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Guide to the Tamiment Institute Records TAM.007.004

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

Collection processed by Tamiment Staff

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Institute
Creator: Tamiment Institute
Source: People's Educational Camp Society
Title: Tamiment Institute Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1935-1990s
Abstract: The Tamiment Institute was founded in 1935 as the educational arm of the People's Educational Camp Society (PECS), which owned and operated Camp Tamiment, an educational and recreational summer resort (originally) for socialists and their families near Bushkill, in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. The Institute organized lectures, conferences and seminars, essay contests, and book awards at the Camp and in New York City. The Collection contains clippings, correspondence, conference and seminar papers, essays, programs, administrative and financial records, and photographs.
Quantity: 15.5 Linear Feet in 11 manuscript boxes, 11 record cartons, and one folder in one shared box.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.007.004

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Tamiment Institute was founded in 1935 as the educational arm of the People's Educational Camp Society (PECS), which owned and operated Camp Tamiment, originally a resort for socialists. The Institute organized lectures, an annual conference (1930s-40s) that focused on labor, industrial relations and related issues, seminars, an annual essay contest for college students, an annual book award (beginning in 1950), and concerts. These activities took place at the Camp and in New York City. The seminars featured prominent liberal and social-democratic intellectuals of the day, and were jointly sponsored with Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, from 1958 to 1962. Topics included the Cold War, the city, and mass culture. Upon the 1956 closure and absorption of the Rand School of Social Science (a New York City school for workers and socialists, with close ties with the American socialist movement, founded in 1906) by PECS, the Institute undertook the reorganization of the Rand School's Meyer London Memorial Library, reopened in 1957 as the Tamiment Institute Library, which it then donated it to New York University in 1963. In 1960 the Institute established the quarterly periodical  Labor History. The Institute also published the  New Leader, successor to the  New York Call.

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Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, documents, and a small number of photographs relating to the Tamiment Institute's various activities, including its annual conferences, book awards, and essay contest for college students. The collection also includes adminstrative and financial records for the Institute.

Arrangement

The records are organized into three series:

I. Records
II. Photographs
III. Addendum: Administrative and Financial Records and Correspondence (Unprocessed)

Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title within the processed portion of the collection; unprocessed materials have not been arranged by archivist.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Handlin, Oscar, 1915-
  • Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
  • Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980
  • Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994
  • Bettelheim, Bruno
  • Morgenthau, Hans J. (Hans Joachim), 1904-1980
  • Nagel, Ernest, 1901-
  • Mailly, Bertha Howell -- |v Correspondence
  • Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989
  • Rosten, Leo Calvin, 1908-1997
  • Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971
  • Parsons, Talcott, 1902-1979
  • Jacobs, Norman.
  • Blaker, Ben
  • Bohn, William E.

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Tamiment Institute
  • Camp Tamiment (Pa.)
  • People's Educational Camp Society
  • People's Educational Camp Society

Subject Topics

  • Adult education -- Pennsylvania.
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Liberalism -- United States
  • Liberals -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States.

Subject Places

  • Summer resorts -- Pennsylvania.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The Tamiment Institute Records were transferred to New York University in 1963 by the People's Educational Camp Society (later renamed the Tamiment Institute), as part of a larger transfer of records of the Rand School of Social Science and of organizations associated with the founding and maintenance of the School (including the American Socialist Society, The Society of the Commonwealth Center, and the People's Educational Camp Society) as well as the contents of the School's library, the Meyer London Memorial Library. Additional records were donated in later years, whose likely source is the New York City law firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard.

A List of Donations Made by Robert D. Bloom in Memory of Louis P. Goldberg was found in the repository. The accession number associated with this material is 2014.047.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the Tamiment Institute, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Tamiment Institute Records; TAM 007.004; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

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

People's Educational Camp Society and Camp Tamiment (Tamiment 007.3)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the People's Educational Camp Society, 1963. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1963.003, 1963.011, and 2010.103.

A List of Donations Made by Robert D. Bloom in Memory of Louis P. Goldberg was found in the repository. The accession number associated with this material is 2014.047.

Processing Information

Photographs from this collection were established as a separate collection, Tamiment Institute Photographs (PHOTOS 195). In January 2014, this photographs collection was reincorporated into the Tamiment Institute Records (TAM 007.4).

