Research

Correspondence of the Commission

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Letters, memoranda, and telegrams of the Factory Investigation Commission regarding the administrative activities, plans for and methodology of investigations, and proposed solutions. Correspondents include government agencies, businessmen and organizations, employee and civic groups, and subject experts.
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Quantity:
3 cu. ft. Copies: 5microfilm reels; 35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
1912-1916
Bulk Dates:
bulk 1913-1915
Series Number:
A3019

Arrangement

Chronological within record type: letters and memoranda--rough chronological order; telegrams--chronological order.

Scope and Content Note

These are incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, and telegrams regarding the Commission's administrative activities, plans for and methodology of investigations, and proposed solutions to the problems under investigation. Correspondents include government agencies, businessmen and organizations, employee and civic groups, and various subject experts.

Correspondence concerned: proposed bills regarding fire prevention and fire exits; minimizing the number of inspections necessary for buildings; Labor Law violations reported by field agents; practicability and methods of determining workers' "real earning capacity," i.e. value added to the product by their labor; suggestions on industries and issues the commission should or should not investigate; cover letters for reports, printed items, or other materials sent to the commission from federal, state, and municipal agencies throughout the country; requests for hearing transcripts, reports, and other information issued by the commission from libraries, unions, employers' associations, citizens' groups, scholars, and others, often concerning the proposed recodification of the Labor Law; and opinions of proprietors in states with minimum wage laws on the value of such laws and their effect on business and employees.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

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