Stuart F. Feldman papers

The Stuart F. Feldman papers date from 1937 to 2011 and includes writings, correspondence, printed matter, typed and handwritten notes, pamphlets, a few photographs, and one audio tape. The collection documents Feldman’s professional career from his years as a consultant in Washington, D. C. to his...

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Main Author: Feldman, Stuart F. (Creator)
Collection:Stuart F. Feldman Papers
Collection Number:3741
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100 1 |a Feldman, Stuart F.  |e creator 
245 1 |a Stuart F. Feldman papers  |f 1937-2011 
300 |a 34.8 Linear feet  |f ; 88 boxes, 2 volumes 
351 |b The collection is divided into three series, the first two of which contains several subseries, as follows. Series 1. Washington D.C. papers, 1947-2010; Boxes 1-25, Volume 1 Subseries 1.a. Veterans programs, 1947-1949, 1966-1981; Boxes 1-11, Volume 1 Subseries 1.b. Transportation/CSX Railroad, 1967-1993; Boxes 11-12 Subseries 1.c. Foreign relations, 1975-2001; Boxes 12-13 Subseries 1.d. Advocacy and legal work, 1962-1993; Boxes 13-18 Subseries 1.e. National issues, 1961-1992; Boxes 18-19 Subseries 1.f. Printed matter, 1962-2010; Boxes 19-23 Subseries 1.g. Miscellaneous, 1958-2010; Boxes 23-25 Series II. Philadelphia papers, 1937-2010; Boxes 26-75 and 88, Volume 2 Subseries 2.a. National Constitution Center, 1986-2010; Boxes 26-36 and 88 Subseries 2.b. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 1983-2010; Boxes 37-39 Subseries 2.c. GI Bill Alumni Association, 1949, 1968-2010; Boxes 39-42 Subseries 2.d. Elections and lobbying, 1976, 1992-2009; Boxes 42-43 Subseries 2.e. Education, 1963-2010; Boxes 43-46 Subseries 2.f. Local issues, 1937, 1976-2009; Boxes 47-52, Volume 2 Subseries 2.g. National issues, 1962-2010; Boxes 52-59 Subseries 2.h. Printed matter, circa 1980-circa 2000; Boxes 59-69 Subseries 2.i. Miscellaneous, 1969-2011; Boxes 70-75 Series III. Writings and essays, 1951-2010; Boxes 75-87 Subseries 3.a. Book planning, 1969-2010; Boxes 75-80 Subseries 3.b. Essays and proposals, 1951, 1961-2010; Boxes 80-85 Subseries 3.c. Journals and notebooks, 1959-1964, 1971, 1995-2008; Boxes 86-87  
500 |a Processing Information: Because Feldman constantly referred to his past work throughout his career and made many photocopies of his articles, writings, and source materials, there is considerable overlap between papers in all three series of this collection. Though some initial weeding of duplicates was completed, they could not all be culled and discarded due to time restraints, and many duplicate papers remain in the collection. Included with the collection but not inventoried is an old computer hard drive, which is restricted from use. Once its contents can be accessed, any material that can be made available from it will be added to the collection. 
506 |a The collection is open for research. 
