Julius Edelstein papers, 1917-1961

Julius Edelstein papers, 1917-1961 [Bulk Dates: 1948-1958]
76.11 linear ft.( 141 document boxes, 33 index card boxes )
This collection is arranged in nine series. Series I: Bills, 1950-1956; Series II. Campaigns, 1934-1960; Series III. Correspondence, 1923-1960 (1950-1960); Subseries III.1: Alphabetical, 1954-1960; Subseries III.2: Chronological, 1950-1960; Subseries III.3: Personal, 1923-1959; Series IV. Office Files, 1932-1956 (1950-1955); Series V. Personal Research Files, 1928-1961; Series VI. Speeches, 1952-1957; Series VII. Subject Files, 1917-1958 (1948-1953); Series VIII. Indexed Address Cards, undated; Series IX. 2009 Accession.
Finding Aid
Finding aid in repository; folder level control.
This collection holds the papers of Julius C. C. Edelstein. The records that comprise this collection primarily encompass the years in which Edelstein acted as executive assistant and Chief of Legislative Staff to Senator Herbert H. Lehman, 1949-1956. He remained Lehman's assistant through 1960. The records are primarily political in nature although there is personal correspondence of Edelstein's included. The subjects found throughout the collection are agriculture, appropriations, civil rights, civil service, defense, foreign policy and aid, health, housing, immigration, internal security, labor, minimum wage, St. Lawrence project, social security and welfare, tideland offshore oil, tariffs, taxes and veterans. The types of records that can be found are correspondence, pamphlets, government publications, clippings, press releases, statistics, maps and memoranda.
Biographical / Historical Note
Julius C. C. Edelstein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 29, 1912. He studied at the University of Wisconsin from 1927-1934 (Law and Medicine), supporting himself through nespaper reporting. In 1937 he began working for the United Press covering U.S. territories and island possessions. His career in journalism continued until World War II when he secured an ensign's commission in the U.S. Navy. After training as a communications officer, he became assistant naval aide to Admiral William D. Leahy, later being promoted to naval aide. Between 1945 and 1947 he served as public affairs advisor to the U.S. High Commissioner to the Philippines, Paul V. McNutt, and as personal advisor to the President of the Philippines, Manuel Roxas. In 1949, Edelstein became Senator Herbert H. Lehman's executive assistant and chief of legislative staff.
Senator Herbert H. Lehman believed in the ability of government to help those that can not help themselves. He fought for civil rights, displaced persons, affordable housing and voted against the popular anti-immigrant legislation. He was responsible for various social reforms such as minimum wage, unemployment insurance, public housing, medical care for the disabled and labor laws to protect workers. Edelstein championed these causes and became personally involved as well, researching and corresponding with numerous democratic constituents' and political figures. He was also a trustee of the National Committee on Immigration and Citizenship (NCIC), secretary for the New York Committee for Democratic Voters and a member of the American Jewish Congress, American Jewish Committee and Americans for Democratic Action (ADA).
In 1955, Edelstein married Rivka Ben-David. In 1956, Julius and Rivka's daughter Suzy was born. Rivka was an assistant military attacheĢ to the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Edelstein continued to serve Lehman until 1960. In 1962, Edelstein became executive assistant to Mayor Robert F. Wagner.
While under Mayor Wagner, he served as executive secretary of the city's antipoverty board. When Robert F. Kennedy ran for the Senate, Mayor Wagner lent Mr. Edelstein to advise him on Jewish and Israeli issues. In 1965, Edelstein embarked on a career at the City University of New York (CUNY). He served as senior vice chancellor of CUNY until 1984 when he retired. He was the primary force behind open admissions at CUNY in the late 1960s, fighting for the economically disadvantaged so as to ensure they had access to an undergraduate education. In 2005, at the age of 93, Julius Edelstein died at New York Hospital.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Other Finding Aids: The Herbert H. Lehman Papers, 1858-1963, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Julius C. C. Edelstein Office Files, 1967-2003, City University of New York Central Office Archives.
No additions are expected.
Gift of Suzy E. E. Edelstein, 2006
Cite As
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Julius C. C. Edelstein papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Alinsky, Saul David, 1909-1972.
Benton, William, 1900-1973.
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
Eastland, James O. (James Oliver), 1904-1986.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Ewing, Oscar R. (Oscar Ross), 1889-1980.
Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.
Fordham, Jefferson Barnes.
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986.
Hennings, Thomas C., Jr. (Thomas Carey), 1903-1960.
Hill, Lister, 1894-1984.
Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986.
Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963.
Lamont, Corliss, 1902-1995.
Landers, Ann.
Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963.
Levy, Beryl Harold, 1908-1995.
Marcantonio, Vito, 1902-1954.
McCarran, Pat, 1876-1954.
McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971.
Stern, Julius David, 1886-1971.
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.
Sweeney, Esther Emerson, 1905-
Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Walter, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1894-1963.
American Civil Liberties Union.
American Jewish Congress.
Americans for Democratic Action.
Democratic National Committee (U.S.)
Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
North Atlantic Trade Organization.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United Nations.
United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1947-1949)
United States. Defense Production Act of 1950.
United States. Immigration and Nationality Act.
United States. Department of Health and Human Services.
United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Atomic Energy.
United States. Congress. Senate > Cloture.
United States. Congress. Senate > Rules and practice.
United States. Securities and Exchange Commission.
United States. Veterans Administration.
Mutual security program, 1951-
Campaign literature.
Civil issues.
Civil rights.
Communism > United States.
Economic assistance, American > Developing countries.
Electric power production > Great Lakes (North America)
Emigration and immigration law > United States > History.
Economic assistance.
International relations.
Hydroelectric power plants > Alaska > Anchorage Region.
Hydroelectric power plants > New York (State) > Niagara Falls.
Hydrogen bomb > Moral and ethical aspects.
Emigration and immigration.
Health insurance > United States.
Internal security > United States.
Juvenile delinquency.
Labor laws and legislation > United States.
Nuclear energy > Law and legislation > United States.
Offshore oil industry.
Price regulation > United States.
Reconstruction (1939-1951) > Europe.
Subversive activities > United States.
Taxation > United States.
Eklutna Dam (Alaska)
Europe > Ethnic relations > History > 20th century.
Great Lakes (North America) > Regulation.
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) > Regulation.
Saint Lawrence Seaway.
United States > Emigration and immigration > Government policy.
United States > Politics and government > 20th century.
English; Hebrew
Language Note
Material is in English and Hebrew.
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