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David Kanes Papers

Collection ID

Acc. 934

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
David Kanes Papers

Dates
1915-1996

Collection ID
Acc. 934

Creator
Kanes, David

Quantity
2 linear feet (2 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.        

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

David Kanes, union organizer and labor mediator, was born in 1909 in Belarus.  He came to Philadelphia at age 11, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1930 He served as the first National Secretary Treasurer of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Workers in Lansing Michigan in the 1930s.  In 1939 he was involved with local unions during the first successful hospital strike in Pennsylvania at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. In World War II, Kanes was appointed to the War Labor Board in the Cleveland, Ohio region after which he went to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he spent several years as a contractor. In 1973, Governor Schapp appointed Kane as Director of the Bureau of Mediation.  After his retirement, Kanes worked as an Independent Arbitrator. He died in 1996.

Description of Collection

This collection include correspondence, subject files, clippings, publications, and other records related to Kanes’s activities as a mediator and arbitrator, issues related to strikes, as well as personal papers.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series as follows:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-1999
Series 2: Finance, 1927-1930
Series 3: Legal Information. 1971-1979
Series 4: Memorabilia, undated
Series 5: News clippings, 1939-1999
Series 6: Photographs, undated
Series 7: Publications, 1942-1996

Series 1: Correspondence. This series include information regarding Mr. Kanes’s activities as a mediator and arbitrator, issues related to strikes, as well as views from associates regarding Kanes’s service.

Series 2: Finance. This series include receipts of student bills from the University of Pennsylvania.

Series 3: Legal Information. This series include information regarding mediation and arbitration activities, collective negotiations, and legal relations.

Series 4: Memorabilia. This series contain buttons, emblems, postcards, pins, awards and membership cards belonging to David Kanes.

Series 5: News clippings. This series includes clippings from various newspapers regarding strikes, negotiations, mediation, conventions, etc. involving Kanes and labor union relations.

Series 6: Photographs. Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photographs Collection, box 9.

Series 7: Publications. This series include various pamphlets, booklets, books, articles, and handouts regarding labor unions, state and employee rights, negotiations and politics.

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 David Kanes 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], David Kanes Papers, Accession 934, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lelage G. Kanes on December 6, 2000.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photographs Collection, box 9.

Processing Information

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:
Kanes, David

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

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Books
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Financial records
Manuscripts
Objects
Photographs
Publications
Reports

Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-1999

1          1          Collective Bargaining: Disputes          Undated

1          2          Directors          Undated

1          3          Glossary          Undated

1          4          Inquirer editorial          Undated

1          5          Lamb Electric          Undated

1          6          Misc. Notes          Undated

1          7          Personal Qualification          Undated

1          8          Questions          Undated

1          9          Award: University of Penn Scholarship          February 1927

1          10          Letters: Scholarship to Penn          October 1927

1          11          Award: University of Penn Scholarship          September 1928

1          12          Diploma          June 1930

1          13          Letter: Confirmation of BA Degree          September 1930

1          14          Handwritten          July 1930

1          15          Items of Citizenship          June 1933

1          16          Record of School of Social Work          July 1936

1          17          University of Penn Undergraduate Record          July 1936

1          18          Minutes from Exec. Board of AFSCME          September 1936

1          19          Executive Board Meeting of AFSCME          May 1937

1          20          Convention: Penn Industrial Union Council          March 1938

1          21          Proceedings: Penn Industrial Union Council          May 1939

1          22          Letter: John Lewis          September 1940

1          23          Letter: John Lewis          November1940

1          24          Letter: SCM Workers of America          July 1942

1          25          Notice: Employment          May 1944

1          26          Notice: Employment          August 1944

1          27          Notice: Employment          September 1945

1          28          Letter: Views of Lamb Electric Election          December 1945

1          29          Travel Notes          August 1963

1          30          Letter: Facts about resignation          June 1964

1          31          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          October 1964

1          32          Letter: AAA Interest          November 1964

1          33          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          November 1964

1          34          Letter: Mr. David Cohen Esq.           December 1964

1          35          Reference: National Panel of Labor Arb          December 1964

1          36          Letter: Application for AAA          February 1964

1          37          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          February 1965

1          38          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          March 1965

1          39          Letter: Membership of AAA          March 1965

1          40          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          April 1965

1          41          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          May 1965