520 |a The Stuart F. Feldman papers date from 1937 to 2011 and includes writings, correspondence, printed matter, typed and handwritten notes, pamphlets, a few photographs, and one audio tape. The collection documents Feldman’s professional career from his years as a consultant in Washington, D. C. to his turn towards legal and socially minded work in Philadelphia. The collection is a rich resource for those studying twentieth century history generally, and in particular, the plight of veterans after the Vietnam War, the history of Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, and the creation of national memorials such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D. C. While the papers provide in-depth coverage of Feldman's many jobs, there is little in the collection that documents his personal life save for some scattered correspondence and a short series of daily journals (Box 86, folders 1-2). The collection is arranged into rough chronological order and there may be duplicate copies of some material throughout the collection. The collection has been divided into three series, two of which have been divided further into multiple subseries. The first series, Washington, D. C. papers, includes records on Feldman's initiatives for Vietnam veterans, his work with CSX Railroad, as well as his essays, writings, and proposals for a television sitcom and a Harry S. Truman television documentary series. Notable items in this series include papers related to the G.I. Bill education benefits for Vietnam veterans, specifically the “Hope for Education” initiative (Box 6, Folder 6) and the split-jobs and employment programs (Box 4, Folder 5 and Box 5, Folders 1-5), as Feldman played an instrumental role in pushing for these programs. The second series, Philadelphia papers, contains material relating to Feldman’s work in and writings about the Philadelphia area. These materials include correspondence, articles, essays, notes, and notes that cover Feldman's involvement with the National Constitution Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, and G.I. Bill Alumni Association. This series also contains papers on Feldman's role as a lobbyist and his participate in electoral policies, including the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, elections and lobbying. There are also items on education and miscellaneous local and national issues. Both the first and second series contains assortments of printed matter and miscellaneous papers. Some of these materials have only been roughly sorted and there may be some overlap between materials in each series. The third and final series, Writings, highlights Feldman's aptitude for putting his thoughts on any number of topics on paper, whether for professional articles and op-ed pieces or for personal reflection and contemplation. This series contains various drafts and copies of Feldman’s prolific essays and proposals, as well as numerous journals and notebooks he kept throughout his career and planning material for a manuscript titled "Why Doesn't Somebody Do Something?" about his role in securing benefits for Vietnam veterans during the 1960s and 1970s.  
520 |a Stuart F. Feldman (1937-2010) was a lawyer, author, consultant, and independent advocate who was active in a wide variety of civic and cultural programs and projects. Initiatives that he proposed and successfully spearheaded included creation of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; legislation that made billions of dollars available to Vietnam veterans for education, counseling, and jobs; and the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC. Mr. Feldman worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission (1961-1963), Appalachian Regional Commission (1965-1967), Department of Transportation (1967-1969), U.S. Conference of Mayors (1969-1979), and as senior vice president of the National Constitution Center (1994-1997), among other positions. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Cheltenham High School and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, 1958, and a doctoral degree from Penn’s Law School, 1961. The Stuart F. Feldman Papers include subject files, correspondence, minutes, typed and handwritten notes, reports, clippings, pamphlets, and other items. The papers provide substantial documentation of Feldman’s ideas and work, both public and behind the scenes, across a wide variety of topics and over several decades. Most of the material concerns Feldman’s professional activities but there are also a few typed journal entries and scattered letters that discuss his personal life.  
524 8 |a Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], Stuart F. Feldman papers (Collection 3741), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 
541 1 |a Collection deposited by Christina L. Sterner, 2014. 
545 |a Stuart Franklin Feldman (January 20, 1937-July 11, 2010) was a lawyer, lobbyist, and social activist who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Israel and Mildred Feldman. He was a long-term advocate for veterans’ education, healthcare, and employment programs. He attended Cheltenham High School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 with a BA in economics. Shortly after receiving his law degree in 1961 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Feldman moved to Washington DC to serve as the staff attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of General Counsel (1961-1963). In 1963 he worked as the attorney for President Kennedy’s Appalachian Study Commission. He designed and drafted key parts of the legislation which would later become the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, a multi-billion dollar federal-state effort designed to assist the economic redevelopment of Appalachia. He continued to work for the commission until 1967 when he became director of the Legislative Affairs Division in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the United States Department of Transportation. He remained in that position for two years. Feldman was also the executive director for the Committee for Public Advocacy (1976-1977) and played a key role in obtaining the passage of the Civil Rights Attorney’s Fees Act of 1976. Feldman served as a Vietnam veterans advocate for