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Edward N.Costikyan papers, 1952-1985

Summary Information


This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, documents, minutes, manuscripts and printed matter, 1952-1985, pertaining to Edward Nazar Costikyan, politician and lawyer.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0287
Bib ID 4079678 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Costikyan, Edward N., 1924-2012
Title Edward N.Costikyan papers, 1952-1985
Physical Description 20.5 linear feet (47 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

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This collection is arranged in seven series.



Correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, documents, and printed materials, almost entirely of a political nature and comprised largely of his leadership of the Democratic County Committee of New York, 1962-1964. Also included are files relating to a number of election campaigns in which he was involved, including those of Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey in 1968. The manuscript and related material for his book"Behind Closed Doors: Politics in the Public Interest." (New York, 1966), are also included. Among the major correspondents are Mario Cuomo, James A. Farley, Hubert H. Humphrey, Robert F. Kennedy, Herbert H. Lehman, Adam Clayton Powell, Adlai E. Stevenson, and Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 1979 ADDITION: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, documents, and minutes of the Temporary State Charter Revision Commission for the City of New York, 1972-1976. 1986 ADDITION: Political correspondence, 1957-1981, nearly half of which includes materials relating to the 1977 New York City mayoral campaign of Edward I. Koch, and additional files on charter revision.

1979 Addition: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, documents, and minutes of the Temporary State Charter Revision Commission for the City of New York, 1972-1976.

1986 Addition: Political correspondence 1957-1981, nearly hal;f of which includes materials relating to the 1977 New York City mayoral campaign of Edward I. Koch, and additional files on charter revision.

1993 Addition: Correspondence which chronicles the political activities of the New Democratic Club in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edward N.Costikyan papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Edward N. Costikyan, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985& 1986.

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Revision Description

2012-05-04 XML document instance created by Alison Rhonemus.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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Cuomo, Mario M., 1932-2015 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Lehman, Herbert H (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr., 1908-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wagner, Robert F (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Edward Nazar Costikyan, politician and lawyer. Columbia University A.B., 1947; LL.B., 1949.

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Series I: Catalogued Material

Includes cataloged correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs.

Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1A-1B Beame, Abraham David

Box 1A-1B Berle, Adolph A.

Box 1A-1B Buckley, William F.

Box 1A-1B Cuomo, Mario

Box 1A-1B Duke, Angier Biddle

Box 1A-1B Farley, James A.

Box 1A-1B Finletter, Thomas K.

Box 1A-1B Harriman, W. Averell

Box 1A-1B Hogan, Frank S.

Box 1A-1B Humphrey, Hubert Horatio

Box 1A-1B Kelley, Walt

Box 1A-1B Kennedy, John Fitzgerald

Box 1A-1B Kennedy, Robert F.

Box 1A-1B Koch, Edward I.

Box 1A-1B Lefkowitz, Louis J.

Box 1A-1B Lehman, Herbert H.

Box 1A-1B Medina, Harold R.

Box 1A-1B Moynihan, Daniel Patrick

Box 1A-1B Muskie, Edmund S.

Box 1A-1B O'Dwyer, Paul

Box 1A-1B Powell, Adam Clayton

Box 1A-1B Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich

Box 1A-1B Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt (Mrs. Franklin D.)

Box 1A-1B Rosenman, Samuel I.

Box 1A-1B Stevenson, Adlai E.

Box 1A-1B Sutton, Percy E.

Box 1A-1B Wagner, Robert F., Jr.

Box 1A-1B Wirtz, W. Willard

Box 1A-1B Cataloged Manuscript: Lehman, Maxwell. The Koch Book. 1977 (1985 addition), 1977

Box 1A-1B Catalogued Photograph: Hubert H. Humphrey

Series II: Uncataloged Correspondence

Box 2 1955-1959

Box 3 1960-1962

Box 4 1962-1963

Box 5 1963-1964

Box 6 1965 (Sequence continues in Series V: 1980 Addition, Boxes 33-34), 1965

Series III: Personal and Political Papers


Box 6 Invitations

Box 6 Mailing lists

Box 6 Millier, Irene B.

