Guide to the Freedman Family Papers

undated, 1901-2009

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P-1044


Processed by Lindsay Sprechman

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman in August 2018. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in August 2018. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freedman Family
Title: Freedman Family Papers
Dates: undated, 1889-1958, 1993-2017
Abstract:
This collection contains photographs, correspondence, news clippings, vital records, genealogical materials, sheet music, recordings, and manuscripts documenting the Freedman family of Springfield, Massachusetts. Included are materials on Joseph and Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, and their children Jacob Freedman, a rabbi, scholar, translator, and writer; Samuel Freedman; Martin Freedman; and Sarah (Freedman) Aizenstat.
Languages:   The collection is in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian.
Quantity: 3.75 linear feet (1 document box, 5 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, and 12 OS folders)
ID:   P-1044
Repository: Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, Mass.

Freedman family portrait, from left to right (standing) Samuel, Sarah, Martin, and Jacob; (seated) Lena and Joseph

Biographical Note

Joseph Freedman (born Josef Poczkarnick) was born on April 15, 1879 in Eišiškes, Lithuania. His family later relocated to the neighboring town of Truk (Trakai), and Joseph went on to study at the Yeshiva in Slobodka, Lithuania, eventually becaming a cantor, mohel, and shochet.

Lena Freedman was born in Butrimonys, Lithuania in 1884, the youngest of seven children to Joshua and Sara (Gans) Sakowitz. Joshua, a scribe of religious texts, was born in Butrimonys in 1845 to Levy and Lena (Cohen) Sakowitz; Sara was born to Meyer and Itta Gans in 1845 in Zosly (Žasliai), Lithuania.

Joseph and Lena married in 1903 and had a son, Jacob (known as Jack), born on December 18, 1903. The following year, in August of 1904, Joseph, Lena, and Jacob immigrated to the United States aboard the Potsdam and first settled in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1905, Joseph was offered by Rabbi Samuel Rappaport the position of cantor at Springfield, Massachusetts’ Beth Israel Synagogue, and the family moved to Springfield, where Joseph and Lena remained for the rest of their lives. Joseph and Lena had three more children: Samuel, Martin, and Sarah.

Both Joseph and Lena were active in Springfield’s Jewish community. Joseph was especially involved in the Zionist movement and served as a delegate to two of the Zionist Organization of America’s national conventions. Lena was a charter member and principal fundraiser for the Daughters of Zion Home for the Aged (later known as Springfield Jewish Home for the Aged, Jewish Nursing Home of Western Massachusetts, and finally Jewish Geriatric Services), as well as actively involved in the local Mizrachi Women’s Organization (later AMIT Women). She also served as president of the Beth Israel Synagogue Sisterhood for eight years. Joseph Freedman died on February 10, 1958, and Lena Freedman died on April 12, 1965.

Jacob Freedman attended Springfield’s High School of Commerce, graduating in 1921. He then attended Harvard College for one year, after which he transferred to Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and won the Benjamin S. Romaine Prize for Greek Language and Literature in 1926. He later earned his Master of Arts from Columbia. Jacob then went on to attend the Jewish Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature and a Doctor of Divinity and was ordained as a rabbi in 1930. After his ordination, he served as a rabbi at numerous congregations throughout his career, including Temple Sinai in Long Beach, California; Temple Beth El in Chelsea, Massachusetts; Temple Beth-El in Fall River, Massachusetts; and Congregation Knesses Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

In addition to his rabbinical career, Jacob as also a prolific songwriter and translator. He wrote musical pieces including "Hatikvoh" (an English version of the Israeli national anthem), "Hail! Happy Purim", and "O God of Peace" and translated Hebrew writings, such The Great Madness, Eve, and Pinocchio in Israel.

