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Guide to the Rose Schneiderman Papers TAM.018

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 19, 2015
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information  , September 2014

Container List

Series I: Correspondence. (Reel 7099/113: Frames 1-914)

Scope and Contents note

: Except for a restricted group of letters from Pauline Newman and a few letters in the Special Topics series on Reel 2, this reel includes the entire correspondence portion of the Rose Schneiderman Papers. It consists of letters (plus occasional telegrams and postcards) written to Schneiderman, with carbon copies of some of her replies.

Subseries A: Correspondence 1909-1914 (Reel 7099/113: Frames 1-366)

Scope and Contents note

Personal rather than official in nature, it includes some forty letters touching upon the affairs of the Women's Trade Union League, from such correspondents as Alice Bean, Josephine Casey, Mary Dreier, Stella Franklin, Alice Henry, Helen Marot, Agnes Nestor, and Leonora O'Reilly. Schneiderman's participation in the suffrage movement finds reflection in scattered letters from Alva E. Belmont, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Inez Milholland, Anna Howard Shaw, and Harriet Taylor Upton. Upton's letter of July 17, 1912, and one from M. A. Sherwood, July 15, testify warmly to Schneiderman's effectiveness in the Ohio suffrage campaign of that year. A few letters, especially those of Joseph E. Cohen, touch upon socialist matters. Other correspondents include the labor leaders John Dyche and Hugh Frayne and Florence Simms of the YWCA.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1909-1910
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1912
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1913-1914

Subseries B: Correspondence 1915-1964. (Reel 7099/113: Frames 367-785)

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence in the second group, 1915-1964, is more diffuse and has more of the character of personal memorabilia. With three exceptions, each year is represented by no more than half a dozen items; some years are skipped altogether. The exceptions are large clusters of letters and telegrams sent on three occasions: in 1937, at the time of Schneiderman's appointment as New York State Secretary of Labor; in 1943, in observance of the twenty fifth anniversary of her presidency of the New York Women's Trade Union League; and in 1949, when she retired from that post. Corrpspondents in this portion of the reel include Margaret Dreier Robins (see esoecially June 24, 1922, June 14, 1943, and Schneiderman's reply of July 7, 1943), Mary Dreier, Leonora O'Reilly, Elisabeth Christman (including several letters in 1950 describing the closing down of the National WTUL headquarters), Frances Perkins, the English labor leader Margaret Bondfield, Franklin D. Roosevelt (several letters during his governorship), and Eleanor Roosevelt. On trade union affairs, Schneiderman in a letter of Feb. 6, 1916 to Benjamin Schlesinger submits her resignation as an ILGWU organizer. (See also her letter to Abe Baroff, Dec 1, 1916, on Reel 2, frames 262-263.) A letter from Max Zaritsky, June 7, 1934, announces her election to the general executive board of her own union, the United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers. Several letters in 1938-1939 concern the National Women's Committee for a Leon Blum Colony in Palestine, of which Schneiderman was chair.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1915-1917
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1918-1922
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1924, 1926
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1929-1932
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1933-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1938-1941
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1943-1947
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence
1949-1950
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1951, 1956-1957, 1960

Subseries C: Correspondence, Undated. (Reel 7099/113: Frames 786-914)

Scope and Contents note

The undated letters are arranged in a rough chronological sequence as suggested by the content. Included area few letters from WTUL figures, including Mary Dreier, Mabel Gillespie, and Melinda Scott. (Undated items for a particular year are included with the correspondence for that year, either before or after the dated items.)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15A Correspondence not Microfilmed: Letter from Louis Friedland, Educational Director, ILGWU, to Jacob Hillquit (2/14/1920); Letter from Olga Long (Finnish Women's Cooperative Home, "Dear Comrade," [1912?]
1912, 1920

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