ARCHIVAL RESOURCES ON THE HISTORY OF JEWISH WOMEN IN AMERICA
IntroductionBy their very nature, archival resources are unique, and finding them presents unique problems. The principal tool for locating cataloged archival collections in the United States is the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), published in print by the Library of Congress through 1993, whose records are available online through Worldcat (use the advanced search and limit to archival material) or through the NUCMC Internet site. Some research libraries also have The National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (NIDS US), a compilation of thousands of Guides from hundreds of repositories (microfiche set published by Chadwyck-Healey), and ArchivesUSA, a database from Chadwyck-Healey that combines NUCMC, the NIDS US Index, and other material. Unfortunately, many collections languish uncatalogued and unreported to NUCMC. Compounding the problem, material relevant to Jewish women, and women in general, has long been obscured within the very repositories themselves, subsumed within family collections, those named for male relatives, and institutional or communal records combining various committees and organizations. The Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota spearheaded a project from 1975-79 that surveyed repositories in the United States for sources on women. This effort resulted in Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States, edited by Andrea Hinding (2 v., New York: Bowker, 1979), which described over 18,000 collections in 1,586 repositories. Several collections of Jewish women's organizations are included, and the index term "Jews" as well as the names of various Jewish organizations point to the papers of individual women with Jewish activities. However, since there was no systematic attempt to index as Jewish all Jewish women in the Guide, there are actually more collections of Jewish women's papers present than appear at first glance.
Since 1979, the interest in recovering the role of women in the Jewish community has intensified, leading to the acquisition and description of much relevant print material within archives under Jewish auspices and elsewhere. In addition, many women whose accomplishments might have been lost to history because they kept no written records have been interviewed by oral history projects, and the tapes and transcripts from the projects are available in archives. Besides those listed below, there are numerous ongoing projects taping the testimony of women and men who survived the Holocaust and settled in America. For a description of the projects, including a breakdown by gender, see A Catalogue of Audio and Video Collections of Holocaust Testimony, by Joan Ringelheim, 2nd ed., Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press, 1992. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives is a source for written and oral testimonies by women and men (search the Museum's Library and Archives Catalog).
Thus, it is apparent that information about archival resources on Jewish women remains scattered and incomplete. The Jewish Women's Archive stepped into the breach with a much-needed project of identifying material on Jewish women in archives across the country and created a "virtual archive" database to unify access to much of that information. See also published guides to repositories, available in many research libraries, and guides to individual collections, available at the repositories, through NIDS US, and in many cases now online. Many archival institutions are mounting their guides -- and some of the actual documents from their collections -- on their websites. This development can raise awareness of the priceless holdings throughout America documenting the contributions of Jewish women to all endeavors. I have linked to many of these guides below, but the most up-to-date information will always be on the repository's website and at the repository itself. (Archives generally refer to their guides as "inventories" or "finding aids." Some call them "guides." For simplicity, I have uniformly called them "guides" in the listings below.)
Several websites are helpful in finding historical societies, university collections, and other repositories. The Myer & Rosalie Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University maintains a database of American Jewish Historical Repositories. Terry Abraham of the University of Idaho Library maintains Repositories of Primary Sources, a massive directory of links to close to 5,000 repositories with "manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar." The American Jewish Historical Society maintains a webpage of contact information for Community-Level and National Jewish Historical Societies in the United States and Abroad. Archival Sites for Women's Studies, a section of WSSLinks, a project of the Women and Gender Studies Section, Association of College and Research Libraries links to useful repositories for studying women's history. Author Harriet Rochlin offers an annotated directory of Western Jewish Historical Societies, Museums, and Archives.
What follows is a preliminary list of significant repositories for researching
Jewish women's history, with information on published guides, the location of
records of national and regional offices of Jewish women's organizations, and
selected examples of collections of personal papers and oral histories.
The absence of an institution from the list should not be taken to mean there
are no relevant holdings in that repository. Preserved records of local affiliates
of Jewish women's organizations as well as papers of individual women active
in their communities are apt to be in state or local historical societies, synagogues,
or nearby Jewish historical museums and archives where they exist. University
archives are a potential resource for finding papers and oral histories of Jewish
women associated with universities.
Information on additional archival holdings on American Jewish women welcomed!
NOTE: All dates pertain to the span of coverage within collections rather
than birth and death dates for individuals, unless otherwise specified.
American Jewish Archives
(Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives) Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Online Guide to Material on Women:
Archival/Manuscript Collections: Women includes short descriptions and links to existing online inventories.
Printed Guide: Clasper, James W. and M. Carolyn Dellenbach. Guide to Holdings of the American Jewish Archives. Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, 1979.
Catalog: Manuscript Catalog 1991 (51 fiche); Online Catalog
Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Orphans, 1854-1938
Biblio Press, 1978-2000. Guide
B'nai Brith Women national records, 1947-1985
Emma Lazarus Federation of Jewish Women's Clubs. Guide
National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, District Nine, Ohio
Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate, 1976-1991. Guide
United Order True Sisters, 1864-1979. Guide
Women of Reform Judaism, 1913-2000. Guide
Major holdings of records for congregations, sisterhoods, and local women's benevolent societies ("Hebrew Ladies Aid Society of...")
Rose Bender, 1912-1950; Hadassah leader. Guide
Jeannette Bernstein, 1957 journal
Iphigene Bettman, 1900-1964; columnist, granddaughter of Isaac Mayer Wise.Guide
Sarah Meyerfeld Blach, 1895-96; microfilm copy of diary
Amy Blank, 1922-67; letters, autobiography, and poems
Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler, 1882-1925; concert pianist
Emma Brandon, letters, essays, etc., 1846-48; New York merchant's daughter
Rebecca Brickman, 1905-1981; Jewish educator, volunteer (collection includes her husband, Rabbi Barnett Brickner's papers as well). Guide
Alice B. Citron, 1933-79; educator, civil rights worker
A. Irma Cohon, 1918-1979; musician and poet. Guide
Carrie Davidson, 1904-55; author
Ruby Diamond, microfilm of papers, 1891-1965; Floridian philanthropist
Lillian Adlow Friedberg, 1913-1970; Executive Director Jewish Community Relations Council of Pittsburgh
Sophie G. Friedman, 1897-1953; lawyer in Memphis, TN
Jennie R. Gerstley, 1859-1934; founder Chicago Woman's Aid; notes by Sarah Nunes Falter on Gerstley's trip across the Atlantic in the 1850s.
Rose Bogen Gold, 1905-1941; nurse, autobiography
Fanny Goldstein, 1933-1961; librarian, West End Branch, Boston Public Library. Guide
Rebecca Gratz, philanthropist, misc. correspondence
Jeannette Grossman, 1816-1956; Cambridge, OH family history
Fanny Ellen Holtzmann, 1920-1980; lawyer. Guide
Hannah Isaacs, 1812-1945; scrapbook from Cincinnati
Mrs. Morris Koch, 1940-65 scrapbook from Louisville, KY
Anna M. Kross, 1910-74; judge. Guide
Setty S. Kuhn, 1903-48; Cincinnati philanthropist
Desiree Marks Lazard (and Harry Harris), 1897-1959 microfilm of scrapbook of her career as an actress and his as a boxer
Norma U. Levitt, 1915-1989; UNICEF activist, Reform organizations leader. Guide
Tehilla Lichtenstein, 1929-1970; sermons, correspondence, etc. from leader of the Jewish Science movement. Guide
Miriam S. Mann, 1941-1943; editor, volunteer. Guide
Edna B. Manner, 1921-29 manuscripts of plays, stories, and poems by her and others
Jane Manner (Jennie Mannheimer), 1887-1954; founder Cincinnati School of Expression
Merle Judith Marcus, 1948-65; stage material. Guide
Adah Isaacs Menken, 1832-1860; poet, actor
Annie Nathan Meyer, 1858-1950; founder, Barnard College, social activist, anti-suffragist, active in home economics movement. Guide
Annette Mishkin, 1952-62; Chicagoan
Penina Moise [1797-1880]; microfilm of her 1854 hymn book, a scrapbook, and poems
Martha Neumark Montor; rabbinical school applicant in 1920s (correspondence file)
Amy Netter, 1890-1906; Cincinnati scrapbook
Jennie Franklin Purvin, 1868-1958; executive of Mandel Brothers Department Store, Chicago
Newmark [Neumark] Family Papers includes two European travel diaries, 1887 and 1900, of Mrs. Harris Newmark
Julia Richman; school superintendent
Josephine H. Robi, 1881; diary of St. Louis to Salt Lake City trip
Rena M. Rohrheimer, 1935-1950; efforts to get Jews out of Nazi-occupied Europe; travels
Bella Weretinkow Rosenbaum, 1896-1961; diary 1896-1904; lawyer, writer. Guide
Jeanette W. Rosenbaum, 1951-54 papers concerning her biography of colonial goldsmith Myer Meyers
Frieda S. Rosett, 1924-84; activist, National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, New Rochelle, NY
Marjorie Rukeyser, 1965-67; president, National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
Stella Jessica Schifrin [1917-1974], 1963 scrapbook of social welfare leader in Rochester, NY
Clara Lemlich Shavelson, labor activist
Marion Slonimsky, 1889-1915; Jewish Community House, Cincinnati, worker, writer. Guide
Hannah Greenebaum Solomon; founder, National Council of Jewish Women (biographies file)
Frances Stern, 1921-67; nutritionist
Amy Hart Stewart [1873-1954], 1873-1954 scrapbook from Norfolk, VA
Marie Syrkin, 1915-1989; journalist, editor of Jewish Frontier, professor Guide
Anna Abeles Taussig, 1830-86; St. Louis, memoir (photocopy)
Sophie Tucker, 1911-66; actress
Ida Uchill, 1859-1957; from Denver, CO
Ullman, Amelia, 1896 memoir St. Paul Forty Years Ago, A Personal Reminiscence
Weiss-Rosmarin, Trude, 1962-75; scholar, editor The Jewish Spectator Guide
Women authors of histories of local communities.
American Jewish Committee - American Jewish Historical Society
housed in the Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Guide: American Jewish Committee Oral History Library. Catalogue of Memoirs v. 1-3. New York: The Committee, 1978-1993.
