Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives logo

Guide to the Barbara Kopple Collection on the Peekskill Riots TAM 307

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630
tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu


Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Hillel Arnold, Margaret Fraser

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 14, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Stanley, Jeffrey
Title: Barbara Kopple Collection on the Peekskill Riots
Dates [inclusive]: 1925-1999
Dates [bulk]: 1949-1981
Abstract: Assembled by filmmaker Barbara Kopple in preparation for two feature-length films, the collection documents two Paul Robeson concerts in August and September of 1949 to benefit the Civil Rights Congress and the anti-Communist/anti-radical riots by civilians that took place in reaction to the concerts (preventing the first one from actually taking place). The collection includes administrative files related to the film projects; scripts; subject files, clippings and correspondence; and a small number of artifacts and ephemera related to the riots.
Quantity: 11.75 Linear Feet in 9 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 photograph box, and 1 oversize flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM 307

Return to Top »


Historical Note

In July 1949, the Harlem chapter of the Civil Rights Congress announced that Paul Robeson would headline a benefit concert for the organization in Lakeland Acres, near Peekskill, New York. Local organizations, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the local newspaper, The Peekskill Evening Star, condemned the concert as Communist-inspired and encouraged demonstrations to stop it. The resulting local opposition grew out of potent elements of anti-Communist, anti-black and anti-Semitic sentiment present in the post-World War II United States.

On August 27th, the day the concert was scheduled to take place, a mob of locals attacked arriving concertgoers with billy clubs, brass knuckles and rocks, overturning cars and burning political handouts and pamphlets. Local police stood by, and intervened only after thirteen people were seriously injured. As a result, Robeson never made it to the concert site, and the concert never took place.

Deeply angered by this incident, the Civil Rights Congress held a large public meeting at Harlem's Golden Gate Ballroom and declared that the concert would be rescheduled for September 4th.

Located on the grounds of the Hollow Brook Golf Course in Cortlandt Manor, this concert drew twenty thousand people. Security was provided by trade unionists, including members of District Council 65, and Robeson and other musicians, including Pete Seeger, were able to perform. Once the concert ended, however, attendees were forced to run a gauntlet of veterans and outside agitators who threw rocks through the windshields of their cars and buses. At least 140 people were injured and numerous vehicles were severely damaged.

Widespread outrage ensued as a result of this violence, and over three hundred people went to Albany to meet with Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Governor Dewey would not give them a hearing, and instead blamed the events on the provocation of "communist groups." A $2 million civil suit was filed by Robeson and twenty-six other plaintiffs against Westchester County and two veterans' groups. The case was dismissed after three years of litigation.

This collection of material related to the Peekskill Riots was created by Barbara Kopple, a director known for films such as Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), American Dream (1990) and Shut Up & Sing (2006), in connection with two proposed film projects on the Peekskill Riots. In 1979 Koppel began, in conjunction with screenwriter Loring Mandel, to develop a feature-length drama, tentatively titled "Peekskill," and partially funded by Twentieth Century Fox. The bulk of the research collection seems to have been created at this time. This project appears to have been abandoned sometime after 1980 as a result of contract disputes with Mandel and lack of funding.

In 1983, Kopple contracted with Stanley "Bucky" Buchtal and Buckeye Entertainment to develop a second film based on the Peekskill Riots. They acquired a script titled "Joe Glory," written by Alfred Slote. In 1997 Jeffrey Stanley was hired to rewrite the screenplay which was completed in 1998. In 1998 Stanley subsequently wrote a preview of the Paul Robeson Centennial Retrospective at the Film Forum for Time Out New York magazine which also mentions the Joe Glory script and Kopple. It appears that this project was also abandoned.

Sources:

  • American Civil Liberties Union. Violence in Peekskill: A Report of the Violations of Civil Liberties at Two Paul Robeson Concerts Near Peekskill, N.Y., August 27th and September 4th, 1949. New York: ACLU, 1949.
  • Fast, Howard. Peekskill, USA: Inside the Infamous 1949 Riots. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2006.
  • The Robeson Concerts: Peekskill, NY 1949. Dir. Abby Luby. Videocassette. ORB Total Media, 1998.
  • Walwick, Joseph. The Peekskill, New York, Anti-Communist Riots of 1949. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.

