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Leo Isacson Papers TAM.306

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Erika Gottfried (Photographs and Nonprint materials series) and David Olson (collection level notes)

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 21, 2014
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Isacson, Leo, 1910-1996
Title: Leo Isacson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1920-1990, bulk 1945-1949
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1945-1949
Abstract: Leo Isacson (1910-1996) was an attorney and politician from Bronx, NY. In a 1948 special election he was elected to the seat for New York's 24th District of the United States House of Representatives as the American Labor Party candidate. The victory shocked the political establishment and commentators. In that November's general election, the mainstream political parties worked in a coalition to unseat him. The collection chronicles Isacson's life, with particular emphasis the 1948 campaign and his subsequent service in Congress. Included are clippings, photographs, campaign materials, correspondence, and writings. There are four boxes of scrapbooks, comprised primarily of clippings, that document the campaign, Isacson's brief career in the House, and the analysis of Isacson's unexpected victory.
Quantity: 5.17 linear feet in 1 manuscript box and 4 oversize flat boxes.
Language of Materials note: The majority of the materials are in English. Some clippings are from Yiddish publications.
Call Phrase: TAM.306