Street Station (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Union Station (Washington, D.C.)
  • Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya
  • People's Educational Camp Society
  • New York City CIO Council
  • International Labour Organisation
  • Furniture Workers Union
  • New York Hotel Trades Council
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • Transport Workers Union of America. Local 100
  • Transport Workers Union of America. Local 234 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania Railroad
  • Transport Workers Union of America
  • Gracie Mansion (New York, N.Y.)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America

Subject Topics

  • Power-plants.
  • Reporters and reporting.
  • Refugees.
  • Saint Patrick's Day.
  • Resorts.
  • Railroads -x Employees -- United States -v Pictorial works.
  • Mayors -- New York (State) -- New York -x Election.
  • Track and field -- United States.
  • Transport workers -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Television journalists.
  • Television programs.
  • Waiters.
  • Workweek.
  • Typists.
  • Voting.
  • Subway stations.
  • Subway tunnels.
  • Strikes and lockouts.
  • Stripteasers.
  • Television camera operators.
  • Television cameras.
  • Subways -- Maintenance and repair.
  • Subways -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Shoes.
  • Interracial dating.
  • Informers.
  • Homelessness
  • Stenographers.
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.
  • Signing ceremonies
  • Demonstrations.
  • Consolidation and merger of corporations.
  • Control rooms.
  • Clerks.
  • Depressions -- 1929.
  • Four-day week.
  • Effigies.
  • Banners.
  • Ballot boxes.
  • Aviation mechanics (Persons)
  • Auditoriums.
  • Arbitration (Administrative law)
  • Airships.
  • Airports -- Baggage handling.
  • Calisthenics.
  • Labor Day.
  • Labor contract.
  • Camera operators.
  • Buses -- Maintenance and repair.
  • Buses.
  • Bus drivers.
  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.
  • Broadcasting studios.
  • Beauty contests.
  • Negotiations.
  • Marching bands.
  • May Day.
  • Lobbying.
  • Labor union meetings.
  • Labor unions
  • Playgrounds.
  • Political campaigns.
  • Picketing.
  • Picnics.
  • Parades.
  • Parties.
  • New Year's Eve.
  • Oratory.

Subject Places

  • Paris (France).
  • Philadelphia (Pa.).
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Terre Haute (Ind.)
  • Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Hoboken (N.J.)
  • Croke Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • Altoona (Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania Station (New York, N.Y.).
  • Bushkill (Pa.)
  • Newark Airport.
  • Manhattan Center (auditorium), New York, NY.
  • Le Mans (France)
  • Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
  • Randall's Island (N.Y.)
  • Union Square (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, the creator of materials in Series I of this collection, were transferred to New York University in 1991. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collecion which were originally created by the TWU, AFL-CIO must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Tamiment/Wagner Moving Images Collection; FILMS 001; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Transport Workers Union of America Records (WAG 235)

Transport Workers Union of America, Records of Locals (WAG 234)

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room.

Some audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the materials in this collection were donated to the Tamiment Library by the Transport Workers Union of America in 1985. The remainder were donated by various other organizations and individual donors, including District 65/UAW, the Jewish Labor Committee, and Ilona Albok--in 1979, 1985, and 1988, respectively--or separated from various Tamiment Library manuscript collections.

The accession numbers associated with this collection are 1950.223, 2015.034, 2018.045, 2018.047, 2018.053, 2018.090, NPA.1993.024, NPA.1999.023, NPA.2000.055, NPA.2000.240, NPA.2000.343, NPA.2003.086, NPA 2004.013, NPA.2005.024, NPA.2005.180, NPA.2005.182, NPA.20015.195, NPA.2005.202, NPA.2005.204, NPA.2005.205, NPA.2005.206, NPA.2005.209, NPA.2005.212, NPA.2005.213, NPA.2005.216, and NPA.2006.099.

Processing Information

Processing decisions made prior to 2017 have not been recorded. In 2017 one film reel related to the 34th anniversary of the Italian-American socialist pubication La Parola was added to Series III: Addendum. In 2018 one film reel of a 1936 New York City May Day parade was added to Series III. Addendum.

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Container List

Series I: Transport Workers Union of America, 1930-1967

Scope and Contents

Most materials in this series focus on Local 100, the TWU's New York City local representing bus and subway workers, but also included are segments concerning the international union and its Railroad and Air Transport divisions, as well as Locals 101 (Brooklyn Union Gas utility workers) and 234 (Philadelphia transit workers). They are drawn from the following materials, all produced by or for the union: seven documentaries, United We Are Invincible(1941) ;  Our Case For The Forty-Hour Week(1950),  The Transport Workers Union of America, CIO, Presents Proceedings Of Its Seventh Biennial Convention(1950),  Memorial Tribute To Mr. CIO—Allan S. Haywood(1953);  Twenty-Nine Days To Victory(1953),  Years Of Challenge(1961), and  The Best Is Yet To Come(1967), as well as programs, press conferences, and filmed press releases broadcast on television (including national conventions and locals' mass meetings, officers' reports to locals and national divisions, and reports to the public on its actions). The largest number of segments consist outtakes from the completed films and television program, as well as unedited footage.

The films in this series include many hours of footage of the TWU's ebullient, truculent, theatrical and colorful long-time president, Michael J. Quill. These present a visual record of his life and career, from young and sprightly in the 1930s (including a rally during his successful 1939 campaign to be elected to the New York City Council) to aging and ill, being jailed during the disastrous 1966 New York City transit strike, and, only weeks later, his funeral cortege emerging from New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral, and including glimpses of his family, his son, John Quill, as well as his wives, Mollie (O'Neill) Quill and Shirley (Garry) Quill. Quill's fiery oratory, sharp tongue, shrewd wit, and agile repartee is on display here, including his trademark threat, that the union would stay on the picket line "until the plains of hell itself freeze over"; his calling one of New York City's mayors "a plain, ordinary, common liar"; and many instances of his rhetorically skewering his opponents (in management, in politics, and within his own union) in person and in the media. The series also includes other TWU officers and staff, including: Eugene Attreed, Gustav Faber, Maurice Forge, Daniel Gilmartin, William Grogan, Matthew Guinan, Austin Hogan, James Horst, Andrew Kaelin, Mark Kavanaugh, Matthew Kearns, Douglas MacMahon, Frank O'Connor, John O'Donnell, Harry Sacher, John Santo, James Shannon, Frank Sheehan, and Ellis Van Riper.

