Guide to the Papers of William Edlin (1878-1947)
1894-1948, 1960-1969

RG 251

Processed by David Wolfson. Additional processing by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in July 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: William Edlin
Title: Papers of William Edlin (1878-1947)
Dates:1894-1948, 1960-1969
Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of William Edlin, editor of The Day and a prominent Socialist. It includes correspondence with individuals and with organizations, newspaper clippings, manuscripts of works by Edlin and by others as well as translations done by Edlin, and some of Edlin’s personal documents. These materials relate to Edlin’s involvement with The Day, with the Socialist Party, the Workmen’s Circle, various labor and Zionist organizations, literary clubs and activities, and with music, art and drama.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish and Russian, with some French, German, Hebrew, and Czech.
Quantity: 7.5 linear feet
Identification: RG 251
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Biographical Note

William Edlin was born in Priluki, Poltawa Province, Ukraine on May 3, 1878 to Paltiel Nochim and Miriam (Borodinsky) Edlin. He attended cheder until he was 12, at which point his family immigrated to the United States, settling in San Francisco in 1891. Edlin attended public evening school for two years and then enrolled at Stanford University, where he was greatly influenced by Socialist ideas.

At the end of 1896, he came to New York and began writing articles for English and Yiddish Socialist publications, including Abend Blatt (Evening Paper), as well as writing a book, The Coming Social Struggle (1897). He also was involved in the Socialist Labor Party, and was the assistant editor of The People in 1900. He became the manager of the Folks Tsaytung (Peoples Paper) in 1899 and later helped to found the weekly Social Democrat, for which he was the first editor, along with several other break-away members of the Socialist Labor Party, including B. Feigenbaum, Leon Kobrin, B. Weinstein, A. Kaspe, Morris Hillquit, as well as Abe Cahan and Morris Winchevsky. After the Social Democrat ceased publication, Edlin began working at The Jewish Daily Forward, where he was the editor from 1902-1903 and also wrote a weekly column about drama and music. He edited the Haverhill Social Democrat in Haverhill, MA, 1901, was the editor of the Capmakers’ Journal in Yiddish and English from 1902-1905, wrote for the Abendpost (Evening Post), the Jewish Daily Herald, 1903-1904, and the Morgn Zhurnal (Jewish Morning Journal), 1904-1913, for which he was also the drama and music editor.

Edlin helped to found the Workmen's Circle and was the General Secretary in 1913-1914. He supported Yiddish cultural activities and more widespread labor education through lecture tours and publications. He was later involved in the educational commission of the Workmen's Circle and served as the president. In late 1914, Mr. Edlin became city editor of Der Tog (The Day) newspaper and served as editor-in-chief from 1916 to 1925. He resigned from The Day in 1925 and became the National Executive Secretary of the Keren Hayesod in the U.S.A. from 1925-1928. He returned to The Day as editor-in-chief in 1929.

Edlin was also involved with music and theater. His book, Velt-Berimte Operas (World-Famous Operas) (1907) discusses and critiques popular Italian, French and German operas as well as music and opera in general. Der Yid (The Jew) was a four-act play, written with L. Cooperman in 1911, and was one of several plays Edlin wrote, including Mentshn in Keytn (Men in Chains), which was going to be performed in Jacob P. Adler’s People’s Theater with Adler playing a role in 1912, although this ultimately did not happen. Edlin was also president of the New York Foreign Film Critics, president of the I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers Union, a prominent member of the Zionist Organization of America, and a translator of various works of fiction and history, including Ellen Thomas’ two-volume History of the United States (1912).

