Swarthmore College Peace Collection


Edward P. Gottlieb Papers, 1929-2000
Collection: DG 172


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.
Creator
Gottlieb, Edward P. (1905-2003)
Title
Edwared P. Gottlieb Papers
Inclusive Dates
1929-2000
Call Number
DG 172
Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
10.2 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Edward Gottlieb was an educator, civil rights activist, peace activist, and poet. He was the chairman of the War Resisters in the 1960s.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Edward Gottlieb and Scott Bennett: 1993 [acc. 077]; 1994 [acc. 94A-007, 94A-020, 94A-024, 94A-045, 94A-063, 94A-066, 94A-087, 94A-093, 94A-108, 94A-120, 94A-129]; 1995 [acc. 95A-007, 95A-012, 95A-024, 95A-030, 95A-035, 95A-041, 95A-096]; 1996 [acc. 96A-014, 96A-049]; 1997 [acc. 97A-008, 97A-021, 97A-069]; 1998 [acc. 98A-060]; 1999 [acc. 99A-036]; 2000 [acc. 00A-017]; 2002 [acc. 02A-011]

Processing Information
Collection processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, August 2014
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Edward P. Gottlieb Papers (DG 172), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright to the papers authored by Edward P. Gottlieb was transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Otherwise, copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or bytheir descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Related Collections
War Resisters League Records (DG 040)
Metropolitan Board for Conscientious Objectors Records (DG 060)
David McReyolds Papers (DG 134)


Historical Background
Edward P. Gottlieb was born
on May 15, 2005 in New York City to Sarah Goldman Gottlieb and Benjamin (Beryl) Gottlieb. His mother emigrated from Poland in 1894. Edward Gottlieb earned a B.S. at City College in New York City in 1925, a J.D. from New York University in 1928, and further graduate study at New York School for Social Research and at the Teachers College. His interests in peace, civil rights, and education led him into a long list of involvements and actions. It is not known what he did for a living before the 1950s, but he served as the principal of two public schools in New York City from 1952-1967. From 1952-1960 he was the Chair of the Metropolitan Board for Conscientious Objectors, and of the War Resisters League from 1960-1968. Gottlieb also served as an educational consultant in the 1960s and 1970s, and as an adjunct association professor at the City College and at Long Island University from 1967-1971. He participated in fasting against the Vietnam War and for school integration, and lobbied throughout his life for various reforms. Gottlieb was active as a speaker and writer; his particular love was poetry and he wrote hundreds of poems himself.

In his later years, Gottlieb's viewpoints became more conservative and his correspondence, in particular, details much of what he believed. He had many links within the Jewish community in New York City and beyond, though he considered himself to be an atheist. Gottlieb became legally blind as he grew elderly, but he did not let this stop him from written communication. He learned Braille and also used a machine that could recognize his voice and write his letters for him.
Edward Gottlieb was married to Marian Halperin (?); they had two daughters. Gottlieb died in 2003.


Collection Overview / Arrangement
The Gottlieb material arrived at the Peace Collection in consider disarray. Student assistants worked numerous times to sort Edward Gottlieb's poetry. It was found in 2014 that there were a great many photocopies of his correspondence and other material mixed within the originals, so much additional sorting was necessary. What was kept has been arranged into five series:
Series A: Biographical and Family Information
Series B: Involvements / Actions
Series C: Writings and Speeches
Series D: Correspondence
Series E: Reference Material

Items removed:
Periodicals to the Periodical Collection
Photos to the Photograph Collection
Bumpersticker "At Night We Bomb" to the Stamp/Sticker/Seal/Envelope Collection

Book of poetry EPG to Book Collection [see tripod record]




Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES A: BIOGRAPHICAL / FAMILY INFORMATION
Box 1
Biographical information
Printed/photocopied images of E.G. and others
Gottlieb family: ancestors/relatives
Gottlieb family: wife Marian
Gottlieb family: wife Marian – letters received
Gottlieb family: sponsorship (with wife Marian) with Fresh Air Fund child
Gottlieb family: trip to Israel with Marian Gottlieb [includes correspondence from 1979-1980]
Gottlieb family: children, grandchildren
Gottlieb family: restaurant
Lawsuit against Bel Aire Hotel
Living at Chatham Towers
Living at Three Arrows
Certificates/awards received
Personal calendars, 1988, 1995
Finances
Finances: donations given

SERIES B: INVOLVEMENTS / ACTIONS
Box 2
Speaking engagements / appearances at events / testimony given
Media coverage
Attendance at conferences, etc.
Contribution in honor of E.G.; tributes
Sending papers to Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Study of Braille
Study of Hebrew/Yiddish
Creating poetry (poems, books) [includes publishing]
Involvements/actions: miscellaneous
Involvements/actions: attempt to help Wodek sisters in Germany, 1939
Involvements/actions: draft resistance, 1940
Involvements/actions: memorial for Jessie Wallace Hughan, 1955; memories, 1994
Involvements/actions: Montgomery Anniversary Concert, 1956
Involvements/actions: Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, 1957
Involvements/actions: Youth March for Integrated Schools, 1958-1959
Involvements/actions: Vigil at Fort Detrick, 1961
Involvements/actions: Week-Long Fast for Peace
Involvements/actions: Weekend Fast and Vigil for Integrated Schools
Involvements/actions: delegation to Soviet Union (and follow-up), 1964
Involvements/actions: hunger-strike by E.G., 1965
Involvements/actions: Independence Fast, 1966
Involvements/actions: Hiroshima Day Fast, Penance and Vigil at White House Gates, 1966

Box 3
Involvements/actions: Civil Disobedience Against the Draft, 1967
Involvements/actions: Baltimore Four, 1967
Involvements/actions: Vigil / fast / blood donation in support of the Baltimore Four, 1968 (January 30)
Involvements/actions: John Dewey Centennial Project, 1969
Involvements/actions: Fast for Peace / Three Day Moratorium Fast and Vigil for Peace, 1970
Involvements/actions: Daily Death Toll Project / civil disobedience and arrest, 1971
Involvements/actions: Goodwill trip to Cuba / Ad Hoc Committee for Cuban Hospitality (and follow-up), 1971
Involvements/actions: Goodwill trip to Cuba / Ad Hoc Committee for Cuban Hospitality (and follow-up), 1971(continued)
Involvements/actions: Fast to Cease Fire, 1972
Involvements/actions: Fast for the World’s Children, 1974
Involvement with organizations: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Involvement with organizations: DuBois Club/s
Involvement with organizations: Fellowship of Ethical Pacifists (Chair)
Involvement with organizations: Metropolitan Board for Conscientious Objectors
Involvement with organizations: Pacifist Teachers League
Involvement with organizations: Prisoner Visitation and Support (organization)
Involvement with organizations: Socialist Party – Social Democratic Federation
Involvement with organizations: Student Peace Union
Involvement with organizations: Summerhill Society
Involvement with organizations: War Resisters International: Gandhi Centennial Conference
Involvement with organizations: War Resisters League

Box 4
Involvement/efforts re: education: supervisory reports of E.G. as teacher, 1940s
Involvement/efforts re: education: teaching at P.S. 103: reports of classroom visits at P.S. 103, Manhattan; 1949, 1951
Involvement/efforts re: education: sabbatical / leave of absence
Involvement/efforts re: education: seminar and workshops led/talks given (re: education)
Involvement/efforts re: education: involvement with committees (re: education)
Involvement/efforts re: education: service as educational consultant
Involvement/efforts re: education: service as Consultant in Urban Education/Educational Design
Involvement/efforts re: education: service as Instructor, Graduate School of Education, Long Island University
Involvement/efforts re: education: service as intermittent consultant for Office of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Involvement/efforts re: education: teaching certificates earned/commemorations
Involvement/efforts re: education: miscellaneous correspondence (re: education)
Involvement/efforts re: education: ideas/thoughts (re: education)
Involvement/efforts re: education: Black power / ghetto schools / Harlem, New York
Involvement/efforts re: education: correspondence with superintendent
Involvement/efforts re: education: Principal Goldfarb
Involvement/efforts re: education: Charrette system
Involvement/efforts re: education: decentralization
Involvement/efforts re: education: education re: African and African-American history
Involvement/efforts re: education: lobbying for teachers’/principals’ rights
Involvement/efforts re: education: Management by Objectives
Involvement/efforts re: education: More Effective Schools program
Involvement/efforts re: education: Operation Upgrade
Involvement/efforts re: education: phonetics; spelling revision/reform
Involvement/efforts re: education: phonetics; spelling revision/reform (continued)

