Benjamin W. Barkas Papers

Collection ID: 
URB 37 (Acc. 81, 85, 90)
Date: 
1921-1968
Footage: 
33 cubic feet
Collecting Area: 

Subjects:

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Dr. Benjamin W. Barkas was a professional educator concerned with labor and adult education in Philadelphia from 1925 to the mid-1960s. The organizations in which his interest and effort were greatest were the Labor Education Association (LEA), 1943-1967; Temple University, 1943-1962; and the School District of Philadelphia Extension Division, 1941 1974.


Information in greater detail on Dr. Barkas's career may be found in the newsletter Urban Archives Notes #13, September 1977 (available in the Special Collections Research Center), and in Box 1, Folder 2 of this collection.
 

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT

The Barkas papers have been arranged into twelve series as follows:

  • Series I: Personal Papers; General Correspondence and Notes
  • Series II: Labor Education Association
  • Series III: Labor Unions
  • Series IV: Temple University
  • Series V: Educational Organizations (Non-Public)
  • Series VI: School District of Philadelphia, Extension Division
  • Series VII: Pennsylvania State University
  • Series VIII: Other Public Educational Agencies
  • Series IX: Programs for the Aged and Retirees
  • Series X: Special Issues
  • Series XI: Non-Educational Organizations
  • Series XII: Financial Ledgers and Oversized Material


Series I. Personal Papers; General Correspondence and Notes. Biographical data; course notes; odd-size pages of notes on many subjects.

Series II. Labor Education Association. History of LEA; minutes; finances; Union Leadership Academy; conferences and seminars organized by LEA; affiliated unions and individuals and contributions; International Education Project (1952-1960); correspondence; other programs.

Series III. Labor Unions. Correspondence, pamphlets, programs and other materials of numerous unions and labor organizations, including: Pennsylvania Federation of Labor, ILGWU, United Steel Workers, AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America, United Automobile Workers, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Textile Workers Union, and other unions; also, shop steward and apprenticeship programs.

Series IV. Temple University. Classroom notes; Engineering Science Management WarTraining Program (1943-1944), administration of programs and courses; Work-Study Training for Productivity Program (1954-1955).

Series V. Educational Organizations. Records, correspondence and programs of and professional organizations, including: Adult Education Association, Adult Education Council of Philadelphia, American Labor Education Service, colleges and universities, institutes and conferences, Joint Council on Economic Education, The Junto, Labor College of Philadelphia, League for Industrial Democracy, National Association of Public Adult Educators, Pennsylvania Association for Adult Education, secondary private schools, WPA Workers Education Advisory Council, and others.

Series VI. School District of Philadelphia, Extension Division. Correspondence, programs, reports and other records. Some of the programs are: Operation Alphabet, vocational education for prisoners, national defense training, labor-management relations, citizenship for immigrants, and a Labor Education Project; also, administration of the Extension Division, newsletters and bulletins, and records of the Federation of Community Councils (1952-1965).

Series VII. Pennsylvania State University. Correspondence, and notes. The major program nvolving Engineering Science and Management Defense Training Program(1942-1943).

Series VIII. Other Public Educational Agencies. Primarily correspondence and publications of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction.

Series IX. Programs for the Aged and Retirees. Senior Citizens Central Association, Connie Mack Recreation Center, Health and Welfare Council, Inc., and other organizations.

Series X. Special Issues. Co-ops, credit unions, automation, etc.

Series XI. Non-Educational Organizations. Summer camps, corporations, Industrial Relations Research Association, libraries serving labor, Philadelphia Mayor's Committee for Noise Abatement, Pioneer Youth of America (1925-1935), Urban League of Philadelphia, UNICEF, United States Labor Department.

Series XII. Financial Ledgers and Oversized Boxes.

 

ACQUISITION INFORMATION

Deposited in the Archives by Dr. Barkas, 1971. Accession nos. 81, 85, 90.

 

SEPARATED MATERIAL

Photographs have been removed to the Benjamin W. Barkas and Labor Education Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection (PC-41).

