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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 June 26, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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

Container List

Series I: Joseph and Helen Oken North Papers, 1920-1990. 8 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series primarily consists of incoming correspondence to Joseph and Helen North from the late 1920s to the 1970s. Correspondence contained in this collection consists of letters from family and friends to Joseph and Helen North. This series also includes materials such as datebooks, account ledgers, handwritten notes, receipts, memorabilia, diplomas, clippings, and drawings.

Subseries I.A: Helen Oken North Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains incoming correspondence written to Helen North between the 1920s and 1970s. The majority of correspondence written to Helen comes from her sisters, parents, and her husband Joseph North. These letters discuss work, political activism, and family life. A large portion of these letters are in roughly chronological order and are from a wide array of correspondents. Other incoming letters have been grouped by subject or by sender.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-14 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence
1928-1938
Box: 2 Folder : 1-15 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence
1937-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 1-11 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence
1947-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 1-11 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence
1952-1966
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Helen Oken North: Incoming Family Correspondence from Mary O. Wilson
1943-1946
Box: 4 Folder : 13-15 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence from Mary O. Wilson
1930s, 1958-1965
Box: 4 Folder : 16-17 Helen Oken North: Incoming Family Correspondence from Lydia O. Mates
1936-1958
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence from Lydia Mates
1958-1965
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Helen Oken North: Correspondence from Linda Weber
1943-1949
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence-Los Angeles 1949
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Helen and Nora North: Los Angeles 1949
1949
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Helen Oken North: Outgoing Correspondence (drafts)
1930s, 1940s, 1950s

Subseries I.B: Joseph North Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains correspondence related to Joseph North. A large portion this section consists of incoming letters to Joseph North which have been arranged in chronological order. This sub-series also contains letters related to the Spanish Civil War, which have been incorporated into this collection from the Joseph North Spanish Civil War Artifacts, ALBA 294. Many of the letters contained in these folders were written by Joseph North and addressed to his wife Helen.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 6-18 Joseph North: Incoming Correspondence
1930-1959
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Joseph North Letter to "Comrade Gurewitsch"
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Joseph North: Correspondence
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 21-22 Joseph North: Incoming Correspondence - Spanish Civil War
1936-1938
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Joseph North: Spanish Civil War Correspondence and Clippings
1936-1938
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Jim Lardner to Joseph North
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 Joseph North: Correspondence in Spain
1937-1939
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Joseph North: Incoming Correspondence: Sympathy Regarding Death of Augusta North
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Joseph North and Nora North: Correspondence
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Correspondence and Materials related to Death of Joseph North
1976-1977
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Joseph North: Correspondence and Materials related to I.O.S. speech in Helsinki
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Joseph North: Notes and Ephemera
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Jacob Sofier: Correspondence
1932

Subseries I.C: Joseph and Helen Oken North Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains correspondence addressed to both Helen and Joseph North from their friends and family. A significant amount of materials contained within this sub-series also relate to Helen and Joseph's children Daniel, Susan, and Nora North. Many of these letters are addressed to the North children, either individually or collectively, while other letters contained in this section relate to the North children but have been addressed to their mother Helen. There is also a small amount of undated notes and correspondence between Joseph and Helen North.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 9-15 Joseph and Helen Oken North: Incoming Correspondence
1930-1959
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Joseph and Helen Oken North: Correspondence from Anna Sokolow
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Joseph and Helen Oken North: Correspondence from Friends
1938-1948
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Notes between Joseph and Helen North
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Assorted Correspondence between Helen and Joseph North
1938-1950
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous Correspondence
1930s and 1940s
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Joseph and Helen North: Correspondence
1930s-1950s
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Notes Helen and Joseph North
1930s
Box: 7 Folder : 8-12 North Children: Notes and Correspondence
1935-1959
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Correspondence regarding Daniel North
1939-1952
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Daniel North letters to Helen North-Summer Roadtrip
1948
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Notes and Correspondence related to Susan North
1936-1957
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Notes and Correspondence related to Nora North
1942-1973

Subseries I.D: Joseph and Helen Oken North Family Records and Memorabilia

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains a variety of memorabilia related to Joseph and Helen North. Materials related to Joseph and Helen include membership cards, memorabilia, pamphlets, drawings, and ephemera. Several materials contained in this section related to their children including homework, drawings, other memorabilia related to schooling and childhood. There are also several documents related to Joseph and Helen North's financial struggles including documents related to a rent dispute in 1945 and an Internal Revenue Service audit between 1948-1950. Also contained in this sub-series are a number of personal items such as account books, diplomas, date books, wallets and billfolds, notebooks, and autograph books.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1-2 Joseph and Helen Oken North: Assorted Notes and Drafts
1930s and 1940s
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Drawings and Sketches
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Joseph and Helen Oken North: Assorted Clippings and Ephemera
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Joseph and Helen Oken North: IRS Audit
1948-1950
Box: 15 Folder : 1-4 Joseph North: I Come From America (unpublished manuscript)
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Joseph North: Obituaries and Death Announcements
1976
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Joseph North Rent Dispute
Feb. 1945
Box: 15 Folder : 6-7 Joseph North: Spanish Civil War Reports and National Defense Press Releases
1937-1938
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Paris Memorabilia
1938
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Children's Drawings and Homework
1948-1951
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Daniel North Homework
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Daniel North Travel Diary
1948
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Susan North Diploma and Graduation Programs
1953, 1957
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Nora North Notes and Ephemera
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Materials Related to Helen Oken North Memorial
1912-1990
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Anna Sokolow Posters and Programs
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 15 "The Young Pioneers of America - Course for Pioneers of Leadership"
Jul. 23, 1938
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Pamphlets: First Aid and Child Care
1932-1938
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Pamphlets: Labor Organizations
1930-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Joseph and Helen Oken North Certificates
1928, 1943-1944
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Joseph and Helen Oken North Wallets and Passports
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Helen Oken North Account Book
1941
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Helen Oken North Autograph Book
1925
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Helen Oken North Communist Party Membership Book
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Helen Oken North Datebook
1953
Box: MSOS 006 Helen Oken North Diplomas
1925, 1928
Box: 8 Folder : 24 Helen Oken North Engagement Calendar
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 25 Helen Oken North Notebook and Telephone Numbers
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 26 Helen Oken North Working Cards and Membership Booklets
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 27 Nora North: Desk Diary
1960
Box: 8 Folder : 28 Spanish Song Books
undated

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