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Finding Aid for the Jacob Kramer Papers, 1933-1991,

MS 57

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


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Finding aid prepared by Archives staff; updated by Amanda Kuhnel, November 2008.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Amanda Kuhnel, November 2008.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: Jacob Kramer Papers, 1933-1991
Creator: Kramer, Jacob, 1912-1992
Extent: 2 manuscript boxes (1 linear foot)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: This collection documents Jacob Kramer's experience in the Spanish Civil War and as a non-traditional college student. It also documents his political activism for the communist party and includes correspondence, awards, memoirs, research papers, notes, and clippings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 57, Jacob Kramer Papers, 1933-1991, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the University Archives by Jacob Kramer's son, Aaron Kramer, in April 1992.

Terms of Access

The Jacob Kramer Papers are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff.

Updated by Amanda Kuhnel, November 2008.

Accruals and Additions

No future accruals expected.


Biographical Note

Jacob Kramer served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War and in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He was a political activist and labor organizer throughout his life. In 1972 he joined the Gray Panthers and became coordinator of the State University of New York at Buffalo student chapter. Kramer received a Bachelor of Arts and two master's degrees from the University.


Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Jacob Kramer's experience in the Spanish Civil War and as a non-traditional college student. It also documents his political activism for the communist party and includes correspondence, awards, memoirs, research papers, notes, and clippings.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: I. General Files, 1944-1990, II. Subject Files, 1933-1991.


Container List

I.     General Files, 1944-1990

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Biography and awards, 1944-1990; includes resume and certificates.
1.2 Class papers, 1975-1981; includes typed and handwritten papers on aging, the Gray Panthers, labor unions, socialism, and the Spanish Civil War.
1.3 Clippings, 1983-1990
1.4 Correspondence, 1952-1990; includes letters of recommendation and "Order of Railroad Telegraphers" membership cards.
1.5 Memoirs, undated; includes reflections on Kramer's experiences in the Spanish Civil War, as a union organizer, and with the Gray Panthers.
II.     Subject Files, 1933-1991

Scope and Content: Includes materials collected by Kramer that relate to his jobs, interests and activism.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box-folder Contents
1.6-1.7 Emanuel Fried, 1980-1991; includes correspondence and clippings. Also, includes Fried's Meshugah and Other Stories and People are not Sheep: An Experimental Story-Sketch About Unions.

[Note: Emanuel Fried was a Buffalo, New York playwright, director, actor, and teacher involved in the labor arts movement.]

1.8-1.9 Gray Panthers, 1970-1991; includes correspondence, clippings, memoir, and photograph of Maggie Kuhn.
2.3-2.8 Labor and union materials, 1933-1990, undated; includes booklets, pamphlets, and programs.
1.10-1.11 National Maritime Union of America, 1942-1946, 1983; includes correspondence, certificates of service, certificates of discharge, sailing time records, boarding permission statements, weekly patrolman reports, identification cards, and Middle East War Zone Bar. Also includes Lakes Wide Strike Bulletin and minutes of Lakes Wide strike meeting.
2.1-2.2 Spanish Civil War and Abraham Lincoln Brigade, 1980-1988; includes correspondence, clippings, and volunteer directory.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog:

Contributors

Gray Panthers
National Maritime Union of America
State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

Subjects

Gray Panthers--Records and correspondence
National Maritime Union of America
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939--Participation, American
State University of New York at Buffalo--Archives
State University of New York at Buffalo--Students--Societies, etc.

Genres

Memoirs