TWU footage also includes prominent leaders of other unions and national labor organizations, such as the CIO's John L. Lewis, Philip Murray and Allan Haywood, the AFL-CIO's George Meany, Joseph Curran of the National Maritime Union, David J. MacDonald of the United Steel Workers, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' James R. Hoffa (who can be seen promising not to raid TWU locals); officials of New York City and State AFL-CIO councils, including Raymond Diana, Louis Hollander, Morris Iushewitz, Martin Lacey, and Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Other labor-related figures represented include Arthur Goldberg, a labor lawyer whose clients included the TWU before he became United States Secretary of Labor and later a United States Supreme Court Justice; noted labor arbitrator, Theodore Kheel; labor negotiator, Julius Manson and "labor priest," Father Charles Owen Rice of Pittsburgh. Politicians and officials are represented, too: New York City mayors Fiorello LaGuardia and Robert F. Wagner, Jr.; New York City Transit Authority commissioners John J. Gilhooley and Joseph E. O' Grady, and Philadelphia mayors Joseph S. Clark, Jr., Richardson Dilworth, and James Hugh Joseph Tate. Also worth noting are persons who are not on-screen, but are mentioned, usually with invective. Rudolph Halley, president of the New York City Council, New York City mayor Vincent Impellitteri, New York City Comptroller Lawrence E. Gerosa, New York State governor Thomas E. Dewey, and anti-union, anti-communist lawyer Roy Cohn, all get their share of this treatment.

Other footage includes mass meetings, rallies, demonstrations, Labor Day parades (which document other unions' contingents as well as the TWU's), contract negotiations, press conferences, picket lines, strikes, and speeches, beginning with the early days of the TWU in the 1930s and 1940s (including its attendance at a 1943 national CIO convention); TWU participation in World War II "United Front" activities such as a huge 1942 "Defend America" rally, with US and Soviet flags side by side on the podium and buses bearing slogans like, "Uncle Sam Won't Miss the Bus—Lick Hitler in 1942; and the expulsion of Communist Party members from the union six years later. Also shown are members at work: bus drivers, subway conductors and motormen, utility workers, baggage handlers and airplane maintenance mechanics, flight attendants, railroad train maintenance workers, and gas utility workers. The ethnic makeup of TWU's officers and members, many of them of Irish extraction, is reflected in footage of TWU officers and members participating in New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade; footage of members and officers of other ethnic groups, including African-American officers such as Herman C. Gray, Louis Manning, Edward T. Williamson, and rank and file members in the audience at mass meetings.

Also among these materials are: a long speech given by Michael Quill at the union's 30th anniversary meeting in 1964, in which he discusses the TWU's and his relationship with the Communist Party, as well as what may be the earliest footage of an attempted corporate takeover and proxy fight, as Quill and the TWU went toe-to-toe over the management of the Fifth Avenue Bus Company – represented by Lawrence Weissman, Harry Weinberg, and Roy Cohn -- in 1962. (This sequence includes candid footage in which some participants are clearly not aware of being filmed.) And while there is no footage directly showing dissidents against the TWU's entrenched leadership, documentation of these groups and individuals is not entirely absent. It is manifested in Quill's shouting down union dissidents from the podium, in his direct as well as oblique (uncomplimentary) references to them at mass meetings, and in his testy response to questions from reporters about wildcat strikes within the union; and it can be heard in occasional catcalls from the TWU convention floor.

The series also includes informal and candid scenes of working-class social life of the 1940s and 50s, for example, color footage of union officers and members with spouses and children, dressed in their Sunday best, attending an annual "Field Day" in Croke Park in the Bronx; the union's "11th annual outing," replete with drum and bagpipe bands, pony rides, clowns, hotdogs, beer, ice cream, and competitive athletic events such as softball, soccer, high jump, horse shoes, shot put, foot races; footage of a racially integrated holiday party showing adults smoking and drinking; and an unbuttoned banquet celebration including a stripper.

For more detailed descriptions of individual segments, refer to: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/movingimage.pdf

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Item: T 1-H 1 Exterior of bus company garage; 1930s street scenes in New York City boroughs; Transport Workers Union elections? New York, NY; Jamaica, Queens, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 4:40.
1930-1939
Item: T 1-H 2 Early demonstration by Transport Workers Union; early footage of some of union's founding member leaders speaking at a rally. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 5:45.
1935-1939
Item: T 1-H 3 Transport Workers Union members leafleting on street at parade; parade. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:21.
1930-1949
Item: T 1-H 4 Transport Workers Union bus drivers; Transport Workers Union's Transport Hall; Philip Murray negotiates with New York City mayor? New York, NY; City Hall, New York, NY; Transport Hall, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:35.
1930-1949
Item: T 1-H 5 Transport Workers Union rally at City Hall. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:23.
1930-1939
Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 2-H 6 Rally for Michael Quill's re-election to New York City Council; Third Biennial Convention of the Transport Workers Union; Transport Workers Union and pro-World War II demonstrations; field days and outings of the Transport Workers Union's members and families. New York, NY; Fifth Avenue, New York, NY; Croke Park, New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY. Footage; Color and B/W; Silent. Running Time: 44:42.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 2.

1930-1949
Item: T 2-H 7 Transport Workers Union members picket the homes of more than a dozen individual TWU members (in different locations) who have "deserted" the union; Michael Quill and other union leaders speaking at outdoor rallies. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 13:09.

Scope and Contents

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 2.

1940-1941
Box: 33 Item : 3 (Mixed Materials [31142063411352]) Tape 3

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 3-H-8, T 3-H-9, T 3-H-10, T 3-H-11, T 3-H-12, T 3-H-13, T 3-H-14, T 3-H-15T 3-H-7

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 01:00:35, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 3-H 8 Transport Workers Union strikers' picket line. Transport Workers Union pickets home of an ex-member. New York, Bronx? Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:54.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

1940-1941
Item: T 3-H 9 Transport Workers Union pickets home of TWU member accused of "deserting" the union. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:50.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

1940-1941
Item: T 3-H 10 Airplane maintenance; airplane baggage; flight crew and United We Are Invincible (documentary on the Transport Workers Union's 1941 strike against the New York City Omnibus Corporation and Fifth Avenue Coach Company). New York, NY. Footage and nearly complete film; Color and B/W; Sound. Running Time: 30:28.

Scope and Contents

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

1941 , 1960-1969
Item: T 3-H 11 Bus drivers' occupational maladies; Transport Workers Union strike meeting. New York, NY. Part of complete film; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 6:35.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

1941
Item: T 3-H 12 Bus-driving, bus passengers, and traffic in New York City. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 4:38.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

1941
Item: T 3-H 13 CIO Convention. Philadelphia, PA?. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:55.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

1943
Item: T 3-H 14 Transport Workers Union Local 100 delegates departing New York City for TWU 6th Biennial Convention. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:56.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

Dec 1948
Item: T 3-H 15 Michael Quill and his young son, John, at a Transport Workers Union convention - possibly the 6th Biennial Convention. Chicago, IL? Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:55.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 3.

