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Guide to the Meyer London Papers TAM.028

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Collection processed by Tamiment staff, 2009. Reprocessed in 2010.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 24, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: London, Meyer, 1871-1926
Title: Meyer London Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1910-1959
Abstract: Meyer London (1871-1926) was a Socialist, labor lawyer and the first Socialist ever elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing New York City's Lower East Side (1915-1917, 1919-1921). The papers contain correspondence, speeches, handbills, press clippings, scrapbooks of London's congressional speeches, and photographs, chiefly relating to his political career. There are also materials relating to the Meyer London Memorial Committee, the dedication of the Meyer London public school (P.S. 2) on the Lower East Side of New York, and a personal tribute by Lena Morrow Lewis.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Language: Materials are in principally in English, with some material in Yiddish.
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-5
Call Phrase: TAM.028

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Historical/Biographical Note

Meyer London (1871-1926) was a Socialist, a labor lawyer (a graduate of New York University Law School, and later the counsel for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union), and as a Socialist Party candidate, was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing New York City's Lower East Side, serving two terms, 1916-1918 and 1920-1922. As a Congressman, he opposed U.S. entry into World War I, and introduced numerous labor legislation bills. Upon his death, the library of the Rand School of Social Science (1906-1956), a workers' school in New York City, associated with the Socialist Party, named its library the Meyer London Memorial Library, and in in 1959 an elementary school on the Lower East Side was named in his honor (the Meyer London Public School, also known as P.S. 2).

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Scope and Contents

The papers contain correspondence, speeches, handbills, press clippings, scrapbooks of London's Congressional speeches and resolutions introduced, and photographs, chiefly relating to his political career. Most of the correspondence to London relates to bills he introduced or positions he took, such as his 1916 call for Federal unemployment insurance. Includes correspondence relating to Socialist Party affairs; speeches concerning World War I neutrality and amnesty and Puerto Rican rights; Records of the Meyer London Memorial Committee, relating to the dedication of the Meyer London public school (P.S. 2) on the Lower East Side of New York; messages of condolence to Mrs. London; and a personal tribute of Lena Morrow Lewis.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series: I, Papers (arranged alphabetically); II, Fragile Originals.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • London, Meyer, 1871-1926
  • Lewis, Lena Morrow
  • London, Meyer, 1871-1926 -- Death and burial

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Speeches.

