Collection ASM0656 - Seymour Samet papers

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Seymour Samet papers


  • 1944-1995 (Creation)
  • 1960-1989 (Creation)


15 Boxes

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Biographical history

Seymour Samet was born on December 3, 1919 in Newark, New Jersey. In 1943, he married Elaine Rosenberg. They had two daughters: Anita Samet Rechler and Roberta Samet.


B.A. Social Sciences, New Jersey State University, Montclair, NJ

M.Ed. Human Relations, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Graduate work at Columbia University’s Teachers’ College, the New School for Social Research and Harvard University.

Employment History

1948-1952: Assistant Director, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Community Council of Essex County

1952-1965: Southeast Area Director, American Jewish Committee

1963-1964: Executive Director, Miami Dade County Community Relations Board

1964: White House Task Force for the Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

1964-1965: Special Assistant to Governor Leroy Collins, Director of the Community Relations Service, US Department of Justice

1965: Chief Intergroup Relations Officer, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

1965-1968: Director of Program Evaluation and Development, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

1968-1984: Director, National Affairs Department, American Jewish Committee

1984-1986: Chairman of HR Factor Associates, a Human Relations Consulting Company

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The Seymour Samet Papers document primarily Mr. Samet’s civil rights work for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Dade County Community Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service from the 1960s to the 1980s. The correspondence, speeches, writings, articles and newspaper clippings articulate issues of discrimination, desegregation and general human relations from various group and geographical perspectives.

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Series I: Personal Papers (arranged alphabetically) contain biographical information as well as correspondence, speaches, writings, brochures on speaking engagements and some photos.

Series II: Professional Papers (arranged in chronological order within each sub-series) document through correspondence, reports, papers and press releases his extensive work for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Community Relations Board of Dade County and the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service.

Series II is arranged as follows:

Sub-series A. American Jewish Committee

Sub-series B. American Jewish Committee Miami Chapter

Sub-series C. Dade County Community Relations Board

Sub-series D. U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service

Series III: Subject Files (arranged alphabetically) represent major areas of research such as community relations, crime, discrimination, economics, housing, the new right, race relations, riots, urban studies, unversity admissions. Mr. Samet's original file titles were retained.

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This collection is open for research.

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Items from this collection are kept on-campus and may be requested from the first floor Kislak Center in the Otto G. Richter Library at University of Miami.

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Seymour Samet Papers Finding Aid © 2007 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

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  • English

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Gift of Seymour Samet, 2005

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