American Jewish Women of Achievement series, 1970s-
Ongoing collection of interviews in which women from all walks of life discuss their backgrounds, careers, voluntary activities, and families. Included are: Bella Abzug, politician; Celia Adler, Yiddish actress; Beatrice Alexander, doll manufacturer; Dorothy Arnof, editor; Vera Bacal, fashion publicist; Hildegard Bachert, art gallery director; Jean Fensterham Baer, author; Georgette Bennett, banker, criminologist, journalist; Minna Bern, Yiddish actress; Hannah Shwayder Berry, family historian; Irma Bloomingdate, community leader; Elizabeth Blume-Silverstein, attorney; Rose Blumkin, businesswoman; Ann Bogart, fashion designer; Margaret Brenman-Gibson, psychoanalyst, author; Jane E. Brody, journalist, author; Andrée A. Brooks, journalist, author; Ethel Cohen, social worker; Iva Cohen, librarian; Rachel B. Cowan, rabbi, foundation director; Midge Decter, author; Ariel Durant, author; Hedda Edelbaum, public relations executive; Sara R. Ehrmann, community activist; Betty Weinberg Ellerin, judge; Estelle Ellis, marketing executive; Miriam R. Ephraim, community leader; Judith Epstein, community leader; Edythe First, community leader; Pauline Fischer, master needleworker; Ruth Fischer, writer; Susan Fisher, banker; Muriel Fox, public relations executive; Elizabeth Pope Frank, editor, writer; Marjorie Frankel, social worker; Estelle S. Frankfurter, labor relations specialist; Ruth Kaufman Friedlich, communications professional; Ellen Futter, college president, lawyer; Hortense W. Gabel, judge; Helen Galland, retailer; Karen N. Gerard, city government official; Manya Gerson, dentist; Temima Gezari, artist, teacher; Katya Gilden, author; Adele Ginzberg, community leader; Frances Gershwin Godowsky, singer, dancer; Elizabeth Bass Golding, judge; Barbara Goldsmith, author; Ellen Goodman, journalist; Arlene Rodbell Gordon, social service administrator; Jane S. Gould, researcher, writer, consultant; Virginia Graham, radio and television personality; Frances D. Green, civic leader; Joanne Greenberg, author; Martha Greenhouse, actress, union leader; Ilise Greenstein, actress, artist; Carol Greitzer, New York City official; Elinor Guggenheimer, civic planner and leader; Mildred Finger Haines; Jona F. Hamburg, broadcast journalist; Estelle Hamburger, fashion marketing consultant; Kitty Carlisle Hart, actress; Rita Hauser, attorney; Lenore Hershey, editor, writer; Elizabeth Holtzman, Congresswoman; Fanny Holtzmann, attorney, artist; Carole Hyatt, muarket/social researcher, author; Nina Hyde, fashion editor; Charlotte Jacobson, community leader; Joan L. Jacobson, community leader; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, author; Tziporah Jochberger, music professor; Luba Kadison, actress; Melanie Kahane, interior and industrial designer; Grace LeBoy Kahn, composer; Jane Kallir, art gallery director; Fay Kanin, writer, producer; Lillian Vernon Katz, entrepreneur; Bel Kaufman, teacher, author; Dena Kaye, journalist; Sylvia Fine Kaye, producer; Francine Klagsbrun, author; Ida Klaus, attorney, labor mediator; Mirra Komarovsky, sociologist; Sarah Kovner, bank executive; Doris Milman Kreeger, physician; Brooke (Goren) Kroeger, Madeleine Kunin, Vermont governor; Esther R. Landa, civic leader; journalist; Natalie Lang, businesswoman; Pearl Lang; dancer, choreographer; Fran Lebowitz, writer; Dorothy (Weinstock) Leeds, author; Mildred Robbins Leet, civic leader; Frances Levenson, attorney, bank executive; Naomi Levine, university official, organization executive; Shirley I. Leviton, civic leader; Norma U. Levitt, civic leader; Judy Loeb, designer, entrepreneur; Hannah R. London, author, art historian; Katie Scofield Louchheim, author; Edith Davis Lyons, Planned Parenthood leader; Aline MacMahon, actress; Jennie C. MacMahon, mother of Aline; Beatrice Untermeyer Magnes, widow of Judah L. Magnes; Vivian Mann, art historian, Judaica curator; Minnie Marcus, widow of Herbert Marcus, co-founder, Neiman-Marcus; Ellen Stettner Math, cantor; Herta Mayer, Jewish communal worker; Pearl Bernstein Max, city administrator; Vladka Meed, community leader; Ruth W. Messinger, city government official; G.G. Michelson, labor relations executive; Elizabeth Model, sculptor; Bernadine Morris, journalist; Harriet Mouchley-Weiss, public relations executive; Bess Myerson, columnist, city official; Adele Gutman Nathan, theatrical producer, writer; Roberta Peters, opera singer; Molly Picon, Yiddish actress; Harriet F. Pilpel, attorney; Belva Plain, author; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author; Justine Wise Polier, judge; Shirley Polykoff, advertising executive; Anna Maximilian Potok, furrier; Rose Radin, realtor; Raquel Ramati, architect; Rose Riskind, wife of general store proprietor in Southwest; Lilly Rivlin, writer, filmmaker, communicator; Eva Robins, lawyer, arbitrator; Dorothy Rodgers, columnist, Anne Roiphe, author; Sandra Priest Rose, educator; Helen Rosen, audiologist; Marcella Rosen, advertising executive; Lulla Adler Rosenfeld, actress, writer; Annette Rosenstiel, anthopologist, linguist; Blance Ross, business executive; inventor; Ruth Rubin, folklorist, archivist of Yiddish songs; Marcia Rudin; Janet Sainer, community services professional; Bernice Resnick Sandler, researcher, editor, women's advocate; Dorothy Sarnoff, opera singer, author, speech teacher; Felice N. Schwartz, public sector executive; Martha Selig, wsocial agency and foundation executive; Bernice Shainswit, judge; Rose Shapiro, civic leader; Carole Shelley, actress; Claire Shulman, elected official; Shirley Adelson Siegel, attorney, state government official; Beverly Sills, opera singer; Caroline K. Simon, judge, government official; Kate Simon, author; travel writer; Adele Simpson and Joan Raines, mother/daughter fashion designers; Maida Herman Solon, psychiatric social worker; Joan Specter, elected official, entrepreneur, journalist; Johanna Spector, ethnomusicologist; Ruth Heller Stein, community leader; Marcia L. Stroch, physician, writer; Ellen Sulzberger Straus, radio station executive; Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, director; Sarah Swenson, artist; Betty Kaye Taylor, public official; Barbara W. Tuchman, historian; Helen Valentine, editor; Gertrude Viet, artist/designer; Judith P. Vladeck, lawyer; Claire Vogelman, designer, community and charity volunteer; Barbara Walters, producer, broadcast journalist; Anne Wilson Waugh, dancer, choreographer; Ruth B. Waxman; Claudia Weill, filmmaker; Margo Wolff, journalist; Lois Wyse, advertising executive; Gisela W. Wyzanski, community leader; Rosalyn S. Yalow, medical physicist.
American Jews of Sephardic Origin at AJC
Women include Alice A. Aboody, social worker, gestalt psychotherapist; Estrea Aelion; Naumi Alcalay, psychotherapist; Renée Arazie, administrator; Gloria Ascher, professor; Sarah Behar; Alegria Bendelac, professor; Ruth El-Hassid Blumberg, Fortuna Calvo-Roth, journalist; Irma M. Lopes Cardozo, rebbetzin; Aida Chitayat, apparel store owner; Rachel Dalven, author, translator, teacher; Diane O. Esses, rabbinical student; Leonie Lea Haboucha; Reginetta Haboucha, professor; Alice Sardell Harary, attorney, political activist; Lisa Holzkenner, psychoanalyst; Pauline Israel; Ninette Lugassy Kartchner; Levana Levy Kirschenbaum; Emilie de Vidas Levy, author; Tillie Molho; Viviane Aicha Ryan, legal professional; Stella Sardell Sanua, school psychologist, educator; Ruth Hendricks Schulson; Ruth H. Serels, teacher; Hannah Shahmoon, homemaker; Liliane Shalom, community leader; Linda Shamah, archivist, educational consultant; Rebecca Shamoon Shanok, social worker, psychologist; Esther Shear, caterer; Sélima, née Cohen-Zilkha, Stovola, fashion designer; Stella Varon Tarica; Bianca Levy Tolentino; Michele Uzari, social worker; Nina Avidar Weiner, foundation executive; Clara Zacharia, volunteer.
Soviet Jewry Movement in America at AJC
Dorothy Fosdick, advisor to Senator Henry M. Jackson; Susan Green, community relations professional; Charlotte Jacobson, community relations executive; Jacqueline Levine, community relations leader; Myra Shinbaum, community relations professional; Lynn Singer, community activist; Deborah Hart Strober, public relations professional; Ann Tourk, community relations professional.
Women of Achievement, Atlanta (Tapes are also in the Jewish Heritage
Center of Atlanta)
Hermie Alexander, remembered by others; Barbara Asher, Spring Asher, Barbara Balser, Virginia Rich Barnett, Miriam Belger, Rose L. Benamy, Rose Berkowitz, Rebecca Kresses Birnbrey, Ida Sloan Borochoff, Sylvia Breman, Lucinda Bunnen, Frances Bunzl, Helen Cavalier, Jean Cohen, Roz Pensa Cohen, remembered by others; Ethel Aaronson Copelan, Marilyn Romm Ehrlich, Edith Elsas, Hannah Weinstein Entell, Vivian Frankel, Miriam Freedman, Regina Gabler, Vida Goldgar, Rubye Eplan Goldstein, Irma Goldwasser, Helen Gortatowsky, Be Haas, Betty Geismer Haas, Katherine and Ruth Hertzka, Josephine Heyman, Carolyn Holland, Betty Ann Jacobson, Fanny Elizabeth Cahn Jacobson, Leah Janus, Carolyn Haas Kahn, Helen Schulman Kahn, Rose Abron Lahman, Miriam Strickman Levitas, Ada Miller, Mollie Orloff, Herta Sanders, Irene Schwartz, Caroline Massell Selig, remembered by others; Beverlee Soloff Shere, Betty Forman Smulian, Esther Taylor, Alene Fox Uhry, Nanette Wenger, Ethel Wise, Anne Spielberger Yudelson, and Ruth Zuckerman.
Women of Achievement, Cleveland (Tapes are also in the Western Reserve
Rena Blumberg, Libbie Braverman, Rebecca Ena Aronson Brickner, Isabelle Brown, Hilda Faigin, Joy Jacobs, Aileen Kassen, Joanne Kaufman, Maxine Goodman Levin, Anne Mushkin Miller, Eunice Podis, Elaine Rocker, Sylvia Shapiro, Dorothy Silver, Sophia S. Tharman, Rae C. Weil, Eleanor Weisberger, Frances R. Wolpaw, and Isabel Wolpaw.
Other oral history series with interviews of women:
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Family Across Three Generations
American Jews in Sports
Eldridge Street and Hebrew Orphan Home
Irving M. Engel Collection on Civil Rights
Jewish Repertory Theatre
Jewish Veterans of the Gulf War
Jews of New York
Jews of Shanghai
Lautenberg Collection of East European Jewish Communities
South African Jews in America
Soviet Jewry Movement in America
Soviet Jewish Emigrés in America
NOTE: All dates pertain to the span of coverage within collections rather than birth and death dates for individuals, unless otherwise specified.
AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
American Jewish Congress, Women's Division.
