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Collection processed by Alexander Bernhardt Bloom, Keri A. Myers, and Wendy Scheir, 2005. Edited by Margaret to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials and for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description, 2013.

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Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry Foner Papers and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1922-2013
Dates [bulk]: 1940-2004
Abstract: Henry Foner (1919- ) was president of the Joint Board, Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union (FLM) and a social activist. After serving in World War II, Foner was appointed Welfare and Educational Director of the FLM; in 1961, he was elected union president. Foner worked on a wide range of progressive issues, from promoting civil rights to protesting the Vietnam War. After retiring in 1988, Foner taught labor history and wrote a column for the journal Jewish Currents. The records and photographs cover Foner's professional activities, familial relationships, musical interests, involvement with the Rapp-Coudert Committee and academic freedom, and other personal interests.
Quantity: 16 Linear Feet in 14 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 flat box, and 2 folders in oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize folder in flat-file cabinet
Location: Boxes 1-11 are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 254

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Historical/Biographical Note

Henry J. Foner (1919- ), longtime activist leader of the Joint Board, Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union (FLM), grew up in New York, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. His father had a seltzer delivery route, and later owned a garage. In high school, Foner started playing saxophone with a band at hotels in the Catskills. He also started composing comic verses, played to the tunes of popular songs. By the late 1930s, Foner had acquired an interest in history and politics from his older brothers, Moe, Philip and Jack, and began developing the commitment to progressive activism that would shape his life. After graduating from City College with a degree in Business Administration in 1939, Foner organized "Student Caravans for America," which sent groups around the country to perform puppet shows promoting an anti-war message. The puppets were made by Pete Seeger. Foner's own group had its puppets and stage destroyed by a group of vandals in Bristol, Vermont and had to be rescued by the local sheriff.

In 1940, Foner's three brothers were all working at City College when the actions of the Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate the Educational System of the State of New York, known as the Rapp-Coudert Committee - investigating Communism in New York public schools and colleges, and employing tactics that later became a template for the House Un-American Activities Committee investigations - resulted in their suspension, along with fifty other employees of New York City Colleges.

At the time, Henry Foner, who had received his substitute-teaching license in stenography and typewriting, was teaching at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn. He had already passed all parts of the regular teaching examination, but he was not granted that license because of an "insufficiently meritorious record" after he, too, had been questioned by the committee, and he initiated an appeal from that decision to the New York State Commissioner of Education. Meanwhile, together with two of his brothers, he helped form "The Foner Orchestra and their Suspended Swing" in mock homage to their experience. During the summer of 1941, they played at Arrowhead Lodge in Ellenville, New York, where the post of staff comic was filled by Sam Levenson, a friend of the family who, at that time, was teaching with Foner at Tilden High School.

In the summer of 1942, Foner was drafted into the Army and assigned to the 88th Infantry Division in Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, where he rose to the rank of warrant officer. After his division entered combat in Italy, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Italian Military Valor Cross, "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services." Upon returning from military service in 1946, he resumed teaching, this time at Prospect Heights High School in Brooklyn, while awaiting the outcome of his appeal to the State Commissioner. During the summers of 1946, 1947, and 1948, he and his brother Jack were part of the orchestra at Arrowhead Lodge, which became the official resort of the Jefferson School of Social Science, whose faculty was made up largely of victims of the Rapp-Coudert Committee, joined by other scholars. During the summer of 1947, he met his wife, Lorraine Lieberman, and they were married in March 1948.

