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Committee of Fourteen records

Title
Committee of Fourteen records, 1905-1932.
Author
Committee of Fourteen (New York, N.Y.)
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Description
91.69 linear feet (103 boxes, 2 oversize folders).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
  • Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
  • are restricted.
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Cushman, J.S.; Worthington, G.E.; Baldwin, W.H.
Biography (note)
  • The Committee of Fourteen was founded in 1905 as a citizens' association dedicated to the abolition of saloons that provided rooms for prostitution (called "Raines Law hotels".) By 1911 most of the saloons had closed up and the Committee's focus turned to the suppression of commercialized vice in New York City with an emphasis on prostitution. By the time the Committee was dissolved in 1932, the focus included crime prevention as well.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 609
Author
Committee of Fourteen (New York, N.Y.)
Title
Committee of Fourteen records, 1905-1932.
Additional Formats
Military Training Camps materials (boxes 24-25); available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-480
Investigators' daily logs, 1907-1928 (box 26); available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-480
Summary
Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, files and reports of vice investigations, secretary's and treasurer's files, financial records, copies of legislation, legal decisions and records of court cases, printed matter, scrapbooks and clippings. General correspondence, 1905-1932, contains primarily incoming and outgoing letters of the Committee's secretaries. Protest List correspondence, 1905-1922, includes letters regarding establishments which were placed on the Committee's "protest list" for disorderly conditions or violations of the liquor tax and licensing laws. Tenement House correspondence, 1905, 1911-1932, relates to actions taken against infringements of the law against solicitation or prostitution. Military Training Camps correspondence, 1917-1919, consists of letters and reports of investigations of liquor sales and prostitution in the vicinity of military training camps. Investigators' reports, 1905-1932, contain information collected by the Committee's undercover investigators. Collection includes Executive/General Secretary's topical files and drafts of minutes and annual reports, 1912-1932; Committee's official minutes and reports, 1905-1932; bulletin books, 1912-1932; Treasurer's correspondence, 1908-1932; and financial records, 1919-1929.
Also, copies of pertinent legislation; legal decisions; minutes of court cases; reports on the criminal justice system; correspondence with officers of the court; files of cases, 1914-1932, brought before the Women's Court; printed matter, ca. 1910-1929; and scrapbooks and loose clippings, 1905-1932, on vice and its reform in New York City.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Access
Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
Investigators' reports, 1927-1932, are restricted.
Biography
The Committee of Fourteen was founded in 1905 as a citizens' association dedicated to the abolition of saloons that provided rooms for prostitution (called "Raines Law hotels".) By 1911 most of the saloons had closed up and the Committee's focus turned to the suppression of commercialized vice in New York City with an emphasis on prostitution. By the time the Committee was dissolved in 1932, the focus included crime prevention as well.
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Baldwin, William H.
Hooke, Walter G.
Menken, Mortimer, Mrs.
Pedersen, James.
Peters, John P. (John Punnett), 1852-1921.
Putnam, George Haven, 1844-1930.
Simkhovitch, Mary K. (Mary Kingsbury), 1867-1951.
Slade, Francis Louis.
Straus, Percy Selden, 1876-1944.
Veiller, Lawrence, 1872-1959.
Whitin, Frederick H.
Worthington, George E.
New York (N.Y.). Police Department.
New York (N.Y.). Tenement House Department.
New York (State). Dept. of Excise.
Research Call Number
MssCol 609
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