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Brookwood Labor College Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: LAV000567_BLC
Collection documents students, faculty, and other labor leaders affiliated with the school (e.g. United Textile Workers Executive Board), as well as the buildings and grounds of the Brookwood Labor College. Classes, Brookwood Labor Player performances, and other student activities are also depicted. Scrapbooks contain various publications, ephemera, clippings, artwork, and photographs on the history of the college.

Dates

  • 1921 - 1937

Creator

Language of Materials

Material mostly in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.
Patrons must make an appointment with the AV Department prior to visiting. Access to scrapbooks (Box 3-4) at the discretion of an archivist due to fragility.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.
For image reproduction, contact the AV Department.

Extent

2.75 Linear Feet (2MB, 1OS, 1 SB) : Photographic prints and scrapbooks.

Abstract

Brookwood Labor College in Katonah, New York was founded in 1921 as an experimental college for labor specific classes. It was a residential college different from traditional colleges. It only lasted until 1937 when it fell victim to the depression. Collection documents students, faculty, and other labor leaders affiliated with the school, as well as the buildings and grounds of the Brookwood Labor College. Classes, Brookwood Labor Player performances, and other student activities are also depicted.

History

Brookwood Labor College in Katonah, New York was founded in 1921 as an experimental college for labor specific classes. It was a residential college different from traditional colleges. It only lasted until 1937 when it fell victim to the depression. Brookwood was founded by a group of several labor activists beginning with William Mann Fincke who donated his 53 acres and large colonial farmhouse in Katonah, New York for the college’s location and Evelyn Preston, from the League of Women Shoppers, donated $50,000 for a Women’s dormitory. Its biggest supporter, however, was the AFL (American Federation of Labor) unions. The short survival of the college was reliant on union scholarships and donors or “angels” as Brookwood staff referred to them. After A.J. Muste left in 1933 the college slowly started to lose financial support as well as dwindling numbers of students and had to close finally in 1937.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and then by major subject depicted. Folders are not in any order.

Acquisition

Donated in 1972 by Mark and Helen Starr. Additional photographs were donated in 1974 by Doris Prenner, Office Secretary of Brookwood Labor College. Photographs donated from Katherine P. Ellickson and Victor Reuther as part of their papers were also included.

Other Copies

Photographs, excluding scrapbook images, were digitized.

Related Materials

Brookwood Labor College Records, Brookwood Labor College: Mark and Helen Norton Starr Papers, Katherine Pollack Ellickson Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library. Revised by Deborah Rice on March 27, 2017.
Title
Guide to the Brookwood Labor College Photographs
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
2017-03-27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-03-27: Revised arrangement and description by Deborah Rice.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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