In 1947, together with Norman Franklin, Foner co-authored a musical, "Thursdays Till Nine" that was sponsored by the Department Store Employees Union and performed by its members -- the first labor musical since "Pins and Needles," written a decade earlier for the International Ladies' Garment Worker's Union by Harold Rome. Immediately after returning from his summer employment at Arrowhead Lodge in 1948, Foner was informed that his appeal to the State Commissioner had been denied and his substitute teacher license was withdrawn. At the time, his brother, Philip, had been writing what was to become a history of the fur and leather workers' union, and he introduced Foner to the leaders of the union, which led Foner's being hired as Educational and Welfare Director of the Joint Board Fur Dressers' and Dryers' Unions. In 1961, after the death of Joint Board President Sam Burt, Foner was elected president of the union and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1988. During his 27 years in the leadership of the Joint Board, he not only represented the union's members in contract negotiations in a union that covered workers in the fur, leather, and machine industries in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia, but he helped involve that union in a wide range of social issues, including the struggle for civil rights, helping to mobilize other unions in opposition to the war in Vietnam and joining in the early efforts to achieve universal healthcare coverage. He also established and edited the union's newspaper, FLM Joint Board TEMPO, which, for ten successive years, won the first prize for "general excellence" in the competitions sponsored by the International Labor Press Association. In addition to his union work, Foner also served as a vice-chairman of the New York State Liberal Party, as chair of the party's Labor Committee, as a member of governor Mario Cuomo's Committee on labor practices and as a member of New York City Mayor John Lindsay's Committee of the Judiciary. After the fur industry was attacked by animal rights activists, Foner served on the board of Wildlife Legislative Fund of America and authored a weekly column, "Conservation, Legislation and You" for the trade newspaper, Fur Age Weekly.

After retiring from the union in 1988, Foner helped create the Fur Design Department at the Fashion Institute of technology (FIT) and served for two years as its chair. He also taught classes in labor history at the Harry Van Arsdale School for Labor Studies, the City College Center for Worker Education and the Brooklyn College Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education (IRPE), joined the Editorial Board of Jewish Currents magazine and for three years wrote its column, "It Happened in Israel." He was also vice-president of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, treasurer (and later president) of the Paul Robeson Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Labor History Association, whose newsletter, Work History News, he continues to edit. In 2000, he privately published a booklet of his poems and songs, For Better or Verse. The same year, together with labor historian Rachel Bernstein and later joined by Evelyn Jones Rich, he helped found the website Labor Arts (www.laborarts.org) sponsored by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University, and 1199/SEIU's Bread and Roses cultural program.

Foner and his three brothers were all involved in issues involving labor and radical history. The twins, Philip and Jack, had distinguished careers as historians after their exit from City College in 1940 - Philip at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Jack at Colby College in Maine. Moe was executive secretary of Local 1199 during its dramatic organizational campaigns in the hospitals of New York City and beyond and later went on to found the Bread and Roses cultural program. In the next generation, Jack's son, Eric, has distinguished himself, as a professor of history at Columbia University and Moe's daughter, Nancy, is currently a professor of sociology at Hunter College. In 1985, the four brothers received the Tom Paine award from the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee for their actions in defense of civil right and civil liberties. Fourteen years later - in 1999 - they received the Distinguished Labor Communicators' Award from the Metro Labor Press Association. In 2003, Foner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Jews for Radical and Economic Justice (JFREJ). His wife of 54 years, Lorraine Lieberman Foner, who had received a Special Baccalaureate Degree from Brooklyn College, worked as a social worker at Brookdale hospital in Brooklyn until her retirement in 1988, died of complications of a brain tumor.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of the papers and photographs which have been donated by Henry Foner in numerous batches since 2001. The records and photographs cover Foner's professional activities, familial relationships, musical interests, involvement with the Rapp-Coudert Committee and academic freedom, and other personal interests.

Arrangement

This collection has been grouped into six series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Family
  2. Series II: Correspondence
  3. Series III: Writings and Writings by Others
  4. Subseries A: General
  5. Subseries B: Rapp-Coudert Committee
  6. Subseries C: Paul Robeson
  7. Series IV: Subject Files
  8. Series V: Addendum
  9. Series VI: Photographs

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Rosenberg, Bernard, 1923-1996
  • Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
  • Foner, Henry
  • Foner, Lorraine.
  • Dorinson, Joseph, 1936-
  • Karr, Russell.
  • Foner, Jack D.
  • Foner, Moe, 1915-
  • Foner, Philip Sheldon, 1910-1994
  • Skinner, Byron Richard
  • Burman, Martin
  • Franklin, Norman L.
  • Buckser, Craig

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Sheet music.
  • Photographs.
  • Typescripts.
  • Transcripts.

