Alman, David (1919- ) and Emily (1921-2004)
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The David and Emily Alman collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, memorabilia, legal material, financial material, photographs, audio, and video.

Book-length manuscripts by David Alman include American Fountain (his first novel, 1935-1936); Naomi (unfinished, 1940); The Whip and the Wall (novel, 1942); Don’t Cry, Little One (not related to the novel written jointly by David and Emily Alman; 1943-1944); The Hourglass (Simon and Schuster, 1947); galleys for The Well of Compassion (Simon and Schuster, 1948); an untitled novel (1940s); Jacob Nadir (1950); an untitled novel (1951); The Risk (1955); Countrymen (1957); Molly (unfinished novel, 1958); People of the Tree (1961); The Hidden Brother (1964); Generations (Regnery, 1971; originally titled Boyo); A Counting; So We Begin; The Nth International; The Pairs; and Heroic Measures. Plays by David Alman include “The Held” (unpublished short play, 1965); “Martin” (unfinished); and “Mutzi in Eden” (1969). Other manuscripts by David Alman include poetry, short stories, speeches, and other miscellany.

Manuscripts in Emily Alman in the collection include “The Nature of Crime” (school project for Hunter College); “Lonnie’s Hope” (play, 1944); “Westerns” (Master’s thesis, 1959); Return to the Valley (1960); and The World of the Poor (3 volumes).

Manuscripts written jointly by David and Emily Alman include T & T: Trends and Tides (newspaper, 1947-1948); Mad Rock (1959); Don’t Cry, Little One (novel, 1962); and The 91st Day (screenplay, under joint pseudonym “Emily David”).

Manuscripts by other individuals present in the collection include “Julius and Ethel,” a play by Leon Kruczkowski (originally in Polish; translated into Yiddish by Ida Kaminska) and numerous essays, speeches, and articles regarding the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Case.

Much of the correspondence in the collection concerns the Rosenberg Case, including a group of letters consoling Michael and Robert Rosenberg on the death of their parents. Also included is a carbon-copy of a letter from Ethel Rosenberg to her lawyer Emmanuel H. Bloch, written while she was in prison and describing her experiences there, dated June 8, 1953; and copies of a handwritten letter from Michael Rosenberg to U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, asking for clemency for his parents. Other notable correspondents include Felix Frankfurter and Harold Urey.

Professional correspondence in the collection includes letters from Fiorello LaGuardia, Howard Fast, and Patrick O’Neal. Also included are two indictments for David and Emily Alman to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1955. Personal correspondence includes several letters to and from various family members.  

All correspondence dates from the 1930s to the 2000s.

Printed material in the collection includes numerous pamphlets, newspaper clippings, flyers, and other items concerning the Rosenberg Case and the Committee to Secure Justice for Rosenberg and Sobell. Other printed items include numerous reviews for David Alman’s The Well of Compassion, The World of Stranger s, and Generations, as well as copies of the Seward Folio, the literary magazine from David Alman’s high school (some include short stories by David Alman) and yearbooks from David Alman’s high school (1939) and Emily Alman’s yearbook from Hunter College (1946).

Of particular interest are the transcripts of hearings before the House Committee of Un-American Activities, August 2-5, 1955; David Alman was directly involved in the proceeding

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes David Alman’s high school diploma (1936); a ticket given to Emily Alman for loitering during a Peace Crusade (1942); Emily Alman’s BFA Degree from Hunter College (1946); Emily Alman’s MFA Degree from the New School for Social Research (1959); a menu from Stokesay Castle (1963); and other miscellaneous items.

Legal material in the collection includes a copy of David Alman’s birth certificate; David and Emily Alman’s marriage certificate; David Alman’s passport (1949); contracts for World Full of Strangers, Ride the Long Night, and The Peddler (1970); and other items.

Financial material in the collection includes items regarding the Almans’ bank accounts, insurance, mortgage, and royalties.