Edlin married Sarah Boudianoff in New York City in 1901 and they were divorced in 1912. He married Pauline (Polia) Zeltzer in 1912 and their daughter Charmian was born 1914. William Edlin died in New York November 30, 1947.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection relates to Edlin’s position as the editor of The Day as well as his work with various Socialist, labor and Zionist organizations. It contains correspondence and other materials pertaining to individuals including Jacob P. Adler, Nathan Ausubel, Joseph Barondess, Herman Bernstein, Menachem Boraisha, Reuben Brainin, Abraham Cahan, Abraham Coralnick, Jacob de Haas, Eugene Debs, Celia Dropkin, Isadora Duncan, Ossip Dymow, Ilya Ehrenburg, Samuel Gompers, Moshe Leib Halpern, Alexander Harkavy, Peretz Hirschbein, Isaac Hourwich, Sol Hurok, Harold Ickes, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Yefim Jeshurin, Bertha and Jacob Kalich, Leon Kobrin, Herbert H. Lehman, Jack London, Joseph Margoshes, Louis Marshall, Henry Morgenthau, Sr., Paul Muni, Moshe Nadir, Shmuel Niger, M. Olgin, Mendel Osherowitch, Molly Picon, David de Sola Pool, Joseph Proskauer, John D. Rockefeller, Hillel Rogoff, Ludwig Satz, Jacob Schiff, Maurice Schwartz, Yente Serdatzky, Sholem Aleichem, Upton Sinclair, Alfred E. Smith, Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, Nathan Straus, Jr., Samuel Untermeyer, Baruch Charney Vladeck, Felix Warburg, Chaim Weizmann, President Woodrow Wilson, Rabbi Stephen Wise, Aaron Zeitlin, and Dr. Chaim Zhitlowsky.

There is also correspondence and other materials relating to the Socialist Party and other organizations, among them the American Association for Jewish Colonization in the Soviet Union (ICOR), American Jewish Congress, American Labor Party, American ORT Federation, Columbia University, The Day, Educational Alliance, Folksbiene, Morning Freiheit, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Jewish Agency, Jewish National Workers’ Alliance, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Joint Distribution Committee, Keren Hayesod, New York City Board of Education, New York Times, Social Democratic League, Workmen’s Circle, World Zionist Organization, Yiddish Culture Society, Yiddish Writers Union, Zionist Organization of America, and Zukunft.

There are also manuscripts by Edlin, including Edlin's translations into Yiddish of literary works, manuscripts of other writers, such as Peretz Hirschbein and Pinchas Friedlander, newspaper clippings of Edlin's writings, including his column "What is New in the Socialist World" and other articles, financial records, notices of meetings, photographs, a metal printing template for a business card, autobiographical materials, birthday greetings, visiting cards, family correspondence, fundraising appeals, programs, resolutions, minutes, announcements for lectures, reports, bulletins, and speeches. The addendum contains materials from many of the same organizations and individuals found elsewhere in the collection.

This collection would be particularly helpful for those interested in the history of The Day and Yiddish newspaper publishing, Yiddish theater in America, the history and development of various communal institutions, and WWI-era Socialism and Zionism. The collection dates from 1894-1948, with three items from 1960-1969.

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Arrangement

David Wolfson arranged the collection and created an index, which he divided into three sections representing more of an intellectual arrangement rather than a physical arrangement. These sections were: correspondence with individuals; correspondence with organizations, institutions, schools, publishers, and correspondence by subject; and personal materials, including manuscripts and articles. Materials in the index are often cross-listed by both organization and by individual. The index lists the language of the materials as Y for Yiddish, E for English and R for Russian.

The physical arrangement of the collection is in five series and an addendum, which is not represented in David Wolfson’s index, and is arranged by subject. The correspondence is arranged in a general alphabetical order, as is the addendum.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Permission to use the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archivist.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archives. For more information, contact:
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: archives@yivo.cjh.org

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Related Material

The YIVO Library has Edlin’s book about opera and his book The Coming Social Struggle as well as many books and other materials about Socialism, Zionism and labor. Edlin’s correspondence and records of his activities as well as the activities of organizations with which he was involved can be found in Records of the Day-Morning Journal, RG 639; Records of the Workmen’s Circle, RG 575; Records of the I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers’ Union, RG 701; Papers of Abraham Coralnick, RG 321 and the personal collections of many Yiddish writers, particularly those who wrote for, or were otherwise connected with, The Day.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Other Finding Aids

There is an index created by David Wolfson in the front of the first box, which reflects an intellectual arrangement in three sections.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of William Edlin; RG 251; folder number; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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Acquisition Information

Donated to YIVO by Mrs. Charmian Cohn, daughter of William Edlin, in 1949.

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Processing information

David Wolfson originally processed the collection in 1974. Additional processing was completed in 2012.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Personal Materials, 1896-1948

66 folders
Scope and Content:

The materials in this series are generally directly related to William Edlin’s personal life, including financial and legal records, materials from Stanford University, autobiographical materials, clippings of articles by and about Edlin, including his column from The Day and articles and reviews he wrote about music, theater, film, and art, photographs, speeches, and manuscripts of Edlin’s writings, including translations he made of world literature. There is also a great deal of material about various Socialist and labor groups and activities he was involved with, including the Socialist Labor Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Social Democratic League of America, the U.S. Socialist Party, and the American Labor Party, among others.