Return to Top »


Scope and Contents

A portion of the research material, including scholarly articles and notes on primary sources, was collected between 1970 and 1973 by Malcolm Call, then a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts, in preparation for his dissertation proposal, "The Cold War at Home: Peekskill, NY, 1949." This material was apparently later acquired by Kopple and integrated into her research collection. Kopple's own notes, including lists of and material provided by potential interviews are also included.

Of particular significance are original records from the office of George Fanelli, the Westchester County District Attorney who was charged with investigating the riots. Original reports and correspondence from the New York State Police and the Westchester County Sherriff's Office are also noteworthy. The collection also contains a substantial number of photographs of the concerts, riots, and police response.

Also included are letters to the editor of the Peekskill Evening Star, which had condemned the Robeson concerts and called for counter-demonstrations. From correspondents spread across the United States, these letters express a range of sentiments regarding the Robeson concert and the ensuing violence, and supply a window into citizens' views of Communism, race and other social issues in post-World War II America.

Arrangement

Organized into seven series:

I. Administrative Files

II. Scripts

III. Subject Files and Clippings

IV. Artifacts, Ephemera and Oversize Clippings

V. Subjects Files, Individuals

VI. Photographs

VII. 2014 Accretion

Arranged alphabetically within each series, with the exception of Series VII, which has not been arranged by an archivist.

Return to Top »


Access Points

Subject Names

  • Kopple, Barbara.
  • Fast, Howard, 1914-2003.
  • Fanelli, George M.
  • Call, Malcolm L.
  • Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
  • Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
  • Stanley, Jeffrey

Document Type

  • Research notes.
  • Screenplays
  • Official reports.
  • Correspondence.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • New York State Police
  • Civil Rights Congress (U.S.)
  • American Legion
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Civil Liberties Union

Subject Topics

  • Anti-communist movements -- New York (State) -- New York -x History -y 20th century.
  • Antisemitism -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Racism -- New York (State) -- Peekskill (N.Y.)
  • Riots -- New York (State) -- Peekskill (N.Y.)

Subject Places

  • Peekskill (N.Y.) |x Race relations.
  • Peekskill (N.Y.) |x Politics and government |y 20th century.
  • Peekskill (N.Y.).

Return to Top »


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1925-1999, are expected to enter the public domain in 2119.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Barbara Kopple Collection on the Peekskill Riots; TAM 307; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Archival Materials

Barbara Kopple: Peekskill Riots Oral History Collection (Oral History 002.4)

The Daily Worker and the  Daily World Photographs Collection (PHOTOS 223)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Barbara Kopple Collection on the Peekskill Riots was given to the Tamiment Library at New York University by Barbara Kopple in April 2004. A final version of "Joe Glory" and an article on Paul Robeson's legacy were donated by Jeffrey Stanley in 2009. Additional materials from this collection were found in the repository in 2014 and incorporated into the record as a separate series. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 2004.024, 2004.025, NPA.2006.049, and 2014.079

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Barbara Koppe: Peekskill Riots Photographs (PHOTOS 228). In 2013, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Barbara Kopple: Peekskill Riots Collection (TAM 307). Photographs were cleaned and humidified to reverse curling. Tears in large photograph prints were mended. Photographic prints were rehoused in mylar and negatives were rehoused in paper sleeves to accomodate browsing and handling. In 2014, six folders of materials from this collection were found in the repository; these were incorporated into the collection as a separate series at the end of the collection (Box 14), but were otherwise not arranged.

