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Guide to the Consumer Reports. Arthur Kallet papers, 1917-1993 and undated

Summary

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Arthur Kallet was an engineer and leading consumer advocate, co-founder of Consumers Union. The Consumer Reports Arthur Kallet papers include clippings, tear sheets, correspondence, pamphlets, meeting minutes, book chapter manuscripts, reports and other printed materials that document Kallet's career in consumer advocacy groups including Consumers' Research and Consumers Union. Correspondents include Bernard Reis and Colston Warne. Topics include management benefits, organization and finance, labor relations, dealings with consultants and government agencies, as well as U.S. government investigations into allegations of communist links and Un-American activities during the Cold War era. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11774
Title
Consumer Reports. Arthur Kallet papers
Date
1917-1993 and undated
Creator
Consumer Reports (Firm)
Extent
5.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Consumer Reports Arthur Kallet papers include clippings, tear sheets, correspondence, pamphlets, meeting minutes, book chapter manuscripts, reports and other printed materials that document Kallet's career in consumer advocacy groups including Consumers' Research and Consumers Union. Correspondents include Bernard Reis and Colston Warne. Topics include management benefits, organization and finance, labor relations, dealings with consultants and government agencies, as well as U.S. government investigations into allegations of communist links and Un-American activities during the Cold War era. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

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Arrangement

Organized into the following series: General Files; Book Files; Consumers' Research; Consumers Union.

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[Identification of item], Consumer Reports. Arthur Kallet papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

American Standards Association, 1933-1934
Box 1
American Standards Association--Tribute to Paul Agnew, 1954-1956

Paul Geogh Agnew (d. 1954), physicist and ;pioneer in the field of standardization. First Secretary of the American Engineering Standards Committee, precursor to the American Standards Association (later American National Standards Institute/ANSI)

Box 1
American Standards Association--Tribute to Paul Agnew, 1954-1956
Box 8
Articles, 1932-1962
Box 1
Articles, 1927-1936
Box 9
Articles--Guinea Pigs Go to Market (People's Press), 1936
Box 9
Buyers Laboratory, 1960-1987
Box 1
Buyers Strike Committee, 1946
Box 1
Clippings--Beauty, 1932-1940

Print advertisements, pamphlets and other printed materials

Box 8
Clippings--Beauty, 1933-1939
(2 folders)

Print advertisements, pamphlets and other printed materials

Box 9
Clippings--Food, 1934-1939

Print advertisements, pamphlets and other printed materials

Box 8
Clippings--Food, 1934-1939
(2 folders)

Print advertisements, pamphlets and other printed materials

Box 9
Clippings--Health, 1932-1939

Print advertisements, pamphlets and other printed materials

Box 8
Clippings--Health, 1934-1939
(2 folders)

