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Arthur Savage Collection on the Rapp-Coudert Committee

Call Number



1940-1941, inclusive


Savage, Arthur


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English .

Historical/Biographical Note

Jack Donald Foner (1910-1999) was an American historian best known for writing histories of the labor movement and the struggle for civil rights. Philip S. Foner (1910–1994) was a Marxist labor historian and teacher, best remembered for his 10-volume History of the Labor Movement in the United States. Max Yergan (1892-1975) was an African American activist, once a Communist and leader of the National Negro Congress, the International Committee on African Affairs in 1937, later the Council on African Affairs, but later became an anti-Communist.

Scope and Contents

Contains material related to the 1941 dismissal of Jack Foner and Henry Foner from their teaching positions as historians at the City College of New York for their radical political views and their alledged political indoctrination of their students. The collection includes correspondence, including letters and memoranda from John Haynes Holmes, head of the ACU to Frederick R. Joudert, Jr., co-chair of the so-called Rapp-Coudert Committee, i.e. the New York State Legislature's Joint Legislative committee to Investigate the Educational System of the State of New York, legal documents and letters in support of the Foners, Committee statements, student protest printed ephemera in support of the Foner brothers, a report, "Summary of Evidence against Individuals Now In the Educational Systems [of New York City, 157 pp.]," and a statement by Max Yergan on his non re-appointment as lecturer in Negro history at City College.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1940-1941, are expected to enter the public domain in 2061.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Arthur Savage Collection on the Rapp-Coudert Committee; TAM 543; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; provenance is unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 2010.051.

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