Max Meyer Papers

Collection Number: 5221

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Max Meyer Papers, 1925-1979
Collection Number:
5221
Creator:
Meyer, Max
Quantity:
4.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Papers (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Papers documenting Meyer's work as Chairman of the NRA, Millinery Code Authority and later Chairman of the Millinery Stabilization Commission, as well as other aspects of his career (as banker, arbitrator, and community leader).
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

1876 Born March 29.
1910 Member, employees group which negotiated "Protocol of Peace".
1918 Founded, Urban League of White Plains, New York.
1920's Secretary, Industrial Council of the Cloak, Suit and Skirt Manufacturers Protective Association.
1929 Retired as partner of A. Beller and Co.
1931 Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt named Meyer to Commission to study medical treatment for workers under workers' compensation.
1931 Member, State Industrial Council.
1933 Member, Labor Board of NRA.
1934 Chairman, Millinery Code Authority, NRA.
1934 Head, Hotel and Restaurant Minimum Wage Board, NYSDOL.
1937 Chairman, Millinery Stabilization Commission.
1937 Member, NYS Board of Mediation.
1940 Chairman, Needlecraft Educational Commission (Advisory Board for Central High School Needle Trades).
1945 Chairman, Educational Foundation, Apparel Industry.
1951 Chairman, Board of Trustees, Fashion Institute of Technology.
1952 President, Fashion Institute of Technology.
1953 Died January 31.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The major portion of this collection covers the period 1934-1938 at which time Meyer was Chairman of the NRA, Millinery Code Authority and later Chairman of the Millinery Stabilization Commission. However, items covering other aspects of his career (as banker, arbitrator, and community leader) can be found throughout the collection.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Meyer, Max, 1876-1953

Form and Genre Terms:
Papers (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
Max Meyer Papers #5221. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

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5437 OH: Paul Abelson Interview Conducted by Jesse Carpenter
5807: Paul Abelson Additional Records
6165 mf: Paul Abelson Files on Microfilm

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1934-1953
Re: appointment on National Panel of Arbitrators of American Arbitrators Association, with Paul Abelson; with Dean Acheson, (Secretary of State), and routine.
Box 1 Folder 2 1934-1935
Includes copies of Orders of Code of Fair Competition for the Millinery Industry; letters from National Recovery Administration, H. Rose, Chief, Code Record Section, re appointment of Meyer as Director and Chairman of the Code Authority of the Millinery Industry, 1/8/35 and routine.
Box 1 Folder 3 1934
Routine.
Box 1 Folder 4 1935
Includes letters from various individuals thanking Meyer for sending copies of the 1st Annual Report of the Code Authority of the Millinery Industry.
Box 1 Folder 5 1934-1935
Correspondence with Bessie Beatty, Secretary of the Council regarding garment labels, meetings; by-laws and reports.
Box 1 Folder 6 1935
Correspondence re lobbying for extension of N.R.A. by Code members.
Box 1 Folder 7 1937-1941
Many letters of recommendation for employment of immigrants and others from Meyer; correspondence from Frances Perkins (10/3/38) in the form of a recommendation for employment of an acquaintence.
Box 1 Folder 8 1937-1942
Many letters of recommendation for employment of immigrants and others from Meyer; correspondence from Frances Perkins (10/3/38) in the form of a recommendation for employment of an acquaintence.
Box 1 Folder 9 1934
re applications from individuals for employment with Code Authority.
Box 1 Folder 10 1934-1935
Information re apprentice training from Federal Committee on Apprentice Training.
Box 1 Folder 11 1951
Correspondence re dates for hearings and miscellaneous.
Box 1 Folder 12
Box 1 Folder 13 1934
re N.R.A. labels.
Box 1 Folder 14 1934-1951
re Henri Bendel, Inc. case before NLRB; with Paul F. Brissenden re dedication of Fashion Institute of Technology (1951) and others.
Box 1 Folder 15 1935
Routine.
Box 1 Folder 16 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 1 Folder 17 1935
Meyer, Chairman, Industry Committee for Birthday Ball for the President (Roosevelt) to raise funds for research to combat infantile paralysis.
Box 1 Folder 18 1934-1937
Personal Correspondence.
Box 1 Folder 19 1934-1935
Printed budget of the "Code Authority of the Millinery Industry" January-June 1935 and other financial information.
Box 2 Folder 1 1934-1936
Routine.
Box 2 Folder 2 1934-1935
Code of Authority form letter sent out by Meyer; two issues of "Code Authority News" (1934) and publications.
Box 2 Folder 3 1934
Includes certificate of Incorporation and By-laws of the National Millinery Code Authority.
