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Sir Joseph Gold political and miscellaneous ephemera collection


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The attorney and author Joseph Gold was born in London, England, on July 12, 1912; he died on February 22, 2000 in Bethesda, Maryland. Gold was educated at the University of London, LLB (Bachelor of Laws), 1935, and LLM (Master of Law), 1936, and Harvard University (SJD, 1942).

As an attorney, Gold spent most of his career working for the International Monetary Fund’s legal department. Prior to his work with the IMF, Sir Joseph worked as secretary to the British Seaman’s Welfare Board and legal advisor to the British Merchant Shipping Mission. He joined the IMF in 1946 as counselor; in 1960 he became director of the IMF’s legal department, and was appointed general counsel. He retired in 1979, but served as senior counsel until shortly before his death. He also continued to write on the international monetary system framed by the IMF. In 1980 Joseph Gold was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions as an international civil servant.

A prolific scholar on monetary law, Gold was the lead author on the First Amendment of the IMF’s

Articles of Agreement. During his life, he published over 20 volumes and 100 articles on the legal aspect of international monetary policy. Gold also worked as a lecturer at several universities, including Southern Methodist University, University of Michigan, Columbia School of Law, and Creighton University. Gold’s scholarly work was well respected by the legal and academic communities and he served on the advisory board of the George Washington University Journal of International Law and Economics, the advisory board of law and policy in international business at Georgetown University; he was also a founding member of the editorial committee of The Modern Law Review.

The Complete Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2001. ( Gold obituary. Washington Post. (accessed January 2018).“Sir Joseph Gold Is Memorialized as Authority on International Law.” IMF Survey. 6 March 2000. Page 66. (accessed January 2018).

The Sir Joseph Gold political and miscellaneous ephemera collection comprises .67 linear feet of newsletters, pamphlets, posters, blank letterhead, and typed pages from the 1960s through the 1990s. The bulk of the collection is from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. The collection is arranged in three series: I. Political Issues, II. Non-Political Ephemera, and III. Letterhead.

Within each series, the collection is arranged thematically. In the first series, which contains political ephemera, topics include Black power, socialism, campaigns and elections, civil and human rights, issues of economic justice and equality, energy and environmental issues, Jewish concerns, the Vietnam Conflict, international left-wing political movements, and peace issues. The second series includes miscellaneous materials including reviews of and pamphlets pertaining to published books, poetry and flyers and assorted materials relating to the theater and other performance art. The third series contains blank letterhead from airlines, cruises, and hotels from around the world.

There are also materials relating to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which include a review of Sir Joseph Gold’s book,

Interpretations: the IMF and International Law, and uncirculated banknotes from the former USSR and the New Eastern Block.

Items in this collection are arranged thematically.

Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (3 inch)

Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize mapcases

Gift of Richard Gold, 1999.

Processed by Elizabeth Crosman, 2003. Encoded by Katherine Riley, January 2018.


University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
16 January 2018
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Collection Inventory

Black Power and Racism , circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to the Black Panthers (including cooperation with the White Panthers), event announcements, the Huey Newton (and Street) affair, newspapers/newsletters, and student movements.

Campaigns and Elections, 1968-1972.
Box 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to Democratic Party voter registration and the campaigns of John C. and Joseph Brinton Dillingham, Father Drinan, John Lindsay, Robert Kennedy, Norman Mailer (and the Statehood for New York City movement), Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Richard Nixon, the Peace and Freedom Party, and the Socialist Party.

Civil and Human Rights, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to Abortion Rights (People to Abolish Abortion Laws), the ERA (National Organization of Women), Genocide (SDS, Vietnam Peace Rescue), International problems (Washington Young Socialist Alliance), Native Americans (D.C. Wounded Knee Defense Committee), South Africa (Apartheid—Committee of Consciousness Against Apartheid, Mass Coalition for Divestment from South Africa), United Kingdom (Aldermastan March Committee, Congress of Dialectics of Liberation, Irish Civil Rights Solidarity Campaign, National Council for Civil Liberties), United States (Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York Civil Liberties Union, SCLC Washington Bureau), and Wanted Posters f or human rights abuses (Harry N. Shlaudeman—Pledge of Resistance, Eduard Roschmann, Burt J. Miller, Wilbur D. Mills—National Welfare Rights Organization), All African People’s Revolutionary Party.

Community Building, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to Mobile Community Seminars, Oakridge, United Family, and Vermont Free Territory.

Defense of the Accused and Imprisoned, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to the defense of Fathers Dan and Phil Berrrigan, the Chicago Defendants, Eldrige Cleaver, Edward Randy Coleman, Angela Davis, R. G. Davis, Greg Dunkel, Carol Evans, James Lowell, Jake Prescott and Ian Purdie, Nawal el Saadawi, Paul Waldman, and Leonard Wolf, and a pamphlet by Release.

