Guide to the Gertrude Folks Zimand and Savel Zimand Papers, 1911-1958
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Related Material
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Series List
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Creator:||Zimand, Gertrude Folks, 1894-1966|
|Creator:||Zimand, Savel, 1891-|
|Title:||Gertrude Folks Zimand and Savel Zimand Papers|
|Quantity:||0.6 cubic ft (3 boxes)|
|Abstract:||The Zimand papers primarily concern Gertrude Folks Zimand's work in France during World War I with the American Committee for Devastated France. There is additional biographical materials as well as items relating to her father, Homer Folks, Zimand's publications, and her work with the National Child Labor Committee. There is also a significant collection of material relating to Savel Zimand's work as a writer and journalist.|
|Forms of Materials:||Correspondence, diary, yearbook, and photographs.|
Gertrude Folks Zimand (1894-1966) was born in New York City and graduated from Vassar College in 1916. As an undergraduate she was head of the Suffrage Club and the Socialist Club; she was also active in the Settlement Association and the debating society. After graduation Gertrude Folks became a field investigator for the National Child Labor Committee, an organization which her father, Homer Folks, had helped found in 1904. When her Vassar classmates selected her for the Borden Memorial Fund Prize for a year of travel, she decided to use the money to work in France. After a brief stint with the American Red Cross she returned to work with the National Child Labor Committee, devoting the rest of her life to the problems of child labor. She wrote extensively on that subject, publishing several books and editing the committee's magazine American Child. Gertrude Folks Zimand served as both general secretary and a trustee of the National Child Labor Committee and was a founder of its National Committee on Employment of Youth. She was married in 1926 to Savel Zimand, a writer and correspondent for several newspapers including the New York Times and New York Evening Post. As one of the foremost campaigners against child labor abuses, she fought for an eight-hour work day for children and for a law to keep children in school until the age of fourteen. She also fought for a constitutional amendment outlawing child labor.
Savel Zimand (1891-1967)was born in Rumania. He came to the United States in 1913. He was a writer, educator and advocate for public health and economic reform. His work took him around the world and introduced him to luminaries in the arts, sciences and politics.
The Zimand papers primarily concern Gertrude Folks Zimand's work in France during World War I with the American Committee for Devastated France and include a diary for 1917, letters written to her family, 1917-1919, and photographs. Other items include a tribute to her father, Homer Folks, Zimand's publications, the 1911 Yonkers High School yearbook, letters received on her retirement from the National Child Labor Committee, 1955, an inventory of her papers at the Social Welfare History Archives Center, University of Minnesota, and biographical material.
There is also material relating to Savel Zimand's work as a journalist. Correspondents include the painter, Jack B. Yeats; poet George Russell (AE); historian and supporter of Irish independence, Alice Green; Mizra Ismail, the Diwan of Mysore (now Karnataka, India); biologist and sociologist, Patrick Geddes; Irish labor leader and politician, Robert Smillie; and a variety of other political, cultural and social figures.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.
- Additional publications of Gertrude Folks Zimand are cataloged in the
- Folks family.
- Folks, Homer, 1867-1963.
- Geddes, Patrick, Sir, 1854-1932.
- Green, Alice Stopford, 1848-1929.
- Ismail, Mirza M., Sir, 1883- .
- Russell, George William, 1867-1935.
- Smillie, Robert, 1857-1940.
- University of Minnesota. Social Welfare History Archives Center.
- Yeats, Jack Butler, 1871-1957.
- American Committee for Devastated France.
- National Child Labor Committee (U.S.).
- Yonkers High School (Yonkers, N.Y.).
- International relief--France.
- War--Women's work.
- World War, 1914-1918--France.
- World War, 1914-1918--War work.
- France--Description and travel.
- United States--Social conditions.
Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, July 2007.
Gertrude Folks Zimand and Savel Zimand Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Original processing date unknown. Last updated March 2007 by Laura Finkel.
Description of Savel Zimand material in boxes 2 and 3 added to guide in March 2007 by Laura Finkel.
Gift of Savel Zimand.
