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Guide to the A. H. Raskin Papers WAG.259

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Collection processed by Daniel Michelson, 2011; Edited by Bonnie Gordon for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description, 2013

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 20, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Raskin, Marjorie
Creator: Raskin, A. H. (Abraham Henry), 1911-
Title: A. H. Raskin Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1940-1994
Abstract: A. H. Raskin (1911-1993) was a noted labor journalist and editor. This collection consists primarily of columns Raskin wrote about labor for the New York Times between 1940 and 1976.
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet in 1 record carton, 1 manuscript box, 5 oversize flat boxes.
Location: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.259

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Historical/Biographical Note

A. H. Raskin (1911-1993) was a noted labor journalist and editor. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he graduated from City College in 1931 and joined the New York Times as a labor reporter in 1934. In 1942, Raskin joined the U. S. Army and served as chief of the Labor Branch of the Industrial Services Division. He returned to the  New York Times upon his discharge at the end of the war. In 1952, Raskin wrote a series of articles about racketeering in labor unions. The articles won numerous awards and prompted the American Federation of Labor to establish an anti-racketeering committee. During the New York newspaper strike of 1963, Raskin researched and wrote a 15,000 word article that appeared the day after the strike ended. It remains a highly regarded work of journalistic objectivity in the face of great difficulty. He retired from the  New York Times in 1977, but continued writing. In 1990, Raskin suffered a stroke which caused him to develop aphasia (difficulty in producing or comprehending spoken or written language). During the remaining years of his life, Raskin was involved in educating others about aphasia, most notably in his moving  New York Times op-ed piece "The Words I Lost" (Sep 19, 1992).

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of columns Raskin wrote about labor for the New York Times between 1940 and 1976. Columns from 1940-1959 are photocopies, while those from 1961-1976 are original clippings in large scrapbooks. In addition, there are some non-  New York Times writings on labor, as well as material on Raskin's struggle with aphasia.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

Series I: General Files, 1940-1994

Series II: Scrapbooks, 1961-1976

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Raskin, Marjorie
  • Raskin, A. H. (Abraham Henry), 1911-

Document Type

  • Newspaper columns.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • AFL-CIO
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
  • New York Times Company
  • American Federation of Labor

Subject Topics

  • Journalists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Labor movement -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Aphasia.
  • Labor union journalism -- United States.
  • Labor journalism -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- United States -x History -y 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by A.H. Raskin were transferred to New York University in 2006 by Marjorie Raskin; with the exception of copyright to A. H. Raskin's unpublished writings, which was retained by Marjorie Raskin. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives or Marjorie Raskin. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; A. H. Raskin Papers; WAG 259; 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

Further materials on A. H. Raskin can be found in the New York Times Company Records, Abraham H. Raskin Papers at the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.

Existence and Location of Copies

A. H. Raskin's columns can be found in back issues of the New York Times and digital copies can be found in the New York Times Article Archive.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Marjorie Raskin in 2006. The accession number associated with this gift is 2006.064.

Processing Information

Materials were condensed from 8 to 7 boxes by the archivist.

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Container List

Series I: General Files, 1940-1994, 1940-1994

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Aphasia
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Articles and Clippings
1974-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Biographical Material
1991-1994; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 City College New York Alumni Association Card
1988/89
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1976-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center: Printed Material
1988-1989; undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Memo re: Robert P. Brindell
1952
Box: 1 Folder : 8 National Symposium on Stroke and Quality of Life
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Notes and Research Materials: Labor
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Notes: General
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Photograph of Raskin
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Raskin, Marge: "What Constitutes True Love for an Aphasiac?" (Tribute to AHR)
circa 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Writings: Aphasia
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Writings: Draft of New York Times Column
Dec 17, 1958
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Writings: Joseph S. Fay, Notes and Draft of Article on
1953
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1940-1942
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1945-1946
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jan-Jun 1949
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jul-Dec 1949
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1950
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1951
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jan-Jun 1952
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jul-Dec 1952
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jan-Jun 1953
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jul-Dec 1953
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1954
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1955
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1956
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jan 1 1957-Mar 14 1957
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Mar 15 1957-Jun 28 1957
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jul-Dec 1957
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
1958
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jan-Jun 1959
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Jul-Dec 1959
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Writings: New York Times Columns (photocopies)
Dec 20, 1992
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Writings: Non-New York Times
1957-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Writings: Review of Collision by Kenneth C. Crowe
undated

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Series II: Scrapbooks, 1961-1976

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Volume : 1 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1961-1962
Box: 3 Volume : 2 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1963-1965
Box: 4 Volume : 1 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1966-1967
Box: 4 Volume : 2 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1968-1969
Box: 5 Volume : 1 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1970-1971
Box: 5 Volume : 2 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1972-1973
Box: 6 Volume : 1 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1974
Box: 6 Volume : 2 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1975
Box: 7 Volume : 1 Writings: New York Times Columns (Scrapbook)
1976

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