Columbia Religious and Industrial School for Jewish Girls, 1905-44; records of New York school founded in 1888
Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations (NY), 1912-82 (formerly Federation of Sisterhoods)
Hadassah Archives. Digitized photographs; More photographs, from the Rivka Volkenstein Ezer Collection
Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, Women's Organization
National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section 1895-2004. Guide.
National Conference on Soviet Jewry, Women's Plea, 1971-78
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Women's Branch, 1923- 68
Ruth Abrams,1934-1986, artist. Guide.
Cecilia Razovsky Davidson, 1922-68; social worker, National Refugee Service leader. Guide
Lucy Dawidowicz, 1936-1990, historian. Guide
Bilhah Abigail Levy Franks, 1733-1968; colonial correspondent
Harriet B.L. Goldstein, 1918-19; comptroller of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Rebecca Gratz [1781-1869], 1794-1869; Philadelphia educator
Nettie Friede Kosminsky, b. 1880; travel diarist
Sarah Kussy, 1898-1951; diary of Newark, NJ leader
Rachel Diane (Rae) Landy, 1913-2000, U.S. Army nurse and nursing pioneer in Palestine. Guide
Emma Lazarus, 1869-87; poet, essayist. Guide
Ray Frank Litman, 1878-1957; lecturer, journalist, preacher. Guide and digitized notebook.
Hannah Ruth London, 1919-1990, worked on early American Jewish portraits, etc. Guide.
Alice Davis Menken, 1882-1935; social worker. Guide
Mordecai Family, 1771-1907; includes correspondence of several women members of the family
Sarah Ann Hays Mordecai [1805-94], 1823-33; poems and illustrations
Grace Seixas Nathan, 1805-1830; poet, author
Rosalie Solomons Phillips [in Phillips Family Papers]; interests in Jewish institutions
Molly Picon, 1876-1967; actor. Guide, Exhibit: "Pages from a Performing Life: The Scrapbooks of Molly Picon", digitized photographs, and posters.
Razovsky, Cecilia, 1886-1968; social worker. Guide
Elvira Nathan Solis, 1902-2; genealogist
Emily Solis-Cohen, 1923-36; author, educator, active in the National Jewish Welfare Board
Gertrude Wolf, 1910-42; secretary to Rabbi Stephen S. Wise
AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAN WEST
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Personal Papers: Kahn, Carrie Plato, 1887-1953; Californian
LEONA G. AND DAVID A. BLOOM SOUTHWEST JEWISH ARCHIVES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA LIBRARY
1510 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721–0055
Oral Histories: Ida Adashkis, MIla Vasser Anderson, Julia Genina, Maya Barkan, and others.
Doll Collection: Ten Jewish women pioneers: Clara Ferrin-Bloom, Dora Loon-Capin, Jennie Migel-Drachman, Rosa Katzenstein-Drachman, Josephine Sarah Marcus-Earp, Terese Marx-Ferrin, Anna Freudenthal-Solomon, Bettina Donau-Steinfeld, Julia Kaufman- Strauss, and Julia Frank-Zeckendorf.
BOSTON STATE COLLEGE LIBRARY
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167
Personal Papers: Miriam Kallen, 1736-1975; progressive educator and sister of Judaic scholar Horace M. Kallen
BOSTON UNIVERSITY. HOWARD GOTLIEB ARCHIVAL RESEARCH CENTER
771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Margaret Gene Arnstein, 1929-72; professor and dean of public health nursing
Barbara Barondess, 1907-2000; actor, interior designer, businesswoman
Anita Brookner, 1928- ; author
Helen Deutsch, 1890s-1960s; theatrical press agent, film writer
Bella Fromm (Steuerman), 1917-71; journalist, social columnist
Emma Goldman, 1907-39; anarchist, writer
Joanne Goldenberg Greenberg, 1950s- ; writer
Libby Holman, 1860s-1970; singer, actor
Maxine Kumin, 1940s, poet
Lenore Guinzburg Marshall, 1935-71; poet, novelist
Zelda Popkin, 1898-1993; author
Sylvia Rothchild (Sylvia Rossman), 1945- ; author
Luise Rainer, 1910- ; actor
Ruth Seid (Jo Sinclair), 1922-60s; writer
Irene Mayer Selznick, 1910- ; theatrical producer
Jennie Tourel, 1900-1973; opera singer
Dorothy Uhnak, 1930-2006; author
Theresa Wolfson, 1953-70; economist
Anzia Yezierska, 1922-70; writer
CANADIAN JEWISH CONGRESS. NATIONAL ARCHIVES
1590 Docteur Penfield
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1C5
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, 1916-75. Guide.
Jewish Women International Canada. Guide.
Pioneer Women's Organization (Na'amat). Guide.
Also records from local chapters of Jewish women's organizations.
Personal Papers: Saidye Bronfman
Frances Meltzer Geltman
Regina Seiden Goldberg
Esther Goldstein Muhlstock
Rivka Szure (Szuda) Kornfeld
Ethel Kleinstein Ostry
Mania Brodsky Stein
CENTRAL ZIONIST ARCHIVES
Personal Papers: Rose G. Jacobs, 1910-60; Hadassah leader (collection microfilmed)
Jessie Sampter; writer
Alice Seligsman, 1917-42; Hadassah leader (collection microfilmed)
Henrietta Szold; Hadassah founder, writer, editor
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Online catalog: http://www.chsmedia.org:8081/
(Use "advanced" and limit to "Archives/Manuscripts")
Fertelsmeyster, Tatyana (transcript)
National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago Section, 1898-1968 (includes material on founder Hannah Greenebaum Solomon)
Personal Papers: Emily Frankenstein, 1915-1920
Julia and Alice Gerstenberg, social leaders
Lillian Herstein, 1920-58; teacher, union leader
Greenebaum sisters' travel journals, 1899-1927
CHICAGO JEWISH ARCHIVES (temporarily unavailable for research)
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
American Women's ORT. Chicago Region, 1966-1983.
Chicago Woman's Aid, 1964-1988.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Women's Division, 1933-64
United Order of True Sisters. Johanna Lodge No. 9, 1874-1967
Personal Papers: Alschuler, Rose Haas, 1903-1967, nursery school founder
Spiegel Family, 1945-1956 (includes Lizzie Barbe, first president of the Jewish Manual Training School of Chicago)
NOTE: All dates pertain to the span of coverage within collections rather than birth and death dates for individuals, unless otherwise specified.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
New York, NY 10027
(limit to "Archival collections")
Oral Histories (from the Oral History Research Office), examples: Betty Comden, musical comedy writer; Theresa Goell, 1965; archaeologist; Dorothy Gordon, radio pioneer; Rita E. Hauser,1978, lawyer; Dorothy Wolff Levitt , 1983, educator; Barbara Margolis, 2000, protocol commissioner; Audrey J. Marcus, 2001 and 2003 (part of: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project); Sarah Marcus, 1976, physician; Barbara Margolis, 1994, municipal official; Pauline Newman, 1965, Helen Harris Perlman, 1980, social worker; labor activist; Naama S. Potok , 2001 and 2003 (part of: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project)); Sheba Skirball, 1976, librarian; Abby Spilka, 2001 and 2003 (part of: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project); Andi Rosenthal, 2001 and 2003 (part of: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project); Harriet M. Zimmerman, 1977, lobbyist.
Personal Papers: Bella Savitsky Abzug, 1970-76; Congressperson. Guide.
Rose Franken, 1925-66; novelist, playwright
Emma Lazarus, 1868-87, correspondence; poet, essayist
Edith Altschul Lehman, 1963-1976; politician's wife, philanthropist
Annie Nathan Meyer, 1890-1950,
Bella (and Sam) Spewack, 1920-1980, writer
CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. DEPARTMENT OF RARE AND & MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY 14853
Personal Papers: Stonehill/Schwartzkopf Family, 1904-1909; includes Elsie B. Schwartzkopf, teacher,
and Theresa Stonehill,1904, memoir,
Joan Jacobs Brumberg, 1980-2005, historian of adolescence Guide.
Dorothy Sarnoff, 1920-1998, singer and speech consultant. Guide.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS CATHERWOOD LIBRARY KHEEL CENTER FOR LABOR MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTATION AND ARCHIVES
229 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
National Consumers League, 1904-1955; includes material from Josephine Goldmark. Guide.
Teachers Union of the City of New York, 1916-64; includes material about Jewish women active in the union and defendants in cases. Guide.
Oral Histories: Ellis Island Oral History Project. Among the Jewish women immigrants interviewed
are Celia Adler, Bessie Cohen Akawie, Ida Ellis, Ida Feldman, Fannie Friedman,
Mina K. Friedman, Evelyn Golbe, Sally Gurian, Gilda Hochman, Lillian Kaiz, Rose
Krawetz, Sophie Kreitzberg, Minnie Laken, Rose Levine, Ruth Metzger, Fanny Shoock,
and Gertrude Yellin.
Oral history transcripts are available in the microfilm set Voices from Ellis Island: An Oral History of American Immigration (University Publications of America/Lexis-Nexis Academic & Library Solutions), 1989. For information about the set, see A Guide to the Microform Edition of Voices from Ellis Island : an Oral History of American Immigration : a Project of the National Park Service and Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, compiled by Nanette Dobrosky, 1988.
GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
657 Mission Street #300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Personal Papers: Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, 1924-2000; lesbian activists. Guide.
Jackie Winnow (nee Weinstein), 1947-1994, activist on rape and gay and lesbian issues. Guide.
Guide: Geller, L.D. The Henrietta Szold Papers in the Hadassah Archives, 1875- 1965. N.P.: Hadassah: 1982.
Numerous series of records for Hadassah and its divisions, 1912-
Personal Papers: Denise Tourover Ezekiel, 1935-81; attorney, national Hadassah Board member
Rose G. Jacobs, 1910-40; Hadassah president
Henrietta Szold, 1875-1982; Zionist leader, editor, translator, founder of Hadassah
HAMDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Personal Papers: Arlene Lewis, 1925-66; dietician, civic leader
NOTE: All dates pertain to the span of coverage within collections rather than birth and death dates for individuals, unless otherwise specified.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The material from the Balch Institute, including the Philadelphia Jewish Archives, merged with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 2002.
Guide: Ashton, Dianne. The Philadelphia Group and Philadelphia Jewish History: A Guide to Archival and Bibliographic Collections. Philadelphia: Center for American Jewish History, Temple University, 1993. (Covers archives in Philadelphia and elsewhere.)