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1 Personal loans 1912-1940
  

 
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2 Legal matters 1919-1935
  

 
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3 Income and personal taxes 1918-1943
  

 
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4 Stanford University Club 1921-1935
  

 
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5 Miscellaneous personal papers 1901, 1917-1927, 1939-1944
  

 
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6 Press cards-visiting cards 1909-1943
  

 
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7 College papers 1896-1899
  

 
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8 Insurance and leases 1913-1942
  

 
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9 Receipts and business papers 1918-1947
  

 
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10 Budgets 1932-1938
  

 
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11 Autobiographical materials 1925-1941
  

 
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12 50th birthday jubilee 1928
  

 
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13 Notes and outlines 1921-1943, undated
  

 
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14 Clippings and circulars about Edlin 1903-1912
  

 
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15 Clippings and circulars about Edlin 1907-1946
  

 
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16 Condolences to Mrs. Edlin 1947-1948
  

 
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17 Obituary clippings 1947-1948
  

 
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18 Autographs of friends and relatives 1925-1940
  

 
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19 Photographs 1915, undated
  

 
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20 Talks and addresses 1944-1945, undated
  

 
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21 Talks and addresses 1944, undated
  

 
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22 Talks and addresses 1939-1945, undated
  

 
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23 Talks and addresses 1899, 1946, undated
  

 
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24 Talks and addresses undated
  

 
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25 Manuscript - Heldn in Kaytn (Heroes in Chains) 1910
  

 
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26 Manuscripts - miscellaneous 1910, undated
  

includes: Geshmite Helden (Chained Heroes), 1910
Di Rusishe Revolutsie fun 1917 (The Russian Revolution in 1917)

 
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27 Manuscripts - translations by Edlin undated
  

includes: A Trip to Beethoven's Shrine, by James Faller
The Abyss, by Kazimerz Tetmajer and Stanislaw Przbyszewski
Bartel Turaser, by Philip Langman
A Victim from Russia, by S. Schiffman

 
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27A Manuscripts - translations by Edlin 1909
  

La Rencontre (The Meeting), by Pierre Berton, Paris, translated from French to Yiddish

 
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28 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1897
  

 
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29 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1900-1905
  

 
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30 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1897-1905
  

 
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31 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1909, 1920, 1936, undated
  

 
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32 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1935-1937
  

column in Der Tog: Vos Tut zikh in der Sotsialistisher Velt (What's Happening in the Socialist World)

 
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33 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1906-1907
  

music and opera, from Der Amerikaner

 
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34 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1906-1944, undated
  

music and opera

 
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35 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1907, undated
  

music and opera

 
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36 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1907-1911, undated
  

music and opera

 
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37 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1907-1912
  

Richard Wagner (English, German, Yiddish)

 
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38 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1928-1933
  

Richard Wagner (English, Yiddish)

 
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39 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1908-1910, 1929-1946
  

reviews of English theater and film (Yiddish, English)

 
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40 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1933-1945
  

reviews of Yiddish theater and music

 
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41 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1909-1915
  

Jewish music and art

 
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42 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1910-1912, 1923-1933, 1946
  

Jewish music and art

 
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43 Articles by Edlin - clippings 1908-1912
  

Jewish music and art

 
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44 Project for a popular grand opera organization in New York City 1920, undated
  

 
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44A Project for a new kind of motion picture theater undated
  

 
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45 Yiddish (Jewish) press - clippings 1923-1946, undated
  

(Yiddish, English)

 
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46 Yiddish literature - clippings 1910, undated
  

 
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47 Picture postcards - art pictures 1908-1937, undated
  

(English, German)

 
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48 Socialist Labor Party - clippings 1897-1899
  

 
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49 Socialist Labor Party - Socialist Manifesto 1896-1899
  

 
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50 Social Democratic Party 1899-1902
  

 
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51 Social Democratic Party - election campaign 1901-1902
  

 
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52 Social Democratic League of America 1918-1920
  

