Guide to the Memoirs of Myer Starr, undated
 
*P-525

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 2010. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on September 3, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Myer Starr
Title: Myer Starr, memoirs
Dates:undated
Abstract: Myer Starr was born in Dmitrovka in the Ukraine, which was then part of Russia. As a child he was apprenticed to a tailor and later a bakery before he began work at a dry goods store at the age of 11. After his mother died, Starr and his younger brother crossed the border into Germany and then immigrated to the United States. Starr and his brother sailed on the "Kleist" into New York in February 1913. From there, they traveled to a sister's house in Malden, Massachusetts. Myer later married and had two sons, graduates of Harvard College and Tufts University.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half manuscript box) linear feet
Identification: P-525
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location:Located in AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note1

Myer Starr (1893-?)

Myer Starr was born in Dmitrovka in the Ukraine, which was then part of Russia. As a child he was apprenticed to a tailor and later a bakery before he began working at a dry goods store at the age of 11. After his mother died, Starr and his younger brother crossed the border into Germany and then immigrated to the United States. They left behind two sisters and two brothers, who were not heard from after 1941, when the Nazis invaded Russia.

Starr and his brother sailed on the "Kleist" into New York in February 1913. From there, they traveled to a sister's house in Malden, Massachusetts. Once settled, he worked in a sugar cone bakery and a shirt shop while he went to night school. Eventually he joined a labor league organization after quitting both his job and night school.

On October 13, 1914, Starr married his wife (possibly Eva, according to the 1930 Census, her name is not mentioned in the memoirs.) On June 10, 1918, Starr's wife gave birth to a boy (possibly Leon David Starr,) who was later educated at Boston Latin School and Harvard College while helping his parents with their laundry business. This son was a veteran of World War II and later married. In 1923, Starr's wife gave birth to their second son, who graduated from Tufts University prior to receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago. This son married in 1951. Unfortunately, his name is unknown.

Chronology

1893Myer Starr born in Dmitrovka, Ukraine, Russia.
1913Myer Starr and his youngest brother immigrate to the U.S.
October 13, 1914Myer Starr and his wife marry.
June 10, 1918Starr's wife gives birth to their first son, Leon David (?)
1923Starr's wife gives birth to their second son.
1951The second son marries.


Footnote

1 Information for this historical note taken from the memoir of Myer Starr, the 1930 Census, and the Harvard College Annuals.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the unpublished memoirs of Myer Starr, a Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine who owned a laundry service in the greater Boston area. Starr's memoir not only addresses his personal life but the life of Jews living in the Ukraine under the Tsarist government in the late 19th and early 20th century. Unfortunately, the names of his wife, children, parents and siblings are not mentioned, and little information is known about them.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single folder.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Myer Starr, memoirs; P-525; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Gift of Jennifer S. Brochin and Jeffrey H. Brochin.

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Access Points

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Container List

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

 

Memoirs of Myer Starr, undated

English.
1 folder.
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Autobiography undated
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