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 (APAP-229), 1962-1975




Descriptive Summary

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: The materials in the collection are in 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: © 2012 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history:

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Container List

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 1 1st, 8th and 9th Assembly Districts, 1963
2 1964 Session-General, 1964
3 1965 State Legislature, 1965
4 Advertising-Media, 1963-1964 Undated
5 Air Pollution, 1963-1964
6 Air Pollution-Correspondence, 1965
7 Air Pollution-Reports, 1964-1965 Undated
8 Air Pollution-Research, 1965
9 Article Notes and Press Releases, 1964
10 Berman Campaign Literature, Undated
11 Berman, F.S., 1964 Undated
12 Cabinet, Undated
13 Cabinet Memos, 1964
14 Campaign Fliers, Undated
Flat-File
1 Campaign Posters, 1964 Undated
Box Folder
1 15 Cappellini Campaign, Undated
16 Captain's Party, 1964
17 Cards, Undated
18 Cards-Control, Undated
19 Citizen's Union, 1964
20 Citizen's Union, 1965
21 Clubs, Undated
22 Columbia College Citizenship Council, 1965
23 Correspondence, 1964
24 Correspondence-Citizen's Union, 1964
25 Correspondence-Democratic National Committee, 1964
26 Correspondence-General, 1964 Undated
27 Crime, 1964
28 Democratic Campaign Literature, 1964 Undated
29 Democratic Clubs, 1965
30 Democratic Program, 1965 Undated
31 Entertainment Committee, Undated
32 Envelopes-Control, Undated
33 Ethics Issue-General, 1964
34 Ethics-Senator Mitchell, 1964
35 Finance, 1964 Undated
36 Finance Committee Memos, 1964
37 Fire Island Punch Party, 1964
38 Frederic S. Berman-Bills, 1965
39 French Campaign, 1964
40 Goldwater, 1964
41 Graphics, Undated
42 Green Petition Signatures, Undated
43 Harriman Art Tour, 1964
44 Headquarters, 1964 Undated
45 Heimann Campaign, 1964 Undated
46 Highways, 1964
47 Housing, 1964
48 Javits-Clippings, 1964
49 Javits-Literature, Undated
50 Javits-Petitions, Undated
51 Letters 1, Undated
52 Letters 2, Undated
53 Letters-Drafts, Undated
54 Letters to the Editor, 1964
55 Letters-Misc, 1964
56 Lexington Democratic Clubs, 1964
57 Liberal Party, 1965
58 Literature-Costs, Undated
59 Literature-Ideas, Undated
60 Literature-Other, Demo, 1962 Undated
61 Literature-Republican, 1964 Undated
62 Liquor Issue, 1964
Box Folder
2 1 Local Newspapers, 1964-1965
2 MacNeil Mitchell, 1962
3 MacNeil Mitchell Research Committee, 1964
4 Memos, 1965
5-7 Mitchell Senate Bills, 1962
8-9 Mitchell Senate Bills, 1964
10 Newsclippings, 1964
11 New York Law Journal, 1963
12 Official Opening, 1964
13 Opinion-Public, 1964 Undated
14 Parties, 1964
15 Parties Ideas, Undated
16 Photos, 1964-1965 Undated
17 Polling Places, Undated
18 Post Office, Undated
19 Press Materials, 1964 Undated
20 Press Releases, 1964 Undated
21 Press Releases and Letters to the Editor, 1965
22 Publicity, 1964 Undated
23 Radio, 1964
24 Radio and Television, 1965
25 Receiving Tickets, Undated
26 Redistricting, 1964
27 Research Commission, 1964 Undated
28 Robert Kennedy Campaign, 1964
29 Roll Calls-Senate, 1965 Undated
30 Sample letters, 1964
31 Schools, 1964
32 Senate Campaign, 1964 Undated
33 Speech dates, 1964 Undated
34 Spirit Masters, Undated
35 Student's Committee, Undated
36 Supplies, Undated
37 Talks, 1964
38 Telegrams, 1964
39 Telemarketing, 1964
40 Theaters, Undated
41 Unknown Petition Signatures, Undated
42 Volunteers, Undated
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 43 NYC Criminal Court Decisions and Newsclippings, 1973-1975 Undated
44 NYC Criminal Court Photos, 1973 1975
45 Rent and Housing Commissioner Correspondence, 1967-1969
46 Rent and Housing Commissioner Photos, 1966-1968
47 Rent Control, 1967-1968
48 Rent Control Publications, 1963 1970 Undated
49 Rent Control Reports, 1967-1968
50 Report to the Mayor on an Investigation into Rental Increases in the Non-Controlled Housing Market, 1969
51 Report: People, Housing and Rent Control in New York City, 1964
52 Report: The Private Rental Housing Market in New York City 1965, 1966
53 Report: Rent Control in New York City, 1967

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