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Bernard Seaman labor cartoons

 Collection 0501-LBR
This collection includes labor cartoons and other drawings created by Bernard Seaman, a cartoonist featured in many union publications. A significant portion of the collection consists of original cartoons but includes leaflets, union greeting cards, handbills, posters, and broadsides. Organizations represented include the AFL, CIO and AFL-CIO; also ILGWU, IUE, Seafarers, Longshoremen and other unions at the local (mostly NYC) and international level.

Dates

  • 1934-1983

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

An inventory for this collection is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section. is attached as an external document. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Extent

18.00 Linear Feet (12 flat oversize cases)

Content Description

This collection consists of Bernard Seaman labor cartoons and other drawings, as well as original rough sketches and final drafts and published versions of particular items. Bernard Seaman was a cartoonist whose illustrations appeared in many union publications. A significant portion of the collection consists of cartoons mounted on card stock but includes leaflets, union greeting cards, handbills, posters, and broadsides utilized in organizing drives, educational efforts and political mobilization. Organizations represented include the AFL, CIO and AFL-CIO; also the ILGWU, IUE, Seafarers, Longshoremen and other unions at the local (mostly NYC) and international level. Some items are from independent labor and left publications. Among key subjects covered are a wide variety of issues concerning the labor movement including: civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, communism, labor law and legislation, economic issues, political action, automation and organizing.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Helen Seaman, Bernard Seaman's wife, donated the materials to the George Meany Memorial Archives in 1994. The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these materials as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.

Processing Information

This collection was accessioned but unprocessed by the George Meany Memorial Archives.

In the summer of 2019, Allison Riehl reviewed the collection, the records from the George Meany Memorial Archives and the accession record available on ArchivesSpace. In the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, Allison Riehl created an itemized preliminary inventory for the cartoons. The cartoons were rehoused in acid free folders and moved into Hollinger boxes more appropriate for the size of the documents. Circa dates were given to items that are undated based on the time span Seaman was actively working. She inventoried 19 out of 20 boxes at the item level, and reboxed items based on size using a temporary Box numbering system.
Title
Guide to the Bernard Seaman labor cartoons
Status
Minimally Processed
Author
Allison Riehl
Date
2019-06-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
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College Park Maryland 20742
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