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Ira B. Cross letters to Oscar Berland.
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Ira B. Cross letters to Oscar Berland


Cross, Ira B. (Ira Brown), 1880-1977, creator, correspondent.


Berland, Oscar, 1927-, correspondent.


Collection of letters sent by a prominent labor economist to Oscar Berland, a labor activist from New York then living in North Carolina. Letters are dated between October 23, 1960 and January 31, 1964.


1960 (issued)


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Labor movement -- United States
Economists -- California
Labor movement
Universities and colleges -- Faculty
United States
University of California (1868-1952) -- Faculty -- Correspondence
University of California (1868-1952)
Cross, Ira B. (Ira Brown) -- 1880-1977 -- Archives
Cross, Ira B. (Ira Brown) -- 1880-1977 -- Correspondence
Berland, Oscar -- 1927- -- Correspondence
Cross, Ira B. (Ira Brown) -- 1880-1977


Gift of Oscar Berland; 2007.
Ira Brown Cross was born in Decatur, Illinois, December 1, 1880. He was educated in the public schools of Decatur and Moline, Illinois, at the University of Wisconsin (A.B., 1905; M.A., 1906) and at Stanford University (Ph.D., 1909). In 1951, the University of Wisconsin conferred the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) upon him in recognition of his contributions to the field of economics. He served on the faculties of Stanford University, 1909-1914, and the University of California, 1914-1951, where he was Professor of Economics on the Flood Foundation from 1919 until the time of his retirement in June 1951. At various times he has been chairman of the Department of Economics and Acting Dean of the College of Commerce.
Oscar Morris Berland (born 1927) is a political activist and writer who was raised in the United Workers Cooperative Colony during the Great Depression. The United Workers Co-Op, better known as "The Coops," was a commune located in the Allerton neighborhood of the East Bronx. It was built in 1927 primarily by first-generation Americans from a number of trades and became, at its time of construction, the largest co-op in the United States. The residents, which included immigrant and African American families, enjoyed a variety of amenities, including landscaped gardens, a library, gym, and classroom. These ideals inspired Berland's interest in American labor movements - more specifically Communism's agenda towards advancing the working-class - and his interest in equality during the Civil Rights Movement. He moved to California in 1967.
Ira B. Cross letters to Oscar Berland, BANC MSS 2011/201, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
In English.


Personal correspondence.

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