Marvin Leiner Papers
Language of Materials
Marvin Leiner is a scholar of Cuban education and the author of several books on educational reforms in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. The collection primarily consists of research Leiner conducted while living in Cuba during the 1968-1969 school year and during his many return visits in the 1970s and 1980s. Collection materials consist of reel-to-reel audio tapes, audiocassette tapes, slides, photographs, film reels, diaries, field notes, newspaper clippings, microfilm, floppy disks, transcripts of interviews, correspondence, and early manuscript drafts. A majority of the collection materials contain Leiner's research on Cuban education, sexual politics, and healthcare. A small portion of the collection contains Leiner's research regarding education in Nicaragua and China, as well his files for correpsondence, manuscript drafts, and speaking engagements. The Marvin Leiner Papers date from 1960 to 2004.
Marvin Leiner is the author of several books on sexual politics, education, and childcare in Cuba. Much of his research comes from interviews he conducted and diaries he kept while living in Cuba for the 1968-1969 school year and subsequent trips he made in the 1970s and 1980s. Leiner taught for many years in the Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn. He has a Ph.D. in Elementary Education from New York University, and he has lectured in Latin American Studies at Yale and was a Fellow of Yale's Trumbull College.
Leiner's best known book, Sexual Politics in Cuba: Machismo, Homosexuality, and AIDS, analyzes the Cuban practice of quarantining individuals with HIV in the context of the Cuban Revolution. The book also examines the social and educational effects of the Cuban government's intolerance of homosexuality and the efforts by Cuban educators to introduce sex education in schools. Leiner's research interests also include other education reforms in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, particularly the Escuela al Campo (School to the Countryside) program, which incorporated literacy, sports, and cultural programs into agricultural work in the countryside. His other works on the topic of education include Children Are the Revolution: Daycare in Cuba and Children of the Cities: Education of the Powerless, which he edited. Leiner is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Queens College, City University of New York.
This collection has been organized into three series: Series I: Research Files; Series II: Writings and Correspondence; Series III: Unprocessed Audiovisual and Born-Digital Media. Series I: Research Files has been further organized into three subseries.
The contents of each series and subseries have not been physically arranged by an archivist and the materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains Marvin Leiner's extensive research on Cuban education, sexual politics, and health care, conducted in the late 1960s through the 1990s. His research materials consist of of reel-to-reel audio tapes, audiocassette tapes, slides, photographs, film reels, diaries, field notes from school visits, newspaper clippings, microfilm, floppy disks, and transcripts of interviews with Cuban educators, psychologists, administrators from the Ministry of Education, and other professionals. To a much lesser extent, the collection also includes Leiner's research on education and literacy programs in China and Nicaragua. Research materials date from 1961 to 2001.
The collection also contains files from Leiner's speaking engagements, early working manuscripts of his published works, and correspondence. These materials date from 1967 to 2004.
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Marvin Leiner were transferred to New York University in 2012 by Marvin Leiner. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date; Marvin Leiner Papers; TAM 607; Box number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.
Location of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Marvin Leiner in 2012. The accession number associated with this gift is 2012.018
Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures
Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact email@example.com with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. Born-digital materials have not been transferred and may not be available to researchers. Researchers may request access copies. To request that material be transferred, or if you are unsure if material has been transferred, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.
Documents with sensitive information were found while processing the collection. These documents have been removed from the collection and deaccessioned.
Approximately 5.5 linear feet of books and periodicals on Cuban politics, gender issues, education, and healthcare were separated for library cataloging. Some personal papers and photographs were returned to the donor.
About this Guide
The collection was intellectually arranged into series based on the original order of the materials as maintained by Marvin Leiner. Minimal physical rehousing involved providing archival folders for loose materials found in the boxes, and to replace overstuffed or damaged folders. Original folder titles were retained and copied onto the new archival folders. Some materials were shifted between boxes to correct over- or understuffing, but in all cases the original order of the materials was maintained. Documents with sensitive personal information were removed and deaccessioned.