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John Vliet Lindsay papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 592

Scope and Contents

The papers, the bulk of which are divided into two parts, document the life and political career of John V. Lindsay from his student days at Yale University through his two terms as mayor of New York City, 1965-1973. Part I contains pre-congressional and congressional papers covering the years 1944-1965 and includes his Yale senior thesis, personal correspondence and subject files, campaign records, and congressional papers for the years 1959-1965. Part II contains Lindsay's personal mayoral papers covering the years 1965-1973. The papers include personal correspondence, schedules, appointment books, subject files, campaign records, the papers of ten assistants to the mayor, photographs and other materials. Accessions to the collection provide additional material relating to Lindsay's congressional and mayoral years, his work on a study of the Metropolitan Transit System of New York City, as well as his 1972 Democratic presidential nomination bid and his 1980 Senate primary campaign.

Dates

  • 1944-2001

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exists pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site. Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by John Vliet Lindsay. Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff in Accession 2014-M-053 was transferred to Yale University by Anne Phipps Sidamon-Eristoff in 2014. Copyright to the unpublished writings of James Carberry in Accession 2007-M-061 was transferred to Yale University in 2017. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John V. Lindsay, 1973-1982; Allen Klotz, 1982 (Accessions 1983-M-009), Jay Kriegel, 1997 (Accession 1998-M-094), Katharine Lake, 2005, Ava Carberry, 2007 (Accession 2007-M-061), and Mrs. Anne P. Sidamon-Eristoff, 2014 (Accession 2014-M-053). Gift of Katharine Lake, 2016 (Accession 2016-M-075). Gift of Susan H. Perkins, 2021 (Accession 2022-M-0010).

Arrangement

Arranged in two parts, oversize material, and eight additions: Part I. Pre-Congressional and Congressional Papers. Part II. New York City Mayoral Personal Papers.

Part I is organized into fourteen series: I. Yale College, 1944. II. Executive assistant to the U.S. Attorney General, 1954-1958. III. American Bar Association, 1950-1960. Personal correspondence, 1949-1961. V. Campaign records, 1958. VI. Appointment books, 1959-1965. VII. Bills introduced, 1959-1965. VIII. NATO Parliamentarian's Conference and Ditchley Foundation conference records, 1955-1965. IX. Policy file, chronological, 1958-1965. X. Policy file, by subject, 1958-1965. XI. Speech file, 1958-1965. XII. Constituent newsletters and questionnaires, 1959-1965. XIII. Publication reprints, 1959-1965. XIV. Biographical newspaper and magazine articles, 1959-1965.

Part II is organized into twenty-five series: I. Personal correspondence, 1966-1973. II. Schedules and fact sheets, 1965-1973. III. Appointment books and journals, 1965-1973. IV. Daily crisis calendars, 1970-1973. V. Speech files, 1966-1969. VI. Campaign records, 1965. VII. Campaign records, 1969. VIII. Presidential campaign, 1972. IX. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968. X. Project management staff, 1972-1973. XI. Robert W. Sweet (Deputy Mayor), 1969. XII. Richard R. Aurelio (Deputy Mayor), 1969-1972. XIII. Edward Hamilton (Deputy Mayor), 1969-1973. XIV. Sid Davidoff (Assistant to the Mayor), 1965-1973. XV. Nathan Leventhal (Assistant to the Mayor), 1970-1972. XVI. Jay Kriegel (Assistant to the Mayor), 1966-1973. XVII. Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff (Assistant to the Mayor), 1966. XVIII. Steven Isenberg (Assistant to the Mayor), 1970-1973. XIX. Richard Weston (Assistant to the Mayor), 1972-1973. XX. Peter Goldmark (Assistant to the Mayor), 1965-1970. XXI. Photographs, 1950-1972. XXII. Audio material, 1965-1972. XXIII. Telephone conversation records: lists and memoranda, 1968-1973. XXIV. Campaign workers and fund raising records, 1958-1973. XXV. Restricted personal financial records, 1957-1971.

Extent

216.92 Linear Feet (486 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0592

Overview

The papers, the bulk of which are divided into two parts, document the life and political career of John V. Lindsay from his student days at Yale University through his two terms as mayor of New York City, 1965-1973. Part I contains pre-congressional and congressional papers covering the years 1944-1965 and includes his Yale senior thesis, personal correspondence and subject files, campaign records, and congressional papers for the years 1959-1965. Part II contains Lindsay's personal mayoral papers covering the years 1965-1973. The papers include personal correspondence, schedules, appointment books, subject files, campaign records, the papers of ten assistants to the mayor, photographs and other materials. Accessions to the collection provide additional material relating to Lindsay's congressional and mayoral years, his work on a study of the Metropolitan Transit System of New York City, as well as his 1972 Democratic presidential nomination bid and his 1980 Senate primary campaign.

Biographical / Historical

John V. Lindsay: born on November 24, 1921, in New York City; lawyer, former mayor of New York City; B.A., Yale, 1944, LL.B., Yale Law School, 1948; law practice in New York City, 1949- ; executive assistant to the United States Attorney General, 1955-1957; member of the United States House of Representatives, 86th-89th Congress, 17th District, New York, 1959-1965; Mayor of New York City, 1966-1973; vice chairman, National Commission on Civil Disorders, 1967. Died on December 19, 2000, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Separated Materials

Part II. Series XXV, boxes 435 and 436, RESTRICTED PERSONAL FINANCIAL RECORDS destroyed.
Title
Guide to the John Vliet Lindsay Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Jane Thompson, Sheila Conneen, Linda Billingsley, John Dojka, and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
January 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 2014: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
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