Organizations: Association for Jewish Children and its predecessors, including the Jewish Foster
Home and Orphan Asylum, founded by Rebecca Gratz
Hebrew Sunday School Society, 1838-1976; founded by Rebecca Gratz with an all-female board of directors
Na'amat USA [formerly Pioneer Women], Philadelphia Council, 1949-90
Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Philadelphia, 1964- 78
Oral Histories: Claire Mogell, 1976, Holocaust survivorPersonal Papers: Rose I. Bender, 1929-46, Hadassah leader
Mary Fels, 1907-52, writer, community leader;
Rita Gerstley, 1950-69, civic activist
Jean Gornish (Shaindele di Chazante), 1941-63, liturgical singer
Gratz Family, 1825-91: Includes material from Louisa, Caroline, and Elizabeth Gratz
Arline Lotman, 1971-74; Jewish Exponent columnist
Sybil Richman Margolis, 1922-57; active in the American Jewish Congress, Philadelphia
Sarah Newhoff, 1915-58; philanthropist
Henrietta Ulman Newmayer, 1905 wedding album
Lena Schleindlinger, 1937; customhouse broker
Lily Garber Schwartz, 1967-76; secretary
Anne Smilowitz, 1926-46; secretary
Estelle Marie Soffin, 1906-12; childhood parody
Emily Solis-Cohen, 1930-48; educator
INDIANA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
5743 Wilkie Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
Records of Indiana sisterhoods, ladies aid societies, and branches of national women's organizations
Personal Papers: Minnette Baum, social worker, Zionist leader
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY OF LOS ANGELES
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Various community records, including the Jewish Mothers Alliance
Oral Histories: Jewish Oral History interviews include five women descendents of prominent
Jewish families in the area
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF METROWEST (New Jersey)
901 Route 10 East
Whippany, New Jersey 07981-1156
Catalog: Linked from the homepage; provides access to numerous communal organizations in which women played an active role.
National Council of Jewish Women, 1944-69 and other local women's organizations and affiliates
Oral Histories: Etta Fleishman, Alice Perkins Gould, Jacqueline Levine, Pauline Lewis, Bertha Rudd, Sue Stern Spierman, and others. See the Oral History page.
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO (California)
Malcolm Love Library, Irving and Sylvia Snyder Reading Room, #363
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8148
Personal Papers: Includes material from/about Eileen S. Wingard, Lillian Altman, Audrey Karsh, Mollie Harris, Laverne Fefferman, Edith Kotler, Alice H. Paisin, Barbara Hurwitz, Natalie Witt Morrison, and several married couples. Also includes records of organizations and synagogues in San Diego.
Catalog (combined with other constituents of the Center for Jewish History; use the advanced search to limit the scope to Leo Baeck Institute, if you want to.)
LEO BAECK INSTITUTE
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Personal Papers: Hannah Arendt, 1958-65; author
Renee Barth, social worker, memoir
Alice Salomon, 1746-61; social worker
Selma Stern (Taubler), 19--, German-Jewish historian
and numerous memoirs of life in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, some by women who later emigrated to the United States
LESBIAN HERSTORY ARCHIVES
P.O. Box 1258
New York, NY 10116
Guide: "Special Collections," Lesbian Herstory Archives News 6 (July 1980): 3-4, and "Recent Acquisitions" in subsequent issues. The Archives holds memoirs, interviews, musical recordings, unpublished manuscripts, and photographs of Jewish lesbians.
Personal Papers: Liza Cowan,1970-1989; broadcaster, publisher, founder of White Mare Archives
Deborah Edel, 1971- ; child psychologist, co-founder of Lesbian Herstory Archives
Maxine Feldman, 1970-89; composer, singer, music producer
Joan Nestle, 1968-- ; writer, teacher, co-founder of Lesbian Herstory Archives
Adrienne Rich, 1950-78; poet, writer
Sarah Schulman, 1980- ; writer, co-founder of Lesbian Avengers
Sonny Wainwright, 1972-1985; writer, breast cancer activist, co-founder of Feminist Writers Guild
Maxine Wolfe, 1974- ; teacher, activist, co-founder of Lesbian Avengers
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3
Guide: Tapper, Lawrence. Archival Sources for the Study of Canadian Jewry, 2nd ed. Ottawa: The Archives, 1987.
Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada, 1912-85
Personal Papers: Clara Balinsky, 1959-83; Jewish community leader
Nina Fried Cohen, 1925-81; Jewish community leader
Sharon Abron Drache, 1965-94; journalist
Sarah Fischer, 1874-1975; opera singer
Phyllis Gotlieb, 1949-74; poet
Sarah Gotlieb, 1914-83; Jewish community leader
Tilya Helfield, 1973-74; artist (Jewish headstone rubbings)
Clara (and Israel) Hoffer, 1887, 1905-74; author, farm pioneer
Suzann Cohen Hutner, 1921-81; co-publisher of Canadian Jewish Review
Fanny David Joseph, 1871-1886, Montreal life (diary)
Ethel Ostry, 1945-47; welfare officer with UN relief organization
Mirial Small, 1976-83; Jewish community leader
Miriam Waddington, 1927-92; poet
Blanche Wisenthal, 1955-71; Jewish community leader
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. MANUSCRIPTS DIVISION
Washington, DC 20540
Guide: Kohn, Gary. The Jewish Experience: A Guide to Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress. Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, 1986.
National Council of Jewish Women, national office, 1929-81. Guide.
Personal Papers: Hannah Arendt, historian. Guide.
Berta Bornstein, psychoanalyst
Jo Davidson, sculptor
Lillian Evarts, poet
Anna Freud, psychoanalyst
Pauline Goldmark, social worker
Rebecca Gratz, educator
Bernece Berkman-Hunter, painter and graphic artists. Guide.
Pola Nirenska , dancer, choreographer. Guide.
Hannah G. Solomon, 1892-1942, founder National Council of Jewish Women. Guide.
Rose Pastor Stokes, unionist
Correspondence and other material found in other collections: Fanny Brice, Emma Goldman, Lillian Hellman, Fannie Hurst, Emma Lazarus, Golda
Meir, Dorothy Parker, Ernestine Rose, Muriel Rukeyser, Rosida Schwimmer, Gertrude
Stein, Henrietta Szold, Barbara Tuchman, Lillian Wald, Mizrachi Women of New
York, National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, National Ladies Auxiliary of
Jewish War Veterans of the USA.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (formerly the Western Jewish History Center)
The archival material is accessed through the Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley.
Printed Guide: Rafael, Ruth Kelson. Western Jewish History Center Guide
to Archival and Oral History Collections. Berkeley: WJHC, Judah L. Magnes
Memorial Museum, 1987.
For an up-to-date list of holdings, see the Collections page for Western Jewish Americana
California Alliance of Jewish Women (college students), 1922-58
Emanu-El Sisterhood for Personal Service (San Francisco organization that sponsored a residence home for young Jewish working women for over forty years), 1894-1969
Ladies United Hebrew Benevolent Society (San Francisco), 1868 resolution.
National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco Section.
Records of various congregational sisterhoods and local chapters of other national women's organizations
Personal Papers: Bella Hurst Aaron, 1910-1996; Director of the Criminal Justice Planning Agency. Guide.
Flora Jacobi Arnstein, 1884-1974; poet, author, teacher.
Ruth Frey Axe, 1883-1973; teacher, secretary
Bassya Maltzer Bibel (and Philip Bibel), 1813-1969; poet, secretary, actor
Gertrude Block, 1912-70; teacher
Sara Glasgow Cogan -- Bibliography Research Collection, 1969-1980; bibliographer. Guide (catalog record) .
Lily Edelman (and Nathan Edelman), 1927-44; educational administrator, author, editor
Florence Freehof, 1900-1990; dance and music teacher and choreographer.
Regina Gans, 1880-1908; singer, scrapbooks
Vera Greenfeld, 1963-77; gynecologist/obstetrician, founder California Alliance of Jewish Women, plaque and citations
Jennie Harris, 1902-72; businessperson, songwriter
Elise Stern Haas, 1914-57; sculptor, art collector. Guide (catalog record)
Lila B. Hassid, 1959-71; translator of Yiddish works, Jewish folklore radio program host, Jewish community center director
Rosa Heynemann (and Herman Heynemann), silver anniversary book 1873; charities interests
Adele Solomons Jaffa (and Meyer E. Jaffa), 1880-1968; physician, lecturer in dietetics, child psychiatrist
Florence Prag Kahn (and Julius Kahn), 1852-1948; teacher, Congressperson
Sonia Levitin, 1968-71; author, columnist, educator
Estelle Goodman Levy, 1850-1973; active in organizations in the Southwest
Miriam Fligelman Levy,1943- ;human rightsand peaceactivist, youth advocate
Sophie Gerstle Lilienthal, photograph album, n.d. (b. 1859); homemaker
Hattie Mooser and Minnie Mooser, 1877-1967; hostesses for gatherings of people in the arts, proprietors of San Francisco's first supper club
Helen Motto, 1930-72; active volunteer in Santa Barbara
Celia Ragooland, scrapbook 1928-32; active in Young Judea and Junior Hadassah in Denver
Alice Greenbaum Rosenberg (and Abraham Rosenberg), 1860-1977; homemaker
Bashe Rubenchik Rosenbloom, 1909-80; active in music and reading groups in Petaluma
Ida Poriss Rude, 1921-68; vocalist
Marilyn Sachs, manuscript for A Pocket Full of Seeds, 1973; children's books author, librarian Margaret Victoria Samuels, 1932 diary depicts social life in San Francisco
Fanny Jaffe Sharlip, 1880-1960s; factory worker, shopkeeper
Carol Ruth Silver, 1959-1984; lawyer and San Francisco Supervisor.
Sarah Spiegelman, 1914 high school graduation album
Rosalie Meyer Stern, 1842-1977; San Francisco civic and social leader. Guide (catalog record)
Henriette Moscowitz Voorsanger (and Elkan Voorsanger), 1872-1985; secretary
Rebecca Voorsanger, 1897-1901 scrapbook on Judaism in San Francisco area
Alma Lavenson Wahrhaftig, 1855-1985; photographer, papers and photographs
Wiel, Isabel, 1875-1998;
Anzia Yezierska, 1954-71; writer (most of her papers are at Boston University)
Oral Histories: Jewish Lives in Perspective
Interviews by Vista College, University of California, Berkeley students, sponsored by WJHC. Women interviewed: Naomi Kain, embroiderer, welder, bus driver; Margaret Lion, language teacher; Carol Walter Sinton, weaver; and Vera Stein, pharmacist.
Northern California Jews From Harbin, Manchuria
Women interviewed: Eve Naftaly, counselor; Geda Traig; Polina Zikman.
San Francisco Jews of Eastern European Origin, 1880-1940
Project conducted 1976-1978, sponsored by the WJHC and the American Jewish Congress, San Francisco. Women interviewed: Celia Alpert, socialist; Bassya Maltzer Bibel, poet, actress, Yiddish concerns; Lilan Cherney, homemaker; Zena Druckman, dressmaker, union activist; Rose Hartman Ets-Hokin, social worker; Fannie Heppner, community leader; Jean Braverman La Pove, homemaker; Thelma Rosenberg, secretary, clerk; Ida Block Smith, resident of San Bruno District; and Vivian Dudune Solomon, resident of San Bruno District.
