Guide to the Samuel J. Citron Papers
undated, 1918-1979

P-930

Finding Aid was created by Rachel Alexandra Tutera

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Citron, Samuel J.
Title: Samuel J. Citron (1908-1979) Papers
Dates:undated, 1918-1979
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Samuel J. Citron, dramatist and educator.
Languages: This collection is in English with some Hebrew, Spanish and Yiddish.
Quantity: 18.8 linear feet, including 22 manuscript boxes, 5 audio boxes, 2 oversize boxes and 1 oversize folder.
Identification: P-930
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Samuel J. Citron was a dramatist and educator. Born in Poland in 1908, Mr. Citron immigrated to the United States at approximately 13 years-old. He studied law at St. John’s University and received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) in 1931; he was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1932. He practiced law from 1932 through 1944 out of offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. While he was practicing law, he was also engaged in Jewish education, as he held a Permanent Hebrew Teacher's License.

Mr. Citron continued his studies in 1949 at New York University’s School of Education, where he received a B.S. (1951), an M.A. (1954) and a Ph.D. in communications in education (1963). In his own words (from his thesis proposal, which can be found in Box 7, Folder 15): "In the course of time I began to devote more time to Jewish education and less to practice of law. In 1945 I gave up the practice of law. I took the position of full-time Educational Consultant with the Jewish Education Committee of New York (the central agency for Jewish religious schools in Metropolitan New York)." At the time of writing this proposal, Mr. Citron was also serving at the Jewish Education Committee as Director of its School Dramatics Department and Chairman of its Audio-Visual Materials Committee.

As Mr. Citron transitioned from lawyer to dramatist and educator, he encouraged young people to incorporate Jewish culture and history into their worldviews through his plays as well as through his founding and directing of the Jewish Theatre for Children.

Mr. Citron also served as the Program Director for Camp Achvah (a Zionist camp in Orange County, New York) and taught dramatics and singing there. Additionally he was the Educational Director for the Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing, Queens. He was also the founder of the National Board of Review of the National Council on Jewish Audio-Visual Materials and Associate Editor of its publication, The Jewish Audio-Visual Review.

He passed away in 1979.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains both the personal and professional papers of Samuel J. Citron. These materials include his work as well as the work of his peers; correspondence; ephemera and 1/4 inch reel-to-reels and audio cassettes. Please note that this collection suffered water damage and should be handled carefully.

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven series:

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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

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

The Jewish Education Committee's papers are held within YIVO's Archives under the title Jewish Education Committee 1939-1967 (RG 592).

This collection also has papers related to Camp Cejwin, which was founded by Dr. Albert Schoolman. The Schoolman family's papers are held within the American Jewish Historical Society's Archives under the title Schoolman Family Papers, undated, 1889-1994 (P-716).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Samuel J. Citron (1908-1979) Papers; P-930; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Works and Ephemera, undated, 1928-1970

This series is in English and Hebrew.
7.4 linear feet, including 2 oversize boxes.
Arrangement:

Mr. Citron bound all of the material in Boxes 1-7, excluding oversize items (which can be found in Boxes 23 and 29), into hardcover books. This material been transferred into folders with respect to his own arrangement, and also with the addition of chronological order. Box 8 contains two books which are more formally bound and thus left as they are.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of 8 boxes of material (Boxes 1-8). It represents both Samuel J. Citron's own body of work as a dramatist as well as the body work in which he was interested as a director and educator. Mr. Citron also translated plays and wrote non-fiction, mostly focused on theories of education covering drama and Jewish history. In many cases, Mr. Citron typed or handwrote prefatory notes for this material. Whenever a handwritten prefatory note was found, it was moved to the front of its corresponding folder. Please note that a folder of photographs (related to performances) for this series has been removed for preservation reasons. Inquire with the AJHS Photo Archivist for more information about these photographic materials.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11My Jerusalem: A Review in Two Acts1970
  

Affiliated with Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc.; music by Menachem Zur. This folder contains handwritten notes. 1 of 2.

 
12My Jerusalem: A Review in Two Acts1970
  

Affiliated with Friends of the Jewish Theatre, Inc.; music by Menachem Zur. This folder contains the "complete copy," which is a photocopy. 2 of 2.

 
13Headline Parade dramatizations book1947-1967
  

This folder contains a manuscript for a book, as well as Samuel J. Citron's notes.

 
14Images of Israel1959-1967
  

This work was unpublished. This folder contains a handwritten note.

 
15Headline Parade: A Dramatization of Current Events of Jewish Interestundated, 1948-1967
  

This folder includes If I Forget Thee (3 copies), Rashi, The Fruit of the Earth (2 copies) Tzedakah and Federation: A Handbook for the Jewish School, Center and Camp (by Azriel Eisenberg) with a notation that reads "see page 60," The Golden Key, The Gaon of Vilna and Maccabee - 1948 (2 copies of the abridged version). Some material is in Hebrew.

 
16The Golden Slippers: A Musical Folk-Play in Two Acts1965
  

This is the production book and the music is by David Diamond.