Subject Organizations

  • City University of New York. City College
  • New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate the Educational System of the State of New York
  • Joint Board, Fur, Leather & Machine Workers Union

Subject Topics

  • Working class -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York -x Political activity -x History -y 20th century.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State)
  • Lyric writing (Popular music)
  • Revues |v Scores.
  • Anti-communist movements -- United States -- 20th century
  • Labor leaders -- New York (State)
  • Academic freedom -- United States -x History -y 20th century.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Catskill Mountains Region (N.Y.) |x History.
  • Catskill Mountains Region (N.Y.) |x Social life and customs.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Henry Foner were transferred to New York University in 2001 by Henry Foner. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Henry Foner Papers and Photographs; TAM 254; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Philip Foner Papers (TAM 153)

Conference on Democracy in Education Records (TAM 221)

International Fur and Leather Workers' Union Records, 1913-1955. Catherwood Library Kheel Center, Cornell University (Collection Number: 5676)

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Henry Foner prior to 2001 and in batches since 2001; additional materials were found in the repository in 2014. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1950.122, 1950.257, 2001.151, 2001.206, NPA.2005.075, NPA.2005.224, NPA.2006.035, NPA.2006.060, NPA.2006.087, NPA.2007.015, 2011.070, 2014.026, and 2014.147.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Henry Foner Photographs (PHOTOS 191) in 2003. Another separate donation of photographs was made by Foner and became the Furriers and Leather Workers Union Photographs (PHOTOS 110). In 2013, both photograph collections were reincorporated into the Henry Foner Papers and Photographs (TAM 254). Subsequent donations have continued from Foner and have been added to Series V: Addendum and Series VI: Photographs.

A box of plaques found in the repository in 2014 was added to the collection as Box 16. A cartoon poster was added to the collection in 2014; the accession number associated with this poster is 2014.147.

Materials found in the repository related to Foner's work with academic freedom were added to Series V in 2014.

Appraisal

Eight front pages of the FLM Joint Board's publication Tempo mounted as plaques were discarded in 2014.

