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New York State Consumer Counsel to the Governor Outreach Records

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 documents outreach efforts conducted by the consumer counsel to Governor Averell Harriman, including conferences, television and radio appearances, and the publication of informational fliers and pamphlets. Records include published fliers and pamphlets; transcripts of conferences, television appearances, and radio programs; and summaries of public events. Records relate to such subjects as consumer credit, the marketing of dairy products, protection of elderly consumers, and television servicing.
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Quantity:
4 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2646

Arrangement

None.

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 of 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 agencies and to define and represent the consumer interest before these state 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 materials relating to outreach efforts conducted by the consumer counsel to Governor Averell Harriman. Such efforts include conferences, television and radio appearances, and the publication of fliers and pamphlets designed to inform the consumer. Materials include published fliers and pamphlets; transcripts of conferences, television appearances, and radio programs; and summaries of public events. Also included is correspondence related to conferences, television appearances, and radio programs. Records relate to such subjects as consumer credit, the marketing of dairy products, protection of elderly consumers, and television servicing.

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

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 June 2018.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B2646-18
1955 March 15 Conference - program, news release, invitation, acceptance, and refusal 1 1
1955 March 15 Conference - speakers 1 2
1955 March 15 Conference - transcript 1 3
1955 March 15 Post-conference 1 4
1955 March 23 Conference - budget standards 1 5
1955 April 4 Conference - rural-urban consumers 1 6
unknown Conferences - rural-urban consumers, adult consumer education, competent consumers 1 7
1955 April 21 Credit conference T University of Rochester 1 8
1955 April 25 WMCA forum 1 9
1955 May 19 Conference - Introduction by Dr. Campbell 1 10
1955 May 19 Conference on consumer education 1 11
1955 May 19 Conference guest information 1 12
1955 May 19 Conference materials 1 13
1955 May 19 Post-conference 1 14
1955 May 19 Conference skit 1 15
1955 May 19 Conference transcripts 1 16
1955 May 19 Conference - lists sent 1 17
1955 May 24 New York State Bankers Association meeting 1 18
1955 June 1 Scaroon Manor Conference 1 19
1955 June 1-3 Meeting of food and drug officials 1 20
1955 June 10 Statistics conference 1 21
1955 June 24 Practicing Law Institute forum 1 22
1955 June 28 "County" letters and other materials 1 23
1955 July 18-20 University of Minnesota Institute on Consumer Problems 1 24
1955 October 10 Conference on consumer debt 1 25
1955 October 13 Conference on consumer debt 2 1
1955 October 13 Conference - substitutes 2 2
1955 October 13 Conference - skit 2 3
1955 October 13 Conference - invitation acceptances 2 4
1955 October 13 Post- conference 2 5
1955 October 13 Conference - transcript 2 6
1955 October 13 Conference - materials 2 7
1955 October 13 Conference - additional materials 2 8
1955 October 13 Conference - lists sent 2 9
1955 October 13 Conference - summary 2 10
1956 1956 Retail installment legislation 2 11
1956 April 19-1957 April 16 New York State consumer credit conferences 2 12
1956 May 22 Conference on credit practices 2 13
1956 October 2 Conference on store trading stamps 2 14
1957 February 2 Conference on aged consumers 2 15
1957 February 27 Conference - photos 2 16
undated Report - "Consumer Problems of our Senior Citizens" 2 17
1957 May 21 Retail Credit Association of Buffalo Meeting 2 18
1957 September 12 Practicing Law Institute 2 19
1957 October 2 Conference on phony bargains transcript 2 20
1957 October 2 Conference on phony bargains materials 2 21
1957 October 2 Conference on phony bargains correspondence 2 22
1957 October 2 Conference on phony bargains news release 2 23
1957 October 2 Conference on phony bargains poem 2 24
1957 October 2 Correspondence with District Attorneys 2 25
1957 November 2 Correspondence on phony bargain claims 3 1
1957 December 4 Harlem Conference - preliminary meeting 3 2
1957 December 4 Harlem Conference 3 3
1958 January 16 Governor's meeting on food additives 3 4
1958 March 28 Nassau City Conference on consumer problems 3 5
1958 April 18 Governor's meeting with business groups 3 6
1958 May 19 Preliminary meeting - Buffalo conference on consumer problems 3 7
1958 May 29 Harlem community conference on consumer problems 3 8
1958 June 10 National conference on weights and measures 3 9
1958 1958 New York Conference on weights and measures 3 10
1958 October 2 Harlem business-consumer relations conference 3 11
1958 October 9 Buffalo conference - lists of persons invited 3 12
1958 October 9 Buffalo conference - general correspondence 3 13
undated Lists of names - Nassau city 3 14
1958 October 9 Buffalo conference - program, correspondence, and news stories 3 15