Return to Top »


Container List

Series I: Administrative Files, 1979-1999

Scope and Content Note

Series I, Administrative Files, 1979-1999, consists largely of correspondence, contracts and expense reports relating to "Peekskill," a documentary based on the Peekskill Riots and surrounding events and "Joe Glory," a docudrama with fictional characters set against the backdrop of the Peekskill Riots.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bonded Services Film Storage: Correspondence and Inventory
1989-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Buchthal, Stanley "Bucky" (attorney)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Contracts: ABC News Broadcast Agreement
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Contracts: Buckeye Entertainment (Director's Agreement)
1980-1990
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Contracts: Director Borrowing Agreement
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Contracts: Mandel, Loring (screenwriter) Deal Memo
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Contracts: Mohegan Film Productions and Pantheon Pictures
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Contracts: Slote, Al (screenwriter) Agreement
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Contracts: Twentieth Century Fox Deal Memo
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1980-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Expenses
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Freedom of Information Act Files
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Legal
1979-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Expense Reports
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Legal (Buchthal): "Joe Glory"
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Mohegan Film Productions, Inc: Certificate of Incorporation
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Resource Information and Phone Numbers
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Screenwriters: Correspondence and Resumes
1979-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Staff Meeting Agendas
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Staff: Resumes (project employees)
undated

Return to Top »


Series II: Scripts, 1979-1984

Scope and Content Note

Series II, Scripts, 1979-1984. Various versions of scripts for "Peekskill" and "Joe Glory" are included in this series, as well as a story treatment of the Peekskill Riots by Pete Seeger entitled, "Auntie Rosa's Victory."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 21 "Auntie Rosa's Victory": Script Sketch by Pete Seeger (edited typescript)
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 21a "Joe Glory": Final Draft
1998 January
Box: 1 Folder : 22 "Joe Glory": Reader's Report
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 23 "Joe Glory": Script (74 pp, revised by Jeffrey Stanley)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 "Joe Glory": Script (123 pp)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 25 "Joe Glory": Script (118 pp)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 26 "Joe Glory": Script (139 pp)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 27 "Joe Glory": Script Comments
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 28 "Joe Glory": Script Fragment
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Mandel, Loring (screenwriter): Research Materials and Notes
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 30 "Peekskill": Character and Plot Development
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 31 "Peekskill": Script (I)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 32 "Peekskill": Script (II)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 33 "Peekskill": Script Fragments (pp 1-47)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 "Peekskill": Script Notes
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 35 "Peekskill": Script Revisions
1980 June
Box: 1 Folder : 36 "Peekskill": Story Treatment
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Peekskill Film Project: Script Development Funding Proposal
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 38 "Peekskill USA": Book Proposal
undated

Return to Top »