education and job opportunities (1969-1979). As a program designer and lobbyist, he was responsible for the creation of several amendments to the G.I. Bill for Education, as well as Health, Education, and Welfare and Labor Department legislation that created education and employment opportunities for veterans. He helped found the Council of Vietnam Veterans which later became the Vietnam Veterans of America. In 1969 Feldman helped organize “Hope for Education," a veterans' initiative which involved comedian Bob Hope (1903-2003). As part of the initiative, a team of college admissions staff and astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) accompanied Hope during his United Service Organizations (USO) Christmas show in Vietnam. During the show Hope and his team helped inform military servicemen of their G.I Bill education benefits, and in less than two weeks 50,000 servicemen filed college or technical school admission applications. Feldman left the federal government in the early 1970s and became a lobbyist for the United States Conference of Mayors, while continuing to work for veteran’s benefits. During the 1980s and 1990s, he worked as a legislative consultant to the House Rules Committee chairman and as an independent lawyer practicing in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Beginning in 1984, Feldman focused much of his lobbying efforts on the creation of a museum dedicated solely to the U.S. Constitution to be established in Philadelphia. His essay and proposal before the “We the People 200” commission for the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution was one of the earliest propositions for such an institution. These efforts culminated in the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988, establishing the museum as the National Constitution Center at the Independence National Historical Park. Feldman served on the board of the museum for seventeen years and was present at the grand opening in 2003. Feldman also lent his lobbying efforts and talents to the establishment of a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall in Washington. His original proposal advocated for the words of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to be carved in stone at the base of the Reflecting Pool near the Lincoln memorial. Ultimately it was decided to construct the memorial on the northwest shore of the Tidal Basin, though Feldman did not live to see the project completed. In addition to the above efforts, Feldman’s later years were occupied by various local and national projects including education and election reform, urban revitalization, and historic preservation. Feldman was also a prolific writer and over the course of his career produced numerous essays, op-ed articles, and television pilots, as well as several chapter drafts for a book recounting his role in securing benefits for Vietnam veterans. Few of these materials were ever published although several of his op-ed pieces appeared in national newspapers. Feldman died aged seventy-three from complications of multiple myeloma.  
555 |a Finding Aid Available Online:  
610 2 7 |a CSX Transportation (firm)  |2 NACO Authority File 
610 2 7 |a National Constitution Center (U.S.)--Management  |2 NACO Authority File 
610 2 7 |a National Constitution Center (U.S.)  |2 NACO Authority File 
630 0 |a CSX Transportation (Firm). 
650 7 |a Advocacy organizations--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 0 |a Affirmative action programs--Government policy--United States--History--20th century. 
650 7 |a Built environment--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Business and manufacturing--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Business mergers and acquisitions--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Business--History--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a City planning and development--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a City planning--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Consumer activism--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Lawyers--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Museums--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Pennsylvania--Politics and government--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a Philadelphia (Pa.)--City government--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 0 |a Philadelphia (Pa.)--Politics and government--20th century. 
650 7 |a Politics and government--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 7 |a United States--Politics and government--20th century.  |2 Local sources 
650 0 |a Veterans--Education--Government policy--United States. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Education--United States--Costs. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Education--United States--Evaluation. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Education--United States--History--20th century. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Education--United States. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Employment--United States--Evaluation. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Employment--United States--History--20th century. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Employment--United States--Law and legislation. 
650 0 |a Veterans--Employment--United States. 
650 0 |a Veterans--United States--Social conditions--20th century. 
650 0 |a Veterans--United States. 
651 0 |a Philadelphia (Pa.)--Economic conditions--20th century. 
651 0 |a Philadelphia (Pa.)--Politics and government--20th century.  
651 0 |a United States. Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  
651 0 |a United States. Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998. 
651 0 |a United States. Veterans Employment Service. 
651 0 |a United States. Veterans' Education and Employment Assistance Act of 1976. 
651 0 |a United States. Veterans' Education Appeals Board. 
651 0 |a United States. Veterans' Educational Assistance Amendments of 1991. 
651 0 |a United States. Veterans' Employment, Training, and Counseling Amendments of 1988. 
852 |a The Historical Society of Pennsylvania  |b Stuart F. Feldman Papers  |l 3741 
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