Accretion: 1958 July 1
1958 July 1 Radio broadcast 4 18

Accretion: B2646-18
1958 October 17 Nassau city conference 4 1
1956 National Broadcasting Company radio station records 4 2
1956-1957 "Consumer education" scripts prepared by the New York State Department of Commerce 4 3
1958 WNYC Radio Station (New York City) 4 4
1958 WNYC Radio Station transcripts 4 5
1958 Lists of radio broadcasts over WNYC 4 6
1958 September 4 Radio broadcast 4 7
1958 WNYC radio broadcast materials 4 8
1958 WYNC invitations and thank-you letters to participants 4 9
1958 WNYC miscellaneous correspondence 4 10
1958 May 8 Radio broadcast 4 11
1957 Columbia Broadcasting Company - program "Right Now" 4 12
undated Miscellaneous radio and television materials 4 13
1958 Metropolitan Educational Television Association 4 14
undated Miscellaneous radio and television scripts 4 15
1957 Radio and television scripts - 1957 New York State Fair 4 16
1956 WMCA Radio Station - Dorothy Dunbar Bromley 4 17
1958 Correspondence related to WNYC 4 19
1955 March 23 Budget standard conference - agenda 4 20
1955 April 26 Proposed revisions to egg standards 4 21
undated "Bait" advertising statement 4 22
1956 "Planning to Buy a Car on Time?" brochure 4 23
1955 "Labels and the Law" booklet 4 24
1955 New York State Fair fliers 4 25
1955 "Laws and Regulations Affecting the Consumer" booklet 4 26
1955 October 13 Governor's conference materials 4 27
1955 October 13 Governor's conference - skit 4 28
1956 "Read the Label" contest materials 4 29
1956 New York State Fair fliers 4 30
1956-1957 Milk consumption surveys and reports 4 31
1956 October 2 Trading stamp conference - program 4 32
1956 Consumer Counsel brochure 4 33
1956 Radio and television statement 4 34
1957 March 4 State Democratic Committee Women's Division luncheon 4 35
1957 New York State Fair - scripts and fliers 4 36
1957 October 2 Governor's conference on phony bargains materials 4 37
1957 Memorandum on funeral costs in New York State 4 38
1957 Reports on Syracuse milk situation 4 39
1957 Leaflet by New York State Banking Department 4 40
1958 Questionnaires on home purchasing and improvements 4 41
1955-1958 "Labels" skits 4 42
1957 Consumer Counsel legislative program 4 43
1958 Consumer Counsel legislative program 4 44
1958 Special message by Governor Harriman regarding insurance 4 45
1957-1958 Wage assignments survey 4 46
1958 Materials regarding regulation of chemical additives in food 4 47
1958 "Buying on Time?" brochure 4 48
1956-1958 "Planning to Buy a Car on Time" brochure 4 49
1958 News releases regarding health insurance 4 50
1958 June 4 Dr. Campbell's speech for first graduation class of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University 4 51
1958 June 15 Progress report of Consumer Counsel's office 4 52
1958 Statement by Consumer Counsel to help new home buyers 4 53
1958 July 28 News release regarding newly revised booklets 4 54
1958 "Planning to Buy a Car on Time?" leaflet 4 55
1955-1957 News releases regarding Dr. Campbell 4 56