 
17One People, Many Ways: Ideological Variations in American Judaism1964
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21Hadassah Program Kit featuring Samuel J. Citron's Playsundated, 1953-1962
  

Program Kits prepared by the National Program Department of Hadassah. Plays included are: The Gift of Life (1961), Partners (1960), The Candle is Lighted (1959), Socio-Drama as a Program Technique for Hadassah Meetings (1957), Home Again (1955), A School Comes to Dalia (1955), The Promise (1954), The Roots Were in Lombard Street (1953), Preview notice for Love Story (undated). This folder also includes a paycheck issued to Samuel J. Citron for his work. Hadassah is the Women's Zionist Organization of America.

 
22Cejwin Camps Dramatics Department: The King's Cave and The Wind on Trial1961
  

This paper is acidic and thus brittle.

 
23Dramatics for Creative Teaching1961
  

1 of 3

 
24Dramatics for Creative Teaching1961
  

2 of 3

 
25Dramatics for Creative Teaching1961
  

3 of 3

 
26Jewish Education Committee of New York Playsundated, 1957-1961
  

This folder contains: To Wake the King: A Dramatic Legend in Two Acts (1961), The Wind on Trial: A Play in Five Scenes (1957), The Invisible Clowns (undated) and A Well in the Desert (undated).

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Year of Jubilee: A Play in Three Acts1960
  

This play was written by Felix Leon.

 
32Television Scripts: Exodus Is a Personal Thing, The Three Deeds and If Not Higher1957-1960
  

These scripts were written in partnership with the New York Board of Rabbis and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies for the CBS Television Network.

 
33Playbillsundated, 1939-1961
34Jewish Education Committee Playsundated, 1931-1960
  

Some of this material is in Hebrew.

 
35Theatre Plus: Bringing the Theatre for Children Into Your Classroom1959
  

This material was edited by Samuel J. Citron with suggestions and materials for The King's Page.

 
36Dramatic Readings from Israel1958
  

This folder contains plays written by various authors that were performed at Pedagogic Conference. Some material is in Hebrew.

 
37King Solomon's Daughter1957-1958
  

This is a play based on Midrashic legends in 3 acts which was written by Elchanan Indelman and translated by Aaron S. Citron.

 
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41Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc. Plays1947-1956
  

These plays were written by Samuel J. Citron in affiliation with the Jewish Education Committee of New York, Inc. and United Parents Teachers Association of Jewish Schools. This folder contains a schedule of stage rehearsals and performances for Lord of Tiberias (1955-1956).

 
42Frieda Clark Hyman's plays and accompanying letter1955
43Twenty-Three and Reyna, including correspondence regarding its publication1954
  

Publication by Longmans, Green and Company (of New York, New York).

 
44Essays1954
  

These essays were written by Samuel J. Citron. They include: Storytelling, The Theatre in Israel, Yiddish and Hebrew Drama, Two Projects in Educational Dramatics and Untitled.

 
45Portrait of a Teacher (A Living Newspaper dramatizing the life of Mr. I.S. Chipkin)1950
  

Written by Samuel J. Citron for and presented at the Ivriah Breakfast at Hotel Waldorf Astoria.

 
46Israeli Playsundated, 1948-1949
47Hag Habikkurim (First-Fruit Festival)1948
  

This edition was printed by Behrman's Jewish Book House and is labeled as the experimental version.

 
48Authentic Costumes for Jewish School Plays1947-1948
49Asher Levy of New Amsterdam (an unfounded legend in six scenes)1948
  

This play was written by Ben Israel.

 
410Still They Come1946
  

This material is in Hebrew.

 
411Free Jews in a Free World1946
  

Some material in Hebrew. Printed on onion paper.

 
412Playlets for Jewish Schoolsundated, 1946
  

Some material in Hebrew. Written in partnership with the Jewish Education Committee of New York.

 
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51Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc. Playsundated, 1938-1946
  

Including The Cafe of the King: A Dramatic Legend in Two Acts (adapted by Samuel J. Citron in 1946) and Prospectus for a Proposed Young Judaean Children's Theatre (1938). Written in partnership with the Jewish Education Committee of New York, Inc.

 
52Bound Plays1935-1945
  

Including The Luminary (A Play in 3 Acts, based on the life of Moses Maimonides), New Marranos (A Play in Seven Scenes), Still They Come (A Play in Three Scenes and a Prologue; 2 copies), The Little People (2 copies).

 
53Bayamim Hahem, Baz'man Hazeh, In Those Days, In Our Own Days (A Living Newspaper)1935-1945
  

Including The Luminary (A Play in 3 Acts, based on the life of Moses Maimonides), New Marranos (A Play in Seven Scenes), Still They Come (A Play in Three Scenes and a Prologue; 2 copies), The Little People (2 copies).

 
54Jewish Living in the Jewish Home: A Series of Holiday Manuals for Parents1944
  

This is labeled No. 2, Passover. Written by Samuel J. Citron in partnership with Temple Gates of Prayer, located in Flushing, New York.

 
55An American in Shushah: A Purim Operetta in Three Actsundated, 1944
  

This operetta was written by Samuel J. Citron and the music was composed by Moshe Nathanson. This folder contains 3 undated photographs, as well as multiple copies of the play, one of which is labeled the "old version."

