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Abraham Lefkowitz Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: La-Le, Box 9, Folder: 12-15
Identifier: LP000402
The papers of Dr. Lefkowitz consist primarily of clippings, correspon-dence, and speeches that reflect his professional and social contribu-tions during his period of fifty-one years in the New York City public school system, particularly his fight against communists in the AFT.

Contents: 1. Biographical material 2. Clippings, 1942-1966 3. Correspondence, 1940-1961 4. Speeches, 1934-1955

Dates

  • 1934 - 1966
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1955

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.

Extent

1.0 Linear Feet (4 folders)

Abstract

Abraham Lefkowitz was a teacher and principal in the New York elementary school system and active in teachers unions, civic and social reform movements, and championed minority causes and civil liberties. He was one of the founders of the American Federation of Teachers, serving as Vice-President for fourteen years. His papers reflect his professional and social contributions made during his years in the New York public school system, particularly his fight against communists in the AFT.

History

Abraham Lefkowitz was born in Revisch, Hungary in 1884 and his family immigrated to America in 1885. He received his B.A. degree from City College, New York City in 1904 and earned his masters and doctoral degrees from New York University in 1911 and 1914. Upon his graduation from City College, he began teaching in an elementary public school and from 1938 until his retirement in 1955, at the age of seventy he was principal of Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn the largest high school in the United States. He died in 1956. Dr. Lefkowitz was active in teachers unions, civic and social reform movements, and was a champion of minority causes and civil liberties. He was one of the founders of the American Federation of Teachers, served as its legislative representative, and was a Vice-President from 1920 to 1934. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the National Urban League for some thirty years and was the long-time Legislative Representative of the New York State Federation of Teachers.

Arrangement

Material arranged in 4 folders.

Acquisition

The papers of Abraham Lefkowitz were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in July of 1970 and June of 1971 by Mrs. Lefkowitz and were opened for research in April of 1985.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April, 1985.
Title
Guide to the Abraham Lefkowitz Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1985-04
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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