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Preliminary Inventory to the Mark Starr Papers TAM.019

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Starr, Mark, 1894-
Title: Mark Starr Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1912-1980s
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1930-1960
Abstract: 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.
Quantity: 36.5 linear feet (45 boxes)
Location note: Building: Offsite
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Mixed materials [Box]: 1-45
Call Phrase: TAM.019