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Ben Josephson Papers TAM.084

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980
Source - dnr: Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980
Title: Ben Josephson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1931-1977, undated
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-4
Call Phrase: TAM.084

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Historical/Biographical Note

Ben Josephson (1895-1980), served in various administrative capacities at Camp Tamiment in Pennsylvania from 1941-1968. He was active in the Socialist Party and the labor movement. He was associated with the Rand School and was instrumental in the establishment of the Tamiment Library at NYU. Josephson gave support to the New Leader and  Labor History and was elected, in 1976, President of the People's Educational Camp Society (PECS), the corporate entity that founded and oversaw Camp Tamiment.

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Scope and Contents

The first three boxes of the collection principally contains contains personal letters, along with a few PECS and Rand School documents, a folder relating to Berthy Mailly (Treasurer of PECS), several pamphlets (most related to Camp Tamiment or the Rand School). The letters illustrate the character of Josephson's close contact with his many friends, and also his administrative duties as Director of Camp Tamiment. The last box, an unprocessed addendum donated to the Library after Josephson's death, contains a large accordion file of correspondence, a chapter length memoir, a lengthy oral history transcript of an interview conducted in several sessions sometime in the 1970s by Dorothy Swanson (then head of the Tamiment Library), a 50th birthday scrapbook of letters from friends, greeting cards, etc.

There is a preliminary folder level inventory available at the Library for the first three boxes, although researchers should be aware that the folder titles in the inventory vary somewhat from those written on the folders themselves. PLEASE DIRECT FURTHER INQUIRIES TO: tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980

Subject Organizations

  • Camp Tamiment (Pa.)
  • People's Educational Camp Society

Subject Topics

  • Jewish socialists -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Camps -- Pennsylvania
  • Adult education -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1931-1977, are expected to enter the public domain in 2098.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

General Photographs Collection (Photos 001) contains a folder of photographs of Ben Josephson

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ben Josephson through a series of installments between 1973 to 1977. The accession number associated with this gift is 1978.010.

Negatives of Ben Josephson correspondence were found in repository in April of 2014 and were added to this collection; provenance is unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 2014.088.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Contains letters, and some administrative records from PECS and the Rand School
1931-1955
Box: 2 Contains letters, and some administrative records from PECS and the Rand School
1955-1977
Box: 3 Contains letters, and some administrative records from PECS, a folder on Bertha Mailly, some pamphlets, and negatives of correspondence that may be duplicates of items already in collection.
1967-1977
Box: 4 The last box, an unprocessed addendum donated to the Library after Josephson's death, contains a large accordion file of correspondence, a chapter length memoir, a lengthy oral history transcript of an interview conducted in several sessions sometime in the 1970s by Dorothy Swanson (then head of the Tamiment Library), a 50th birthday scrapbook of letters from friends, greeting cards, etc.
ca. 1930s-ca. 1970s
Box: Shared Tamiment 006 Folder : 4 Camp Tamiment award
1947

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