Dec 1948
Item: T 4-H 16 Transport Workers Union officers, staff, (and families?) at a banquet/celebration, possibly at union's 6th Biennial Convention. Chicago, IL ? Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:50.
Dec 1948
Item: T 4-H 17 Scenes from Transport Workers Union's 6th Biennial Convention. Chicago, IL; Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 3:00.
Dec 1948
Item: T 4-H 18 Demonstration; Fiorello LaGuardia and Michael Quill speaking at a rally. New York, NY; Union Square?, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:30.
1940-1945
Item: T 4-H 19 Demonstrations, picket lines, rallies of Transport Workers Union urging New York City's Board of Transportation to implement collective bargaining. New York, NY; Hudson Street, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 13:22.
1940-1949
Item: T 5-H 20 Our Case For The Forty-Hour Week. (Part of?) a documentary on the Transport Workers Union's drive to win a forty hour week for New York City Board of Transportation employees. Brooklyn, NY; New York, NY; City Hall, New York, NY; New York City Board of Transportation headquarters, Brooklyn, NY; Johnson Street, Brooklyn, NY. Footage; part of complete film?; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 44:25.
1950
Item: T 6-H 21 The Transport Workers Union Of America, CIO, Presents Proceedings Of Its Seventh Biennial Convention. New York, NY; Transport Hall, New York, NY. Completed film; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 40:15.
Dec 6, 1950 -Dec 9, 1950
Item: T 6-H 22 Transport Workers Union Local 100 members voting. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 7:10.
Jul 6, 1951
Item: T 7-H 23 Contract negotiations between Transport Workers Union and New York City private bus lines. New York, NY. Rough edit of a partially-completed film?; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 42:35.
1951
Item: T 8-H 0 Television program (kinescope) relating to Transport Workers Union's 1952 convention. Philadelphia, PA. Footage; B/W; Sound; Silent. Running Time: 20:08.
1952
Item: T 8-H 1 Memorial meeting for Philip Murray. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 16:10.
1952
Item: T 8-H 2 Twenty-Nine Days To Victory. Documentary chronicling 1953 strike of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 against nine privately-owned New York City bus lines. New York, NY; St. Nicholas Arena, New York, NY; Times Square, New York, NY. Complete film; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 23:25.
1953
Item: T 9-H 3 Michael Quill and Matthew Guinan at a Transport Workers Union mass meeting on the eve of the 1953 private bus lines strike in New York City; Quill and Allan Haywood address mass strike meeting. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 15:20.
Dec 31, 1952 , 1953
Item: T 9-H 4 Rank and file members of Transport Workers Union at a union meeting; Allan Haywood and Michael Quill addressing mass meeting (s?); workers going on and coming off shifts and at work. New York, NY. Footage. B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 17:42.
1950-1959
Item: T 9-H 5 Filmed press release: Michael Quill announces a meeting of striking bus workers. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound; Silent. Running Time: 3:42.
1953
Item: T 9-H 6 Father Charles Owen Rice making a statement of support for a Transport Workers Union strike. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 3:40.
1953
Item: T 9-H 7 Allan Haywood of the CIO speaks in support of New York City bus strike and need for 40-hour week for New York City and Philadelphia bus drivers. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 5:45.
1953
Item: T 10-H 8 Officers of the Transport Workers Union (and friends) report on the progress of the 1953 strike against New York City private bus lines. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 19:10.
1953
Item: T 10-H 9 Michael Quill addressing two different mass meetings during Transport Workers Union's 1953 strike against New York City private bus lines. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 20:04.
1953
Item: T 10-H 10 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill addresses mass meeting of strikers during 1953 strike against private bus lines in New York City. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:35.
1953
Item: T 11-H 11 Mass meeting of strikers during Transport Workers Union's 1953 strike against New York City private bus lines. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 32:12.
1953
Item: T 11-H 12 Mass meeting of strikers during Transport Workers Union Local 100's 1953 strike against New York City's private bus lines. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 11:00.
1953
Item: T 11-H 13 Crowded subway station and subway station entrances. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound; Silent. Running Time: 6:06.
1953
Item: T 12-H 14 Memorial Tribute To Mr. CIO—Allan S. Haywood. 1952, New York, NY. Complete film; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:45.
1952 , 1953
Item: T 12-H 15 Matthew Guinan, Ellis Van Riper, John O'Donnell and Michael Quill report to mass meeting of Transport Workers Union Local 100 members on relations with the newly-created New York City Transit Authority and Transport Workers Union's program for working conditions and wages. New York, NY; Manhattan Center auditorium, New York, NY. Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 30:05.
Oct 7, 1953
Box: 33 Item : 13 (Mixed Materials [31142063411352]) Tape 13

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 3-H 16, T 3-H-17, T 3-H 18

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 00:51:25, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 13-H 16 Last official meeting Transport Workers Union held in its old headquarters. Commemorates the union's history and salutes the opening of its new headquarters. (Part 1) New York, NY; Transport Hall, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 25:16.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 13.

Dec 1953
Item: T 13-H 17 Last official meeting Transport Workers Union held in its old headquarters. Commemorates the union's history and salutes the opening of its new headquarters. (Part 2) New York, NY; Transport Hall, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound; Silent. Running Time: 24:28.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 13.

Dec 1953
Item: T 13-H 18 Transport Workers Union members voting in a Transport Workers Union election or on contract or strike settlement. New York, NY; Cassidy's Restaurant, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 5:46.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 13.

1953
Box: 33 Item : 14 (Mixed Materials [31142063411352]) Tape 14

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 14-H 19, T 14-H 20, T 14-H 21, T 14-H 22, T 2-H-7

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 01:02:00, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 14-H 19 Michael Quill attempts to bring a Transport Workers Union meeting to order, and speaks. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 5:16.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 14.

1953 , 1962
Item: T 14-H 20 Michael Quill makes a statement addressed to the general public endorsing the candidacy of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. for mayor of New York. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 5:26.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 14.

1953
Item: T 14-H 21 Exteriors of co-op apartment buildings, New York City school; footage relating to Robert F. Wagner, Jr.'s mayoral election campaign; Michael Quill addressing mass meeting of Local 100 members on strike. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 17:30.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 14.

1953
Item: T 14-H 22 The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Transport Workers Union - Part 1. New York, NY; St. Nicholas Arena, New York, NY. Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 31:21.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 14.