 
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53 Social Democratic League of America - constitution and by-laws 1919
  

 
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54 Socialist Party 1938-1939
  

 
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55 Socialist Party 1935-1937
  

 
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56 Socialist Party 1912-1917, 1930-1935
  

 
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57 Socialist Party 1931-1935, undated
  

 
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58 Socialist Party - election campaign 1932-1936
  

 
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59 Socialist Party - press clippings 1933-1936
  

 
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60 American Labor Party 1939-1943
  

 
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61 Jewish Socialist organizations 1913-1918, 1940
  

 
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62 Socialism - miscellaneous materials 1928-1931
  

 
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63 Socialism - miscellaneous clippings 1900-1916, 1930-1947
  

 
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64 Socialism - miscellaneous clippings 1900-1905, 1943-1945
  

 
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Series II: Correspondence with Organizations, 1897-1947

90 folders
Scope and Content:

The correspondence and related materials in this series concern various Socialist, Zionist and labor organizations, Yiddish and English periodicals, unions, aid societies, cultural organizations and societies, local and national government institutions, schools, and publishers. There is also a great deal of information about Edlin’s work at The Day, including correspondence with staff and other professional correspondence, information about charity cases that The Day was involved with, financial records, reports, and minutes. Edlin’s connection to the Workmen’s Circle, including his work as Secretary General, is also well-represented through correspondence, by-laws, convention materials, and speeches.

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65 A 1906, 1920-1947
  

Agence Litteraire et Dramatique Internationale; Ambijan; American League for a Free Palestine; American ORT; Der Arbeiter

 
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66 American Alliance for Labor and Democracy 1917-1919
  

 
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67 American Federation of Labor, American Jewish Conference 1904, 1917-1918, 1945
  

 
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68 American Jewish Congress 1916-1918
  

 
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69 American Jewish Congress 1919-1925
  

 
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70 B 1924, 1934
  

Biographical Encyclopedia of American Jews; Brownsville and East New York Hospital

 
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71 Bronx Jewish Herald / Bronx Jewish Weekly 1928
  

 
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72 Bronx Jewish Herald / Bronx Jewish Weekly 1927-1929
  

 
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73 C 1901-1906, 1922, 1939
  

Cantors Association of America; The Comrade; Coopers International Union; Coralnick Branch of Jewish National Workers Alliance

 
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74 California Jewish Voice 1913-1928
  

 
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75 Columbia University 1912, 1926
  

 
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76 Committee on Public Information 1917-1918
  

 
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77 D 1910, 1935
  

Daughters of Jacob; Dress and Waistmakers' Union

 
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78 E 1919-1925, undated
  

Educational Alliance; Eureka Benevolent Society; The Evening Mail; The Ezra School

 
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79 Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Societies 1924-1925
  

 
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80 F 1902-1903, 1926-1942
  

Fellowship of Faiths; Folksbiene; Foreign Press Publicity Service; Forward; Di Morgn Freiheit

 
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81 H 1920-1925, 1942
  

Hebrew Actors' Union; Hebrew-American Typographical Union; Hebrew Free Loan Society; Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS); Histadruth Ivrith

 
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82 I 1934-1944
  

ICOR; Indritz's Yom Tov Schriften

 
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83 J 1909-1929, 1945
  

Jewish Agency for Palestine; Jewish Biographical Bureau; Jewish Economic Board; Jewish Morning Journal; Jewish Publication Society; Jewish Telegraphic Agency; Jewish War Rally Committee; Jewish Welfare Board; Jewish League of American Patriots; Junior Patriots of America

 
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84 Jewish Labor World 1907-1913
  

 
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85 Jewish Writers Club 1912, 1937, undated
  

 
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86 L - M 1901, 1915-1936
  

Labor Secretariat; Labor Stage, Inc.; Ladies Waist and Dressmakers Union; League for American Citizenship; League of Foreign-Born Citizens; The Literary Digest; Metropolitan Opera Company

 
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87 N 1903, 1915-1935
  

The Nation; National Security League; National Labor Committee; National Social Club; The Neighborhood Playhouse; The New Leader; New Netherlands Publishing Company; The New Palestine

 
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88 New York City - New York Fraternal Congress 1905-1925
  

New York City Board of Education; New York City Department of Education; New York City Department of Public Welfare; New York Fraternal Congress

 
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89 New York Independent 1927, undated
  

