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Guide to the Peter V. Cacchione Papers TAM.073

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cacchione, Peter V., 1897-1947
Source - dnr: Cacchione, Dorothy
Title: Peter V. Cacchione Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1936-1947
Dates [bulk]: 1944-1947
Abstract: Peter V. Cacchione was a labor leader, communist and New York City councilman. He took advantage of New York City's proportional representation system, and ran (unsuccessfully) for city council on the Communist Party ticket in 1937 and 1939. He was elected in 1941, 1943 and 1945 and served until his death in 1947. The collection includes his correspondence, speeches, wiritings, clippings, etc. from 1936-1947. Researchers must use microfilm (R-7823), except for series V, Scrapbooks.
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet in ten manuscript boxes and one oversized flat box.
Call Phrase: TAM.073

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Historical/Biographical Note

Peter V. Cacchione (November 1, 1897 - November 6, 1947) was a labor leader, communist and New York City councilman. He was born of immigrant parents in Syracuse, New York in 1897, and grew up in Sayre, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school in 1915 he worked as a railroad trainman and repairman, and at other blue-collar jobs. In 1932 he moved to New York, where he joined the progressive movement and in 1935 was elected National Commander of the Workers' Ex-Servicemen's League. In 1936 he became chairman of the Communist Party in the Bronx.

After moving to Brooklyn, he took advantage of New York City's newly instituted proportional representation system and ran (unsuccessfully) for city council on the Communist Party ticket in 1937 and 1939. He was elected in 1941, reelected in 1943 and 1945, and served until his death in 1947, two days after proportional representation was repealed. The New York City Council refused to seat the Communist Party's choice to serve the remaining fourteen months of Cacchione's term, his campaign manager (and biographer) Simon W. Gerson.

Sources:

  • Simon W. Gerson. Pete: the Story of Peter V. Cacchione, New York's First Communist Councilman, New York: International Publishers, 1976.

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Scope and Content Note

The Correspondence series, arranged chronologically, includes John Cashmore, Luther Hill, Paul O'Dwyer, Michael J. Quill, Leo Rayfield, Nathan Sobel, Andrew Sommer, Henry Stimson, Harry S. Truman, Robert F. Wagner, Henry A. Wallace, and Walter Wilson.

The Speeches and Writings series contains It Happened at City Hall (Cacchione's Daily Workercolumn) and other articles, radio addresses, news releases, two unpublished Cacchione play typescripts, "Builders of America" and "Pageant for Columbus Day," and two book-length unpublished typescripts "What is Public Speaking?" and "A Few Simple Hints to Speakers," which are notable (especially the latter) for their use of 'how-to' examples based on numerous accounts of contemporary political issues, many at the grassroots level and ephemeral in nature.

The Topical Files series (arranged alphabetically) contains multiple files on discrimination, electoral campaigns (PVC, others), the five cent (bus and subway) fare, housing, proportional representation, resolutions (City Council and other) wartime price controls, and individual files on other local issues, and on Cacchione's 1947 national speaking tour.

The City Council series largely consists of PVC-issued Budget Questionnaire forms completed by officials of several hundred New York State cities, towns, and villages, and various documents and ephemera.

The last series consists of scrapbooks and loose material removed from scrapbooks (not microfilmed) documenting Cacchione's political career from 1939 to 1945.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Correspondence; II. Speeches and Writings; III. Topical Files; IV. City Council; V. Scrapbooks (not microfilmed).

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wilson, Walter.
  • Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950.
  • Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1877-1953
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
  • O'Dwyer, Paul, 1907-1998
  • Hill, Luther.
  • Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965
  • Sommer, Andrew.
  • Sobel, Nathan R, 1906-1997
  • Rayfield, Leo.
  • Quill, Mike.
  • Cashmore, John.
  • Cacchione, Peter V., 1897-1947
  • Cacchione, Dorothy

Document Type

  • Press releases.
  • Articles.
  • Typescripts.
  • Plays (performed works)
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Speeches.

Subject Organizations

  • Communist Party of the United States of America (New York)

Subject Topics

  • Municipal government -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Proportional representation -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Communists -- United States.
  • Working class -- United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Politics and government |y 1898-1951.

