Menu

Guide to the Consumer Reports. Washington Office records, 1966-1997 and undated

Summary

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. The Washington Office opened in 1972 focused on representation of consumer interests before government institutions. Collection includes correspondence, status reports, position papers, statements and testimonies before Congressional committees and other government agencies, and other printed materials. Topics addressed include energy policy, food marketing and safety, product safety and other subjects relating to consumer protection. Institutions represented include the Center for Law and Social Policy, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Originally designated Record Group 1LD in Consumers Union Archives. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11775
Title
Consumer Reports. Washington Office records
Date
1966-1997 and undated
Creator
Consumer Reports (Firm)
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, status reports, position papers, statements and testimonies before Congressional committees and other government agencies, and other printed materials. Topics addressed include energy policy, food marketing and safety, product safety and other subjects relating to consumer protection. Institutions represented include the Center for Law and Social Policy, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Originally designated Record Group 1LD in Consumers Union Archives. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

More Biographical / Historical Info

Arrangement

Organized into the following series: General Files; Center for Law and Social Policy.

Using These Materials

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 2 full business days in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access to the Collection

Collection is open for research.

warning Use & Permissions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

More copyright and citation information

How to Cite

[Identification of item], Consumer Reports. Washington Office records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

25th anniversary booklet, 1997
Box 1
Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1977, 1981
(2 folders)
Box 1
Consumer Product Safety Commission--Lawn mower safety standard, 1979
Box 1
Consumer publications, 1970-1975
Box 1
Consumer representation plan, 1976-1979
Box 1
David Swankin--Statements, testimonies, petitions, 1968-1972
Box 1
Energy Conservation Coalition, 1981
Box 1
Energy policy project, 1974
Box 1
European consumer programs, 1966
Box 1
Food and Drug Administration--Diethylstilbestrol suit, 1980
Box 1
Issues Update newsletter, 1990
Box 1
James Brodsky--Statements and testimonies, 1974
Box 3
Joel Joseph, 1974
Box 1
Mark Silbergeld--Statements and testimonies, 1977
Box 1
Mark Silbergeld--Statements and testimonies, 1973-1977
Box 3
Memos and correspondence, 1968-1979
(2 folders)
Box 1
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 1973-1974
Box 1
Oil import economic analysis, 1973
Box 1
Oil import fee, 1980
Box 1
Peter Schuck--Articles, notes, 1972-1975
(2 folders)
Box 1
Peter Schuck--Statements before Congress, 1973-1977
Box 3
Postal regulations, 1974-1977
Box 2
Power mower safety standard, 1979
Box 2
Product, warranty complaints and reports, 1969-1970
Box 2
Recommendations concerning Washington Office, undated
Box 2
Sharon Nelson--Statement to Senate Subcommittee, 1979
Box 3
Southland mower safety petition, 1980
Box 2
Status reports, 1973-1974
Box 2
Status reports, 1974-1977
Box 3
Steel imports suit, 1972
Box 2
Virginia State Board of Pharmacy et al v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, 1976
Box 2
Washington Post article on flammable sleepwear, 1972
Box 2
White House Health Professionals Review Group, 1993
Box 2

2. Center for Law and Social Policy, 1972-1980

Established in 1968 to advocate for interests of low-income, women and other underrepresented people and communities. In the 1980s it narrowed its scope of activities to focus on poverty issues.

Auditor's report, 1973
Box 2
Correspondence, 1972-1980
(2 folders)
Box 2
Credi card lawsuit proposal, 1973
Box 2
Energy Transportation Security Act, 1977
Box 2
International Project funding, 1979-1980
Box 2
Miscellaneous, 1972-1975
Box 3
 

Historical Note

Consumer Reports is a product testing and consumer advocacy nonprofit organization based in Yonkers, N.Y., founded in 1936. The Washington Office opened in 1972 focused on representation of consumer interests before government institutions.

Related Material

Related materials may be found in the following Hartman Center collections:

Cause Marketing Forum. Halo Awards records;

J. Walter Thompson Company. Marketing vertical files;

J. Walter Thompson Company. Information Center vertical files;

McCann-Erickson Worldwide vertical files


Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.

Provenance

The Consumer Reports. Washington Office records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Isabella Costanzo and Richard Collier, Sept. 2019;

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2019-0130