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Guide to the Charles James Hendley Papers TAM.109

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

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Jan Hilley and Melissa Haley, 2010

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 28, 2014
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner  , May 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hendley, Charles J.
Title: Charles James Hendley Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1913-1962
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1930-1960
Abstract: Charles James Hendley (1881-1962) was a teacher, education reform advocate, political activist and union leader. A member of the Teachers Union of the City of New York from 1921 until his death, he served as its president from 1935-1945. The Charles J. Hendley Papers give a glimpse into his personal life and document his career, his political activities and his varied interests. The collection also provides a detailed look at the Teachers Union of the City of New York, tracing its history, internal and external conflicts, changing affiliations, and its efforts to bring about school reform as well as higher wages and better working conditions for its members. Correspondence, meeting minutes, financial and administrative documents, memoranda, newsletters and a significant amount of Hendley’s editorials and other writings are included in the collection. The materials document educational issues of the 1930s, 40s and 50s; the impact of the Depression and World War II on New York City’s schools; the relationship of the teachers with other unions, the civil rights movement, Popular Front political organizations and the American Labor Party; and threats to academic freedom from the Rapp-Coudert Committee investigations in the early 1940s and the post-war red scare which led to the harassment and firing of some of New York’s teachers. Finally, there is a variety of publications, pamphlets, photographs and ephemera to provide additional historical context.
Quantity: 18.0 linear feet in 18 record cartons, one shared box and one oversize folder in a shared box.
Location note: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.109