1          42          Letter: Mr. Leo Kramer          August 1965

1          43          Service and Salary Record          December 1971

1          44          Letter: Henry W. Balka          February 1972

1          45          Letter: Jack D. Lawrie          April 1972

1          46          Letter: William J. Focht          May 1972

1          47          Letter: Ronal Smith          September 1972

1          48          Letter: Mediation Appreciation          October 1972

1          49          Letter: Philip M. Curran          October 1972

1          50          Letter: Richard Phelps          November 1972

1          51          Letter: Vacant Position          January 1973

1          52          News Release-Appointment to Post          March 1973

1          53         Letter: Jerome Melamed          April 1973

1          54         Letter: Ronald M. Smith          April 1973

1          55         Letter: Mr. W.J. Usery, Jr.           April 1973

1          56         Contributed Paper: Public Sector Disputes          May 1973

1          57         Letter: Patricia A. Crawford          June 1973

1          58         Letter: James H. Jordan          June 1973

1          59         Letter: Ronald E. Smith          June 1973

1          60         Letter: Harry J. Dworkin          July1973

1          61         Article: Conflict Resolution          October 1973

1          62         Letter: Comments on “Your Paper”           February 1974

1          63         Letter: Yasuhiko Matsuda          April 1974

1          64         Observation: Mediation Experience          July 1974

1          65         Impasse Resolution Under Act 195          December 1974

1          66         Grievance-AFSCME          February 1975

1          67         Letter: Floyd N. Keim          March 1975

1          68         Letter: Department of Labor          April 1975

1          69         Letter: Harry Boyer          May 1975

1          70         Letter: Joel Weisberg          May 1975

1          71         Letter: David E. Koff          July 1975

1          72         Letter: William P. Kelly          August 1975

1          73         Letter: Yasuhiko Matsuda          August 1975

1          74         Letter: William J. McCallum          August 1975

1          75         Letter: Joe P. Schuck          August 1975

1          76         Professor Yasuhiko Matsuda          September 1975

1          77         Seminar: Bargaining Statue          September 1975

1          78         Letter: Gerald W. McEntee          October 1975

1          79         Letter: Harry C. Herman          November 1975

1          80          Memo: Pittsburgh Teachers Strike          January 1976

1          81          Letter: John C. Pittenger          February 1976

1          82          Letter: Donald E. Ziegler          February 1976

1          83          Letter: Mark L. Brown          April 1976

1          84          Handwritten: Log Session #7          April 1976

1          85          Letter: Helmut J. Golatz          April 1976

1          86          Letter: Edward R. Purcell          April 1976

1          87          Letter: Robert Howlett          June 1976

1          88          Handwritten Note: School of Business          October 1976

1          89          Letter: Harry C. Herman          November 1976

1          90          Letter: Yasuhiko Matsuda          November 1976

1          91          Letter: John C. Pittenger          November 1976

1          92          Letter: John Canestraight          December 1976

1          93          Letter: Raymond Crawford          December 1976

1          94          Letter: Francis X. Quinn          January 1977

1          95          Letter: Sauers, Bowser, Johnson          January 1977

1          96          Letter: Robert G. Howlett          February 1977

1          97          Letter: Yasuhiko Matsuda          March 1977

1          98          Letter: Wayne L. Horowitz          April 1977

1          99          Lettter: Martin J. Morand          April 1977

1          100          Letter: Michael A. Sand          May 1977

1          101          Letter: Upper Darby          January 1978

1          102          Letter: James Ellenberger          March 1978

1          103          Letter: Richard J. Sterner          April 1978

1          104          Presentation: The Limited Right to Strike          June 1978

1          105          Certificate: New York University          July 1978

1          106          Letter: Bruno Stein          July 1978

1          107          Letter: Robert G. Howlett          August 1978

1          108          Letter: Harold R. Newman          October 1978

1          109          Letter: Saul Waldbaum          November 1978

1          110          Letter: Corrected birth date          December 1978

1          111          Remarks: Delegate Assembly of AFSCME          February 1979