Box 6 Press Releases and Statements

Box 6 Richmond, Frederick W.

Box 6 Speeches

Box 6 Television and Radio

Box 6 Youth Wants to Know

Box 6 Miscellaneous

Box 7 Behind Closed Doors: Politics in the Public Interest (New York, 1966). Manuscript and related material

Box 7 Datebooks, 1962-1964


Box 8 Campaigns

Box 8 Abram

Box 8 Beame

Box 8 Humphrey

Box 8 Johnson/Humphrey/R. Kennedy

Box 8 McCarthy

Box 8 Macchia

Box 9 Schumacher

Box 9 Silverman

Box 9 Spiegel

Box 9 Miscellaneous literature

Box 9 Democratic Citizen's Committee, 1952-1953

Democratic County Committee of New York

Box 9 Correspondence

Box 9 Committee for Democratic Voters

Box 9 Dinners and Affairs

Box 9 District Leaders' Communications

Box 9 Election, 1964

Box 9 Fair Apportionment Campaign

Box 9 Financial Statements

Box 9 Madison Square Garden Rally, 1964

Box 9 New York Central Railroad (B. Kassal)

Box 9 Proceedings, 1961-1963

Box 9 Public Relations

Box 10 Reform Program

Rules and Regulations

Box 10 Democratic Party

Box 10 Miscellaneous

Box 10 Memoranda

Box 10 New Democratic Club (see also Box 41 A)

Box 10 New York City- Opinion and Election Surveys, 1962-1963, 1965, 1962-1963, 1965

Box 11 Patronage

Box 11 New York County, 1962-1964

Box 11 Surrogates and attorneys lists; resumes; miscellaneous

Box 11 Stevenson-for-President Club (Barbera) -1960

Box 11 Wright vs. Rockerfeller, 1962

Box 11 Miscellaneous, 1953-1961 and n.d., 1953-1961, n.d.

Box 12 Tape Recordings (3)

Box 12 Photographs


Box 12 Clippings

Box 12 Miscellaneous

Series IV: 1979 Addition - Temporary State Charter Commission, 1979

Temporary State Charter Commission for the City of New York, 1972-1975

Box 13 Correspondences, 1972-1976 (3 Volumes), 1972-1976

Box 14 Cases

Box 14 Census

Box 14 Charter Materials

Box 14 Confidential


Box 14 London Report

Box 14 Remarks, 7/10/1974

Box 14 Speech, Decentralization...

Box 14 Testimony

Box 14 Diagrams

Box 14 Drafts

Box 15 Analysis of City Service

Box 15 Bar Association Study

Box 16 Drafts for Discussion

Box 16 Drafts, Final, for Discussion

Box 16 Exhibits

Box 16 Gallup Poll

Box 16 Haider Article

Box 16 Hold

Box 16 Hudson Institute

Implementation of Charter

Box 16 Administrative Code

Box 17 Correspondence

Box 17 Charter Work Program

Box 17 City Task Force Reports

Box 17 Input from Outside Organizations

Box 17 Internal memoranda

Box 17 Enabling legislation, etc.

Box 17 Community Boards

Box 17 Interim Report

Box 17 Issues for tentative decisions

Box 17 Lehman memoranda

Box 17 Lehman Press Release

Box 17 Lehman Reports

Box 18 Lindsay Administration

Box 18 Lists

Box 18 London


Box 18 1969-1974 (2 Volumes)

Box 18 Duplicate

Box 19 Minority Statements

Box 19 Newsclippings

Box 19 Outside Publications

Box 19 Papers and letters, miscellaneous

Box 19 Pencil Notes

Box 19 Plan for Restructuring the Government of New York City

Box 19 Progress Report

Box 19 Proposals, etc., from other cities

Box 19 Proposed legislation

Box 19 Prospectuses

Box 19 Publications (other agencies)

