New York State Modern Political Archive

New York State Modern Political Archive

Elected officials, interest groups, and activists from New York State.
The New York State Modern Political Archive (NYSMPA) was established in 1982 to document the work of individuals and private interest groups concerned with New York State public policy issues in the 20th century. Originally named the Archives of Public Affairs and Policy, the NYSMPA collects, preserves, and facilitates access to primary sources pertaining to New York State public affairs and policy, and now includes the personal papers of members of the gubernatorial administrations of Nelson A. Rockefeller; papers of former New York Congressional members and elected officials who served in New York State Legislature; and the official records and papers of numerous private groups, professional associations, individuals, public-sector labor unions, community groups, and other organizations concerned with Empire State public-policy issues.

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New York State Modern Political Archive: apap062

Howard Abramowitz Papers, 1937-1985

Abramowitz, Howard, 1930-1990
0.6 cubic ft.
This collection contains research files created by and several typescript essays written by sociologist Howard D. Abramowitz. The collection amply documents his interest in the American labor movement and, in particular, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and sheds light on the scholarly research that he completed during the final years of his life.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap311

Atlantic States Legal Foundation Records, 1966-2009

Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.
179.74 cubic ft.
The Atlantic States Legal Foundation Records document the environmental not-for-profit organization’s pollution reduction and environmental remediation projects and cases throughout the United States and territories.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap224

Frank J. Becker Papers, 1953-1964, 1974

Becker, Frank John, 1899-1981
22.44 cubic ft.
The Frank J. Becker Papers document Becker's service in the U.S Congress, as a representative of Nassau County (N.Y.), where he served from 1953-1964. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, and legislation from his tenure.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap225

Augustus Bennet Papers, 1935-1948

Bennet, Augustus W., 1897-1983
16.13 cubic ft.
The collection contains materials from Augustus Bennet's campaigns for the House of Representatives and files from his subsequent service in Congress.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap229

Frederic S. Berman Papers, 1962-1975

Berman, Frederic S.
2.0 cubic ft.
The Frederic S. Berman Papers predominantly document his service in the New York State Senate through correspondence, newsclippings, bills, research material and campaign literature. In addition, there are files pertaining to his post-Senatorial career as the Commissioner of the New York City Rent and Housing Department and as a New York City Criminal Court Judge.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap165

Ralph F. Boyd, Sr. Papers, 1943-1992

Boyd, Ralph Fredric
1.6 cubic ft.
The Ralph Boyd, Sr. Papers contain personal and professional correspondence, news clippings, work manuals and agendas that document his career as a General Electric employee, community activist and member of the Schenectady branch of the NAACP.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap203

Patricia Stocking Brown Papers, 1895-2003, bulk 1981-1999

Brown, Patricia Stocking, 1942-2004
7.39 cubic ft.
This collection documents Siena College professor Dr. Patricia Stocking Brown's (1942-2004) research and scholarship in biology as well as her breast cancer advocacy, research, and education work.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap231

Daniel Evan Button Papers, 1962-1971

Button, Daniel E. (Daniel Evan), 1917-2009
42.2 cubic ft.
The Daniel Evan Button Papers contain Button’s records of his terms as a U.S. Representative of the 29th Congressional district of New York.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap234

Lawrence A. Cabot Papers, 1964-1965

Cabot, Lawrence A.
1.6 cubic ft.
The Lawrence A. Cabot Papers document Cabot's service in the New York State Assembly where he served for one term in 1964-1965. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, and legislation from his tenure.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap197

Citizens' Environmental Coalition Records, 1973-2005

Citizens' Environmental Coalition
44.25 cubic ft.
The records of Citizens' Environmental Coalition (CEC) document its research and activism, from its infancy as part of the New York Environmental Institute, through its independent chartering in 1991, and continuing into the new millennium.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap015
online content

Civil Service Employees Association, Inc. (CSEA), American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1000 Records, 1918-2015

Civil Service Employees Association (N.Y.)
64.26 cubic ft.
This collection documents the day-to-day activities of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) from 1918 to the present. There is no documentation of the organization's initial years of existence, but significant material about administration, meetings, membership, agreements, publications, and organizational history.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap060

Conservative Party Of New York State Records, 1962-2004

Conservative Party Of New York State
40.5 cubic ft.
The Conservative Party Of New York State Records contain files kept for the chairmen of the New York State Conservative Party: Kiernen O’Doherty, 1962; J. Daniel Mahoney, 1962-86; and Serphin Maltese, 1986-88. The strength of the records is in its documentation of New York State politics and elections (including the State Legislature and other state offices), the Conservative Party’s political endorsements and candidates (including writer William F. Buckley, Jr., and Sen. James Buckley), and the political goals and ideological positions on contemporary issues.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap238