Box 2 Folder 4 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 2 Folder 5 1934-1935
(Deputy Administrator, N.R.A.) re routine.
Box 2 Folder 6 1934-1935
Rre suit filed by Chicago Millinery Manufacturers against the Code Authority.
Box 2 Folder 7 1934-1935
re regulations covering use of labels and routine.
Box 2 Folder 8 1935
re Chicago Injunction Suit and expenditures by Code Authority staff.
Box 2 Folder 9 1935
Routine.
Box 2 Folder 10 1935
Routine.
Box 2 Folder 11 1934-1935
Routine. (Code Administration Director, N.R.A.)
Box 2 Folder 12 1935
Routine.
Box 2 Folder 13 1933-1937
Includes correspondence with Mary Drier and David Dubinsky, routine.
Box 2 Folder 14 1934-1935
Completed report forms.
Box 2 Folder 15 1934-1935
re violations of wage and hour provisions of the Code.
Box 2 Folder 16 1934-1935
(Chairman, Special Millinery Board) routine.
Box 2 Folder 17 1934
re definition of a "cutter" and routine.
Box 2 Folder 18 1934-1935
(Counsel, Millinery Code Authority) routine.
Box 3 Folder 1 1934-1935
Includes correspondence re extension of N.R.A. and routine.
Box 3 Folder 2 1934-1935
Includes correspondence and radio addresses, Edward L. Fries, Label Review Officer, Compliance Director, N.R.A. and routine.
Box 3 Folder 3 1934-1935
Correspondence with Falk, (Catalina Hats, Ltd.) member, Code Authority for the Pacific Coast re market conditions and code enforcements and routine.
Box 3 Folder 4 1945-1979
Correspondence, newsletter, clippings, release, history.
Box 3 Folder 5 1934
Routine.
Box 3 Folder 6 1937
Re labor problems and subsequent strike.
Box 3 Folder 7 1935
re code violations and routine.
Box 3 Folder 8
Letters sent to Code Authority members.
Box 3 Folder 9 1925-1947
Report on Hudson River State Hospital (NYS Commission on Mental Hygiene); Letter from Morris Hillquit (1925).
Box 3 Folder 10 1934-1935
Correspondence re granting exemption of the Code of Fair Competition.
Box 3 Folder 11 1934-1935
Includes 18 page report - "Special Commission Studying Labor Conditions in the Cap and Cloth Hat Industry"; Correspondence with Paul F. Brissenden, (Chairman of Special Commission for Cap and Cloth Hat Industry), re Commission findings; and routine.
Box 3 Folder 12 1934-1935
Chairman, Millinery Quality Guild re routine.
Box 3 Folder 13 1936-1978
Correspondence, clippings, newsletters, programs, letter from Eleanor Roosevelt re murals by Ernest Fience in Auditorium of High School.
Box 3 Folder 14 1940-1944
Letter from Meyer to Reporter Dispatch criticizing an editorial about Hillman and routine.
Box 3 Folder 15 1934-1935
Correspondence, meeting announcements and minutes of New York State Industrial Council and routine.
Box 3 Folder 16 1949-1952
Re achievements in the garment industry including Meyer's contribution.
Box 3 Folder 17 1937-1952
Correspondence re minimum wage law, longshoreman strike and routine business. With Edward Corsi, Industrial Commissioner. With Frieda S. Miller, Industrial Commissioner; Rose Schneiderman, Secretary. Also: Includes minutes.
Box 3 Folder 18 1937-1953
Correspondence re minimum wage law, longshoreman strike and routine business. With Edward Corsi, Industrial Commissioner. With Frieda S. Miller, Industrial Commissioner; Rose Schneiderman, Secretary. Also: Includes minutes.
Box 4 Folder 1 1933-1935
re jurisdiction controversy between Infants Code and Millinery Code; Includes Conference minutes and related documents; also correspondence with Maxwell Copelof, Director of Code Authority, Infants and Children's Wear, and others.
Box 4 Folder 2 1933-1935
Box 4 Folder 3 1935
Correspondence with Paul F. Brissenden, Chairman of the Board, and others.
Box 4 Folder 4 1935
Routine.
Box 4 Folder 5 1934
re the operation of the Code Authority - includes reports and minutes.
Box 4 Folder 6 1935
Routine.
Box 4 Folder 7 1934-1935
Divisional Supervisor of Code, San Francisco re Continuance of N.R.A., Firms on strike in Los Angeles; Reports and routine.
Box 4 Folder 8 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 4 Folder 9 1934-1935
re Homework regulations; Code overlapping controversy between Knitted Industry and Millinery Industry.
Box 4 Folder 10 1934-1935
re Homework regulations; Code overlapping controversy between Knitted Industry and Millinery Industry.