Box 20 Publications, plans and reports

Box 21 Resumes

Box 21 Rockerfeller Press Conference

Box 21 Sayre Report

Box 21 Scott Commission Publications

Box 21 Staff Working Papers

Box 21 T.V. transcripts, speeches

Box 21 Tentative Proposal Structure

Box 21 Witnesses' Statements

Box 22 Task force on Jurisdiction

Box 22 Correspondence (2 Volumes)

Box 23 General

Box 23 Memoranda

Box 23 Proposal - first draft

Box 23 Prospectuses

Box 23 Second drafts—Interim Report

Box 24 Publications and reports

Box 25-32 Minutes, Volume 1-16, 1972-1973

Series V: 1980 Addition, 1980


Box 33 Personal, 1957

Box 33 re Behind Closed Doors., 1965-1967


Box 33 1966-1967

Box 34 1968-1972

Box 35 How to Win Votes: the Politics of 1980 . New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. Manuscript and typescript.

Box 36 Lecture Notes (primarily New School for Social Research) 1967,1970, 1972

Box 36 Speeches, Political, 1970-1975

Box 37 Subject Files

Box 37 Charter Revision, 1969

Judicial Selection

Box 37 Predergast Plan

Box 37 Other plans and articles

Box 37 Mayoralty

Box 37 Municipal Bankruptcy

Box 37 Muskie, Edmund - campaign

Box 37 Search Committees

Series VI: 1986 Addition - State Charter Revision, Koch Mayoral Campaign, 1986

Temporary State Charter Revision Committee for New York City

Box 38 European trip

Box 39 European trip

Box 38 Reports

Box 39 Reports

Box 40 Political Correspondence, 1957-1981

1977 New York City mayoral campaign of Edward I. Koch, 1977

Box 40 Miscellaneous materials

Box 41 Correspondence

Series VII: 1993 Addition - New Democratic Club, New York City Democratic Committee, 1993

Contains mostly correspondence which chronicles the political activities of the New Democratic Club (NDC and the New York City Democratic Committee (NYCDC in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Also contains NYCDC minute book and a number of pamphlets, flyers, mimeograph manuscripts, and photographs. The Correspondence of the NDC centers around issues of employment. The Correspondence and minute book of the NYCDC pertains to its membership, organizational structure and official incorporation. Cataloged correspondents include Senator John F. Kennedy and Mario Cuomo. Includes miscellaneous campaign literature. Arranged Chronologically, then alphabetically by topic.

Box 41A New Democratic Club 1957-1985 (see also: Box 10), 1957-1985

Box 41A Current, 1957-1966

Box 41A Historical, 1954-1985

Box 41A Various Years, 1956-1964

Box 42 Campaign

Box 42 1952-1955

Box 43 1956-1957

Box 44 1958-1960

Box 45 1961-1962

Box 45 Constitution, 1965

Box 45 Politics, John F. Kennedy, 1960

Program Commitee, 1961-1962


Box 46 1966

Box 46 1968

Box 46 Chairs, 1966

Box 46 Job Search, 1966-1967

Box 46 Leadership, 1966-1967

Box 46 Politics, 1968

Box 46 Reform Leader's Caucus, 1967-1968

Box 46 Smog, 1967

Box 47 Benefit, 1969

Box 47 Newsletter, 1969

Box 47 Politics, 1969-1971

Box 47 State Commitee Campaign, 1970.

Box 47 Welfare Island, 1970.

Box 47 Women's Political Caucus, 1972-1974.

New York City Democratic Committee, 1970-1976

Box 47 Certificate of Type, [1970]

Box 47 Correspondence, 1970-1976

Box 47 Membership list, 1970-1971

Box 47 Memos, 1970-1974

Box 47 Minute Book, 1970

Box 47 Notice of meetings, 1970-1972

Box 47 Press Releases, 1970

Box 47 Dinner, 1971

Box 47 Progress Report, 1971

Box 47 Resumes, 1971

Box 47 Agenda, 1972