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Julius Bernstein Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000896
The Julius Bernstein Collection consists of printed material—periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, clippings and organizational publications—related to race relations, education, labor unions, Jewish issues and socialism.

Series Description: Series I, Periodicals and Organizational Publications: This series contains newspapers, journals, groups of pamphlets produced by various organizations and agencies, and other types of publications.

Series II, Subject Files, 1916-1977: Series II consists of pamphlets, flyers and clippings arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series III, Printed Material Relating to Activities in Massachusetts: Series III consists entirely of material generated by and about organizations and activities in Massachusetts. The series is divided into 5 subseries: 1) Education; 2) Labor; 3) Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; 4) Massachusetts State Federation of Labor, State Labor Council, and CIO Industrial Union Council; and 5) general subject files. Some material on Massachusetts is also included in the other two series.

Dates

  • 1916 - 1977

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

30 Linear Feet (58 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

In his teens, Julius Bernstein became active in the Young People's Socialist League and for many years served as State Secretary of the Socialist Party in Massachusetts. Along with his wife, they were lifelong members of the Workmen's Circle and parents to Eugene Debs and Stanley Bernstein. In 1948 Bernstein started working for the Jewish Labor Committee in Boston where human rights, civil rights, and labor matters were of tantamount importance.

The Julius Bernstein Collection consists of printed material—periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, clippings and organizational publications—related to race relations, education, labor unions, Jewish issues and socialism.

History

Julius Bernstein was born in New York City June 5, 1919 to Solomon and Rose (Kimmel) Bernstein, immigrants from Russia and the Austro Hungarian Empire respectively. He moved with his family to Boston in 1929, attending public schools there, including Boston Latin, but and graduated from James Monroe High School in the Bronx, where he moved with his younger brother and mother after her separation from his father. He also attended Boston University for one year, majoring in journalism, and was awarded a Florence Lasker Fellowship in Civil Rights at Brandeis University in 1961.

In his teens, Bernstein became active in the Young People's Socialist League and for many years served as State Secretary of the Socialist Party in Massachusetts. He met his future wife, Bess Belle Luff, through the Workmen's Circle, in which his family were active, lifelong members. They married in 1940 and had two sons, Stanley, born in 194 1, and Eugene Debs, in 1943. Drafted in December, 1941, he spent most of World War 11 driving an ambulance at Hoff General Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. Upon his discharge in 1945, he joined and remained active for many years in the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the American Veterans' Committee of Massachusetts.

In 1948 Bernstein started working for the Jewish Labor Committee in Boston, the only regular job he ever held, taking over as resident field officer when Rose Parker moved to Detroit to marry Dr. Schmarya Kleinman. The primary focus of the JLC organization in Boston was to serve as the education arm of organized labor in New England on human rights issues, but Bernstein's activity also expanded to persistent lobbying with the Massachusetts and other state legislatures on civil rights and labor matters. Beginning in the mid-1960s, he served as a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and in 1968 he was appointed labor representative to the Boston Housing Authority board of directors.

Julius Bernstein died November 11, 1977.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-30), Series 2 (Boxes 30-53) and Series 3 (Boxes 53-59). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series 3 is further subdivided into 5 subseries.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Julius Bernstein Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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