Box 5
Involvement/efforts re: education: planning for curriculum changes
Involvement/efforts re: education: reading abilities of children
Involvement/efforts re: education: school integration
Involvement/efforts re: education: Three Arrows Workshop, 1967 (June)
Involvement/efforts re: education: “The Schoolhouse in the City,” school planning conference, Stanford University, 1967 (July 10-14)
Involvement/efforts re: education: 8th Annual Meeting, Metropolitan School Facilities Planning Group, 1969
Involvement/efforts re: education: American Federation of Teachers
Involvement/efforts re: education: Board of Education (Brooklyn, New York) budget hearings, etc.
Involvement/efforts re: education: CORE Community School
Involvement/efforts re: education: Educators for an Independent Harlem School District / Committee for Autonomous Harlem School District
Involvement/efforts re: education: Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation
Involvement/efforts re: education: Mahopac School District
Involvement/efforts re: education: New York City Elementary School Principals Association
Involvement/efforts re: education: New York Teachers Guild
Involvement/efforts re: education: Norman Thomas High School
Involvement/efforts re: education: Parent-Teacher Association, Huntington Junior High, 1937-1945
Involvement/efforts re: education: School Management Study Group
Involvement/efforts re: education: Summerhill School/Society
Involvement/efforts re: education: Union of School Supervisors
Involvement/efforts re: education: Union of School Supervisors (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: Union of School Supervisors (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: United Federation of Teachers
Involvement/efforts re: education: homemade book “Creative Writing of Class 5-415,” inscribed by children, 1966 (June)

Box 6
Involvement/efforts re: education: service as principal of public school (P.S.) 165
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbo       ok 016]
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)
Involvement/efforts re: education: leaving P.S. 165; farewells -- notes and artwork by students, 1967 (June) [acc. 94A-087; formerly scrapbook 016] (continued)

SERIES C: WRITINGS AND SPEECHES
Box 6 (continued)
Writings: Letters to the Editor; press releases
Writings and speeches: titles A- B
Writings and speeches: titles C

Box 7
Writings and speeches: titles D
Writings and speeches: titles E
Writings and speeches: titles E -- term paper “Economic Theory…” [grade = F]
Writings and speeches: titles F- G
Writings and speeches: titles H- I
Writings and speeches: titles J- L
Writings and speeches: titles M
Writings and speeches: titles N- O
Writings and speeches: titles P- R
Writings and speeches: titles S
Writings and speeches: titles T
Writings and speeches: titles U- Y
Writings and speeches in Hebrew

Box 8
Writings: handwritten drafts and notes
Writings: handwritten drafts and notes (continued)
Notes
Writings: handwritten draft (of book?)

Box 9
Writings: poetry -- titles A
Writings: poetry -- titles B
Writings: poetry -- titles C
Writings: poetry -- titles D
Writings: poetry -- titles E
Writings: poetry -- titles F
Writings: poetry -- titles G

Box 10
Writings: poetry -- titles H
Writings: poetry -- titles I
Writings: poetry -- titles J
Writings: poetry -- titles K
Writings: poetry -- titles L
Writings: poetry -- titles Ma- Mi
Writings: poetry -- titles Mo- My
Writings: poetry -- titles N