Box 4 Folder 11
Routine.
Box 4 Folder 12 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 4 Folder 13
Includes statistical information.
Box 4 Folder 14 1945
Personal letter from Meyer.
Box 4 Folder 15 1949-1950
Correspondence re arbitration matters.
Box 4 Folder 16 1934-1965
Includes letters to Meyer's daughter as well as Mr. Meyer re personal.
Box 4 Folder 17 1934-1935
Inter-office correspondence re violations.
Box 4 Folder 18 1934-1935
Inter-office correspondence.
Box 4 Folder 19 1937-1952
personal re arbitration and miscellaneous.
Box 4 Folder 20 1934-1935
Includes reports and inter-office correspondence.
Box 5 Folder 1
Lists of committees and members; miscellaneous.
Box 5 Folder 2 1934-1935
Routine business correspondence.
Box 5 Folder 3 1934-1935
re routine legal matters.
Box 5 Folder 4
routine.
Box 5 Folder 5 1934-1948
with George Meany, President, New York State Federation of Labor and routine business correspondence.
Box 5 Folder 6 1936-1952
(Director, Division of Women in Industry, New York State Department of Labor) and later Industry Commissioner. Re personal and business correspondence.
Box 5 Folder 7 1934
re demand for a stay on the Labor provisions of the Code.
Box 5 Folder 8 1934-1935
Correspondence re proposed National Millinery
Box 5 Folder 9 1934-1935
Association and routine.
Box 5 Folder 10 1937-1952
Includes reports, correspondence concerning the difficulties in the industry; ten page speech by Meyer; resolutions and miscellaneous.
Box 5 Folder 11 1937-1952
Includes reports, correspondence concerning the difficulties in the industry; ten page speech by Meyer; resolutions and miscellaneous.
Box 5 Folder 12 1935-1940
(Meyer, Member) Correspondence with Frieda Miller, Director of Division of Women in Industry, re wages and hours in hotels and restaurants and other related correspondence.
Box 5 Folder 13 1935
Routine.
Box 5 Folder 14 1935
Correspondence with Julius Frank, President, National Straw Works (Wisconsin) re problems with business; New York City Board of Education and routine.
Box 5 Folder 15 1937
Includes minutes of Planning Committee; and correspondence.
Box 5 Folder 16 1933-1934
Routine.
Box 5 Folder 17 1935
Includes Agreement, By-laws, correspondence and routine.
Box 6 Folder 1 1937
Meyer, Impartial Chairman, re case between Nedick's and the union. Includes correspondence, decision, agreement.
Box 6 Folder 2 1937
Meyer, Impartial Chairman, re case between Nedick's and the union. Includes correspondence, decision, agreement.
Box 6 Folder 3 1937
Meyer, Impartial Chairman, re case between Nedick's and the union. Includes correspondence, decision, agreement.
Box 6 Folder 4 1937
Meyer, Impartial Chairman, re case between Nedick's and the union. Includes correspondence, decision, agreement.
Box 6 Folder 5 1937
Meyer, Impartial Chairman, re case between Nedick's and the union. Includes correspondence, decision, agreement.
Box 7 Folder 1
Meyer, Impartial Chairman, re case between Nedick's and the union. Includes correspondence, decision, agreement.
Box 7 Folder 2 1934-1935
Routine correspondence.
Box 7 Folder 3 1934-1935
Routine personal and business.
Box 7 Folder 4 1938-1941
Correspondence re vocational education; creation of a State Youth Service Commission, possible merger with National Child Labor Committee; dissolution of the committee; and other related matters.
Box 7 Folder 5 1937-1948
Correspondence re various cases with Specialty Bakery Owners of America, Bloomingdale's, D.A. Schultze, Inc., Stern Brothers, United Cigar-Whelan Stores Corp., Greenwood Cemetary and others. Correspondence re Ives Joint Legislative Committee; other related correspondence.
Box 7 Folder 6 1937-1948
Correspondence re various cases with Specialty Bakery Owners of America, Bloomingdale's, D.A. Schultze, Inc., Stern Brothers, United Cigar-Whelan Stores Corp., Greenwood Cemetary and others. Correspondence re Ives Joint Legislative Committee; other related correspondence.
Box 7 Folder 7 1937-1948
Correspondence re various cases with Specialty Bakery Owners of America, Bloomingdale's, D.A. Schultze, Inc., Stern Brothers, United Cigar-Whelan Stores Corp., Greenwood Cemetary and others. Correspondence re Ives Joint Legislative Committee; other related correspondence.
Box 7 Folder 8 1938-1953
Alleged discrimination in American Legion membership, hospitals, building trade unions in Westchester County; and routine.