Print advertisements, pamphlets and other printed materials

Box 9
Committee on Standardization of Domestic Refrigerators, 1934-1935
Box 1
Lectures, speaking engagements, 1934-1939
Box 1
Lectures, speaking engagements, 1934-1937
Box 9
Medical Letter, 1958-1964
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1932-1993
Box 1
Personal materials, 1917-1969
(2 folders)
Box 1
Personal materials, 1917-1975
Box 9
Photography research, 1924
Box 1
Regional Plan of New York, 1928-1931
Box 1
Regional Plan of New York, 1930-1931
Box 9
Best-seller lists, 1932-1935
(2 folders)
Box 2
Best-seller lists, 1932-1935
Box 9
Publicity, 1932-1934
(2 folders)
Box 2
Publicity, 1933-1934
Box 9
Reviews, 1932-1933
(2 folders)
Box 2
Reviews, 1932-1934
Box 9
Appliances, undated
Box 2
Dry cleaning, undated
Box 2
Fuel oil standards and grades, 1942 and undated
Box 2
Health, undated
Box 2
House cleaning and cleaning agents, undated
Box 2
Index and miscellaneous, undated
Box 2
Introduction, undated
Box 2
Keeping clothing clean, undated
Box 2
Linoleum, rugs, carpets, undated
Box 2
Removing spots and stains, undated
Box 2
Saving clothing in the family, 1942 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Small household equipment, undated
Box 2
Taking care of your electrical appliances, undated
Box 2
Textiles, undated
Box 2
Your personal finance program, undated
Box 2
Background articles, 1933-1940
Box 8
Background articles, 1932-1939
(2 folders)
Box 9
Correspondence, 1934-1951
Box 2
Publicity, 1934-1936
Box 9
Manuscript drafts and correspondence, 1932
Box 2
Consumers Advisory Board of the National Recovery Act, 1933-1935
Box 2
Correspondence, 1931-1936
Box 3
John Day Company, Publishers, 1934
Box 3
Magazine and newspaper articles, 1933-1937
Box 3
Minutes, 1933-1935
Box 3
Promotional materials, 1929-1935
Box 3
Tugwell/Copeland Food, Drug and Cosmetic Bill hearings, 1932-1935
Box 3
Vanguard Press, 1932-1960
(2 folders)
Box 3
American Federation of Labor correspondence, 1935
Box 3
Arbitration, 1935
Box 3
Board of Directors correspondence, 1935
Box 3
General correspondence, 1935
Box 3
Legal Defense Committee for strikers, 1935
Box 3
Organizations supporting strikers, 1935
Box 4
Strike Aid Committee, 1935
Box 4
Strike plan, statements, testimonies, 1935
Box 4
Ad Hoc Operation Committee, 1956-1957
Box 4
Board of Directors correspondence, 1950-1960
Box 4
Board of Directors Policy Committee, 1951-1953
Box 4
Board of Directors--Resignation of Kallett, 1956-1957
Box 4
Brady Report correspondence, 1956

Berkeley economist Robert A. Brady, was a co-founder of Consumers Union. He researched the economic impact of consumer testing services, which led to an examination of Consumers Union's practices and recommendations for improvement.

Box 4
Budget controversy/Finance Committee, 1955-1957
Box 4
Correspondence and documentation, 1936-1957
(3 folders)
Box 4
Correspondence and documentation, 1955
Box 8
Kallet correspondence with Bernard Reis, 1952-1958

Bernard Reis, accountant associated with Consumers Union finances.

Box 5
Labor Advisory Committee, 1937-1951
Box 5
Magazine and newspaper articles, 1935-1957
Box 5
Magazine and newspaper articles, 1933-1937
Box 9
Pension plan for management, 1951-1962
(2 folders)
Box 5
Purchase of Mount Vernon property, 1953
Box 5
Rogers, Slade & Hill, 1954-1956

Management consulting firm, commissioned to advise on the Technical Department

Box 5
Tax exemption, Internal Revenue Service, 1953-1957
Box 5
The Henry story, 1956-1957

Controversy concerning dealings with H.P. Henry/Peter Henry Associates, a consulting firm engaged by Consumers Union to provide testing services.

Box 5
The Weinberg story, 1953-1957

Constroversy surrounding Consumers Union and its relationship with Sol Weinberg, a clothing consultant, and allegations of a conflict of interest impinging on CU's reputation for disinterest.

Box 5
Congressional reports, articles, other printed materials, 1935-1960
(3 folders)
Box 6
Correspondence and documentation, 1940-1961
(5 folders)
Box 6
Correspondence and documentation, 1935-1939
Box 8
Miscellaneous, 1939-1952
Box 7
Miscellaneous, 1939
Box 8
 

Historical Note

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. Arthur Kallet was an engineer and leading consumer advocate, co-founder of Consumers Union.

Arthur Kallet was born in 1902 in New York. Kallet received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1924. Kallet worked at New York Edison Commercial Department (1924-1927) and American Standards Association (1927-1934). Kallet served on the Consumers' Research Board to 1933 and as Director (1934-1935) before co-founding Consumers Union in 1936 and serving as Director (1936-1957). Kallet was Director of The Medical Letter from 1957 and was founder of the Buyers Laboratory in 1961. Kallet died in 1972 in New York.

Arthur Kallet was author of two books: 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs (1933), and Conterfeit (1935).

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Provenance

The Consumer Reports. Arthur Kallet papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Collier, Oct. 2019;

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2019-0130