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Albert J. Abrams Papers

1961, 1964-1965, 1970-1976, 1980

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Abstract

Albert Jack Abrams was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on May 29, 1915. Abrams began his university studies at the University of Michigan in 1932, and he attended the National Institute for Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., in 1935. He received an A.B. from New York University in 1936, and he continued his studies at Columbia University (1940) and the Cornell School of Labor and Industrial Relations (1946). The records in this manuscript collection were originally arranged in a numerically classified subject file under the general subject of legislative administration.

Summary

Creator:
Abrams, Albert J.
Date Coverage:
1961, 1964-1965, 1970-1976, 1980
Quantity:
0.75 cubic ft.

Albert Jack Abrams was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on May 29, 1915. Abrams began his university studies at the University of Michigan in 1932, and he attended the National Institute for Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., in 1935. He received an A.B. from New York University in 1936, and he continued his studies at Columbia University (1940) and the Cornell School of Labor and Industrial Relations (1946).[1]

He married Ruth Elsie Weinert on March 7, 1943, and they had three children: David, Eugenie, and Valerie.His first wife died in 1959.On December 16, 1967, Abrams married Lorena Friedman Kessler, a widow who had one adult son, Marc.[2]

Albert J. Abrams was a lecturer at the Vassar Summer Institute and other universities, and he taught a seminar on legislative administration at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, at SUNY, Albany, in 1975.In 1936, while still attending New York University, Abrams worked in the New York State Senate as a research assistant to Senator Thomas circa Desmond of Newburgh.[3] He was the director of the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Problems of Aging (1947-58), city manager of Newburgh, NY (1958-60), and director of social and economic planning for the New York State Senate (1960-62).[4] Abrams served in the Senate as a special assistant (1960-61) and then executive assistant (1961-62) to Senate Majority Leader Walter J. Mahoney. Abrams was elected Secretary of the Senate on January 6, 1963, and was re-elected to the post in January 1966.[5] He continued as Secretary until 1976.

The American Society for Public Administration awarded Abrams the Governor Alfred E. Smith award for "outstanding administrative achievement in a staff position" in 1964.[6] A member of the American Society for Public Administration, Abrams served as the president of the Capital District Chapter in 1968.[7]

Abrams wrote articles on public administration for technical journals and also explained the workings of the legislative process to the generalpublic through articles in popular magazines.[8] Abrams also wrotearticles for the Delmar Spotlight of humorous anecdotes and his take on the century.

Albert J. Abrams died in 1993.

The records in this manuscript collection were originally arranged in a numerically classified subject file under the general subject of legislative administration. This filing system was never completely utilized (most of the folders were empty because no documents fitting the descriptions for those folders were ever created) and there was no key that explained the numbers, so there has been no attempt to maintain that filing system. However, most folders retain the originally assigned titles. The folders have been rearranged in alphabetical order to simplify searching.

Since Abrams worked in legislative administration and also taught about it (through articles and through classes he taught), his ideas about the subject are well considered and of interest to someone researching the subject. Beyond this, the papers offer a glimpse into the day-to-day running of the New York State Senate, such as handling the Senate's internal budget, space allocation, maintenance, security and personnel. Abrams looked at legislative bills from the standpoint of what these cost to print and how to handle the physical volume of these bills, rather than that of the intended legislative effect. These papers also contain some files on personal interrelations among legislators, which are interesting given the effect that such matters can have on the passage of bills.The most interesting of these is "Socialization of Senators Within the Senate Chamber" (1975), which tallies up conversations between senators and names those initiating and receiving conversations.

This series contains copies of essays, staff reports, newspaper clippings, notes, memoranda, photographs and correspondence pertaining to Abrams' work as secretary of the New York State Senate. This series includes files on aspects of administrating the functions of the senate, essays he wrote on legislative administration, and teaching material from a course he taught on legislative administration in 1975. The papers also contain some published material, such as senate handbooks.