Miscellaneous Additional Oral Histories:
Flori Jacobi Arnstein, poet, teacher; Ann Cohn, teacher; Elizabeth Elkus, teacher; Grace Lubin Finesinger, chemist; Betty Hamburger, political activist; Dorothy Lubin Heller, physician; Dora Iventosch, resident of Berkeley; Alphine Jacobs, social worker, volunteer; Anne L. Kay, resident of Berkeley, founder of California Alliance of Jewish Women; Lilli Jerusalem Klein, secretary to Judah L. Magnes; Esther Reutlinger, businessperson, benefactor; Ethel Silverstein, union representative; Irene Stein, artist; Belle Lesser Ginsberg Tilin, resident of Oakland; Henriette Moscowitz Voorsanger, secretary, fundraiser; and Alma Lavenson Wahrhaftig, photographer.
MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
201 West Monument St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4674
Oral Histories: Reba Silver, secretary
MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Archives and Manuscripts
345 Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
American Hungarian Ladies Benevolent Society (Minneapolis), 1931-66; St. Paul, 1935-41
Hadassah, Upper Midwest Region, 1948-1996
National Council of Jewish Women, Minneapolis Section, 1917-70
Personal Papers: Fanny Fligelman Brin, 1896-1958; civic leader, pacifist
Ida Blehert Davis, 1930-1970; Duluth communal leader
Viola Hoffman Hymes, 1911-1991; NCJW national president, governmental service
Doris Schechter Kirschner 1935-1995; diaries
Irene Paull, 1964-1977, 1981; civil rights activist
Florence Shuman Sher, reminiscences
NATIONAL CENTER FOR JEWISH FILM
Waltham, MA 02254
Numerous films in English and Yiddish portraying Jewish women.
NATIONAL JEWISH ARCHIVE OF BROADCASTING
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Guide: Subject Guide to the Collection of the Jewish Museum's National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting. New York: Jewish Museum, 1988.
Audio and video tapes of programs such as "The Goldbergs," interviews with
Golda Meir and others, Saturday Night Live routines on Jewish women, and
NEW YORK. 92ND STREET YM-YWHA
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls, founded 1897
NEW YORK CITY. MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
Personal Papers: Elizabeth Holtzman, 1968-69; papers relating to her work as assistant to New
York City mayor John Lindsay
NEW YORK. UJA FEDERATION OF NEW YORK
130 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Guide: Oral History Collection of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. New York: The Federation, 1985.
Oral Histories: Many women are among the civic leaders and social service executives active
in the New York Federation interviewed in the 1980s, including Frances L. Beatman,
Elinor K. Bernheim, Adele G. Block, Irma Bloomingdale, Eleanore Louria Blum,
Helen L. Buttenwieser, Rebecca Cauman, Cynthia Colin, Susan Cullman, Marjorie
S. Dammann, Mary Froelich, Elinor Guggenheimer, Jane R. Heimerdinger, Hortense
M. Hirsch, Anna Hollander, Margaret Loeb Kempner, Sadie Klau, Florence Kreech,
Amy L. Kubie, May Linder, Frances L. Loeb, Eva Levy Marshall, Lucy G. Moses,
Tanya Nash, Minnie Nathanson, Elizabeth K. Radinsky, Doris Roberts, Dorothy
F. Rodgers, Doris L. Rosenberg, Carola W. Rothschild, Sarah Sussman Trommer,
Jennie L. Whitehill, Susan Wimpfheimer, and Marjorie G. Wyler
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Contact: Manuscript Department
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ex. 265
Fax: (212) 875-1591
Personal Papers: Sarah Hoexter Blumenthal, 1907-1971. Diaires, etc. Guide.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Personal Papers: Helen Tamaris, 1939-66; dancer, choreographer
Betty Comden (and Adolph Green), 1936-2003, musical comedy writer. Guide.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. MANUSCRIPTS AND ARCHIVES DIVISION
Room 328, The Brooke Russell Aster Reading Room
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Jewish Foundation for Education of Women, 1880-1988. Guide
Personal Papers: Fannia Mary Cohn, 1919-62; union official, educator. Guide
Babette Deutsch, 1923-41; poet, critic, author. Guide
Emma Goldman, 1906-40; anarchist, editor
Bel Kaufman, n.d.; author, teacher
Rose Pesotta, 1922-65; unionist, official of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union
Lillian D. Wald, 1918-40; Henry Street Settlement House founder
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Personal Papers: Lillian Herlands Hornstein, Professor of English. Guide.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.
TAMIMENT LIBRARY & ROBERT F. WAGNER LABOR ARCHIVES
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Guide: Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the Tamiment Library, compiled by the staff of the Tamiment Collection, Dorothy Swanson, Librarian. New York: Garland, 1997.
Personal Papers: Emma Goldman, 1924-40; anarchist, editor, activist. Guide.
Connie Kopelow,1963-2001, Coalition of Labor Union Women. Guide. Rose Schneiderman, 1904-75; president, National Women's Trade Union League. Guide.
Fagel Stern, 1922-1983; communist activist. Guide.
Rose Pastor Stokes, 1905-33; socialist and communist activist, writer. Guide.
Oral Histories: New York City Immigrant Labor History Project includes
Oral History of the American Left Collection includes Fanny Cantor, 1974; Rose Chernin, 1983; Rose Cohen, 1976; Esther Dolgoff, 1982; Sophie Melvin Gerson, 1976; Lillian Gold, 1982; Mollie Goldstein, 1981; Nina Goldstein, 1980; Rose Raynes, 1979; Minnie Rivkin, 1980; and others
NORTH CAROLINA. OFFICE OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
Organizations: North Carolina Association of Jewish Women
Personal Papers: Charlotte Litwack, 1976; manuscript and interviews for her Recollections: Conversations About the House of Jacob
OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM
310 NW Davis Street
Portland OR 97209
Oral Histories: Interviews documenting the history of Jews in Oregon. About half the 70 interviews
were with women, including Gertrude Sweet, labor organizer; Laddie Trachtenberg
and Gertrude Feves; Neighborhood House workers; Molly Blumenthal, shipyard worker;
Joanna Menashe (had arranged marriage on Rhodes); and Holocaust survivors Rochella
Meekcom, Diana Golden, and Lydia Lax Brown
PHILADELPHIA JEWISH ARCHIVES CENTER, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Paley Library (017-00), 1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Online Exhibit: The Fruits of Her Hands: Jewish Women and Social Welfare, 1819-1920
RESEARCH FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH IMMIGRATION
570 7th Avenue, 11th floor
New York, NY 10018
Guide: Lessing, Joan C. Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the U.S.A. vol. 3/1, Guide to the Oral History Collection of the Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration. New York: K.G. Saur, 1981.
Oral History Collection: Women interviewed in the 1970s included: Melitta Apt, housekeeper; Ella
Levi Auerbach, social worker; Dorothy W. Becker, social worker; Martha Bergmann,
Selfhelp Community Services worker; Edith Bick, social worker; Marie Bloch,
volunteer social worker; Margaret Caim, housewife; Erna Einstein, clerk; Ruth
Levy Eis, curator Judah Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA; Charlotte Elsas, district
leader, Democratic Party in New Rochelle, NY; Gertrud Falck Feuerring, businesswoman;
Harriette Friedlander, social worker; Margaret Muller Goldschmidt, window designer;
Regina Goldstine, social worker; Thea Prinz Heimann, housewife, candy store
manager; Brigitte Hirschfeld, secretary; Helen Kober, social worker; Carrie
Kroff, social service aide; Rosa Lustig Kubin, research chemist; Maria Bratz
Leschnitzer, school administrator; Regina Ullmann Martin, co-owner resort hotel;
Irma Mayer, Selfhelp Community Services case worker; Ruth Meyer, housewife;
Thekla Meyerbach, social worker; Margaret Meseritz Muehsam-Edelheim, journalist,
archivist; Freda Muhr, social worker; Alice Nauen, pediatrician; Alice Oppenheimer,
editor of congregational newsletter; Charlotte Pick, dental nurse; Lillian Ringler-Young,
translator, librarian; Margaret Rosskamm, photographic assistant; Ilse Wirth
Rossman, salesperson; Anneliese Cohen Schein, bank manager; Gabriele Schiff,
officer of Selfhelp; Susan Strauss, American-born student; Ellen Taxer, teacher,
German professor; Margaret Dzialoszynski Tietz; Irma Tyson, social worker; Kaethe
Wurtenberg, housewife, volunteer social worker; and Orah Zimmer, Palestine-born.
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Malcolm A. Love Library, 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California 92182-8050
Personal Papers: Bonnie Zimmerman, 1966-2003; women's studies professor. Guide.
ARTHUR AND ELIZABETH SCHLESINGER LIBRARY ON THE HISTORY OF WOMEN IN AMERICA
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Cambridge, MA 02138
Online Catalog: All Schlesinger holdings are catalogued in the Harvard University Online Library System Catalog (HOLLIS). Collections of papers and oral histories of American Jewish women receive the subject heading "Jewish women--United States."The Schlesinger is actively adding and cataloging collections, and in many cases donors make additional donations, which will change the span of years of their collections. It is always best to consult the catalog rather than relying on the list below.
Print Catalog: The Manuscript Inventories and the Catalogs of Manuscripts, Books and Periodicals, 2nd. rev. ed. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984
Jewish Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe Oral History Collection, 1986-1993 (inclusive), includes interviews with Eva Friedman Bitsberger, Hadassah Blocker, Pearl Andelman Brown, Rose Stolow Fein, and Anna Appel Zonderman. Also includes reminiscences by Selma Levine Crevoshay, Shirley Cline Norman-Regal, and Nitza Rosofsky.
Personal Papers: Celia Adler, fictionalized autobiography 1980-89 (born 1902); seamstress
Dorothy Adlow, 1923-1969; art critic. Guide.
Mildred Levine Albert, 1910-1991; fashion consultant, educator, columnist. Guide.
Esther Myers Andrews, 1886-1939; activist for rights of women and prisoners.
Jennie Loitman Barron, 1911-69; judge. Guide.
Jane Barton, 1935-1993; WAVE. Guide.
Lilllian Rifkin Blumenfeld autobiography, 1974; teacher, fascination with Jungian psychology
Susan Brownmiller, 1935-2000; journalist and author. Guide.
Beatrice Sobel Burstein, 1955-2001; judge, advocate for rights of children and prisoners
Helen Lehman Buttenwieser,1909-90, lawyer, civil libertarian. Guide
Hanna Hochman Carp, diary, 1915
Nancy Lee Caroline, 1905-2005; physician, first director of Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross Society. Guide.
Kim Chernin, 1935-2000; writer, publisher, psychotherapist
Judy Chicago, 1947-2004; artist/ Guide.
Irena Urdang de Tour, 1948-1994; wirter, editor, gallery owner.
Ida Fisher Davidoff, memoir, 2002; counselor, advocate for older women
Mary Cohen Davidson, 1940-2001; businesswoman in Des Moines, IA
Alix Dobkin, 1973-2004, lesbian singer, songwriter, and activist. Guide.
Helene Deutsch, 1900-84; psychoanalyst. Guide.