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Container List

Series I: Family

Scope and Content Note

Series I: Family, includes letters Foner wrote while in the U.S. Army; information about memorial tributes, writings, and other materials by and related to Foner's family; also includes Department of State, FBI and Military Intelligence reports on Foner, and other biographical materials.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Army Letters Written to His Family
1942-1945
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Brothers in Dissent (Newsday Article)
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Brooklyn College IRPE
2002
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Cards and Poems
1960-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Cards-Birthday, Holiday, and Condolence
1986-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Foner, Abraham
1955-1959
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Foner Brothers- Tom Paine Award, NECLC and Related Materials
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Foner, Diane
1965-1990
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Foner, Diane - Letters, Poems, and Writings
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Foner, Diane - Memorial Booklet
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Foner, Diane - Memorial Tribute
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Foner, Diane - Condolence Letters and Memorial Book
1989-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Foner, Eric
1969-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Foner Family Correspondence
1944-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Foner, Henry - 50th Birthday Party
1969
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Foner, Henry - 60th Birthday Party
1979
Flat-file: 1 Drawer : 13 Foner, Henry - 85th Birthday Party
2004
Box: 1 Folder : 17
Box: 1 Folder : 17a Foner, Henry - Awards
1988-2004
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Foner, Henry - CCNY Class of 1939 Reunion
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Foner, Henry - Correspondence with CIA and FBI
1976-1977
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Foner, Henry - Family Materials
1944-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Foner, Henry - FBI, Military Intelligence Materials
1948-1976
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Foner, Henry - Military Record/Service Certificate
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Foner, Henry - Miscellaneous
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Foner, Henry - Reminiscence Writings
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Foner, Henry - Resumes/Brief Biography
, 1998 , 2002 , 2004
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Foner, Henry - Retirement From FLM
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Foner, Jack and Thomas (includes memorial tributes)
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Foner, Justin - Poems
1997
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Foner, Laura and Elizabeth - Correspondence
1993-1995
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Foner, Liza and Thomas
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Foner, Liza - " The Artful Comments of Liza Foner"
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Foner, Liza - "Reflections on Art and Artists"
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Foner, Lorraine - Letters of Condolence
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Foner, Lorraine - "Sweet Lorraine"
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 10a Foner, Lorraine - Memorial
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Foner, Mary
1956-1968
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Foner, Moe - "Concerning Moe Foner" by Henry Foner
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Foner, Moe - Miscellaneous Material
2000
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Foner, Moe - Memorial
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Foner, Moe - Obituaries
2002
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Foner, Moe - "Reminiscences" (1 of 6)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Foner, Moe - "Reminiscences" (2 of 6)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Foner, Moe - "Reminiscences" (3 of 6)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Foner, Moe - "Reminiscences" (4 of 6)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Foner, Moe - "Reminiscences" (5 of 6)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Foner, Moe - "Reminiscences" (6 of 6)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Foner Orchestra Stationery
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Foner, Philip S. - Articles and Essays
Undated , 1970 , 1980
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Foner, Philip S. - Assorted Material
1936 , 1976-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Foner, Philip S. - "Bibliography 1941-1994" NYLHA
1994
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Foner, Philip S. - Biographical Materials
Undated , 1991 , 2000
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Foner, Philip S. - Obituaries
1994-1995
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Foner, Philip S. - "We Dare Be Free"
1983
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Foner, Rachel - Poems
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Foner, Roslyn Held - Memorial
1983
Box: 3 Folder : 6 For Better or For Verse- Original Pages
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 For Better or For Verse- Original Pictures
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 For Better or For Verse - Responses to
2000-2001
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Fountain Garage Mortgage Statements/Agreements
1924-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Fountain Garage Trust
1954-1984
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Mountaindale Property
ca.1955-1968
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Mt. Lebanon Cemetery
1928-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Pittsburgh Foners
Undated , 1984-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Pittsburgh Foners- Judith Cohen
1999
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Pittsburgh Foners- Mayer and Sarah Menkin Foner
1978-1980
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Pittsburgh Foners- Simon Foner and Family
1977-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Pittsburgh Foners- Rachel Foner Powell and Family
1998-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Pittsburgh Foners- Mary F. Rosenthal
1991-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Sheintel, Kimberly - Family Trees
Undated

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Series II: Correspondence

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Series II: Correspondence, consists of Foner's letters to editors, incoming and outgoing letters related to political activities, including those detailing efforts to overturn the decision not to grant Foner a teaching license, as well as business conducted as union president.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1940-1949 , 1953
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1960-1969
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1970-1979
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1980-1989
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1990-1992
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Foner, Henry Correspondence with Herbert Brown
1992-1993
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1993
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1994
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1995-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1998
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Foner, Henry Correspondence
1999
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Foner, Henry Correspondence
2000
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Foner, Henry Correspondence
2001
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Foner, Lorraine, illness: E-mails regarding
2002
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Foner, Henry Correspondence
2002
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Foner, Henry Correspondence
2003
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Foner, Henry Correspondence
2004
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Foner, Henry Correspondence
Undated

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Series III: Writings and Writings by Others

