Bernard Kassoy Slides and Photographs

Collection Number: 6385 P

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Bernard Kassoy Slides and Photographs, 1942-2007
Collection Number:
6385 P
Creator:
Kassoy, Bernard
Quantity:
8.2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs, 35mm slides.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Bernard (Bernie) Kassoy (1914-2008) graduated from the City College of New York and Cooper Union Art School and worked in a wide range of media as a painter, printmaker, photographer, sculptor and cinematographer. As a young artist, Kassoy began his career in the WPA New York City Federal Art Project in 1936 and was arrested under the name "Michelangelo Buonarotti" at the first sit-down strike against the WPA by the Artists Union. He was also a US delegate to the 1983 International Association of Artists conference in Finland.
In 1939 Kassoy was hired as a New York City high school fine arts teacher where he taught until he retired in 1972. He also taught adult education classes on cinematography at the High School of Music and Art. As a member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 5, he created cartoons for their publication "The New York Teacher News," directed the Teachers Union art gallery, and made stage sets for theatrical productions.
Bernie Kassoy's 136 editorial cartoons preserved by the Kheel Center were largely created in the 1950s at a time when many US policy makers were enthralled by the search for Communist Party members and sympathizers. In pithy cartoons he portrayed the struggles of New York City students and teachers, as well as the Teachers Union's response to these hardships. He accused school, city, and state officials of turning their attention away from funding shortfalls, classroom overcrowding, outdated texts, dilapidated buildings, teacher turnover, increasing teacher workloads, and stagnant wages, to focus on the question of whether any teachers appeared to be advocating Communism. Though Kassoy repeatedly criticized these manifestations of McCarthyism, he was never blacklisted. His work can also be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and Fennimore House Museum.

INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
Bernard Kassoy Slides and Photographs #6385 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2
Box 1 Folder 3 1995-1998
Box 1 Folder 4 1998-1999
Box 1 Folder 5 1993-1994
Box 1 Folder 6 1994-1995
Box 1 Folder 7 1995-1997
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 2 Folder 1 1990-1991
Box 2 Folder 2 1994
Box 2 Folder 3 1994
Box 2 Folder 4 1973-1993
Box 2 Folder 5
35 mm negs ; proofs ; misc.
Box 2 Folder 6
Box 2 Folder 7
Box 2 Folder 8
Box 2 Folder 9 1991-1995
Box 2 Folder 10
Box 3 Folder 1 1960-1962
Box 3 Folder 2 1960
Box 3 Folder 3 1960
Box 3 Folder 4
Box 3 Folder 5 1965-1966
Box 3 Folder 6 1965-1968
Box 3 Folder 7 1960
Box 3 Folder 8 1960
Box 3 Folder 9 1960
Box 3 Folder 10 1967-1998
Box 3 Folder 11 1967-1998
Box 3 Folder 12 1967-1998
Box 3 Folder 13 1969-1970
Box 3 Folder 14 1969-1970
Box 3 Folder 15 1969-1970
Box 3 Folder 16 1969-1970
Box 3 Folder 17
Box 3 Folder 18 1974
Box 3 Folder 19
Box 3 Folder 20 1976
Box 3 Folder 21
Box 3 Folder 22
Box 3 Folder 23
Box 3 Folder 24 1977-1978
Box 3 Folder 25 1978
Box 4 Folder 1 1982
Box 4 Folder 2 1982
Box 4 Folder 3 1982
Box 4 Folder 4 1966-1967
Box 4 Folder 5 1966
Box 4 Folder 6 1966-1967
Box 4 Folder 7
Box 4 Folder 8 1994
Box 4 Folder 9 2006
Box 4 Folder 10 2005
Box 4 Folder 11 1998
Box 4 Folder 12
Box 4 Folder 13
Box 4 Folder 14
Box 4 Folder 15
Box 4 Folder 16
Box 4 Folder 17
Box 4 Folder 18
Box 4 Folder 19 2001
Box 4 Folder 20 1998
Box 4 Folder 21
Box 4 Folder 22 1994
Box 4 Folder 23 2000-2007
Box 4 Folder 24 1962
Box 4 Folder 25
Box 4 Folder 26 2002
Box 4 Folder 27 2004
Box 4 Folder 28
Box 4 Folder 29
Box 4 Folder 30
Box 4 Folder 31
Box 4 Folder 32
listing included in this folder
Box 4 Folder 33
Box 4 Folder 34
Box 5 Folder 1 1992
Box 5 Folder 2
Box 5 Folder 3
Box 5 Folder 4
Box 5 Folder 5
Box 5 Folder 6 1996
Box 5 Folder 7
Box 5 Folder 8
Box 5 Folder 9 1999
Box 5 Folder 10
Box 5 Folder 11
Box 5 Folder 12 1995
Box 5 Folder 13 1998
Box 5 Folder 14
Box 5 Folder 15
Box 5 Folder 16 1997
Box 5 Folder 17
Box 5 Folder 18
Box 5 Folder 19 1942-1944
Box 6 Folder 1 1996-1997
Box 6 Folder 2 1997-1999
Box 6 Folder 3 1999
Box 6 Folder 4 1999
Box 6 Folder 5
(contents of a
Box 6 Folder 6
Box 6 Folder 7
Box 6 Folder 8 1993-1994
contents of a 3 ring binder
Box 7 Folder 1
Box 7 Folder 2
Box 7 Folder 3 1969-1972
Box 7 Folder 4 1968-1970
Box 7 Folder 5
Box 7 Folder 6
Box 7 Folder 7 1998-1999
Box 7 Folder 8
Box 7 Folder 9
Box 8 Folder 1
Box 8 Folder 2
Box 8 Folder 3
Box 8 Folder 4
Box 8 Folder 5
Box 8 Folder 6
Box 8 Folder 7
Box 8 Folder 8
Box 8 Folder 9
Box 8 Folder 10
Box 8 Folder 11
Box 9 Folder 1
Box 9 Folder 2
Box 9 Folder 3
Box 9 Folder 4
Box 9 Folder 5
Box 10 Folder 1
Box 10 Folder 2
Box 10 Folder 3
Box 10 Folder 4
Box 10 Folder 5
Box 10 Folder 6
Box 11 Folder 1
Box 11 Folder 2
Box 11 Folder 3
Box 11 Folder 4
Box 11 Folder 5
Box 12 Folder 1
Box 12 Folder 2 1986-1997
Box 13 Folder 1
Box 13 Folder 2
Box 13 Folder 3
original oil painting done in Jan. 1946, digital photo taken in 2008