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Guide to the Sam Reiss Negatives PHOTOS.021

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Maneesha Patel and Erika Gottfried, with the assistance of Emily Brewer-Yarnell, Stephina Fisher, Bridget Hartzler, Mieke Duffly, Benjamin Hatch, and Shelley Lightburn. Related archival materials note updated by Erika Gottfried in 2013.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 02, 2019
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Anna McCormick for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description.  , November 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reiss, Sam
Source - dnr: Reiss, Helen
Source - dnr: Reiss, Jessie
Title: Sam Reiss Negatives
Dates [inclusive]: 1946-1975
Dates [bulk]: 1950-1969
Abstract: The Sam Reiss Photographic Negatives Collection is notable for its size (more than 120,000 black and white images in formats including 35mm, 120mm, 3x5, and 4x5) and breadth of coverage of 20th century labor unions and labor union-affiliated organizations (hundreds of unions, locals, and labor organizations), as well as the length of time it covers—the nearly 30 years between 1946 to 1975. It documents the face of organized labor in the New York City metropolitan area: mainly its institutionalized forms and quotidian administrative activities, but it also captures its broader community, and occasionally its historic moments, such as the such as the 1955 merger convention of the AFL-CIO. Prominent among Reiss' clients, and particularly well-represented in the Collection are images he shot for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America; Transport Workers Union; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers—Local 3; United Federation of Teachers; and the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Workers Union. The Collection also includes formal and informal portraits of local and national union leaders and personalities, including George Meany and Walter Reuther, Cesar Chavez, Michael Quill, Bessie Hillman, A. Philip Randolph, David Dubinsky, Eleanor Roosevelt, United Nations Secretary General U Thant, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Senators John F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, and Edward Kennedy, New York Representative Bella Abzug, New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, and Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson.
Quantity: 145.37 Linear Feet In 227 card boxes, 27 legal manuscript boxes, and 10 records cartons.
Quantity: 121,040 35mm, 120mm, 3x5, 4x5 black and white negatives
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Call Phrase: PHOTOS.021