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Series III: Writings and Writings by Others, includes draft, typescript, and published versions of Foner's poems, radio scripts, theatrical sketches, speeches, and articles written for Jewish Currents, among others. Also includes handwritten and published musical scores to songs, some written with Norman Franklin. Other individuals represented in the Writings series are material by Russell Karr, Martin W. Burman, Byron R. Skinner, Bernard Rosenberg, Craig Buckser, Joseph Dorinson, among others.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Songs
Undated , 1930-1949
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Army Poems
1944
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Songs, with Norman Franklin
1941-1946
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Thursdays 'till 9
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Tribute to Paul Robeson (Robeson Autograph)
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Assorted Articles on Paul Robeson
Undated , 1949 , 1998
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Music Scores
1940-1949
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Poems and Songs
1950-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Eastside Story
1967
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Oy Chelm
1969
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Poems and Songs
1970-1979
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Jewish Currents articles
1971-1998
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Assorted published articles
1974-2004
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Labor's Struggle for a Shorter Work Week
ca.1977
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Poems and Songs
1980-1989
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Writings about Moe Foner
1980
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Fur Age Weekly - "Conservation, Legislation & You" (1 of 2)
1989-1991
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Fur Age Weekly - "Conservation, Legislation & You" (2 of 2)
1992-1996
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Poems and Songs
1990-2008
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Work History News, NYLHA (1 of 2)
1991-1999
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Work History News, NYLHA (2 of 2)
2000-2003
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Riverdale Speeches
1992-1999
Box: 5 Folder : 23 It Happened in Israel (Jewish Currents)
1993-1999
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Open Letter to Leonard Jeffries
1993
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Fur Age Weekly Articles
1993-1996
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Speeches at 92nd Street Y
1993 , 1997
Box: 5 Folder : 27 Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Conference Speech
1996
Box: 5 Folder : 28 Jewish Currents Luncheon Speech
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 29 Catskills Conference Speech and Information
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 30 Older Women's League Meeting Speech, "Paul Robeson and the Women Who Helped Shaped His Life"
1998
Box: 5 Folder : 31 Long Island University Robeson Conference Speech
1998
Box: 5 Folder : 32 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center Speech
1999
Box: 5 Folder : 33 For Better or Verse
2000
Box: 5 Folder : 34 Paul Robeson Foundation Study Guide: A Century of Greatness
2001
Box: 5 Folder : 35 Basketball Conference Speech
2001
Box: 5 Folder : 36 Older Women's League Meeting Speech
2003
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Articles and Essays
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Assorted Songs by Henry Foner and Others
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Autobiographical Pieces
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Book Reviews
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Cammer, Harold: "A Belated Eulogy"
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 In This Corner: Columns by Bill Mardo Edited by Henry and Lorraine Foner
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Labor's Struggle for a Shorter Work Week parts 1-3
ca.1977
Box: 6 Folder : 8 My Fair Chelm
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Poems and Songs
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Poems from Independent Weekly Review
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Radio Scripts
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Songs for Local 1199, Hospital Workers
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 13 From the Rebbe's Court by Isaac Ewen
1922 , 1998
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Writings of Norman Franklin and Henry Foner
1940-1999
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Dubois, W. E. B.: Pan Africa
1947-1948
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Cammer, Harold, "The Nixon Supreme Court and Labor"
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 17 The Experience of the International Fur and Leather Workers Union in the McCarthy Era, by Russell Karr
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Political Song Performance Styles of the Old and New Left, by Martin W. Burman (1 of 2)
1978
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Political Song Performance Styles of the Old and New Left, by Martin W. Burman (2 of 2)
1978
Box: 6 Folder : 20 The Double V: the Impact of WWII on Black America, by Byron R. Skinner (1 of 2)
1978
Box: 6 Folder : 21 The Double V: the Impact of WWII on Black America, by Byron R. Skinner (2 of 2)
1978
Box: 6 Folder : 22 An Examination of the Development of the First Accredited Labor College in the US, by Bernard Rosenberg
1989
Box: 6 Folder : 22a Conversations with my Father, by Herb Gardner
1993
Box: 6 Folder : 23 The Taft-Hartley Non-Communist Affidavit Trial of Ben Gold, by Craig Buckser
1994
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Writings by Joseph Dorinson
1997-2001
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Articles by Various Authors
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Article on the Teachers Union by Paul Becker and Martha Kransdorf
Undated

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Series IV: Subject Files

Arrangement

Subseries A and B are arranged alphabetically; Subseries C is arranged chronologically.

