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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Robert Ferdinand Wagner
RLIN number: NXCP88-A1
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: New York, N.Y. childhood; family background, influence of father's political career; education; New York Assemblyman, 1937-41; campaigns, New Deal political climate, health and housing reform efforts; World War II Army and Air Force experiences; law practice; reform efforts, 1946-49, City Tax Commission; Commissioner of Housing and Building, City Planning Commission; campaign, presidency, borough of Manhattan, 1949-53; mayor, New York, N.Y., 1954-65; pension, career, salary plans for city workers; Board of Education and school building difficulties; fiscal problems and policies; creation of City Administrator's Office; revamping city tax structure; relationship of state politics and legislation to New York, N.Y. affairs; Mitchell-Lama projects; rent control issues; establishment of Housing and Redevelopment Authority; transit, hospital, newspaper strikes and labor negotiations; creation of Department of Labor; 1965 New York, N.Y. mayoralty campaign; impressions of union leaders and politicians, including Alfred E. Smith, Thomas E. Dewey, Paul O'Dwyer, Mike Quill, Abraham Beame, John Lindsay, Robert Moses, Carmine DeSapio; presidential campaigns of 1964 and 1972; Harlem riots of 1968; impressions of many leaders: New York politicians, including J. Raymond Jones, Adam Clayton Powell, Hugh Carey, Edward Koch, Bella Abzug; national leaders, including Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter, Nelson Rockefeller, Edmund Muskie, George; 520 |aMcGovern; and international figures including Pope John Paul II and Generalissimo Francisco Franco.
Extent: Transcript: 1263 leaves, Tape: 32 reels
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewee. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1979 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Wagner, Robert Ferdinand, 1910-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1910
Speaker occupation: Mayor; Politician
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 1979
Interviewer: Edwin, Ed
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US
Locations discussed: New York; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Democratic Party, US; Mayors--United States; New York; North America; Oral history; Politicians; Presidents--United States--Election--1964; Presidents--United States--Election--1972; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: New York (NY)--Politics and government--1898-1951; New York (NY)--Politics and government--1951-; New York (State)--Politics and government--1950-; Wagner, Robert Ferdinand, 1910-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0019566-15009