 
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90 New York Newspaper Writers Union 1912-1913
  

 
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91 New York Public Library - Newspaper Club 1922-1929
  

New York Public Library; New York Telegram; The New York Times; The Newspaper Club

 
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92 P 1922-1946
  

PM; Palestine Emergency Fund; The People; Poets' Guild; Polish Telegraph Agency; Port Morris School; Progressive Worker's Club

 
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93 Pi Tomid 1907-1909
  

 
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94 R 1918-1927
  

Reflex; Russian Political Club

 
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95 Theatre Guide 1927, undated
  

 
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96 U 1900, 1916-1933
  

United Cloth, Hat and Cap Makers Union; United Jewish Campaign; United Palestine Appeal; United States House of Representatives; United States Industrial Commission

 
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97 United Nations Conference 1945
  

 
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98 United Nations Conference - clippings 1945
  

 
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99 W 1906, 1921-1924
  

The Warheit; Workers Self Educational Center; Dos Wort

 
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100 Y 1922-1923, 1935
  

Yehoash Farlag Gezelshaft; Yeshiva College; Yiddish Art Theater; Young Judea

 
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101 Yiddish Writers Union 1916-1929
  

 
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102 Yiddish Writers Union 1930-1939
  

 
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103 Yiddish Writers Union 1940-1943
  

 
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104 Yiddish Writers Union undated
  

 
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105 Zionist Congress, ninth 1909
  

 
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106 Zionist organizations 1919-1921, undated
  

Zionist Commission to Palestine; the Zionist Organization Executive; World Zionist Organization

 
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107 Zionist Organization of America 1922-1931
  

 
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108 Zukunft, Die 1905-1913
  

 
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109 Day - Correspondence - A-C 1919-1943
  

 
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110 Day - Correspondence - D-E 1924-1942
  

 
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111 Day - Correspondence - F-K 1924-1925, 1939
  

 
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112 Day - Correspondence - L-M 1922-1942
  

 
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113 Day - Correspondence - N-R 1921-1932
  

 
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114 Day - Correspondence - Sa-Sc 1919-1935
  

 
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115 Day - Correspondence - Shapiro, David 1919-1925, 1937-1938
  

 
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116 Day - Correspondence - Sh-St 1924-1926, 1939-1942
  

 
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117 Day - Correspondence - Staff 1916-1925, 1941, undated
  

 
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118 Day - Correspondence - W-Y 1917-1930, 1942
  

 
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119 Day - Correspondence - unidentified undated
  

 
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120 Day - Correspondence - charity cases B-C 1924
  

 
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121 Day - Correspondence - charity cases F-M 1922-1934
  

 
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122 Day - Correspondence - charity cases R-Z 1919-1925
  

 
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123 Day - budgets and financial affairs 1927, 1941, undated
  

 
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124 Day - lists of staff members and salaries 1920-1925, 1937, undated
  

 
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125 Day - miscellaneous papers 1919-1940
  

 
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126 Day - miscellaneous papers undated
  

 
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127 Day - newspaper clippings 1923-1947
  

 
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128 Workmen's Circle - circular letters 1927-1941
  

 
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129 Workmen's Circle - circular letters 1942-1945
  

 
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130 Workmen's Circle - constitution 1903
  

 
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131 Workmen's Circle - convention 1910
  

 
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132 Workmen's Circle - convention 1914
  

 
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133 Workmen's Circle - convention 1915-1917
  

 
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134 Workmen's Circle - convention undated
  

 
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135 Workmen's Circle - correspondence 1906-1930
  

 
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136 Workmen's Circle - correspondence 1931-1935
  

 
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137 Workmen's Circle - correspondence 1936-1945
  

 
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138 Workmen's Circle - correspondence, Edlin as Secretary General 1913
  

letters of congratulations

 
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139 Workmen's Circle - correspondence, Edlin as Secretary General 1913-1914
  

 
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140 Workmen's Circle - correspondence, Edlin as Secretary General 1913-1914
  

 
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140A Workmen's Circle - clippings, Edlin as Secretary General 1914
  

 
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141 Workmen's Circle - Independent Workmen's Circle 1910-1914
  

Boston, MA

 
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142 Workmen's Circle - meeting notices and bills 1912-1947
  

 
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143 Workmen's Circle - miscellaneous materials 1913-1915
  