Subseries A: General

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 8th Annual Canadian Convention of International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers
1956
Box: 7 Folder : 2 88th Infantry Division Association
1969-2004
Box: 7 Folder : 3 100 Great Black Americans
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Academic Freedom Center
1998-1999
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Ackley, John K. - Memorial and Related Materials
1990
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Adler, Irving
1990-1999
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Adler, Irving
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Animal Rights Materials
1991-1992
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Arbitration: Eberle Tanning Company and Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union Joint Board (1 of 3)
1983
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Arbitration: Eberle Tanning Company and Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union Joint Board (2 of 3)
1983
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Arbitration: Eberle Tanning Company and Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union Joint Board (3 of 3)
1983
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Baron, Ben
1997
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Bernhardt, Debra
1998 , 2000
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Bernhardt, Debra Memorial and Cesar Chavez Stamp Dedication
2003
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Broadside
1963-1965
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Brooklyn: General
1936-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Brooklyn Baseball Cantata
1949
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Brooklyn College Institute for Retired Professionals and Executives Course
1997
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Brooklyn College Institute for Retired Professionals and Executives Course
1999-2004
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Brooklyn Labor Movement
1830-1839 , 1975
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Burt, Sam
1940
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Cammer, Harold Memorial and Writings
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Catskills Conference
1997
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Catskills Conferences
1997 , 1999
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Catskills Conference
2000
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Catskills Conferences
2001-2003
Box: 7 Folder : 27 Center for Worker Education
1995
Box: 7 Folder : 28 City College Alumnus
1981
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Community Control
1969
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Dratch, Howard
1992-1996
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Eisenhower World Affairs Institute
2000
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Elkland Leather Material
1941
Box: 7 Folder : 33 Ewen Academic Freedom Center- Queens College
2001-2002
Box: 7 Folder : 34 Flatbush-Midwood Committee to Stop Nuclear Arms Proliferation (SNAP), Newsletters
1993-2001
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union, Local 174, Staff Benefits
2001-2002
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Fur Design Program, Fashion Institute of Technology
1990-1991
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Furriers Joint Council Trial
1974
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Gollobin, Ira: 90th Birthday
2001
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Griesi, James
1941
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Gropper, William
Undated , 1999
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Grossman, Mildred
1999
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Grove Press Organizing Campaign
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Guinier, Ewart - Memorial
1992
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Herbst, Frank - Memorial and Other Information
1979 , 1993
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Horne, Lena - "From Me To You" (People's Voice column)
1947-1948
Box: 8 Folder : 12 International Labor Press Association
1972-1980
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Jeffries, Leonard
1992-1994
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Jews and Blacks
1948-1992
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Event
2003
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Joint Board of Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union Records (Cornell)
