MS 80 Harry Greenstein Collection

Posted on February 14th, 2013 by

It?s that time again ? another JMM finding aid post.? Today?s post features the personal papers of Harry Greenstein, a prominent Baltimorean.? Read a little about his life and his collection here.

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Harry Greenstein and other unidentified men in front of a pyramid while working for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1944.  1996.033.008a

Harry Greenstein and other unidentified men in front of a pyramid while working for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1944. 1996.033.008a

Harry Greenstein, 1896-1971

Collection, n.d., 1916-1975

MS 80

The Jewish Museum of Maryland

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ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Harry Greenstein Collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Mrs. Mary Block in 1971 as accession 1971.20. The collection was processed in July 2001 by Alisa Rose.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.?

Sinai Hospital planning committee of 1955.  Robert H. Levy, Abraham Krieger, Ben Katzner, Albert D. Hutzler, H. D. Hutzler, H. D. Schroedel, Hugo Dalsheimer, Joseph Sherbow, Harry Greenstein, Ben Smith, Joseph Meyerhoff, and Harvey H. Weiss.  Courtesy of Paul Umansky.  1981.017.001

Sinai Hospital planning committee of 1955. Robert H. Levy, Abraham Krieger, Ben Katzner, Albert D. Hutzler, H. D. Hutzler, H. D. Schroedel, Hugo Dalsheimer, Joseph Sherbow, Harry Greenstein, Ben Smith, Joseph Meyerhoff, and Harvey H. Weiss. Courtesy of Paul Umansky. 1981.017.001

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Harry Greenstein, Executive Director of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore for 37 years, was born in Baltimore in 1896 to immigrant parents. Although educated as a lawyer, graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1918, Greenstein dedicated his life to social welfare and charity work.? Greenstein first participated in Baltimore Jewish affairs as a member of the American Jewish Relief Committee which assisted European Jewish victims of World War I.? Later Greenstein helped organize the Young Men?s and Young Women?s Hebrew Association, and he served as its president for ten years from 1922 to 1932.

During Greenstein?s 37 year tenure as Executive Director of the Associated from 1928 to 1965, he took several leaves of absence to assist in local and national affairs. During the Depression, he served as Maryland Director of the State Relief Program, administering over $65 million in aid to the poor from 1933 to 1936.? From 1936 to 1941, Greenstein was involved in the Baltimore Council of Social Agencies, an agency he helped found which does research for all social welfare agencies in Baltimore.

Associated Jewish Charities luncheon in honor of executive director Harry Greenstein's retirement, 1965 or 1966.  Courtesy of Linda Smeyne.  1989.025.003

Associated Jewish Charities luncheon in honor of executive director Harry Greenstein's retirement, 1965 or 1966. Courtesy of Linda Smeyne. 1989.025.003

Greenstein?s work extended beyond the state level. In 1939 Greenstein joined other leaders of American Jewry to help organize the National Refugee Service, which later became HIAS, the largest immigration agency in the world.? When the United States entered World War II in 1944, the United States federal government chose Greenstein to draw up evacuation plans for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.? From 1943 to 1945, Greenstein was appointed the Director of Welfare for UNRRA, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, for Greece, Yugoslavia, and Albania. In 1949, the Secretary of War appointed Greenstein Advisor on Jewish Affairs in post-war Germany to assist the United States Army in liquidating the Displaced Persons Camps in Germany and Austria and in securing war reparations from Germany for the Israeli government and for the rehabilitation of Jewish life in Europe.

Greenstein was nationally recognized for his humanitarian work. He was often invited to lecture on social service problems throughout the country, and he was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, and the Stephen S. Wise Medallion Award by the American Jewish Congress. In 1950, the University of Maryland awarded Greenstein an honorary degree, a Doctor of Social Science, for his extensive social welfare work.? Harry Greenstein is the subject of two published biographies: Justice?Not Charity by Dr. Louis L. Kaplan, published by Crown Publishers in 1975, and The Papers of Harry Greenstein by Hymen Saye, published by the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland in 1975.