Jacob is also known for his publication of the Polychrome Historical Haggadah, a color-coded guide to the Passover seder which illustrates the historical period or source from which text of the Hagaddah originates (for example, black for Biblical era, orange for Amoraic Period, brown for Middle Ages, purple for modern times, etc.), which was published in 1974. He also used the same concept for a prayerbook, called the Polychrome Historical Siddur or Siddur Bays Yosef, but the work was never completed or published before Jacob’s death on May 1, 1986.

Samuel King Freedman was born on August 15, 1908. He worked as an attorney (going by the name S. King Freedman) and married Sylvia Knecht. Together, they had four children: Marilyn, Martin, Richard, and Leslie. Samuel died on May 24, 1989.

Martin Freedman was born on January 7, 1910. He attended Springfield’s Central High School, graduating in 1926, and later enrolled at Harvard College. In the summer of 1928, just after completing his second year at Harvard, Martin fell ill and died on July 11 at the age of eighteen. In his memory, his parents and brother Jacob established the Martin Freedman Memorial Award, presented to Central High School students with the best scholastic record in English courses.

Sarah Freedman was born on December 20, 1913. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 1935, and later a Master of Social Services, both from Simmons College. Sarah worked as a social worker, including at the Jewish Social Service Bureau, where she helped to resettle displaced persons after World War II, until her retirement in 1973. On June 20, 1950, she married Harry Aizenstat. Sarah died on February 24, 2009.

References

Material from the collection.

Chronology

April 15, 1879 Joseph Freedman is born.
1884 Lena Sakowitz is born.
1903 Joseph Freedman and Lena Sakowitz marry.
December 18, 1903 Jacob Freedman is born.
August 23, 1904 Joseph, Lena, and Jacob immigrate to the United States.
August 15, 1908 Samuel King Freedman is born.
January 7, 1910 Martin Freedman is born.
December 20, 1913 Sarah Freedman is born.
July 11, 1928 Martin Freedman dies.
1930 Jacob Freedman is inducted as a rabbi.
1930-1931 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Sinai (Long Beach, Calif.).
1931 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel (Amsterdam, N.Y.).
1932-1935 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Beth El (Chelsea, Mass.).
1935 Joseph Freedman becomes a naturized citizen of the United States.
1936-1937 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Israel (Niagara Falls, N.Y.).
1937-1941 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Beth-El (Fall River, Mass.).
1942-1943 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Israel of Oak Lane (Philadelphia, Penn.)
1943-1944 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Beth El Synagogue (New Rochelle, N.Y.).
1944-1946 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Kew Gardens Jewish Center (Kew Gardens, N.Y.).
1946-1948 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Jewish Community Center of Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.).
1948 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation B'nai Sholaum/Ninth Street Temple (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
1948-1949 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Beth El (Asbury Park, N.J.).
June 20, 1950 Sarah Freedman and Harry Aizenstat marry.
1951 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Fresh Meadows Jewish Center (Flushing, N.Y.).
1952-1955 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation Knesses Israel (Pittsfield, Mass.).
1955-1956 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel (Vancouver, B.C., Canada).
February 10, 1958 Joseph Freedman dies.
1958-1960 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom (Providence, R.I.).
1962-1963 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom (Stratford, Conn.).
April 12, 1965 Lena Freedman dies.
1966-1967 Jacob Freedman serves as rabbi at Temple Adas Israel (Hyde Park, Mass.).
May 1, 1986 Jacob Freedman dies.
May 24, 1989 Samuel King Freedman dies.
February 24, 2009 Sarah (Freedman) Aizenstat dies.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, correspondence, news clippings, vital records, genealogical materials, sheet music, recordings, and manuscripts documenting the personal and professional lives of the Freedman family of Springfield, Massachusetts. Included are materials on Joseph and Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman and their children Jacob Freedman, a rabbi, scholar, translator, and writer; Samuel Freedman; Martin Freedman; and Sarah (Freedman) Aizenstat. Also included are documents relating to Joseph and Lena’s family, the Poczkarnick (later changed to Freedman), Sakowitz, and Gans families. Of particular interest may be Jacob Freedman’s research and work on the Polychrome Historical Haggadah , a guide published in 1974 which illustrates via color coding the historical period of source from which text of the Hagaddah originates.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into eight series as follows:

