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Martin Begun


The Martin S. Begun collection documents the life and career of Martin Stanley Begun (1932-2016) long time Dean of New York University’s School of Medicine, a power broker and active member of the Liberal and Democratic Party in local New York City politics, leader in the Jewish Community Relations Council, and advocate for the mentally ill and homeless. Through his work, he maintained ties with leading federal, state and city officials, from Vice President Hubert Humphrey to Governors Nelson Rockefeller and Hugh Carey and Mayors Robert F. Wagner Jr., Abraham Beame, and Edward Koch. The collection material details his dedication to government, civic and community activities through scrapbooks, manuscripts and awards and certificates.

The collection has been fully digitized and is available below, along with a web exhibit with highlights from Begun’s career. You will also find useful information about how to use the collection, including a finding aid, a research guide, and essays generated by the Begun Scholars program, an endowed scholarship providing for research using the Martin S. Begun Collection.

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Begun on campaign

Digital Collection and Exhibit

A young Martin Begun seated behind a desk with papers and books

Search Collection Guide

Martin Begun being sworn in as a member of New York City's Mental Health Advisory Board by Mayor Abraham Beame, circa 1976

Research Guide

Martin Begun Scholars Program

We are very pleased to highlight the work of Baruch’s Martin Begun Scholars, scholarship recipients selected to conduct research using the Begun collection. For more information on this program, and to read the student essays, please click here.