Greenstein died in Baltimore in 1971 at the age of 75, survived by three sisters.

Photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Berney B. Katzenberg with Harry Greenstein in Miami Beach, FL, Feb. 1956. Courtesy of Mrs. Samuel Bloc.  1971.020.258.

Photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Berney B. Katzenberg with Harry Greenstein in Miami Beach, FL, Feb. 1956. Courtesy of Mrs. Samuel Bloc. 1971.020.258.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Harry Greenstein Papers consist of material related to his career as Executive Director of the Associated Jewish Charities and his involvement in several local and national political and social welfare organizations and committees. The collection includes correspondence, diaries, speeches, reports, newspaper articles, phonographs, and photographs. The collection is divided into six series: Series I. Awards, 1950-1970; Series II. Biographical Information, 1930-1975; Series III. Correspondence, 1935-1971; Series IV. Professional Activities, 1935-1972; Series V. Writings, 1926-1965; and Series VI. Photograph and Phonograph Records, 1916-1970.? For further information on Harry Greenstein, refer to MS 170, Series XI.

Harry Greenstein with Judge Joseph Sherbow at Greenstein?s  appointment as Advisor on Jewish Affairs, Feb. 6, 1949. Courtesy of Mrs. Samuel Block.  1971.020.181.3

Harry Greenstein with Judge Joseph Sherbow at Greenstein?s appointment as Advisor on Jewish Affairs, Feb. 6, 1949. Courtesy of Mrs. Samuel Block. 1971.020.181.3

Series I. Awards consists of articles and correspondence about awards and honors Harry Greenstein received in his lifetime. Included in this series are three plaques and a certificate from Keren Kayemeth testifying that a garden of 700 trees was planted in Israel in honor of Harry Greenstein. Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series II. Biographical Information consists of a biographical data sheet on Harry Greenstein that outlines his professional activities, newspaper clippings and information about the biographies written about Greenstein, obituaries, as well as his passport and a written copy of a 1963 taped interview with Greenstein about his life. Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series III. Correspondence consists of Greenstein?s personal and professional correspondence. Several other series contain correspondence relating specifically to individual topics. Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Photograph of Louis Shecter and Harry Greenstein in a drawing of the Eiffel Tower, 1953.  Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter.  1974.021.002

Photograph of Louis Shecter and Harry Greenstein in a drawing of the Eiffel Tower, 1953. Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter. 1974.021.002

Series IV. Professional Activities consists of reports, articles, and correspondence relating to Greenstein?s many positions including as Advisor on Jewish Affairs, Executive Director of the Associated, and as Director of Welfare for UNRRA. Included in this series is information about the Harry Greenstein Memorial Award established by the Associated posthumously.? See also Series V. Writings for writings related to Greenstein?s professional activities.? Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series V.? Writings consists of articles, speeches, and diaries of UNRRA and other trips, written by Harry Greenstein. Included in this series is a card index of all the papers contained in the collection. The origin of the card index is unknown. In addition, see Series IV. Professional Activities folder 44 which contains an article Greenstein wrote for the Maryland State Relief Administration. Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series VI. Photographs and Phonograph Records includes portraits of Harry Greenstein and photographs from his trips and from organizations in which he participated, all located in PC 8.? The phonograph records (1971.20.4-.33) include recordings of Associated Jewish Charities meetings and are housed with the phonograph record collection. Included in this series is a scrapbook containing photographs and newspaper clippings.

