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Guide to the Joshua B. Freeman Research Files on the Transport Workers Union of America WAG.326

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 06, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Source - dnr: Freeman, Joshua Benjamin
Title: Joshua B. Freeman Research Files on the Transport Workers Union of America
Dates [inclusive]: 1940s-1996, undated
Dates [bulk]: 1940-1952
Abstract: Joshua B. Freeman is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. labor history and the U.S. in the twentieth century. The collection is primarily records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation pertaining to the Transport Workers Union of America and its subunits during the 1940s, obtained by Freeman under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1980.
Quantity: 1.75 Linear Feet in 1 record carton and 1 oversize flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: WAG.326

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Historical/Biographical Note

Joshua B. Freeman is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. labor history and the U.S. in the twentieth century. Freeman obtained a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1970 and went on to earn a master's degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1983, both from Rutgers University. He is the author of In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966, which details the formation and development of the TWU, with particular emphasis on the role of Communists and veterans of the Irish Republican Army. He also wrote  Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II and co-authored  Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society Vol. II. In 1987 he was appointed an assistant professor at Columbia University, and became an associate professor in 1991. Freeman is currently a professor at Queens College, City University of New York. He serves on the editorial board of the journal  International Labor and Working-Class History and is a consulting editor for the  New Labor Forum.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is primarily records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation pertaining to the Transport Workers Union of America and its subunits during the 1940s, obtained by Joshua B. Freeman under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1980. The collection also includes several pieces of correspondence written to Freeman from the Department of Justice regarding his FOIA request.

The collection also contains a banner that was hung above the speakers' podium in the Low Library rotunda at Columbia University during "The Fight for America's Future: A Teach-In with the Labor Movement," held October 3-4, 1996 at Columbia University. The transcript of the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg vs. United States and papers related to the Citizen's Committee for the Metropolitan Music School also make up part of the collection.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Freeman, Joshua Benjamin
  • Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953
  • Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953

Document Type

  • Transcripts.

Subject Organizations

  • Transport Workers Union of America
  • Columbia University
  • Metropolitan Music School (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Subject Topics

  • Anti-communist movements -- United States.
  • Transport workers -x Labor unions -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Labor unions and communism -- United States.
  • Nuclear weapons -- United States -x History.

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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 Joshua B. Freeman were transferred to New York University in 2012 by Joshua B. Freeman. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Joshua B. Freeman Research Files on the Transport Workers Union of America; WAG 326; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

For more information about the Transport Workers Union of America, researchers may wish to consult the following collections located at this repository:

Transport Workers Union of America, Local 100: Joseph Gayol Files (WAG 085)
Transport Workers Union of America, Local 100: Naomi Allen Files (WAG 295)
Transport Workers Union of America, Local 100: Sarah Goldstein Interviews Oral History Collection (OH 047)
Transport Workers Union of America Oral History Collection (OH 011)
Transport Workers Union of America Photographs (PHOTOS 032)
Transport Workers Union of America Printed Ephemera Collection (PE 022)
Transport Workers Union of America Records (WAG 235)
Transport Workers Union of America: Records of Locals (WAG 234)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Joshua B. Freeman in April 2012. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2012.042 and 2012.045.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. Materials remain in their original order. Folder titles added by the archivist are indicated with square brackets.

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