Photographs in the collection includes images of the Rosenbergs’ funeral, as well as Helen Sobell, Emily Alman, Prof. Ephraim Cross, and Michael and Robert Rosenberg.

Audio material in the collection includes a long-playing record album of Abel Meeropol’s “We Are Innocent,” a musical setting of letters by the Rosenbergs, recorded by the Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Also included are five untitled Dictaphone tapes and eight audio cassettes of interviews with Aaron Katz (head of the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case; see below, last paragraph) as well as some Rosenberg-themed music.

The collection also includes two VHS-format video cassettes: an interview with Joel Barr by Ted Koppel from 1992, and the television show “Chronicle,” with Aaron Katz appearing.  In addition, the collection includes a scrapbook containing correspondence, manuscripts, prints, and sheet music (ca. 1970s-1990s); and two CD-ROMs, one for "An American Spectacular" and another regarding the Rosenberg Case.     

Much of the material in the collection is grouped around to specific subjects.

One such group relates to the Martinsville Seven, seven African-American men executed in Martinsville, Virginia, Feb. 5, 1951. This material includes material regarding a vigil held in front of the White House, as well as telegrams sent to U. S. President Harry Truman and an essay, “The Vigil Goes On,” probably written by David Alman.

Another group of material concerns the American Peace Crusade of 1951. This material includes various pamphlets, notes by David Alman, and a letter from the Rev. John N. Hollis.

Also grouped together is material related to Emily Alman’s 1972 campaign for Mayor of East Brunswick, New Jersey; these items include newspaper clippings, press releases, photographs, bumper stickers, transparencies, buttons, financial statements, notes, and printed material.

Some Rosenberg Case material has already been mentioned above (correspondence, printed material, photographs, audio). Additional material includes a full transcript of the Rosenbergs’ trial in the U.S. Supreme Court (1952), as well as volumes 3 and 4 of the stenographer’s minutes; an unsigned testimonial scroll to Dr. Harold C. Urey; and “A Request to the Judiciary Committees of the U. S. Senate and the House of Representatives to Investigate the Conduct of the U. S. Attorney General’s Office in the Rosenberg and Sobell Case” (1955).

Material regarding the Alman family is also grouped together. This includes material regarding Emily Alman, her mother Cecilia Greenstone Arnow, and her daughters Michelle Alman Harrison and Jennifer Alman. These items are mostly personal memorabilia, as well as some correspondence (including several letters from Cecilia Greenstone Arnow) and printed items.

The Alman collection includes a large portion of material devoted to the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case. This material includes: correspondence files, dating from April 1975 to January 2001; manuscripts for programs, plays, essays, articles, and other miscellany, by various authors (most copies); periodicals, journals, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, reviews; subject files; financial material; legal material; two video cassettes (VHS format); five Dictaphone tapes and seven audio cassette tapes; buttons and other paraphernalia.

Please note that the Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell Collection may also be of interest, as it relates to the Rosenberg Case. For more information, see the entry for that collection.
Notable Figures
1. Alman, David, 1919-
2. Alman, Emily
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Politics, Religion, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. United States. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Un-American Activities
6. American Peace Crusade.
7. Political activists – United States
8. United States – Social conditions – 1945-
9. Authors, American
10. Trials (Rape) – Virginia – Martinsville
11. Martinsville Seven Trial, Martinsville, Va., 1949
12. United States – Politics and government – 20th century
13. Trials (Conspiracy) – New York (State) – New York
14. Anti-communist movements -- United States.
15. Pacifists -- United States
16. Motion picture producers and directors – United States
17. Civil rights -- United States.
18. Videotapes
19. Communism -- United States -- 1917 -
20. Motion pictures – Production and direction – United States
21. American literature--20th century
22. Trials (Espionage) – New York (State) – New York
23. East Brunswick (N.J.) – Politics and government
24. Audiotapes
25. Peace
26. Photographs