Apr 29, 1954
Item: T 15-H 23 The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Transport Workers Union – Part 2., New York, NY; St. Nicholas Arena (New York, NY). Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 30:30.
Apr 29, 1954
Item: T 15-H 0 Two press conferences with Michael Quill speaking; passengers on New York City subway trains and buses, ca. 1950s; Transport Workers Union's Twentieth Anniversary Meeting, 1954. New York, NY; St. Nicholas Arena, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 23:52.
1950-1959
Item: T 16-H 1 Transport Workers Union demonstration to save the Third Avenue elevated subway line in New York City. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 8:30.
1954-1955
Item: T 16-H 2 Picket line, demonstration by Transport Workers Union to "Save the 3rd Avenue El" (protesting destruction of elevated subway line.) New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 9:45.
1954-1955
Item: T 16-H 3 Officers of Transport Workers Union Local 234 and Michael Quill urge local members to ratify new contract with Philadelphia Transportation Company. Philadelphia, PA ? Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 14:08.
Feb 1956-Mar 1956
Item: T 16-H 4 Partial print of the Transport Workers Union's A Memorial Tribute To Philip Murray. Scotland. Parts of a complete film (kinescope); B/W; Sound. Running Time: 27:42.
Nov 13, 1957
Box: 33 Item : 17 (Mixed Materials [31142063411352]) Tape 17

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 17-H 5, T 17-H 6, T 17-H 7, T 17-H 8, T 17-H 9, T 17-H 10, T 17-H 11, T 7-H 12, T 17-H 13

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 01:03:22, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 17-H 5 Pieces of Transport Workers Union's A Memorial Tribute To Philip Murray; trims from newsreel footage of Murray; Murray's funeral? Various locations. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 11:53.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

1940-1959
Item: T 17-H 6 Michael Quill statement on progress of American labor. VO by a narrator talking about the life of Philip Murray. Various locations. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:35.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

Nov 13, 1957
Item: T 17-H 7 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill demands that the New York City Transit Authority conduct a representation election among its employees. New York, NY. Filmed press release; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 00:50.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

Sep 17, 1957
Item: T 17-H 8 Voters in Transport Workers Union (representation?) election. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:25.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

Dec 16, 1957
Item: T 17-H 9 Transport Workers Union Local 100 members vote to authorize a strike against private bus lines in the New York City metropolitan area. New York, NY; Manhattan Center (auditorium), New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 9:10.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

Dec 1957
Item: T 17-H 10 Transport Workers Union demonstration and automobile cavalcade against the Pennsylvania Railroad. Altoona, PA; Harrisburg ?, PA. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 4:35.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

1957
Item: T 17-H 11 Transport Workers Union officials present the union's complaints against the management of the Pennsylvania Railroad to a meeting of presidents of 51 Railroad Division locals. New York, NY; Hotel Park Sheraton, New York, NY. Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 14:20.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

1957-1958
Item: T 17-H 12 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill reacts to an indictment that appears to have been handed down against either the Transport Workers Union or Quill himself by a Brooklyn Grand Jury. New York, NY; Bar Association Building, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 7:50.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

1950-1959
Item: T 17-H 13 Mass meeting of Local 100 Transport Workers Union; strike resolution. New York, NY; Manhattan Center auditorium, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 6:30.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 17.

Dec 27, 1959
Item: T 18-H 14 Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. addresses mass meeting of Transport Workers Union Local 100. New York, NY; Manhattan Center auditorium, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 2:00.
Dec 27, 1959
Item: T 18-H 15 Transport Workers Union Local 100 mass meeting/rally. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 25:58.
Dec 27, 1959
Item: T 18-H 16 (Part of?) Michael Quill press conference announcing a Transport Workers Union contract proposal for the New York City Transit Authority. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 00:43.
1959
Item: T 18-H 17 Mass meeting of the Transport Workers Union during a strike against New York City Transit Authority. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 7:10.
1959
Item: T 18-H 18 (Part of?) press conference called by Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill criticizing New York City Transit Authority for its deal with the Consolidated Edison company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:14.
1959
Item: T 18-H 19 Transport Workers Union announces its opposition to proposed merger of Eastern and American Airlines. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 8:40.
1959
Item: T 18-H 20 Press conference by Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill on wildcat strike by Transport Workers Union bus drivers. New York, NY. Press conference; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:15.
1959-1960
Item: T 18-H 21 Press conference by Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill on wildcat strike by Transport Workers Union bus drivers. New York, NY. Press conference; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 4:32.
1959-1960
Item: T 19-H 22 New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., delivers a primary election campaign speech at a meeting of the Transport Workers Union. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:00.
1959-1960
Item: T 19-H 23 A labor union (possibly the Furniture Workers' Union) "affair"--a banquet/dance and award ceremonies. Location unknown. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 19:24.
1950-1955
Item: T 19-H 0 Transport Workers Union (municipal transit workers?) picket line; Transport Workers Union leaders address mass rally. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:55.
1950-1959
Item: T 19-H 1 Various press conferences held by Michael Quill and other leaders of the Transport Workers Union; Transport Workers Union rallies and meetings; interview with Senator Wayne Morse. New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 16:55.
1950-1959
Item: T 19-H 2 Press conference by Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill on union's demands to New York City Board of Transportation or New York City Transit Authority. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:40.
1950-1959
Item: T 19-H 3 Michael Quill and other Transport Workers Union officers negotiating with the New York City Transit Authority? Brooklyn, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 3:10.
1961
Item: T 19-H 4 Leaflet distribution; Michael Quill at press conference. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:30.
1950-1959
Box: 29 Item : 20 (Mixed Materials [31142063411311]) Tape 20

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 20-H 5, T 20-H 6, T 20-H 7, T 20-H 8, T 20-H 9, T 20-H 10, T 20-H 11

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 00:45:57, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 20-H 5 Buses and passengers in mid-town Manhattan. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:23.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950
Item: T 20-H 6 Santa Claus promotes public transportation. New York, NY? Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 3:04.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950-1959
Item: T 20-H 7 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill announces end of a wildcat strike by Philadelphia TWU workers. Philadelphia, PA?. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:20.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950-1959
Item: T 20-H 8 Statement by Transport Workers Union special counsel Arthur Goldberg on TWU representation of New York City transit workers. New York, NY. Filmed press release; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:35.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950-1959
Item: T 20-H 9 Transport Workers Union Local 100 party. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:30.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950-1959
Item: T 20-H 10 Trims and outtakes from a number of different films or shoots, including footage from a New York City mayoral campaign film and of a Transport Workers Union demonstration, and shots of New Yorkers' feet. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 29:52.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950-1959
Item: T 20-H 11 Michael Quill announces that a bus strike has been called off. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 2:05.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 20.