Series III: Subject Files and Clippings, 1925-1981

Scope and Content Note

Series III, Subject Files and Clippings, 1925-1981, contains the bulk of the collection and includes a large number of original clippings from newspapers such as the Peekskill Evening Star, the  Daily Compass, the  Daily Workerand New York City newspapers such as the  Post,  Mirror,  Times, and  News.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 39 American Civil Liberties Union
1949-1952
Box: 1 Folder : 40 American Jewish Committee: "Report on Activities in Peekskill, New York"
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 41 American Legion
1979-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
1949-1972
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Articles: General
1949-1950
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Articles: Jewish Life(photocopies)
1949-1950
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Benson, Mildred
1974
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bibliographical Sources
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bland, Robert O. (Concert Organizer): Telephone Call Logs
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Call, Malcolm L.: Correspondence
1970-1972
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Call, Malcolm L.: Research Files
1972-1973
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Call, Malcolm L.: "The Cold War at Home: Peekskill, NY, 1949" (Ph.D. dissertation proposal, University of Massachusetts)
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Card File: Contacts and Information
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Catholic War Veterans
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Civil Rights Congress
1949-1950
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Clergy Statement on Peekskill Riots
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Clippings: Adler-Draper Case
1950
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Clippings: Amerasia Case
1950
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Clippings: American Civil Liberties Union
1949-1950
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Clippings and Notes
1948 October-1949 July
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Clippings and Notes
1949 August
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Clippings and Notes
Sep 1, 1949-Sep 10, 1949
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Clippings and Notes
1949 September 11-1949 September 29
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Clippings and Notes
1949 October 1-1949 December 25
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Clippings and Notes
1950-1951
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Clippings and Notes: Peekskill Evening Star
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Clippings and Notes: Paul Robeson
1945-1956
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Clippings: Baltimore Afro-American
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Clippings: Bittleman, Alexander
1950-1953
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Clippings: Bridges, Harry
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Clippings: Brothman, Abraham
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Clippings: Budenz, Louis (Communism in Westchester County)
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Clippings: Christian Science Monitor
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Clippings: Communism
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Clippings: Communism (editorials)
1950-1951
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Clippings: Coplon, Judith and Valentin A. Gubitcher
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Clippings: Cvetic, Matthew
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Clippings: Daily Compass
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Clippings: Daily Worker
1949 August
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Clippings: Daily Worker
1949 September
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Clippings: Feinberg Law
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Clippings: Field, Frederick Vanderbilt
1949-1951
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Clippings: Film Project
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Clippings: General
1946-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Clippings: Hiss, Alger
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Clippings: Index to Clipping Files
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Clippings: Indian Point
1946-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Clippings: International Workers Order
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Clippings: Marxist-Jefferson School
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Clippings: Massing, Hede
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Clippings: National Guardian
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Clippings: New York Daily Mirror
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Clippings: New York Daily News
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 28 Clippings: New York Herald Tribune
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Clippings: New York Journal American
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Clippings: New York Post
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Clippings: New York Star
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Clippings: New York Times
1949-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Clippings: New York World-Telegram
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Clippings: Peekskill (town)
1949-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Clippings: Peekskill Evening Star
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Clippings: Pittsburgh Courier
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Clippings: Pressman, Lee
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Clippings: Putnam County News and Reporter
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Clippings: Remington, William W.
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Clippings: The Reporter Dispatch (White Plains)
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Clippings: Robeson, Paul
1972-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 42 Clippings: Rogge, O. John
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Clippings: Schultz, Rabbi Benjamin (American Jewish League against Communism)
