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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. (about 2.0 boxes)

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.

  • Series 1 - Senatorial Papers, 1962-1965, Undated
  • Series 2 - Post-Senatorial Papers, 1963-1975, Undated

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.

Processed by: Laura Welch in 2012.

Collection record created by: Laura Welch

Published: 2012

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

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.
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111st, 8th and 9th Assembly Districts1963

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121964 Session-General1964

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131965 State Legislature1965

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14Advertising-Media1963-1964, Undated

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15Air Pollution1963-1964

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16Air Pollution-Correspondence1965

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17Air Pollution-Reports1964-1965, Undated

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18Air Pollution-Research1965

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19Article Notes and Press Releases1964

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110Berman Campaign LiteratureUndated

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111Berman, F.S.1964, Undated

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112CabinetUndated

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113Cabinet Memos1964

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114Campaign FliersUndated

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Flat-File 1Campaign Posters1964, Undated

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115Cappellini CampaignUndated

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116Captain's Party1964

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117CardsUndated

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118Cards-ControlUndated

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119Citizen's Union1964

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120Citizen's Union1965

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121ClubsUndated

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122Columbia College Citizenship Council1965

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123Correspondence1964

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124Correspondence-Citizen's Union1964

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125Correspondence-Democratic National Committee1964

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126Correspondence-General1964, Undated

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127Crime1964

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128Democratic Campaign Literature1964, Undated

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129Democratic Clubs1965

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130Democratic Program1965, Undated

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131Entertainment CommitteeUndated

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132Envelopes-ControlUndated

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133Ethics Issue-General1964

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134Ethics-Senator Mitchell1964

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135Finance1964, Undated

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136Finance Committee Memos1964

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137Fire Island Punch Party1964

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138Frederic S. Berman-Bills1965

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139French Campaign1964

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140Goldwater1964

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141GraphicsUndated

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142Green Petition SignaturesUndated

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143Harriman Art Tour1964

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144Headquarters1964, Undated

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145Heimann Campaign1964, Undated

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146Highways1964

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147Housing1964

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148Javits-Clippings1964

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149Javits-LiteratureUndated

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150Javits-PetitionsUndated

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151Letters 1Undated

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152Letters 2Undated

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153Letters-DraftsUndated

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154Letters to the Editor1964

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155Letters-Misc1964

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156Lexington Democratic Clubs1964

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157Liberal Party1965

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158Literature-CostsUndated

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159Literature-IdeasUndated

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160Literature-Other, Demo1962, Undated

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161Literature-Republican1964, Undated

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162Liquor Issue1964

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21Local Newspapers1964-1965

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22MacNeil Mitchell1962

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23MacNeil Mitchell Research Committee1964

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24Memos1965

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25-7Mitchell Senate Bills1962

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28-9Mitchell Senate Bills1964

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210Newsclippings1964

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211 New York Law Journal 1963

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212Official Opening1964

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213Opinion-Public1964, Undated

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214Parties1964

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215Parties IdeasUndated

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216Photos1964-1965, Undated

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217Polling PlacesUndated

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218Post OfficeUndated

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219Press Materials1964, Undated

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220Press Releases1964, Undated

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221Press Releases and Letters to the Editor1965

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222Publicity1964, Undated

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223Radio1964

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224Radio and Television1965

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225Receiving TicketsUndated

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226Redistricting1964

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227Research Commission1964, Undated

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228Robert Kennedy Campaign1964

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229Roll Calls-Senate1965, Undated

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230Sample letters1964

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231Schools1964

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232Senate Campaign1964, Undated

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233Speech dates1964, Undated

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234Spirit MastersUndated

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235Student's CommitteeUndated

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236SuppliesUndated

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237Talks1964

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238Telegrams1964

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239Telemarketing1964

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240TheatersUndated

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241Unknown Petition SignaturesUndated

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242VolunteersUndated
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.
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243NYC Criminal Court Decisions and Newsclippings1973-1975, Undated

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244NYC Criminal Court Photos1973, 1975

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245Rent and Housing Commissioner Correspondence1967-1969

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246Rent and Housing Commissioner Photos1966-1968

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247Rent Control1967-1968

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248Rent Control Publications1963, 1970, Undated

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249Rent Control Reports1967-1968

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

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251Report:People, Housing and Rent Control in New York City1964

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252Report:The Private Rental Housing Market in New York City 19651966

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253Report:Rent Control in New York City1967