 

INVENTORY

Series I: Personal Papers; General Correspondence and Notes


Box 1

1 Leases, 1940-1951
2 Biographical data
3 Rationing, 1940s
4-6 Correspondence
7 Cornell University
8 Labor education, 1935-1946, 1965
9 Journalism, 1932
10 Reaching adults, 1933-1935
11 Address books
12 Welsh School, 1937
13 Labor education project, 1954
14 Expense accounts, 1945

Box 2

15-16 Activity reports, 1952-1956
17 Letter writing
18 Literary assistant, 1941
19 Correspondence--Teachers, 1942-1944
20-21 Correspondence, 1944-1955
22 Notices; notes, 1953
23-28 Notes and correspondence, 1953-1963

Box 3

29-33 Notes and correspondence, 1963-
34-40 Course notes

Box 4

41-49 Course notes
50-56 Writings and lectures

Box 5

57-67 Writings and lectures
68 Ph.D. dissertation, 1925

Box 6

69-78 Notes

Box 7

79-87 Notes

Box 8

88-96 Notes

Box 9

97 Notes
98 Teaching job applications, 1927-1928
99-109 Correspondence, 1921-1931; "Kuzbus" leaflet 1922

Box 10

110-115 Correspondence, 1932-1946
116-121 Correspondence, 1951-1959


 

Series II: Labor Education Association

Box 11


1 History of LEA
2 By-laws; Executive Board members, 1948-1961
3-9B Executive Board minutes, 1949-1962
10-13 Organization; AFL-CIO merger, 1957-1962

Box 12

14 Organization; AFL-CIO merger, 1957-1962
15-17 Program planning, 1956-1962
18-23 Finances, 1949-1962, 1966
24-28 Committees, 1949-1962
29 Program Coordinator, 1955-1956
30-31 Unions and other organizations

Box 13

32-51 Unions and other organizations, 1946-1956
52-53 Union Leadership Academy, 1959-1968
54-55 Adult Education Week, 1955
56-57 Conferences, 1943-1967

Box 14

58-78 Conferences, meetings, seminars, 1943-1967

Box 15

79-93 Conferences, meetings, seminars, 1955-1967

********THERE IS NO BOX #16********

Box 17

94-108 Conferences, meetings, seminars, 1955-1967

Box 18

109-117 Conferences, meetings, seminars, 1955-1967
118-125 Affiliations and contributions, 1948-1955

Box 19

126-144 Affiliations and contributions, 1955-1959

Box 20

145-150 Affiliations and contributions, 1959-1961
151-161 International Education Project, 1952-1959

Box 21

162-173 International Education Project, 1952-1960
174-182 Correspondence, 1956-1961

Box 22

183-191 Correspondence, 1956-1967
192 Educational training course, 1953
193 LEK Community Art Center, 1958-1959
194-195 Educational materials, 1953-1956
196 Faculty, 1947
197 Speakers
198 Address lists, 1955-1961

Box 23

199 Hotel arrangements
200 Newspapers
201 Lease
202 Membership meeting, 1955
203 Lists of names


 

Series III: Labor Unions

1-8 Pennsylvania Federation of Labor, 1934, 1943-1947

Box 24

9-13 Pennsylvania Federation of Labor, 1945-1955
14 Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO, 1961-1966
14-B Central Labor Union, 1935-1959
15-19 International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, 1952-1956

Box 25

20-27 International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, 1943-1956

Box 26

28-30 International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, 1950-1961
31-38 United Steel Workers, 1942-1959

Box 27

39-44 United Steel Workers, 1944-1968
45-50 American Federation of Labor, 1924-1954

Box 28

51-54 American Federation of Labor, 1934-1954
55-58 Congress of Industrial Organizations

Box 29

59-60 Congress of Industrial Organizations
61-66 AF of L-CIO

Box 30

67-71 AF of L-CIO
72-76 Communications Workers of America, 1951

Box 31

77-84 Communications Workers of America, 1952-1967
85-87 United Automobile Workers, 1936, 1945, 1952-1957

Box 32

88-95 United Automobile Workers, 1952-1962

Box 33

96-102 International Association of Machinists, 1950-1964
103-104 Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers, 1943-1966
105-109 Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Local 3, 1942, 1953-1964

Box 34

110-117 Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Local 192, 1934-1936
118-123 Shop steward training and apprenticeship programs

Box 35

124-127 Shop steward and apprenticeship programs
128-134 Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers, 1942-1944

Box 36

135-144 Amalgamated Clothing Workers, 1935-1959
145-146 Jewish Labor Committee, 1958-1966
147 Retail Clerk International Association, 1962-1965

Box 37

148 United Gas, Coke and Chemical Workers, 1946-1951
149 Commercial Telegraphers Union, 1946-1948
150-155 Bakery and Confectionery Workers' Union, 1941-1961
156-157 Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen, 1946-1955

Box 38

158-159 Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen, 1946-1955
160-168 Textile Workers Union, 1943-1957
169-171 Upholsterers' International Union, 1943-1948

Box 39

172-180 Upholsterers' International Union, 1942-1949
181-184 American Federation of Hosiery Workers, 1934-1963
185-186 Telephone Workers' Unions, 1946-1962

