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Guide to the Theodore Schapiro Papers and Photographs TAM 217

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Theodore Schapiro Papers and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1913-1956
Abstract: Theodore Schapiro (1898-1998), was a political activist and the last director of the Rand School of Social Science (1943-56). This collection consists of biographical matter, business correspondence (including several letters from Norman Thomas, and individual letters from Erich Fromm, Nina Hillquit, and Sidney Hook), documents from the Rand School's Institute of Social Studies, and photographs.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet in one manuscript box
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 217

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Historical/Biographical Note

Theodore Schapiro (1898-1998) was a political activist and the last director of the Rand School of Social Science (1943-56). His early training in art and industrial design at Cooper Union, the Art Students' League, and the Beaux Arts Institute of Design led to a career in industrial design. He joined the Socialist Party early in his life and assisted in planning the Party's platform for Norman Thomas' presidential bid in 1940. He served as an organizer for the Textile Workers Union as well as other unions, and he taught adult education classes for them and for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. During the 1930s he was employed by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Arts Project.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of biographical matter, business correspondence (including several letters from Norman Thomas, and individual letters from Erich Fromm, Nina Hillquit, and Sidney Hook), documents from the Rand School's Institute of Social Studies, and photographs.

Arrangement

The files are grouped into two series; folders are arranged alphabetically by topic within each series.

Series I: Papers, 1913-1956

Series II: Photographs, 1914-1954

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
  • Hillquit, Nina
  • Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989
  • Schapiro, Miriam
  • Schapiro, Theodore, 1898-1998

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Records (documents)
  • Biography files.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • Rand School of Social Science
  • Rand School of Social Science. Institute of Social Studies

Subject Topics

  • Jewish socialists -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Working class -x Education -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Adult education -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Theodore Schapiro was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Theodore Schapiro Papers and Photographs; TAM 217; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Ted and Miram Schapiro in circa 1998. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1999.023 and NPA.1999.017.

Processing Information

Photographs from this collection were established as a separate collection, the Theodore Schapiro Photographs Collection (PHOTOS 089) in July 1999. In April 2013, this photographs collection was reincorporated into the Theodore Schapiro Papers, and the collection was re-named the Theodore Schapiro Papers and Photographs (TAM.217).

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Container List

Papers, 1913-1956

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Biographical
1913-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 2 "The Commie's Lament or, Custer's Last Stand" (poem/lyrics?)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1931-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Printed Ephmera, Miscellaneous
circa 1936, 1957, 1964, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Rand School of Social Science/Institute ot Social Studies
1954-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 6 WPA - Federal Art Project
1937-1938

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Photographs, 1914-circa 1959

Scope and Content Note

Fifty-six black and white photographs, including a few portraits of Schapiro and of Schapiro speaking, events at the Rand School of Social Science (classroom and lecture images; individuals include Sidney Hook), and Socialist Party-related events. The latter images include what appear to be campaign workers for one or more of Meyer London's campaigns for Congress for New York State's 12th congressional district (between 1914 and 1920), with an interior splashed with Socialist Party campaign posters; one image includes London himself.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Theodore Schapiro - Portraits
circa 1920-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Rand School of Social Science
circa 1940-circa 1954
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Socialist Party
circa 1914-circa 1940
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Unidentified Events
circa 1940-1959

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