Kirschner family papers

09844

Collection Overview

Title:
Kirschner Family papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1908-2004
Creator:
Kirschner, Isadore L.
Creator:
Kirschner
Abstract:
The Kirschner Family papers document the resettlement of members of the Kirschner family during their immigration from Eastern Europe to Philadelphia in the late 1930s. The papers contain Michael S. Kirschner's personal correspondence, which details his journey from the occupied town of Bialystok in present-day Poland to the United States on the eve of World War II (1939-1945). Additionally, a significant portion of the materials consist of personal correspondence from Jewish refugees requesting resettlement to the United States and immigration affidavits of support from eligible sponsors. These letters were written to Isadore L. Kirschner from various Jewish organizations throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including: Bureau of Service for Foreign Born, Philadelphia Section of the National Council of Jewish Women; the Jewish Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.); the Philadelphia Jewish Vocational Service; and the Philadelphia Refugee Resettlement Committee. The papers also include: personal correspondence of the Kirschner and Steinberg families documenting Jewish immigration to Argentina and the religious life of Jewish families in the United States; an oral history of Helen Kirschner, Florence Cohen and Esther Burstein; and photocopies of minutes (administrative records) of the Brotherhood of the Society of Friends (1914-1919), an American-Jewish fraternal organization based in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Isadore L. Kirschner's publications, Memories of the Kirschner family (1984) and A tale of two families: The Harcavi / Kirschner mystery (1986), are also included among the papers.
Collection Number:
09844
Size:
0.417 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
Multiple languages

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal correspondence written in Yiddish documenting the persecution of Jews in Russia and the emigration of a Jewish man, Michael S. Kirschner, from Bialystok, Poland to the United States. This collection also documents the Jewish holocaust with personal correspondence from Jewish refugees requesting resettlement to the United States during the World War (1939-1945) and immigration affidavits of support from eligible sponsors. These letters were written to Isadore L. Kirschner from various Jewish organizations throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including: Bureau of Service for Foreign Born, Philadelphia Section of the National Council of Jewish Women; the Jewish Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.); the Philadelphia Jewish Vocational Service; and the Philadelphia Refugee Resettlement Committee.

Additionally, the collection includes: personal correspondence of the Kirschner and Steinberg families documenting Jewish immigration to Argentina and the religious life of Jewish families in the United States; an oral history of Helen Kirschner, Florence Cohen and Esther Burstein; and photocopies of minutes (administrative records) of the Brotherhood of the Society of Friends (1914-1919), an American-Jewish fraternal organization based in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Isadore L. Kirschner's publications, Memories of the Kirschner family (1984) and A tale of two families: The Harcavi / Kirschner mystery (1986), are also included with the papers.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged according to format and content. Personal correspondence and correspondence containing affidavit requests are arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], Kirschner Family papers, 09844, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Pennsylvania State University Special Collections Library by Michael S. Kirschner and Frederick M. Kirschner in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by G. Johns, 2018

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Related Materials

Related Materials

These papers contain an oral history produced by the Nebraska Jewish Historical Association. This oral history and others can be accessed digitally through the Nebraska Jewish Historical Association's website.

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