 
56A Play in One Act1941
  

Contains handwritten prefatory note.

 
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61Moses: A Series of Biblical Playlets1941
  

This folder includes Moses and the Princess, Moses Slays the Taskmaster, Moses and the Burning Bush, Moses Pleads Before the Pharaoh, The Exodus, Crossing the Red Sea (In Two Scenes) and The Golden Calf. This copy is on onion paper.

 
62New Marranos: A Play in Seven Scenesundated, 1938-1941
  

This folder contains scripts; the published edition of New Marranos (by Behrman's Jewish Book House);and a letter from the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods asking Samuel J. Citron for permission to translate New Marranos to braille.

 
63The City of David: A Play in Three Scenes1940
  

This edition was printed by Behrman's Jewish Book House and is labeled as the experimental version.

 
64The City of David: A Play in Three Scenes, plus photographs1940
  

This edition was also printed by Behrman's Jewish Book House and is, like the previous copy, labeled as the experimental version. This folder contains two photographs: one from the Byron Collection (content dated 1898) and another from the Jacob A. Riis Collection (content dated 1889). Both of these collections are held at the Museum of the City of New York. Permission must be granted by the institution before images can be used. Also please note some of the material in this folder is water-damaged.

 
65Biblical Playletsundated, 1940
  

These papers were originally labeled by Samuel J. Citron as "Camp Achvah Bureau Plays, 1936-1950."

 
66And The Tree Will Grow1939-1940
  

This folder contains a prefatory note.

 
67Song of the Soil: An Operetta of Present-Day Palestine in Three Acts1939-1940
  

This play was written by Samuel J. Citron, Ben M. Edidin and Leah Jaffa.

 
68The Land That I Will Show Thee: An Initiation Play1939
  

This play was issued by the Education Department of the Zionist Organization of America (of New York, New York).

 
69Dawn Over Palestine1938-1939
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note. This work is affiliated with WNYC and the Bureau of Jewish Education Hebrew Culture Council.

 
610Song of the Soil: An Operetta of Present-Day Palestine in Three Acts1938-1939
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note as well as annotations on the play.

 
611The Witch of Endor: A Biblical Drama in One Act1938
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note. Please note this material is fragile.

 
612Patria1938
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note, the script for Patria as well as sketches and related papers. This material is mostly in Hebrew.

 
613Ost-Yude: A Play for Adults in One Act1937
  

This folder contains two copies of the play. It was written in partnership with the Zionist Organization of America.

 
614A Series of Biblical Plays1936-1937
  

This folder was originally in a book labeled by Mr. Citron as Camp Achvah Bureau Plays, 1936-1950. 1 of 2

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
71A Series of Biblical Plays1936-1937
  

This folder was originally in a book labeled by Mr. Citron as Camp Achvah Bureau Plays, 1936-1950. 2 of 2

 
72Re-Dedication: A Play Pageant for Chanukah1936
73Dramatics for Teaching course outline and lecturesundated, 1935-1936
74A Biblical Script1935
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note.

 
75The Romance of a Peopleundated, 1933
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note, as well as clippings (press for The Romance of a People) and a letter from New York City Mayor John P. O'Brien.

 
76Judah: A Chanukah Play in Two Scenes and An Epilogue1931
  

This folder contains one copy mostly handwritten by Mr. Citron as well as another from the Jewish Forum.

 
77Elijah: A Biblical Drama in Three Acts1931
  

This folder contains 2 copies.

 
78The Destruction of Sodom: A Biblical Drama in One Act and a Prologue 1930
  

This copy is annotated.

 
79My Own: A Play in One Actundated, 1930s
  

This folder contains 2 copies, one of which was published by Young Judaea (in New York, New York).

 
710The Enchanted Circle1929-1930
  

This play was written by Samuel J. Citron and Bertrand Burger. This folde contains a prefatory note.

 
711Short Storiesc. early 1930s
  

This folder contains some material in Hebrew, as well as short stories titled Romance, Jim and Ten Leaves.

 
712Concert for the Benefit of Palestine Relief and Reconstruction Fund1929
  

This was directed by Mr. Citron, and the folder contains a handwritten prefatory note.

 
713The Sabbath Guest1928
  

This material is fragile and handwritten.

 
714Prayers and Poems for Israel Independence Day arranged for choral speakingundated
  

This material is in English and Hebrew. This material also says "not for publication: for use only for consultation service or at in-service workshops in Creative Teaching Techniques." This was written in partnership with the Jewish Education Committee of New York.

 
715An Outline of a Proposed Thesis for Ph.D. Degree: A Study of the Development of Audio-Visual Materials for Jewish Education Since 1940...undated
  

This was presumably submitted by Samuel J. Citron at New York University in the 1950s.

 
716Liason (sic) of Law and Medicineundated
  

This material is in Hebrew.

 
717Swifter Than Eaglesundated
  

This play was written by Judith Bublick.

 
718Papers from scriptsundated
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8Book 1Voices of History Israel, Series Two1971
  

This book was written and edited by Samuel J. Citron. It is connected to the Voices of History: Israel audio series. Please refer to boxes ??