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Kelber, Harry
1989-1993
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Kelber, Harry - Songs and Music
Undated , 1991
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Kent, Rockwell
1971
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Kimmelman, Edythe, Material
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 21 King, Coretta Scott - Correspondence with
1969 , 1974
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Kings Highway Jewish Community School
1960-1969
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Labor and Management Improper Practice
1976-1978
Box: 8 Folder : 24 Labor Arts Website
1997-2000
Box: 8 Folder : 25 Labor Arts Website
2001
Box: 8 Folder : 26 Labor History - Philip Foner
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 27 Labor Press Council
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 28 Labor Resolutions on Trapping
1986
Box: 8 Folder : 29 Labor Voices/Labor Tech: Conference
2002
Box: 8 Folder : 30 Leather Workers of Fulton County: A History of Struggle
1995
Box: MSXOS002 Folder : 1 Maathai, Wangari (International Women of Hope) - Signed Poster
1998
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Mills, Saul - Greater New York CIO Council
1940-1949
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Mills, Saul - Newspaper Clippings
1941-1947
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Mills, Saul - Memorial
1990-1993
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Millstone, Harry - Pillar of Labor
2000-2001
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous Foner Documents
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 6 National Association for the Visually Handicapped
1991
Box: 9 Folder : 7 National Health Insurance
2002-2003
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Neighbor, Kew Gardens Hills Tenants Council
1951-1952
Box: 9 Folder : 9 New York City Labor Chorus
1990-1999
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Ost, Milton, Memorial
1987
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Peekskill 1999
1999
Box: 9 Folder : 12 People's Voice (Baseball)
1945-1987
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Plan-ette
1937
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Political Material
2003
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Polyp Prevention Trials
1992
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Rappaport, Irving - Memorial
1994
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Robbins, I. D.
1989-1996
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Robinson, Jackie: Conference
1996-1997
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Roots of Unity
1969
Box: 9 Folder : 20 Rosenberg Commemoration
2000
Box: 9 Folder : 21 Rubin, Ruth
1953-1990
Box: 9 Folder : 22 Sacco and Vanzetti
1920-1950
Box: 9 Folder : 23 Schappes, Morris and Sam Wallach Material
1936-1989
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Schappes, Morris U. - Biographical Material
1947-1997
Box: 9 Folder : 25 Out of the Shadows: The Political Writings of Eslanda Goode Robeson (presentation)
1998
Box: 9 Folder : 26 Smollett, Peter - Labor Film Guides/Essays, Letters
1979-1996
Box: 9 Folder : 27 SNAP Essay Contest
1994-1997
Box: 9 Folder : 27 SNAP 2001 Peace Essay Contest
2001
Box: 9 Folder : 28 Song Collections
1945-1965
Box: 9 Folder : 29 Straus, Dr. Mark
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 30 Student Advocate
1936
Box: 9 Folder : 31 Student Caravans for America
1940
Box: 9 Folder : 32 Teachers Committee in Support of Dreamers and Fighters
1994-1996
Box: 9 Folder : 33 Teachers Union Mailing Lists
1998
Box: 9 Folder : 34 Teachers Union Materials
1949-1997
Box: 9 Folder : 35 Teachers' Voluntary Service Association
1944
Box: 9 Folder : 36 Teich, Victor: 80th Birthday
1996
Box: 9 Folder : 37 Thursdays 'till 9: Newspaper articles, Reviews, Programs, Financial Information
1947
Box: 9 Folder : 38 Ticker (CCNY School of Business)
1940
Box: 9 Folder : 39 Ullman, Sophie Louise
2000
Box: 9 Folder : 40 Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
1986-2003
Box: 9 Folder : 41 Voice of the Blue Devils
2003
Box: 9 Folder : 42 Wagner, the Nazis, and Animal Rights (article)
1989-1992
Box: 9 Folder : 43 Wallach, Sam, Scholarship
1999-2000
Box: 9 Folder : 44 War Vignettes by Sol Rubin
1998
Box: 9 Folder : 45 Weinstock, Harry
2001
Box: 9 Folder : 46 Wildlife Legislation/Conservation Fund of America
1988
Box: 9 Folder : 47 William L. Patterson Foundation
1977
Box: 9 Folder : 48 Woolis, Bernard: Leaflets
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 49 Woolis Memorial
1995