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 44 Communism: General
undated, 1958
Box: 3 Folder : 45 Concert Program
1949 September 4
Box: 3 Folder : 46 Correspondence: Contemporary Comment
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 47 Co-operative League
1933-1936
Box: 3 Folder : 48 Fanelli, George (Westchester County District Attorney): Letters to
1949 August-1949 September
Box: 3 Folder : 49 Fanelli, George: Notes from Grand Jury Investigation
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 50 Fanelli, George: Report to Governor Thomas E. Dewey
1949 September
Box: 3 Folder : 51 Fanelli, George: Telegrams
1949 August-1949 September
Box: 3 Folder : 52 Fascist Organizations
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 53 Fine, David (concert attendee)
1949-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 54 Gold, Herman
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 55 Goldsand, Ronald: "Peaceful Is Better but Violence Is Okay Too" (typescript)
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 56 Grand Jury: Charges and Witnesses
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 57 Grand Jury: Exhibits
1949 August
Box: 3 Folder : 58 Grand Jury: Report
1949 October
Box: 3 Folder : 59 Grand Jury: Subpoenas
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 60 Grand Jury: Testimonies
1950
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Grand Jury: Witness Legend
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Grand Jury: Witnesses
1949
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Greenberg, Kenneth: "Anti-Communism in Harlem During the 1940's" (typescript)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Hearings Regarding Communist Infiltration of Minority Groups, Part I (HUAC - includes testimony from Benjamin Schultz, Jackie Robinson)
1949 July
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Hollowbrook Lake Association
1949-1953
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Kaufman, Maurice (concert organizer)
1949-1980
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Labor Unions
1949
Box: 4 Folder : 8 McAuliffe, Mary S.: "The Politics of Civil Liberties: The ACLU During the McCarthy Years" (typescript)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Neuburger, Shapiro, Rabinowitz and Boudin (attorneys): Correspondence
1949-1950
Box: 4 Folder : 10 New York State Police: Arrest Report
1949 September
Box: 4 Folder : 11 New York State Police: Correspondence
1949
Box: 4 Folder : 12 New York State Police: Investigation and Reports
1949
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Oral Histories: Correspondence
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Oral Histories: Interview Notes and Summaries
1981
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Oral Histories: Interviewee Lists
1979-1981
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Peekskill: History
1949-1979
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Peekskill Evening Star: Letters to the Editor
1949 August
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Peekskill Evening Star: Letters to the Editor
1949 September-1949 October
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Peekskill Joint Veterans Committee: Correspondence
1949 August
Box: 4 Folder : 20 People's Artists
1949-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Progressive Party
1948-1950
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Radosh, Ronald: "The Anti-Communist Intellectuals in the 1950's" (typescript)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Research: General
1925-1981
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Research: Notes
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Research: Stock Footage and Stills
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Research Notebooks (I)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Research Notebooks (II)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Research Notebooks: Beinecke
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Research Notebooks: Civil Rights Congress
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 30 Research Notebooks: Schomburg
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 30a Research Notebooks: Typed
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 31 Reuss, Richard: "The Peekskill Riots: Domestic Cold War in Action!" (seminar paper)
1962-1980
Box: 4 Folder : 32 Robeson, Paul: Biographical Information
1949-1998
Box: 4 Folder : 33 Rogge, O. John
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Schlosser, Anatol I.: "Paul Robeson: His Career in the Theatre, in Motion Pictures, and on the Concert Stage" (Ph. D. dissertation, NYU, pp 1-418)
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Schultz, Rabbi Benjamin
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Sharrow, Victor
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Stark, Leo
1950
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Straus, Leon: FBI File
1949-1950
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Subversive Activities Control Act (S. 2311, 81st Congress)
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Summer Camps and Colonies
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Szego, Stephen
1949-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 9 United States Civil Service Commission: Loyalty Review Board
1947
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Westchester County Police Departments: Reports
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Westchester County Sheriff's Office: Bus Companies Report (notes)
1949-1950
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Westchester County Sheriff's Office: Bus Drivers Interviews
1949 October
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Westchester County Sheriff's Office: Correspondence
1949-1950
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Westchester County Sheriff's Office: Reports
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Westchester County Sheriff's Office: Report to Governor Thomas E. Dewey
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Westchester County Veterans of Foreign Wars
1979
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Who Is Who in Peekskill(photocopy)
1954
Box: 5 Folder : 18 WLNA Highland Broadcasting Corporation: Radio Bulletins
1949 August-September 1949
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Yeakey, Lamont H.: "Paul Robeson: His Early Nationalist Years" (conference paper)
1971

