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Oscar Shaftel Papers TAM 263

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Oscar Shaftel Papers
Dates: 1940s-1990s
Abstract: Oscar Shaftel (1912-2000) was a faculty member at Queens College who was fired in 1953 after he refused to answer the New York City Board of Higher Education's questions about Communist affiliations in academia. This collection contains clippings, correspondence, printed ephemera, legal documents and testimonies.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript boxes
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-2
Call Phrase: TAM 263

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Historical/Biographical Note

Oscar Shaftel (1912-2000) was a faculty member at Queens College who was fired in 1953 after he refused to answer the New York City Board of Higher Education's questions about Communist affiliations in academia.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains clippings, correspondence, printed ephemera, legal documents and testimonies. Also included are broadsides, pamphlets and flyers, and the testimony of Shaftel and Vera Shlakman before the United States Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. This collection also includes Shaftel's FBI file, which is closed to researchers until 2017.

Arrangement

The collection has not been arranged by an archivist. Materials are in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Shaftel, Eve
  • Shaftel, Oscar, 1912-2000
  • Shlakman, Vera, 1909-

Subject Organizations

  • United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • New York (N.Y.). Board of Higher Education
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws

Subject Topics

  • Communists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • College teachers -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Academic freedom -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Jewish communists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Higher education and state -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Academic freedom -- United States.

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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 Oscar Shaftel was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for Oscar Shaftel's FBI files in Box 2 and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Oscar Shaftel Papers; TAM 263; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Eve Shaftel in 2000. The accession number associated with this gift is 2000.004.

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