Guide to the Wyzanski Family Papers

undated, 1890-1986

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Jeana Barry in April 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2019. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wyzanski Family 
Title: Wyzanski Family Papers
Dates: undated, 1890-1986
Abstract: This collection contains photographs, correspondence, genealogies, and other documents pertaining to the lives and family history of the Wyzanski family, particularly Henry Wyzanski, Henry N. Wyzanski, Charles E. Wyzanksi, Jr., Maurice Wyzanski, and Elsie Wyzanski. 
Languages:   The collection is in English.
Quantity: 6 folders
ID:   JHCP-0003
Repository: Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, Mass.

Elsie Wyzanski with her sister Eudice, undated.

Historical Note

The Wyzanski family was a Jewish family originating in Bakałarzewo in Suwalki, Poland. Moses “Zoramber” Wyzanski and his first wife Eva had four sons together: Issac, Aaron, Perretz, and David. Moses also had four sons by his second wife. Branches of the Wyzanski family immigrated to America at different times and settled in the areas of Boston, Cambridge, and Whitman, Massachusetts.  

Aaron Wyzanski and Family

Aaron Wyzanski was born in 1810. He and his wife Cyril, who died in Baklarova before the family immigrated, had four children: Sara, Henry, Samuel, and Bertha. Upon immigrating to the United States, he settled with his family in Cambridge, where he died in 1881.

His son Henry Wyzanski was born in Poland in 1848 and immigrated to Boston between 1866 and 1867. In 1870, he married Elizabeth Aaronson, and together they had three children: Max E., Charles E., and Carrie. Henry was a real estate operator and philanthropist until his death in 1898. 

Henry’s son Max Wyzanski was born in Cambridge in 1871. He married Jeannette Waxman and practiced law, while also partnering in a real estate business with his brother, Charles E. He became the director of the Boston Real Estate Exchange and was one of the founding members of the Federation of Jewish Charities of Boston (later Combined Jewish Philanthropies), serving as its campaign treasurer for 48 years. Max died on October 16, 1959.

Max's son Henry N. Wyzanski was born on December 1, 1902 and was a Harvard Business School graduate. In 1952, he became the director of the National Retail Dry Goods Association. He died in November 1985.

Max's nephew, Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr. was born in Boston to Charles E. and Maude Wyzanski. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, he became the first Jewish judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts when he was appointed to the position in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was later elevated as Chief Judge of the court. He also served as solicitor of labor for both the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor during Roosevelt’s administrations. He died on September 3, 1986. 

Perretz Wyzanski and Family

Perretz Wyzanski was born between 1813 and 1814. He immigrated to Boston circa 1869 or 1870 and spent a short time in Lynn, Massachusetts, before moving his family to Whitman, Massachusetts. He died on November 2, 1902.

Perretz's son Maurice Wyzanski was born between 1866 and 1867. Maurice jointly owned a dry good store with his brother Abraham in Whitman. Maurice married Eva B. Goldstein in 1888, and together they had four daughters: Edna (who died at birth), Eudice, Essner, and Leah. Eva died in 1905, and Maurice later married Rebecca Landau, with whom he had one daughter, Elsie. Maurice died in 1927.

Maurice Wyzanski’s daughter, Elsie Wyzanski, was born in on February 12, 1912. She was an active member of Temple Israel as a storyteller and a lead actress at Boston University, where she appeared in an article for her role in the play “Euripides.” She died on April 30,1992.


Materials from this collection.

"Max E. Wyzanski." Jewish Advocate, October 22, 1959. 

"Mr. Wyzanski has Served Jewish Charities for 48 Consecutive Years" Jewish Advocate, January 22, 1943. 

"Wyzanski Elected Real Estate Exchange Director." Jewish Advocate, July 17, 1931. 



1810 Aaron Wyzanski is born.
1813 or 1814 Perretz Wyzanski is born.
1848 Henry Wyzanski is born.
1866 or 1867 Henry Wyzanski immigrates to Boston.
1866 or 1867 Maurice Wyzanski is born.
1869 or 1870  Perretz Wyzanski immigrates to Boston.
June 21, 1871 Max E. Wyzanski is born.
September 26, 1881 Aaron Wyzanski dies.
May 5, 1898 Henry Wyzanski dies.
November 2, 1902 Perretz Wyzanski dies.
December 1, 1902 Henry N. Wyzanski is born.
May 27, 1906 Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr. is born.
February 12, 1912 Elsie Wyzanski is born.
1927 Maurice Wyzanski dies.
October 16, 1959 Max E. Wyzanski dies.
November 1985 Henry N. Wyzanski dies.
September 3, 1986 Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr. dies.
April 30, 1992 Elsie Wyanski dies.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, correspondence, genealogies, and other documents pertaining to the lives and family history of the Wyzanski family, particularly Henry Wyzanski, Henry N. Wyzanski, Charles E. Wyzanksi, Jr., Maurice Wyzanski, and Elsie Wyzanski. 


The collection is arranged into a two series as follows:

  • Series I: Aaron Wyzanski and Family, undated, 1953-1986
  • Series II: Perretz Wyzanski and Family, undated, 1890-1931

Access and Use

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Related Material

Charles E. (Charles Edward) Wyzanski Papers at Harvard Law School Library 
Jennie L. Barron Papers, P-547
Jacob J. Kaplan Papers, P-864
Milontaler Family Papers, P-553
Richard Kaplan and Lou Carter Papers, P-1038

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Wyzanski Family Papers; JHCP-0003; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

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Container List

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

Series I: Aaron Wyzanksi and Family, undated, 1953-1986


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains a genealogy of the Aaron Wyzanksi family line, compiled by Max E. Wyzanksi in 1952, as well as newspaper clippings about Charles E. Wyzanksi, Jr.'s career as a U.S. Federal District Court Judge, and miscellaneous correspondence.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Henry N. Wyzanksi 1953
1 2 Henry Wyzanksi undated, 1977
1 3 Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr. 1986

Series I: Perretz Wyzanksi and Family, undated, 1890-1931


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains a genealogy of Perretz Wyzanski's family line, as well as a deed for a funeral plot at the Ohabei Shalom Cemetery purchased by Maurice and photographs and assorted documents related to Elsie's personal life.

Box Folder Title Date
1 4 Maurice Wyzanksi undated, 1890
1 5 Elsie Wyzanski—Documents 1927-1931
1 6 Elsie Wyzanski—Photographs undated