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David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The holdings of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library range from ancient papyri to records of modern advertising. There are over 10,000 manuscript collections containing more than 20 million individual manuscript items. Only a portion of these collections and items are discoverable on this site. Others may be found in the library catalog.

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Consumer Reports. William S. Taylor papers, 1932-1973 and undated 0.5 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. William Sentman Taylor was professor of psychology at Smith College and active in cooperative societies in the Northampton, Mass. area. The William S. Taylor papers include correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, business papers, committee reports and other printed materials that relate primarily to the operation and administrative activities of the Northampton Consumers Association and its relations with other regional consumer groups and cooperative societies. Topics include consumer education and protection, cooperative-run enterprises including book clubs and mail order. Organizations represented include Consumers' Research, the Eastern Cooperative League and Springfield Consumers Cooperative. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The William S. Taylor papers include correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, business papers, committee reports and other printed materials that relate primarily to the operation and administrative activities of the Northampton Consumers Association and its relations with other regional consumer groups and cooperative societies. Topics include consumer education and protection, cooperative-run enterprises including book clubs and mail order. Organizations represented include Consumers' Research, the Eastern Cooperative League and Springfield Consumers Cooperative.

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Consumer Reports. Robert L. Smith papers, 1938-1978 8.0 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Robert L. Smith was a consumer advocate who served as Assistant Director of Consumers Union from 1963-1971. The Robert L. Smith papers largely span Smith's tenure as Assistant Director of Consumers Union, along with files he inherited from predecessors and some materials filed under his name after Smith's death in 1971. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, grant applications and other records, materials relating to state and regional consumer organizations, records of educational and social outreach programs, permissions to reprint Consumer Reports content, and other printed materials. In addition the collection includes records pertaining to a Consumers Union study performed for the U.S. Defense Department on consumer protections for military personnel. Correspondents include Colston Warne, Esther Peterson, Irving Michelson and Walter Sandbach. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Robert L. Smith papers largely span Smith's tenure as Assistant Director of Consumers Union, along with files he inherited from predecessors and some materials filed under his name after Smith's death in 1971. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, grant applications and other records, materials relating to state and regional consumer organizations, records of educational and social outreach programs, permissions to reprint Consumer Reports content, and other printed materials. In addition the collection includes records pertaining to a Consumers Union study performed for the U.S. Defense Department on consumer protections for military personnel. Correspondents include Colston Warne, Esther Peterson, Irving Michelson and Walter Sandbach.

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Consumer Reports. Morris Kaplan papers, 1948-1972 6.0 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Morris Kaplan was a chemist who served as Technical Director of Consumers Union from 1946 until his death in 1971. The Morris Kaplan papers include correspondence, articles, laboratory and research reports, speeches and other printed materials. Topics include automotive safety, cigarettes, food safety, government regulations, motor oil, quality control, safety standards, testing methods and textile labeling. Organizations represented in the collection include American Standards Association; International Organization of Consumers' Unions; National Bureau of Standards, and USA Standards Institute. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Morris Kaplan papers include correspondence, articles, laboratory and research reports and other printed materials. Topics include automotive safety, cigarettes, food safety, government regulations, motor oil, quality control, safety standards, testing methods and textile labeling. Organizations represented in the collection include American Standards Association; International Organization of Consumers' Unions; National Bureau of Standards, and USA Standards Institute.

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Consumer Reports. Lynn Jordan papers, 1970-1983 and undated 1.2 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Lynn Jordan was a consumer rights advocate, President of the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council and a member of the Board of Directors of Consumers Union in the 1970s. The Lynn Jordan papers include clippings, correspondence, government documents, pamphlets, reports, testimonies and other printed materials that document Jordan's work in consumer education and protection as a representative of the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council and other organizations. Topics addressed include beef quality and grading, consumer credit, food prices, gender discrimination, patient rights, prescription drug prices, supermarkets, as well as the consumer effects of wage and price freezes resulting from the Economic Stabilization Act of 1973. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Lynn Jordan papers include clippings, correspondence, government documents, pamphlets, reports, testimonies and other printed materials that document Jordan's work in consumer education and protection as a representative of the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council and other organizations. Topics addressed include beef quality and grading, consumer credit, food prices, gender discrimination, patient rights, prescription drug prices, supermarkets, as well as the consumer effects of wage and price freezes resulting from the Economic Stabilization Act of 1973.

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Consumer Reports. Leland Gordon papers, 1931-1987 and undated 1.2 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Leland Gordon was Professor of economics at Denison University who served on the Board of Directors of Consumers Union from 1942-1949. The Leland Gordon papers include correspondence, manuscript of papers and book chapter drafts for Economics for Consumers, conference proceedings and other printed materials. Topics include consumer education and protection, consumption, economic aspects of burial and funeral practices, packaging and labeling of products, weights and measures, and World War II-era wartime economies. Institutions represented in the collection include Denison University, the National Council of Churches, Office of Price Administration, and Stephens College. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Leland Gordon papers include correspondence, manuscript of papers and book chapter drafts for Economics for Consumers, conference proceedings and other printed materials. Topics include consumer education and protection, consumption, economic aspects of burial and funeral practices, packaging and labeling of products, weights and measures, and World War II-era wartime economies. Institutions represented in the collection include Denison University, the National Council of Churches, Office of Price Administration, and Stephens College.

