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Frederic S. Berman Papers

1962-1975

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Abstract

The Frederic S. Berman Papers predominantly document his service in the New York State Senate through correspondence, newsclippings, bills, research material and campaign literature. In addition, there are files pertaining to his post-Senatorial career as the Commissioner of the New York City Rent and Housing Department and as a New York City Criminal Court Judge.

Summary

Creator:
Berman, Frederic S.
Date Coverage:
1962-1975
Quantity:
2.0 cubic ft.

Frederic S. Berman was born on March 7, 1927 in New York. He graduated from Columbia College in 1949 and received his law degree from New York Law School in 1951. Berman practiced as an attorney at the firm Berman & Berman from 1952-1964 and again from 1969-1972, specializing in business law. He also was an adjunct member of the faculty at New York Law School from 1958-2003, teaching such courses as criminal law, personal property, municipal law and post-conviction remedies and procedures.

Berman entered public service in the 1960s. Voters from the 20th District elected him to the New York State Senate in 1964. A Democrat, he served from 1964-1966 and focused on issues of air pollution, tenants' rights, and legislative ethics. He was a member of the Corporations, Education, Finance, Motor Vehicles and Transportation and Taxation Committees. As the Commissioner of the New York City Rent and Housing Department from 1966-1969 he spearheaded efforts to slow rising rent through rent control and reform measures. He also served as a New York City Criminal Court Judge from 1973-1976 and sat on the New York State Supreme Court from 1976-1997.

Since 2006, he has served as Adjunct Professor Emeritus at New York Law School and is known as an authority on law and social change.

The collection predominantly contains materials acquired by Frederic Berman during his time as a New York State Senator. Series 1, Senatorial Papers, contains campaign information as well as results from public opinion surveys. Campaign literature from Bruno Cappellini, Eleanor Clark French, John G. Heimann, Eric M. Javits, Robert Kennedy, and John V. Lindsay, and other contemporary New York politicians is found throughout the files. The Berman Papers also feature a substantial variety of newsclippings from local New York City news sources pertaining to Berman's political platforms, such as air pollution, political ethics, and rent and housing issues. Bills introduced by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell and background materials about Mitchell, whom Berman defeated in the 1964 State Senate election, are abundant in Berman's research files.

Series 2, Post-Senatorial Papers, contains materials from Berman's time as the Commissioner of the New York City Rent and Housing Department and includes pamphlets, bound reports, photographs, correspondence, and drafts and final publications of articles written by Berman. There are a few items from Berman's career as a New York City Criminal Court Judge, but no materials pertaining to Berman's service on the New York State Supreme Court.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Both Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically.

Archivists transfered Joint Legislative Committee to Study Revision of Corporation Laws, Seventh Interim Report to 1963 Session of New York State Legislature to the book division of Special Collections. The catalogue record for the monograph will be included in Minerva, the University Library Catalog.

Frederic Berman initially donated his papers to Syracuse University in a series of accessions beginning in 1966. In 2006, the papers were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

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Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Frederic S. Berman Papers, 1962-1975. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Berman Papers).

Contents of Collection

Quantity:  1.75 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Series 1, Senatorial Papers, consists of subject files collected by Frederic Berman during his campaign for and term as a New York State Senator. The folders in this series are arranged alphabetically, according to the subjects assigned by Berman.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 11st, 8th and 9th Assembly Districts1963

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1 21964 Session-General1964

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1 31965 State Legislature1965

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1 4Advertising-Media1963-1964, Undated

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1 5Air Pollution1963-1964

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1 6Air Pollution-Correspondence1965

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1 7Air Pollution-Reports1964-1965, Undated

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1 8Air Pollution-Research1965

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1 9Article Notes and Press Releases1964

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1 10Berman Campaign LiteratureUndated

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1 11Berman, F.S.1964, Undated

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1 12CabinetUndated

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1 13Cabinet Memos1964

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1 14Campaign FliersUndated

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Flat-File 1Campaign Posters1964, Undated

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1 15Cappellini CampaignUndated

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1 16Captain's Party1964

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1 17CardsUndated

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1 18Cards-ControlUndated

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1 19Citizen's Union1964

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1 20Citizen's Union1965

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1 21ClubsUndated

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1 22Columbia College Citizenship Council1965

