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David S. Schick Papers

Identifier: LP000555

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: 1948 Presidential election and Labor. American Newspaper Guild Collective Bargaining, 1955-69. Labor education, 1963-65. Southern Tenant Farmers Union,1944. Sal B. Hoffman and the Upholsterer's International Union of North America, 1937-62. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America- a brief compendium, c. 1964.

Important correspondents: Ronald A. Watts

Series Description: Series I, 1948 Presidential Election and Labor: Labor literature relating to political issues, 1948-49.

Series II, Collective Bargaining in Newspaper Industry: Manuals, correspondence, agreements, proposals and reference mater-ials for several contract negotiations, 1955-69.

Series III, International Activities: International correspondence and tape transcription of Mr. Schick's seminar on collective bargaining in Turkey, 1963-65.

Series IV, General Subject Files: Personal-research files of Mr. Schick; containing manuscripts, cor-respondence, biographies, pamphlets, and like materials on various unions and their activities, 1934-64.


  • 1934 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


David S. Schick was born on July 18, 1906, in New York. In his teens he began his forty-eight year career in the newspaper business on the Brooklyn Times. During the early 1930's Mr. Schick became increasingly interested in the unionization of newspaper workers. This led to his envolvement in organizing the Newspaper Guild of New York. Leaving New York for Philadelphia, Mr. Schick continued his union activities by becoming the founder and editor of the Philadelphia Labor Record, c. 1934.

In addition to his editorial duties, Mr. Schick served on the War Production Board in Washington during World War II, aided union locals in establishing their own newspapers, held the position of chairperson on Labor's Education Committee and spoke at seminars on collective bargaining. Local newspaper guilds would call upon Mr. Schick to serve as contract negotiator during the 1960's. All of these activities are reflected in the collection.

Mr. Schick died, May 17, 1970 at the age of 63.


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David Schick served in various capacities in the labor movement throughout his career in journalism, acting as an organizer and contract negotiator for various local newspaper unions. Mr. Schick aided in the organizing of the Newspaper Guild of New York, and was the founder and editor of the Philadelphia Labor Record. Mr. Schick’s papers document his interest in the unionization of newspaper workers and the political issues of concern to the labor movement, particularly regarding the 1948 Presidential election.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 2-3), Series 3 (Box 4) and Series 4 (Box 5). Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically depending on the series.


The papers of David S. Schick were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in May of 1972 by Mrs. Bessie Schick.


There are 84 photographs which relate to Mr. Schicks career and union associations. These have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collections. Various newspapers, including the Labor Record and Union Reporter, both of which have editoral columns by Schick as well as several union pamphlets have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

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Repository Details

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