Andrea Dworkin, 1973-2000; writer. Guide to Papers and Guide to audiotapes.
Sara Rosenfled Ehrmann, 1910-69; civic worker, Brookline, MA. Guide.
Elżbieta Ettinger, professor, novelist, and biographer. Guide.
Trudy Eyges, 1970-2005; Tai Chi instructor
Amelia Molly Fendler, biographical sketch, 1976. 19th/early 20th century pediatrician
Dora B. Ferran, 1947-1995; businesswoman
Betty Friedan, 1941-2006; author, feminist leader. Guide.
Lillian Adlow Friedberg, 1914-1969; executive director of Jewish Communal Relations Council in Pittsburgh
Madeleine Wiener Galland, memoir, 1999; teacher
Kinereth Dushkin Gensler, 1896-2003; poet, editor, and teacher
Theresa Goell, 1906-2005; archaeologist. Guide.
Doris B. Gold, 1962-83; publicist, writer, editor, founder Biblio Press. Guide.
Patricia Gold, 1964-90; nurse, women's liberation activities in Boston
Emma Goldman, 1899-1940 (bulk). Guide.
Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, 1898-1985; lecturer, journalist, director of camp using John Dewey's progressive principles. Guide.
Elinor Coleman Guggenheimer, 1959-80; day care and planning advocate. Guide.
Frances Fineman Gunther, 1915-63; journalist, moved to Israel. Guide.
Ruth Handler, 1931-2002, businesswoman, creator of Barbie doll. Guide.
Pearl Alice Hydler, 1919-2008; psychotherapist. Guide.
Roberta Kalechofsky, 1939-2005; writer and animal rights advocate
Frances Arick Kolb, 1955-1990; educational consultant and historian. Guide.
Susan Koppelman, letters, 1981-1985, writer, editor, women's studies
Lilli Cohen Kretzmer, 1950-76; assisted refugees from Germany
Rose Kushner, 1953-1990, breast cancer activist. Guide
Mildren Robbins Leet, 1929-2005; social activist and volunteer. Guide
Gerda Lerner, 1941-2001; historian, author. Guide.
Robin Ruth Linden, 1978-1983; sociologist. Guide
Ruth S. Morgenthau, 1945-2000; professor of international relations
Theresa J. Morse, 1935-51; social service worker, National War Labor Board
Maud Nathan, 1890-1938; social reformer, Consumers' League leader
Ruth E. Nemzoff, 1977-2005; state legislator in New Hampshire, professor, consultant
Pauline Newman, 1974; labor movement activist
Frances Pass, 1922 diary
Harriet Pilpel, 1967-1980; lawyer. Guide
Maimie Pinzer, 1910-1922; prostitute, established halfway house for young prostitutes. Guide.
Justine Wise Polier, 1892-1990; lawyer, judge, juvenile justice advocate, daughter of Rabbi Stephen and Louise Waterman Wise. Guide.
Bessie London Pouzzner, 1943-1973; editor and publisher.
Esther Mohr McGill Raushenbush,1945-1979, professor and college president. Guide.
Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, n.d. [lived 1897-1987]; writer, lecturer, suffragist
Adrienne Rich, 1933-99; poet, teacher. Guide
Cynthia Rich, 1893-2004; teacher, writer, lesbian and peace activist (papers are in joint collection with her partner Barbara MacDonald). Guide.
Dorothy F. Rodgers, 1922-87; businesswoman, inventor, volunteer, wife of composer Richard Rodgers. Guide.
Phyllis Rose, 1956-1995; biographer, essayist, professor
Bessie Herman Rosenberg, 1901-1905, diaries.
Berta Ratner Rosenbluth, 1899-1996; office manager, businesswoman, suffragist
Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, 1966-1980; teacher, women’s liberation activist. Guide
Beatrice Sadowsky, 1928-84; transportation executive. Guide.
Bernice Resnick Sandler, 1963-2008; Director of the Project on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW) of the Association of American Colleges, advocate for equal access to educational employment for women. Guide.
Barbara Seaman, 1920-83; author, journalist, health activist
Susan Schechter, 1961-2005; social worker, advocate for prevention of domestic violence and child abuse. Guide.
Frances Siegel, 1927-2008; labor activist. Guide.
Rachel Josefowitz Siegel, 1962-1999; clinical social worker
Barbara Miller Solomon, 1936-88; historian, university dean
Jolane Baumgarten Solomon, 1900-2001; biologist. Guide
Maida Herman Solomon, 1901-1988; psychiatric social worker. Guide.
Marianna Sommerfield, diaries 2001-2006; social worker and teacher
Judith Stein, 1979-1994; activist on lesbian and feminist fat liberation causes
Sarah M. Steinhardt, 1914-1938; teacher
Henrietta Szold, 1889-1960; editor, Zionist leader (copies or transcriptions of material from the Zionist Archives, Jerusalem) Guide.
Joanne Zimmerman, 1940-1944; short story writer
SENATOR JOHN HEINZ PITTSBURGH REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Guide: A Guide to Jewish Archival Resources in Pittsburgh, by Michael Pipoly (Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1988), revised and edited by Faye R. Leibowitz and Donald L. Haggerty (1989). Look for the Guide to the Collection of the Jewish Archival Survey, 1912-1991, MSS #196 within the Guides Collection.
Oral Histories: Tapes and transcripts from the "Women, Ethnicity, and Mental Health" study conducted by Corinne Azen Krause sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, 1975. Includes 75 interviews with three generations of women in Jewish families in the Pittsburgh area.
Personal Papers: Eunice R. Baradon, 1985-86
Annie Jacob Davis, 1856-1940
Idella Rome Rosenberg, 1880-89
Belle R. Shapiro, 1962
Dorothy Kaufman Stein, 1918-1960
SMITH COLLEGE. SOPHIA SMITH COLLECTION
Northampton, MA 01063
Guide: Murdock, Mary-Elizabeth. Catalog of the Sophia Smith Collections, Women's History Archive, 2nd ed. Northampton, MA: Smith College, 1976, and Catalog Supplement of the Sophia Smith Collection, Women's History Archive, 1984.
Catalog: Catalogs of the Sophia Smith Collection. Women's History
Archive. 7 v. Boston: G.K.Hall, 1975.
List of Personal and Family Papers
Oral Histories: Cheri Appel, M.D. (Guide); Regina Berger Lederer, soprano ( Guide )
Personal Papers: Batya Bauman, 1947-2005; animal welfare advocate, ecofeminist, lesbian activist, editor, writer. Guide.
Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz, 1956-2006; lesbian partners and activists. Guide.
Katharine Asher Engel, 1916-57; NCJW President
Alene Stern Erlanger, 1942-1969; dog trainer and breeder. Guide.
Sophie Friedman, 1906-1954; lawyer. Guide.
Pessa Polasky Kandinoff, 1930-1994, social worker and professor. Guide.
Anna Moskowitz Kross, 1905-1974; New York City Commissioner of Corrections: Guide.
Florence Levin Lockshin, 1924-1995; composer. Guide.
Frances (Fanny) Sanger Mossiker, 1957-1970; biographer, writer of historical fiction. Guide.
Harriet F. Pilpel, 1913-1981; lawyer. Guide.
Frances Fox Piven, 1957-1999 (ongoing); professor, political science and political activist. Guide.
Lydia Rapoport, 1960-1968; social worker. Guide.
Judith Raskin, 1911-2000; opera singer. Guide.
Florence Rose, 1832-1970; public relations specialist and birth control activist Guide.
Florence Rena Sabin, 1871-1953; physician, medical researcher: Guide.
Hilda Schwartz, 1930-1994; lawyer. Guide.
Rosika Schwimmer, 1912-1950; suffragist; feminist; pacifist; organizer. Schwimmer-Lloyd Papers, Guide.
Gloria Steinem, 1940-2000 (ongoing); journalist; feminist; political activist; co-founder, Ms magazine Guide.
Geraldine Stern, 1949-1987; artist, author. Guide.
Eleanor Ernst Timberg, 1930-2002; editor, special education activist, secretary and volunteer. Guide.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIBRARY FOR SOCIAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH
6120 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Organizations: Emma Lazarus Jewish Women's Clubs of Los Angeles Records, 1945-1980. Guide.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Personal Papers: Tillie Olsen, 1930-1990, writer.
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Syracuse, NY 13244
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
403 Seventh Ave., N
Nashville, TN 37243
Personal Papers: Fedora Small Frank, 1843-1964; author, historian
TULANE UNIVERSITY. HOWARD-TILTON
MEMORIAL LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DIVISION
New Orleans, LA 70118
Guide: Southern Jewish history
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section, bulk dates ca. 1950 - ca. 1970
Personal Papers: Doris Laurie Chesky, 1950-1975; music teacher
Fanny Leverich Eshleman Craig, 1765-1958 (family papers)
Mathilde Dreyfous, 1952-1971; civil rights activist
Ruth Dreyfous, 1948; scrapbook
Ida Weiss Friend, 1837-1963; social and civic activist. Guide.
Amelia Greenwald, 1908-1966; nurse
Ruby Hyman (in the Jews in the South Collection)
Sadie Irving, 1893-1970
Corinne A.M. Lehmann, 1948-1952; electoral candidate
Miriam Levy, 1920s-1950s; artist, jeweler
Clara Lowenburg Moses, 1870s-1920s, Natchez, MS memoir
Edith M. Stern, ca. 1943; article
Oral Histories: Lucy Ater, 1974, caterer; Renee Samuel Bear, 1974, nurse
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. EMMA GOLDMAN PAPERS PROJECT
2241 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Project has collected tens of thousands of documents by and about anarchist,
birth control advocate, lecturer, editor Goldman for libraries and other sources
around the world. Much of this is published in the Project's Emma Goldman
Papers: A Microfilm Edition (Chadwyck-Healey, 1991). Exhibits from the Project
can be viewed on the project's website.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. BANCROFT LIBRARY MANUSCRIPTS DIVISION
Berkeley, CA 94720.
See also the listing above for the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
Elise Stern Haas Family Papers (includes letters from Alice B. Toklas). Guide.
Clara Garfinkle Shirpser, 1948-73; Democratic National Committeewoman, California. Guide.
Oral Histories: California Jewish Community
Project conducted by the Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, from 1968 to the 1980s and underwritten by the Western Jewish History Center. Women interviewed included Janet Choynski, San Francisco civic leader; Elise Stern Haas, San Francisco art patron, civic leader; Lucile Heming Koshland, San Mateo County civic leader; Rose Rinder, San Francisco Hadassah founder; Helen Arnstein Salz, San Francisco artist, civil libertarian; and Sylvia Lehmann Stone, San Francisco community volunteer.
Other oral histories:
Flora Jacobi Arnstein, 1985; poet, teacher.
