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North (Joseph and Helen Oken) Family Papers

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 17, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect inclusion of 2016 accretion.  , March 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: North, Joseph
Creator: North, Helen Oken
Title: North (Joseph and Helen Oken) Family Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1913-1990
Dates [bulk]: 1930-1970
Abstract: The North (Joseph and Helen Oken) Family Papers (dated 1913-1990) include three generations of family correspondence and memorabilia spanning from the early 20th century to the 1990s. The bulk of the collection relates to Joseph and Helen North, but a significant portion also relates to Helen’s family and includes the papers of her father and mother Morris and Jennie Oken, and her sisters Lydia Oken Mates and Mary Oken Wilson. The collection is largely comprised of correspondence, which documents the North and Oken families’ involvement in the Communist Party, socialist activism, labor organizing, the Spanish Civil War, and family life. This collection also contains a significant amount of materials related to Joseph North's career as a journalist for the communist publications New Masses and the  Daily Worker.
Quantity: 13.25 Linear Feet in 10 record cartons, 2 oversize flat boxes, 2 shoe boxes, and 1 manuscript box
Language: Materials are in English. A small portion the of materials in this collection are in Hebrew and Russian.
Call Phrase: TAM.605