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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Ben Davidson
RLIN number: NXCP87-A63
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood in Pittsburgh; education, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Columbia, 1921; early involvement with labor unions, 1920s-1930s; New York City public school teaching career; Director, Worker's School, 1925-29; political movements, 1920s-1940s; Director, American Labor Party, 1943-44; Executive Director, Liberal Party of New York State, 1944-77: founding convention, organizational development, fund raising, relationship of Democratic, Conservative and Liberal Parties in New York City and state; legal actions against Liberal Party; detailed chronological account of city, state, and national campaigns 1944-77. Impressions of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., Robert F. Wagner, Herbert H. Lehman, Rudolph Halley, Alex Rose, John Lindsay, many others.
Extent: Transcript: 857 leaves, Tape: 15 reels, 300 Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1984. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information. Microfiche copy available for purchase. (Columbia University oral history collection, part V, published by Meckler Publishing, Westport, CT).
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1978 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Davidson, Ben, 1900-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1900
Speaker occupation: Politician
Age at speaking: 78
Document date: 1978
Interviewer: Edwin, Ed
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Labor unions; North America; Politicians; United States; United States--Politics and government--20th century
Topics discussed - Other terms: American Labor Party of the State of New York; Davidson, Ben, 1900-; Liberal Party of New York State; New York (NY)--Politics and government--20th century; New York (State)--Politics and government--20th century
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0018411-13854