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Guide to the Harold Cammer Papers TAM.180

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Collection processed by Tamiment staff, 2011

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 25, 2019
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Jacqueline Rider for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description and to include previously unprocessed materials.  , November 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cammer, Harold I., 1909-1995
Title: Harold Cammer Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1929-1995
Abstract: Harold I. Cammer (1909-1995) was a lawyer who championed the rights of workers, labor unions, accused Communists and victims of racial bigotry. This collection contains correspondence, articles and essays, briefs, and other documents pertaining to legal cases he was involved in, as well as his activism and other issues important to him during his lifetime.
Quantity: 4.5 Linear Feet in 9 manuscript boxes and one half manuscript box
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.180

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Biographical Note

Harold I. Cammer (1909-1995) was a lawyer who championed the rights of workers, labor unions, accused Communists and victims of racial bigotry. Over the course of his 40-year career, Cammer numbered among his clients major organizations like the Congress of Industrial Organizations; the Joint Board, Fur, Leather & Machine Workers Union; the brewery workers' union, New York teachers' union, and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters. During the widespread Communist hunts of the 1950's, he defended union officers and teachers, especially in connection with their appearances before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and its counterparts in New York State.

Cammer was also a founder and active member of the National Lawyers Guild, a nationwide organization noted for its concern with civil rights. He volunteered his legal services in the civil rights movement in the South in the 1960's. He was co-lead counsel in the successful defense of more than 700 students arrested during the sit-in at Columbia University in 1968 and, with his son, Robert, wrote a legal analysis of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Cammer, who was born to Russian immigrant parents in Manhattan in 1909, graduated from City College in 1929 and was admitted on a full scholarship to Harvard Law School. Except for military service during World War II, he spent his career practicing law. His firm, Pressman, Witt & Cammer, evolved into Cammer & Shapiro, a Manhattan firm specializing in labor law, where he worked until he retired.

Source: "Harold Cammer, 86, Champion of Labor And Rights Lawyer," Lawrence van Gelder. New York edition. October 25, 1995

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes case files, subject files, correspondence, and articles produced by Cammer during the course of his legal career. Of particular note are his files from the Lawyers Committee on American Policy Towards Vietnam, legal briefs from his work on deportation cases and workers rights, and his involvement in efforts to advance desegregation and civil rights in Mississippi in the early 1960s.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically by subject and material type.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Gold, Ben
  • Potash, Irving

Subject Organizations

  • Joint Board, Fur, Leather & Machine Workers Union
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board
  • United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
  • Lawyers Committee on American Policy Towards Vietnam

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions and communism -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Jewish communists -- United States.
  • Labor laws and legislation -- United States.
  • Labor unions and communism -- United States.
  • Deportation.
  • Segregation

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Repository permission is required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy for materials in this collection are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. For more information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Harold Cammer Papers; TAM 180; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in repository, provenance is unknown. The accession number associated with these materials is 1950.161.

Processing Information

Materials were re-housed in archival folders and boxes.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-7 (Mixed Materials [31142062722908]) Case# 111-6849-D; (Proceedings) Before a panel of the National War Labor Board, 2nd region; Associated Fur Coat Manufacturers and Trimming Manufactures Inc., and Furries Joint Council of New York and Fur Floor Boys and Shipping Clerks Union, Local 125, CIO
1944
Box: 2 Folder : 1-6 (Mixed Materials [31142062722965])
Box: 3 Folder : 1-5 Associated Fur Coat Manufacturers and Trimming Manufactures Inc., and Furries Joint Council of New York and Fur Floor Boys and Shipping Clerks Union, Local 125, CIO
1929-1945
Box: 4 Folder : 1-5 Irving Potash deportation case, Jakob Schneider deportation case
1948-1958
Box: 5 Folder : 1-2 Harold I. Cammer contempt case
1953-1956
Box: 6 Ben Gold; Appellant Briefs, petitions, etc., U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (bound volumes)
1953-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 1-4 Racial segregation, school integration cases, Greenville MS "Amicol" desegration project
1957-1965
Box: 8 Folder : 1-6 (Mixed Materials [31142062722940]) Lawyers Committee on American Policy Towards Vietnam
1965-1972
Box: 9 Folder : 1-2 (Mixed Materials [31142062722957])
Box: 9 Folder : 3-9 ABA Labor Law Committee, Labor Law and Civil Liberties, NY CLU, Israel, CUNY alumnae, Neutron Bomb Committee, Harvard Law School
1969-1994
Box: 10 Folder : 1-10 Correspondence, letters to the editor, articles by Harold Cammer, publications
1949-1995

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