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Irving Gordon papers

Identifier: L1971-09

Scope and Content of the Papers

Irving Gordon papers consist primarily of correspondence, printed and scrapbook material dealing with social and business affairs of both the national and local Workmen's Circle (1960-1970). The bulk of the papers describe the collection of books and sports equipment by the Atlanta and Miami Beach branches (1960-1965) for distribution abroad by the U. S. Information Agency as part of its "People-To-People" Program. Correspondents include U.S.I.A. Director Benjamin R. Stickney and Local Workmen's Circle Chairman Harold Bauman. A brief correspondence outlines business arrangements of Gordon Opticians with trade unions (1970). Included also are correspondence, reports, minutes and budgets concerning financial and membership matters of the Jewish Labor Committee (1966-1968).


  • Creation: 1960-1970


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Irving Gordon

Irving Gordon, Licensed optician, 1948; Chairman, Atlanta Workmen's Circle, Southern Region Workmen's Circle; member, National Board of Directors, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans, American Jewish Committee, the Urban League, and National Conference of Christians and Jews. Atlanta director of the United States Information Agency's "People-To-People" Program, 1960.


0.4 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

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Irving Gordon, a licensed optician, was Chairman of the Atlanta Workmen's Circle and the Southern Region Workmen's Circle, and a member of other organizations. Papers consist primarily of correspondence, printed and scrapbook material dealing with the national and local Workmen's Circle (1960-1970), and Atlanta and Miami Beach branches' involvement with the U. S. Information Agency's "People-To-People" Program (1960-1965); and limited records related to the Jewish Labor Committee and to Gordon's business.


The Irving Gordon papers are divided into 4 series Series I: Gordon's Opticians, 1962-1970 Series II: Jewish Labor Committee, 1966-1968 Series III: People-to-People Program, 1960-1968, undated Series IV: Workingmen's Circle, 1963-1969

Acquisition Information

Donated by Irving Gordon, November 9, 1971.

Separated Materials Note

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Photograph collection

  1. Books Abroad campaign, 1961 (See L-Photographs for Access)

Processing Information

Inventoried by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, March 2, 1972.

Irving Gordon:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
March 2, 1972
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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