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New York State Consumer Counsel to the Governor Subject Files for the New York State Fair

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:
This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, notes, flyers, press releases, minutes, booklets, schedules, lists, and other records relating to the New York State Fair. Many of these records relate to the booths, exhibits, and demonstrations put on by the Office of the Consumer Counsel at the Fair and other exhibits and demonstrations at the Fair which were of interest to the consumer.
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Quantity:
2.75 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2329

Arrangement

Chronological.

Administrative History

Dr. Persia Campbell, a former professor of economics at Queens College, was appointed Consumer Counsel by Governor W. Averell Harriman on January 19, 1955. For many years, Dr. Campbell had been supporting the interests of consumers as an advisor for New York City and the Federal Government and in her association with non-governmental consumer organizations and activities. Her many activities included the directorship of Consumer Services for the New York Civil Defense Voluntary Organization during the early part of World War II and later membership on the Consumers' Advisory Committee of the President's Council on Economic Advisors.

The primary function of the Consumer Counsel was to advise the Governor on matters affecting the consumer interest from a consumer point of view; to support and coordinate the consumer services being carried out by various state departments and agencies and to define and represent the consumer interest before these state departments and agencies; to assist all efforts to increase the competence of the public as consumers; and to protect consumers from fraud and misrepresentation through cooperation with mass media and communication and cooperation with private groups and organizations.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, notes, flyers, press releases, minutes, booklets, schedules, lists, and other records relating to the New York State Fair. From 1955 to 1958, the Consumer Counsel was an "Ex Officio" member of the State Fair Advisory Board and also a consultant to the Women's Division of the Fair. Many of these records relate to the booths, exhibits, and demonstrations put on by the Office of the Consumer Counsel at the Fair and other exhibits and demonstrations at the Fair which were of interest to the consumer. Among the records are flyers relating to consumer affairs which were released by the Office of the Consumer Counsel, skits, pamphlets relating to the reading of labels and "labels and the law," scattered minutes of the meetings of the State Fair Advisory Board and the Women's Division of the Fair, radio and T.V. scripts of "There Oughta Be a Law," and schedules and lists of demonstrations.

There is a large amount of correspondence between Dr. Harold Wattel, Consultant to the Consumer Counsel, and Marion R. Devine, of the Consumer Counsel's staff, and correspondence between the Consumer Counsel and Dr. Wattel. There is also a large amount of Consumer Counsel's correspondence with women's and consumers' groups as well as with New York State government departments and agencies.

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

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Custodial History

This series was transferred to Syracuse University from Governor Harriman in 1959, and was transferred to the New York State Archives in 2006. It was accessioned in August 2011.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B2329-11
1955 New York State Fair General 1 1
1955 C.C. Booths 1 2
1955 "Skit" Commerce Dept. 1 3
1955 Exhibits Memoranda - Dr. Wattel 1 4
1955 Exhibits 1 5
1955 C.C. Booths 1 6
1955 Labels and the Law - Preliminary 1 7
1955 1955 State Fair Publications 1 8
1955 C.C. Booklet and Flyers 1 9
1955 "Thank You" Letters to Demonstrators 1 10
1955 "Read the Label" Contest 1 11
1955 Premium Book 1 12
1955 C.C. Booth - Women's Building 1 13
1955 C.C. Booth - State Building 1 14
1955 Women's Advisory Committee 1 15
1956 1956 Fair Advisory Board 1 16
1956 NYS Fair 1 17
1956 NYS Fair 2 1
1956 C.C. Exhibits 2 2
1956 Applications for Fair 2 3
1956 NYS Fair 2 4
1956 Exhibits 2 5
1956 Label Winners Contest 2 6
1956 "Thank You" Letters to Demonstrators 2 7
1956 Publications - Internal Use 2 8
1956 "Know Your Poultry - Get Your Money's Worth" 2 9
1956 "Read the Label on Bedding" 2 10
1956 "Know Your Beef Grades" 2 11
1956 Read the Label - Canned Goods 2 12
1956 Did you Get Your Money's Worth When Buying Children's Blue Jeans 2 13
1956 How to Buy Children's Shoes 2 14
1956 Read the Label - Dangerous Substances 2 15
1956 Know Your Egg Grades 2 16
1956 Know Your Fabrics 2 17
1956 Know Your Fresh Produce 2 18
1956 Kitchen Utensils 2 19
1956 Know Your Lamps 2 20
1956 Watch Your Weight 2 21
1956 C.C. Booklet 2 22
1957 1957 Fair General 2 23
1957 Background Materials for Flyers 2 24
1957 Schedules, Demonstrators and Co-op Personnel 2 25
1957 Flyers 2 26
1957 Letters 2 27
1957 Home Economics Volunteers 3 1
1957 Textiles Letters 3 2
1957 Radio Script 3 3
1958 1958 Fair Bibliography 3 4
1958 "Thank You" Letters 3 5
1958 State Fair 1958 3 6
1958 Flyers 3 7
1958 General Correspondence 3 8
1958 M. Devine Letters 4 1
1958 Fair 4 2
1958 Volunteers - Home Economists 4 3
1957-1958 1957-1958 State Fair 4 4
1958 Script "Labels" Prepared for Women's Organization Day 4 5
1958 State Fair Premium Book 4 6