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Arthur Naftalin Collection M/A 1998.08.01-03

Creator:Naftalin, Arthur, 1917-2003
Title: Arthur Naftalin Collection
Dates:1917-2005
Quantity: 3.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

Biography

Arthur Naftalin was the Mayor of Minneapolis from 1961-1969. Naftalin was born in 1917 in Fargo North Dakota, and was one of four children.

He traveled to Minneapolis to attend college at the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelors Degree from the School of Journalism in 1939 followed by a PHD in 1948. It was here that he met his future wife Frances Healy whom he married in 1941. During this time he worked as managing editor of The Minnesota Daily and worked on the night staff of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune. It was also during this time that he met Hubert Humphrey through a Political Science Professor at the university.

It was this meeting that would begin Natfalin's political career. He worked on Humphrey's unsuccessful 1943 campaign for Mayor of Minneapolis as his publicity director. He also served as State Publicity Director for the Minnesota DFL party in 1944, and again worked for Humphrey in his successful 1945 campaign. After this Humphrey would appoint Naftalin as his secretary. He would continue to be very active in the Minnesota DFL party, and was considered one of their best strategists. While he was involved in politics he was also active at the University of Minnesota, and became a Professor in the department of Political Science. Later in 1954 he was appointed by Governor Orville Freeman as the State Commissioner of Administration. He held this position until 1960 when he decided to leave the position.

In 1961 Naftalin was elected Mayor of Minneapolis beating out P. Kenneth Peterson. He would serve as mayor for four terms until 1969 when he decided not to seek re-election. During his time as Mayor his policies attempted to: improve urban areas, create new zoning ordinances, reform welfare programs, strengthen law enforcement, reduce juvenile delinquency, protect housing for the elderly, and reach out across racial boundaries. He also attended Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, and made a bid for Lieutenant Governor in 1966.

After his terms as Mayor Naftalin returned to the University to work as a professor in the Department of Public affairs. In 1975-1976 he was the President of the Board of the Citizen's League. In addition he hosted a public affairs program titled Minnesota issues that ran from 1976-1987 on Public Television. Finally he wrote and narrated a series of public television programs concerning former Minnesota Governors.

Arthur Naftalin passed away on May 16, 2003 due to complications from a blow to the head sustained during a fall.


Collection Description

This collection consists of three boxes of mixed materials. These include: Newspaper Clippings, Brochures, Correspondence, Official Messages and statements, and speeches related to Aurthur Naftalin and his family.


Subject Headings

Subjects

Politicians -- Minnesota.
Public welfare -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.

Places

Minneapolis (Minn.). Mayor.
Minneapolis (Minn.) -- Politics and government.
Minneapolis (Minn.) -- Race relations.
Minnesota -- Politics and government.

Table of Contents

Clippings, Biographical Material, Miscellaneous

Offical Papers Relating to Term as Mayor of Minneapolis (1961-1969)