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Container List

Series I: Records, 1935-1972

Scope and Content Note

Series I contains correspondence relating to the Tamiment Institute's various activities, including its annual conferences, notably one that established the journal Labor History, transcripts of conference and seminar papers, entries from the annual essay contest for college students, material relating to the institute's annual book awards, brochures and programs, clippings, and administrative and financial records. The principal correspondents are the successive educational directors of the Tamiment Institute: William E. Bohn, Ben Blaker, and Norman Jacobs, whose correspondence includes exchanges with prominent intellectuals, labor leaders and educators, socialists, journalists, and political figures, mostly concerning their possible or actual participation in Institute-sponsored events and activities. There is also some correspondence of successive Camp Tamiment Directors Bertha Mailly and Ben Josephson, as well as correspondence related to the 50th Anniversary of the  New Leader. Conference/seminar papers include those by Bernard Berenson, Bruno Bettelheim, Erik Erikson, Oscar Handlin, Sidney Hook, Hans J. Morgenthau, Ernest Nagel, Reinhold Niebuhr, Talcott Parsons, and Leo Rosten.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bohn, William E.: "A Short Snappy Biography" (typescript)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1a Book Award (3rd: 1952)
1952
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Book Award (4th: 1953)
192-1953
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Book Award (5th: 1954)
1953-1954
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Book Award (6th: 1955)
1954-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Book Award (7th: 1956)
1956
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Book Award (8th: 1957)
1957
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Book Award (9th: 1958)
1958
Box: 1a Folder : 1 Camp Tamiment: Brochures
1958-1960
Box: 1a Folder : 2 Camp Tamiment Mortgage: Correspondence
1939
Box: 1a Folder : 3 Camp Tamiment Town Meeting Series
1941
Box: 1a Folder : 4 Chamber Music Festivals: Pamphlets and Posters
1953-1957
Box: 1a Folder : 5 Clippings
1941-1942, 1950
Box: 1a Folder : 6 Correspondence
1926, 1947-1948
Box: 1a Folder : 7 Correspondence
1949
Box: 1a Folder : 8 Correspondence
1951, 1956
Box: 1a Folder : 9 Correspondence: Waldman & Waldman, Attorney
1954
Box: 1a Folder : 10 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture: Correspondence
1958
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture: Correspondence
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture: Minutes
1959 Jun
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture: Papers
1959 Mar
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture: Papers, Drafts
1959 Jun
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Mass Culture: Related Magazines and Pamphlets
1959
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on the Metropolis: Correspondence
1960-1961
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on the Metropolis: Minutes
1960
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on the Metropolis: Papers, Drafts
1960 Jun
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Youth: Correspondence
1960
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Youth: Correspondence
1962
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on Youth: Papers, Drafts
1961
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on United States Foreign Policy
1962
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Daedalus and Tamiment Institute Seminar on United States Foreign Policy: Draft Texts
1962 May
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Essay Contest (1st)
1946-1947
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Essay Contest (1st) Correspondence Regarding Eligibility and Certification of Contestants
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Essay Contest (1st) Essays
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Essay Contest (1st) Evaluation Material
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Essay Contest (1st) Log
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Essay Contest (2nd)
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Essay Contest (2nd) Correspondence: Postcards
1947-1948
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Essay Contest (2nd) Correspondence Relating To Information And Entry-Blanks
1947 Jan-1947 Feb
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Essay Contest (2nd) Correspondence Relating To Information And Entry-Blanks
1948 Jan
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Essay Contest (2nd) Correspondence Relating To Information And Entry-Blanks
1948 Feb
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Essay Contest (2nd) Correspondence Relating To Information And Entry-Blanks
1948 Mar-1948 Apr
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Essay Contest (2nd) Correspondence Relating To Information And Entry-Blanks
1948 May-1948 Dec
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Essay Contest (2nd) Evaluation Materials
1948
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Essay Contest (2nd) Log
1947-1948
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Essay Contest (2nd) Non-Prize Winning Essays/1
1948
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Essay Contest (2nd) Non-Prize Winning Essays/2
1948
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Essay Contest (2nd) Prize Winning Essays
1948
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Essay Contest (2nd) Reports
1948
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Essay Contest (4th) Correspondence
1956
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Essay Contests: Bulletins and Publicity Materials
1946-1948
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Financial
1972-1974
Box: 7 Folder : 2a Forum on Communism in the Twentieth Century
1956
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Forum on Marxism Correspondence
1958 Nov-1959 Mar
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Forum on American Foreign Policy – Minutes
1958 Feb 26
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Josephson, Ben Yearbook (Calendar)
1963
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Labor Archives of the Tamiment Library at NYU: Correspondence
1964-1968
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Labor History Conference: Correspondence
1958
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Labor History: Correspondence
1958
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Labor History: Correspondence
1959-1962
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Lecture Series: Correspondence
1955-1956
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Lecture Series: Correspondence
1957-1959
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Lee, Algernon: Life Insurance Policy – Correspondence
1954
Box: 8 Folder : 3a Lee, Algernon: Obituaries
1954 Jan
Box: MS002 List of Donations Made by Robert D. Bloom in Memory of Louis P. Goldberg
circa 1938
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Meyer London Memorial Library
1948
Box: 8 Folder : 4a National Labor Conference (1st)
1935
Box: 8 Folder : 5 National Labor Conference (2nd)
1936
Box: 8 Folder : 6 New Leader: Loan to 50th Anniversary of
1973
Box: 8 Folder : 6a Rand School: Winter Ball
1921
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Seminar on Education: Clippings
1958
Box: 8 Folder : 7a Seminar on Education: Correspondence
1958
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Seminar on Education – Papers: Arthur Bestor, Douglas Bush, John Childs, Sidney Hook, Hans J. Morgenthau
1958 Jun
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Seminar on Education: Partial Transcript
1958 Jun
Box: 9 Folder : 1 String Quartet Composition Award: Correspondence
1953-1955
Box: 9 Folder : 2 String Quartet Composition Award: Correspondence
1956-1957
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Tamiment Institute Conference (4th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1938
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Tamiment Institute Conference (5th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1938 Sep-1939 Jul
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Tamiment Institute Conference (6th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1940 Apr-1940 May
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Tamiment Institute Conference (6th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1940 May-1940 Jun
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Tamiment Institute Conference (7th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1941 Feb-1941 Jun 19
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Tamiment Institute Conference (7th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1941 Jun 20-1941 Jun 27
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Tamiment Institute Conference (8th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1942 Mar-1942 Jul
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Tamiment Institute Conference (9th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1943 May-1943 Jul
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Tamiment Institute Conference (9th) – Labor Union Attendance: Correspondence and Other Materials
1943 May-1943 Jun
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Tamiment Institute Conference (10th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1944 Apr-1944 Aug
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Tamiment Institute Conference (10th) – Labor Union Attendance: Correspondence and Other Materials
1944 Mar-1944 Aug
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Tamiment Institute Conference (11th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1945 May-1945 Jul
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Tamiment Institute Conference (12th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1946 Apr-1946 Jun
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Tamiment Institute Conference (12th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1946 Jun 20-1946 Jun 28
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Tamiment Institute Conference (13th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1947 Jun 6-1947 Jun 24
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Tamiment Institute Conference (14th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1948 Apr-1948 May
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Tamiment Institute Conference (14th): Correspondence and Other Materials
1948 Jun
Box: 10 Folder : 7a Tamiment Institute Library: Reports
1957-1959
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Tamiment Institute Publications, Requests for, Invoices, etc.
1955-1961
Box: 10 Folder : 8a The Sandpiper (Sandyville School children's newsletter)
1935
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Vladeck, Baruch Charney Biography: Grant to Franklin Jonas
1972

