Starr, Mark, 1894-....

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Born in England, Mark Starr (1894-1985) served from 1935-1960 as educational director for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and had a lifelong interest in adult and workers education. A liberal activist, he was also associated with the American Labor Party, Americans for Democratic Action, the League for Industrial Democracy, and the Liberal Party.

From the guide to the Mark Starr Photographs, 1944-1955, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Born in Great Britain, Mark Starr (1894-1985) served from 1935-1960 as educational director for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in New York City. Starr dedicated much of his life to worker education. He was also associated with a number of political groups including American for Democratic Action, the League for Industrial Democracy, the American Labor Party and the Liberal Party.

From the description of Mark Starr photographs [graphic]. [ca.1944]-1955. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58787532

Mark Starr (1894-1985), was the education director of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (1935-1960) and a longtime activist in political and civic affairs. Mr. Starr was the chairman of the Liberal Party in Queens from 1945 to 1959 and was the Liberal candidate for the House of Representatives for the district covering western Queens in 1962. As head of the ILGWU Education Department, he supervised a program that offered 600 classes a year in the United States and Canada, established compulsory educational requirements for candidates for union office,with courses offered in trade unionism and related fields. He was president of the American Federation of Teachers. Workers Education Local 189 (during the 1940s), and served on numerous governmental commissions and boards of directors of civic organizations.

Mr. Starr, a native of Somersetshire, England, started work at age 13 as a hod carrier. He began his teaching career with the miners in Wales, ran unsuccessfully as a Labor candidate for Parliament and entered this country in 1928. Mr. Starr was the center of a brief but intense public controversy in 1943, when Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia nominated him to be the city's first director of adult education. Mr. Starr was the only one of 100 candidates found qualified by a screening committee, but he was rejected by the Board of Education, with the chairman later saying that Mr. Starr was disqualified by his "long record as a labor protagonist."

From the guide to the Mark Starr Papers, Bulk, 1930-1960, 1912-1980s, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept., Biography files. Pt.3. Cornell University Library
creatorOf International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept. Executive Secretary. ILGWU. Education Department. Fannia Cohn papers, 1918-1962. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Mark Starr Papers, Bulk, 1930-1960, 1912-1980s Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1940-1978 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn American Federation of Teachers. Workers Education Local 189. Workers Education local 189 records, 1939-1977, (bulk 1950- 1977). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Inter-University Labor Education Committee. Series 2, Subseries 8. Correspondence with labor organizations, 1951-1957. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Workers' Education Bureau of America records, 1921-1951. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Workers' Education Bureau of America. Workers' Education Bureau of America records, 1921-1951. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Harry Laidler Photographs, Bulk, 1950-1960, 1893-1968, (Bulk 1950-1960) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn ILGWU. Education Department. Fannia Cohn papers, 1918-1962 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Labor Leaders Biographies. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Workers Education Local 189 (U.S.). Records, 1939-1977. Wayne State University
referencedIn Rand School of Social Science Records, 1905-1962 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.). Brookwood Labor College records, 1921-1937. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Robert G. Spivack Papers, 1931-1970, (bulk 1936-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, 1837 (1900-1975) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Kemp, Maida Springer, 1910-. Papers, 1942-1981 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Smith, Hilda Worthington, 1888-. Papers, 1837-1975 (inclusive), 1900-1975 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Mark Starr Photographs, 1944-1955 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Labor Leaders Biographies Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Colby, Josephine. Papers, 1912-1933, 1922-1933 (bulk). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. New York Cloak Joint Board. ILGWU. New York Cloak Joint Board records, 1926-1973. Cornell University Library
referencedIn ILGWU. New York Cloak Joint Board records, 1926-1973 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
referencedIn Smith, Margaret Earhart, 1902-1960. Papers, 1940-1978 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Starr, Mark, 1894-. An Adventure in Education, address by Mark Starr, 1960. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Socialist Party Correspondence, 1902-1947 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1942-1981 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Starr, Mark, 1894-. Reminiscences of Mark Starr : oral history, 1965. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970. Harry Wellington Laidler Photographs [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Records. 1939-1977. 1940-1968. Ocean County College Library, OCC Library
referencedIn Wolfson, Theresa, 1897-1972. Wolfson, Theresa. Series 1. Correspondence, 1919-1970. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Starr, Mark, 1894-. Mark Starr photographs [graphic]. New-York Historical Society
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associatedWith American Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Americans for Democratic Action. corporateBody
associatedWith British Information Services. corporateBody
correspondedWith Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Colby, Josephine. person
associatedWith Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion. corporateBody
associatedWith Hilda Worthington Smith, 1888-1984 person
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept. Executive Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. New York Cloak Joint Board. corporateBody
associatedWith Inter-University Labor Education Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Kemp, Maida Springer, 1910- person
associatedWith Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970. person
associatedWith League for Industrial Democracy. corporateBody
associatedWith Liberal Party of New York State corporateBody
associatedWith MAIDA (STEWART) SPRINGER KEMP, 1910- person
associatedWith Margaret Earhart Smith, 1902-1960 person
associatedWith Masaryk, Jan, 1886-1948 person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Public Affairs Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Rand School of Social Science. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Hilda Worthington, 1888- person
associatedWith Smith, Margaret Earhart, 1902-1960. person
associatedWith Socialist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Spivack, Robert G. person
associatedWith United States. Works Progress Administration. Workers' Education Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Wolfson, Theresa, 1897-1972. person
associatedWith Workers' Education Bureau of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Workers Education Local 189 (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Yorburg, Betty, person
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United States
Great Britain
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World War, 1939-1945--Women
Labor movement--Japan
Women--Employment--History--20th century
Labor movement--United States
Socialism
Working class--Education
Labor unions and international relations--United States
World War, 1939-1945 Women Great Britain
Working class--Education--United States
Labor unions--Officials and employees--United States
Labor unions--United States
Women--Employment--Great Britain--History--20th century
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Birth 1894-04-27

Death 1985-04-24

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