 
8Book 2Dramatics for Creative Teachingundated, 1947-1959
  

This book contains various plays written by Samuel J. Citron.

 
Box TitleDate
23 (OS1) Scrapbooksundated
  

This oversize box contains two scrapbooks. One scrapbook contains Hebrew and is in poor condition. Please handle it carefully. The other scrapbook has a label on its cover printed by the Jewish Education Committee Press and its material is related to Mr. Citron's play The Invisible Clowns.

 
Box TitleDate
29 (OS1) Scrapbookundated
  

This oversize box contains a Jewish Theatre for Children scrapbook

 
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Series II: Voices of History: Israel Papers, undated, 1956-1979

2.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This material is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Series II consists of papers related to Voices of History: Israel, which was “conceived and executed” by Samuel J. Citron. Mr. Citron interviewed a variety of individuals, ranging from former Prime Ministers David Ben Gurion and Golda Meir to diplomats, professors and rabbis. In Mr. Citron's own words, “Voices of History is an attempt to add a new dimension to the study of the history of modern Israel, from its beginnings in the 1870s of the 19th century to the present, as well as important aspects of Israel’s current life and problems." These papers represent the work Mr. Citron invested in this project, including traveling to Israel to conduct interviews, securing the copyright and trademark, and performing outreach and promotion. The recordings themselves can be found in Series VII, Boxes 24-28.

BoxFolderTitleDate
91McGraw Hill Sound Seminarsundated, 1968-1979
  

This folder contains correspondence, a letter of agreement and memorandum of agreement. It also contains materials related to Raleigh Manufacturers, Inc., Pacific Programs (specifically their 1971 catalog), Sound Seminars and McGraw-Hill Book Company.

 
92Voices of History: Israel Papers, Ben Gurion Memorialundated, 1973-1974
  

This folder contains photocopied material. The originals were moldy.

 
93Voices of History: Israel, Series II1971
  

This is folder 1 of 2. This material was written and edited by Samuel J. Citron and it is associated with the Jewish Theatre for Children. Please handle carefully; these papers are water-damaged.

 
94Voices of History: Israel, Series II1971
  

This is folder 2 of 2. Please handle carefully; these papers are water-damaged.

 
95Voices of History: Israel, Series I1971
BoxFolderTitleDate
101Voices of History: Israel Papersundated, 1970
  

This folder contains a presentation on the Voices of History project given at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Jewish Education.

 
102Voices of History: Israel Papersundated, 1969-1970
  

This folder contains interview transcripts and project memorandum.

 
103Voices of History: Israel Order Forms and Promotional Papersundated, 1973-1974
  

This folder also contains promotional letters.

 
104Voices of History: Israel Promotion and Publicity Papersundated, 1970-1972
105Beginnings: A Retrospective Evaluation with David Ben Gurion, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
  

This material is water-damaged.

 
106Hashomer with Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
107The Six Day War with General Chaim Herzog, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note. Please note this material is water-damaged.

 
108Masada with Yigal Yadin, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
  

Please note this material is water-damaged.

 
109Afforestation and Land Reclamation with Yosef Weitz, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
1010Religion in Tzahal with Chief Rabbi General Shlomo Goren, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
1011The Parachutists with Rehaveam Amir, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
  

Please note this material is water-damaged.

 
1012Founding a City: Natanyah with Mayor Oved Ben-Ami, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
1013The Bilu with Amram Hazanoff, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
1014Jerusalem: The Old Yishuv with Moshe Nathanson, Proof for audio bookletc. 1970s
1015Interview notes for Voices of History: Israelundated, 1969-1970
  

Please note some of this material is handwritten.

 
1016Interview notes for Voices of History: Israelundated
  

Please note some of this material is handwritten and in Hebrew.

 
1017Papers for Voices of History: Israel, including Samuel J. Citron's trip to Israel to perform interviewsundated, 1969-1975
  

This folder contains the Israel Defence Forces calendar of Christmas Religious Ceremonies in Bethlehem (1969-1970), State of Israel Government Press Office Special Press Identification for Samuel J. Citron and Entrance Permits to Bethlehem Area.

 
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111Papers related to traveling to Israelundated, 1956-1973
  

This folder contains correspondence, notes, receipts and reservations.

 
112Papers related to traveling to Israel1971-1973
  

This folder contains correspondence from the Office of the President of Israel.

 
113Voices of History: Israel Correspondence1970-1974
114Outreach and Planning Correspondence for Voices of History: Israel1971-1972
115Voices of History: Israel Correspondenceundated, 1971-1972
116Rights to Recordings1976-1978
  

This folder contains water-damaged material. The rights forms were printed by the Jewish Heritage Institute (which was part of Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc.).

 
117Rights to Recordings1975
  

This folder contains material that is severely water-damaged.

 
118Correspondence about and certificates for Copyright, Voices of History: Israel1970-1975
  

This folder contains material related to the Register of Copyrights and Copyright Office (of the Library of Congress), Associated United Synagogue Schools in Queens and Westchester Day School.

 
119Rights to Recordings1974
1110Rights to Recordings1971-1973
1111Papers for Registration of Trademark, Voices of History: Israel1974
  

This folder contains papers form the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
121Rights to Recordings1970
  

This folder contains photocopies and water-damaged material.