Series I. Gertrude Folks Zimand (Boxes 1-3)
Series II. Savel Zimand (Boxes 2-3, Multiple Collections, Box 8)
|Folder 1.1||Lists of items in the collection.|
|Folder 1.2||Information about Gertrude Folks Zimand's honors and tributes.|
|Folder 1.3||Inventory of G.F.Z. Papers deposited in the Social Welfare History Archives Center, University of Minnesota Libraries.|
|Folder 1.4||Diary, while in France, 14 July - 4 Oct 1917|
|Folder 1.5||Summary of diary dated 23 August 1917, and extract from a diary "while with the American Commission to Devastated France at Blerancourt, Department of the Aisne, during the German offensive of March 1918," 1917-1918|
|Folder 1.6-7||Letters to a family from France, and typescripts, 1917-1918|
|Folder 1.8||Blerancourt photographs.|
|Folder 1.9||Letters from Homer Folks, Gertrude's father, to the family, from France, ca. 1919|
|Folder 2.1||Retirement as General Secretary of Natioanal Child Labor Committee, 1955 (photostats)|
|Folder 2.3||Tributes to Homer Folks, 1937, 1959|
|Box 3||Thirty Years of Service: A Tribute to Homer Folks, 1923|
|Box 3||Gertrude Folks Zimand: A Tribute, 1967 (3 copies)|
|Box 3||Yonkers High School Yearbook, 1911|
|Folder 3.1||Miscellaneous biographical material|
|Folder 3.2||Correspondence with Burgess Johnson, 1953 (photocopies)|
|Folder 2.4||Photographs and news clippings re Gertrude and Savel Zimand|
|Folder 2.5||Russell, George (AE), 1921-1930|
|Folder 2.6||Green, Alice, 1921-1923, n.d.|
|Folder 2.7||Ireland - Yeats, Jack B., 6 Sep 1921|
|Folder 2.7||Ireland - Williams, R.V., 13 Dec 1921|
|Folder 2.7||Ireland - Gallagher, Paddy, 14 Dec 1921|
|Folder 2.7||Ireland - Skeffington, Hanna F. Sheehy, 28 Sep 1921|
|Folder 2.7||Ireland - Childers, Molly (Mrs Robert Erskine Childers), 16 Nov 1921|
|Folder 2.8||Trotsky, Leon - interview, 1923|
|Folder 2.9||Soviet Union - paper rubles|
|Folder 2.10||India - Andrews, C.F. (Charles Freer), 9 June 1925, 3 Apr 1924|
|Folder 2.10||India - Ghandi, Devadas, 14 Feb 1924|
|Folder 2.10||India - Transcript of interview with Mahatma Ghandi|
|Folder 2.11||England - Cole, G.D.H (George Douglas Howard), 23 June 1921|
|Folder 2.11||England - Greendwood, Arthur, 1 June 1923|
|Folder 2.11||England - Tawney, R. H., 1920-1921|
|Folder 2.11||England - Middleton, J.S., 1920-1930|
|Folder 2.11||England - Webb, Sydney and Beatrice, 1921 - 1922|
|Folder 2.12||Responses from world political leaders re: world peace - includes Lord Robert Cecil, Gustav Stresemann, Constantine Rakovsky, Austen Chamberlain, Michael Hainisch and Leon Blum|
|Folder 2.13||La Fontaine, Henri-Marie, 25 Mar and 10 Jan 1920|
|Folder 2.14||Geddes, Patrick, 1923-1924|
|Folder 2.15||Smillie, Robert, 1920-1925|
|Folder 2.16||Gompers, Samuel, 23 Dec 1921|
|Folder 2.16||Nevinson, Henry W., 24 Dec 1921|
|Folder 2.17||Autographed photographs of Leon Trotsky, Madame Lenin and Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, 1922|
|Folder 2.18||Ismail, Mizra, 1924-1958|
|Folder 2.19||Khan, Zulfiqar Ali, 24 Feb 1924|
|Folder 2.19||Calvert, H., 15 Feb |
|Folder 2.19||Chintamani, C.Y., 26 Mar 1924|
|Folder 2.19||Darling, Malcolm, 25 Feb |
|Folder 2.20||Douglas, James G, 12 Oct 1921|
|Folder 2.20||Henry, Paul, 18 Aug 1921|
|Folder 2.20||Henry, Paul and Grace, 7 Jan 1924|
|Folder 2.20||Henry R.M., 8 Oct 1921|
|Folder 2.21||Marshall, John, 12 Mar 1924|
|Folder 2.21||Plunkett, Horace, 9 Sep 1921|
|Folder 2.21||Sastri, Srinivasa, 13 and 25 Mar 1924|
|Box 3||Living India, by Savel Zimand, dedicated to G.F.Z.|
|Multiple Collections - Box 8||Photograph of Anatoly Lunacharsky, Commissar for Education of the Soviet Union|