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Consumer Reports. Henry Harap papers, 1916-1973 and undated 3.0 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Henry Harap was professor of education and author, co-founder and Board member of Consumers Union. The Henry Harap papers include clippings, correspondence, drafts of articles, lecture notes, meeting minutes, pamphlets, press releases and other printed materials that relate to administrative affairs in the American Council on Consumer Interests, other consumer advocacy organizations including the Better Business Bureau and materials pertaining to consumer education. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Henry Harap papers include clippings, correspondence, drafts of articles, lecture notes, meeting minutes, pamphlets, press releases and other printed materials that relate to administrative affairs in the American Council on Consumer Interests, other consumer advocacy organizations including the Better Business Bureau and materials pertaining to consumer education.

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Consumer Reports. Helen Canoyer papers, 1938-1968 and undated 3.0 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Helen Gertrude Canoyer was an author, home economist and educator who served as Dean of the Home Economics colleges at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts. The Helen Canoyer papers include correspondence, clippings, news releases, lecture notes, texts to speeches and articles and other printed materials. An audio tape contains an interview of Canoyer. Much of the materials pertain to Canoyer's work with the Consumer Advisory Council, its administration and its efforts to advocate for consumer protection, consumer education and home economics. Other materials pertain to conferences, personal and professional correspondence, and writings. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Helen Canoyer papers include correspondence, clippings, news releases, lecture notes, texts to speeches and articles and other printed materials. An audio tape contains an interview of Canoyer. Much of the materials pertain to Canoyer's work with the Consumer Advisory Council, its administration and its efforts to advocate for consumer protection, consumer education and home economics. Other materials pertain to conferences, personal and professional correspondence, and writings.

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Consumer Reports. Florence Mason papers, 1957-1982 and undated 12.0 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Florence Mason served as Librarian and Assistant to the Director at Consumers Union and correspondent to the United Nations for the International Organization of Consumers' Unions' (now Consumers International). The Florence Mason papers include correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, newsletters and periodicals, reports and other printed materials that primarily document Mason's work with the International Organization of Consumers Unions (IOCU). Topics addressed include consumer protection and education, food issues, economic development, humanitarian assistance, as well as issues relating to women in rural and developing areas. Several files relate to correspondence with Colston Warne, Director of Consumers Union. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Florence Mason papers include correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, newsletters and periodicals, reports and other printed materials that primarily document Mason's work with the International Organization of Consumers Unions (IOCU). Topics addressed include consumer protection and education, food issues, economic development, humanitarian assistance, as well as issues relating to women in rural and developing areas. Several files relate to correspondence with Colston Warne, Director of Consumers Union.

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Consumer Reports. Edward Reich papers, 1940-1946 and undated 0.2 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Edward Reich was an educator and consumer advocate who served as director of the New York City Board of Education's Consumer Education Office and as Board member (1943-1973), Vice President (1958-1961) and Treasurer (1961-1973) of Consumers Union. The Edward Reich papers consist of correspondence, bibliographies reports and teaching guides relating to Reich's service with the New York City Board of Education's consumer education program. Topics include establishing and organizing activities for consumer clubs; adult consumer education programs; and suggested resources for study. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The Edward Reich papers consist of correspondence, bibliographies reports and teaching guides relating to Reich's service with the New York City Board of Education's consumer education program. Topics include establishing and organizing activities for consumer clubs; adult consumer education programs; and suggested resources for study.

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Consumer Reports. Edward M. Brecher papers, 1928-1967 and undated 4.0 Linear Feet

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Edward M. Brecher was a journalist and free-lance science writer who served as Associate Editor of Consumer Reports publications in the 1940s-1950s. The Edward M. Brecher papers include clippings, correspondence, drafts of articles, research notes and other printed materials relating to some of Brecher's writing projects including articles co-written with Ruth Brecher. Topics represented include consumer education and protection, nursing home care, health and legal aspects of smoking, and urban transportation systems. Organizations represented include the American Cancer Society, Department of Health Education and Welfare, Federal Trade Commission, J. Walter Thompson, Liggett & Myers, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Edward M. Brecher was a journalist and free-lance science writer who served as Associate Editor of Consumer Reports publications in the 1940s-1950s. The Edward M. Brecher papers include clippings, correspondence, drafts of articles, research notes and other printed materials relating to some of Brecher's writing projects including articles co-written with Ruth Brecher. Topics represented include consumer education and protection, nursing home care, health and legal aspects of smoking, and urban transportation systems. Organizations represented include the American Cancer Society, Department of Health Education and Welfare, Federal Trade Commission, J. Walter Thompson, Liggett & Myers, and the U.S. Supreme Court.