Subseries B: Rapp-Coudert Committee

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Academic Freedom "The Case of the NYU Seven"
1991 , 2000
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Academic Freedom Writings
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 3 American Student Movement
1940
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Correspondence- ACLU and Rapp-Coudert Committee
1940-1941
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Correspondence- Rapp Investigator Reports- Peace Movement
1940
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Erasmus High School
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Grebanier's Private Testimony
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Grover Cleveland High School
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 9 List of Names
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Memorandum for the Members of Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate the Educational System of NYC
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Newspaper Articles
1940-1981 , 1986
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Rapp-Coudert Correspondence
1940-2000
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Rapp-Coudert - Henry and Moe Foner
1941 , 1947
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Rapp-Coudert - Jack and Phil Foner
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Rapp-Coudert Committee: Profiles of Those Being Interviewed
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Rapp-Coudert Reunion, Songs and Correspondence
1998
Box: 10 Folder : 17 Rapp-Coudert Victims
1995 , 1998
Box: 10 Folder : 18 Schappes vs. Board of Education
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 19 State of New York- Rapp-Coudert
1941
Box: 10 Folder : 20 State of New York- Rapp-Coudert (1of 2)
1940-1942
Box: 10 Folder : 21 State of New York- Rapp-Coudert (2 of 2)
1940-1942
Box: 10 Folder : 22 Summary of Evidence against Individuals (1 of 2)
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 23 Summary of Evidence against Individuals (2 of 2)
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 24 Teachers Union
1937-1941

Subseries C: Paul Robeson

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 25 Robeson, Paul - Conferences
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 26 Robeson, Paul - Book
Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 27 Robeson, Paul - "Plain Talk"
1940-1949
Box: 10 Folder : 28 Robeson, Paul - Study Guide
1949-1950
Box: 10 Folder : 29 Freedomways Salute to Paul Robeson
1965
Box: 10 Folder : 30 Robeson, Paul - 75th Birthday
1973
Box: 10 Folder : 31 Robeson, Paul - Miscellaneous Material
1980-1999
Box: 10 Folder : 32 Robeson, Paul - Study Guide Correspondence
1997-1999
Box: 10 Folder : 33 Robeson, Paul - Chicago History 1921-1958
1998
Box: 10 Folder : 34 Robeson, Paul - Centennial Celebration Gala Program
1998
Box: 10 Folder : 35 100th Birthday Celebration Study Guide
1998
Box: 10 Folder : 36 Robeson, Paul, Foundation
1998-2000
Box: 10 Folder : 37 Robeson, Paul, Living Legacy
1999
Box: 10 Folder : 38 Foundation Contributions
2000
Box: 10 Folder : 39 Peekskill High School Celebration
2000
Box: 10 Folder : 40 Robeson, Paul: Voice For the Millennium
2000
Box: 10 Folder : 41 Bay Area Committee
2000-2001
Box: 10 Folder : 42 Robeson, Paul, Foundation
2001
Box: 10 Folder : 43 Robeson, Paul, Foundation
2003
Box: 10 Folder : 44 Robeson, Paul: Postage Stamp
2004

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Series V: Addendum

Scope and Content Note

This unprocessed addendum includes correspondence, writings, and subject files, with the latter principally containing printed ephemera, including files on Paul Robeson, Labor Arts, and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans. This series also contains a box of plaques awarded to Foner.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11-12 Unprocessed Material
Box: OS001 Folder : 1 Unprocessed Material
Box: 12 Unprocessed Materials related to Academic Freedom
1948-1994
Box: 16 Plaques
1962-2003
Flat-file: 6 Drawer : 14 Henry Foner Hand-Drawn Cartoons 60th Birthday Poster
Mar 11, 1979

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Series VI: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

The Henry Foner photographs span his entire life, documenting his childhood, family, activism, military service, birthdays, and speaking engagements. The Furriers and Leather Workers Union photographs include images of gatherings and activities and photographs of prominent policial figures (such as Fiorelle LaGuardia and W.E.B. DuBois). Also includes photographs from Foner's book For Better or Verse: Poems and Songs from 1938 to 2000.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 13, 15 Henry Foner
Box: 14 International Fur and Leather Workers Union

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