Jewish Historical Society Oral History Project

Jewish Historical Society Oral History Project

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Oral History Project 1

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
From 1980 – 1981 the Jewish Historical Society of Washington, D.C., conducted a total of 26 oral history interviews to learn about growing up in Washington in the early years of the 20th century as well as development of the Jewish community.  Individuals were selected from a cross-section of senior citizens in the Jewish community.  Ellen R. Epstein, a Society member and Director of the Center for Oral History, trained volunteers to conduct the interviews.  A grant from the D.C. Community Humanities Council provided funds for transcribing the taped interviews.

SCOPE & CONTENT
This oral history collection occupies approximately 4 linear feet.  Topics include arriving and settling in Washington, military service, education, businesses and professions, family relationships, synagogues, traditions and customs, and leisure time activities.  The inventory below outlines the library’s holdings for each oral history interview.  The timed indexes offer an encapsulated version of topics discussed during specific periods of the taped interviews.  In addition, summary pages of topics discussed precede transcripts.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Summarized accounts of the oral histories are given in Volume 11 published in July 1982 and Volume 12 published in November 1984 of The Record, a publication of the Jewish Historical Society.

PROVENANCE
The Jewish Historical Society of Washington, D.C. donated this collection to the Washingtoniana division.

RESTRICTIONS
The D.C. Public Library does not hold copyright.  It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission from the Jewish Historical Society of Washington, D.C., to publish or exhibit information.

Inventory

Oral History # Name(s) Timed Index Transcript Supplemental Information
OHP 01-01, 01-02, 01-03 Atkin, Flora Yes (2) 95 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-04, 01-05, 01-06 Bernstein, Leo Yes (2) 111 pp Bio in Washington Post 6/25/1969
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-07, 01-08, 01-09, 01-10 Brylawski, Henry (see also OHP 17-13) Yes (2) 73 pp Article re: mother’s 100th birthday in Washington Post 12/24/1985
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-11, 01-12 Dodek, Samuel Dr. Yes (2) 63 pp Bio in Washington Star 10/30/1959; other articles included.
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-13, 01-14 Gichner, Henry (see also OHP 6-8, 6-9) Yes (2) 43 pp Bio in Washington Post 8/6/1952; other articles including obit.
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-15, 01-16 Gichner, Isabelle Yes (2) 64 pp Article in Washington Star 2/20/1967
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-17, 01-18 Goldstein, Amy and Small, Ruth Yes (2) 60 pp Articles in Washington Star
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-19, 01-20 Hahn, Harry, Jr. Yes (2) 42 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-21, 01-22 Kahn, Elizabeth Yes (2) 76 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-23, 01-24 Kronheim, Milton (see also OHP 6-13, 6-14) Yes (2) 67 pp Bio in Washington Post 9/5/1986; other articles included.
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-25, 01-26 Nordlinger, Bernard Isaac Yes (2) 64 pp Washington Star articles
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-27 Orlove, Israel Yes (2) 36 pp Wife’s obit in Washington Star 11/13/1973; his obit in Washington Post 2/12/1987
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-28, 01-29 Rose, Fannye Yes (2) 63 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-30 Rosenberg, Samuel (see also OHP 11-21) Yes (2) 28 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-31, 01-32, 01-33 Rosenblum, Edward Yes (2) 132 pp Bio in Times-Herald 1/9/1945; other articles included.
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-34, 01-35 Safer, Rebecca Yes (2) 49 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-36, 01-37 Schwartz, Eugenia Yes (2) 28 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-38, 01-39 Shapiro, Betty (see also OHP 11-24) Yes (2). 52 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-40, 01-41, 01-42 Shinberg, Leon Yes (2) 95 pp Obit in Washington Star 3/25/1956
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-43, 01-44 Silverman, Robert (see also OHP 17-9) Yes (2) 62 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-45 Silverstone, Harry, Rabbi Yes (2) 16 pp Articles in Washington Star 5/31/1952 and Washington Church 9/31/1957
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-46 Small, Albert Yes (2) 46 pp Obit in Washington Post 7/8/1987; other article included.
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-47, 01-48 Taishoff, Rose Yes (2) 58 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-49, 01-50, 01-51, 01-52 Wender, Harry S. (Sylvester) Yes (2) 156 pp Long bio from several newspapers; obit in Washington Post 12/16/1985.
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 01-53, 01-54 Wilner, Morton Yes (2) 57 pp Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
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