1950-1965
Item: T 21-H 12 Mixed trims and outtakes, including shots of street signs in New York City, audiences of Transport Workers Union meetings, TWU leaders addressing meetings, different press conferences held by Michael Quill, pickets against the Pennsylvania Railroad, and an address by Michael Quill to members re: the union. New York, NY; Pennsylvania? Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 25:13.
1950-1969
Item: T 21-H 13 Michael Quill answers questions about a threatened strike against the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroad. Location unknown. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 6:40.
Jan 21, 1960
Item: T 21-H 14 Why Pennsylvania Railroad Strike? Television program that announces calling of a strike by the Transport Workers Union against the Pennsylvania Railroad, and explains genesis of and reasons for the strike. New York, NY? Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 14:58.
Aug 31, 1960
Item: T 22-H 15 New York City Labor Day parades of 1960 and 1961. New York, NY; Peck and Peck (clothing store), New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 19:48.
1960 , 1960
Item: T 22-H 16 Transport Workers Union's strike against the Philadelphia Transit Company. Philadelphia, PA; Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 32:22.
1961
Item: T 23-H 17 Reports To Membership Of Local 234. Television broadcast by the Transport Workers Union to its membership on its new contract with the "PTC" (Philadelphia Transit Company?). Philadelphia, PA. Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 30:54.
Jan 19, 1961
Item: T 23-H 18 Matthew Guinan and Ellis Van Riper speak at Transport Workers Union joint Executive Committee meeting. New York, NY; Sheraton-Atlantic Hotel, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 23:15.
Jun 1961
Item: T 24-H 19 Trims of members speaking from floor at Transport Workers Union meeting; Transport Workers Union officers addressing same meeting off-screen. New York, NY; Sheraton - Atlantic Hotel?, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 23:23.
Jun 1961
Item: T 24-H 20 Transport Workers Union meeting where formation of a labor party is discussed and Robert F. Wagner, Jr. is endorsed as candidate for mayor of New York City. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 20:12.
Aug 23, 1961
Item: T 24-H 21 Robert F. Wagner, Jr. at Transport Workers Union meeting. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:15.
Aug 23, 1961
Item: T 25-H 22 Candidates for mayor, comptroller and president of city council in New York City election address meeting of the Transport Workers Union. New York, NY; New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 20:15.
Aug 23, 1961
Item: T 25-H 23 Labor Day Parade. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:38.
1961
Item: T 25-H 0 Jimmy Hoffa speaks at Transport Workers Union's 11th Biennial convention. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 3:12.
Oct 2, 1961-Oct 6, 1961
Item: T 25-H 1 Years Of Challenge. Documentary report by the Transport Workers Union on its strike against the Pennsylvania Railroad, strikes by TWU locals against the Philadelphia Transit Company and the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, and the union's plans for the years ahead. New York, NY; Manhattan Center, New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Altoona, PA; Sheraton-Atlantic Hotel, New York, NY. Complete film; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 24:15.
Jan 15, 1961 , Sep 1, 1960 , Dec 27, 1959
Item: T 26-H 2 Years Of Challenge. Second copy of this documentary with only partial soundtrack, but superior visual quality. New York, NY; New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY. Complete film; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 24:21.
1959-1961
Item: T 26-H 3 Mass meeting of Transport Workers Union; leaders speak. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 6:37.
Nov 1961
Item: T 26-H 4 Mass meeting of Transport Workers Union; leaders speak. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:35.
Nov 1961
Item: T 26-H 5 Mass meeting of Transport Workers Union; leaders speak. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 9:14.
Nov 1961
Item: T 26-H 6 Audience at Transport Workers Union meeting. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:42.
Nov 1961
Item: T 26-H 7 Audience at Transport Workers Union meeting. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:48.
Nov 1961
Item: T 26-H 8 Picket signs at meeting of Transport Workers Union. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:12.
Nov 1961
Item: T 27-H 9 Michael Quill addresses mass meeting of Transport Workers Union. New York, NY; Manhattan Center (auditorium), New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 9:57.
Dec 28, 1961
Item: T 27-H 10 Matthew Guinan addresses mass meeting of Transport Workers Union. New York, NY; Manhattan Center (auditorium), New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 8:48.
Dec 28, 1961
Item: T 27-H 11 Speakers at Transport Workers Union Brooklyn Union Gas Company strike rally; Brooklyn Union Gas Company strike picket line. New York, NY; Brooklyn, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 4:00.
1961
Item: T 27-H 12 Strike rallies during Transport Workers Union strike against Brooklyn Union Gas Company. Brooklyn, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 7:05.
1961
Item: T 27-H 13 Rally by Transport Workers Union Local 101 against (Brooklyn Union?) Gas Company. Brooklyn, NY; Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:05.
1961
Item: T 27-H 14 Speakers at Brooklyn Union Gas strike rally in front of Brooklyn Union Gas Company headquarters. Brooklyn, NY; Court Street, Brooklyn, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 11:05.
1961
Item: T 27-H 15 Press conference on Transport Workers Union strike against the Brooklyn Union Gas Company. New York, NY; City Hall, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 8:08.
1961
Item: T 27-H 16 Transport Workers Union officers entering Gracie Mansion (mayor of New York's official residence); Transport Workers Union strikers picket Brooklyn Union Gas Company. New York, NY; Gracie Mansion, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:45.
1961
Item: T 27-H 17 Transport Workers Union official reports on progress of negotiations with Brooklyn Union Gas officials. New York, NY; Gracie Mansion, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:10.
1961
Item: T 28-H 18 Transport Workers Union leaders address TWU mass meeting on subject of attempted corporate takeover of Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY; Manhattan Center (auditorium), New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 14:50.
Jun 13, 1961
Item: T 28-H 19 Transport Workers Union leaders address TWU mass meeting on subject of attempted corporate takeover of Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 4:32.
1961-1962
Item: T 28-H 20 Michael Quill addresses Transport Workers Union meeting on attempted corporate takeover of Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:05.
Jun 13, 1961
Item: T 28-H 21 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill announcing strike against New York City's private bus lines. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 4:55.
Nov 21, 1961
Item: T 28-H 22 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill announces union's intention to become actively involved in the stockholder struggle over the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Filmed press release; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:05.
1962
Item: T 29-H 23 At a mass meeting, Transport Workers Union leadership presents proposal to membership on how to combat a corporate takeover of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 28:25.
1961
Item: T 29-H 0 Arbitration hearing(s?) before Theodore Kheel on the insolvency of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 26:09.
1962
Item: T 30-H 1 Emergency mass meeting called by Transport Workers Union Local 100 to vote on resolution to strike against the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY; St. Nicholas Arena (New York, NY). Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 34:02.
Feb 21, 1962
Item: T 31-H 2 Lobbying trip to New York State Legislature by strikers during Transport Workers Union strike against Fifth Avenue Coach Company; Fifth Avenue Coach Company strike victory meeting; TWU participation in New York City St. Patrick's Day parade. Albany, NY; New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 30:35.
Mar 4, 1962 , Mar 17, 1962 , 1962
Item: T 31-H 3 Michael Quill's rebuttal (broadcast on WCBS-TV) to Roy Cohn and Lawrence Weissman's televised statements (broadcast the previous night on the same station) about the Transport Workers Union's strike against the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Complete televised statement; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 14:30.
Mar 9, 1962
Item: T 32-H 4 Mass meeting of Transport Workers Union strikers against Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY; Manhattan Center auditorium, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 31:35.
Mar 14, 1962
Item: T 32-H 5 Mass meeting of Transport Workers Union strikers against Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY; Manhattan Center auditorium, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:31.
Mar 14, 1962
Item: T 32-H 6 Transport Workers Union delegation in New York City St. Patrick's Day parade; TWU strike picket line against Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY; St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 3:20.
Mar 17, 1962
Item: T 32-H 7 Transport Workers Union's Fifth Avenue Coach Company strikers picket New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller's offices; New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. New York, NY; 22 West 55th Street, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 11:20.
Mar 15, 1962 , Mar 17, 1962
Item: T 33-H 8 Picket lines, rallies, meetings during Transport Workers Union strike against the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 9:20.
1962
Item: T 33-H 9 Fifth Avenue Coach Company pensioners in wheelchairs being helped on and off buses by Transport Workers Union members and Transport Workers Union officials. New York, NY; Association of the Bar of the City of New York (headquarters), New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 3:30.
Nov 16, 1962
Item: T 33-H 10 Transport Workers Union picket line by pensioners of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY; 20 Exchange Place, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 10:00.
1962
Item: T 33-H 11 Stockholders' meeting of Fifth Avenue Coach Company; pickets in front of Biltmore Hotel. New York, NY; Biltmore Hotel (New York, NY). Probably dailies; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 13:27.
1962
Item: T 33-H 12 Transport Workers Union pickets at the headquarters of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:32.
1962
Item: T 33-H 13 Transport Workers Union pickets Fifth Avenue Coach Company headquarters. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:40.
1962
Item: T 33-H 14 Matthew Guinan speaks at Transport Workers Union picket line at Fifth Avenue Coach Company headquarters. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:35.
1962
Item: T 33-H 15 Michael Quill announces end of strike by workers on the New York City Omnibus and Third Avenue bus systems. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:12.
1962
Item: T 33-H 16 Victory demonstration by Transport Workers Union strikers against the Fifth Avenue Coach Company; workers in bus repair shop. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 11:30.
1962
Item: T 34-H 17 Transport Workers Union filmed press release; Michael Quill voices union's opposition to the merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads. New York, NY; Sheraton-Atlantic Hotel, New York, NY. Press release; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 4:15.
Jan 15, 1962
Item: T 34-H 18 Another take of Transport Workers Union's filmed press release (see Tape #34 – Hour #17, above), with Michael Quill voicing union's opposition to the merger of the Pennsylvania and New York railroads. New York, NY; Sheraton-Atlantic Hotel, New York, NY. Filmed press release; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:32.
Jan 15, 1962
Item: T 34-H 19 Press conference following statement by Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill proposing nationalization of the nation's railroads. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 7:50.
Jun 10, 1963
Item: T 34-H 20 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill discussing breakdown of negotiations with New York Transit Authority and threatened strike. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:45.
Oct 30, 1963
Item: T 34-H 21 New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. reports to press on his discussions with Transport Workers Union officials, New York City Transit Authority officials and mediators on contract negotiations. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 2:35.
1963
Item: T 34-H 22 Signing of 1964/65 contract between Transport Workers Union and the New York City Transit Authority; press conference following the signing; report on this contract to a Transport Workers Union body (joint executive board of Local 100?) by union officers. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 31:14.
Jan 28, 1964 , Jan 1964-Feb 1964
Box: 29 Item : 35 (Mixed Materials [31142063411311]) Tape 35