Box 11
Writings: poetry -- titles O
Writings: poetry -- titles P
Writings: poetry -- titles Q
Writings: poetry -- titles R
Writings: poetry -- titles Sa- Si
Writings: poetry -- titles Sk-Sy
Writings: poetry -- titles Ta - To Ha

Box 12
Writings: poetry -- titles To He – To Ru
Writings: poetry -- titles To S – Ty
Writings: poetry -- titles U
Writings: poetry -- titles V
Writings: poetry -- titles W
Writings: poetry -- titles Y
Writings: poetry -- numbered titles
Writings: poetry -- manuscript “Chatham Towers”
Writings: poetry -- songs
Writings: poetry -- miscellaneous
Writings: poetry -- miscellaneous (continued)

Box 13
Writings: poetry -- miscellaneous (continued)
Writings: poetry -- miscellaneous (continued)

Box 14
Writings: poetry -- draft of peace poems (edited by Scott Bennett and Cathleen DeMarco), 1994
Writings: poetry -- draft compilation of poems, Volume I
Writings: poetry -- draft compilation of poems, Volume II
Writings: poetry -- draft compilation of poems, Volume III
Writings: poetry -- draft compilation of poems, Volume IV
Writings: poetry -- draft compilation of poems, Volume V
Writings: poetry -- compilations: miscellaneous
Writings: poetry -- compilations: miscellaneous (continued)

Box 15
Writings: poetry -- poems re: peace, 1994
Writings: poetry -- poems re: daughter Toby
Writings: poetry -- poems written from “Three Arrows” (draft)
Writings: poetry -- poems written about Chatham Towers (draft)

SERIES D: CORRESPONDENCE
Box 16
Outgoing correspondence, 1938-1940, 1948
Outgoing correspondence, 1952, 1954-1958
Outgoing correspondence, 1959
Outgoing correspondence, 1960-1962
Outgoing correspondence, 1963-1965
Outgoing correspondence, 1966-1967
Outgoing correspondence, 1968-1969
Outgoing correspondence, 1970
Outgoing correspondence, 1971
Outgoing correspondence, 1972
Outgoing correspondence, 1973
Outgoing correspondence, 1974
Outgoing correspondence, 1975
Outgoing correspondence, 1976
Outgoing correspondence, 1977
Outgoing correspondence, 1978
Outgoing correspondence, 1979
Outgoing correspondence, 1980
Outgoing correspondence, 1981

Box 17
Outgoing correspondence, 1982
Outgoing correspondence, 1983
Outgoing correspondence, 1984
Outgoing correspondence, 1985
Outgoing correspondence, 1986
Outgoing correspondence, 1987
Outgoing correspondence, 1988
Outgoing correspondence, 1989
Outgoing correspondence, 1980s circa
Outgoing correspondence, 1990
Outgoing correspondence, 1991
Outgoing correspondence, 1992
Outgoing correspondence, 1993 (January-July)
Outgoing correspondence, 1993 (August-December)
Outgoing correspondence, 1994 (January-April)

Box 18
Outgoing correspondence, 1994 (May-July)
Outgoing correspondence, 1994 (August-December)
Outgoing correspondence, 1995 (January-April)
Outgoing correspondence, 1995 (May-July)
Outgoing correspondence, 1995 (August-December)
Outgoing correspondence, 1996 (January-May)
Outgoing correspondence, 1996 (June-July)
Outgoing correspondence, 1996 (August-December)
Outgoing correspondence, 1997 (January-September 19; December 17)

Box 19
Outgoing correspondence, 1998
Outgoing correspondence, 1999
Outgoing correspondence, 1990s circa
Outgoing correspondence, 2000
Outgoing correspondence, undated
Incoming correspondence, 1930s
Incoming correspondence, 1940s
Incoming correspondence, 1950-1954
Incoming correspondence, 1955
Incoming correspondence, 1956
Incoming correspondence, 1957
Incoming correspondence, 1958
Incoming correspondence, 1959
Incoming correspondence, 1960
Incoming correspondence, 1961
Incoming correspondence, 1962
Incoming correspondence, 1963

