Table Of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Senatorial Papers, 1962-1965, Undated

Series 2: Post-Senatorial Papers, 1963-1975, Undated

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FREDERIC S. BERMAN PAPERS (APAP229) , 1962-1975

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Berman, Frederic S.
Title: Frederic S. Berman Papers
Date: 1962-1975
Physical Characteristics: 2.0  cubic ft.
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.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: English
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Content Information

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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

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

Both Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

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.

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Related Material

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.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Berman, Frederic S.
Mitchell, MacNeil

Corporate Bodies

New York (City). Housing and Development Administration.
New York (State). Criminal Court (Kings County, N.Y.)
New York (State). Legislature. Senate

Subjects

Air--Pollution
Criminal courts--New York (State)--New York.
Political campaigns--New York (State)--New York.
Political ethics--United States.
Politicians--New York (State)
Rent control--New York (State)

Places

New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--Politics and government.

Genres and Forms

Bills (legislative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Drafts (versions of documents)
Files by subject
Fliers (printed matters)
Legislative records
Official reports
Photographs
Political posters
Press releases

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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).

Acquisition Information

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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Laura Welch
Date: Copyright 2012 by the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history:

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Container List

nam_apap229-1 Series 1: Senatorial Papers, 1962-1965, Undated -   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.
Box Folder
1 apap229-1_1 1 nam_apap229-1_1 1st, 8th and 9th Assembly Districts, 1963
apap229-1_2 2 nam_apap229-1_2 1964 Session-General, 1964
apap229-1_3 3 nam_apap229-1_3 1965 State Legislature, 1965
apap229-1_4 4 nam_apap229-1_4 Advertising-Media, 1963-1964, Undated
apap229-1_5 5 nam_apap229-1_5 Air Pollution, 1963-1964
apap229-1_6 6 nam_apap229-1_6 Air Pollution-Correspondence, 1965
apap229-1_7 7 nam_apap229-1_7 Air Pollution-Reports, 1964-1965, Undated
apap229-1_8 8 nam_apap229-1_8 Air Pollution-Research, 1965
apap229-1_9 9 nam_apap229-1_9 Article Notes and Press Releases, 1964
apap229-1_10 10 nam_apap229-1_10 Berman Campaign Literature, Undated
apap229-1_11 11 nam_apap229-1_11 Berman, F.S., 1964, Undated
apap229-1_12 12 nam_apap229-1_12 Cabinet, Undated
apap229-1_13 13 nam_apap229-1_13 Cabinet Memos, 1964
apap229-1_14 14 nam_apap229-1_14 Campaign Fliers, Undated
Flat-File
1 apap229-1_15 nam_apap229-1_15 Campaign Posters, 1964, Undated
Box Folder
1 apap229-1_16 15 nam_apap229-1_16 Cappellini Campaign, Undated
apap229-1_17 16 nam_apap229-1_17 Captain's Party, 1964
apap229-1_18 17 nam_apap229-1_18 Cards, Undated
apap229-1_19 18 nam_apap229-1_19 Cards-Control, Undated
apap229-1_20 19 nam_apap229-1_20 Citizen's Union, 1964
apap229-1_21 20 nam_apap229-1_21 Citizen's Union, 1965
apap229-1_22 21 nam_apap229-1_22 Clubs, Undated
apap229-1_23 22 nam_apap229-1_23 Columbia College Citizenship Council, 1965
apap229-1_24 23 nam_apap229-1_24 Correspondence, 1964
apap229-1_25 24 nam_apap229-1_25 Correspondence-Citizen's Union, 1964
apap229-1_26 25 nam_apap229-1_26 Correspondence-Democratic National Committee, 1964
apap229-1_27 26 nam_apap229-1_27 Correspondence-General, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_28 27 nam_apap229-1_28 Crime, 1964
apap229-1_29 28 nam_apap229-1_29 Democratic Campaign Literature, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_30 29 nam_apap229-1_30 Democratic Clubs, 1965
apap229-1_31 30 nam_apap229-1_31 Democratic Program, 1965, Undated
apap229-1_32 31 nam_apap229-1_32 Entertainment Committee, Undated
apap229-1_33 32 nam_apap229-1_33 Envelopes-Control, Undated
apap229-1_34 33 nam_apap229-1_34 Ethics Issue-General, 1964
apap229-1_35 34 nam_apap229-1_35 Ethics-Senator Mitchell, 1964
apap229-1_36 35 nam_apap229-1_36 Finance, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_37 36 nam_apap229-1_37 Finance Committee Memos, 1964
apap229-1_38 37 nam_apap229-1_38 Fire Island Punch Party, 1964
apap229-1_39 38 nam_apap229-1_39 Frederic S. Berman-Bills, 1965
apap229-1_40 39 nam_apap229-1_40 French Campaign, 1964
apap229-1_41 40 nam_apap229-1_41 Goldwater, 1964
