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Preliminary Inventory to the Mark Starr Papers
||Starr, Mark, 1894-
||Mark Starr Papers
||Mark Starr (1894-1985), was the education director of the International Ladies Garment
Workers Union (1935-1960) and a longtime activist in civic and political affairs,
including as an officer and candidate of the Liberal Party. As head of the ILGWU Education
Department, he supervised a program that established compulsory educational requirements
for candidates for union office, and was president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Workers Education Local 189, and served on governmental commissions and boards of
civic organizations, including Americans for Democratic Action, the League for Industrial
Democracy, the American Labor Party. This unprocessed collection contains correspondence,
manuscripts, clippings, printed ephemera and subject files. The majority focus on
Starr's activities outside his official capacity as ILGWU Educational Director, and
illuminate educational enterprises he associated with, such as: U.S. Advisory Commission
on Educational Exchange (the Fulbright program), the U.S. Information Service, New
York City Community College, the Ford Foundation, the Georgia Workers Education Service,
Harvard Fellowships for union members, a Labor Extension Service Bill for workers'
con¬tinuing education, labor education programs abroad, and the United States Works
Progress Administrations Workers' Education Project. Other materials relate to political
groups he associated with, including: Americans for Democratic Action, the League
for Industrial Democracy, the American Labor Party, and the Liberal Party. One box
of material on Japan describes post war labor developments and U.S. interest in trade
unionism there, and there is also correspondence from a tour of Far East.
||36.5 linear feet (45 boxes)
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||Materials are in English
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