Scope and arrangement
The papers, 1915-1923, were accumulated by Trachtenberg while he was Director of the Department of Labor Research at the Rand School. Correspondence, 1916-1923, consists primarily of letters received by Trachtenberg. It documents the preparation and reception of the American Labor Yearbook, 1916 which was prepared by the Department and published by the School, and a 1918 effort to have the New York State Legislature abolish night work in bakeries. A few general matters are also treated. Included are letters from representatives of labor unions, Socialist groups, university professors, journals, and government officials. Prominent correspondents include: Mary Beard, Eugene Victor Debs and Theodore Debs, Florence Kelley, Walter Lippmann, Scott Nearing, and Lillian Wald.
Also included are typescripts of articles, reports, and other writings mainly on Socialist and labor topics. Some of these were gathered to support the bakery legislation, and some appeared in the Yearbook. Authors include: Max Danish, Sen Katayama, Harry Laidler, Benjamin C. Marsh, Joseph Schlossberg, Ernst Toller, and Trachtenberg.