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Bernard and Jewel Bellush oral history collection

Repository: New York University. Tamiment Library

Collection Description (Extant): Jewel and Bernard Bellush are historians and political activists, who taught for many years at the City College of New York. In the late 1970s, at the request of Council executive director Victor Gotbaum, they became engaged in a collaborative project to write a history of AFSCME, District Council 37, the umbrella group for local unions representing many categories of public employees in the city of New York. The Bellushes' book, Union Power and New York: Victor Gotbaum and District Council 37 was published in 1984. The first part of the collection consists of correspondence, background files, interviews, flyers, notes and drafts for the book. The second part of the collection is comprised of files on Americans for Democratic Action, the Socialist Party, the New York Labor History Association and many other organizations in which Bernard Bellush was active or took an interest. It also includes topical files on many political and sociological issues, and files of personal and biographical material.

The collection consists of 49 interviews with union and city officials. Among the notables interviewed were: Jack Bigel, Barry Feinstein, Victor Gotbaum, Stanley Hill, Carol O'Cleiricain, Felix Rohatyn, Donna Shalala, Al Viani, and Jerry and Mildred Wurf. Topics include: organization of New York City employees, public employee collective bargaining, hospital organizing, the 1966 Welfare Strike, the Fiscal Crisis, and the Taylor Law.

Access Copy Note: Open for research without restrictions.

Date(s): 1947-2002

Existing IDs: WAG 030

Extent: 20.0 linear feet (20 boxes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Physical Location: This collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.

Interviewees: Norman Adler, Joe Ames, Irving Baron, Jack Bigel, Al Bilik, John Boer, William Casamo, Bart Cohen, Al Diop, Barry Feinstein, Abram Flaxer, Murray Gordon, Sarah Gotbaum, Victor Gotbaum, Question Handman, Charles Hughes, Mildred Kiefer, Leo Kramer, Nat Lindenthal, Richard Lustig, Edward Maher, Bertram "Buddy" Perkel, Elliot Reif, Lillian Roberts, Bert Rose, Phil Ross, Bill Schleicher, Donna Shalala, Albert Shanker, Bernie Stephens, Julius Topol, John Toto, Gary Foster, Louis Varner, Alan Viani, Lester Wright, Jerome Wurf

Rights (Extant): Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.


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