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Guide to the Herman Singer Papers TAM.243

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 22, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated to include materials integrated from accession number 2019.045 by Kate Fisher.  , March 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Singer, Herman, 1915-2001
Source - dnr: Sam, Judith Singer.
Title: Herman Singer Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1940-2001
Abstract: Herman Singer (1915-2001) was an editor of the New Leader from 1945-1950. He worked for Radio Free Europe (RFE) and collected documents relating to his work on Calverton, Socialist Party history, NY Call/SDF, the Newspaper Guild-Free Europe Unit, and  Free Europe Guild News. He corresponded regularly with Bob Rindel, Sam Solon, Tom Berger, Calverton and other editors and publishers.
Quantity: 5.25 Linear Feet in 4 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes and 1 half manuscript box.
Location: Some materials in this collection 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 in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.243

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Biographical Note

Herman Singer (1915-2001) was an editor of the New Leader from 1945-1950. He worked for Radio Free Europe (RFE) and was active in their alumni organization, the Society of International Broadcasters. He edited the publication  East Europe in the 1960s and 1970s wrote on V. F. Calverton, proletarian literature and Socialist Party history, and reviewed books and films.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and documents relating to his work on Calverton, Socialist Party history, NY Call/SDF, the Newspaper Guild-Free Europe Unit, and Free Europe Guild News. Also included is correspondence with Bob Rindel, Sam Solon, Calverton and various editors and publishers. Accretion 2019 contains documents and clippings from his work within  The Call and his correspondence with Tom Berger.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sam, Judith Singer.
  • Calverton, V. F. (Victor Francis), 1900-1940

Subject Organizations

  • Radio Free Europe
  • Free Europe Guld News
  • Newspaper Guild. Free Europe Unit
  • New Leader (New York, N.Y. : 1924)
  • The socialist call.

Subject Topics

  • Socialism and literature -- United States.
  • Working class in literature.
  • Socialist parties -- United States.
  • Communism and literature -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States -- History.
  • Socialism -- United States -- Newspapers.

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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 Herman Singer was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Herman Singer Papers; TAM 243; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

2 boxes of serials, containing bound volumes of the NY Call, and News From Behind the Iron Curtain (NBIC)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Papers in this collection are very brittle and in fragile condition. Researchers should handle with care or supervision of an archivist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Judith Singer Sam in 2002 and 2005. Judith Singer Sam sent a gift of four cartons of the papers of Herman Singer containing materials related to his literary career and political activities, and his work for Radio Free Europe in 2002. Singer Sam also send materials related to Bob Rindl, Sam Solon, and Calverton in 2005. The accession number associated with these gifts are 2002.016. An additional accession was donated in January 2019 by Judy Sam. The accession number associated with this accretion is 2019.045.

Processing Information

This collection was re-housed in 2015. Materials have been kept in their original order, but one additional box has been added to provide additional space for these items. In 2019 accretion materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Original caption information, when available, was transcribed onto folders.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Calverton, Socialist Party history, Radio Free Europe, East Europe; Max Nomad - Aspects of Revolt, J.T. Farrell

Scope and Content Note

This box contains correspondence, including correspondence to Joseph Freeman, research materials, and literary correspondence with publishers.

Box: 2
Box: 2 New York Call, Socialist Party/SDF; East Europe; Newspaper Guild - Free Europe Unit, including Free Europe Guild News

Scope and Content Note

This box contains Socialist party internal documents, correspondence, and a partial book length typescript on labor and management.

1940s-1960s
Box: 3
Box: 4 Society of International Broadcasters
1970s-1980s
Box: 5 2005 Accession

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