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New York State Assistant Secretary for Reports Subject and Correspondence Files

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 subject and correspondence files created by Assistant Secretary for Reports to Governor W. Averell Harriman, Daniel P. Moynihan. The records document the two major functions of the Assistant Secretary for Reports: to bring the State Government closer to the people and to keep the Governor informed on the developments and activities within the State departments and agencies. Many files concern the public relations and public informational aspects of New York State government.
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Quantity:
7 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2331

Arrangement

Organized into two subseries: Subseries 1: Subject Files and Subseries 2: Correspondence Files. Arrangement is alphabetical by topic or correspondent in each subseries.

Administrative History

In December 1956, Daniel P. Moynihan was appointed to the newly created position of Assistant Secretary for Reports. Mr. Moynihan had been serving in the Governor's Office since January 1, 1955, as the Assistant to the Secretary to the Governor. In July 1958, when Jonathan Bingham, the Secretary to the Governor, was given a leave of absence to run for the New York State Senate, Mr. Moynihan was appointed "Acting" Secretary.

In his position as Assistant Secretary for Reports, Mr. Moynihan had two primary objectives: to bring the State Government closer to the people and to keep the Governor informed on the developments and activities within the State departments and agencies. In carrying out the first of these objectives, Mr. Moynihan initiated projects for postmark advertising and display racks for State publications; encouraged improvement in the quality of State publications; and directed the annual New York Open House Week. And in carrying out his other objectives of keeping the Governor informed about developments within State departments and agencies, he initiated a program whereby each department and agency sent monthly summary reports to the Governor's office.

To facilitate his work, Mr. Moynihan organized and served as the chairman of the Interdepartmental Committee on Publications and Reports - a committee made up of the public information officers of approximately thirty State departments and agencies.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of subject and correspondence files relating to Daniel P. Moynihan's position as Assistant Secretary for Reports to Governor W. Averell Harriman. Some of the correspondence files pertain to personal matters.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Income tax file in Box 6 is restricted to protect personal privacy.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Folder list.

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 July 2011.

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Detailed Description

Subseries 1: Subject Files

Dates:
1955-1958
Physical Description:
5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, press releases, schedules, lists, messages and related records, most of which concern the public relations and public informational aspects of the state government including departmental progress, monthly, and annual reports; civil defense certificates; departmental display racks; postmark plates and meter stamps; speeches of government officials and correspondence; and minutes and reports of the Interdepartmental Committee on Publications and Reports. Also included are such topics as Regents scholarship winners, Democratic State Committee dinners, the Commission for the Preservation of Historic Sites, surplus food and property, and two articles by Governor Harriman, one relating to billboards in the Reporter Magazine and the other relating to the Civil Service for Harper's Magazine.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

  

