Ben Stahl Papers

Collection ID: 
Acc. 756
1 linear foot (1 box)
Collecting Area: 


Biographical Note

Ben Stahl was a longtime trade union official, as well as an activist for civil rights, and an advocate for education and job training programs. He was employed for 40 years as a representative of national CIO and AFL-CIO. In the 1960’s he directed the Philadelphia teachers and school cafeteria workers' organizing campaigns, which resulted in collective bargaining rights for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the School Cafeteria Workers. From 1969 until he retired in 1982 he was Mid Atlantic Regional Director of AFL-CIO’s Human Resources Development Institute. He was also an appointed member for two years in the 1980’s on Mayor W. Wilson Goode’s Commission on Human Relations.

Throughout his life, Mr. Stahl served on various boards and committees as a social justice advocate including Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the A. Philip Randolph Institute. He authored numerous articles on labor, civil rights, and employment subjects, and contributed a monthly column to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin entitled "My Voice" in the early 1980’s. Ben Stahl was also the recipient of several awards and certificates such as the James H. Jones, Sr. labor award.

He is a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia (1932) and attended Gratz College before graduating from Temple University in 1936.


Description of Collection

The collection consists of 1 linear foot and covers the period from 1935 to 1991. It contains biographical information, articles and speeches, awards and certificates, the "My Voice" newspaper column, and information on the James H. Jones and Graphic Communication International Union scholarship committees. 

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been organized into 5 series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Personal
  3. Publications
  4. Scholarship
  5. Miscellaneous

Series I. Correspondence. This series contains three sub series including Commission on Human Relations 1986-1988, United Farm Workers 1985, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers 1966-1991.

Series II. Personal. This series is divided into six folders containing biographical information, awards & certificates, articles & speeches and three drafts of a manuscript on the history of Philadelphia's AFL-CIO human rights committees.

Series III. Publications. This includes HRDI newsletters 1971-1976, letters to the editor, clippings of "My Voice" newspaper column, and various other articles.

Series IV. Scholarship. Includes information and notes about two scholarship committees on which he served.

Series V. Miscellaneous. Various papers concerning HRDI retirement and other personal correspondences.

Separated Material

For photographs, see the Miscellaneous Photograph Collection (PC-49), Box 14 Folder 2.





1 Commission on Human Relations 1986-1988
2 Philadelphia Federation of Teachers 1966-1991
3 United Farm Workers 1985


4 Articles and Speeches ND
5 Awards and Certificates ND
6 Biographical Information 1989-1991
7 Biographical Information ND
8 Manuscript ND
9 Swearing in Ceremony 1986


10 Americans for Democratic Action 1988-1991
11 Evelyn Dickey Article 1988-1990
12 Gratz College 1935
13 HRDI Newsletter 1971-1976
14 HRDI Newsletter 1971-1976
15 Jewish Exponent 1987-1989
16 Letters to the Editor/Various ND
17 My Voice 1981-1982


18 Graphic Communications Int'l Union 1986-1989
19 James H. Jones 1986-1988


20 ADA/Greater Phila. First Corporation ND