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Collection Details


Collection Name: Abraham D. Beame Administration Project
Repository Name: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/guides/beame.html
Dates Spanned: 1979-1979
Description: A series of 38 interviews with the colleagues, family, friends, and political supporters of Mayor Abraham D. Beame, donated to the Office by Dr. Ruth B. Cowan. The interviews were conducted in 1979 in preparation of a book which was never published. One interview, that with Mayor Beame (403 p.), has been transcribed as the result of a gift to the Office by Mr. Howard Rubenstein. Partial transcripts exist for some of the other interviews. The Office holds the tapes of all but three of the memoirs. The interviews are particularly rich in the political history of Brooklyn, the James Madison Club, the Brooklyn Democratic Party from the 1940s to the 1970s, various mayoral administrations, and Mayor Beame's tenure as City Comptroller. Many of the interviews discuss the administration of Mayor Beame and its accomplishments, as well as the New York City fiscal crisis.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 38
Broad Subjects: U.S. Politics; Politics
ASP Subjects: Beame, Abraham D., 1906-2001; Birnbaum, Abraham D.; Abraham D. Beame; City councils; Democratic Party, US; James Madison Club; Mayors--United States; New York, NY - Brooklyn; Oral history; United States--Politics and government
Other Subjects: Brooklyn Democratic Party; City politics
Collection Code: OHC0000804