Lady Bird Johnson, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Harry Greenstein, recipients of the Stephen S. Wise Medallion Award at a Testimonial Dinner of the American Jewish Congress, April 3, 1962. T1989.095.010

Lady Bird Johnson, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Harry Greenstein, recipients of the Stephen S. Wise Medallion Award at a Testimonial Dinner of the American Jewish Congress, April 3, 1962. T1989.095.010

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MS 55 The Louis E. Shecter Collection

Posted on December 6th, 2012 by

Louis Shecter as a graduate from Baltimore City College, 1918. Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter. 1974.21.4

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Louis E. Shecter (1901-1992)?Collection

n.d., 1921-1985

?MS 55

Jewish Museum of Maryland

?ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Louis E. Shecter Collection was found in the collection as MS 55.? Multiple accessions have been identified as materials donated by and related to Louis E. Shecter and probably incorporated into MS 55: 1973.013; 1974.021; 1975.020; 1982.015; 1985.104; and 1985.105.? However, none of the materials in the manuscript collection can be positively identified with these accessions.? Because of this the collection was given the FIC accession number 2012.061. The collection was processed at some unknown date then reprocessed and given a finding aid in June 2012 by Jennifer Vess.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.? Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.? Papers may be copied in accordance with the library?s usual procedures.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Louis Shecter (1901-1992) was born in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1918.? He began work at the Baltimore Sun then left for the Joseph Katz advertising company.? In 1928 he became the advertising director for the Hecht stores until 1931 when he and his brother-in-law, Jack L. Levin, started their own advertising company.? Shecter also began to invest in real-estate and businesses, ultimately owning several theaters (The Rosalyn, The Rex, The Roxy, and The Times ? now known as the Charles Theater).? Other businesses included the Famous Ballroom and two bowling centers.

Rosalyn M. and Louis E. Shecter on their way to London aboard the R.M.S Queen Mary, 1946. Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter. 1982.15.17

In 1939 Shecter married Rosalyn Margareten (d. 2009).? Rosalyn was born inNew York City and attended first Hunter College then later the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for sculpture.? Louis and Rosalyn had three children: Alan, Mark and Alyce.? In 1961 Rosalyn was appointed vice chair of the Maryland Board of Motion Picture Censors.? Rosalyn focused on preventing children from being exposed to adult content in films, and she played a minor role in the implementation of the current movie rating system.

Louis Shecter was involved with a number of political figures and also became a collector and promoter of the arts.? Shecter died on November 9, 1992.? Rosalyn died on November 24, 2009.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection is divided into three series: Series I. Louis E. Shecter, n.d., 1921-1985, Series II. Rosalyn Shecter, n.d. 1931-1984, and Series III. Children and Grandchildren, n.d., 1949-1983.? Series I. is further divided into eight subseries: Subseries A. American Jewish Congress, n.d., 1957-1983, Subseries B. Business, n.d., 1924-1984, Subseries C. Politics, n.d., 1944-1985, Subseries D. Genocide Convention and Civil Right Activities, n.d., 1954-1981, Subseries E. Charitable Contributions, n.d., 1945-1985, Subseries F. Art Collection, Museums and Culture, n.d, 1953-1983, Subseries G. Personal Correspondence, n.d., 1921-1984, and Subseries H. Misc, n.d., 1932-1984

Louis Shecter with Ladybird Johnson, 1962. Courtesy of Louis Shecter. 1975.20.33a

Series I. Louis E. Shecter, n.d., 1921-1985 contains correspondence, programs, clippings, and writings related to Shecter?s business dealings, civil rights activities, charitable contributions, art collecting, and personal life.? The series is divided into eight subseries. Subseries A. American Jewish Congress, n.d., 1957-1983 contains correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and programs related to Shecter?s work with the American Jewish Congress in Baltimore.? Subseries B. Business, n.d., 1924-1984 contains correspondence and clippings related to Shecter?s work with the Joseph Katz advertising firm, the Hecht Company, his own advertising firm, his real-estate ventures, the Advertising club, etc. Subseries C. Politics, n.d., 1944-1985 contains invitations, correspondence, clippings and programs related to Shecter?s interaction with politics and political figures at the local and national level. Subseries D. Genocide Convention and Civil Right Activities, n.d., 1954-1981 contains correspondence, clippings and talks related to Shecter?s work promoting the Genocide Convention and Civil Rights.? Subseries E. Charitable Contributions, n.d., 1945-1985 contains correspondence, clippings, invitations, etc., related to Shecter?s involvement with charitable organization and his own charitable contributions.? Subseries F. Art Collection, Museums and Culture, n.d, 1953-1983, contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, lists, newsletters, magazines and minutes related to Shecter?s art collection activities, his donation of art, and his interactions with museums and other cultural institutions and organizations. Subseries G. Personal Correspondence, n.d., 1921-1984, contains Shecter?s personal correspondence including a collection of letters (photocopies) to and from H.L. Menken.? Subseries H. Misc, n.d., 1932-1984 contains membership materials to the Masonic Lodge and Beth Tfiloh, invitations, play programs, writings, etc.? All of the materials are organized alphabetically within each subseries.

