New York Taxi Workers Alliance Records

NYTWA logoDate Range: 19982009
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2009-04-23
Creator: New York Taxi Workers Alliance

History: The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) was founded in 1998 by members of the Lease Drivers Coalition (LDC), an advocacy project of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV). The union fights for structural change in the taxi driving industry, ranked by the Department of Labor as the most dangerous job in the country, and supports individual drivers through comprehensive services and advocacy efforts for economic justice, safety and health rights.

New York Bureau of Legal Advice Records

Date Range: 19171919
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2011-04-26
Creator: New York Bureau of Legal Advice

History: Originating as the New York Bureau of Legal First aid and lead by attorney Charles Recht and feminist Frances M. Witherspoon, the organization was started with a grant the Women’s Peace Party in 1917. Along with individuals, organizations like the People’s Council, the Socialist Party, the civil Liberties Bureau and the Workmen’s Council all provided sponsorship (although the People’s Council and the Civil Liberties Bureau soon withdrew support). Responding to the need created by conflict with new laws related to World War I, the New York Bureau of Legal First Aid was the first organization to provide free legal advice and counsel to draft resisters, conscientious objectors, deserters and others who suffered infringements of their First Amendment Rights.

Saul Mills Papers

Date Range: 19331989
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-11-14
Creator: Mills, Saul, 1910-1988.

History: Born in New York City in 1910, Saul Mills was a union activist, PR representative and journalist who worked in varying capacities with a number of newspapers, including The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Brooklyn Standard Union and The City News Association. Mills’ newspaper experience and his association with the noted newspaper columnist Heywood Broun gave rise to Mills’ involvement in the labor movement. In 1934, he became a charter member of Broun’s Newspaper Guild which led to Mills’ dismissal from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Between 1936 and 1940, Mills worked as a public relations representative for CIO and AFL affiliated unions, including the Greater New York CIO Council

Jay Leyda and Si-Lan Chen Leyda Papers

Date Range: 19131987
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2008-10-27
Creator: Leyday, Jay; Leyday, Si-Lan Chen

History: Si-Lan Chen was a dancer, choreographer and actor who pioneered the use of Chinese dance elements in modern dance and films such as “Anna and the King of Siam” (1946) and “The Keys to the Kingdom” (1944). Chen was born in Trinidad in 1905 to parents of African and Chinese descent. In 1912, she moved to London, where she studied dance at the Stedman Academy. In 1926 she moved to China to join her father, who had become secretary for Sun Yat-sen as well as Foreign Minister of the Canton government. However, after Chiang Kai-shek took power in 1927, the family fled to Moscow, where Chen enrolled in the Bolshoi Ballet School. She soon switched to Vera Maya’s school, finding Maya’s approach, which included both traditional ballet and more loosely organized “plastic dance,” more suitable to her own style. Chen gave her first important recital in 1930 at the Moscow Conservatory. Shortly after, she was widely recognized as the first modern Soviet dancer.

Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records

Date Range: 19812006
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)

History: The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was formed in 1981 by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills and little access to information about social service programs. Starting with a staff of three workers, JASSI quickly grew to encompass assistance for a broad range of needs, including legal and immigration issues and family problems, expanding beyond just elder Japanese Americans. Currently the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community on the East Coast, the organization provides information or referral services to a wide range of Japanese Americans, including restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral services in the New York area.

Leo Hershkowitz Collection

Date Range: 17001950
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Hershkowitz, Leo

 The Leo Hershkowitz Collection was created by Leo Hershkowitz, a New York City historian, who collected the materials from various sources. Hershkowitz is a long-time professor at Queens College and a recognized expert on New York Jewish history from its earliest origins up to the period before the mass migrations of the 19th century. The collection represents a lifetime of scholarship and collecting.

Summary: The collection consists largely of primary documents from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries relating to the social history of New York City. Of particular significance are materials which document popular attitudes and contain depictions of Asians and Asian Americans. These include five copies of Secret Service, a dime novel series, are set in New York City in the early part of the century. They include issues such as “The Brady’s Chinese Trail; or, the Hunt for the Wooden Idol” and “The Bradys and Hop Toy; or Working for the Mayor of Chinatown.” Also included are illustrations from Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper which depict Chinese and Japanese American life and work in New York City and San Francisco. There are also illustrations which depict a ball in honor of the visit of the Japanese Embassy in June 1860, as well as scenes in Japan and China. A total of fifteen pages, ranging in date from 1860 to 1900, are present.