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Administrative Information

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 Peter V. Cacchione was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to the fragile nature of the original materials, researchers must use the microfilmed version, with the exception of Series V: Scrapbooks. The microfilm call number is Film R-7823, Reels 1-4.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dorothy Cacchione, 1978. The accession number associated with this gift is 1978.012.

Processing Information

In 2014, clippings from scrapbooks were re-foldered. Additional description for the scrapbooks was added to the finding aid.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence, Outgoing

General note

Reel 1

Sep 10, 1943-Jan 29, 1946
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence, Outgoing

General note

Reel 1

Feb 7, 1946-Jan 20, 1947
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence, Outgoing

General note

Reel 1

Jan 31, 1947-Mar 19, 1947
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence, Outgoing

General note

Reel 1

Mar 20, 1947-Oct 31, 1947
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence, Incoming

General note

Reel 1

May 1, 1943-Jan 5, 1946
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence, Incoming

General note

Reel 1

Jan 14, 1946-Oct 31, 1946
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence, Incoming

General note

Reel 1

Nov 11, 1946-May 6, 1947
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence, Incoming

General note

Reel 1

May 12, 1947-Nov 18, 1947
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence, Third Party

General note

Reel 1

Apr 1, 1943-May 15, 1947

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Series II: Speeches & Writings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1` Radio Addresses

General note

Reel 1

Oct 20, 1937-Aug 1, 1939
Box: 2 Folder : 2 News Releases

General note

Reel 1

Dec 12, 1944-Apr 3, 1946
Box: 2 Folder : 3 News Releases

General note

Reel 1

May 17, 1946-Jun 25, 1947
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Articles

General note

Reel 1

Jan 8, 1945-1946
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Articles

General note

Reel 1

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Public Speaking: A Guide Book (by PVC). Workers Library Publishers

General note

Reel 1

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 "What is Public Speaking?" (typescript, approx 170 p.)

General note

Reel 1

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 "A Few Simple Hints to Speakers" (typescript, 94 p.)

General note

Reel 1

1938
Box: 3 Folder : 1 "It Happened at City Hall" (PVC Daily Worker column)

General note

Reel 1

Jan 2, 1944-Mar 12, 1944
Box: 3 Folder : 2 "It Happened at City Hall"

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Reel 1

Mar 19, 1944-May 21, 1944
Box: 3 Folder : 3 "It Happened at City Hall"

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Reel 1

May 28, 1944-Aug 13, 1944
Box: 3 Folder : 4 It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Aug 20, 1944-Oct 29, 1944
Box: 3 Folder : 5 "It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Nov 5, 1944-Jan 21, 1945
Box: 3 Folder : 6 "It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Feb 4, 1945-Apr 1, 1945
Box: 3 Folder : 7 "It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Apr 8, 1945-Jan 27, 1946
Box: 3 Folder : 8 "It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Feb 3, 1946-Jun 23, 1946
Box: 3 Folder : 9 "It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Jun 30, 1946-Sep 27, 1946
Box: 3 Folder : 10 "It Happened at City Hall"

General note

Reel 1

Oct 7, 1946-Jan 4, 1947
Box: 3 Folder : 11 PVC Plays: Builders of America,  Pageant for Columbus Day

General note

Reel 1

undated

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Series III: Topical Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Antonini, Luigi

General note

Reel 2

Apr 6, 1943-May, 1943
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Ballots & Nominating Petitions

General note

Reel 2

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Baseball

General note

Reel 2

Jun 7, 1943-May 22, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Bilbo - Piccolo

General note

Reel 2

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Brooklyn History - Sketches

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Budget (PVC re NYC budget)

General note

Film R-7823, Reel 2

May 24, 1944-Oct 17, 1946
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Child Care

General note

Reel 2

Dec 26, 1944-Sep 9, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 8 City Departments

General note

Reel 2

Jan 5, 1945-May 9, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Discrimination, General

General note

Reel 2

Mar 25, 1942-Feb 24, 1944
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Discrimination, General