Return to Top »


Series IV: Artifacts and Oversize Ephemera, 1936-1949

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Civil Rights Congress Newsletter: "Stop the Anti-Negro Terror" (flyer, Aug 30, 1949), National Ad Hoc Committee to End the Crimes against Paul Robeson: A Statement of Conscience, re: Paul Robeson (play, undated),
undated, 1949
Box: 6 Folder : 1a Clippings: New York Daily Compass, New York Daily Mirror, New York Daily News, Peekskill Evening Star, New York Times
1949-1950
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Croton Consumers Club Directory (Mar 1936), Skyway Service Stations Receipt (Aug 21, 1949)
1936-1949
Box: 6 Folder : 2a Maps
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 New York State Police: Material Picked Up at Scene, Riot #1 (Blank Cashier's Checks, Signage)
1949
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Scrapbook
1949
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Signs from Concert
undated

Return to Top »


Series V: Subject Files, Individuals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Abrams, Joe
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Absinger, Charles
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Absug, Bella
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Adams, Charles
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Allen, Maynard A.
Box: 7 Box : 6 Albetson, Larabee
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Albright, Randoplh
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Arnold, Selma J.
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Ash, Eugene
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Babcock, Claude
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Ballon, Dorothy and Charles
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Barber, Richard
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Bardach, Manny
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Bland, Robert O.
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Bonavita, James N.
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Bowman, Franklin J.
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Boyle, Vincent
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Brewer, Virginia
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Brewer, Walter C.
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Broady, Pauline
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Brown, Murray
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Budenz, Louis
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Bulland, Eugene
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Burke, Raymond
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Bybel, William
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Calcateora, Frank
Box: 7 Folder : 27 Cammer, Harold
Box: 7 Folder : 28 Candido, Pat
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Clayton, Robert Jr.
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Coards, Julius Jr.
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Cohen, Rose
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Comey, William J.
Box: 7 Folder : 33 Conklin, Ernest
Box: 7 Folder : 34 Cotton, Abe
Box: 7 Folder : 35 Coudert, Joseph H.
Box: 7 Folder : 36 Curry, Winford
Box: 7 Folder : 37 Dahlke, Francis
Box: 7 Folder : 38 Dailey, William
Box: 7 Folder : 38 Del Buorgo, Maurice
Box: 7 Folder : 39 Dempsey, Robert
Box: 7 Folder : 40 De Santes, Louise
Box: 7 Folder : 41 Dowdall, Edward
Box: 7 Folder : 42 Dowling, William B.
Box: 7 Folder : 43 Drake, Peter
Box: 7 Folder : 44 Duncombe, Patricia
Box: 7 Folder : 45 Ellen, Milton
Box: 7 Folder : 46 Ellis, James R.
Box: 7 Folder : 47 Fanelli, George M.
Box: 7 Folder : 48 Feldman, Isidore
Box: 7 Folder : 49 Fenaughty, Michael
Box: 7 Folder : 50 Ficke, Richard
Box: 7 Folder : 51 Field, Robert J.
Box: 7 Folder : 52 Fiario, Samuel
Box: 7 Folder : 53 Flynt, Milton
Box: 7 Folder : 54 Fowler, Richard
Box: 7 Folder : 55 Fox, Samuel
Box: 7 Folder : 56 Gambino, Salvatore
Box: 7 Folder : 57 Gamsu, Gilbert
Box: 7 Folder : 58 Gell-man, Benedict
Box: 7 Folder : 59 Geotz, Theodore
Box: 7 Folder : 61 Gerlach, Herbert C.
Box: 7 Folder : 61 Gerst, Meyer
Box: 7 Folder : 62 Gilbert, Thomas L.
Box: 7 Folder : 63 Giosi, Michael
Box: 7 Folder : 64 Glasheen, Daniel
Box: 7 Folder : 65 Glieberman, David
Box: 7 Folder : 66 Gleisher, Norman
Box: 7 Folder : 67 Goldberg, Gustave
Box: 7 Folder : 68 Goldman, Henry
Box: 7 Folder : 69 Goldsand, Isidore
