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Women whose lives spanned a century collection

Repository: Temple Israel of Boston. Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center

Collection Description (CRHP): The temple's rabbis, individual members, and Social Action Committee were heavily involved in civil rights efforts in the 1950s and 1960s, and this activity was discussed in-depth in the book Becoming American Jews: Temple Israel of Boston (Brandeis University Press, 2009). This collection includes an audio oral history interview and transcript with Anne Jackson (temple member). She was one of those involved with the civil rights movement.

Collection Description (Extant): The collection includes oral history interviews conducted in 1997 with thirty-two female members of Temple Israel whose lives spanned the twentieth century. Topics focus on life at Temple Israel and Boston's Jewish community, private lives, notable achievements, participation in public affairs, including civil rights, women's rights, local politics, social action, and Jewish activism. Collection includes audiotapes, digital files, indices, bound transcripts, videos, and images. Also included are materials from accompanying Wyner Museum exhibit, including placards, clothing, images, and ephemera. The exhibit was displayed in 1998-1999.

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: approx. 6 linear feet

Language: English

Related Archival Items: In the archive's collections, there is also other material that pertains to the Civil Rights movement. Here is a short list: Social Action Committee Files: There is material in this collection that deal with various civil rights projects that the committee engaged in. Temple Israel Bulletin: Contain notices and articles about activities Torchbearer (religious school yearbook): student accounts of Civil Rights movement, involvement of temple members in the various marches (including Selma), and a visit by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the temple in April 1965 (The archive's information on King's visit to Temple Israel and his Passover sermon is limited, however; it has a couple letters announcing the visit, a notice in the temple bulletin, and a student's yearbook account). Papers of Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn: Collection contains copies of correspondence with various Civil Rights figures, including NAACP president Kivie Kaplan (a temple member), and others, along with subject files and other material. The originals are located at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, which also has a finding aid for the collection online:

Interviewees: Anne Jackson

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Relations with Jews
Boston (Mass.)--Ethnic relations
Boston (Mass.)--Politics and government
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Civil rights workers--Massachusetts
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Judaism
Jewish women
Social justice
Women civil rights workers


Sound recordings


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