Speeches 1960's and Clippings 1990's


M/A 1998.08.01 Clippings, Biographical Material, Miscellaneous
Folder 1: Biography: Naftalin Arthur: 1940's-1960. -- Folder 1: Biography: Naftalin Arthur: 1940's-1960.
Folder 2: Biography Naftalin, Arthur: 1961 -- Folder 2: Biography Naftalin, Arthur: 1961
Folder 3: Clippings Arthur Naftalin, Naftalin Family: 1960-1964 -- Folder 3: Clippings Arthur Naftalin, Naftalin Family: 1960-1964
Folder 4: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1965-1969 -- Folder 4: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1965-1969
Folder 5: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1966 -- Folder 5: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1966
Folder 6: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1967-1969 -- Folder 6: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1967-1969
Folder 7: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1970-1989 -- Folder 7: Naftalin, Arthur: Clippings: 1970-1989
Folder 8: Naftalin, Arthur: Letters: 1963-1964 -- Folder 8: Naftalin, Arthur: Letters: 1963-1964
Folder 9: Miscellaneous -- Folder 9: Miscellaneous
Folder 10: Portraits -- Folder 10: Portraits
M/A 1998.08.02 Offical Papers Relating to Term as Mayor of Minneapolis (1961-1969)
Inagural Message, July 3, 1961 (Preliminary Draft) -- Inagural Message, July 3, 1961 (Preliminary Draft)
Special Message to the City Council December 29, 1961 -- Special Message to the City Council December 29, 1961
Letters to Mr. Arnett Leslie, Chairman City Council Committeeon Bi-Partisan Legislation and Charter February 25- March 1, 1963 -- Letters to Mr. Arnett Leslie, Chairman City Council Committeeon Bi-Partisan Legislation and Charter February 25- March 1, 1963
Second Inagural Message, July 1, 1963 -- Second Inagural Message, July 1, 1963
Special Message the the City Council: Blueprint for Action in Human Relations, August 9, 1963 -- Special Message the the City Council: Blueprint for Action in Human Relations, August 9, 1963
Letter to City Council vetoing proposed ordinance to re-zone Lowry Hill Area. May 14, 1964 -- Letter to City Council vetoing proposed ordinance to re-zone Lowry Hill Area. May 14, 1964
Third Inagural Message July 6, 1965 -- Third Inagural Message July 6, 1965
Statements (2) 1- Concerning the Coordination of Planning and Development (n.d.) 2- Concerning a Disturbance on Minneapolis North Side (August 7, 1966 -- Statements (2) 1- Concerning the Coordination of Planning and Development (n.d.) 2- Concerning a Disturbance on Minneapolis North Side (August 7, 1966
Fourth Inagural Message, July 3, 1967 -- Fourth Inagural Message, July 3, 1967
Special Messages to the City council (2) 1-Public Saftey 2-Human Relations. -- Special Messages to the City council (2) 1-Public Saftey 2-Human Relations.
Special Message to the City Council, August 11, 1967. "Welfare and Fighting Poverty" -- Special Message to the City Council, August 11, 1967. "Welfare and Fighting Poverty"
Special Message to the City Council on Housing, Urban Renewal, Industrial Development, September 29, 1967 -- Special Message to the City Council on Housing, Urban Renewal, Industrial Development, September 29, 1967
Special Message to the City Council on a Livable Environment. Nov. 10, 1967 -- Special Message to the City Council on a Livable Environment. Nov. 10, 1967
Special Message to the City Council on Transportation, Transit and Traffic Saftey. January 12, 1968 -- Special Message to the City Council on Transportation, Transit and Traffic Saftey. January 12, 1968
Special Message to the City Council on Model Neighborhood and Pilot Center February 23, 1968 -- Special Message to the City Council on Model Neighborhood and Pilot Center February 23, 1968
Special Message to the City Council on Kerner Report and Racial Tensions in Minneapolis. March 29, 1968 -- Special Message to the City Council on Kerner Report and Racial Tensions in Minneapolis. March 29, 1968
Statement concerning his proposal for a department of human resources Development April 5, 1968 and Outline of Special Message to the City Council on Government Reorganization. May 9, 1968 -- Statement concerning his proposal for a department of human resources Development April 5, 1968 and Outline of Special Message to the City Council on Government Reorganization. May 9, 1968
Announcement that he, the mayor, will not seek re-election. December 20, 1968 and Special Year-end Message to the City Council December 27, 1968 and Statement made before the Charter Commission urging charter reform. January 9, 1969 -- Announcement that he, the mayor, will not seek re-election. December 20, 1968 and Special Year-end Message to the City Council December 27, 1968 and Statement made before the Charter Commission urging charter reform. January 9, 1969
Farewell Message as Mayor of Minneapolis. June 27, 1969. -- Farewell Message as Mayor of Minneapolis. June 27, 1969.
Met Council and Public Library Service in the Metro Area -- Met Council and Public Library Service in the Metro Area
M/A 1998.08.03 Speeches 1960's and Clippings 1990's
Clippings 1990's -- Clippings 1990's
Speeches No Date -- Speeches No Date
Speeches 1967 -- Speeches 1967
Speeches 1968 -- Speeches 1968
Speeches 1969 -- Speeches 1969


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