Box 1 Folder 6
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to the legalization, selling, and use of marijuana and the use of ecstasy.

Economic Justice, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining: anti-capitalism (Macy’s, Social Credit Secretariat, park ownership), boycotts and strikes (Montgomery County Education Association, J.P. Stevens and Woodies, G.W. Hospital, Painters District Council 9-AFL-CIO, Communication Workers of America and AT-T, Owl and Tortoise, Retail Store Employees Union, George Washington University and Coca Cola Company and Phillip Morris Company, Committee Against Repression in Brazil—Hyattsville, Maryland), Poverty and Hunger (Oxfam, Women United for Action, National Welfare Rights Organization, League to Abolish Poverty, Government Employee Fast Day), the SafeWay grocery stores (Farm Union Workers, California grape and lettuce boycott), US Government (Gloria Swanson Health Freedom Awards, women and welfare, Vietnam Veterans housing crisis, Grey Panthers and the training wage).

Energy and Environmental Issues, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 8
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to the energy crisis and gas rationing (MD/DC Center for United Labor Action, Militant Forum), pollution, garbage, and vegetarians (Vegetarian Youth Movement).

Jewish Issues, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 9
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to Jews for Jesus and the plight of Soviet Jews (Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington. National Conference on Soviet Jewery). Also includes a letter to Mr. Chandavarkar from Isaiah Berlin concerning Keynes and Anti-Semitism.

Protesting Politics, 1966-1981.
Box 1 Folder 10
Scope and Contents

Includes materials protesting President Carter (National Association of Chinese-Americans), Mayor Koch and Senator D’Amato (West Coast Committee to Save the Theatres), Hubert Humphrey, President Nixon (SANE, Washington Area Impeachment Coalition), and President Regan (All-People’s Congress).

Anti-Vietnam, circa 1960-1970.
Box 1 Folder 11
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to anti-war groups including peace groups (Washington Area Peace Activism Coalition, Committee for Non-Violent Action, D.C. Moratorium Committee, Peace Be Known, Non-Violent Action in Vietnam), students (New York University, Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, High School Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam Iranian Students Association), veterans (Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans to End the War, Veterans and Reservists to End the War in Vietnam, Veterans for Peace in Vietnam, Vets for Peace), women (United Women’s Contingent, Women Strike for Peace, Women Against the War, Women for Peace and Justice), anti-war activities: art (also discussions, lectures), demonstrations (also marches, pickets, rallies), letters (also petitions, signed notices), and information about the war and the death of Vietnamese civilians.

Pro-Vietnam, circa 1966-1974.
Box 1 Folder 12
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to blood donations and the donation of medical supplies (Medical Aid Committee for Vietnam), counteracting peace groups, and marches, rallies for victory and patriotism (March for Victory, Freedom Rally Committee).

International Militarism and Violence Issues, circa 1966-1991.
Box 1 Folder 13
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to Biafra (Nigerian Civil War), China (end US support for Taiwan, US recognition of People’s China), Chile (memorial for Orlando Letelie), Cuba (protest in DC for a free Cuba), El Salvador (stop the US war buildup), Germany (rise of Neo-Nazis), Greece (American Committee for Democracy and Freedom in Greece, Greek Peace and Democratic Youth Movement), Iran (CIA involvement, dictatorship of the Shah, struggle for Iranian freedom), Iraq (1991 Middle East Conflict), Netherlands (1568 Dutch Revolution – living history posters), Nicaragua (IMF intervention), Palestinians (refugee issue, call for Muslim intervention), South Africa (apartheid, Sharpeville Massacre), and Turkey (Turkey Solidarity Campaign).

Anti-Weapon, circa 1960-1980.
Box 1 Folder 14
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to Anti-Ballistic Missile System (federal employees against the anti-ballistic missile system, SANE), the B-1 Bomber (American Friends Service Committee), nerve and tear gas (CBW Campaign Support Group), and nuclear weapons (Christian Group of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, War Resistors League).

Peace Issues, circa 1960-1980.
Box 1 Folder 15
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to the draft (abolishing the draft, changing the draft, resisting the draft, draft counseling—American Friends Service Committee, Student Mobilization Committee, Greenwich Village Peace Center, New York Students for a Democratic Society, The Resistance), peace (peace in Vietnam, opposition to all violence, religion and peace—People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice, Peoples Lobby, Poets for Peace, New York Catholic Peace Fellowship, Council for a World Without War, Krishna Consciousness Inc., New York Fellowship of Reconciliation), War Resistance (The Resistance, War Resisters League, Women War Resistors).