Box: 7 Folder : 70 Grant, Allen
Box: 7 Folder : 71 Ham, Gerald
Box: 7 Folder : 72 Harontourian, Richard
Box: 7 Folder : 73 Heady, John and Frank Cowa
Box: 7 Folder : 74 Heady, Robert
Box: 7 Folder : 75 Henson, Vincent
Box: 7 Folder : 76 Hergernhan, John C.
Box: 7 Folder : 77 Heiman, Harry G.
Box: 7 Folder : 76 Hersey, William
Box: 7 Folder : 79 Hess, Kurt
Box: 7 Folder : 80 Hoffman, Roslyn
Box: 7 Folder : 81 Hoffman, Leon
Box: 7 Folder : 82 Hollis, David
Box: 7 Folder : 83 Horn, Nora
Box: 7 Folder : 84 Horton, Robert
Box: 7 Folder : 85 Hoy, John E.
Box: 7 Folder : 86 Huber, John
Box: 7 Folder : 87 Hughes, John
Box: 7 Folder : 88 Hynes, James A.
Box: 7 Folder : 89 Ikeler, Donald F.
Box: 7 Folder : 90 Innes, Thomas
Box: 7 Folder : 91 Innis, Lorenzo
Box: 7 Folder : 92 Iozzo, Nicholas
Box: 7 Folder : 93 McCarthy, Terrence
Box: 7 Folder : 94 Jacquier, Ives
Box: 7 Folder : 95 Johnson, Alvin
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Jamison, Willis
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Kall, John J.
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Kane, Herbert J.
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Kaplan, Sidney
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Kaufman, Maurice
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Keisler, Lester
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Kelly, Walter
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Kennedy, Albert J.
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Keys, Betty
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Kittner, Lillian
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Koppel, Ira
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Kornfedder, Joseph
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Kramer, Aaron
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Kroner, Charles
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Lafer, Laurence
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Lancaster, Nicholas
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Lapolla, Ray
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Lavazerro, Antonio
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Lemak, Frank
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Lenich, Anthony
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Lenich, Joseph
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Lenich, Peter
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Lesser, Sy
Box: 8 Folder : 24 Levenson, Eugene
Box: 8 Folder : 25 Levy, Herbert M.
Box: 8 Folder : 26 Lewis, Harold
Box: 8 Folder : 27 Lewis, Herbert L.
Box: 8 Folder : 28 Lewis, Walter
Box: 8 Folder : 29 Lewis, William
Box: 8 Folder : 30 Licht, Fanny
Box: 8 Folder : 31 Litman, Milton
Box: 8 Folder : 32 Livingston, David
Box: 8 Folder : 33 Lopez, John
Box: 8 Folder : 34 Lucas, Paul
Box: 8 Folder : 35 Luznas, Anthony
Box: 8 Folder : 36 Lyden, Frank
Box: 8 Folder : 37 Madole, James H.
Box: 8 Folder : 38 Mahan, Bernard, R.
Box: 8 Folder : 39 Mahler, Sarah
Box: 8 Folder : 40 Mahon, Harry
Box: 8 Folder : 41 Malkin, Maurice
Box: 8 Folder : 42 Malles, John
Box: 8 Folder : 43 Mallette, Frank R.
Box: 8 Folder : 44 Manopoli, John F.
Box: 8 Folder : 45 Manzonie, Archie
Box: 8 Folder : 46 Marcus, Sidney
Box: 8 Folder : 47 Mason, Sidney
Box: 8 Folder : 48 Matthews, J.B.
Box: 8 Folder : 49 McCarthy, Florence
Box: 8 Folder : 50 McCoy, Bill
Box: 8 Folder : 51 McDonald, William P.
Box: 8 Folder : 52 McDowell, Wilson
Box: 8 Folder : 53 McGrath, Edward
Box: 8 Folder : 54 McLaughlin, William
Box: 8 Folder : 55 Metzger, William
Box: 8 Folder : 56 Miller, David
Box: 8 Folder : 57 Mobile, Mary
Box: 8 Folder : 58 Moniz, Raymond T.
Box: 8 Folder : 59 Moore, Howard R.
Box: 8 Folder : 60 Moran, Walter J.
Box: 8 Folder : 61 Morris, Paul C.
Box: 8 Folder : 62 Morris, Robert
Box: 8 Folder : 63 Naylor, Edward L.
Box: 8 Folder : 64 Naylor, Frank
Box: 8 Folder : 65 Newton, John
Box: 8 Folder : 66 O'neill, Thomas
Box: 8 Folder : 67 Orvis, Shuyler A. Jr.
Box: 8 Folder : 68 Oswald, Theodore
Box: 8 Folder : 69 Page, James K.
Box: 8 Folder : 70 Parker, Catherine
Box: 8 Folder : 71 Player, Mary
Box: 8 Folder : 72 Player, Maurice
Box: 8 Folder : 73 Powers, John P.
Box: 8 Folder : 74 Prince, Karl
Box: 8 Folder : 75 Quinn, Francis
Box: 8 Folder : 76 Rabinbach, Gabriel
Box: 8 Folder : 77 Reitman, Alan
Box: 8 Folder : 78 Renza, James
Box: 8 Folder : 79 Resnick, Ephraim
Box: 8 Folder : 80 Resnick, Rose
Box: 8 Folder : 81 Rick, Chester
Box: 8 Folder : 82 Roberts, Charles
