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Guide to the Jewish Labor Committee Records, Part III WAG.025.003

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
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New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Craig Savino and Joanna Blokker, 2004-2007; Rachel Menyuk, 2009-2010; Gail Malmgreen, 2011-2012; and Rachel Schimke, 2013-2014 (with assistance from Stephen Sutton and Giana Ricci)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 16, 2018
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The archived website was migrated from the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service to the Internet Archive's Archive-It Service in November 2015. The link to California Digital Library was removed in October 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the Jewish Labor Committee was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Jewish Labor Committee Records, Part III; WAG 025.003; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

The following Jewish Labor Committee materials are located at this repository:
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Records, Part I (WAG 025.001)
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Records, Part II (WAG 025.002)
Jewish Labor Committee, Boston Records (WAG 159)
Jewish Labor Committee, Chicago Records (WAG 160)
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Oral History Collection (OH 027)
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Photograph Collection (PHOTOS 048)
Jewish Labor Committee Ephemera (EPHEMERA 003)
Issues of the  JLC Review
Issues of  JLC Outlook
Issues of the  JLC Civil Rights Newsletter
JLC Biennial Convention Journals

The following related archival collections are also located at the Tamiment Library:
Ad Hoc Committee on the Human Rights and Genocide Treaties Records (WAG 037)
Julius Bernstein Papers (WAG 116)
Edward S. Goldstein: Jewish Labor Committee Research Files (WAG 232)
Isaiah Minkoff Papers (WAG 086)
Jacob Pat Papers (WAG 127)
Baruch Charney Vladeck Papers (TAM 037)

The records of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry and the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council are located at the Center for Jewish History's American Jewish Historical Society in New York City.

Separated Materials

During the processing work that occurred after 1985 through 2012, some materials from the Jewish Labor Committee Records were separated to other Tamiment Library collections. Photographs and other graphic material were separated to the partially processed Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Photographs (PHOTOS 048). Posters, artwork, artifacts, and other ephemera were separated to the unprocessed Jewish Labor Committee Ephemera (EPHEMERA 003) collection.

Also during this period, certain materials were separated to external institutions. A portion of materials from the JLC Records at the Tamiment Library were donated to the Center for Jewish History's American Jewish Historical Society in 1997. Throughout the 1990s, Tamiment donated approximately 300 audio tapes, mostly recordings of the JLC's radio broadcasts or of various JLC events, to the Center for Jewish History's YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. In 2009, Tamiment also donated to YIVO approximately 4 linear feet of Yiddish transcripts of the JLC's radio program, as well as family photographs of Martin Lapan, former Executive Director of the JLC. Eight volumes of Holocaust survivor lists, which were duplicated in the JLC records at Tamiment, were donated to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in 1990.

During the processing work that occurred in 2013 and 2014, significant runs of the JLC's publications and the publications of other organizations collected by the JLC were separated for library cataloging. These publications are accessible via NYU's online catalog, BobCat.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact, (212) 998-2630 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series VII contains microfilm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The first shipment of the Jewish Labor Committee Records arrived at the Tamiment Library in 1984. The accession numbers associated with these donations are 1984.002 and 1984.006. A number of addition donations to the collection have been made by the JLC and its individual members over the years. The majority of materials that comprise Part III of the collection were likely donated throughout the 2000s, including a donation by Florence Cohen in 2007 and presumably by the JLC as a whole in 2011. Some of the accession numbers associated with the Part III donations include 2008.014 and 2011.131.

Four audiocassette tapes from National Alumni Conferences, a scrapbook of news clippings on Nazism, the materials that comprise Series VIII were found in the repository and added to the collection in May 2014. The accession numbers associated with the audiotapes is 2014.098. The accession number associated with the scrapbook is 2014.136. The accession number associated with Series VIII is 2014.113.

Processing Information

After 1985 through 2012, Boxes 118 through 365 of the JLC Records, Part III (WAG 025.003), as well as the materials that comprise Part I (WAG 025.001) and Part II (WAG 025.002), were rehoused and described by multiple Tamiment archivists. Between September 2013 and February 2014, an addendum of unprocessed JLC records was incorporated into the existing finding aid for the JLC Records, Part III (WAG 025.003). The addendum was previously known as the JLC Records, Part IV (WAG 025.004), and though some processing work had been done on the collection and a partial inventory existed, no description of these materials was made public. Part IV of the collection was eliminated after these materials were incorporated into Part III. Parts I (WAG 025.001) and II (WAG 025.002), which are available on microfilm, remain unchanged.

The process of incorporating the addendum into the JLC Records, Part III (WAG 025.003) required revising the existing intellectual arrangement of Part III, though the physical arrangement of materials within Boxes 118 through 365 is unchanged. New finding aid notes were written and existing notes were revised to more accurately reflect the collection's content and processing history. The previously unprocessed materials, which now comprise Boxes 366 through 490 of Part III, were assessed for preservation needs. Some materials from these boxes were rehoused into archival quality boxes and folders. Original folders were retained whenever possible, but many materials required rehousing because the original folders had unclear titles, were unlabeled, or were damaging the materials. Original folder titles were also largely retained, and titles supplied by the archivist for the sake of clarity or for loose materials are indicated with square brackets on the folders. Before original folders were discarded, any significant annotations on the original folders were photocopied and placed in the new folders. Materials in untraditional housing, including binders of mimeographed mailings, photographs housed in small photograph books, and some scrapbooks, were also rehoused.

Select folders were removed by the archivists who processed the collection prior to 2013, and placeholder folder titles stating that "Folder [XX] has been deleted" were put in place of the removed folders. During the processing work that occurred in 2013 and 2014, the archivist removed references to these deleted folders from the container list; therefore, researchers may note that folders are occasionally missing from the container list.

In 2014, four audiocassette tapes from National Alumni Conferences, a scrapbook of news clippings on Nazism, and the materials that comprise Series VIII were discovered in the repository and added to the collection. Also in 2014, the archived website was added as Series IX.

Series X: Media and graphics added in 2018 as Accession 2018.023.


During the processing which occurred in 2013 and 2014, materials that document the JLC's processes and activities were retained, but individual examples of these processes and activities were weeded from the collection. For instance, copies of blank registration forms from the JLC's various conferences and lists of conference attendees were retained, but individual registration forms were not retained. Similarly, information about the JLC's internship program was maintained, but personnel files on interns (which also included Social Security numbers) were designated for disposal. Requests for reimbursement completed by conference attendees and the JLC's local chapters were discarded, but expense reports were retained.

Obvious duplicates within individual folders were sampled and the remainder of the duplicates discarded. Some administrative materials relating to the creation of the JLC's biennial convention journals, mainly pertaining to payment for advertisements in the journals, were also discarded. The archivist also discarded refund requests from individuals who did not ultimately attend the JLC's conferences, some materials relating to conference hotel arrangements, order forms for T-shirts, and individual checks.