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 35-H 23, T 35-H 0

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 01:00:00, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 35-H 23 Part 2--Transport Workers Union 30th Anniversary meeting (convention?) New York, NY; Americana Hotel, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 30:10.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 35.

1964
Item: T 35-H 0 Part 1--Transport Workers Union 30th Anniversary meeting (convention?) New York, NY; Americana Hotel, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 28:08.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 35.

1964
Box: 29 Item : 36 (Mixed Materials [31142063411311]) Tape 36

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This tape contains T 36-H 1, T 36-H 2, T 36 H-3, T 36-H 4

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 00:26:00, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 36-H 1 Transport Workers Union's Michael Quill announces signing of contract between union and Pennsylvania Railroad. New York, NY? Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 2:50.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 36.

1964
Item: T 36-H 2 Press conference on contract negotiations between Transport Workers Union and New York City Transit Authority--Michael Quill speaks and unidentified spokesperson for NYCTA speaks. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 10:00.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 36.

1964-1965
Item: T 36-H 3 1966 New York City Transit strike; location shots of San Francisco; gas storage tank. New York, NY; Queens, New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA; Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY; Manhattan Bridge, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 7:07.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 36.

1966
Item: T 36-H 4 Michael Quill's funeral service at St. Patrick's Cathedral. New York, NY; St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 3:25.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 36.

1966
Item: T 37-H 5 Pan American Airways airplane repair shops. Location unknown. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 10:25.
1960s
Item: T 37-H 6 Subway tunnels; subway station platforms. Fashion show. New York, NY; 103, 110, 116 Street subway stations, New York, NY. Footage; Color and B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:35.
1960-1969
Item: T 37-H 7 John Quill? (Michael Quill's son) applauding. Location unknown. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 00:25.
undated
Item: T 37-H 8 A negotiating session between union officials and management? New York, NY? Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:55.
undated
Item: T 37-H 9 Sequences and outtakes from documentary United We Are Invincible (A documentary on the Transport Workers Union's 1941 strike against the New York City Omnibus Corporation and Fifth Avenue Coach Company). New York, NY; City Hall, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 13:30.
1941
Item: T 37-H 10 Interior shots of a New York City powerhouse facility. New York, NY; Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 9:45.
1950-1959
Item: T 37-H 11 Trains; train passengers; unemployed workers. Location unknown. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 1:32.
1960-1969
Item: T 37-H 12 Material-- including statements by both union and management--on Transport Workers Union strike against the Pennsylvania Railroad. Philadelphia, PA; Union Station, Washington, D.C.. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 13:38.
Sep 1960
Item: T 38-H 13 Deserted waterfront, train station, trains, and train yards; Transport Workers Union's participation in 1960 New York City Labor Day Parade. New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY; Hoboken, NJ; Pennsylvania Railroad Station, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 19:35.
Sep 1960
Item: T 38-H 14 Exterior shots of a New York City powerhouse facility. New York, NY; Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive, New York, NY; East River, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 7:46.
1950-1959
Item: T 38-H 15 Interior shots of a New York City powerhouse facility - mostly its main plant. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 8:38.
1950-1959
Item: T 38-H 16 Events leading up to Transport Workers Union 1961 strike against the Philadelphia Transportation Company. Philadelphia, PA. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 21:05.
1961
Item: T 39-H 17 Material related to negotiations between the Transport Workers Union Local 234 and the Philadelphia Transportation Company. Philadelphia, PA; Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 15:03.
Jan 1961
Item: T 39-H 18 Materials related to Transport Workers Union strike against Philadelphia Transportation Company. Philadelphia, PA; Thirtieth Street Railroad Station, Philadelphia, PA. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 5:06.
1961
Item: T 39-H 19 1961 Labor Day Parade. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 15:25.
Sep 1961
Item: T 39-H 20 1961 Labor Day Parade. New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 11:51.
Sep 1961
Item: T 39-H 21 Lobbying trip to Albany, New York by striking New York City bus drivers. Albany, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 6:32.
Mar 7, 1962
Box: 34 Item : 40 (Mixed Materials [31142063411360]) Tape 40

Scope and Contents

This tape contains T 40-H 22

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 00:34:48, BW

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 40-H 22 Transport Workers Union demonstrating against Fifth Avenue Coach Company; street scenes in midtown Manhattan and upper east side. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 11:50.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on tape 40.