  • Series I: Sakowitz and Gans Families, undated, 1998-2004
  • Series II: Freedman/Poczkarnick Family, undated 1904-1999
  • Series III: Joseph and Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, undated, 1901-2009
    • Subseries A: Marriage, 1903-1953
    • Subseries B: Joseph Freedman, undated, 1901-1991
    • Subseries C: Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, undated, 1931-2009
  • Series IV: Jacob (Jack) Freedman, undated, 1920-1986
    • Subseries A: Music, undated, 1940s-1977
    • Subseries B: Personal Papers, undated, 1920-1985
    • Subseries C: Publications, undated, 1924-1986
    • Subseries D: Rabbinate, undated, 1930-1986
  • Series V: Samuel K. Freedman, undated 1908-1995
  • Series VI: Martin Freedman, undated, 1922-1937
  • Series VII: Sarah (Freedman) Aizenstat, undated, 1931-1968
  • Series VIII: Miscellaneous, undated, 1931-1973

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Related Material

Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts Records, I-600


Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Freedman Family Papers, P-1044; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.


Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts, June 2016.


Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I: Sakowitz and Gans Family, undated, 1998-2004

  • In English.
  • Box 1.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains genealogies, photographs, and family trees documenting the Sakowitz and Gans families.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Descendants of Levy (Leyba) Sakowitz undated
1 2 Photographs undated
1 3 Sakowitz and Gans Family Trees 2004
1 4 Sakowitz Genealogy and Narrative Report 1998-2001

 

Series II: Freedman/Poczkarnick Family, undated, 1904-1999

  • In English.
  • Box 1.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs, passports, and notes documenting the Poczkarnick/Freedman family. Included in this series are early photographs of Joseph and Lena Freedman and their children.

Box Folder Title Date
1 5 Freedman Family History 1999
1 6 Important Dates undated
1 7 Passport 1904
1 8 Photographs undated

 

Series III: Joseph and Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, undated, 1901-2009

  • In English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian.
  • Box 1-2, OS folders.

 

Subseries A: Marriage, 1903-1953

  • In English and Yiddish. 
  • Box 1.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials related to the marriage of Joseph and Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, including the couple's ketubah, wedding invitation, and weddings anniversary congratulations.

Box Folder Title Date
1 9 Ketubah 1903
1 10 Wedding Anniversary Congratulations 1928-1953
1 11 Wedding Invitation 1903

 

Subseries B: Joseph Freedman, undated, 1901-1991

  • In English and Yiddish. 
  • Box 1, OS folders.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, vital records, news clippings, and photographs chronicling the life of Joseph Freedman. Of particular interest may be a 1901 Imperial Russian Army draft notice.

Box Folder Title Date
1 12 Certificate of Naturalization 1935
1 13 Correspondence—General 1905-1951
1 14 Correspondence—Petition for Immigration Visa for Family 1948
OS 1 Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund Certificate  
1 15 Imperial Russian Army Draft Notice 1901
OS 2 Joseph Freedman Monument Co.  
1 16 Miscellaneous undated
1 17 Newspaper Clippings undated, 1941-1991
1 18 Obituaries and Memorials 1958
1 19 Obituaries and Memorials—Scholarship Fund 1958
1 20 Photographs undated
1 21 Receipts for Money Sent Abroad to Family 1907-1911
1 22 Tifereth Israel Ledger  
2 1 Zionist Convention Pins 1918, 1921, 1924

 

Subseries B: Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, undated, 1931-2009

  • In English. 
  • Boxes 1-2, OS folders.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, and photographs related to Lena Freedman's life.