Box 20
Incoming correspondence, 1964
Incoming correspondence, 1965
Incoming correspondence, 1966
Incoming correspondence, 1967
Incoming correspondence, 1968
Incoming correspondence, 1969
Incoming correspondence, 1960s circa
Incoming correspondence, 1970
Incoming correspondence, 1971
Incoming correspondence, 1972
Incoming correspondence, 1973
Incoming correspondence, 1973
Incoming correspondence, 1975
Incoming correspondence, 1976

Box 21
Incoming correspondence, 1977
Incoming correspondence, 1978
Incoming correspondence, 1979
Incoming correspondence, 1980
Incoming correspondence, 1981
Incoming correspondence, 1982
Incoming correspondence, 1983
Incoming correspondence, 1984
Incoming correspondence, 1985
Incoming correspondence, 1986
Incoming correspondence, 1987

Box 22
Incoming correspondence, 1988
Incoming correspondence, 1989
Incoming correspondence, 1990
Incoming correspondence, 1991
Incoming correspondence, 1992
Incoming correspondence, 1993
Incoming correspondence, 1994
Incoming correspondence, 1995
Incoming correspondence, 1996
Incoming correspondence, 1997

Box 23
Incoming correspondence: 1998-1999
Incoming correspondence, 2000
Incoming correspondence, undated [8 folders]

Box 24
Incoming correspondence, undated
Correspondence with Henry and Sharon Borenson
Correspondence with Barbara Bush (Mrs. George Bush, The White House), August 10, 1989
Correspondence with Noam Chomsky
Correspondence with President Bill Clinton
Correspondence with Shep and Wita Ellman
Correspondence with Donald Szantho Harrington (The Community Church of New York)
Correspondence with John Haynes Holmes (The Community Church of New York)
Correspondence with Jessie Wallace Hughan
Correspondence with Abe and Ida Kaufman
Correspondence with G. Gordon Liddy
Correspondence with David McReynolds (War Resisters League)
Correspondence with Toni Morrison (poet), November 12, 1987
Correspondence with Sister Vergie Muhammad
Correspondence with A.J. Muste (Fellowship of Reconciliation)
Correspondence with Walter E. Mylecraine
Correspondence with Otto Nathan (Albert Einstein Estate)
Correspondence with Bayard Rustin
Correspondence with Salim Sauma
Correspondence with Ariel Sharon (Minister of Defence, Israel), October 21, 1982
Correspondence with Evan Thomas
Correspondence with Norman Thomas
Correspondence with Suzy Wernick
Correspondence with Walter Wernick
Correspondence with Frances Witherspoon and Tracy D. Mygatt

Box 25
Correspondence with the American Federation of Teachers
Correspondence with the Board of Education of the City of New York
Correspondence with the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (Henry Neumann, etc.)
Correspondence with the New York Teachers Guild
Correspondence with the Socialist Party – Social Democratic Federation
Correspondence with the Society for Ethical Culture in the City of New York / New York Society for Ethical Culture
Correspondence with the United Federation of Teachers

SERIES E: REFERENCE MATERIAL
Box 26
African studies
Blackness; Black history
Education
Education -- Charrette system
Education -- diagnostic reading test in Spanish
Education -- urban education/integration
Ethics and religion
Judaism
Judaism -- history of Yiddish immigrants in New York City by Lou Katzowitz [with notes by E.G., re: L.K.]
Miscellaneous
Peace; war resistance
Graphics by Samuel Kamen
Miscellaneous newsletters
Miscellaneous newsletters re: schools/education
Miscellaneous newsletters in Hebrew
Newsletter “Parents Association Bulletin,” P.S. 165, Manhattan
Newsletter “The Summerhill Society Bulletin”
Henry Borenson
John Haynes Holmes
Norman Thomas; Norman Thomas High School
Bayard Rustin
Teachers Committee for Peace in Vietnam
Three Arrows Cooperative Society





This finding aid was last updated on August 26, 2014