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|Name:||The Fanny Goldstein Papers.|
|Abstract:||The Fanny Goldstein Papers consist of the correspondence, reports and newsclippings about Fanny Goldstein, a Jewish librarian in Boston, Massachusetts, who was active in setting up congregational libraries and compiling bibliographies of Jewish books. The collection includes the bibliography The Jew in Literature and Contemporary Life.|
|Quantity:||2.0. linear feet; 4 Hollinger boxes.|
|Identification:||Manuscript Collection No. 205.|
Fanny Goldstein was born 15 May 1895 in Kaments-Pdolsk, Russia. In 1900, she emigrated with her family to the North End in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was to remain for the rest of her life.
After taking classes at Simmons College, Boston University and Harvard University, Goldstein became a librarian at the Boston Public Library North End branch in 1913. As an immigrant, Goldstein worked in branch libraries with large immigrant audiences by choice. She felt that understanding ethnicity of oneself and one's neighbors was critical to acculturating to America. At her branch library, Goldstein held an annual Hanukah-Christmas party. She also organized the Saturday Evening Girls Club in 1914. This club allowed members to learn about other's ethnic backgrounds as well as job skills. In 1922, Goldstein became the branch librarian at the West End, where she was to remain until her retirement in 1957.
Goldstein was best known as the founder of Jewish Book Week which evolved into National Jewish Book Month. In 1925, she created an exhibit of Jewish books which gave her the idea to further encourage Jewish literature. This expanded not only to Jewish Book Week, but also was the start of Goldstein's collection of Judaica within her branch. Goldstein also had close ties with and encouraged several young authors including, Reba Paeff Mirsky and Charles Angoff, in literary careers.
Fanny Goldstein died December 26, 1961 after a long illness. Her Judaica collection became a separate section of the main branch of the Boston Public Library.
The Fanny Goldstein Papers are the record of the professional activities of Fanny Goldstein, the first female Judaica librarian and the founder of National Jewish Book Week. Goldstein was also the first Jewish woman to direct a branch library in Massachusetts. The collection does not directly contain materials about the start of Jewish Book Week, but activities, speakers, and publicity relating to this topic can be found in the correspondence files. The correspondence also contains numerous references to outreach and collecting activities relating to her position as a branch librarian at the Boston Public Library. The collection spans the dates 1921-1961 but the bulk of the materials cover 1937-1957.
Fanny Goldstein was an author as well as a librarian of Judaica and the collection contains correspondence about articles she wrote for various publications. It also contains one manuscript of a bibliography entitled The Jew in Literature and Contemporary Life and material relating to Nazi book burnings in Germany.
The Fanny Goldstein Papers consist of the professional record of Goldstein's career. The papers are arranged into two (2) series:
B. Writings and Activities.
The papers are open to all users and available in the reading room of the American Jewish Archives.
Goldstein, Fanny. Nearprint Biographies File.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Fanny Goldstein Papers and the American Jewish Archives.
The Fanny Goldstein Papers were donated ot the American Jewish Archives by Fanny Goldstein, Boston, Massachusetts in August, 1961. The correspondence between Goldstein and Joshua Bloch was donated by Rose Brenner, Brookline, Massachusetts, in October, 1962.
Series A: Correspondence. 1925-1961.
|The correspondence series consists of four Hollinger boxes of correspondence in relationship to Fanny Goldstein's work as a librarian at the Boston Public Library. Some of the correspondence relates to raising funds and finding speakers for her Judaica section. Correspondents of note in this series include: Joshua Bloch, Louis D. Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter. The span dates for this series are 1921-1965.|
|2||Aleph Zedik Aleph of B'nai B'rith. 1932-1934; 1949.|
|3||American Friends of Hebrew University. 1926-1960.|
|4||American Jewish Committee. 1940-1957.|
|5||American Jewish Historical Society. 1932; 1940-1945; 1953-1959.|
|6||Angoff, Charles. 1949-1951.|
|7||Angoff, Charles. 1952-1954.|
|8||Angoff, Charles. 1955-1956.|
|9||Angoff, Charles. 1957-1961; n.d.|
|10||Antin, Mary. 1931; 1936-1939.|
|11||Australian Jewish Historical Society. 1941-1953; n.d.|
|12||Avery, Alfred H. 1943-1949; 1957.|
|14||Baker, Rachel. 1944-1946.|
|15||Baker, Rachel. 1947-1952.|
|16||Baker, Rachel. 1953-1957; n.d.|
|2||1||Behr, Harold H. 1935-1937; 1948.|
|2||Blackwell, Alice Stone. 1934-1950; n.d.|
|3||Bloch, Joshua. [English, Yiddish] 1928-1936.|
|4||Bloch, Joshua. 1937-1942.|
|5||Bloch, Joshua. 1943-1961.|
|6||B'nai B'rith. 1934; 1936; 1938; 1945.|
|7||Boston, Massachusetts. Temple Israel. 1918-1957; n.d.|
|8||Brandeis, Louis. 1934-1941.|
|9||Brandeis University. 1947-1961.|
|11||Capert, Jean. 1940-1941; 1946-1951.|
|12||Cohen, Henry. 1934-1949.|
|13||Coleman, Edward D. 1930-1939.|
|16||Edelmann, R. 1946-1960.|
|2||Fein, Harry H. 1937-1955; n.d.|
|3||Friedman, Lee M. 1932-1959.|
|5||Glatzer, Nahum M. 1949-1960.|
|6||Green, Sally S. 1940-1942; 1959.|
|7||Guppy, Henry. 1939-1945.|
|11||Jacobs, Maurice. 1936-1948.|
|13||Kaufmann, Myron S. 1957-1959.|
|15||Lebeson, Anita L. 1939-1940; 1954-1960.|
|16||Leftwich, Joseph. 1952-1961; n.d.|
|17||Levin, Meyer. 1956-1958; n.d.|
|18||Lowitz, Martin. 1936-1938; n.d.|
|2||Marx, Alexander. 1929-1948.|
|3||Massachusetts State Prisons. 1944-1961.|
|4||Massachusetts State Prisons.Carson, David. 1940-1956.|
|6||National Federation of Jewish Mens Clubs. 1944-1945.|
|7||Ovid, Moshes. [Good, Edward.] 1927-1959; n.d.|
|9||Pfeiffer, Robert H. 1936-1955.|
|12||Schneiderman, Harry. 1936; 1940-1941; 1953-1957.|
|13||Soref, Harold. 1953-1961.|
|14||South African Jewry. 1936-1960; n.d.|
|5||1||Spiegelberg, Flora. 1935-1940.|
|3||Vatican Library. 1939; 1947-1952.|
|5||Wayman, Dorothy G. 1948-1960; n.d.|
|6||Wolk, Samuel. 1927-1939; 1944-1947; 1954-1957.|
|7||Young Israel. 1925-1938.|
|8||Zweig, Frederike. 1947-1958; n.d.|
Series B: Writings and Activities. 1933-1956; n.d.
|The writings and activities series consists of one Hollinger box of Goldstein's writing and research. This series contains newsclippings about Goldstein's activities, and a bibliography entitled The Jew in Literature and Contemporary Life. Goldstein was extremely interested in the Nazi book burnings and this series contains her correspondence and reports concerning the subject. Much of the correspondence is in other languages including German, Hebrew, Italian and Yiddish.|
|10||The Jew in Literature and Contemporary Life. Bibliography.|
|11||Nazi book burnings. Correspondence and reports. 1933-1939.|
|12||Nazi book burnings. Correspondence and reports. 1941-1946.|
|12||Nazi book burnings. Clippings. 1930-1956; n.d.|