Meyer Bernstein Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: Meyer Bernstein papers
Creator: Bernstein, Meyer
Call Number: D.107
Dates: 1931-1936
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Biographical/Historical Note
Meyer Bernstein was born on March 30, 1914, son of Philip and Sophie (Rubin) Bernstein, and brother of Jacob Bernstein. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin Junior-Senior High School in June, 1932, where he was the manager of the School Service Committee. He also ran a successful news stand (1931-32) on Rochester's busy Main Street corner in front of Liggett Drug Store. He won a competitive state scholarship to and attended Cornell University from September, 1932 - June, 1936, beginning his studies in Classics and later changing majors to Economics. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Cornell, Bernstein travelled to Germany in 1936, penniless save for travel fare, and he had difficulty finding passage home to the States. Bernstein died in 1985 at age 71.

For more information on Meyer Bernstein, please see:

Penn State University, Finding Aid for the Meyer Bernstein Papers, 1930-1984

Cornell University, Guide to Meyer Bernstein The Steelworkers Election Manuscript, 1965

Wayne State University, The Meyer Bernstein Collection Papers, 1964-1969

Obituary - "Meyer Bernstein, 71, a former director of international affairs for the United Steelworkers of America, drowned Dec. 10 on a visit to Miami Beach..." Orlando Sentinel December 22, 1985.

Scope and Content
This collection includes correspondence from Meyer Bernstein's friends and family in Rochester, in addition to corresondence, photographs, and personal ephemera from his years at Cornell University. A large part of the correspondence is from Bernstein's former English and Latin teacher at Benjamin Franklin Jr. Sr High School, Mrs. Frances Angevine Gray (later Mrs. Henry H. Keef), a graduate of the University of Rochester and author. The correspondence and memorabilia also reflects Bernstein's interest in the Consumer's Cooperative Movement, Facism, Communism and Democracy.

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Personal Ephemera

Series III: Photographs

Bernstein, Meyer
The Meyer Bernstein papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Meyer Bernstein papers, D.107, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
See also D.106 Jacob Bernstein Papers .

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1Family correspondence, including Meyer Bernstein, Jacob Bernstein (brother), Sophie Bernstein / Ma (mother), 1932 - 1936.
Box 1, Folder 2Francis Angevine Gray Keef to Meyer Bernstein, 1932 - 1936.
Box 1, Folder 3Larry Tannenbaum to Meyer Bernstein, 1934.
Box 1, Folder 4Miscellaneous Correspondence, A - Z, 1931 - 1936.
Box 1, Folder 5First Name Only, 1935.
Box 1, Folder 6Cornell University, organized chronologically, 1933 - 1936.
Series II: Personal Ephemera
Box 1, Folder 7Cornell University, including library slips, invoices receipts, 1931 - 1936.
Box 1, Folder 8Benjamin Franklin Junior-Senior High School, including The Courant student newspaper, signed petitions, commencement and theatre programs, and school handbook, 1931 - 1932.
Box 1, Folder 9Miscellaneous ephemera, including Bernstein's NYS driver's permit, meal ticket, library cards, address cards, German Grammar reference card, Dollars and World Peace pamphlet, U.S. Civil Service Commission Application, newsclippings, ocean liner pamphlet, political / economic signs, and handwritten notes, 1931 - 1936.
Series III: Photographs
Box 1, Folder 10Photographs, mostly from 1932 - 1936, taken at Cornell University, c.1934-1936. Also includes photography-related instructional pamphets.

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