Total Size: 210 linear feet
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Arrangement: other
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, New York University
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Conditions Governing Access: Contact repository for detailed information on conditions governing access.

Sidney Gluck Papers

Date Range: 19582001
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2009-02-23
Creator: Gluck, Sidney J.

History: Over the span of his fifty-year career, Sidney Gluck has been a successful businessman, professor, artist, and public interest advocate. He has earned degrees in Business Administration and Economics at City College of New York; Fabric Technology and Design at The New School of Textile Technology; History, Art and Philosophy at the New School for Social Research; Political Economy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research; and Political Science at Empire State College of New York.

David Fender Papers

Date Range: 19521974
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-11-14
Creator: Fender, David

 David Fender was a member of the Socialist Workers party and a number of its political factions and offshoots. During the 1960s, he was the secretary to Peng Shu-tse and Chen Bilan, founding members of the Chinese Communist Party and Trotskyist movement who were forced into exile in 1948. Chen and Peng spent most of their exile in France as leaders of the Fourth International, a Trotskyist organization with members in Canada, Italy, Britain, Sri Lanka, France and elsewhere. Fender, also a member of this movement, served as their secretary during this time. Peng and Chen moved to California in 1973, where Peng died.

Summary: The collection contains extensive correspondence, manuscripts and articles, subject files and records of the Fourth International. Of particular significance are materials related to Fender’s role as secretary for Peng Shu-tse and Chen Bilan. These materials include articles by and about Peng and Chen as well as correspondence and interviews with them. Reports and statements written by Peng are also included.

Total Size: 2 linear feet
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Languages of materials: English and French
Arrangement: other
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Bibliographic Control: inventory
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Gloria Wong Chung Papers

Gloria Wong Chung 2Date Range: 19472004
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2009-03-04
Creator: Chung, Gloria Wong

History: Dr. Gloria Wong Chung (1925-2007), a leader in the struggle for healthcare and empowerment in New York City’s Chinatown and one of the first female Asian/Pacific American psychiatrists, was born in Taishan, Guangdong Province. In 1929, Dr. Chung and her family came to the United States, settling in Albert Lea, Minnesota, where they were the only Chinese family.Dr. Chung graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1948, and for the next fifty eight years worked as a psychiatrist, specializing in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry. In 1962, she was appointed Clinical Director of Health Services in Bedford Stuyvesant under the auspices of the Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers, where she served until 1967, when she took a position with the Children’s Psychiatric Center in Eatontown, New Jersey. In 1972 she joined the staff of the Community Mental Health Center of the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, where she served as the Director of Outpatient Services from 1974 to 1989. Over the course of her career, Dr. Chung has introduced a number of innovations in psychiatric care, including providing mental health services to municipal jail inmates, pregnant adolescents and women suffering from clinical depression, as well as using anger management training to alleviate domestic violence.

Tung Pok Chin and Wing Fong Chin Papers

Tung Pok ChinDate Range: 18752003
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Chin, Tung Pok, d.1988; Chin, Wing Fong b.1928

History: Tung Pok Chin (1915-1988) was born in Tai-shan County in Guangdong, China and immigrated to the U.S. in 1934 as a “paper son” to circumvent the Chinese Exclusion Acts. He worked in laundries during brief periods of residence in Boston and Rhode Island, and later established his own laundry business in Brooklyn, New York, with the assistance of the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance (CHLA). In his spare time, he studied English, read Chinese literature, and wrote prose and poetry. In 1937, he contacted Dr. Ralph E. Pickett, then Associate Dean of New York University’s School of Education, about admission to NYU. Although he was not eligible for admission, Dr. Pickett strongly supported his efforts at self-education, and, over the years, sent him many books and references to further his literary and other interests. As their correspondence attests, the two men shared a friendship and correspondence that would last a lifetime.