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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.


  • Creation: 1954-1967


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.

Oversized materials stored off-site. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

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.

Off-Site Storage

Oversized materials stored off-site. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

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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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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