 
122Photocopies of Rights to Recordings1969
123Rights to Recordings1968-1969
124Photocopies of Rights to Recordingsundated
  

This material was previously dated but due to water damage, the dates are no longer legible.

 
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Series III: Organizations, undated, 1936-1979

This series is in English with some material in Hebrew, and Spanish.
1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This material is arranged by organization as well as chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of papers related to organizations in which Mr. Citron was involved. The organizations included are the Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc.; the Jewish Education Committee of New York; Headline Parade ("a dramatic rendition of current events" to be used school assembly programs and classrooms) Camp Achvah (a Zionist camp in Orange County, New York founded by Dr. Samson Benderly, who also founded the Board of Jewish Education); The Committee for Yediat Israel; Thanks to Scandinavia Inc.; Vilon Central Jewish Institute Dramatic Troupe; Project CREATE (with Mr. and Mrs. Riklis) and Jewish Communal Center (JCC). This material includes correspondence, papers related to financial matters and organizational outreach, as well as photographs and publications.

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125State of New York Department for Labor Papers related to Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc.undated, 1970-1979
126Jewish Education Committee, Jewish Theatre for Children Papers1946-1973
127Jewish Education Committee of New York Salary Schedule and Pay Stubs 1964-1969
128Agreements between Samuel J. Citron and the Jewish Education Committee of New York, Inc.1964 and 1968
129School Dramatics Department Papers (Jewish Education Committee)undated, 1947-1968
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131Papers from courses taught by Samuel J. Citron for the Jewish Education Committee (JEC)1944-1966
133Jewish Education Committee of New York, Inc. Announcements and Outreach1959-1961
  

Azriel Eisenberg was the Executive Vice-President of the Jewish Education Committee at this time.

 
134Jewish Education Committee Papersundated, 1939-1955
  

This folder contains material in Hebrew.

 
135Jewish Education Committee (JEC) Bulletin for Principals and Teachers1945-1949
136Camp Achvah Publications1943-1946
  

This folder includes The Achvah Review.

 
137Camp Achvah Correspondence and Papersundated, 1936-1942
  

This folder contains handwritten notes.

 
138Camp Achvah Pageants by Mr. Samson Benderly with Samuel J. Citronundated
  

The pageants included in this folder are titled A Nation Reborn, The Story of Ruth and Rosh Chodesh at Shiloh.

 
139Camp Achvah Photographsundated
  

This folder contains undated photographs of outdoor activities at Camp Achvah. One photograph is identified: it is of Mr. Samson Benderly, who was the Director of Camp Achvah, along with Ima Benderly.

 
1310Headline Parade Hebrew translationsundated, 1948-1953
  

This folder icludes Maccabee - 1948 (1948), Herzl Comes Home (1949), I.L. Peretz (1952) and Maccabee - 1948 (revised version, 1953).

 
1311Headline Parade Papersundated, 1946
1312Headline Parade, Volume I., No. 2: Bevin's Statement in Parliamentundated
1313Headline Parade, Volume I., No. 1: The Return of Irving Strobingundated
1314Papers of The Committee for Yediat Israel1974-1979
  

The Committee for Yediat Israel - The AMT Award - Award of Merit of Israel, sponsored by The Department of Education and Culture of the World Zionist Organization and The Youth and Education Department of the Jewish National Fund.

 
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141Hebrew Culture and Knowledge of Israel Examsundated, 1971-1978
  

National Hebrew Culture Council and The Committee for Yediat Israel - The AMI Award - Award of Merit of Israel.

 
142Thanks to Scandinavia Inc.1971-1972
143Correspondence and Papers, The Jewish National Fundundated, 1971-1975
  

This folder contains some material in English, Hebrew and Spanish.

 
144Papers related to Yediat Israel and The AMI Award - Award of Merit of Israelundated
  

This folder contains the Prayer for the Welfare of the State, participating schools in New York Area and Yediat Israel Committee.

 
145Temple Gates of Prayer Papersundated, 1943-1945
  

This folder contains handwritten prefatory note as well as brochures, bulletins and manuals.

 
146Interfaith Meeting on Policy Governing a Radio Program for Unchurched Children, including correspondence, minutes and script1940
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note as well as The Exodus, a sample radio script for a proposed series of broadcasts by the Interfaith Committee.

 
147Vilon (Central Jewish Institute Dramatic Troupe) Papersundated, 1937-1940
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note as well as an annual report, Kiddush Ha-Shem by Shalom Ash (dramatized by Vilon), It Is No Dream (A Living Newspaper of Zionist Progress) by Samuel J. Citron and playbills.

 
148Jewish Communal Center (JCC) Papersundated, 1930-1936
  

This folder contains one photograph as well as papers related to a knee injury Samuel J. Citron suffered.

 
149Papers of Mr. and Mrs. Riklis and Project Createundated, 1968-1972
  

This folder contains a report on Project Create written by Mrs. Riklis as well as a letter from Samuel J. Citron to Mr. Riklis. Additionally there are papers related to Voices of History: Israel.