General note

Reel 2

Feb 25, 1944-Feb 6, 1945
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Discrimination, General

General note

Reel 2

Mar 19, 1945-Sep 7, 1946
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Discrimination, General

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Discrimination, Black

General note

Reel 2

Jan, 1940 -May 9, 1946
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Discrimination, Black

General note

Reel 2

Feb 17, 1947-Oct 8, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Discrimination, Education

General note

Reel 2

May 25, 1940-May 9, 1946
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Discrimination, Education

General note

Reel 2

May 13, 1946-Mar 13, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Discrimination, Education

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Discrimination, Textbooks

General note

Reel 2

Mar 21, 1946-Jun 30, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Displaced Persons

General note

Reel 2

Nov 25, 1946-Dec 31, 1946
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Dog Vaccine

General note

Reel 2

Jan 21, 1947-Feb 4, 1947
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Drew Case

General note

Reel 2

Jan 27, 1943-Feb 20, 1944
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Education, General

General note

Reel 2

Apr 1944 -Jul 5, 1946
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Education, General

General note

Reel 2

Jul 12, 1946-Sep 29, 1947
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Election, General

General note

Film R-7823, Reel 2

Oct 17, 1937-Nov 20, 1942
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Election, General

General note

Film R-7823, Reel 2

Sep 14, 1943-Oct 31, 1947
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Election Pamphlets - English Language

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Election Pamphlets - English Language

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Election Pamphlets - English Language

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Election Pamphlets - Black

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Election Pamphlets - Hispanic, Polish, Hebrew, Italian

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Election Pamphlets - Non-Cacchione

General note

Reel 2

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Election, Statistics

General note

Reel 2

1937-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Election, Statistics

General note

Reel 2

1944-1946
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Electric Company

General note

Reel 2

1936-22-Sep-42
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Electric Company

General note

Reel 2

Nov 6, 1942-1946
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

1937-Mar 14, 1944
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Mar 15, 1944-Mar 21, 1944
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Mar 23, 1944-Apr 11, 1944
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Apr 12, 1944-Feb 18, 1945
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Feb 19, 1945-Mar 2, 1945
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Mar 4, 1945-Mar 16, 1945
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Mar 16, 1945-Mar 22, 1945
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Mar 22, 1945-Aug 16, 1945
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

Oct 29, 1946-Mar 7, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Five Cent Fare

General note

Reel 3

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Five Cent Fare - PVC Statement to Board of Estimate

General note

Reel 3

Feb 11, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Flatbush Water

General note

Reel 3

Jan 3, 1946-Jul 1, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Foreign Born

General note

Reel 3

May 28, 1946-May, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Gas Companies

General note

Reel 3

Apr 28, 1947-May 12, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Housing

General note

Reel 3

Mar 23, 1944-Dec 19, 1945
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Housing

General note

Reel 3

Jan 9, 1946-May 2, 1946
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Housing

General note

Reel 3

May 11, 1946-Aug 10, 1946
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Housing

General note

Reel 3

Oct 25, 1946-Mar 2, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Housing

General note

Reel 3

Mar 13, 1947-Jun 10, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Housing

General note

Reel 3

Jun 12, 1947-Jul 18, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Housing

General note

Reel 3

Jul 23, 1947-Oct 16, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Housing

General note

Reel 3

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Invitations

General note

Reel 3

Oct 19, 1941-Nov 9, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Italy & Italian Americans

General note

Reel 3

Mar 3, 1939-Oct 12, 1947
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Jews & Palestine

General note

Reel 3

Sep 22, 1938-May 26, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Libraries

General note

Reel 3

Feb, 1945-Jul 8, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Literacy Tests

General note

Reel 3

1937-1944
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Long Island Railroad

General note

Reel 3

Jan 13, 1947-Apr 4, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Milk

General note

Reel 3

Feb 14, 1943-Oct 22, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 5 National Tour

General note

Reel 3

Jul 24, 1947-Sep 30, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Police

General note

Reel 3

Sep 16, 1946-Sep 26, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Poll Tax

General note

Reel 3

Jan 6, 1943-Feb 9, 1945
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Prices, Food, Office of Price Administration