 
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144 Workmen's Circle - National Executive Committee 1933-1935
  

 
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145 Workmen's Circle - clippings 1908-1915
  

 
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146 Workmen's Circle - clippings 1931-1941
  

 
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147 Workmen's Circle - clippings undated
  

 
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148 Workmen's Circle - notices of meetings addressed by Edlin 1913-1932
  

 
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149 Workmen's Circle - sanitorium 1913-1914, 1930
  

 
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150 Notices of meetings that Edlin addressed 1897-1900
  

Socialist Labor Party

 
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151 Notices of meetings that Edlin addressed 1900-1905
  

Social Democratic Party

 
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152 Notices of meetings that Edlin addressed 1906, undated
  

 
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153 Notices of meetings that Edlin addressed 1897-1906
  

unions and others

 
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Series III: Family Correspondence, 1896-1947, 1969

36 folders
Scope and Content:

There is correspondence with Edlin’s sister, brothers, father, cousins, uncle, nieces and nephews, his daughter, Charmian, his first wife, Sarah, and his second wife, Polia, as well as other friends and family members. This correspondence is mostly in English, with some Yiddish and Russian.

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154 Correspondence with family and friends 1907-1943
  

 
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155 Correspondence with family and friends 1901-1941
  

 
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156 Correspondence with family and friends 1909-1941
  

greeting cards and postcards

 
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157 Edlin, Alvin; Edlin, Blanche 1911, 1941-1943
  

(cousins)

 
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158 Edlin, Ben 1901-1942
  

(brother)

 
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159 Edlin, Chaim 1906-1912
  

(brother)

 
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160 Edlin, Charmian 1917-1941
  

(duaghter)

 
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161 Edlin, Edith 1897-1942
  

(sister)

 
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162 Edlin, Edward M. 1900-1943
  

(brother)

 
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163 Edlin, Gershon 1904-1928
  

(uncle)

 
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164 Edlin, Henry and Annie 1897-1942
  

(brother and sister-in-law)

 
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165 Edlin, James S.; Edlin, Mrs. Juda; Edlin, Isaac; Edlin, Marshall 1923-1932, undated
  

(Isaac is a brother, Marshall is a nephew)

 
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166 Edlin, Max 1905-1927
  

(brother)

 
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167 Edlin, Mildred; Edlin, Mordecai Ber; Edlin, Morris 1896-1927
  

(Mildred is a niece, Morris is a brother)

 
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168 Edlin, Nathan (Paltiel Nahum) 1897-1899
  

(father)

 
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169 Edlin, Nathan 1900-1909
  

 
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170 Edlin, Nathan 1910-1919
  

 
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171 Edlin, Nathan 1920-1929
  

 
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172 Edlin, Nathan 1930-1943
  

 
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173 Edlin, Nathan undated
  

 
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174 Edlin, Raymond 1927-1935
  

(nephew)

 
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175 Edlin, Sam; Edlin, Ted; Edlin, Vitali 1897-1947
  

(brothers)

 
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176 Edlin, Sarah 1900-1928, 1969
  

(first wife)
letters to William Edlin

 
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177 Edlin, Sarah 1900-1907
  

letters from William Edlin

 
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178 Edlin, Sarah 1899-1906
  

miscellaneous letters

 
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179 Edlin, Polia (Paula, Pauline) 1908-1909
  

(second wife)
letters to William Edlin

 
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180 Edlin, Polia 1910
  

letters to William Edlin

 
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181 Edlin, Polia 1913
  

letters to William Edlin

 
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182 Edlin, Polia 1916-1918
  

letters to William Edlin

 
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183 Edlin, Polia 1924-1931
  

letters to William Edlin

 
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184 Edlin, Polia undated
  

letters to William Edlin

 
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185 Edlin, Polia 1899-1909
  

letters from William Edlin

 
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186 Edlin, Polia 1910
  

letters from William Edlin

 
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187 Edlin, Polia 1913-1915
  

letters from William Edlin

 
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188 Edlin, Polia 1913
  

postcards from William Edlin

 
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189 Edlin, Polia 1909-1942
  

miscellaneous letters

 
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Series IV: Correspondence with Individuals, 1894-1943, 1960

55 folders
Scope and Content:

The correspondence in this series is with various individuals, including prominent Socialists, people involved with the labor movement, Yiddish and English writers, and actors and other cultural figures. Some of these include Jacob P. Adler, Joseph Barondess, Abraham Coralnick, Eugene V. Debs, Celia Dropkin, Isadora Duncan, Isaac Hourwich, Herbert H. Lehman, Jack London, Joseph Margoshes, Shmuel Niger, Jacob Schiff, Maurice Schwartz, Sholem Aleichem, Upton Sinclair, Alfred E. Smith, Baruch C. Vladeck, Edward and Felix Warburg, Chaim Weizmann, Woodrow Wilson, Stephen S. Wise, Chaim Zhitlowsky, and many more.

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190 A 1900-1943
  

Abbott, Leonard D.; Abrahams, David; Abramowitz; Adler, Jacob P.; Adler, Stella; Arnstein, Ira B.; Astor, H.; Atkinson, Warren; Auerbach, R.; Ausubel, N.; Avery, Martha

 
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191 Ba 1902-1933
  

Bandlow, Robert; Baradulin, L.; Barnum, Gertrude; Barondess, Joseph; Baskin, Joseph; Basovsky, Estelle;

 
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192 Be 1899-1942
  

Belikov, Israel; Belovski, Morris; Berg, Isabelle; Berger, Victor L.; Bernstein, Abraham; Bernstein, Herman; Bernstein, L.P.; Bersford, Thomas; Berul, Zalmon; Berwin, Anna; Beuler, B.; Beverly, Helen

 
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193 Bl-Bo 1906-1938
  

Blank, L.; Blatch, Harriet Stanton; Bloch, Joshua; Boraisha, Menachem; Boyarsky, J.

 
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194 Boudin, Louis Boudianoff 1901-1923
  

 
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195 Br-Bu 1922-1942
  

Brainin, Reuben; Brand, Ira; Brooks, M.; Budish, Jacob; Bushinsky, J.M.

 
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196 Brown, Louis H. 1909-1940
  

 
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197 C 1896-1941
  

Cahan, Abe; Celler, Emanuel; Chanin, L.; Cohen, B.; Coh, Albert; Conheim, Herman; Coralnick, Abraham and Beatrice; Coralnick, Manya; Coralnick, Sarah; Crowell, C.H.

 
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198 D 1901-1941
  

Danzis, M.; Dalinda, Joseph Z.; Davenport, B.; de Haas, Jacob; Debs, Eugene V.; Denemon, E.S.; Dluzhnowski, M.; Dowler, A.S.; Dropkin, Celia; Dreier, Margaret D.; Duncan, Isadora; Dymow, Ossip

 
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199 E 1924-1941
  

Ehrenburg, Ilya; Elbe, Leon; Elias, Miriam; Elstein, Morris; Ephros, Gershon; Epstein, H.J.

 
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200 F 1901-1942
  

Faller, James; Feigenbaum, B.; Fein, David; Feinman, A.; Fels, Mary; Fink, Reuben; Finkelstein, Chaim; Finnegan, Elizabeth; Firth, Maurice; Fisher, Mendel; Fox, George I.; Friedkin, Israel

 
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201 Ga-Gi 1902-1929
  

Gaisky, N.A.; Geiger, N.P.; Gelbart, Michael; Ginsburg, Saul; Gisnet, Morris

 
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202 Go-Gu 1906-1942
  

Goldberg, B.Z.; Golub, Solomon, Foundation; Gonzer, A.M.; Gonzer, Gertrude; Gordon, M.; Graubart, Y.Z.; Greenberg, Alla; Grossman, Vladimir; Gutlevsky, Molly

 
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203 H 1902-1937
  

Hardman, J.B.S.; Harkavy, Alexander; Harkavy M.R.; Hartman, Gustave; Hayes, Max S.; Herndon, Richard; Horowitz, Isac; Hourwich, Isaac; Hurok, Sol; Hurwitz, Maximilian; Hyndman, H.M.