1962

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Series II: Other Organizations and Individuals, 1920-1966

Scope and Contents

This series features a wide range of materials documenting individuals and organizations associated with the three main strands of left-radical political philosophies, political parties, and culture: Communism, Socialism, and Anarchism, including a biographical portrait (released in the early 1930s) of United States Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs, with footage of Debs, his wife and his brother; a 1936 newsreel produced by Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo-Federacion Anarquista de Iberica (National Confederation of Labor-Iberian Anarchist Federation," CNT-FAI) and narrated in English by prominent American anarchist exile, Emma Goldman (one of two known extant recordings of the famous orator's voice) of the funeral of the Spanish Civil War anarchist militia leader, Buenaventura Durruti, with footage of Durruti in life, as well as anarchists and members of the Republican Government attending the funeral; the pleasures of Camp Tamiment, a Socialist summer resort in the Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, with young adults engaged in a wide range of vigorous outdoor recreational activities and clowning, as well as appearances by Bertha Mailly, Ben Josephson and Algernon Lee, Socialist Party stalwarts and moving spirits and supporters of the Socialist Party-associated Rand School of Social Science; playful scenes from a picnic held by the Hungarian branch of the (U.S. Communist Party-sponsored) International Workers Order; a 1938 May Day Parade (in color and in black and white) in New York City, featuring contingents, floats, banners, and signs with a multiplicity of slogans on contemporary issues, representing the CPUSA and a broad spectrum of Communist Party-associated or left-leaning labor unions and other organizations.

Organizational life and activities of the New York City-based labor union, District 65-UAW, including a televised membership meeting of department store employees considering a strike, with union president, David Livingston, leading the discussion; a rally (co-sponsored with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) held in New York City's garment district to protest the murder of Emmett Till, and a short government-sponsored film about an art show by union members.

The American and international umbrella labor organizations, the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC), and International Labour Organisation (ILO), including a 1920s film about the ILO with exterior and interiors of its headquarters and officials in Geneva, Switzerland; a small amount of footage from the 1935 International Labor Conference, held in Geneva, with a few seconds of the American delegation to the Conference containing what may be the only existing moving images of Grace Abbott (American social reformer, teacher, and writer and colleague of Jane Addams at Hull House); and the Jewish Labor Committee-produced film, Nos Maisons d'Enfants(1949), shot in France (and narrated in Yiddish) to support the JLC's activities on behalf orphaned or destitute Jewish child survivors of World War II.

Progressive American politicians (mainly from New York City and state), including election campaign speeches, appearances at various events, and endorsements of New York governor Herbert H. Lehman, New York City mayors Fiorello H. La Guardia, William O' Dwyer, Robert F. Wagner, Jr.; city councilmen Paul O'Dwyer and Abraham Beame; and television interviews with United States senator Wayne L. Morse.

Daily life of poor and working-class children and adults in New York City during the Great Depression, shot by photographer John Albok in black and white and color, including shoeshine boys, children selling flowers, children diving for pennies in the East River, street dancers, and pushcart vendors, homeless African-American adults living under elevated subway train tracks, hungry people rummaging through garbage, and most unique, the JLC-sponsored 1936 "Counter-Olympics" - the World Labor Athletic Carnival, a two-day event held at the City's Randall's Island to protest the holding of the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

For more detailed descriptions of individual segments, refer to: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/movingimage.pdf

Container 1     Title Date
Item: T 40-H 23 Miners; conflict between workers and troops, workers and police; poverty; scenes from inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; Pennsylvania. Stock footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 5:55.
1930-1939 , 1966
Item: T 40-H 0 Longuines Chronoscope. Program from the national public affairs television series; this show focuses on a strike in progress by Transport Workers Union's against New York City's private bus lines and features appearance by Michael Quill. New York, NY. Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 14:57.
1953
Item: T 41-H 1 A campaign statement from New York City CIO Council president, Michael Quill, in which he replies to accusations against him by the Republican candidate for mayor of New York and endorses Democratic mayoral candidate Robert F. Wagner, Jr. New York, NY. Complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 30:04.
1953
Item: T 41-H 2 New York City CIO Council's endorsement of mayoral candidate Robert F. Wagner, Jr. New York, NY. Part of a complete television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 23:20.
1953
Item: T 42-H 3 Luncheon honoring William O'Dwyer. New York, NY; Hotel Roosevelt, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound ; Silent. Running Time: 11:15.
1953-1959
Item: T 42-H 4 New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. makes speech to (New York City or New York State) CIO Council during his campaign for U.S. Senate. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 26:25.
Oct 1956
Item: T 42-H 5 Campaign speech by Democratic-Liberal party candidate for United States Senate, New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. New York, NY; Hotel Commodore, New York, NY. Complete (paid political) television broadcast; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 14:40.
1956
Item: T 43-H 6 Senator Wayne Morse speaks about his opposition to the Kennedy-Landrum-Griffin bill. Washington, DC. Complete television broadcast; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 27:45.
Jan 22, 1960
Item: T 43-H 7 Former New York City mayor William O'Dwyer speaks out in favor of organizing civil service workers. Location unknown. Footage; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 1:14.
undated
Item: T 43-H 8 Rally (sponsored by the labor union District 65 and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to protest the murder of Emmett Till. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:55.
Oct 11, 1955
Item: T 43-H 9 Art. Art show by members of the labor union, District 65. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:05.
Mar 1957
Item: T 43-H 10 Art Art show by members of the labor union, District 65. New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 2:10.
Mar 1957
Item: T 44-H 11 Strike Report To Stern's Employees. A meeting of members of labor union District 65, RWDSU to decide whether to strike against Stern's Department store. New York, NY; District 65 headquarters, 13 Astor Place, New York, NY. Television program; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 28:45.
1960
Item: T 44-H 12 EUGENE V. DEBS--LABOR'S MARTYR. Biographical sketch of the Socialist Party leader, consisting mostly of stills and titles; released in 1934. Terre Haute, IN. Partial print; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 8:00.
1934
Item: T 44-H 13 INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION Three films concerning the International Labor Organization (ILO) Geneva, Switzerland; Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Complete films; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 20:10.
1915-1934 , 1932 , 1935
Item: T 45-H 14 TALES FROM TAMIMENT Summer activities at Camp Tamiment, a popular resort (in the Pocono mountains) founded by New York City's pioneer workers' school, the Socialist Party-associated Rand School of Social Science. Bushkill, Pennsylvania. Completed film; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 21:35.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This material is temporarily unavailable while a new Access DVD is being created.

