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New York State Consumer Counsel to the Governor State Advisory Committee 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 contains records relating to the creation and activities of the State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel. The series contains documents relating to the establishment of the committee; lists, agendas, and summaries of the committee’s meetings; and correspondence between Dr. Campbell and committee members. Subjects covered include protection for elderly consumers, consumer education, and the regulation of chemical additives in food.
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1 cubic foot
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2649

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 through 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 agencies and to define and represent the consumer interest before these 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.

The State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel was established in 1956 to provide additional insight to Dr. Campbell regarding the problems faced by New York’s consumers. Committee members included professional economists and lawyers, representatives of women’s organizations, representatives of social service agencies, educators, and journalists. Members came from various areas of New York State, and met with Dr. Campbell twice per year in 1956, 1957, and 1958.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains records relating to the creation and activities of the State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel. The series contains documents, such as proposals and suggestions, relating to the establishment of the committee. Also among the records are lists, agendas, and summaries of the committee’s meetings in 1956, 1957, and 1958. Much of the series consists of correspondence between Dr. Campbell and members of the committee. Subjects covered include protection for elderly consumers, consumer education, and the regulation of chemical additives in food.

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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

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Accretion: B2649-18
1955 Correspondence and proposals for Advisory Committee 1 1
1956 State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel organization, news releases, acceptances 1 2
1956 October 2 State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel meeting 1 3
1957 March 7 State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel meeting 1 4
1957 October 2 State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel meeting 1 5
1957 November 23 Meeting of Advisory Committee members from colleges and research institutions 1 6
1958 February 22 State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel meeting 1 7
Advisory Committee - Harlem area 1 8
1958 November 25 State Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel meeting 1 9
1958 State Advisory Committee correspondence 1 10
1958 State Advisory Committee correspondence 1 11
1958 State Advisory Committee correspondence 1 12