Box 40

187-192 Telephone Workers' Unions, 1943-1963
193-198 Radio and Television Workers' Unions, 1936-1959
199 International and Foreign Labor Organizations, 1936-1955

Box 41

200-203 International and Foreign Labor Organizations, 1951-1955
204-209 Cultural activities; plays; songbooks, 1925-1951
210 Labor Committee for Human Rights, 1951
211-214 American Federation of Government Employees, 1952 - 1968

Box 42

215 Government unions
216-218 Paper and papermill workers, 1946-1948
219-221 Other unions: Carpenters; Packers; Mine Workers;
Teamsters; Streetcar motormen; Railroad workers;
Rubber and Cork workers; Building Service
Employees; Photo Engravers; Furniture Workers;
Hotel and Restaurant Employees; Seafarers; Saw,
File and Steel Products
222 Molders and Foundry Workers, 1946-1950
223-224 Oilworkers International Union, 1948
225 Philadelphia Dress Joint Board, 1956


 

Series IV: Temple University

Box 43

1-12 Labor Education courses--classroom notes, 1943- 1953
13-14 Adult Education courses--classroom notes, 1956

Box 44

15-16 Adult Education courses--classroom notes, 1951- 1953
17 Adult Education--instructional materials
18 Trade Union Institute in the Meat Industry, 1946- 1947
19 Police Administration course, 1962
20 Community College and Technological Institute, 1945-1956
21-26 Teachers College, 1944-1962
27 Engineering, Science, Management War Training Program, 1943-1944
28-29 Academic administration

Box 45

30-42 Academic administration, 1944-1960
43-44 Work-Study Training for Productivity Program, 1954-1955

Box 46

45-65 Work-Study Training for Productivity Program, 1954-1955

Box 47

66-86 Work-Study Training for Productivity Program, 1954-1955

Box 48

87 Work-Study Training for Productivity Program, 1954-1955
88-104 Course administration and organization, 1943-1962

Box 49

105-106 Course administration and organization, 1947-1953
107-109 Post-War Planning Institute, 1943-1944
110 American Association of University Professors, Temple Chapter, 1949-1950, 1958 111-112 Faculty Record , 1947-1959
113 Alumni Review , 1947-1959
114-116 Non-academic affairs


 

Series V: Educational Organizations (Non-Public)

1-5 Adult Education Association, 1954-1959

Box 50

6-11 Adult Education Association, 1953-1964
12-18 Adult Education Council of Philadelphia, 1941-1966

Box 51

19-33 Adult Education Council of Philadelphia, 1941-1968

Box 52

34 Adult Education Week, 1955-1957
35 American Foundation for Continuing Education, 1961-1965
36 American Institute for Research, 1959
37-44 American Labor Education Service, (ALES), 1945- 1961
45-47 Berean Institute, 1963-1966

Box 53

48 Child Study Association of America, 1925-1927
48A Citizens Council on Public Education, 1961
49-50 Colleges and universities (local)
51-54 Colleges and universities (out-of-state), 1929- 1966
55 Committee for Integrated Education of Philadelphia (Not racial)
56 Cornell University
57 Educational television
58 Educational Testing Service, 1960-1966
59 Ethical Culture
60 Foundation for Economic Education
61 Fund for Adult Education, 1951

Box 54

62 Health, Education, and Welfare Department, 1957- 1959
63 Hudson Shore Labor School, 1946-1951
64-74 Institutes and conferences, 1934-1967
75 International labor organizations, 1950-1960
76 Joint Council on Economic Education, 1949

Box 55

77-78 Joint Council on Economic Education, 1949-1966

Box 56

89-101 The Junto, 1941-1965


Box 57

102-108 Labor College of Philadelphia, 1926-1935
109-115 League for Industrial Democracy, 1922-1966
116-118 National Association of Public School Adult Educators, (NAPSAE), 1955-1965

Box 58

119-126 National Association of Public School Adult Educators, (NAPSAE), 1960-1965
127 National Committee for the Extension of Labor Education, 1948
128 National Education Association (NEA), 1947-1956
129 National Home Study Council, 1953-1961
130-131 National Institute of Labor Education, 1961-1962, 1967

Box 59

132-135 New Jersey Association for Adult Education, 1954
136-137 New York State Organizations, 1941-1955
138-144 Pennsylvania Association for Adult Education, (PAAE, PSAAE), 1938-1967

