Scope and arrangement
The papers of Stanley M. Isaacs are arranged in two major series: his general correspondence and papers, 1901-1962, and his scrapbooks covering 1899-1962.
The general correspondence, incoming/outgoing, is in chronological order and alphabetical order within the year. Contained here is Isaacs' personal correspondence, real estate and financial papers plus organizational papers and correspondence relating to the many activities Isaacs was involved or interested in. Subdivided within the general correspondence are four sections: first - correspondence and papers covering his tenure as Manhattan Borough President which began January 1, 1938 and ended December 31, 1941. These files contain material relating to Isaacs appointment of the alleged communist Simon W. Gerson as confidential examiner and construction of the East River Drive; second - correspondence and papers covering his twenty years in the City Council, during which he was frequently the only Republican in the Council and therefore served on every committee; third - Isaacs' campaign for City Council correspondence and papers including speeches, contribution correspondence and congratulatory letters; fourth is a box of letters to and from "prominent people" that were separated from the rest of the collection by Mrs. Isaacs for use in writing her husband's biography.
The second series consists of Isaac's scrapbooks; thirty five volumes in all. These are made up of newspaper clippings that reflect the political and civic activities of Mr. Isaacs. Also contained in scrapbooks is some incoming/outgoing correspondence interfiled, numerous banquet programs, invitations, and memorabilia. Included in the first volume of the scrapbooks are a number of medals, buttons, and ribbons given to Isaacs for participating in difference committees and organizations.
The Stanley M. Isaacs papers are arranged in thirty series:
Box of letters to and from "prominent people" that were separated from the rest of the collection by Mrs. Isaacs for use in writing her husband's biography.