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Ben Stahl Papers

Collection ID

Acc. 756

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Collection Summary

Title
Ben Stahl Papers

Dates
1935-1991

Collection ID
Acc. 756

Creator
Stahl, Ben, 1915-1998

Quantity
1 linear foot (1 box)   

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English   

Detailed Collection Information

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 1960s 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 1980s 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 1980s. Stahl was also the recipient of several awards and certificates such as the James H. Jones, Sr. labor award.

He was 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 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

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1985-1991
Series 2:  Personal, 1986-1991
Series 3:  Publications, 1935-1998
Series 4:  Scholarship, 1986-1989
Series 5:  Miscellaneous, undated

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1985-1991, contains materials on the Commission on Human Relations, United Farm Workers, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

Series 2:  Personal, 1986-1991, contains biographical information, awards and certificates, articles and speeches, and three drafts of a manuscript on the history of Philadelphia's AFL-CIO human rights committees.

Series 3:  Publications, 1935-1991, includes AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI) newsletters 1971-1976, letters to the editor, clippings of "My Voice" newspaper column, and various other articles.

Series 4:  Scholarship, 1986-1989, includes information and notes about two scholarship committees on which Stahl served.

Series 5:  Miscellaneous, contains various papers concerning AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI) retirement and other personal correspondences.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Ben Stahl Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Ben Stahl Papers, Acc. 756, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated in November 1992.

Separated Material

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

Processing Information

Collection processed by Maureen Haurin, February 2002. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Stahl, Ben, 1915-1998

Corporate Names:
AFL-CIO
AFL-CIO. Human Resources Development Institute

Subjects:
Labor -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Labor Unions -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Publications
Speeches

Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1985-1981

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1985-1991, contains materials on the Commission on Human Relations, United Farm Workers, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

1          1          Commission on Human Relations          1986-1988

1          2          Philadelphia Federation of Teachers          1966-1991

1          3          United Farm Workers          1985

Series 2:  Personal, 1986-1991

Series 2:  Personal, 1986-1991, contains biographical information, awards and certificates, articles and speeches, and three drafts of a manuscript on the history of Philadelphia's AFL-CIO human rights committees.

1          4          Articles and Speeches          Undated

1          5          Awards and Certificates          Undated

1          6          Biographical Information          1989-1991

1          7          Biographical Information          Undated

1          8          Manuscript          Undated

1          9          Swearing in Ceremony          1986

Series 3:  Publications, 1935-1991

Series 3:  Publications, 1935-1991, includes AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI) newsletters 1971-1976, letters to the editor, clippings of "My Voice" newspaper column, and various other articles.

 1          10          Americans for Democratic Action          1988-1991

 1          11          Evelyn Dickey Article          1988-1990

 1          12          Gratz College          1935

 1          13          HRDI Newsletter          1971-1976

 1          14          HRDI Newsletter          1971-1976

 1          15          Jewish Exponent          1987-1989

 1          16          Letters to the Editor/Various          Undated

 1          17          My Voice          1981-1982

Series 4:  Scholarship, 1986-1989

Series 4:  Scholarship, 1986-1989, includes information and notes about two scholarship committees on which Stahl served.

 1          18          Graphic Communications International Union          1986-1989

 1          19          James H. Jones          1986-1988

Series 5:  Miscellaneous, undated

Series 5:  Miscellaneous, contains various papers concerning AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI) retirement and other personal correspondences.

 1          20          ADA/Greater Philadelphia First Corporation          Undated

 1          21          HRDI          Undated