Box Folder Title Date
2 2 Correspondence 1941-1964
2 3 Daughters of Jacob Free Loan Association 1931-1946
2 4 Daughters of Zion for the Aged/Springfield Jewish Home for the Aged 1936-1975
2 5 Donation Receipts undated
2 6 Mizrachi Women's Organization/Springfield AMIT Women undated, 1958-1959
2 7 Obituaries and Memorials 1965, 2009
OS 3 Obituaries and Memorials—Jewish National Fund Tree Fund Certificates in Memory of Lena Freedman by the Mizrachi Women of Springfield Family and Friends 1965
2 8 Photographs undated

 

Series IV: Jacob Freedman, undated, 1920-1986

  • In English, Hebrew and Yiddish.. 
  • Boxes 2-4, 6-7, OS folders.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains correspondence, news clippings, vital records, manuscripts, photographs, sheet music, sermons, and programs documenting the personal and professional life of Jacob Freedman. Included are materials related to his songwriting, his academics, and his tenures as rabbi at various congregations. Also included are research, drafts, and manuscripts of the Polychrome Historical Haggadah.

 

Subseries A: Music, undated, 1940s-1977

  • In English.
  • Boxes 2, 7, OS folders.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains sheet music and recordings documenting Jacob Freedman's songwriting, including sheet music to three songs he wrote, "Hail! Happy Purim," "Hatikvoh," and "O God of Peace."

Box Folder Title Date
2 9 Hail! Happy Purim 1943
2 10 Hatikvoh 1946-1977
2 11 Letterpress of Hatikvoh and O God of Peace 1946
2 12 Miscellaneous Music 1940s
2 13 Miscellaneous Music and Lyrics by Jacob Freedman undated, 1940s
2 14 Miscellaneous Sheet Music 1977
2 15 O God of Peace 1946-1971
7   Recordings—Miscellaneous Recordings undated
7   Recordings—Unknown undated
7   Recordings—Unknown 1967
7   Recordings—Unknown undated
7   Recordings—Unknown undated
7   Recordings—Unknown undated
7   Recordings—Unknown 1970
7   Recordings—"When the Clouds Roll By" by Joseph Freedman (Lyrics) and David Nadien (Music) [2 copies] undated
7   Recordings—"Hatikvoh" undatd

 

Subseries B: Personal Papers, undated, 1920-1985

  • In English. 
  • Boxes 2-3, OS folders.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains educational records, correspondence, vital records, news clippings, and photographs that document Jacob Freedman's personal life. Included are his citizenship application and certificate, correspondence between him and his parents, and records of Jewish scholarly books he purchased and donated to various libraries and institutions.

Box Folder Title Date
2 16 B'nai B'rith 1951, 1976
2 17 Book Donations 1958-1981
2 18 Book Purchases and Receipts undated, 1936-1983
2 19 Boy Scouts 1983
2 20 Citizenship Application and Certificate 1960-1961
2 21 The Collegians/Young Men's Hebrew Association 1920-1924
OS 4 The Collegians/Young Men's Hebrew Association—Newsletters 1920
2 22 Committee on Army and Navy Religious Activities of the Jewish Welfare Board Physicians Preliminary Report 1942
2 23 Correspondence—General 1952-1985
2 24 Correspondence—Graduation Congratularions 1930
3 1 Correspondence—Jacob and Parents undated, 1927-1956
3 2 Education—Columbia University 1922-1926
3 3 Education—Commerce High School 1921
3 4 Education—Harvard Univeristy 1922
3 5 Honorary Degree 1972
3 5 Jewish National Fund Tree Fund Certificate in Memory of Moracai Rudansky Planted by Jacob Freedman undated
3 6 "Meditations on a Temple and its Rabbi" by Mildred Silver undated
3 7 Memorials and Obituaries 1986
3 8 Miscellaneous undated, 1911-1957
3 9 News Clippings undated, 1967-1983
3 10 Patent for Baby Carriage on Skis 1982
3 11 Photographs undated, 1924-1977
OS 6 Photographs—Oversized Elementary School Photograph circa 1913-1914
3 12 Pioneer Valley Israel 30th Anniversary Medal 1978
3 13 Rabbi Jacob Freedman Award for English Translation of a Jewish Classic 1973-1980
3 14 Scrapbook undated
3 15 "Six Words that Shook the World" 1965
OS 7 Third Degree of Masonry Admittance to the Watuuppa Lodge of Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 1940

