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Consumers League of New Jersey papers

Identifier: MG CLNJ-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Organized in 16 boxes :

Box #1. Index of the files, description of the files presented to Rutgers University Library, the League publications, leaflets about "Minimum Wage," "Migratory Labor," and "Child Labor," files labeled as "Food Marketing Consumer Action," "Consumers Assembly (1977)," "N.J. Consumers Conference (1967-1968)," and "Mary Dyckman Reminiscences" ;

Box #2. Files labeled as "Consumer Credit (1963-1976)" ;

Box #3. Files labeled as "Child Labor (1940-1970)" ;

Box #4 & #5. Files on "Migratory Labor (1945-1966, 1966-1970)" ;

Box #6 & #7. Files on "Minimum Wage (1942-1958, 1938-1968)" ;

Box #8. Files on various subjects including Medicare (1947-1951), Employment Agencies (1971), Equal Rights Amend (1941-1950), Hours Laws for Women (1968-1971), etc. ;

Box #9. Annual reports (1961-1976), Minutes (1965-1979), etc. ;

Box #10. Files, correspondence, and minutes related to Consumer Federation of America (CFA) (1967-1969) ;

Box #11. Files on Consumer Credit (1965-1970) ;

Box #12. Documents, reports, minutes, and correspondence on Workers Compensation (1967-1977), Occupational Disease (1944-1953), White House Conference (1969-1970), Food Inspection (1970-1973), Meat and Poultry Inspection (1967-1971), Food Stamps (1969-1977), School Lunch (1970-1975), and Economic Opportunities Act (1964) ;

Box #13. Files, documents, and newspaper clippings on Warranty (1967-1979) and Hayden-Magnusson Act ;

Box #14. Files labeled as "Consumer Protection-Weights & Measures (1964-1979)" ;

Box #15. Files and scrapbooks on Consumer Consultant Training Program, Repression Laws & Practice, Workers Compensation, Consumer Education Foundation, and Motor Vehicle Task Force ;

Box #16. Files labeled as "Consumer Consultant Training Program," "Consumer Complaint Directory," "Youth Thinks," "Consumer Education Foundation," and "Consumer Series," etc.

Newark-related material includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Box 1: contains material relating to a New Jersey Consumers Conference (1967-1968) sponsored by the CLNJ, and by the Office of Consumer Protection, 1100 Raymond Blvd., including a work book. "Your Need for the Office of Consumer Protection," by Paul J. Krebs, executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection in Newark; a folder labeled "Publications," with a few brochures from the days when the CLNJ was based in Newark

Correspondence, reports, notes, research material, etc. dating from the time when the CLNJ was based in Newark can be found throughout the collection, including, for example Box 3, file "Child Labor" (1940-1970) and Boxes 4 and 5, files "Migratory Labor" (1945-1966).

Boxes 6 (1942-1958), and 7 (1938-1968) contain folders regarding the minimum wage. Though not directly related to Newark, they do include state-wide surveys of the cost of living and of wages by age, sex, occupation, number of hours worked, and experience; and statements by various CLNJ leaders on behalf of increasing the minimum wage

Box 12: files on "Occupational Disease" (1944-1953) include minutes of a meeting held in the Newark offices of the CLNJ with representatives of the AFL, the CIO, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters to discuss a bill regarding occupational diseases (Dec 1946); and a brief report submitted by Dr. Harrison S. Martland, Medical Examiner of the Essex County Hospital, to Frances Perkins, responding to her request for information regarding "recent deaths in the lamp industry" due to possible beryllium poisoning (Sep 1947)


  • 1938 - 1982


Biographical / Historical

The Consumers League of New Jersey was founded in 1900 to "improve working conditions of women and children in industry." Later the scope of the League's work expanded to include issues of safety, working conditions, migrant labor, fair compensation for all workers, product labeling, and general consumer protection, including fair-lending practices.

The CLNJ was based in Newark, at 45 Branford Place during its early years, and later at 790 Broad Street. It moved its headquarters to the suburbs in the 1960s, and by the late 1960s its offices were in Montclair, where it still operates today. It is the oldest continuing state-wide consumer organization in the United States.


6.67 Linear Feet (16 Hollinger boxes)

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Related Materials

On the Consumers League of New Jersey, see also the Mary L. Dyckman Collection, Newark Public Library, Cummings New Jersey Room; the Consumers League of NJ Records and the Mary L. Dyckman Papers, both at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Special Collections and University Archives; and the Susanna P. Zwemer Papers, New Jersey Historical Society.

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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

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Newark Public Library
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