© 2002 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and
Archives, Cornell University Library
George Tichenor files,
2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Drafts, reprints, newspaper
Kheel Center for Labor-Management
Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Contains a portion of Tichenor's personal
papers as well as numerous drafts, reprints, and newspaper clippings of
articles authored by Tichenor.
Collection material in English
George Tichenor III was born in New Orleans, La., on December 17,
1906, to George Humphreys Tichenor, Jr., a doctor and Gertrude Belknap. He was
educated at Tulane University in New Orleans. He served as a cub reporter on
the Picayune and later became a free lance writer and photographer.
He was the author of two popular novels, Gibson and Manhattan
Prodigal. As a free lance writer he contributed travel articles to the
New York Times and many other publications. Two of his photographs appeared in
the Saturday Evening Post series "Face of America." He used pen names Gilbert
Tolman, Ted Gilbert son and George Thompson as well as his own.
He was interested in the cooperative movement in the United States
and served as editor of the Co-operator published by the Eastern Cooperation
League from 1939-1948. He also edited Co-op Highlights and was active in the
cooperative housing movement in New York City. During the second World War, he
was a special consultant to the O.P.A. on consumer needs.
He was an accomplished labor Journalist, editing "The Hat Worker" of
the United Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers and the "Spotlight" for the United
Wire, Metal and Machine Health and Welfare Fund, Local l6l4 of the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Local 8lO of the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The Hat Worker says of him "George Tichenor contributed scores of
memorable feature articles to our publication on every phase of union
activities, the labor-movement, social issues and topics of general reader
interest. In 1951, under his editorship, The Hat Worker was awarded a
Certificate of Merit by the Eastern Labor Press Conference "for excellency in
form and content." In 1953, his story about organizational activities in
Medfield, Mass., titled "When the Union Came To Town," received the top award
of the International Labor Press Association."
Mr. Tichenor also served on the state executive committee of the
Liberal Party of New York State.
Includes routine correspondence, reprints of articles, and newspaper
clippings relating to the following issues: consumer and housing cooperatives;
the role of labor unions in the cooperative movement; prospective new housing
cooperatives to be built in New York City; support of the cooperative movement
for the Tennessee Valley Authority; the financial condition of the
Cooperator, organ of the Eastern Cooperative
League; the economic condition of the hat and cap industry; the problems of
small, economically marginal operations in the hat industry; the use of polls
for discerning trends in consumer buying habits and public opinion in local
elections; the role of labor in politics; the impact of tariffs on foreign
imports of hats; the Taft-Hartley Act; support for the Liberal Party in New
York; the impact of inflation on the cooperative movement; the American Labor
Health Association; competition in the insurance industry; the contributions of
Edward A. Filene to the credit union movement; the League of Nations; the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce; consumer cooperatives; significant innovations in the
retail distribution field; costs of medical care; anti-Semitism; and
Also contains numerous reprints, rough drafts, newspaper clippings,
and routine correspondence relating to Tichenor's various journalistic
The collection consists of part of his personal papers. The union
publications he edited will be found in the ILR Library and the Cooperator in
Filene, E. A. (Edward
American Labor Health
Chamber of Commerce of
the United States of America.
Liberal Party of New York
Credit unions--United States.
Hat trade--Economic aspects--United
Labor unions--United States--Political
Form and Genre Terms:
Drafts preliminary versions