Box 7 Folder 9 1935-1938
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 10 1948-1952
re Joint Board of Sanitary Control and other personal and related correspondence.
Box 7 Folder 11 1934
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 12 1934-1940
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 13 1934
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 14 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 15 1930-1953
Personal and routine.
Box 7 Folder 16 1925-1935
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 17 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 18 1928-1948
Correspondence re problems in the Millinery Industry. Also letter from Eleanor Roosevelt thanking Meyer for sending her his speech; includes a group photograph (unidentified) except for Roosevelt.
Box 7 Folder 19 1934-1952
Routine.
Box 7 Folder 20 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 1 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 2 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 3 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 4 1937
Correspondence with Edward Keating, Editor, Labor re insurance and exemption of bank employees from Social Security Law and other related matters.
Box 8 Folder 5
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 6 1935
Discussion of a National Millinery Association.
Box 8 Folder 7 1935
Includes 18 page report, "Planning and Education Program for the Millinery Industry", 1934 and routine.
Box 8 Folder 8 1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 9 1935
re refusal to pay for trade name labels and routine.
Box 8 Folder 10 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 11 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 12 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 13 1948
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 14 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 15 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 16 1934
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 17 1953
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 18 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 19 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 20 1931-1952
Includes Correspondence, programs, clippings, addresses by Meyer - (Meyer received award (1939) for his contribution to vocational education in New York State).
Box 8 Folder 21 1931-1952
Includes Correspondence, programs, clippings, addresses by Meyer - (Meyer received award (1939) for his contribution to vocational education in New York State).
Box 8 Folder 22 1926-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 23 1934
Includes Compliance Division Report.
Box 8 Folder 24 1943-1944
Includes case - Meyer, Referee, before WLB and routine.
Box 8 Folder 25 1937-1944
Includes correspondence arranging appointments with Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt and others; and routine.
Box 8 Folder 26 1934-1935
(Supervisor of Inspection Division, Code Millinery). Re problems of inspection division; violations of the Code and routine.
Box 8 Folder 27 1948
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 28 1934-1935
Routine.
Box 8 Folder 29 1934-1935
Correspondence in opposition to renewal of Code Authority for Millinery Industry from J.E. Helper, Secretary, Women's Headwear Group.
Box 9 Folder 1 1932-1947
Includes letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Governor of New York State, asking Meyer to serve another year on the Committee to Review Medical and Hospital Problems in connection with Workmen's Compensation; Correspondence with Mary Donlon, Chairman, Worker's Compensation Board, New York State re medical education; and routine.
Box 9 Folder 2 1934-1935
routine.
Box 9 Folder 3 1934-1935
routine.
Box 9 Folder 4 1934-1951
Includes personal and business correspondence.
Box 9 Folder 5 1934-1952
Includes 4 page "Recollections of Max Meyer" by Ben Aaron(?); personal correspondence with Julius H. Cohen, Paul Herzog, Marian Harron, Mabel Leslie; and other family members.
Box 9 Folder 6 1927-1939
Includes confidential correspondence (1930) from J.W. Johnston, Rochester, New York offering assistance to Meyer and Governor Roosevelt's administration and routine and personal.
Box 9 Folder 7 1940-1941
Letter from Louis Brandeis (1940); personal correspondence with Morris Crawford, editor, Women's Wear Daily; substantial correspondence with Alpheus Mason, Princeton University, and others concerning information on the life of Justice Louis Brandeis for Mason's book; Mason particularly requests recollections from Meyer regarding 1910 Protocol Agreement and other miscellaneous.
Box 9 Folder 8 1942-1947
Includes additional correspondence re search for information on Brandeis for Alpheus Mason; with Louis Stark (New York Times) suggesting a national labor commission to handle complaints of union members (1945); medical care; re denunciation of editorial on Franklin D. Roosevelt; and other miscellaneous.
Box 9 Folder 9
Correspondence with George V. Taylor and miscellaneous.
Box 9 Folder 10
Correspondence with George V. Taylor and miscellaneous.
Box 9 Folder 11
Box 9 Folder 12
Box 9 Folder 13 1935-1952
Includes addresses before conventions, meetings, graduation exercises; and other events.
Box 9 Folder 14 1935
Contains schedules, drafts, handwritten notes.
Box 9 Folder 15 1934-1942
William F. Chinquy Co.; Bloomingdale Bros.; and M. Walker
Box 9 Folder 16
"History In The Making" by Max Meyer (1948); Typewritten messages (1940's); Articles and clippings re Meyer.
Box 9 Folder 17 1947
Box 9 Folder 18 1953-1979
Includes letters from Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Lehman and many other notable individuals.
Box 9 Folder 19 1953-1979
Includes letters from Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Lehman and many other notable individuals.
Box 10