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David Herman papers

Identifier: L1972-20

Scope and Content of the collection

The collection consists of the papers of David Herman, 1954-1967, and includes scrapbook materials relating to Herman's presidency of the New York Local 6 of the Hotel Employee's and Bartenders International Union (1954); documents relating to his work as an organizer of the Hotel Employees Union in Miami (1955-1961); information about the hotel Employees strike (1955-1959); and about his campaign for Miami City Council (1967). Also included is information on hotel employee organizer Bert Ross, and on the Cuban Federation of Labor's support of Fidel Castro, 1959.


  • 1954-1967


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
Oversized materials stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Biography of David Herman

David Herman of Newark, New Jersey, served as president of the Hotel Employees Local 6 (New York) from 1951 to 1956. He was sent to Miami, Florida, in 1955 where he helped to organize the hotel employees. He was soon relieved of his post as a special organizer, but regained it 1957. In 1958, he served as vice president of the Hotel Employees Union and held the office of president in the Local 255 until 1961 when he became the sales manager for the Miami Carillon Hotel. In 1967, he ran for the Miami City Council, but was defeated. While in Miami, Herman was chairman for the tourist advisory board and director of the United Tennant Protective League.


0.5 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The David Herman Papers, 1954-1967, contains scrapbook materials, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and printed materials relating to his presidency of the Hotel Employee's and Bartenders International Union, Local 6 (New York, NY); his work as an organizer of the Hotel Employees' Union, Local 255 (Miami, FL); the hotel employees' strike, 1955-1959, and his campaign for Miami City Council in 1967.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by David Herman, 1972 (L1972-20).

Separated Materials

List created at time of processing. Material must be requested separately; consult archivist for access.

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Contracts and Agreements Collection

  1. Miami, Hotel Employees Union Local 255, 1959

Processing Information

Processed by E. L. Eltzroth, 1972, and Fran Barber at the file level, 1980.

This collection guide was created from a legacy finding aid. The inventory's contents and storage locations of separated materials (if applicable) were not verified at that time.
David Herman:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
1972, 1980
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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