Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
Solomon Barkin Papers, 1930-1989
24 boxes (11 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 217

Abstract:
Economist, writer, labor activist, union director, and Professor of Economics and Research Associate of the Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Contains biographical and bibliographical materials, including clippings, news releases, and photographs; correspondence, published and unpublished writings, including lectures, pamphlets, booklets, articles, reports, reprints, and transcripts of hearings; and typewritten manuscripts, edited works, bound reports and proceedings, and one audiotape.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biographical Note

Solomon Barkin was born in New York City in 1902. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of the City of New York (CCNY) in 1928, and went on to receive his master's degree in economics from Columbia University the following year. He was an instructor at CCNY from 1928 to 1931. Among the posts he held in the 1930s were the Assistant Director of Research for the New York State Commission on Old Age Security, and the Assistant Director of the Labor Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration. From 1937 to 1963, Barkin served as Director of Research for the Textile Workers Organizing Committee (TWOC), and its successor, the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA). In 1963, Barkin left to become deputy to the director and head of the Social Affairs Division, Manpower and Social Affairs Directorate, of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris. He returned to the United States in 1968, to join the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as Professor of Economics and Research Associate of the Labor Center. He retired in 1978.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Biographical and bibliographical materials, including clippings, news releases, and photographs; correspondence, and published and unpublished writings, which comprise the bulk of the collection. Publications authored by Barkin cover the period 1930 to 1988, and include lectures, pamphlets, booklets, articles, reports, reprints, and transcripts of hearings. Also included, individually, are typewritten manuscripts, edited works, bound reports and proceedings, and one audiotape.

Papers are organized into three series, and arranged chronologically within each series, including Biographical/Bibliographical, Correspondence (1936, 1966-1988), and Publications (1930-1988).

An item listing for Barkin's published and unpublished writings can be found in the Appendix.

Organized into three series, arranged chronologically within each series.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Solomon Barkin Papers (MS 217). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Solomon Barkin.

Processing Information

Processed by SCUA staff.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Language
English and French
Bibliography

An item listing for Barkin's published and unpublished writings can be found in the Appendix.