Box: 8 Folder : 83 Rogan, Ambrose
Box: 8 Folder : 84 Rogers, Ralph
Box: 8 Folder : 85 Roland, Ted
Box: 8 Folder : 86 Rothenberg, Charles
Box: 8 Folder : 87 Rothstein, Harry
Box: 8 Folder : 88 Rubenfeld, Leonard
Box: 8 Folder : 89 Rubenfeld, Louis
Box: 8 Folder : 90 Ruscoe, Fred W.
Box: 8 Folder : 91 Russell, Edward H.
Box: 8 Folder : 92 Ryder, herbert
Box: 8 Folder : 93 Sayers, Joseph
Box: 8 Folder : 94 Salti, Jean and Michael
Box: 8 Folder : 95 Scandlen, Edward T.
Box: 8 Folder : 96 Schiavone, Andrew
Box: 8 Folder : 97 Schultz, Benjamin
Box: 8 Folder : 98 Schuyler, George
Box: 8 Folder : 99 Schwiter, Herman
Box: 8 Folder : 100 Scott, Edmund
Box: 8 Folder : 101 Secor, Howard A.
Box: 8 Folder : 102 Secor, William
Box: 8 Folder : 103 Seitz, Helen and Jules
Box: 8 Folder : 104 Seligson, Charles
Box: 8 Folder : 105 Shapiro, Ralph
Box: 8 Folder : 106 Sharp, Parent
Box: 8 Folder : 107 Sharrow, Victor
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Shongut, A.L.
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Slater, William
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Slutsky, Samuel L.
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Smith, Frances
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Sniffen, Richard
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Sommers, Martin
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Sousa, Tony
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Spanko, John
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Spolansky, Jacob
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Steiner, Abraham
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Stevens, John
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Stewart, Martin
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Stokes, Alvin W.
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Stout, Rex
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Stringer, Tolon Leroy
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Stuart, John J.
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Szego, Stephen
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Tinsely, Wilbur
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Toborg, William J.
Box: 9 Folder : 20 Tompkins, Richard
Box: 9 Folder : 21 Travis, Josiah H.
Box: 9 Folder : 22 Utter, Gerard
Box: 9 Folder : 23 Varian, Robert
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Varnava, Frank
Box: 9 Folder : 25 Villegas, Josephine
Box: 9 Folder : 26 Walderman, Stanley
Box: 9 Folder : 27 Wallerstein, Seymour
Box: 9 Folder : 28 Walsh, John
Box: 9 Folder : 29 Webber, Simon
Box: 9 Folder : 30 Weeks, Frederick E.
Box: 9 Folder : 31 Weintraub, Carl
Box: 9 Folder : 32 White, John W.
Box: 9 Folder : 33 Williams, Blanche
Box: 9 Folder : 34 Winogradski, Joseph
Box: 9 Folder : 35 Woltman, Frederick
Box: 9 Folder : 36 Woods, Gene
Box: 9 Folder : 37 Yergan, Max
Box: 9 Folder : 38 Zackheim, Mary
Box: 9 Folder : 39 Zelman, Benjamin
Box: 9 Folder : 40 Zimmer, John
Box: 9 Folder : 41 Zitron, Abraham

Return to Top »


Series VI: Photographs, 1949

Scope and Content Note

Series VI includes negatives, contact sheets, photographic prints, and one scrapbook documenting the Peekskill riots and subsequent Paul Robseon concerts. Images depict the concert, Paul Robeson, protest parades, mob violence, police response, and the destruction of the park, cars, buses, and books. Most images are unidentified and come from a variety of sources, including newswire prints, police photographs, and original photographs taken by witnesses to the events.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10-12 Negatives, Contact Sheets, and Photographic Prints
1949 August-1949 September
Box: 13 Scrapbook, including photographic prints, newspaper clippings, memoranda, and ephemera documenting the concerts, riots, and police response
1949

Return to Top »


Series VII. 2014 Accession, 1949

Arrangement

These materials have not been arranged by an archivist; original order is unknown.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Grand Jury Materials
1949
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Telegrams
1949 September
Box: 14 Folder : 3 District Attorney Report
1949 September 6
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Printed Ephemera
circa 1949
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Civil Rights Congress Materials
1949
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Police Reports and Transmissions
1949

Return to Top »


Return to Top »