1930-1935
Box: Shared Tamiment 015
Item: T 45-H 15 MASS TRIBUTE TO BUENAVENTURA DURRUTI. Memorial to a prominent anarchist militia leader of the Spanish Civil War; narrated by Emma Goldman. Spain; Barcelona, Spain. Complete film; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 11:00.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This material is temporarily unavailable while a new Access DVD is being created.

1936
Item: T 45-H 16 JOHN ALBOK'S DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE OF New York. Multiple New York City locations, much of it shot during the depths of the Depression of the 1930s. New York, NY; Randall's Island, New York, NY; Central Park, New York, NY; Park Avenue and East 116th Streets, New York, NY; Harlem, New York, NY; East River, New York, NY. Footage; Color and B/W; Silent. Running Time: 30:14.
1929-1955
Box: 2 (Access DVDs)
Item: T 46-H 1 NOS MAISONS D'ENFANTS. Fundraising film produced by the Jewish Labor Committee to support "children's homes" established by it in France for war orphans and refugee children. France; Le Mans, France; Paris, France. Complete film; B/W; Sound. Running Time: 9:10.
1948-1949

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Series III: Addendum, 1930-2010

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 34 Item : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142063411360]) Color Tape 1

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

BetacamSP, Estimated Duration: 01:00:22, Color

Scope and Contents

This tape contains CT 1-H 1, CT 1-H 2, CT 1-H 3, CT 1-H 4

Container 1     Title Date
Item: CT 1-H 1 May Day rally and demonstration. Includes shots of a young Pete Seeger performing. New York, NY. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 2:55.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on color tape 1.

May 2, 1948
Item: CT 1-H 2 International Workers Order (IWO) picnic; May Day parade, Union Square, New York City. New York, NY. Union Square, New York, NY. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 9:50.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on color tape 1.

1930-1939 , May 1, 1937
Item: CT 1-H 3 New York City May Day parade; New York City Labor Day parade. New York, NY. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 7:38.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on color tape 1.

1946-1947 , Sep 4, 1961
Item: CT 1-H 4 THE BEST IS YET TO COME. Documentary produced by the Transport Workers Union that reviews history of the union, its status ca. 1967, and its future. New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY. Complete film; Color and B/W; Sound. Running Time: 29:36.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A digitized copy of this film is available on color tape 1.

1962-1972
Item: CT 2-H 5 Buses, bus drivers, bus passengers; traffic; subway trains, subway train equipment; views of New York City from elevated subway train. New York, NY. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 22:00
1967
Item: CT 2-H 6 Airport baggage and baggage handlers; airplane maintenance mechanics; jet and propeller airplanes and helicopters. Newark, NJ; Newark Airport, Newark, NJ. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 26:30.
1967
Item: CT 3-H 7 Elevated subway trains and New York City landscapes shot from elevated subway trains; subway train repair shop; airport baggage handlers. New York, NY; Far Rockaway, Queens, NY; Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY; Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY; Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 26:16.
1967
Item: CT 4-H 10 Railroad train maintenance workers; gas utility workers; Transport Workers Union's Railroad Division president talking with railroad workers. Brooklyn, NY. Footage; Color; Silent. Running Time: 12:30.
1967
Item: CT 5-H 8 Transport Workers Union election; rally with speakers; transport workers' demonstration at New York City's City Hall protesting the demolition of elevated subway lines. New York, NY; City Hall, New York, NY. Footage; B/W; Silent. Running Time: 29:31.
1930-1949
Box: 28 Reel : CT-6 La Parola 34th Anniversary
circa 1942
Box: Shared Tamiment 012 Cassette : 6-9 Guardian PSA, public access, commercial
1992
Box: Shared Tamiment 012 Reel : 1-4 Unmarked films
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 1-4 New York Project videos
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 5-6 A Day's Work, A Day's Pay
2001
Box: 39 Cassette : 7-8 Proposal for 9/11 Ceremony
2002-09-11
Box: 39 Cassette : 9 Arundhati Roy, Come September, plus conversation with Howard Zinn
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 10 Stephan Smith, The Bell
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 11 Dialogue Productions, Visions of Peace
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 12 B 3 18 2003
2003-03-30
Box: 39 Cassette : 13 Damaged Care
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 14 Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Story 4: Apartheid and the Club of the West, archives copy
undated
Box: 39 Reel : 1 Anacond-Phelp Dodge Demonstration
1968-03
Box: 39 Reel : 2 unmarked film
undated
Box: 39 Reel : 3 A Chance to Live
undated
Box: 39 Reel : 4-6 unmarked video tapes
undated
Box: 39 Cassette : 15 Blaufarb Awardee: Radio Grito
2007
Box: 39 Dvd : 1-2
Box: 39 Dvd : 3 Orphans 7 film symposium, NYU
2010
Box: 39 Dvd : 4-5 BlaufarbAwardee: Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, a film by Adam Zucker
2007
Box: 39 Dvd : 6 Blaufarb Awardee: Willow Pond Films. Sacco and Vanzetti
undated
Box: 39 Dvd : 7 Blaufarb Awardee: Motherland. Director: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson
undated
Box: 39 Dvd : 8 Blaufarb Awardee: Which Way Home, Director: Rebecca Cammisa
undated
Box: 39 Dvd : 9-21 Other dvds: Stop EU Militarization; The Coca-Cola Case; Everybody In, Nobody Out; A Better World is Possible; Exilis; Not in Our Name; Proof of NYPD false charges against Geoffrey Blank; Painful Deceptions; Sister Cities for Peace, Munich-New York City; The Power of Nightmares; Arundhati Roy at the 2004 Republican Natl. Convention
2004-2005, undated
Reel: 1 Film, marked #4

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

16mm film

1982
Box: Shared Tamiment 004 Lindy Laub, "NYU/Tamiment: Traitor"
2010
Box: Shared Tamiment 015
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 NMASS Media Project Presents Our Voices/Nuestras Voces
undated
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: "Hidden Heroes: Youth Activism Today," Andrew Goodman Foundation
2000
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: PS 216Q Windows. Local 891 Operating Engineers
undated
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 unmarked videos - VHS and digital betacam
undated
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: A Tribute to Marty Glaberman
2002-02-17
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: End Conscription Campaign, Here & Now Show
undated
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: Israel at 50, Arthur Bernstein interview
1998
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: If You Don't come in Sunday, Don't Come in Monday, Knights of Labor, IWW, AFL-CIO
undated
Box: Shared Tamiment 015 Video: Hard Choices, by Daniel Kazimierski, Marion Lipschutz, Peggy Weiss
undated
Box: 40 Tamiment Event Videos: memorials, exhibit openings, book party, reunion
1990-1999
Box: 39 Labor Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorees
1990
Box: 39 4 Videos created by the Labor Institute, National Labor Committee, Labor Research Association, TRT
1993-1996
Box: 39 Bernard Katz New York City May Day Parade Film
1936

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