 

Subseries C: Publications, undated, 1924-1986

  • In English and Hebrew. 
  • Box 6.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains numerous manuscripts and writings Jacob Freedman published throughout his life. Included are the translations of EveThe Great Madness, and Pinocchio in Israel from Hebrew to English, as well as miscellaneous articles he wrote on a variety of topics such as freelance rabbis and the writings of Pierre van Passen. Also included are research, notes, correspondence, manuscripts, and news clippings related to the writing and publication of the Polychrome Historical Haggadah and the partial work on the Polychrome Historical Siddur, both of which were funded through Freedman's foundation, the Jacob Freedman Liturgy Research Foundation.

Box Folder Title Date
6 1 Jacob Freedman Liturgy Research Foundation—Appeals for Money 1977-1986
6 2 Jacob Freedman Liturgy Research Foundation—Financials 1972-1981
6 3 Jacob Freedman Liturgy Research Foundation—Trustees undated, 1972
6 4 Polychrome Historical Hagaddah—Correspondence—Congratulations and Letters of Receipt 1972-1981
6 5 Polychrome Historical Hagaddah—Correspondence—Orders 1974-1982
6 6 Polychrome Historical Hagaddah—Correspondence—Publication 1972-1975
6 7 Polychrome Historical Hagaddah—Manuscript 1974
6 8 Polychrome Historical Hagaddah—News Clippings 1974-1975
6 9 Polychrome Historical Siddur—Booklet 1969
6 10 Polychrome Historical Siddur—Correspondence—Miscellaneous undated, 1958-1975
6 11 Polychrome Historical Siddur—Correspondence—Orders 1972-1984
6 12 Polychrome Historical Siddur—News Clippings 1974-1980
6 13 Translations—Eve—Correspondence 1953-1955
6 14 Translations—Eve—Manuscript 1954
6 15 Translations—Eve—Publication 1954
6 16 Translations—The Great Madness—Correspondence with Avigdor Haimeiri 1935-1952
6 17 Translations—The Great Madness—Correspondence with Publisher 1951-1954
6 18 Translations—The Great Madness—Correspondence—General 1935-1975
6 19 Translations—The Great Madness—Manuscript 1952
6 20 Translations—The Great Madness—News Clippings 1952
6 21 Translations—Pinocchio in Israel—Manuscript 1969
6 22 Translations—Pinocchio in Israel—Original in Hebrew 1950
6 23 Translations—Pinocchio in Israel—Series in Jewish Weekly  
6 24 Writings—"Congressman Joseph W. Martin Jr. of Massachusetts" undated
6 25 Writings—"Dramatic Story of Kindley Jew, Catholic Seminary" undated
6 26 Writings—"Experiment in Living" 1939
6 27 Writings—History of Jewish Students and Hillel undated, 1924-1926
6 28 Writings—Miscellaneous undated
6 29 Writings—"My Whines Have Tender Gripes!" 1965
6 30 Writings—News Articles 1943-1967
6 31 Writings—"The Origin of the Ku Klux Klan" undated
6 32 Writings—"The Problem of Free Lance Rabbis in America" undated
6 33 Writings—Question and Answer Book on Jewish Liturgy undated, 1965
6 34 Writings—Who was the First Spaceman?" undated
6 35 Writings—"Years of Our Days: A Memorial Collection of Writings about Pierre van Passen" 1968

 

Subseries D: Rabbinate, undated, 1930-1986

  • In English and Hebrew. 
  • Boxes 3-4, OS folders.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains news clippings, sermons, photographs, programs, and correspondence documenting Jacob Freedman's tenures as rabbi at various congregations.