Subject Organizations

  • Meyer London Memorial Committee
  • Meyer London Public School

Subject Topics

  • Legislators -- United States.
  • Unemployment insurance -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- United States.
  • Jewish socialists -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Socialists -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection created by Meyer London are in the public domain. Other materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 2080. The Tamiment Library is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Meyer London Papers; TAM 028; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered from the Rand School Archives in 1963. There is no earlier provenance information. The accession number 1960.003 is associated with this collection.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Association for Labor Legislation: Letter to M.L., re: Health Insurance Legislation
Jan 4, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Citizens' Mass Meeting-Protest Against Closing the Brooklyn Navy Yard
March 10, 1922
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Clippings-English, Italian
1916-1922
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Clippings: Yiddish
1916-n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Clippings: Yiddish
1957, 1958, 1964
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Cloak and Shirt Makers Union: Letters to Meyer London
1918
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Congressional Calendar
Oct 27, 1921
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Congressional
1916
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Congressional Record- Excerpts Including Statements by Meyer London
1916-1918, 1921
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Congressional
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence-Congressional
1915
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence- Congressional
1917-1918
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence-Congressional
1921
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence-Congressional
1922
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence-Family
1915, 1917, 1921, 1926
Box: 1 Folder : 15A Correspondence- General
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 16 East Side Agitation Committee, Socialist Party: Peace Resolution
1919
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Election- Affidavits Regarding Voting Day Irregularities on Nov 5, 1912
1912
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Election-Campaign Materials
1919, 1920, 1922
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Gompers, Samuel: Letter Inviting M.L. to Meeting at White House on Cost of Living
Jun 9, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Intercollegiate Socialist Society: City College of N.Y. Chapter: Letter to Meyer London
Jun 25, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Journal- Meyer London Congressman Elect
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Justice, Jewish Edition- Yiddish
1954
Box: 1 Folder : 23 London, Isabel, M (M.D.): Meyer London: An Appreciation
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 London, Meyer: Death Clippings
1926
Box: 1 Folder : 25 London, Meyer: Letter to S.L.P. Poale Zion of America
Sep 6, 1918
Box: 1 Folder : 26 "Meyer London": (Anonymous Biographical ts; 7pp)
n.d.
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Meyer London Memorial Committee 10th Anniversary
1936
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Meyer London Memorial Clippings (in Yiddish): 25th Anniversary
1951
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Meyer London Memorial Committee Correspondence: Other Documents
1950-1954
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Meyer London Memorial Committee- 25th Anniversary
1951
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Meyer London Memorial Library
1949, n.d.
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Meyer London School (P.S. 2, Manhattan, N.Y.): Campaign For
1955
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Meyer London School (P.S. 2, Manhattan, N.Y.)-Dedication
1959
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Meyer London Handwritten Notes on Russian Debt, Visti of Admiral Kolchack to U.S.
Jun 27, 1918; Jul 18, 1919
Box: 2 Folder : 9 New York Call: Telegrams to Meyer London re: Leon Trotsky's Seizure and Internment by British Authorities
April 1917
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Photographs- Meyer London and Others
1955
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Reapportionment of Meyer London's Congressional District
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Socialist Party: officials and Members' Letters to Meyer London( incl. Frank Bohr, Julius Gerber, Seymour Stedman
1917-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Socialist Committee on Information (Washington D.C.): Resolutions and Meyer London Speech on Child Labor Law
1918, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Speech: Labor Day
Sep 2, 1918
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Speech: The National Government and Unemployment
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Speech: Socialist Party National Congress
May, 1910
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Speech: (Yiddish)
Dec 6, 1918
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Speeches and Notes
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Tariff Bills
1913, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Unemployment and Social Insurance
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Workman's Circle Cemetary Dept. Letter to Meyer London
May 3, 1912
Box: 3 Folder : 1 United States Congress House of Representatives: Speeches and Resolutions
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 U.S. Congress House of Representatives: Speeches and Resolutions
Dec, 1915
Box: 3 Folder : 3 U.S. Congress House of Representatives: Speeches and Resolutions
1916
Box: 3 Folder : 4 U.S. Congress House of Representatives (64th-65th Congress) Speeches and Resolutions
1917
Box: 3 Folder : 5 U.S. Congress House of Representatives: Speeches and Resolutions
1918
Box: 3 Folder : 6 U.S. Congress House of Representatives: Speeches and Resolutions
1921
Box: 3 Folder : 7 U.S. Congress House of Representatives (64th Congress, 2nd Session-65th Congress, 2nd Session): Speeches and Resolutions (Scrapbook)
1917-1918
Box: 3 Folder : 8 U.S. Congress House of Representatives (64th Congress, 2nd Session- 65th Congress, 2nd Session part II): Speeches and Resolutions (Scrapbook)
1917-1918
Box: 3 Folder : 9 U.S. Congress. House of Representatives (67th Congress, 1st Session) Speeches and Resolutions (Scrapbook)
1921
Box: 3 Folder : 10 U.S. Congress. House of Representatives (67th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions) Speeches and Resolutions (Scrapbook)
1921-1922
Box: 3 Folder : 11 U.S. Congress. House of Representatives (67th Congress, 3rd and 4th Sessions) Speeches and Resolutions (Scrapbook)
1922-1923
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folders 1-8
c. 1916-c. 1964
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 8
1916
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 8
1916
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folders 8-12
c. 1915-c. 1921
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folders 12-14
c. 1917-c. 1922
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 14
1922
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folders 14-15
c. 1915-c. 1926
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 15
c. 1915-c. 1926
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 15
c. 1915-c. 1926
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 15
c. 1915-c. 1926
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folders 15-17
c. 1912-c. 1962
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folder 17
1912
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Fragile Originals from Box 1, Folders 21-25
c. 1916-c. 1954
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folders 1-3
c. 1936-c. 1954
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folders 3-4
c. 1950-c. 1954
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folder 6
1955
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folder 7
1959
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folders 7-12
c. 1917-c. 1959
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folders 12-14
c. 1917-c. 1918
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folders 15-18
c. 1910-c. 1918
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folder 18
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Fragile Originals from Box 2, Folders 18-21
1912-1913
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folders 1-3
1915-1916
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folders 3-4
1916-1917
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folders 4-6
c. 1917-c. 1921
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folder 7
c. 1917-c. 1918
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folder 8
c. 1917-c. 1918
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folder 9
1921
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Fragile Originals from Box 3, Folder 11
c. 1922-c. 1923

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