Dates Contents Box Folder
1955 January-1956 June Draft - Proposed Summary of Accomplishments Jan. 1955 to June 1956 - Gov. Harriman's Copy 1 1
1955 January-1956 June Draft - Proposed Summary of Accomplishments Jan. 1955 to June 1956 - Donald G. Herzberg's Copy 1 2
1955-1956 Highlights from Harriman Administration to June 1956 1 3
Agriculture and Markets 1 4
US Dept. of Agriculture 1 5
Aging 1 6
All Goods Installment Sales Act 1 7
Application 1 8
Full Employment Article - American Federationist 1 9
Annual Reports 1 10
Arden House 1 11
Basic Data Book 1 12
Basic Data Book - County by County 1 13
Billboards 1 14
Billboards 1 15
Billboards 1 16
1958 1958 Campaign - Schedules and Engagements of Democratic Officials 1 17
1958 1958 Campaign - Contributions 1 18
Chester Crest 1 19
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Schedule 1 20
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Queens County 1 21
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Nassau County 1 22
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Manhattan 1 23
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Bronx 2 1
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Brooklyn 2 2
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Civil Defense Reports 2 3
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Civil Defense Certificates 2 4
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Civil Defense 2 5
Civil Defense Certificate Presentations - Civil Defense 2 6
Civil Service 2 7
Civil Service 2 8
Civil Service Article Mailing 2 9
Civil Service Article 2 10
Civil Service Employees Association 2 11
Clinton House 2 12
Committee on Political Education 2 13
Constitutional Convention 2 14
Constitutional Convention Questions 2 15
Corrections Dept. 2 16
Corrections Dept. 2 17
1957 Democratic State Committee Dinner 1957 2 18
1957 Democratic State Committee Dinner 1957 2 19
1957 Democratic State Committee Dinner 1957 2 20
1958 Democratic State Committee Dinner - Dept. Lists 1958 2 21
1958 Democratic State Committee Dinner Duplicate Department Lists 1958 2 22
Ticket Receipts 2 23
1958 Democratic State Committee Dinner 1958 2 24
Display Racks 3 1
Display Racks - ICPR 3 2
Grand Central Display Schedule 3 3
Display Rack Booklets 3 4
Thruway Distribution 3 5
Drug Addiction 3 6
Empire Stateway 3 7
Employee Suggestion Program 3 8
Econ Development Corp 3 9
Economic Development Institute 3 10
Education Department 3 11
Education Department 3 12
NYS Federation of Labor 3 13
Financial Security Program - MVB 3 14
Flushing Remonstrance 3 15
Guide to State Services 3 16
Highway Safety 3 17
Historic Sites 3 18
Historical Sites 3 19
Historic Sites 3 20
Historic Sites Material 3 21
Home Rule 3 22
Governor's Home Rule Committee 3 23
1959 Hudson Champlain Celebration 1959 3 24
Incentive Award Program 3 25
Interdepartmental Committee on the White House Conference on Youth 4 1
Interdepartmental Committee on Publications and Reports 4 2
ICPR - Membership Directories 4 3
ICPR Agenda 4 4
ICPR Minutes 4 5
Publications ICPR 4 6
Interdepartmental Health Resources Board 4 7
Memos 4 8
Labor Department 4 9
1957 Legislative Mail Report 1957 4 10
Legislative Appearance Statements 4 11
Legislature of NY State - 275th Anniversary 4 12
1955 Legislative Session 1955 4 13
License Plates 4 14
Maps 4 15
Mental Hygiene 4 16
1958 Approval Messages 4 17
1958 Veto Messages 4 18
1956 Special Messages to the Legislature 1956 4 19
Military and Naval Affairs, Division of 4 20
Milk Vending Machines 4 21
Milk Vending Machines 4 22
Miscellaneous 4 23
Miscellaneous 4 24
N 4 25
New York City Reports 4 26
New York State Employees Retirement System 4 27
Polio Vaccine 4 28
Postage Meter 4 29
Postage Meter Stamps 4 30
Practice Nursing Licenses 4 31
Printing 4 32
Public Hearings 4 33
Public Information Survey ICPR 4 34
Public Relations 4 35
Public Relations Personnel 4 36
Wantagh Parkway Extension 4 37
Public Service Commission 4 38
Public Works 4 39
Public Works 4 40
Public Works 5 1
Public Works - Maps of NYS Institutions and Properties 5 2
Monthly Reports - Reports, Correspondence 5 3
Monthly Reports Correspondence 5 4
SCAD 5 5
SCAD 5 6
Scholarships 5 7
Seasonal Industries 5 8
1958 Selected Special Messages 1958 Mailings 5 9
Social Welfare 5 10
Speakers Bureau 5 11
1956 Statements and Proclamations, Lists of 1956 5 12
Statement 5 13
State Legislatures - Political Composition 5 14
Suburban Fees 5 15
Surplus Food Program 5 16
Surplus Property 5 17
Taxation - Difference than - from 5 18
Taxation and Finance Administrative Improvement Reports 5 19
Teachers Retiring 5 20
Walt Whitman 5 21
Winter Tourism 5 22
Youth Commission 5 23
Youth, White House Conference on 5 24

Subseries 2: Correspondence Files

Dates:
1955-1958
Physical Description:
2 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries consists of letters received, including a few enclosures, and copies of letters sent by Moynihan pertaining mainly to personal matters, and invitations for various public and private events.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

  

Dates Contents Box Folder
A 6 1
ADA Handbook 6 2
ADA General Memos, etc. 6 3
B 6 4
Business Letters 6 5
C 6 6
Clippings 6 7
Congratulations 6 8
D 6 9
E 6 10
First Names 6 11
F 6 12
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 6 13
G 6 14
Harriman - Send-off Dinner 6 15
Health Insurance Plan 6 16
H 6 17
1955 Income Tax (1955) [RESTRICTED] 6 18
I 6 19
J 6 20
Legislative Newsletter 6 21
Knights of Columbus 6 22
L 6 23
M 6 24
N 6 25
Nivens, Paul 6 26
O 6 27
P 6 28
Photographs 7 1
Q 7 2
R 7 3
Resumes 7 4
DPM's "Ski" File 7 5
Speeches 7 6
S 7 7
Russell Sage 7 8
T 7 9
U 7 10
V 7 11
W 7 12
XYZ 7 13
A 7 14
B 7 15
Bingham 7 16
C 7 17
D 7 18
E 7 19
K 7 20
L 7 21
Mrs. Lubin 7 22
M 7 23