Ernest Curto Papers, 1944, 1946-1965

Curto, Ernest, 1902-1998
17.25 cubic ft.
The Ernest Curto Papers document Curto's service in the New York State Assembly, as a representative of Niagara County (N.Y.), where he served from 1946-1964. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, and legislation from his tenure.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap168

Hope Donovan Papers, 1970-2003

Donovan, Hope, 1970-2003
3 cubic ft.
This collection consists of a variety of materials collected by Hope Donovan during her work as an environmental activist and prominent member of the League of Women Voters of New York State. Most of the collection consists of publications, reports, conference proceedings, guides, and papers from such subject as Adirondack Park, development issues, and the Smart Growth Conferences.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap358

Equal Justice USA Records, 1991-2016

Equal Justice USA
11.0 cubic ft.
This collection documents Equal Justice USA's efforts to abolish capital punishment and reform the criminal justice system nationwide.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap248
online content

Guy Gabrielson Papers, 1925-1967

Gabrielson, Guy George, 1891-1976
5.5 cubic ft.
The Guy Gabrielson Papers contain materials that document the political career of Guy George Gabrielson from his start in New Jersey state politics through his years as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Many of the materials document the 1952 U.S. Presidential election and Republican National Committee Convention which Gabrielson presided over as chairman.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap378

Raymond and Sara Harris Papers, 1942-2009

Harris, Raymond, 1919-1989
15.7 cubic ft.
This collection documents the personal and professional lives of Dr. Raymond and Sara Harris and their involvment in the Albany, N.Y. community.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap255

Ernest I. Hatfield Papers, 1949-1968

Hatfield, Ernest I.
3.78 cubic ft.
The Ernest I. Hatfield Papers document Hatfield's service in the New York State Senate, where he served from 1948-1964, and the years immediately following. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, speeches, and bills he introduced.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap335

Maurice Hinchey Papers, 1974-2012

Hinchey, Maurice D.
212 cubic ft.
This collection documents Maurice Hinchey's service as a member of the New York State Assembly and then a United States Congressman from the Hudson Valley of New York.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap365

Holding Our Own Records, 1983-2006

Holding Our Own (Albany, N.Y.)
15 cubic ft.
This collection documents the day-to-day activities of Holding Our Own, an organization established to incite and support feminist social justice in New York's Capital Region.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap223

Frank C. Moore Papers, 1881-1978

Moore, Frank C., 1896-1978
55 cubic ft.
The records in this collection document Frank Moore's career as a New York State public servant. They consist primarily of the records of Moore's service in various elected and appointed positions.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap356

William J. Murray Papers, 1927-1990

Murray, William J., 1908-1995
4.83 cubic ft.
This collection documents the professional work of William J. Murray, who served as assistant administrative director of the New York State Department of Civil Service from 1946-1952 and then administrative director of the Department from 1952 until his retirement in 1971.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap191

Thomas Nattell Papers, 1956-2002

Nattell, Thomas Cole, 1950-2002
12.1 cubic ft.
The Thomas Nattell papers document the life of a mental health worker and political activist active during the 1980s and 1990s in Albany, New York. He created and participated in organizations like the Albany Peace and Energy Council (APEC) and the Three Guys From Albany poetry troupe. He also acted as promoter and event coordinator for movie showings, poetry open mics and an annual 24-hour poetry reading alongside a coinciding international postcard art event. Nattell used poetry and other arts to advance world peace, anti-nuclear power and proliferation, and environmental issues. This collection contains videos of events, photographs, scrapbooks full of art and poetry mailed from around the world to Nattell, subject files with research on topics related to his professional work as well as his activism, poetry, correspondence, and clippings.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap116
online content

Norman Studer Papers, 1817-2012

Norman Studer
18.84 cubic ft.
The Norman Studer Papers document his career as both an educator and ardent Catskill folklorist. The collection includes significant material relating to his work as director of the Downtown Community School in New York City and Camp Woodland in the Catskills.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap367

November Belford West Papers, 1989-2006

November Belford West
3.0 cubic ft.
This collection documents the activism of November Belford West and her opposition to the death penalty.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap266

Nowicki, Joseph Papers, Undated

Nowicki, Joseph F. X.
12 cubic ft.
This collection documents the service of Joseph F. X. Nowicki of Pearl River, NY in the New York State Assembly representing Rockland County from 1961 through 1964.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap267

Leo W. O'Brien Papers, 1939-1966

O'Brien, Leo W., 1900-1982
6.25 cubic ft.
The Leo W. O' Brien Papers document O'Brien's service in the House of Representative where he served from 1952-1966 on behalf of Albany, NY. The collection includes subject files, correspondence and various communications materials from his Congressional tenure.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap268