Louis Shecter and Senator Edward Kennedy reviewing a painting of President Kennedy and Governor Tawes at the opening of JFK Highway. Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter. 1975.20.25a

Series II. Rosalyn Shecter, n.d. 1931-1984 contains correspondence, diplomas, booklets, publications, newspaper clippings, scrapbook pages and genealogical material related to Rosalyn?s education, work and family.? A large portion of the collection relates to Rosalyn?s work with the Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors.? The folders are organized alphabetically except for the genealogy materials which are placed at the end of the series.

Rosalyn Shecter being sworn in as chairman of the Maryland Board of Motion Picture censors, 1968. 1974.21.18a

Series III. Children and Grandchildren, n.d., 1949-1983 contains correspondence, invitations and writings related to Louis and Rosalyn?s children and grandchildren.? The series is arranged alphabetically.

Rosalyn, Louis, Alan and Mark Shecter, 1950's. Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter. 1974.21.20

RELATED COLLECTIONS

The American Jewish Historical Society and Syracuse University Library both have Louis E. Shecter Manuscript collections.

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Louis Shecter with Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, 1952. Courtesy of Louis E. Shecter. 1975.20.1

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Spotlight on Collections

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by

As November 2012 comes to a close we thought it would be fun to look back and see what was going in Novembers past.

Portrait photograph of Leona Adler, November 24, 1910. Courtesy of Julius Mandel. 1990.209.90c.

Hilda (Lapides) Rudy and Sheldon Rudy (infant), November 1, 1936. Taken in front of Rudie's Pharmacy, 3100 Block of West North Avenue. Courtesy of Bessie Franklin. 1989.78.7.

Gela Baser and Fred Perchal at their wedding with guests in Brussels, Belgium, November 28, 1945. Courtesy of Rabbi Manuel Poliakoff. 1996.113.7.

Irving Cohn and family in Atlantic City, NJ, November 1946. Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Myron M. Oppenheimer. 2003.86.9.

Hymen Saye teaching ?Introduction to Hebrew? at the College of Jewish Studies, November 1947. Rhoda (Goldstein) Wilkis is in the front row, third from left, and Doris (Pollack) Schnider is fourth from left, wearing a dark dress, looking at the teacher. Courtesy of Hymen Saye. 1991.7.30.

Housing Authority of Baltimore event on November 1, 1951. From the estate of Jacob Fisher. 1972.36.1.22.

Photograph of Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin signing a proclamation designating the week as American Jewish Congress Week, November 1956. Pictured from left to right are: Meyer Cardin, Gertrude Benesh, Irvin Kovens, Maurice Cardin, Judge Daniel Friedman, Isaac Taylor, Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin, Otto D. Weill, Senator Philip H. Goodman, Florence Rogers, and Samuel Steinbach. Courtesy of Jack L. Levin. 1984.3.43.

The 50th Anniversary of the United Synagogues of America Convention at the Concord, November 17, 1963. J. Benjamin Katzner is standing at left. Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is seated immediately to the right of the podium. 1985.156.12.

Dedication ceremony of the restored Lloyd Street Synagogue, November 8, 1964. Courtesy of Janet Fishbein (daughter of Susan Levy Bodenheimer), Ellen Patz, Ruth Gottesman & Vera Mendelsohn Mitnick. 2002.79.931.

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Guests listening to the program at a Jewish National Fund event, November 5, 1967. 1985.156.24.

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