apap229-1_42 41 nam_apap229-1_42 Graphics, Undated
apap229-1_43 42 nam_apap229-1_43 Green Petition Signatures, Undated
apap229-1_44 43 nam_apap229-1_44 Harriman Art Tour, 1964
apap229-1_45 44 nam_apap229-1_45 Headquarters, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_46 45 nam_apap229-1_46 Heimann Campaign, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_47 46 nam_apap229-1_47 Highways, 1964
apap229-1_48 47 nam_apap229-1_48 Housing, 1964
apap229-1_49 48 nam_apap229-1_49 Javits-Clippings, 1964
apap229-1_50 49 nam_apap229-1_50 Javits-Literature, Undated
apap229-1_51 50 nam_apap229-1_51 Javits-Petitions, Undated
apap229-1_52 51 nam_apap229-1_52 Letters 1, Undated
apap229-1_53 52 nam_apap229-1_53 Letters 2, Undated
apap229-1_54 53 nam_apap229-1_54 Letters-Drafts, Undated
apap229-1_55 54 nam_apap229-1_55 Letters to the Editor, 1964
apap229-1_56 55 nam_apap229-1_56 Letters-Misc, 1964
apap229-1_57 56 nam_apap229-1_57 Lexington Democratic Clubs, 1964
apap229-1_58 57 nam_apap229-1_58 Liberal Party, 1965
apap229-1_59 58 nam_apap229-1_59 Literature-Costs, Undated
apap229-1_60 59 nam_apap229-1_60 Literature-Ideas, Undated
apap229-1_61 60 nam_apap229-1_61 Literature-Other, Demo, 1962, Undated
apap229-1_62 61 nam_apap229-1_62 Literature-Republican, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_63 62 nam_apap229-1_63 Liquor Issue, 1964
Box Folder
2 apap229-1_64 1 nam_apap229-1_64 Local Newspapers, 1964-1965
apap229-1_65 2 nam_apap229-1_65 MacNeil Mitchell, 1962
apap229-1_66 3 nam_apap229-1_66 MacNeil Mitchell Research Committee, 1964
apap229-1_67 4 nam_apap229-1_67 Memos, 1965
apap229-1_68 5-7 nam_apap229-1_68 Mitchell Senate Bills, 1962
apap229-1_69 8-9 nam_apap229-1_69 Mitchell Senate Bills, 1964
apap229-1_70 10 nam_apap229-1_70 Newsclippings, 1964
apap229-1_71 11 nam_apap229-1_71 New York Law Journal, 1963
apap229-1_72 12 nam_apap229-1_72 Official Opening, 1964
apap229-1_73 13 nam_apap229-1_73 Opinion-Public, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_74 14 nam_apap229-1_74 Parties, 1964
apap229-1_75 15 nam_apap229-1_75 Parties Ideas, Undated
apap229-1_76 16 nam_apap229-1_76 Photos, 1964-1965, Undated
apap229-1_77 17 nam_apap229-1_77 Polling Places, Undated
apap229-1_78 18 nam_apap229-1_78 Post Office, Undated
apap229-1_79 19 nam_apap229-1_79 Press Materials, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_80 20 nam_apap229-1_80 Press Releases, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_81 21 nam_apap229-1_81 Press Releases and Letters to the Editor, 1965
apap229-1_82 22 nam_apap229-1_82 Publicity, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_83 23 nam_apap229-1_83 Radio, 1964
apap229-1_84 24 nam_apap229-1_84 Radio and Television, 1965
apap229-1_85 25 nam_apap229-1_85 Receiving Tickets, Undated
apap229-1_86 26 nam_apap229-1_86 Redistricting, 1964
apap229-1_87 27 nam_apap229-1_87 Research Commission, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_88 28 nam_apap229-1_88 Robert Kennedy Campaign, 1964
apap229-1_89 29 nam_apap229-1_89 Roll Calls-Senate, 1965, Undated
apap229-1_90 30 nam_apap229-1_90 Sample letters, 1964
apap229-1_91 31 nam_apap229-1_91 Schools, 1964
apap229-1_92 32 nam_apap229-1_92 Senate Campaign, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_93 33 nam_apap229-1_93 Speech dates, 1964, Undated
apap229-1_94 34 nam_apap229-1_94 Spirit Masters, Undated
apap229-1_95 35 nam_apap229-1_95 Student's Committee, Undated
apap229-1_96 36 nam_apap229-1_96 Supplies, Undated
apap229-1_97 37 nam_apap229-1_97 Talks, 1964
apap229-1_98 38 nam_apap229-1_98 Telegrams, 1964
apap229-1_99 39 nam_apap229-1_99 Telemarketing, 1964
apap229-1_100 40 nam_apap229-1_100 Theaters, Undated
apap229-1_101 41 nam_apap229-1_101 Unknown Petition Signatures, Undated
apap229-1_102 42 nam_apap229-1_102 Volunteers, Undated
nam_apap229-2 Series 2: Post-Senatorial Papers, 1963-1975, Undated -   .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.
Box Folder
2 apap229-2_1 43 nam_apap229-2_1 NYC Criminal Court Decisions and Newsclippings, 1973-1975, Undated
apap229-2_2 44 nam_apap229-2_2 NYC Criminal Court Photos, 1973, 1975
apap229-2_3 45 nam_apap229-2_3 Rent and Housing Commissioner Correspondence, 1967-1969
apap229-2_4 46 nam_apap229-2_4 Rent and Housing Commissioner Photos, 1966-1968
apap229-2_5 47 nam_apap229-2_5 Rent Control, 1967-1968
apap229-2_6 48 nam_apap229-2_6 Rent Control Publications, 1963, 1970, Undated
apap229-2_7 49 nam_apap229-2_7 Rent Control Reports, 1967-1968
apap229-2_8 50 nam_apap229-2_8 Report to the Mayor on an Investigation into Rental Increases in the Non-Controlled Housing Market, 1969
apap229-2_9 51 nam_apap229-2_9 Report:People, Housing and Rent Control in New York City, 1964
apap229-2_10 52 nam_apap229-2_10 Report:The Private Rental Housing Market in New York City 1965, 1966
apap229-2_11 53 nam_apap229-2_11 Report:Rent Control in New York City, 1967

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