Box 60

145-155 Pennsylvania Association for Adult Education, (PAAE, PSAAE), 1938-1967

Box 61

156-168 Pennsylvania Association for Adult Education, (PAAE, PSAAE), 1938-1967

Box 62

169-184 Pennsylvania Association for Adult Education, (PAAE, PSAAE), 1938-1967

Box 63

185-201 Pennsylvania Association for Adult Education, (PAAE, PSAAE), 1938-1967

Box 64

202 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, 1947, 1955
203 Philadelphia Association for Retarded Children, 1961-1965
204-211 Secondary schools, 1926-1951
Mohegan Modern School; Ferrer Modern School Association; George School; Manumit School; Oak Lane Country Day School; Akiba Hebrew Academy; Jefferson School; Chevy Chase Country Day School; Winnetka; Fairhope;

Box 65

The Park School; The Walden School;
212-215 The Edgewood School; Ethical Cultural School; others.
216 Brookwood Labor College, 1922-1923
217 Schoolmen's Club of Philadelphia, 1958-1966

Box 66

218-224 WPA--Works Progress Administration and Work Projects Administration, 1938-1944
225-226 WPA Workers Education Advisory Council, 1937-1941

Box 67

227-232 WPA Workers Education Advisory Council, 1937-1941
233-234 Workers Education Bureau of America, 1922-1923, 1947-1949
235 Committee on Ruskin College Labor Scholarships, 1947
236 Adult Education and Recreation Activities and Facilities in Philadelphia, 1934
237-238 Other adult and labor education organizations
239-241 Miscellaneous notes and other materials on workers education, 1930s

Box 68

242-245 Miscellany


 

Series VI: School District of Philadelphia, Extension Division

1-11 Correspondence and notes, 1941-1967

Box 69

12-26 Correspondence and notes, 1941-1967


Box 70

27-35 Correspondence and notes, 1941-1967
36-38 Operation Alphabet, 1962

Box 71

39-46 Operation Alphabet, 1962

Box 72

47-60 Prison programs, 1954-1964

Box 73

61-71 National defense training programs--Philadelphia Council on Vocational Training for National Defense, 1940-1941
72-75 Police and Fire Department programs, 1957-1963

Box 74

16-77 Frankford Adult School, 1964
78 Shop Steward Training Program, 1944-1945
79-84 Labor-management relations program, 1951-1952
85-86 Labor management relations program, 1963-1964
87-89 Vocational schools, 1933-1965

Box 75

90-92 Vocational schools, 1933-1965
93-95 Citizenship programs, 1958-1961
96 E.J. Korvette program, 1962
97 Macke Vending Company program, 1962
98 Small Business Opportunities Corporation, 1964
99 Food Fair program, 1961-1962
100 Philadelphia. City Personnel Department, 1965
101-102 Economics Seminar, 1949-1950
103 High School Equivalency
104 Foreign interns

Box 76

105 Central High Summer Workshop, 1951
106 Debaters
107 Gillespie Junior High School, 1949
108 Leadership training, 1946-1947
109 Adult education in-service, 1957
110 Workers Education unit, 1957
111 Miscellaneous programs
112-123 Notes for Division administration
124-126 Meetings, 1951-1965

Box 77

127-128 Meetings, 1951-1965
129-136 Memoranda, notices, etc., 1940-1967
137-139 Discussion groups, 1956-1958
140-141 Visits and speakers, 1956-1957
142 Bartlett Community Recreation Center, 1952
143 Schedules, 1954-1964

Box 78

144-148 Applications for employment
149 School District memos, 1956-1965
150-152 Extension Division Bulletins, 1925-1937, 1955-1967 (incomplete)
153 Extension Division Newsletter, 1961, 1962, 1967- 1968
154-155 School District Newsletter, 1948-1963 (incomplete)

Box 79

156-158 Federation of Community Councils, 1952-1965
159-169 Labor Education Project, 1948-1967

Box 80

170-183 Labor Education Project, 1948-1967

Box 81

184-189 Labor Education Project, 1948-1967189A-189B Union Counselor Training Program, 1958
190-193 Research grant proposals and applications, 1962- 1963
194-199 Instructional materials

Box 82

200 School District statistics, 1937-1938, 1942-1943
201 Philadelphia Teachers Association, 1940, 1963-1966
Association of Professional Supervisors, 1957-1961


 

Series VII: Pennsylvania State University

1-11 Correspondence and notes, 1942-1946

Box 83

12-23 Correspondence and notes, 1942-1946 Steel workers Institute
24-27 Labor Education Service, 1954-1963

Box 84

28-38 Engineering Science and Management Defense Training Program, 1942-1943


 