 
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Series IV: Publications, undated, 1918-1969

This series is in English and Hebrew.
.5 linear feet, plus one oversize book.
Arrangement:

This material is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of publications, ranging from quarterlies to magazines to publisher's promotional papers in Boxes 14-15. There is also one oversize item, a very fragile mobile exhibit book which is possibly from the Soviet Era. It can be found in Box 29 (OS1).

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1410Publications1968-1969
  

This folder contains a The Tehran Children: A Story of Rescue in Our Time and Helping Our Children Identify with Israel.

 
1411World Over: A Magazine for Boys and Girls (alternatively, A Magazine for Youth)1947-1968
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151Publicationsundated, 1945-1968
  

This folder includes Workshop on the Teaching of Israel, Israel Youth Horizon, the Jewish National Fund Handbook, Inside Palestine (as printed by the Zionist Organization of America), among others.

 
152Dramatics the Year Round Order Form and Reviewsundated, 1952-1966
  

This folder includes a handwritten prefatory note as well as the papers of the United Synagogue Book Service, the JWB Circle - In Jewish Bookland, The Jewish Teacher: A Quarterly Magazine for Jewish Religious Schools, Jewish Community Center Program Aids.

 
153Jewish Education, Vol. 23, No. 31952
  

This was published by the National Council for Jewish Education featuring The Jewish Arts in Jewish Education - A Symposium, They Live Together Through Dramatics" by Samuel J. Citron (pg. 49).

 
154Educational Hanukkah Papersundated
155Young Israel Society of East New Yorkundated, 1931
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note.

 
156Books1918-1919
  

These two books each have a handwritten prefatory note and both books are water-damaged and extremely fragile.

 
157Educational Papers regarding the Holocaust and Yom Hashoah [some Hebrew]undated
158Hagadah [in Hebrew]undated
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29 (OS1)BookMobile Exhibit Bookundated
  

This book is possibly from the Soviet Era. It is in very poor condition and has been wrapped in tissue paper.

 
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Series V: Professional Correspondence, undated, 1920s-1970

This series is in English and Hebrew.
.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This material is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of one box of letters (Box 15). They range from what can essentially be read as fan mail (letters from schoolchildren who saw Asher Levy of New Amsterdam, one of Samuel J. Citron's plays) to correspondence with such figures as Moshe Dayan, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

BoxFolderTitleDate
159Professional Correspondenceundated, 1934-1976
1510Correspondence with Minister of Defence Moshe Dayan1972-1974
1511Reviews and Correspondence from Publishers1953-1972
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note.

 
1512Correspondence with Harry Truman1969
1513Correspondence with Mrs. Franklin D. Rooseveltundated, 1954-1962
1514Letters from Schoolchildren1955
  

These letters are addressed to Samuel J. Citron at the Jewish Education Committee regarding his play Asher Levy of New Amsterdam. They are handwritten.

 
1515Work-related Correspondence1930-1954
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note.

 
1516Letter and autographed photograph from Selman A. Waksman1953
  

This photograph was formerly framed. Selman Abraham Waksman (1888-1973) was an American biochemist and microbiologist at Rutgers University.

 
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Series VI: Personal Papers, undated, 1927-1952

This series is in English, with some material in Hebrew and Yiddish.
3.7 linear feet, including one oversize folder.

Subseries 1: Correspondence with Deborah Shpall, undated, 1929-1952

Arrangement:

This material is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

These letters chronicle the long-distance relationship between Mr. Citron and Deborah Shpall, who were betrothed on December 3, 1933 and married on December 25, 1934. They devotedly wrote to each other essentially every day while Mr. Citron lived in Brooklyn and Ms. Shpall lived in New Orleans. These letters date from 1929 through 1952 and can be found in Boxes 16-19 with three additional folders in Box 20. There are also papers (including wedding anniversary cards, letters and telegrams) related to the marriage of Mr. Citron and Deborah Shpall, which can be found in Subseries 4: Ephemera, particularly in Box 20, Folder 6.

BoxFolderTitleDate
161Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1952
162Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
163Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
164Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
165Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
166Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
167Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
BoxFolderTitleDate
171Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1934
172Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
173Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
174Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
175Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
BoxFolderTitleDate
181Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
182Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
183Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
184Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
185Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
BoxFolderTitleDate
191Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1933
192Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1932
193Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1932
194Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1932
BoxFolderTitleDate
201Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1932
202Correspondence with Deborah Shpall1929
203Correspondence with Deborah Shpallundated

Subseries 2: English Correspondence, undated, 1930-1963

Arrangement:

This material is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

These are personal letters which were addressed largely to both Mr. Citron and Deborah Shpall from Aaron Citron and other family members and friends on the occasion of their wedding anniversary. One oversize wedding anniversary card (from 1940) has been removed and can be found in OS2F. Please note there are letters in this series, specifically in Folders 7-8, which are addressed only to Deborah Shpall from her friends and family.

BoxFolderTitleDate
204Letters from Aaron S. Citron addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Citron1963
  

Aaron S. Citron writes these letters from Flushing Queens to Israel.

 
205Correspondence related to Samuel J. Citron's Search for Relativesundated, 1946-1947
  

These papers are fragile.

