MS 197 Menasha E. Katz Collection

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by

The JMM is lucky enough to have many small personal collections.  These collections sometimes focus on a single aspect of a person’s life or they might contain fragments of information about their youth and adulthood.  While these small personal collections don’t usually give us a complete picture, they tend to have those little details – a letter or a photo – that make the past come alive or strike a cord with genealogists looking for their ancestors.

Katz family members, in Romania, unidentified female cousin, Dina, Fanny, and mother. JMM 1988.75.9

Menasha E. Katz (b.1902) Collection

1947-1961 (bulk 1947-1953)

MS 197

 Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Menasha E. Katz Collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Mr. Irwin Kramer in 1988 as accession 1988.75. The collection was processed in 2011 by Mary Barthelme.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain 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 practices

US Army Patches worn by Katz. JMM 1988.75.14--.19

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Menasha E. Katz was born in 1902 inRomania.  He immigrated toBaltimorewith his father, Luzer Katz, mother, Golda Katz, and sister,Rebecca, in 1911.  Five other siblings, Samuel, Benjamin, Jake, Morris and Mary lived in theUnited Statesalready.  Katz served in the United States Army from 1918 to 1922. He then joined the Maryland Police Department.  He had a wife Fannie and four children, Marlene, Carolyn, Gloria and Benjamin.

In 1953 Menasha E. Katz was selected for the United States Pistol Team in the 4th World Maccabiah Olympics inIsrael.

Menasha Katz and Ronnie Greenfeld. JMM 1988.75.11

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Menasha E. Katz Collection consists of personal letters, booklets, yearbooks, and newspaper clippings and addresses related to the 4th World Maccabiah Olympics, family and the Holocaust, and the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance.  The letters are from family, Avram Pecenick in Romania, and from the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.  In the collection there are booklets on the Holocaust and the Nazi regime.  The collection also contains clippings and other ephemera related to the 4th World Maccabiah Olympic Games.  The collection is organized by personal items first and printed texts at the end.  Photographs include family members of Menasha E. Katz in Romania and Menasha E. Katz in various settings.

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MS 195 The Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by

After a couple of archive posts about the collections of organizations, it’s time to get back to an individual.  The following collection is small, but packed, and deals primarily with the service of Sergeant Isaac Gordon during World War I.  Besides letters, Sergeant Gordon also saved several copies of the Stars and Stripes, the newspaper published by the US military.  After more than ninety years the cheap newspaper is a little worse for wear, but the content is still fascinating.  We were also able to find the full issues on line through the Library of Congress, which has digitized the Stars and Stripes published during World War I.  I’ve included a link for that site at the bottom of the finding aid.

Letter from Isaac to his sister Betty, December 28, 1917. 1985.122.2

Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers

1917-1930 (bulk 1917-1919)

MS 195

Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland in 1985 by his daughter, Phyllis Pollokoff. It was received as accession 1985.122. The collection was partially processed at an unknown date and completed by Andrea DeBoef in 2011.

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.

Menu. 1985.122.7

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Isaac Gordon was born in Norfolk, VA about 1896. His father, Wolf Gordon, was born in Russia, but came through Baltimore when he immigrated. Isaac Gordon was with the U.S. Army Ambulance Services in France between 1917 and 1919. Isaac Gordon was later married to Mary Gordon. He died about 1981.

Order, submitted by Isaac Gordon, April 19, 1919. 1985.122.7

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers are compiled from his time in the U.S. Army Ambulance Service with the French Army between 1917 and 1919. This collection includes personal letters to brothers Leroy and Jake; his sisters Betty, Anna, Sadie, and Flo; and his parents in Pittsburgh, PA, also military orders, an affidavit, a menu, and newspaper clippings. There are around 250 letters, but approximately 200 of these are photocopies. The owner retained the originals. The files are organized by type (letters, military papers, and newspaper clippings) and then chronologically. For preservation purposes, photocopies of the letters and clippings will be used for research.

The Library of Congress provides access to digitized copies of the Stars and Stripes from World War I at the following site:

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http:///memory.loc.gov/ammem/sgphtml/sashtml/

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