Box Folder Title Date
3 16 Beth El Synagogue (New Rochelle, N.Y.) 1943-1944
3 17 Congregation Ahavath Israel of Oak Lane (Philadelphia, Penn.) 1942-1944
3 18 Congregation Beth Israel (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) 1955-1956
3 19 Congregation B'nai Sholaum/Ninth Street Temple (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 1948
3 20 Congregation Knesses Israel (Pittsfield, Mass.) 1952-1955
4 1 Congregation Sons of Israel (Amsterdam, N.Y.) 1931
4 2 Conversinos and Gets (Divorces) 1941-1959
4 3 Fresh Meadows Jewish Center (Flushing, N.Y.) 1951
4 4 Jewish Community Center of Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) 1946-1948
4 5 Kew Gardens Jewish Center (Kew Gardens, N.Y.) 1944-1946
4 6 Miscellaneous Synagogues 1931-1968
4 7 Photographs undated
OS 8 Photographs—Oversized  
4 8 Rabbinical Induction 1930
4 9 Temple Adas Israel (Hyde Park, Mass.) 1966-1967
4 10 Temple Beth El (Asbury Park, N.J.) 1948-1949
OS 9 Temple Beth El (Asbury Park, N.J.)—Sabbath and Festival Songster circa 1948-1949
4 11 Temple Beth El (Chelsea, Mass.) 1932-1935
4 12 Temple Beth Israel (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) 1936-1937
4 13 Temple Beth Sholom (Providence, R.I.) 1958-1960
4 14 Temple Beth Sholom (Stratford, Conn.) 1962-1963
4 15 Temple Beth-El (Fall River, Mass.) 1937-1941
4 16 Temple Beth-El (Fall River, Mass.)—Photographs 1937-1941
4 17 Temple Sinai (Long Beach, Calif.) 1930-1935

 

Series V: Samuel K. Freedman, undated, 1908-1995

  • In English. 
  • Box 

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes news clippings, correspondence, and photographs describing the life of Samuel Freedman.

Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Memorials 1995
5 2 News Clipping undated
5 3 Photograph of Bris 1908
OS 10 Photograph of Bris—Oversized 1908

 

Series VI: Martin Freedman, undated, 1922-1937

  • In English. 
  • Box 5.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, educational records, news clippings, and a scrapbook documenting the personal and academic life of Martin Freedman. It also contains documents related to the Martin Freedman Memorial Award, established by his parents and brother Jacob after his 1928 death.

Box Folder Title Date
5 4 Correspondence with Jacob Freedman 1928
5 5 Education—Central High School 1926
5 6 Education—Harvard College  
5 7 Education—Scrapbook 1920-1927
5 8 Martin Freedman Memorial Award undated, 1937
5 9 Miscellaneous undated, 1922-1928
5 10 Obituaries, Eulogies, and Memorials 1928-1929

 

Series VII: Sarah (Freedman) Aizenstat, undated, 1931-1968

  • In English and Yiddish. 
  • Box 1.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes news clippings, correspondence, photographs, and a yearbook related to the life of Sarah (Freedman) Aizenstat and her husband Harry.

Box Folder Title Date
5 11 Diary 1931-1935
5 12 Miscellaneous undated, 1968
OS 11 Simmons College Sophomore Class Luncheon 1933
5 13 Simmons College Yearbook 1935

 

Series VIII: Miscellaneous, undated, 1931-1973

  • In English. 
  • Box 5, OS folder.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials related to the marriage of Joseph and Lena (Sakowitz) Freedman, including the couple's ketubah, wedding invitation, and weddings anniversary congratulations.

Box Folder Title Date
5 14 Friends and Family Obituaries undated, 1959-1973
5 15 HIAS of America Lithuanian Branch Form undated, 1959-1973
5 16 Jeshiwah Talmud torah Beth Tawshil Meah Shearim Receipt 1931-1932
5 17 Photographs undated
OS 12 Photographs—Oversized undated