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Bruno Lasker papers, [ca. 1923]-1951. 

Creator: 
Lasker, Bruno, 1880-1965.
Phys. Desc: 
33 boxes
Call Number: 
MS#0744
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Writer, social worker. Lasker was born in Hamburg, Germany, July 21, 1880, resided in England, 1901-1914, coming to the United States in 1914. In England he was employed in social reform movements, being closely associated with B. Seebohm Rowntree and David Lloyd-George. After coming to the U.S., Lasker was active in New York City social work at the Henry Street Settlement and on various committees appointed by the Mayor. He was associate editor of the SURVEY MAGAZINE, 1917-1923, and was associated with THE INQUIRY of World War I and the Institute of Pacific Relations. He travelled extensively for the Institute in the Far East, studying social, economic, educational, and cultural conditions and relations with the West.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of his working notebooks in 31 volumes, manuscripts and printed versions of speeches, articles, and reports, many relating to the Institute of Pacific Relations and the Far East. Also, a group of materials, 1957-1965, relating to Lasker's study of Prophetics, the conditions (psychological and physical), methods, history, and case studies of prediction. It comprises some 5,000 pages (in 33 binders) of abstracts and comments; an index to abstracts by names, topics, and sub-topics; notes for a substantial bibliography; printed and manuscript materials, and the typed draft of an unpublished book, "Dates With Destiny," 1964.