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Scope and Content

From the Collection: Part I: Series 1: Correspondence, reports, clippings, speeches and other items concerning Mr. Jablonower's union, professional and personal activities. The union materials, which cover a period from 1912 to 1961, relate to the formation of the Teachers Union, the trial of three DeWitt Clinton teachers 1917-1918, the Teachers Guild Associates 1950-1961 and the United Federation of Teachers New York strike in 1960. Some of the Ethical Culture Society speeches deal with that organization and its founder Felix Adler. The 1942 Dies Committee report and correspondence concern the case of a New York teacher who was a former Communist. Other materials concern the Board of Examiners 1941-1959, World War II refugees 1938-1941, the Henry Linville Award 1954-1959 and progressive education.

Series 2: Correspondence, court papers, documents, clippings and other materials related to Joseph Jablonower's civil service examination for a vacant position on the Board of Examiners of the New York City school system, his appointment, to the post in 1938, court challenges to his appointment, and a second civil service examination that confirmed his appointment in 1940. Most of the congratulatory materials are numbered and the senders are identified in a key found in file 4-5. The bulk of the materials used as court evidence consist of professional articles and reviews written by Mr. Jablonower for Ethical Culture Society pub-lications such as The Standard, School and Home, as well as a textbook, Intro-ducing Geometry, and articles in Mathmatics Teacher. Letters of recommendation and transcripts are also included. A complete list of the evidence will be found in folder 5-1.

Series 3: Diaries kept by Mr. Jablonower spanning the period from 1941 to 1966. The diaries consist of eleven bound books, one loose leaf notebook, several collections of notecards and key that explains abbreviations and identifies certain people mentioned in the diaries. The diaries cover Mr. Jablonower's personal social as well as his professional life. His daily activities as an Examiner are covered in most detail, but Ethical Culture Society and union activities are also covered. While the entries for some years are fairly complete, some years are not covered at all and for other years the entries are very limited.
From the Collection: Part II: Series 4: Transcript of an oral history interview of Mr. Jablonower done by Columbia University between March and June 1965. In the interview, conducted by Thomas F. Hogan of the Oral History Research Office at Columbia, Jablonower talks about his childhood in Austria; life on the Lower East Side of New York City; teachers unions in the 1910s through the late 1950s; the Ethical Culture movement; his views on World War I; communist influence on teachers unions; teacher selection, salary, and governance; economically disadvantaged neighborhoods; strikes and collective bargaining; the progressive education movement; and his impressions of important educators and social reformers. An index of important names is included at the end of the interview.


  • 1936 - 1968

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 4 Linear Feet (8 MB)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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