Collection includes audiovisual materials; clippings; correspondence; financial reports; meeting minutes; membership applications; policy statements; press releases; proceedings and planning documents for conferences, seminars, and workshops; texts of speeches and articles; and other printed materials that document Consumers Union's membership and participation in the organization. Organizations and individuals represented in the collection include: Anwar Fazal; Charles Medawar; Florence Mason; Foo Gaik Sim; Health Action International; International Air Transport Association; International Baby Food Action Network; Lars Broch; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Pesticide Action Network; United Nations. Topics addressed in the collection include: Bhopal disaster; consumer product testing and safety; environmental justice; food safety, security and nutrition; founding of the organization; international businesses; medical care and pharmaceutical policies; pesticide use, environmental and health concerns; sustainable agriculture; and women's health.
Collection includes bylaws, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports and other printed materials. It includes materials collected and maintained under the names of Executive Assistants including Dan Franklin, Florence Mason and Richard Cross. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence files pertaining to consumer organizations, cooperatives, buying clubs, libraries and trade unions, including Consumers Association of Canada, Consumers Association Ltd. (England), and the International Organization of Consumers' Unions. Topics addressed include consumer protection, education, the cooperative movement, and product safety.
Consumer Reports. Persia Campbell papers, 1930-1974 50.0 Linear Feet
Collection includes clippings, conference proceedings, correspondence and memoranda, legislative materials, press releases, speeches, travel notes, and other printed materials that document Campbell's career in consumer advocacy and education. Topics covered in the collection include consumer credit, environment, fraud and misrepresentation, health care, poverty, and price and economic stability during the Depression and World War II. Organizations and institutions represented include the Council on Consumer Information, Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations), International Federation of University Women, International Organization of Consumers' Unions, National Association of Consumers, New York City Community Development Agency; New York State Consumer Counsel, Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association. Queens College, U.S. Agricultural Adjustment Administration, U.S. Consumer Advisory Council, U.S. Office of Price Administration, U.S. Office of Price Stabilization, U.S. National Recovery Administration, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Consumer Reports. Esther Peterson papers, 1953-1997 and undated 19.0 Linear Feet
The Consumer Reports Esther Peterson papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs, texts of articles and speeches, reports, white papers, and other printed materials. The bulk of the collection documents Peterson's work after leaving government in 1981, especially with the International Organization of Consumer's Unions (IOCU) through the 1980s and early 1990s as well as her involvement with consumer and women's movements. Key correspondents include Peter Hansen, Joan Claybrook, Ralph Nader, and Gus Yatron. Institutions represented include Aetna Insurance, American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), Centre for Our Common Future, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Insurance Interest Group (CIIG), Consumer Product Safety Commission, Consumers Union, IOCU, Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations Commission on Transnational Corporations, and the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs. Topics addressed include: consumer advocacy and protection, environmental regulation, particularly the regulation of pesticides, chemicals, and hazardous substances; insurance and health care, especially women's health and long-term care for the elderly; international development and trade; pharmaceutical exports; and transnational corporations.
Consumer Reports. Walker Sandbach papers, 1953-1975 9.0 Linear Feet
Collection includes articles, clippings, correspondence, research reports, texts of speeches and other printed materials. Topics addressed include automobile design and safety; consumer protection; the cooperative movement; insurance reform; and Consumers Union's financial support for Media and Consumer magazine. Correspondents include Colston Warne, Esther Peterson, Persia Campbell, Rhoda Karpatkin, and Sidney Shainwald.
Consumer Reports. Rhoda Karpatkin papers, 1935-2010 50.0 Linear Feet
The collection includes clippings; correspondence and memoranda; corporate and financial audits and reports; legal and legislative documents; meeting agendas and minutes; newsletters, pamphlets and other publications; photographs; press releases; speeches; texts of articles and other printed materials that document Karpatkins career with Consumers Union as well as her involvement with the international consumer movement. Topics include the Bhopal gas disaster; communism and the anti-communist movement during the Cold War; consumer protection; drug export controls; economic and human rights; environmental justice and policy protections; history of Consumers Union; sustainable consumption; tobacco use and passive health hazards; and transnationalism and international businesses. Individuals represented in the collection include Colston Warne, Eileen Nic, Esther Peterson, James Guest, Madeline Ross, Manubhai Shah, Michel van Hulten, and Ralph Nader. Organizations represented include the Administrative Conference of the United States, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Consumer Reports Books, Consumers Union Foundation, Consumers' Association of Canada, International Organization of Consumers' Unions (now Consumers International), Media and Consumer Foundation, and the United Nations.
Consumer Reports. Florence Mason papers, 1957-1982 and undated 12.0 Linear Feet
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.
Consumer Reports. Morris Kaplan papers, 1948-1972 6.0 Linear Feet
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.
Consumer Reports. Institutional records, 1912-2018 35.0 Linear Feet
The collection includes annual reports; articles; bylaws and certificates of incorporation; clippings; correspondence and memoranda; employee directories and manuals; financial and tax records and reports; meeting and conference materials; and other printed materials. Topics addressed include environmental justice; health care and health insurance; the history of Consumers Union from the employee strike and separation from Consumers' Research in 1935; household economic budgets and credit availability; political issues (including Great Depression recovery; World War II-era consumer policy, price controls and rationing; and Cold War-era allegations of communist influence); product standards and safety; and western regional office operations. Individuals and organizations represented include Chester Bowles, Colston Warne, Consumers' Research, the International Organization of Consumers' Unions, League of Women Shoppers, Mildred Brady, National Bureau of Economic Research, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, National Consumers League, New York Office of Consumer Counsel, and the Office of Price Administration.