1          112          Retirement          February 1979

1          113          Letter: Myron J. Joseph          June 1979

1          114          Paper: Public Sector Strikes          July 1979

1          115          Letter: 224th Commencement          May/June 1980

1          116          Flaxer Interview          April 1981

1          117          Letter: Air Controller          August 1981

1          118          First Interview          December 1982

1          119          Second Interview          December 1983

1          120          Speech          September 1988

1          121          Chapter 1 & 2          January 1990

1          122          Notes          April 1990

1          123          Letter: Ron Kent          January 1993

1          124          Letter: Roy E. Kulista          January 1993

1          125          AFSCME          February 1993

1          126          Letter: Robert C. Kent          January 1994

1          127          Views from Lani Guinier          February 1994

1          128          Chapter 2-Journey Home          October 1994

1          129          Written History          October 1994

1          130          Comments          January 1995

1          131          Note addressed to Ron          April 1995

1          132          Notes: David’s Memorial          May 1996

1          133          Ron Kent-AFSCME Letterhead          July 1996

1          134          Ron Kent-AFSCME Letterhead          May 1997

1          135          Ron Kent-AFSCME Letterhead          June 1997

1          136          Note to Ron          August 1999

Series 2: Finance, 1927-1930

2          1          Student Bill-University of Penn          1927-1930

Series 3: Legal Information, 1971-1979

2          2          Collective Negotiations          April 1971

2          3          Mediation Agencies          1976

2          4          Mediation Activity          January-December 1977

2          5          Settlement in Teacher Negotiation          October 1977

2          6          News-State & Local          July 1978

2          7          Labor Relations Agencies          1978

2          8          Grievance: Tamaqua Area School District          April 1979

Series 4: News Clippings, 1939-1999

2          9          Fact-finding (CV Case)           Undated

2          10          Guest Speaker at Erie Maennerchor          Undated

2          11          James J. Matles          Undated

2          12          West Penn Hospital Strike          Undated

2          13          SCMWA Convention          October 1939

2          14          Article: My Favorite War Story          December 1944

2          15          “Soldier”           August 1945

2          16          Philadelphia Inquirer          September 1972

2          17          Pittsburgh Post Gazette          October 1973

2          18          What goes on behind closed doors?           March 1975

2          19          The Ambler Gazette          October 1975

2          20          Meadville Tribune          January 1976

2          21          Philadelphia Bulletin          January 1976

2          22          Pittsburgh Post Gazette          January 1976

2          23          State Top Mediator          January 1976

2          24          Pittsburgh Press          December 1976

2          25          School Disputes          November 1977

2          26          School Negotiations          December 1977

2          27          FAA          August 1977

2          28          FAA          September 1981

2          29          Monsignor Charles Owen Rice          June 1989

2          30          David’s Memorial          May 1996

2          31          David Kane (Union Officer)           May 1996

2          32          AFSCME          June 1996

2          33          Loose News clipping          September 1999

Series 5: Memorabilia, undated

2                    Buttons, emblems, postcards, pins, awards and membership cards          undated

Series 6: Photographs, undated

Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photographs Collection, box 9.

Series 7: Publications, 1942-1996

2          34           A Chronicle of Unionism in U.S.           Undated

2          35          Home Builder          Undated

2          36          Labor History vs. Labor Historiography          Undated

2          37          Foreword by Victor Navasky          Undated

2          38          Pamphlet: CIO          Undated

2          39          Pamphlet-S.S. Lamb-UE-CIO          Undated

2          40          Poems: Grievance          Undated

2          41          Program: General Assembly          Undated

2          42          Request form for (Schdid)           Undated

2          43          Retirement Cards          Undated

2          44          To Swing a Union Election by Tom Quinn          Undated

2          45          Yearbook-Penn Industrial Union Council          May 1942

2          46          Tribute to Harry Block          October 1972

2          47          Pamphlet: School of Industrial & Labor          March 1973

2          48          Program: 14th Constitutional Convention          June 1973

2          49          The Role of the Neutral and the Public          October 1973

2          50          Newsletter: LMRS          January 1974

2          51          Synopsis: 15th Constitutional Convention          March 1974

2          52          Magazine: Pennsylvania          April 1974

2          53          Pamphlet: Public Sector Bargaining          January 1976

2          54          17th Constitutional Convention          April 1976

2          55          Program: Pennsylvania Public Employee          November 1977

2          56          Conference on Labor Pamphlet          1978

2          57          Invitation-AFL-CIO Dinner          June 1979

2          58          Book: Int’l Labor & Working Class History          1985

2          59          National Labor Relations Act          1985

2          60          Book: Labor History          1989

2          61          Documents on Labor History          1989

2          62          Book: Labor’s Heritage          July 1989

2          63          Book: Labor’s Heritage          October 1989

2          64          Book: Labor’s Heritage          January 1990

2          65          Book: Labor’s Heritage          April 1990

2          66          Sympathy Card          May 1996

2          67          Magazine: Public Employee          May 1996