 
206Wedding Anniversary cards, letters and telegrams sent to Samuel J. Citron and Deborah Shpallundated, 1933-1940
  

Please note one oversized card has been removed. It can be found in OS2F.

 
207Deborah Shpall Correspondence and Ephemeraundated, 1930-1935
  

Please note that this correspondence was not between Deborah Shpall and Samuel J. Citron, but between her and her family and friends. This folder contains one photograph, one newspaper clipping as well as handwritten notes.

 
208Deborah Shpall Correspondenceundated, 1930-1934

Subseries 3: Hebrew and Yiddish Correspondence, undated, 1927-1966

Arrangement:

This material is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

These Hebrew and Yiddish letters were primarily written between Mr. Citron and family members, located in the United States, Israel and Poland. Correspondents include his mother, Sarah P. Citron, as well as his parents-in-law, the Shpalls.

BoxFolderTitleDate
209Letters to Samuel J. Citron from Israel [in Hebrew]undated, 1956-1966
BoxFolderTitleDate
211Correspondence from Israeli Relativesundated, 1965-1976
212Yiddish Correspondence from Polandundated, 1930-1940
  

There is some material in this folder related to Szymon Hirsch.

 
213Correspondence between Samuel J. Citron and the Shpalls [in Hebrew]1932-1933
  

The Shpalls were Samuel J. Citron's parents-in-law.

 
214 Correspondence with Family, including Sarah P. Citron [in Hebrew]undated, 1932-1933
  

Sarah P. Citron was Samuel J. Citron's mother.

 
215Hebrew Correspondence1932
  

This folder contains correspondence from a relative in Tel-Aviv, possibly an uncle or grandfather, and the content is congratulatory.

 
216Correspondence with Sarah P. Citron and Familyundated, 1927-1930
  

These letters are in Yiddish. This folder contains one of Samuel J. Citron's report cards from St. John's College.

 
217Correspondence [in Yiddish]undated
  

These are letters exchanged with family in Israel, Palestine and Tel-Aviv. This folder contains one photograph. Please note this material is water-damaged.

 
218Undated Yiddish Correspondenceundated
  

These letters may be from the early 1930s and Shalamit Shpall (Samuel J. Citron's future mother-in-law) is a correspondent.

 
219Undated Yiddish Correspondence from Polandundated
  

This folder also contains Hebrew, new year's cards and the last name Sokolower.

 
2110Undated Hebrew Correspondenceundated
  

This correspondence may have been from Deborah Shpall's father Aaron.

 
2111Undated Yiddish Letter from Samuel J. Citron to New Orleansundated
  

This letter was probably written to Deborah Shpall; it is incomplete.

 

Subseries 4: Ephemera, undated, 1940-1965

Arrangement:

This material is arranged by category as well as chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This material ranges from Mr. Citron's stamp collection and planner for 1965 to his son's (Aaron Simeon Citron) birth certificate and passport. There are also collections of business cards and handwritten notes; newspaper clippings; notebooks; photographs; the New York University Bulletin for the year 1954 and currency (specifically a Palestine Pound from Israel). There are two oversize items in this series, Aaron S. Citron's (Samuel Citron's son) Certificate of Honor from the Temple Gates of Prayer issued in 1945 (which can be found in OS2F), and a copy of the Israeli Declaration of Independence (which can be found in OS2F).

BoxFolderTitleDate
2112Samuel J. Citron's Stamp Collection and National Diary for 1965undated, 1965
2113Aaron Simeon Citron Birth Certificate and Passport1956 and 1962
2114Aaron S. Citron Childhood Ephemeraundated, 1941-1945
  

Please note one oversize item, a Certificate of Honor presented to Aaron S. Citron by Temple Gate sof Prayer in 1945, was removed and can be found in OS2F.

 
2115Samuel J. Citron's Handwritten Notes from Advanced Playwriting Course1940
  

This folder contains a handwritten prefatory note. This was a course Samuel J. Citron took rather than taught.

 
2116Business cards
2117Handwritten notesundated
2118Various Hebrew and Yiddish papersundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
221Material in Hebrewundated
222Checks, Invoices, Receiptsundated, 1930-1975
223Mixed Ephemeraundated, 1954
224Invitations, Personal and Professionalundated, 1934-1949
225Composition Notebook [in Hebrew]undated
  

Please note this notebook is water-damaged.

 
226Notebook [in Hebrew]undated
227Newspaper Clippingsundated, 1938, 1961-1973
228Newspaper clippingsundated, 1933-1970
229Newspaper Clippings1948
2210Newspaper clippingsundated
Folder TitleDate
0S2FIsraeli Declaration of Independenceundated
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Series VII: Voices of History: Israel Audio, 1970-1975

This series is in English.
2.7 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This series has been arranged by its numbering system, which is also chronological.

Scope and Content:

The audio series consists of 31 cassettes and 37 ¼ in reel-to-reels (which can be found in Boxes 24-28). Each cassette and reel has a booklet featuring background information, highlights, information about the interviewee and tips as to what one should listen for in the recording. There are also transcript of the interviews, prompts for discussion and suggested reading. He did this project in partnership with Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children Inc., based in Manhattan. The last two cassettes in this collection 5-6 and 5-9, were produced in partnership with The Jewish Heritage Institute of Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc.