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Series II. Photographs, 1950-1958, undated

Scope and Content Note

Series II consists of black and white photographs that include images of the Tamiment Institute's annual book award ceremonies, of 1950 (to Rupert Hughes for his fictionalized biography of Samuel Gompers "The Giant Awakes"), 1951 (to Ethel Waters, for her autobiography, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow), 1953 (Carl Sandberg, for "Always the Young Strangers"), and 1958 (to John Kenneth Galbraith for "The Affluent Society"), at Camp Tamiment in Bushkill, Pennsylvania and at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Besides the authors being honored, photographs include Marx Lewis, Daniel Bell, Harry Laidler, Ben Josephson, and Eugene Lyons. Some were shot by Camp Tamiment photographer "Snappy" Lewis Goren. There are also shots of of unidentified lectures or seminars and classical music performances at Camp Tamiment circa the 1950s.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: A006 Folder : 1 Tamiment Institute - Photographs
1950-1958

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Series III. Addendum: Administrative and Financial Records and Correspondence (Unprocessed), 1970s-1990s, undated

Scope and Content Note

Series III consists of administrative and financial records, and correspondence from 1970s through the 1990s.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 11 Administrative Records 1
undated
Box: 12 Administrative Records 2
undated
Box: 13 Administrative Records 3
undated
Box: 14 Correspondence
1970s-1990s
Box: 15 Financial Records 1
undated
Box: 16 Financial Records 2
undated
Box: 17 Financial Records 3
undated
Box: 18 Financial Records 4
undated
Box: 19 Financial Records 5
undated
Box: 20 Financial Records 6
undated
Box: 21 Financial Records 7
undated

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