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Brookwood Labor College: Mark and Helen Norton Starr Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LR000567
The Mark and Helen Norton Starr Collection contains newspaper clippings, manuscript drafts, correspondence, and pamphlets relating to Mark Starr’s research, writing, and travels.

Important subjects in the collection: Communism International Ladies Garment Workers Union Educational Department Labor Songs Labor and Labor Unions—Great Britain Labor and Labor Unions—Japan Labor and Labor Unions—Tanganyika Labor Unions - Political Action Labor Unions - Public Relations Workers’ Education and Schools

Dates

  • 1917 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1962

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. 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

25 Linear Feet (25 SB, 1 OS folder)

Abstract

With a background in teaching history and economics in England, Mark Starr moved to the U.S. and went to work for Brookwood Labor College as extension director in 1928. He became Director of the Ladies Garment Workers Union Educational Department in 1934, where he served for almost 30 years publishing pamphlets and articles on workers' education and labor history. In the 1960s he traveled for the International Labour Office gathering information and training labor leaders in foreign countries. The Mark and Helen Starr papers relate to Mark Starr's research, writing, and travels.

History

Mark Starr was born in England in 1894. At 13, he began working as a builder’s mortar boy and less than a year later, got a job as a coal miner, which he kept for seven years. After graduating from London Labour College in 1920, he taught university courses in history and economics. Starr came to the United States in 1928 and went to work for Brookwood Labor College as extension director. In 1934 the International Ladies Garment Workers Union hired him as director of its Educational Department, where he served until 1960, publishing pamphlets and articles on workers’ education and labor history. He ran for a seat on New York’s City Council in 1945 as a Liberal Party candidate, but lost. In the early 1960s Starr travelled for the International Labour Office to Singapore, Tanganyika, and Uganda gathering information about labor in those countries and training labor leaders how to organize effectively. In the mid-1970s Starr taught labor studies at Rutgers University. Among the books he authored are two high school textbooks, "Labor and the American Way" and "Labor in America."

Arrangement

Folders are listed in the order they appear.

Related Materials

Mark and Helen Norton Starr Oral History

Transfers

A large number of books and newspapers were transferred to the Archives Library and a few photographs were placed in the Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Brookwood Labor College: Mark and Helen Norton Starr 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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