Series VIII: Other Public Educational Agencies

1-5 Pennsylvania. Department of Public Instruction-- Correspondence and notes, 1939-1941, 1959-1965

Box 85

6 Pennsylvania. Department of Public Instruction-- Correspondence and notes, 1959-1965
7-11 Pennsylvania. Department of Public Instruction-- Publications and Newsletter, 1957-1965
12-15 Other public educational organizations

Box 86

16-17 Other public educational organizations


 

Series IX: Programs for the Aged and Retirees

1-12 Senior Citizens Central Association, 1960-1967

Box 87

13-22 Connie Mack Recreation Center, 1962-1968
23 Labor Union Retirees Advisory Council, 1963-1966
24 White House Conference Committee on Aging, 1960
25-28 Other conferences

Box 88

29 H.E.L.P./Mate Volunteer Bureau, 1963-1964
30-33 Health and Welfare Council, Inc., 1951-1960
34 Sidney Hillman Recreation Center, 1956-1961
35 Other projects
36 Pennsylvania. Publications, 1959-1963
37 New York State. Publications
38 Other publications
39-40 Dowdy, Hamond F.--Correspondence, 1956-1957


 

Series X: Special Issues

1-3 Consumer education

Box 89

4-14 Co-operative movement, 1934-1949

Box 90

15 Co-operative movement, 1948, 1963-1965
16-19 Credit unions, 1923-1947
20-22 Pensions and social security; health plans, 1945- 1950
23-24 Automation, 1954-1965
25 Race relations; anti-Semitism; human relations

Box 91

26-29 Race relations; human relations


 

Series XI: Non-Educational Organizations

1 American Cancer Society, 1964-1966
2 American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Philadelphia Branch, 1954
American Economic Association, 1953-1966
3 American Institute of Family Relations
4 Americans for Democratic Action, Philadelphia Chapter, 1950-1965
5-6 Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, Inc. (ACES), 1961-1965
7 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
8-9 Camps--Germinal; Manco Copac, 1927-1931

Box 92

10 Chamber of Commerce
11-12 Child Health Week Committee, 1952-1953
13 Christian religious organizations
14 Committee for State Constitutional Revision, 1963
15 Community and charity organizations
Congress of Racial Equality, 1954
16-26 Corporations

Box 93

27 Council for International Visitors, 1956-1960
Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia, 1958
28 Economic educational and research organizations
29 Fellowship Commission, 1953-1963
30 Fellowship House and Farm, 1947-1961
31 The Grail
32 Greater Philadelphia Committee Against Peacetime Conscription, 1945-1947
33 Health and Welfare Council, Inc., 1938-1957
34 Health care
Industrial Relations Counselors
35-38 Industrial Relations Research Association, 1953- 1963
39 Institute of Management and Labor Relations, 1958
Jewish organizations, 1954-1966
40-46 Libraries and library services to labor, 1941-1966

Box 94

47 National Consumers League, 1942, 1959
National Planning Association, 1947
New Jersey Dental Laboratory Association, 1964
48 Pendle Hill, 1945-1966
49-51 Pennsylvania government agencies, 1940-1962
52 Pennsylvania Welfare Forum, 1956-1961
53-56 Philadelphia. Mayor's Committee for Noise Abatement, 1957-1964
57 Philadelphia Council for International Visitors, 1959, 1966
Philadelphia Housing Association, 1953
58-61 Pioneer Youth of America, 1925-1935

Box 95

62-66 Pioneer Youth of America, 1925-1935
67 Political organizations, 1940-1953
Powelton Village Development Association, 1957
Professional organizations
68 Public Affairs Institute
Religion and Labor Council of America, 1959-1960
Socialist Party of the United States, 1935, 1937
Society of Friends, 1936-1955
Twentieth Century Fund, 1948
69-71 Urban League of Philadelphia, 1954-1958
72-73 United Fund, 1947-1949, 1958-1959
74-75 United Nations, 1948-1951

Box 96

76-82 UNICEF--Greater Philadelphia Area Committee for UNICEF, 1958-1965
83-86 United States. Labor Department, 1944, 1950-1957
87 United States government agencies

Box 97

88 Wharton Centre
89 World Affairs Council, 1957-1958
90 YMCA; YWCA; YM-YWHA
91-93 Philadelphia government agencies, 1949-1963
94 Society for the Advancement of Management, 1952- 1953


 

Series XII: Financial Ledgers and Oversized Materials

1-5 Financial ledgers and oversized boxes

Box 98 (Oversized)

Financial ledgers
ILGWU pamphlets

Box 99 (Oversized)

Financial ledgers