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1 23Correspondence1964

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1 24Correspondence-Citizen's Union1964

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1 25Correspondence-Democratic National Committee1964

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1 26Correspondence-General1964, Undated

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1 27Crime1964

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1 28Democratic Campaign Literature1964, Undated

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1 29Democratic Clubs1965

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1 30Democratic Program1965, Undated

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1 31Entertainment CommitteeUndated

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1 32Envelopes-ControlUndated

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1 33Ethics Issue-General1964

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1 34Ethics-Senator Mitchell1964

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1 35Finance1964, Undated

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1 36Finance Committee Memos1964

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1 37Fire Island Punch Party1964

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1 38Frederic S. Berman-Bills1965

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1 39French Campaign1964

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1 40Goldwater1964

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1 41GraphicsUndated

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1 42Green Petition SignaturesUndated

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1 43Harriman Art Tour1964

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1 44Headquarters1964, Undated

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1 45Heimann Campaign1964, Undated

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1 46Highways1964

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1 47Housing1964

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1 48Javits-Clippings1964

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1 49Javits-LiteratureUndated

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1 50Javits-PetitionsUndated

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1 51Letters 1Undated

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1 52Letters 2Undated

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1 53Letters-DraftsUndated

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1 54Letters to the Editor1964

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1 55Letters-Misc1964

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1 56Lexington Democratic Clubs1964

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1 57Liberal Party1965

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1 58Literature-CostsUndated

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1 59Literature-IdeasUndated

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1 60Literature-Other, Demo1962, Undated

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1 61Literature-Republican1964, Undated

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1 62Liquor Issue1964

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2 1Local Newspapers1964-1965

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2 2MacNeil Mitchell1962

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2 3MacNeil Mitchell Research Committee1964

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2 4Memos1965

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2 5-7Mitchell Senate Bills1962

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2 8-9Mitchell Senate Bills1964

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2 10Newsclippings1964

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2 11 New York Law Journal 1963

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2 12Official Opening1964

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2 13Opinion-Public1964, Undated

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2 14Parties1964

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2 15Parties IdeasUndated

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2 16Photos1964-1965, Undated

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2 17Polling PlacesUndated

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2 18Post OfficeUndated

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2 19Press Materials1964, Undated

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2 20Press Releases1964, Undated

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2 21Press Releases and Letters to the Editor1965

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2 22Publicity1964, Undated

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2 23Radio1964

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2 24Radio and Television1965

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2 25Receiving TicketsUndated

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2 26Redistricting1964

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2 27Research Commission1964, Undated

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2 28Robert Kennedy Campaign1964

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2 29Roll Calls-Senate1965, Undated

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2 30Sample letters1964

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2 31Schools1964

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2 32Senate Campaign1964, Undated

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2 33Speech dates1964, Undated

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2 34Spirit MastersUndated

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2 35Student's CommitteeUndated

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2 36SuppliesUndated

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2 37Talks1964

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2 38Telegrams1964

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2 39Telemarketing1964

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2 40TheatersUndated

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2 41Unknown Petition SignaturesUndated

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2 42VolunteersUndated
Quantity:  .25 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Series 2, Post-Senatorial Papers, consists of subject files that pertain to Berman's career as the Commissioner of the New York City Rent and Housing Department. The folders in this series are also arranged alphabetically according to subjects assigned to the folders by Berman. This series also features photographs and bound reports.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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2 43NYC Criminal Court Decisions and Newsclippings1973-1975, Undated

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2 44NYC Criminal Court Photos1973, 1975

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2 45Rent and Housing Commissioner Correspondence1967-1969

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2 46Rent and Housing Commissioner Photos1966-1968

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2 47Rent Control1967-1968

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2 48Rent Control Publications1963, 1970, Undated

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2 49Rent Control Reports1967-1968

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2 50 Report to the Mayor on an Investigation into Rental Increases in the Non-Controlled Housing Market 1969

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2 51Report:People, Housing and Rent Control in New York City1964

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2 52Report:The Private Rental Housing Market in New York City 19651966

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2 53Report:Rent Control in New York City1967