Part 3 appears to be incomplete, with 3-4, 3-5, 3-7 absent; Part 4 also appears to be incomplete with 4-2, 4-3, 4-5, 4-6, 4-8 and 4-10 absent; and last, Part 5 too appears incomplete with 5-1 through 5-5 and 5-10 absent.

The following interviews are available on reel-to-reel only: Special “The Proclamation of the State of Israel: Interviews with the Surviving ‘Signers’” including David Ben Gurion, Mordecai Bentov, Eliyahu Dobkin, Rachel Kagan, Rabbi Kalman Kahana, Moshe Kol, Rabbi Saadiah Kovashi, Meir David Lowentsein, Golda Meir, Berl Repeteur, Pinhas Rosen, Mr. Herzl Vardi-Rosenblum, Mr. Zorach Warhaftig and Meir Wilner-Kovner. 2-2; “THE BILU” with Amram Hazanoff 2-5; “AFFORESTATION AND LAND RECLAMATION” with Yosef Weitz 2-7; “THE PARACHUTISTS” with Rehaveam Amir 2-9; “MASADA” with Professor Yigael Yadin 2-10; “THE SIX DAY WAR” with Gen. (Res.) Chaim Herzog 3-1; “RECLAIMING THE HULE MARSHES” with Jacob Tsur 3-2; “HAGANAH-A” with Mr. Moshe Sneh 3-8; “THE CAVE DWELLERS” WITH Meshulam Riklis, Baruch Duvdevani and Rahamim Haggag reel- 3-10; “ARCHEOLOGY” with Professor Nahman Avigad.

Please refer to Box 8, Book 2 for accompanying text written and edited by Samuel J. Citron. Please also refer to Boxes 9-12 for accompanying papers for this project.

BoxFolderTitleDate
241The First Colony1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-1.

 
242The First Colony1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered I-1.

 
243The First Colony1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-1.

 
244Theodore Herzl: The Man1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-2.

 
245Theodore Herzl: The Man1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-2.

 
246Theodore Herzl: The Man1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-2.

 
247Theodore Herzl: The Man1970
  

This is a reel and it numbered 1-2.

 
248Eliezer Ben-Yehudah1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-3.

 
249Eliezer Ben-Yehudah1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-3.

 
2410Eliezer Ben-Yehudah1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-3.

 
2411Eliezer Ben-Yehudah1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-3.

 
2412Seder at Cassino: World War II1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-4.

 
2413Seder at Cassino: World War II1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-4.

 
2414Seder at Cassino: World War II1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-4.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
251Seder at Cassino: World War II1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-4.

 
252The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-5.

 
253The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-5.

 
254The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-5.

 
255Exodus 19471970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-6.

 
256Exodus 19471970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-6.

 
257Exodus 19471970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-6.

 
258The Birth of the State1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-7.

 
259The Birth of the State1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-7.

 
2510The Birth of the State1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-7.

 
2511Operation "Magic Carpet"1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-8.

 
2512Operation "Magic Carpet"1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-8.

 
2513Operation "Magic Carpet"1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-8.

 
2514I Fought for the Western Wall1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-9.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
261I Fought for the Western Wall1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-9.

 
262I Fought for the Western Wall1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-9.

 
263"My Jerusalem"1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-10.

 
264"My Jerusalem"1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 1-10.

 
265"My Jerusalem"1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 1-10.

 
266Beginnings1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 2-1.

 
267Beginnings1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-1.

 
268The Bilu1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-2.

 
269Jerusalem: The Old Yishuv1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 2-3.

 
2610Jerusalem: The Old Yishuv1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-3.

 
2611Jerusalem: The Old Yishuv1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-3.

 
2612Hashomer1970
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 2-4.

 
2613Hashomer1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-4.

 
2614Afforestation and Land Reclamation1970
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-5.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
271Founding a City: Natanyah1971
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 2-6.

 
272Founding a City: Natanyah1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-6.

 
273Founding a City: Natanyah1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-6.

 
274The Parachutists1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-7.

 
275The Parachutists1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-7.

 
276Religion in Tzahal1971
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 2-8.

 
277Religion in Tzahal1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-8.

 
278Religion in Tzahal1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-8.

 
279Masada1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-9.

 
2710The Six Day War1971
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 2-10.

 
2711Reclaiming the Marshes1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-1.

 
2712Reclaiming the Marshes1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-1.

 
2713Haganah-A1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-2.

 
2714The Irgun1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-3.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
281After Liberation1972
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 3-6.

 
282The Cave Dwellers1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-8.

 
283The Eichmann Trial1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-9.

 
284Archeology1972
  

This is a reel and it is numbered 3-10.

 
285The Founding of Degania1972
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 4-1.

 
286Underground Radio Link: NY - TA1972
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 4-4.

 
287The Hebrew University1972
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 4-7.

 
288Citadels of Healing1972
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 4-9.

 
289Nili - II1975
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 5-6.

 
2810The Battle for Jerusalem1975
  

This is an audio cassette and it is numbered 5-9.

 
2811Special: The Proclamation of the State of Israel1975
  

This is a reel and it was not given a number.

 
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