Hirschmann, Ira (1901-1989)
The Ira Hirschmann collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, memorabilia, printed material, and photographs.
Manuscripts by Hirschmann in the collection include: "Concert Speeches," addresses to the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra audiences by Hirschmann for the Philharmonic Symphony Society (1929-1930); a draft of a speech delivered at the first concert of the National Orchestral Association, Carnegie Hall (1932); a speech delivered for the Concert of the Unemployed Musicians Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera House (1932); a broadcast speech for a Brahms series (1933); a draft of an address titled "American Business Stands Against the War" (1940); a draft of "Television is Coming" (1940); diary notes from a European trip, "One World Away" (1949); a Statement as President of the Foundation to Ensure the Future of Israel (1951); "Secret Life-Lines: Roosevelt's Role in the Rescue of Jews Revealed"; the text of a report on the Eichmann Trial (1960-1961); notes on meeting with Monsignor Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) (1965); "Suppose There Was No Israel" (1968); a draft outline of "A View From the Sixth Fleet"; an original draft for Questions and Answers About Arabs and Jews (1975); miscellaneous short reports issued by Hirschmann for various purposes, including "Commodities Which Lend Themselves to Standardization," sent to Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943; a statement by Herschmann regarding a possible governor candidacy (1962); and a report on educational toys for F.A.O. Schwartz (1967).
Short manuscripts by others in the collection include: "Pope John XXIII and His Attitude to the Jews," an extract from A Mission Interrupted by C.H. Barlas; The Eternal Light: "Lifeline," by Morton Wishergrad, a radio play dramatized from Hirschmann’s "Lifeline to a Promised Land"; and The Eternal Light: "The Embers Still Burn" by Peter Lyon, a radio play dramatized from Hirschmann's "The Embers Still Burn."
Correspondence in the Herschmann collection contains material related to Herschman setting up various agencies under the auspices of the United Nations. An example of this would be his recruiting Eileen Blackey, a social worker Herschmann contacted to assist the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Agency in tracing children taken from their families by the Nazis and returning them home. Correspondence between Blackey and Herschmann dates to 1948. There is also correspondence between Herschmann and Kennett Love, a New York Times reporter covering the Middle East in the early days of the Cold War (1955). Notable correspondents include Fiorello LaGuardia, Felix Frankfurter, Francis Biddle, Bernard Baruch, Wendell Wilkie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rudolf Serkin, Monsignor Ange Joseph Roncalli (Pope John XXIII), Dean Acheson, Gideon Hausner, Teddy Kollek, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, Arthur Miller, Otto Klemperer, Edward M. Kennedy, and others.
Scrapbooks in the collection include clippings of articles in Women’s Wear and Retailing by Hirschmann (1948-1949); clippings, correspondence and photographs regarding the Ira Hirschmann Company (1949-1950); reviews and publicity regarding Caution to the Winds (1962-1964); photographs and clippings regarding "The Embers Still Burn" and a Jewish National Fund visit to Israel (1951); and clippings on music (1936-1940).
Memorabilia includes a Certificate from the Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, presented to Hirschmann, signed by Fiorello LaGuardia (1946); a certificate in tribute to Hirschmann on the occasion of his planting a tree in the Martyr’s Forest (1951); and a certificate awarded to Hirschmann by the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences (1981).
Printed material in the collection includes newspaper and magazine clippings of articles both by and about Hirschmann as well as reprints and specially issued booklets of featured stories, including pieces about Nazism, education, and television. Also present are WABF-FM program magazines (1948-1950); a reprint of Hirschmann's article "A Deal with Eichmann" from Look magazine (1961); a reprint of "The Case of the Missing Arab Refugees," from Look magazine (1968); and "Report From the Sixth Fleet" and "A Citizen Looks At the Sixth Fleet" (1973). The collection also includes printed pieces about Hirshchmann, reviews of his writings, and various writings by others.
Photographs in the collection include: a meeting of the New York City Board of Education,including Hirschmann (late 1940s); life and activities within a number of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency Camps (1944-1946); Herschmann on an official inspection tour of the camps (1946); Herschmann with Marshal Tito in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1948); and Hirschmann with Eleanor Roosevelt. Photo albums include an album regarding UNRAA Displaced Persons, Germany, June, 1946; an album of photographs used in Herschmann's book The Awakening; and an album of photographs regarding Hirschmann's visit to Israel, November 1951.