Extent: 1 box (.5 linear foot)
Materials in this collection were selected from Justice Stallman’s large, comprehensive collection of political ephemera. The bulk of the objects date from 1965 to 1969 and relate to Vietnam War protests. Other materials relate to New York City political candidates and issues, including Bella Abzug, John Lindsay, and the Civilian Review Board. A small selection of objects relate to early Stuyvesant Town.
Justice Michael D. Stallman was born and raised in Manhattan; his parents were early residents of Stuyvesant Town, a private residential development on Manhattan’s east side between 14th and 23rd Streets, and Stallman spent his childhood there. He attended Stuyvesant High School, received his B.A. from the City College of New York, and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Stallman became interested in politics as a teenager, and began collecting campaign material in the early 1960s. His interest deepened into political theory, ideology, municipal government, and public policy, especially on the local level. After graduating from law school, his political interests intersected with his career, first as legislative assistant to Ted Weiss, leader of the reform Democrats in the City Council, then as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County. He went on to clerk for a State Supreme Court Justice, then served as a law professor and judge for over 30 years, 17 of which he spent on the New York Supreme Court. During his career, Justice Stallman made news for officiating on the first day of legal same-sex marriage in New York State, and for providing rulings on the Occupy Wall Street protestors’ occupation of Zuccotti Park.
Scope and Content
The materials in this collection were selected from Justice Stallman’s large, comprehensive collection of political ephemera covering both sides of the political aisle, and local and national issues and campaigns. Formats are primarily fliers, handbills, and leaflets. Materials in this collection focus on New York City and date from 1943 to 1972. The bulk of the materials date from 1965 to 1969 and relate to Vietnam War protests – from small student protests to the April 15, 1967 march from Central Park to the United Nations. Other materials relate to New York City political candidates and issues, including Bella Abzug, John Lindsay, and the Civilian Review Board. A small selection of objects relate to early Stuyvesant Town, including a lease and copy of the 1943 agreement between the city, Stuyvesant Town Corporation, and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Series I: Vietnam War
Series II: New York City Politics
Series III: Personal
Museum of the City of New York Collection on Politics