General note

Reel 3

Dec 22, 1942-Aug 23, 1944
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Prices, Food, Office of Price Administration

General note

Reel 3

Sep 26, 1944-May 11, 1945
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Prices, Food, Office of Price Administration

General note

Reel 3

May 14, 1945-Jun 7, 1945
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Prices, Food, Office of Price Administration

General note

Reel 3

Jun 8, 1945-Jul 14, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Prices, Food, Office of Price Administration

General note

Reel 3

Jul 22, 1947-Aug 12, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Proportional Representation - National Municipal Survey

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Proportional Representation - National Municipal Survey

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Proportional Representation...Survey

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Proportional Representation...Survey

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Proportional Representation...Survey

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Proportional Representation

General note

Reel 3

Jul 7, 1947-Oct 31, 1947
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Proportional Representation

General note

Reel 3

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Proportional Representation - Pamphlets

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Proportional Representation - Guides

General note

Reel 3

1937-1947
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Religion

General note

Reel 3

1946-1947
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Resolutions, City Council

General note

Reel 3

1942-1943
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Resolutions, City Council

General note

Reel 3

1944
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Resolutions, City Council

General note

Reel 3

1945
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Resolutions, City Council

General note

Reel 3

1946
Box: 7 Folder : 27 Resolutions, City Council

General note

Reel 3

1947
Box: 7 Folder : 28 Resolutions, City Council - Misc. & Taken Over Bills

General note

Reel 3

1944-1947
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Resolutions, City Council - Letters

General note

Reel 3

May 16, 1944-Aug 24, 1944
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

Jan 29, 1946-Jul 22, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

Jul 24, 1946-Jan 14, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

Jan 21, 1947-Mar 10, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

Mar 10, 1947-Mar 19, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

Mar 19, 1947-Mar 24, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

Mar 26, 1947-Apr 15, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Resolutions, Letters

General note

Reel 4

May 22, 1947-Oct 29, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Sales Tax

General note

Reel 4

Mar 16, 1943-Apr 4, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Sales Tax

General note

Reel 4

Apr 5, 1946-Dec 3, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Seamen

General note

Reel 4

Nov 27, 1944-May 8, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Schwellenbach Proposal to Outlaw CPUSA; Clemente Bill

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Social Services

General note

Reel 4

Jun 27, 1945-Mar 6, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Spellman, Cardinal

General note

Reel 4

Mar 5, 1946-May 19, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Statistical Reports

General note

Reel 4

1940-1947
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Statistics (Electoral) on the Communist Party

General note

Reel 4

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Subscriptions (PVC to various periodicals)

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Succession

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Teacher Salaries

General note

Reel 4

Nov 27, 1945-Feb 10, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Tenants' Organizations

General note

Reel 4

Feb 6, 1946-Oct 28, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Transit & Transportation Problems

General note

Reel 4

1944-1946
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Walter Wilson Public Relations

General note

Reel 4

Jan 7, 1946-Feb 27, 1946
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Veterans Affairs

General note

Reel 4

Mar 20, 1944-Feb 10, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Veterans Affairs

General note

Reel 4

Feb 26, 1947-Sep, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 24 YMCA Strike

General note

Reel 4

Mar 15, 1947-Jun 7, 1947
Box: 8 Folder : 25 Yugoslavia

General note

Reel 4

1946

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Series IV: City Council

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 City Council

General note

Reel 4

1942-1943
Box: 9 Folder : 2 City Council

General note

Reel 4

1944-1946
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Budget Questionnaire (New York State: Towns, Villages & Cities)

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Budget Questionnaire

General note

Reel 4

1947
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Miscellaneous Documents and Materials
1943-1947

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Series V: Scrapbooks, 1939-1948

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials from disassembled scrapbooks. It includes clippings, election materials related to Cacchione's run for councilman, holiday cards, correspondence, event invitations and programs, flyers related to Communist Party campaigns and events, and articles by and about Cacchione. The series also contains an oversized Scrapbook which includes clippings, flyers, press releases, and a small number of photographs relating to Cacchione's political career.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10-11 Photographs
undated

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