MS 76 Baltimore Zionist Federation Records

Posted on April 19th, 2012 by

The following collection is made up entirely of archives – no objects and no photographs.  The images that you will see in this post represent some of the organizations that fell under the Baltimore Zionist Federation, but here at the JMM the activities of the BZF can only be found in the written word.  The written word is, of course, very important, but it can only give us a partial understanding of a person or an organization, just has having a lone photograph can tell us some but not all of the story.  Having written documents, photographs and objects supporting each other can be extremely important in order to understand the past.  It’s also more visually interesting.  I’m an archivist so I love letters and diaries and meeting minutes, but I like putting faces to the names I read, or seeing the object they discuss.  Think about that as you go about your day-to-day life at home and at work – how much are you documenting and in what way?

Tzedakah box issued by Hadassah, 1993. 1993.92.2

Baltimore Zionist Federation

Records, n.d, 1972-1978

MS 76

       The Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Baltimore Zionist Federation Records were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Mrs. Sylvia Goldman in 1985 as accession 1985.73. 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.

Tzedekah box for the Jewish National Fund. 2000.54.4

HISTORICAL NOTE

The American Zionist Federation was established in 1970 as an “umbrella” organization to unite all American Zionist organizations.  It sponsors and promotes Zionist and Israel-related youth activities, educational programs, and public and communal affairs. The Baltimore branch of the American Zionist Federation, the Baltimore Zionist Federation, was established in 1971 to serve as the “umbrella” organization for many local organizations including Hadassah, the Baltimore District of the Zionist Organization of America, Mizrachi Men, Mizrachi Women, the American Labor Zionist Alliance Pioneer Women, and the Jewish National Fund.  The Baltimore Zionist Federation has implemented many ongoing projects such as Aliyah Conferences, Ulpanim, publications of Zionist interest, and scholar-in- residence programs.  In addition, they offer scholarships to Jewish students for travel and study in Israel.

Possible Baltimore Zionist District gathering. 1996.68.24.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Baltimore Zionist Federation Records include correspondence with community leaders, local congregations, government officials, and scholarship applicants, newspaper clippings, articles relating toIsrael, and information relating to Baltimore Zionist Federation fundraisers and events. Folders titled “Baltimore Jewish Council” contain minutes from Baltimore Jewish Council Board Meetings which were attended by representatives from several local organizations including Baltimore Zionist Federation representatives.  Collection also includes a petition that was sent to the Maryland Congressional Delegation requesting that they support H.R. 12203, the Foreign Assistance Contingency Resolution, which was intended to provide funds toIsrael. Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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MS 199 Gussie Levin Family Papers

Posted on November 11th, 2011 by

We are only one manuscript collection away from 200!  This collection is small, but includes documents from two generations of the same family — Gussie Levin and her daughters Gertrude and Nannette.  All three women shared a dedication to Hadassah and education.

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Teacher's Training School, Nannette Levin is in back row center wearing a tie. Dec. 3, 1907. 1994.78.7

Gussie Levin Family Papers

n.d, 1915-1967

 MS 199

 Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Gussie Levin Family Papers were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by William Saxon, Jr. in 1994 as accession 1994.078.  Jennifer Vess processed the collection in October 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.

Nannette Levin's class at School No. 4 (or 14), September 1908. 1994.78.9

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Augusta“Gussie” Schlichter (c.1868-1927) married Mordecai Levin (1865-1893) on May 19, 1889 at Chizuk Amuno,Lloyd StreetinBaltimore.  Mordecai had immigrated to theUnited Statesfrom eitherGermanyorRussiaand was Louis H. Levin’s cousin.  Mordecai helped found the Baltimore Talmud Torah.  Gussie was an active member of Hadassah from the beginning of the organization.  In later life she taught at theChizukAmunoCongregationSchool.  Gussie and Mordecai had two daughters, Gertrude Levin Saxon (b. March 1890) and Nannette Levin (1891-1987).