For further information on Abrams, a researcher should refer to the records of American Society for Public Administration--Capital District Chapter. These records do not contain his president's records, but there is at least one printed message from him found in the chapter's 1968 annual report.

The collection is organized alphabetically. There are no series.

Albert J. Abrams donated these papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections in a series of donations in the 1980s.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Albert J. Abrams Papers, 1961, 1964-1965, 1970-1976, 1980. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries1972, 1980

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1 2Broadcasting of Legislative Sessions1975

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1 3Budgets for Legislature1966-1967, 1973

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1 4Campaigns of 19701970

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1 5Chisholm, Shirley--Profileca.1975

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1 6Codes of Ethicsca.

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1 7Committees--Administrationca.1975

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1 8"The Common Good: New York State's Legislature in Action"--Film Teaching Guide1964

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1 9Computer Systems--Administration1975

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1 10Debate Strategiesca.1975

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1 11Dinner Program1966

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1 12"Guide to Legislative Administration,"1975

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1 13"Guide to State Legislators: What Every Federal Administrator Should Know,"ca.1975

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1 14"Guidelines to Better Legislative Administration,"ca.1975

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1 15Joint Senate-Assembly Operationsca.1975

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1 16Junketsca.1970

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1 17"Legislative Administration,"1971

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1 18Legislative Administration1974

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1 19"The Legislative Administrator,"1975

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1 20Legislative Bills1972-73

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1 21Legislative Bills1974

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1 22Legislative Bills--Printing1975

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1 23Legislative Bills--Volumeca.1975

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1 24"Legislative Innovation: A Selected Annotated Bibliography,"1975

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1 25Legislative Organization1973

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1 26Legislative Processca.1975

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1 27Legislative Reform--Folder 11975

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1 28Legislative Reform--Folder 21975

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1 29Legislative Salaries and Prequisites1975

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1 30Legislative Security1972

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1 31Legislative Session--Length1970

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1 32Legislature1974, 1976

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1 33Legislature1975

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1 34Legislature--Administrative Environment1964-1965, 1975

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2 1Let Us Pray--Prayers from Opening Sessions of New York Senate1973

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2 2Lulus1975

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2 3Mailing List Development and Maintenance1966, 1975

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2 4"Manual of Procedure for the Senate Document Rooms,"1975

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2 5National Conference of State Legislative Leaders1961

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2 6Openness in Governmentca.1970

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2 7Organization and Procedures Manual for New York State Senate1975

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2 8Orientation on Procedures, Services and Policies1975

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2 9Parliaments1972

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2 10Payroll--Administration1975

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2 11"Pennsylvania Coal and Electrical Energy Independence for the Northeast,"ca.1975

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2 12Personnel--Administration1973

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2 13Personnel in Senate1973

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2 14Photographsca.1975

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2 15Political Values1973

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2 16Program Development1970

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2 17Public Relations1961, 1972, 1974

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2 18Reapportionmentca.1975

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2 19"A Report on Albany Library Resources for Programs in Legislative Development,"ca.1975

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2 20Rivalries Within the House1975

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2 21"Rules and Rulings" of the New York State Senateca.1975

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2 22"Rules of the Senate,"1974

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2 23Salary Standardizationca.1975

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2 24Scandals1975

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2 25Security in Chambers1973

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2 26Seminar on Legislative Administration--Papers and Exam Questions1975

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2 27Seminar on Legislative Administration--Readings1975

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2 28Seminar on Legislative Administration--Syllabus1975

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2 29Senate/Assembly Adversary Relationship1975

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2 30Senate and House Apportionment by State and Seat Population1975

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2 31"Socialization of Senators Within the Senate Chamber,"1975

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2 32"The Staff of Liberty,"1970

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2 33Staff Training1974

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2 34Tensions Between Executive and Legislative Branches1975

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2 35"Women in the Legislature,"ca.1975