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Guide to the Pierson and Alice Ostrow Papers TAM 288

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Pierson and Alice Ostrow Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1928-1993
Dates [bulk]: 1930-1948
Abstract: Pierson Ostrow (1914-1967) and Alice Scardino Ostrow (1915-2001) were socialist and progressive activists. Both were born and raised in Philadelphia, and they met there as students. They joined the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL) and became members of the Socialist Party by the early 1930s. After marrying they moved to Newark, New Jersey. In 1948 Alice Ostrow ran on the Socialist Party ticket for New Jersey's 12th Congressional district. Mr. Ostrow was a philatelic dealer and real estate appraiser, and in the latter capacity was active in the campaign for Vermont's fair housing law, passed in 1967 (the Ostrow's had moved to Vermont in 1955). In Newark, Alice Ostrow worked for the IRS and was legislative representative of the Federation of Federal Employees. She also worked for the Communications Workers of America and organized New Jersey Tenants for Rent Control. After her husband's death, Ms. Ostrow moved to New York City where she was active in the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples, the Workers Defense League, and Americans for Democratic Action. The collection contains unpublished writings of Pierson Ostrow (student essays, poetry, political essays, and a play), files (containing internal documents, printed ephemera and publications) on the Socialist Party and YPSL, both nationally and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Newark, New Jersey (including one on Alice Ostrow's Congressional campaign), files on the American Youth Congress, Camp Arcola (a Federal Emergency Relief Administration camp fro unemployed women in Arcola, PA), the Junior International League of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Pennsylvania Committee for Total Disarmament, a scrapbook (clippings and writings), and individual letters to Pierson Ostrow from Harry Laidler, Upton Sinclair and Girolamo Valenti.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM 288

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Historical/Biographical Note

Pierson Ostrow (1914-1967) and Alice Scardino Ostrow (1915-2001) were socialist and progressive activists. Both were born and raised in Philadelphia, and they met there as students. They joined the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL) and became members of the Socialist Party by the early 1930s. After marrying they moved to Newark, New Jersey. In 1948 Alice Ostrow ran on the Socialist Party ticket for New Jersey's 12th Congressional district. Mr. Ostrow was a philatelic dealer and real estate appraiser, and in the latter capacity was active in the campaign for Vermont's fair housing law, passed in 1967 (the Ostrows had moved to Vermont in 1955). In Newark, Alice Ostrow worked for the IRS and was legislative representative of the Federation of Federal Employees. She also worked for the Communications Workers of America and organized New Jersey Tenants for Rent Control. After her husband's death, Ms. Ostrow moved to New York City where she was active in the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples, the Workers Defense League, and Americans for Democratic Action.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains unpublished writings of Pierson Ostrow (student essays, poetry, political essays, and a play), files (containing internal documents, printed ephemera and publications) on the Socialist Party and YPSL, both nationally and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Newark, New Jersey (including one on Alice Ostrow's Congressional campaign), files on the American Youth Congress, Camp Arcola (a Federal Emergency Relief Administration camp fro unemployed women in Arcola, PA), the Junior International League of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Pennsylvania Committee for Total Disarmament, a scrapbook (clippings and writings), and individual letters to Pierson Ostrow from Harry Laidler, Upton Sinclair and Girolamo Valenti.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
  • Ostrow, Pierson, 1914-1967
  • Ostrow, Alice Scardino, 1915-2001
  • Valenti, Girolamo
  • Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
  • Gammel, Dani Danzig

Subject Organizations

  • Young People's Socialist League
  • Socialist Party (U.S.)
  • Socialist Party of New Jersey
  • Socialist Party of Pennsylvania

Subject Topics

  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Socialism and youth -- United States.
  • Socialism -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Socialism -- New Jersey -- Newark.

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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 Pierson and Alice Ostrow, the creator of this collection, were relinquished and transferred to the public domain in 2014 by Dani Ostrow Danzig Gammel. These materials are governed by a Creative Commons CC0 license, which permits publication and reproduction of materials accompanied by full attribution. See, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Pierson and Alice Ostrow Photographs (Photos 276)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dani Ostrow Danzig Gammel in 2002 and 2014. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 2002.019 and 2014.148.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Youth Congress
Feb. 19-21, 1934
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Camp Arcola
1936
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Camp Arcola: Photographs (photocopies; originals in Non-Print collection)
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 4 East Pennsylvania Youth Congress
Feb. 19-21, 1934
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Emergency Relief Board of Pennsylvania: "White Collar Review"
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Essay: "On the Share-the-Work Movement" (unsigned)
1932
Box: 1 Folder : 7 "Fantasia," Pierson Ostrow
December 15, 1936
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Federal Theater (WPA): "It Can't Happen Here" (program)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Holmes, John Haynes (letter to Pierson Ostrow)
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Junior International League of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
1931-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 11 League for Industrial Democracy (Harry Laidler letter to Pierson Ostrow)
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 12 National Recovery Administration
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Ostrow, Alice Scardino: Biographical and Memorabilia
1925; 2001
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Ostrow, Pierson: Education
1931-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Pennsylvania Committee for Total Disarmament
1934-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Play: "Hurrah for the _____, White, and Blue"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Play: Untitled Typescript (Scene I)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Poetry: P. Ostrow
1928-1937
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Publications: American Student Union
1932-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Publications: The Call, Special Debs Section
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Publications: New View (Socialist Party of New Jersey)
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Publications: Socialist Party (Left Wing)
1936
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Publications: Young People's Socialist League (national)
1934-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Publications: Young People's Socialist League, Newark, NJ
1933-1945
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Publications: Young People's Socialist League, Philadelphia, PA
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Roosevelt, Eleanor: Junior International League Correspondence
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Scrapbook: Clippings, Typescripts, etc.
1932-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Sinclair, Upton
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Sketches: Pierson Ostrow
1930-1932
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Socialist Party
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Socialist Party Handbook and Membership Cards
1937-1940
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Socialist Party of New Jersey: Alice Ostrow Congressional Campaign
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Socialist Party: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Stetin, Sol
2001
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Student Essays: Pierson Ostrow
1932-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Thomas, Norman
1933-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Thomas, Norman: Joe Glazer Song (inscribed)
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Valenti, Girolamo: Italian Anti-Fascists
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Young People's Socialist League (YPSL): Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey
1933-1937
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Young People's Socialist League: Reunion
1969

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