I.C.. Political Art, 1967-1981.
Box 2 Folder 16
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to books (order forms), feminism, film, performance art (theater, street art, music), poetry, politics and art (censorship, public funding: Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts), Serials (

Ozzzzzz, Political Quarterly, Salted Feathers, and WIN).
Student Politics, circa 1967.
Box 2 Folder 17
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to student elections and strikes.

Berkley, 1967.
Box 2 Folder 18
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to the proposed closure of the People's Park and the Berkley Commune.

Harvard, 1968-1970.
Box 2 Folder 19
Scope and Contents

Includes material pertaining to the relationship between Harvard and private industries, a political capture the flag game, and alumni reports on political activities on campus.

General Protesting Materials, 1964.
Box 2 Folder 20
Scope and Contents

Includes Free Speech Songbook:

Songs of, by, and for the F.S.M., and a Release card giving instructions for those who are arrested.
Political Miscellaneous Ephemera, circa 1988.
Box 2 Folder 21
Scope and Contents

Includes materials with the following headings: Crush the American Ayatollah, Thomas Jefferson, For Concerned Americans: A “State of the Nation” Conference, The Pigs Took Away the Courthouse so We’ll Have to Use the Streets Tonight, Super Blow.

French, circa 1967-1975.
Box 2 Folder 22
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to Art for Vietnam, workers organizations, French-Chinese culture, Ireland, and the renovation of the St. German Market Place.

Greek , 1970.
Box 2 Folder 23
Scope and Contents

Children of God pamphlet in Greece.

Italian, circa 1970-1975.
Box 2 Folder 24
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to Yugoslavia, Student Workers, Italians against Franco and fascism in Spain, and divorce in Italy.

Spanish, 1967-1978.
Box 2 Folder 25
Scope and Contents

Includes materials in Spanish pertaining to Mexican socialism and Peruvian socialism and the workers movement.

Scandinavian , circa 1970.
Box 2 Folder 26
German, circa 1977.
Box 2 Folder 27
Scope and Contents

Includes materials pertaining to South Africa and Apartheid.

Materials Relating to Published Books, circa 1966-1979.
Box 2 Folder 28
Scope and Contents

Includes materials relating to:

Poesie Vivante, In Gorge with a Friend, The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap, Breakthrough Books, Literary Frontiers, TriQuarterly: A National Review of Arts, Letters and Opinion, 50% the Visible Woman, Away, Mountain Poems, Background Music, and Interactions.
Poetry , circa 1968.
Box 2 Folder 29
Scope and Contents

Includes the following poems: "America, You’re Under Arrest!" by Jacob Kisner; "come one come all"; "eye ball confrontations", a flyer for a poetry event; "Let the Cities Death Be Drawn", a poem by John Muir, on a newsletter for the John Muir Bow and Gun Club.

Miscellaneous Art, 1966-1967.
Box 2 Folder 30
Scope and Contents

Bill Graham presents in San Francisco (2 postcards), Go Go Go Downtown See D.C. (sponsored by the Mayors committee), Social Evening (a get-together got together by Mujeres Libres and London Anarchists), an Ad for the International Dialogue of Experimental Architecture, S.F. mime troupe, a request for funds by the Committee to Rescue Italian Art (CRIA), Psychedelic Showcase, General Rules for Snake Dance Visitors (rules for those attending the Hopi snake dance ritual.)

II.B.. International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1971-1996.
Box 2 Folder 31
Scope and Contents

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Includes: International Monetary Fund Directory: Members, Quotas, Governors, Voting Power, Executive Board, Officers (September 7, 1993), J. Gold Pass for the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Ten (1971), Draft Report of the Executive Board to the Interim Committee on the Question of an SDR Allocation and Related Issues (1993), memo and map regarding planned disruptive demonstrations against the IMF (1971), a review of Joseph Gold’s book,

Interpretation: the IMF and International Law, by Andre Tunc, Last Currency of the USSR and Historic Banknotes of the New Eastern Bloc (both contain full sets of actual, uncirculated currency.)
II.C.. Miscellaneous Ephemera , 1968-1990.
Box 2 Folder 32
Scope and Contents

Includes: a Hell’s Angel Raffle flyer, a Meet a Mate computer dating questionnaire, and an advertisement for free personality testing.

Box 2 Folder 33
Scope and Contents

Contains materials from American Airlines, British Airways, British Overseas Airways Corporation, BWIA, Concord, On Board Ethiopian, Pan Am, Royal Nepal Airlines, Swiss Air, TWA.

Box 2 Folder 34
Scope and Contents

Contains materials from Cunard Line, R.M.S. Queen Mary and Sun Line Cruises.

Box 2 Folder 35
Scope and Contents

Includes materials from hotels in: Africa, Canada, Central and South America, China, Europe, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Scandanavia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Cummin's Engine Company, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 36
Scope and Contents

Contains the corporate letterhead of Richard M. Gold, Vice-President for Aftermarket business.

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