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Guide to the Herman and Conway Associates Records TAM.094

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Camille M. Purcell (1991) and Porsche Martin (2002).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 07, 2018
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Herman and Conway Associates
Title: Herman and Conway Associates Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1923-1966, (Bulk 1948-1966)
Dates [bulk]: 1948-1966
Abstract: Herman and Conway Associates was a labor relations consulting firm founded in the 1940's as a successor to Robert Maisel Associates. In its work on behalf of employees and employer associations, the firm dealt with the major labor and management relations issues that pervaded the post-World War II era. The collection includes some of the the firm's correspondence, memorandums and clippings. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Call Phrase: TAM.094

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Historical/Biographical Note

Herman and Conway Associates, a firm of labor relations consultants, was the successor to Robert Maisel Associates. Although the exact year of succession could not be ascertained, the change was made sometime during the late 1940's. In its work on behalf of employees and employer associations, the firm dealt with important issues in labor- and management relations during the post-World War II era. Material on issues such as Communist involvement in labor organizations, government versus private ownership, health-care providers, public utilities and related topics are to be found within this collection. Richard Conway, while figuring in some of the correspondence and memos, does not appear to have played a central role. As far as one can judge from the records extant, Harry C. Herman had primary responsibility for the administration of the firm. He served in the infantry during World War II and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was decorated with the Purple Heart twice and received the Silver Star and the Croix des Services Militaires of France. Mr. Herman was also instrumental in founding the Naval War College in Washington. He died on February 23, 1984 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection is organized in one series of subject files, arranged alphabetically by title. The files contain correspondences, memoranda, Senate and House bills, reports, newsclippings, and examples of union literature. Clearly this small collection does not represent a full record of the firm's work; there are gaps in documentation, and some items appear to be missing. The collection reflects management responses to the growth in influence and membership of America's organized labor force from the 1940s to the mid-1960s. Many case-files are concerned with alleged Communist influence and infiltration in unions and labor-management conflicts.

Files on the National Farmers Union (NFU) contain documents and articles concerning possible links between this organization and the Communist Party. The report entitled "A Total Basis for Executive Judgment and Evaluation of Trade union Forces in the Food Industry" details the left-wing activity in unions associated with the food industry. One such group was the united Packinghouse Workers Union; its president, Ralph Holstein, is profiled. It was not possible to determine if this was written by a member of the Herman and Conway Associates team, but it seems that the firm was involved in management's attempt to bolster their relations with the more moderate unions of the industry. Also relevant to the issue of communism and unions are files on the United Electrical Workers (UE). These focus on the wrangling between the UE and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. At issue was the representation of the Radio Corporation of America workers in Lancaster, PA. Files of clippings, notes and reports on the recording industry's strike following the Second World War highlight activities of the American Federation of Musicians and its colorful president James Petrillo.

Schenley Distillers is the only subject in this collection for which extensive correspondence has survived. An exchange of letters between Mr. Herman and Mr. Phil Shays, Schenley's Director of Personnel and Labor, is included. Also included is correspondence between Mr. Herman and Louis Rosenstil, Chairman of Schenley Industries. The working relationship between the firm and Schenley Distillers lasted about five years (1945-50). During that time Herman and Conway Associates carried out their investigation into the problems which existed between the distillery and unions at various Schenley plants. Reports are based upon recorded observations and personal interviews. Charles Scofield, a member of the Herman and Conway investigatory team, figures prominently in reports and correspondence. Extensive correspondence included exchanges between Herman and Phil Shays, Schenley?s Director of Personnel, and Louis Rosenstil, Chairman of Schenley Industries.

Files on Bonneville, Hells Canyon, Missouri Valley, Niagara, St. Lawrence, and the Tennessee Valley Authority deal with the issue of government versus private ownership of electrical power. Herman and Conway Associates appeared to have been actively engaged with the subject, but it was not entirely clear who engaged them or for what specific purpose.

NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.


The files are grouped into one series.

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Conway, Richard
  • Herman, Harry C.
  • Shays, Phil
  • Holstein, Ralph

Document Type

  • Memorandums.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • Schenley Distillers
  • United Packinghouse, Food, and Allied Workers
  • National Farmers' Union (U.S.)
  • American Federation of Musicians
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

Subject Topics

  • Industrial relations consultants.
  • Hydroelectric power plants -- Finance -- Law and legislation.
  • Hydroelectric power plants -- United States.
  • Electric utilities -- Government ownership.
  • Labor unions and communism -- 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 1923-1966, are expected to enter the public domain in 2087.

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.

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

A complete run of Interpreting Labor News, a newsletter produced by Herman and Conway is available at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of this collection is unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 1967.002.

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Container List

Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Federation of Musicians
Box: 1 Folder : 2 American Federation of Musicians
undated , 1943-1948 , 1954-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 3 American Federation of Musicians: Clippings
undated , 1948
Box: 1 Folder : 4 American Federation of Musicians: Clippings
undated , 1944-1954
Box: 1 Folder : 5 American Trade Fair Issue
undated , 1962
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Association of Actors and Artistes
undated , 1950
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Bethel and Mt. Aetna Telephone
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bethel and Mt. Aetna Telephone: Clippings
undated , 1954-1960
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bonneville Power Administration
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Conesta Telephone and Telegraph Co.
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Durlacher and Co.
undated , 1945-1965
Box: 1 Folder : 12 General Bronze
undated , 1950-1951
Box: 1 Folder : 13 General Foods
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Hells Canyon, Idaho Project
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Hells Canyon, Idaho Project
undated , 1956-1957
Box: 1 Folder : 16 International Brotherhood of Teamsters: Agreements
undated , 1947-1949 , 1953-1954
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Kings County Lighting Co.
1940 , 1951
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Labor-Management Relations
undated , 1948-1957
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Mt. Sinai Hospital
1958-Mar 1959
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Mt. Sinai Hospital
Apr 1959-1960 , Feb 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Mt. Sinai Hospital: Clippings
undated , 1953 , 1958-1959
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Missouri Valley Authority
undated , 1952
Box: 1 Folder : 23 National Farmers Union
undated , 1942-1966
Box: 1 Folder : 24 National Farmers Union: Clippings
Box: 2 Folder : 1 National Maritime Union
1946 , 1906-1961
Box: 2 Folder : 2 National Maritime Union
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Niagara Power Project
1946-1948 , 1960-1962
Box: 2 Folder : 4 National Maritime Union: Clippings
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Niagara Power Project
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Niagara Power Project
undated , 1951 , 1956
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Niagara Power Project: Clippings
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Nuclear Power and Labor
undated , 1957
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Ohio Utility Seizure Bill
undated , 1956-1957
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Pension Plans
undated , 1941-1943 , 1954-1958
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Permuit CO.
undated , 1954 , 1959-1960
Box: 2 Folder : 12 St. Lawrence Seaway
Box: 2 Folder : 13 St. Lawrence Seaway: Clippings
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Schenley Distillers
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Schenley Distillers
undated , 1954
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Schenley Distillers
undated , 1949
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Schick Inc.
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Southern Industrial Economics
undated , 1952 , 1955
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Tennessee Valley Authority
1951-Apr 1957
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Tennessee Valley Authority
May 1957-Nov 1957
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Times Square Stores
undated , 1949-1961
Box: 3 Folder : 4 United Electrical Workers Union
undated , 1943-1958
Box: 3 Folder : 5 United Electrical Workers Union: Clippings
Box: 3 Folder : 6 United Electrical Workers Union: Clippings
1949-1950 , 1958
Box: 3 Folder : 7 United Seamen's Service
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Utilities
1923 , 1950-1954
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Utilities
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Utilities
undated , 1947-1956

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