Prior to her marriage Gertrude taught in theBaltimore City public school system.  She married William Saxon, a lawyer, on February 24, 1915 at Chizuk Amuno.  They had a daughter, Marjorie born c. 1916/1917 and a son William Saxon, Jr. born c. 1925.  Gertrude was involved with Hadassah and in the 1930s served as the President of Seaboard Hadassah, Regional Unit.  William Saxon, Jr. was a pilot during World War II.

Nannette graduated fromEasterHigh Schoolin 1907 and became a teacher inBaltimore City public schools.  Eventually she served as the principal ofCommodoreJohnRogersElementary School.  She retired in 1957.  She also taught atMorganStateUniversity, the Women’s Institute atBaltimoreHebrewCollege, and Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.  Nannette was involved with the board of Jewish Education and, like her mother and sister, with Hadassah.

Hadassah group, Gertrude Levin Saxon is 5th woman from left, front row, August 1947. 1994.78.10

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Gussie Levin Family Papers contain documents related to Gussie S. Levin and her two daughters, Nannette Levin and Gertrude Levin Saxon.  The collection is divided into four series.  Series I: Gussie Levin Papers contains correspondence and print materials related to Gussie Levin and her husband including memorials and Hadassah materials.  The series is organized chronologically.  Series II: Gertrude Levin Saxon Papers contains clippings, correspondence, reports, speeches, programs, newsletters, etc. related to Gertrude Levin Saxon and her husband and family.  Materials reference Hadassah, marriage and William Saxon, Jr.’s participation in World War II.  The series is organized chronologically. Series III: Nannette S. Levin Papers contains articles, speeches, programs, correspondence, etc. related to Nannette S. Levin’s involvement in Hadassah, education, Pi Lambda Theta, etc. The series is organized chronologically. Series IV: Misc. Papers contains clippings, articles and essays that cannot be attributed to a particular family member.  Subjects include, Henrietta Szold, Hadassah, etc.

See collections database for photographs and objects.

RELATED COLLECTIONS

MS 16 Levin family papers

MS 37 Benjamin Szold papers

MS 38 Henrietta Szold and Bertha Szold Levin Papers

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MS 165 The Business and Professional Women’s Group, Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah, Papers, 1937-1976

Posted on March 10th, 2011 by

We don't have spectacular images to go along with this collection, but I was drawn into the story of the group and how it got started.  I just had to share!

Business and Professional Women’s Group,

Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah Papers

1937-1976

 MS 165

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Business and Professional Women’s Group, Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah Papers were given to the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland on August 13, 1986 as accession 1986.077 by Julia Kaplan on behalf of the Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. Jonathan Roscoe processed the collection in February 2007 with assistance from Vera Kestenberg.

 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.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Hadassah, the Women’s ZioNist Organization of America, was founded as a volunteer women’s organization by Baltimorean Henrietta Szold in 1912. The first activities of Hadassah centered on providing medical aid to Israel (then Palestine).  During World War II Hadassah assisted in bringing children from Europe to Palestine.  Hadassah continued to expand its services and initiatives into multiple aspects of America life and in Israel.  Hadassah is now an international organization and the Baltimore chapter is still active today.
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The Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah was formed in 1920 by Bertha Szold Levin (Henrietta’s sister).  The members of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah met the fourth Monday of every month at one o’clock in the afternoon, which prevented working women from participating.  The Business & Professional Women’s Group was created to allow working women to take part in Hadassah by meeting in the evenings and eventually on Sundays.  The minutes from the early years of the organization were disposed of by the family of the original secretary after her death.  The organization was under the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah, but was financially self-supporting.  The organization is still in existence, but its membership is decreasing.  (Information provided by Betty Seidel)

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Business and Professional Women’s Group, Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah Papers contain two types of documents.  The first series consists of Meeting Minutes for the Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. The second series contains copies of the Shoppers’ Guide & Directory produced by the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. The Directories list members of Hadassah along with their telephone numbers and addresses. The books also include advertisements from local charities and businesses.

Series I. Meeting Minutes, 1937-1974

Meeting Minutes for Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. The minutes cover the board meetings and the general meetings.  Minutes are typed and handwritten.

Series II. Shoppers’ Guides and Directories, 1961-1976

The printed copies of the Shoppers’ Guide and Directory date from 1961 to 1976 with only 1969 missing.

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