Manfred Ohrenstein Papers, 1966-1974

Ohrenstein, Manfred, 1925-
23 cubic ft.
This collection contains materials from Manfred Ohrenstein's early service in the New York State Senate.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap144
online content

Nancy Papish Papers, 1953-2001, bulk 1970-1994

Papish, Nancy
11.0 cubic ft.
The papers of Nancy Papish document her involvement with Clearwater, North River Friends of Clearwater (NRFC), and the campaign to stop Hydro-Quebec's development plan for James Bay. These papers document the environmental activism of Nancy Papish from the 1970s through the 1990s. Included are meeting minutes, notes, mailings, press releases, news clippings, magazine articles, programs, and publications. The Clearwater files contain near-complete runs of newsletters produced by both NRFC and the parent Clearwater organization. Evidence of NRFC's outreach activities is found in a slide show titled "This Is Clearwater" and numerous poster displays. Documentation of Clearwater's organization and administration, such as meeting minutes, internal reports, and committee files, are almost entirely absent. There is little information about the membership of Clearwater. The James Bay files contain materials from several organizations.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap139

Fred Pfeiffer Papers, 1937-2001

Pfeiffer, Fred
4.29 cubic ft.
The Fred Pfeiffer Papers document Pfeiffer's work with labor unions and activist organizations in the Albany, N.Y., area from the mid-1970s to 2001.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap270

Bertram L. Podell Papers, 1945-1970

Podell, Bertram L. (Bertram Lawrence), 1925-
10.2 cubic ft.
The Bertram L. Podell Papers document Podell's service as a New York State Assemblymen and Congressmen from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap364

Rhoda Fox Graves Papers, 1906-1948

Rhoda Fox Graves, 1906-1948
14.03 cubic ft.
This collection documents Rhoda Fox Graves' service in the New York State Assembly and Senate. It also contains some personal materials from her life.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap366

Audrey Seidman Papers, 1988-1998

Seidman, Audrey
1.0 cubic ft.
This collection documents the activism and interests of Audrey Seidman of Albany, especially her work with Holding Our Own, a foundation dedicated to supporting feminist social justice.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap130

Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter Records, 1964-1999

Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter
29 cubic ft.
The collection documents the day-to-day work of the Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter over three and a half decades.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap279

Bernard C. Smith Papers, 1963-1969

Smith, Bernard C.
10.4 cubic ft.
The Bernard C. Smith Papers document the first four years of Smith’s service as a New York State Senator. While Smith is most well known for his work in conservation, these papers from his early Senate career contain significant materials on the issues of abortion, education (especially for mentally handicapped children), medical treatment and penal codes and laws.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap280

Taylor, Mildred Frick Papers, 1921-1974

Taylor, Mildred Frick
11.4 cubic ft.
Mildred F. Taylor was a Republican politican from Lyons, Wayne County, New York. Taylor was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New York in 1940, 1948, 1952 (alternate),and 1960; the chairman of the Wayne County Republican Committee, 1943-1956; and a member of the Assembly of the New York State Legislature, 1946-1960. This collection documents her vast political experiences, including her work on the Joint Lesiglative Committee on Historic Sites.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap161

The Hunger Action Network of New York State Records, 1979-2003, bulk 1979-2003

The Hunger Action Network of New York State
12.28 cubic ft.
The Hunger Action Network of New York State was founded at the Food, Famine and Federalism conference on May 20th, 1982. The statewide membership organization is comprised of direct food providers, advocates, and others with the same goal of ending hunger and poverty in New York State. Today, HANNYS has more than 200 member organizations fighting in unison. The organization holds offices in New York City and Albany, New York.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap198
online content

The New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition Records, 1970-2002, bulk 1970-2002

The New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition
29.9 cubic ft.
Tenants and Neighbors is a statewide coalition of New York's tenants and tenant associations that fight for tenants' rights and affordable housing for all people. The origins of Tenants and Neighbors dates to a meeting of tenant and housing activists from across the state in August 1972 at St. Rose College in Albany, N.Y. By December 1974, a formal organization was developed by housing and tenant activists across the state that drew up by-laws and created the original name as the New York Tenants Coalition. The first statewide membership meeting was held in February 1975. In 1995, the organization changed its name to New York State Tenants and Neighbors. The collection includes: minutes, annual reports, newsletter and other publications, legislative and organizational memoranda, press releases, clippings, video and press coverage.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap355

Margaret Vandiver Papers, 1975-2012

Vandiver, Margaret
31 cubic ft.
The Margaret Vandiver Papers document Dr. Vandiver's research in capital punishment, involvement with abolitionist organizations, and work with individuals sentenced to death.
New York State Modern Political Archive: apap328

Anthony Weiner Papers, 1999-2010

Weiner, Anthony
107.25 cubic ft.
The collection contains records related to Anthony Weiner's tenure in the United States Congress representing New York's 9th Congressional district.