Amy Steinhart Braden, 1960-64; social worker
Elizabeth Ehrman, 1972; early resident of Atherton, CA
Ann Eliaser, 1983; fundraiser
Mrs. Alex L. Goldstein, 1966; migration from Odessa to Bismarck, ND, to Portland, OR
Lorraine Guggenheim, 1966; discusses grandparents and the Gold Rush
Ruth Arnstein Hart, 1978; civic volunteer, Berkeley
Elinor Raas Heller, 1984; volunteer career in politics
Ernestine Hara Kettler
Alice Gerstle Levison, 1966; social leader, San Francisco
Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, suffragist, National Woman's Party activist (in the Suffragists Oral History Project, 1977). Guide
Clara Garfinkle Shirpser, 1975; community and political leader, Berkeley
Sylvia Stone, 1983; volunteer, San Francisco
Elsa R. Wiel, 1971; early resident of Atherton
Rosalie Walter Wolf, 1971; early resident of Atherton
Rosalind Weiner Wyman, Los Angeles City Council member and Democratic Party activist (in the Women in Politics series)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, CHARLES E. YOUNG RESEARCH LIBRARY.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Personal Papers: Eva Robin, 1916-1960; NCJW in Delaware. Guide.
Ethel Young, 1942-1992; early childhood education pioneer. Guide.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER. UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
184 UCB, 1720 Pleasant Street
Boulder, CO 80309-0184
Personal Papers: Florence Becker Lennon, 1844 - 1984; poet. Guide.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER. PENROSE LIBRARY. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. PERYLE H. AND IRA M. BECK MEMORIAL ARCHIVES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2150 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80208
Collections: Ira M. Beck Memorial Archives material culture collection,
Includes, among other things, women's clothing belonging to Frances Wisebart Jacobs, Flora Anfenger Hornbein, Anna Rosenthal and Sara Isaacson Ettenson; accessories belonging to Irene Stein and Norma Peterman; and household linens from Anna Ginsburg Hayutin.
National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives records, 1899-1998
Frances Wisebart Jacobs was a co-founder; other Jewish women were also involved over the years.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO RICHARD J. DALEY LIBRARY. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
801 South Morgan Street
P.O. Box 8198
Chicago, IL 60608
Personal Papers: Helen Aaron, 1942-72; Chicago civic leader. Guide.
Rose Greenbaum Hass Alschuler, 1916-73; philanthropist, nursery school expert. Guide.
Joanne Alter, 1939-1952; politician, activist, organizer. Guide.
Sylvia Cotton, 1960-1971; day care advocate. Guide.
Esther Loeb Kohn, 1896-1965; social worker. Guide.
Sheli Lulkin, 1962-1978; teacher, union officer, and women's rights activist. Guide.
Hilda Satt Polacheck, 1910-58; resident of Hull House neighborhood, writer. Guide.
Esther Saperstein, 1949-75; Chicago alderperson
Dorothy (Mittelman) Sigel, 1912-2002; actor and social activist. Guide.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. SPECIAL
7th Floor, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1205
Personal Papers: Marge Piercy, 1950-1987; writer. Guide. (There is also an interview with her in the
New Left in Ann Arbor Contemporary History Project, Bentley Historical
Library, University of Michigan.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO GENERAL LIBRARY. CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST RESEARCH
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1466
Oral Histories: Southern Oral History Program interviews include
Rose Bernard Ackermann; Janice Barton; Shirley Bateman; Janice Rothschild Blumberg; Shirley Berkowitz Brickman; Lorraine Brown; Esther Rosenbaum Buchsbaum; Claudia Burkins; Aileen Titche Burson; Josephine Wainman Burson, Tennessee state cabinet member; Ellen Cleary; Hazel Blockman Cohen; Joanne Wener Cohen; Lisa Collis Cohen; Mildred Lubritz Covert; Madelyne Rafael Daneman; Marilyn Weiss Davis; Betty Gotthelf England; Danyse Greenwald England; Shelby Flowers Ferris; Bertha Plotkin Freedman; Ann Grundfest Gerache; Ellen Gerber, physical educator and lawyer, audio and transcript; Ava Gottlieb; Lucy Gottlieb; Barbara F. Harris, women's history/women's studies professor; Carol Lobman Hart; Mildred Lubritz Hesdorffer; Ilma Marx Hirsch; Joye Schwartz Hirsch; Deborah Lamensdorf Jacobs; Ruth Bass Jacobs; Betty Ann Jacobson; Catherine Cahn Kahn; Suzanne Ginsberg Kantziper; Fannye Becker Kaplan; Dotty Goldberger Katz; Cheryl Gruber Gordon; Beatrice Dorothy Lehman Gotthelf; Carol M. Towbin Greenberg; Anne Zoller Kiefer; Kaye Kole; Klara Koock; Adele Jules Kronsberg; Betty Grundfest Lamensdorf; Lila Lash; Teri Bernstein Lash; Joan L. Levy; Nicole Samuel Lewis; Sandy L. Lewis; Sandra Goldberg Lipton; Evelyn Evans Makowsky; Bobbie Scharlack Malone; Lesley Marcus; Anita Meyer; Harriet Cranman Meyerhoff; Florette Geismar Margolis Neuwirth; Cynthia Kahn Nirenblatt; Lillian Teller Opotowsky; Beth Levine Orlansky; Naomi Popkin; Sharon Rose Powell; Ruby Pearlman; Peggy Kronsberg Pearlstein; Judy Peiser; Mabel Pollitzer, biology teacher, audio and transcript; Donna Reisman; Karen Aronson Reitman; Marcelle S. (Marcie) Rosenberg; Ann Gundershimer Schops; Sandra Salsbury Shull; Ruth Krueger Singer; Leslie Koock Silver; Leona (Lee) Geismar Stamler; Sherrie Evans-Stanton; Dana Berlin Strange; Alene Fox Uhry; Harriet Ullman; Kay Rossen Usdan; Carolyn Washer; Kathryn Loeb Weiner; Burnette (Bunny) Wilks.
Many of the interviews were part of the "Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, 1998-2001" project. Marcie Cohen Ferris conducted the interviews in 1998-2002.
Personal Papers: Yetta (and Marcus) Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006; grocery store owner. Guide.
Marcie Cohen Ferris Sound Recordings, 2003-2004; professor of American Studies and the associate director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies (CCJS) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Guide.
Rachel Lyons Heustis, 1859-1964; resident of South Carolina, correspondence with authors and soldiers. Guide.
Mordecai Family, 1783-1947; correspondence of female seminary director Jacob Mordecai with his wives, sons, and daughters. Guide.
Miriam Gratz Moses, 1824-64; letters from her aunt Rebecca Gratz and others. Guide.
Phillips and Myers Family Collection includes material from Confederate Eugenia Levy Phillips and her daughter Caroline Phillips Myers. Guide.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. HERBERT D. KATZ CENTER FOR ADVANCED JUDAIC STUDIES LIBRARY
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Guide: Ashton, Dianne. The Philadelphia Group and Philadelphia Jewish History: A Guide to Archival and Bibliographic Collections. Philadelphia: Center for American Jewish History, Temple University, 1993 (Covers archives in Philadelphia and elsewhere.).
Personal Papers: Mary M. Cohen (and Charles J.), 1846-1920; journalist, poet, civic leader
Emily Solis-Cohen, 1857-1948; writer and activist. Description. See also Solis-Cohen Family Papers. Description. (additional papers held privately, at Wolf, Block, Shorr and Solis- Cohen Law Firm, Philadelphia)
OF PITTSBURGH LIBRARIES. ARCHIVES OF INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
For information about Jewish archival resources in the Pittsburgh area, see A Guide to Jewish Archival Resources in Pittsburgh (1988, revised 1989), by Michael Pipoly, and the archival collection Jewish Archival Survey and its Guide Guide to the Collection of the Jewish Archival Survey, 1912-1991, MSS #196.
Records of Pittsburgh chapters of Hadassah (1917-68), the National Council of Jewish Women (1893-1967), and the Pittsburgh Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations (1923-63).
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES, DOHENY MEMORIAL LIBRARY.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Personal Papers: Barbara G. Myerhoff, 1911-1985; anthropologist. Guide.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, TX 78713
Personal Papers: Lillian Hellman, 1931-70; playwright
Fannie Hurst, 1927-60; novelist
Personal Papers: Lotte Fairbrook, 1898-1938, memoirs of German immigrant. Guide.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES. MANUSCRIPTS, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Seattle, WA 98195
Personal Papers: Jeanette Schreiber, 1956-80; active in Jewish women's organizations in Seattle
Bella Kracower Secord, 1898-1925; pharmacist
Oral Histories: Jewish Archives Project, 1849-1975
Includes some records of Jewish women's organizations in Washington state; interviews covering the first half of the twentieth century with Sophie Altose, Libby Anches, Lydia Angel, Rose Arensberg, Laura Berch, Minnie Bernhard, Rosa Scharhon Berro, Helen Birkman Blumenthal, Ruth Kutoff Lukov Brenner, Sema Calvo, Jennie Caston, Betty Dreifus, Joanna Eckstein, Esther Friedman, Fannie Gens, Bernice Degginer Greengard, Esther Gross, Hannah Grunbaum, Rachel Cohen Israel, Rebecca Israel, Victoria Israel, Manya Lawson, Louisa F. Levy, Esther Lighter, Edith Rosenberg Lindenberger, Ada Loussac, Edith Lurie, Rebecca Morhaime Mosheatel, Emma Ginsberg Nelson, Rose Ringold, Esther Schreiber Rogoway, Stella Sameth, Jennie Schermer, Anita Snyder, Emelie Steinbrecher, Mary Sussman, Perla Bensal Uziel, Ruby Clein Webber, and Gertrude Pearl Wolfe; and interviews with several women members of Seattle's Sephardic community.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING. AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER
Dept. 3924, 1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Personal Papers: Stella Hanau, 1904-1998; scholar, writer, and advocate for reproductive rights of women. Guide.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY. WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202
Oral Histories: The Twentieth Century Trade Union Woman: Vehicle for Social Change Oral History
Project, 1970-79, an oral history project of the Program on Women and Work,
Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, The University of Michigan and
Wayne State University, 1970s; includes interviews with Lilian Herstein, Mollie Levitas, Pauline
Newman, and other Jewish labor leaders. The interviews are catalogued in the Michigan Oral History Database Project.
WESTERN HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION
This is a joint collection of the University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Material is held in four locations of the University of Missouri (Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis). As of 2011, the State Historical Society of Missouri assumed sole management of the four campus manuscript collection.
Online Guide: Jewish Community Archives of Greater Kansas City
Culture Club, 1899-1979 (founded by affluent Jewish housewives in 1896 to discuss literature, theatre, dance and public affairs)
Greater Kansas City and St. Louis Sections, National Council of Jewish Women
Personal Papers: Examples from the JCA of Kansas City collection (consult the online guide for more):
Lillian Kranitz, oral historian. Guide.
Serina B. Lorsch, 1977-1982; women's rights activist, synagogue president. Guide.
Suzanne Statland, 1930-1990, psychotherapist. Guide.
WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Guides: Pike, Kermit J. A Guide to Jewish History Sources in the History Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland: The Society, 1983 and Berman, Sandra. Manuscript collections on Jewish women in the Western Reserve Historical Society. [Cleveland, 1977] 4p.
Cleveland chapters of Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Women International, and Women's American ORT
Personal Papers: Beatrice Yarus Abrams family papers, 1896-2002; businesswoman
Rena Blumberg family papers, 1880-2001; community relations director and radio interviewer
Libbie L. Braverman, 1925-1991; teacher, author, lecturer
Rebecca Aronson Brickner, 1915-1980 1970-1980; active in Jewish education and women's organizations
Isabelle Brown (and Ronald), 1914-1993, volunteer
Ruth Wiener Einstein family papers, 1860-1977; volunteer in Jewish causes in Cleveland area
Hattie Hyman Dettelbach, 1921-1957; volunteer
Mary B. Grossman, 1921-1966; lawyer
Sara Allen Halperin, 1954-1979; communal leader
Dorothy Davis Kates, 1936-1994; Works Progress Administration employee
Rachel Diane Landy, 1913-1999; nurse
Sarah Marcus, 1932-1991; physician
Ida Ruth Meisels (and Saul), 1943-1990; musician and composer of Jewish music
Suzanne Abrams Newman, 1931-1935, diary [microform]
Jeanette Sheifer, 1921-1979; nursery school administrator
Edith Silverman (and Isadore), 1930s-2002; girls' social club member in the 1930s
Ruth Tannenbaum, 1928-1990; book review presenter
Selma H. Weiss, 1926-46; social worker
Luci Wolpaw, 1958-1964; active in Cleveland Jewish theater
Oral Histories: Achieving Cleveland Jewish Women Oral History Collection, 2001-2002
"Firsthand accounts of a group of twenty-five women who were, or had been, leaders in the Cleveland Jewish community." Names: Marilyn Meshorer Bedol, Evelyn Bonder, Ann Letterman Cohen, Cynthia Golomb Dettlebach, Natalie Zuckerman Epstein, Alice Fredman, Lois K. Goodman, Martha Joseph, Aileen Margolis Kassen, Susan Friedman Klarreich, Maxine Goodman Levin, Joanne Lewis, Belle Tract Likover, Florence Krenzler Matthews, Rena Shapiro Blumberg Olshansky, Leatrice Rabinsky, Barbara Robinson, Elaine Rocker, Beryl E. Rothschild, Lois Scharf, Dorothy Silver, Linda Rocker Silverberg, Margaret Luten Wasserstrom, Eleanor Weisberger, and Sally Harris Wertheim.
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
Guide: Guide to the Wisconsin Jewish Archives at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 2nd. ed. Madison: The Society, 1992 and Leuchter, Sara, with the assistance of Jean Loeb Lettofsky. Guide to Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust: A Documentation Project of the Wisconsin Jewish Archives. Madison: SHSW, 1983.
Personal Papers: Myrtle Baer, 1854-1963; social worker and editorial staff member of the Settlement
Cook Book (housed in the Area Research Center, Milwaukee)
Boyer, Gene, 1925-2002; activist feminist and businesswoman
Edna Ferber, 1910-1977, author. Guide.
Edith S. Frank, 1918-1988; volunteer with civic and arts organizations. Guide.
Irma Greenthal (and Alex. P.), 1894-1978; niece of Lizzie Black Kander. Guide.
Myra Hess, 1950-69; concert pianist
Lizzie Black Kander, 1875-1960; author, Settlement Cook Book (housed in the Area Research Center, Milwaukee). Guide.
Elizabeth Brandeis Raushenbush (and Paul A.), 1918-80; economist. Guide.
Elva Simon, 1930-84; community volunteer (scrapbook)
Lilly Strauss, 1946; account of concentration camp experiences
Adele Szold, 1895-96; letters by University of Wisconsin freshman to her sister Henrietta; other letters
Oral Histories: Documenting the Midwestern Origins of the Twentieth century Women's Movement
Project, 1987-92, includes Gene Boyer, businesswoman
Wisconsin Jewish Oral History Interview Project, 1954- 74, included these women: Pela Rosen Alpert, Holocaust survivor, Green Bay; Ida Berkowitz, Kenosha; Clara Brown Milwaukee; Esther Shapiro Cohen, Milwaukee; Esther Levitan Goldstine, Madison; Nellie Jacob, La Crosse; Bessie Katz, Madison; Minnie Kopelberg, Madison; Fannie Miller, Green Bay; Mollie Putterman, Beloit; Bertha Langer Raymond, Milwaukee; Rae Ruscha, Marinette, Milwaukee; Rose Alice Vogel Schneider, Superior; and Nellie Bornstein Winter, Racine.
Evelyn Torton Beck, 1975 interview
Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust Oral History Project includes Pela Rosen Alpert, Flora van Brink Hony Bader , Lucy Rothstein Baras, Sylvia Schwerd Blasberg , Chana Bebczuk Comins , Eva Lauffer Deutschkron , Karola Frankenthal Epstein, Susanne Hafner Goldfarb , Magda Herzberger , Rachel (Rosa) Goldberg Katz , Cyla Tine Stunde, and several men.
WYOMING STATE ARCHIVES
6101 Yellowstone Road, LL
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Personal Papers: Jennette Warsharsky Bernstein, 1954-75; historian of Wyoming Jewish community
YALE UNIVERSITY. BEINECKE
RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
New Haven, CT 06511
Personal Papers: Adele C. Newberger Gutman Nathan, 1889-1986; author, journalist, and pageant producer. Guide.
Mina Loy, 1914-60; poet, painter, playwright. Guide
Miriam Schlein, 1949-2007; children's author. Guide.
Grace Schulman, circa 1948-1998; poet. Guide.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, 1901-87; authors. Guide
Rose Pastor Stokes, 1900-1993; writer, artist, and radical political and social activist. Guide.
Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, 1920-1982; author and journalist. Guide
Anna Strunsky Walling, 1880-1968; author. Guide.
YALE UNIVERSITY. STERLING MEMORIAL LIBRARY. MANUSCRIPTS AND ARCHIVES. FORTUNOFF VIDEO ARCHIVE FOR HOLOCAUST TESTIMONIES
Includes testimonies of many women who later settled in the United States.
YIVO INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH
The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-6301
Guide: Guide to the YIVO Archives, edited by Fruma Mohrer and Marek Web (YIVO and M.E. Sharpe, 1998).
Organizations and Companies:
Grossinger's Country Club, ca. 1920-83, includes correspondence of Jennie Grossinger, 1954-62
National Desertion Board (dealt with thousands of cases of desertion by immigrant Jewish husbands)
Pioneer Women [later Na'amat] national records, 1913-52; Zionist organization
United Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, 1907-1950 records preserve HIAS' efforts on behalf of immigrant women (and men)
YIVO holds the records for numerous individual landsmanshaftn (organizations of immigrants from a particular community), which often include women's divisions. For example, the American Federation for Polish Jews (federation of landsmanshaftn) records include the Women's Division, Ezra, founded in 1931.
Personal Papers: Celia Adler, 1911-59; Yiddish actor
Bella Bellarina, 1910s-60; Yiddish actor
Diana Blumenfeld (and Jonas Turkow), ca. 1930-61; Yiddish actors
Anna Bogin, 1950s-60s; Yiddish poet and writer
Edna Cogan, 1920s-1950s; Yiddish teacher
Celia Dropkin, ca. 1908-50; Yiddish poet and writer
Rachel (Shoshke) Erlich, 1934-84; YIVO researcher
Aliza Greenblat, ca. 1900; Yiddish poet and writer
Ida Hoffman, ca. 1900-66; nurse, social worker
Judith Ish-Kishor, 1920s-1940; writer of juvenile and historical fiction
Pola Kadison, 1920s-1981; pianist, arranger, and composer
Sima Kaplan, 1915-71; Yiddish writer and cultural activist
Miriam Karpilow, 1900-50s; Yiddish writer
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, 1900-70s; folklore professor (folklore materials she collected)
Bertha Kling, 1907-78; Yiddish poet
Mary Krein, 1959-73; poet
Goldie Lake, 1980-82; playwright, teacher, film producer, community worker in Cleveland
Reyzl Landau, 1911-50s, Yiddish poet
Lucy Robbins Lang (and Harry Lang), 1921-68; Yiddish playwright, radical activist
Malka Lee, 1916-64; Yiddish poet
Esther Leibowitz, ca. 1942-83, fundraiser, radio personality
Shifra Lerer (and Ben-Zion Witler), 1930s-61; Yiddish actor and singer
Sarah Liebert, 1920-55; president, Sholem Aleichem Women's Organization
Helen (and Shmuel) Londinsky, 1920s-1970s; Yiddish writer
Lilian Lux (and Paul Burstein), 1930-79; Yiddish comedians and actors
Anna Margolin (pen name of Rosa Lebensbaum); Yiddish poet and journalist
Chana (and Joseph) Mlotek, 1950-90; folklorist and ethnomusicologist
Kadia Molodowsky, 1950s-60s; Yiddish poet, writer, teacher
Adela Mondry, 1938-42; singer in Detroit
Rose Nevodovska, 1890s-1960s; Yiddish writer and poet
Hannah Novick, 1910-50s, teacher
Rina Opper (pen name of Rayne Opoczyski), 1921-69; Yiddish writer
Dorothy Osofsky, 1939-79; Jewish musicologist (field work material she collected)
Molly Picon, 1900-72; actor
Brocho Reichl, ca. 1900-53; dentist, Hadassah activist
Anna Shomer Rothenberg, 1916-51; singer and community activist
Ruth Rubin, 1947-66; Yiddish folksinger, folklorist, poet (materials she collected)
Luba Rymer, 1936-58; Yiddish actor and singer
Rose Schwartz,1940-1974; officer of the women's division of a landsmanshaft federation
Ida Seltzer, 1930s-60s; YIVO Board member
Hana Stein, 1910-84; English novelist and short story writer
Sara M. Wachs, 1933-55; agent
Beatrice Silverman Weinreich, ca. 1950s; Yiddish ethnographer, writers, editor, linguist (materials she collected)
Dora Weissman (and Anshel Shor), 1906-66; Yiddish actors, owned talent agency
Hinde (Anna) Zaretski, 1920s-70s; Yiddish poet, writer, and teacher
Oral Histories: Amerikaner-Yiddishe Geshichte Bel Pe Collection
Marsha Farbman, 1963; Pearl Halpern, 1965; Esther Kadar, 1964; Pauline Newman, 1965; Feigl Shapiro, 1964; Flora Weiss, 1964; Ella Wolf, 1963
Oral History transcripts of interviews conducted 1974-75 for the book Jewish Grandmothers by Jenny Mazur and Sydelle Kramer
An earlier version of this bibliography and archival guide is also found on pages 1553-1586 (v. 2) of Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, and sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society. 2 v. New York, Routledge, 1997.