 
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204 Imchanitzky, Marie and Michael 1897-1909
  

 
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205 I-J 1928-1942
  

Ish-Kishor, Shulamith; Jasinowski, Pinchas; Jefroykin, Israel; Jeshurin, Yefim; Jordan, David Starr

 
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206 Ka-Ke 1912-1942
  

Kalich, Bertha; Kalich, Jacob; Kalich, Lillian; Kamenetsky, Sonia; Kantor, K.; Katz, Jacob; Katz, Louis H.; Kennedy, Charles R.; Kellar, Harold

 
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207 King, Cameron H., Jr. 1899-1908
  

 
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208 Kl-Kw 1909-1940
  

Klein, Alfred; Klein, S.; Kobrin, Leon; Koelble, Alphonse; Koenigsberg, M.; Kohut, Mrs. Alexander; Kremer, Ilsa; Kuperson; Kwartin, Bernard

 
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209 La-Le 1909-1937
  

Landman, Isaac; Lapson, Dvora; Latzky, W.; Lavser, B.; Le Bosquet, C.H.; Lehman, Herbert H.; Levenson, Boris; Levin, Simon J.; Levitzky, B.; Levy, Aaron J.; Lewis, William H.

 
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210 Li-Lu 1909-1940
  

Liberman, Meyer; Lilith, Ola; Lombard, Leo; London, Jack; London, Charmian (Mrs. Jack); Lopatin, A.; Lubin, Arthur

 
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211 Mac-Mar 1919-1925
  

Machalansky, Esther; Marcus, Joseph S.; Margolin, Arnold; Margoshes, Joseph

 
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212 Margoshes, Samuel 1917-1926
  

 
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213 Marshall, Louis 1918-1923
  

 
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214 Mc-Mo 1901-1929
  

McLoughlin, J.E.; Meister, Isaac; Milch, Jacob; Mishman, Rose; Monfried, Lazarus; Morewsky, A.; Morgenthau, Henry; Morrill, C.A.; Morrison, Captain; Morrison, Maurice; Mosessohn, Nehemiah

 
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215 N 1924-1935
  

Neumann, Emanuel; Nicoll, William C.; Niger, Shmuel; Nochotowitch, Achill; Noel, Rose F.; Noel, Sterling

 
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216 Pe-Pi 1916-1941
  

Peck, George; Petrunkevitch, I.; Pfeffer, J.; Phelps, Philo F.; Phillips, Nathaniel; Pilsk, M.

 
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217 Po-Q 1900-1938
  

Pool, David de Sola; Posess, M.; Postel, Max; Potter, Sarah; Proskauer, Joseph M.; Putnam, E. Val; Quirk, D.

 
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218 Ra 1913-1927
  

Rabinowitz, S.; Rappaport, W.K.; Raskin, Rae; Raskin, Saul; Rauch, C.E.

 
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219 Re-Rj 1901-1935
  

Regulsky, M.; Reich, H.; Reisenberg-Sherman, Nadia; Richards, Bernard G.; Riley, William Harrison; Rjawski, Anna

 
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220 Ro 1909-1940
  

Rockefeller, John D.; Rockmore, Clara; Rogoff, H.; Rogovin, J.; Roncini, G.; Rose, Mrs. F.A.; Rosen, Emanuel; Rosen, Lia; Rosenauer, Nicholas; Rosenberg, Albert A.; Rosenberg, James N.; Rosenblatt, H.; Rosenbloom, Ben-Zion; Rosenwald, William; Ross, Jacob M.; Ross, L.; Rottauer, N.

 
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221 Ru 1917-1932
  

Rubinstein, Z.H.; Rumsey, Mrs. David; Russell, Theresa H. (Mrs. Charles Edward)

 
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222 Sa 1909-1943
  

Sachs, S.A.; Salmanowitz, Mrs.; Samuel, Maurice; Saphirstein, Jacob; Satz, Ludwig; Savage, Leon;

 
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223 Sc 1909-1931
  

Schachnowitz, Mollie; Schaenen, Mendell M.; Schaffer, Benjamin N.; Schiff, Jacob; Schomer, Abraham; Schwartz, Maurice; Schweitzer, Mrs. Peter

 
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224 Se 1918-1938
  

Seglow, Celia; Seglow, Edwin; Selkin, Alexander; Semel, Bernard; Semenoffsky, A.D.; Serdatzky, Yente

 
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225 Sh 1894-1942
  

Shank, Mrs. Max; Shapiro, Chaim; Shapiro, David; Shelubsky, M.; Shelvin, B.; Sherrill, Charles H.; Shiplacoff, A.I.; Shipman, Samuel; Sholem Aleichem; Shuman, L.

 
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226 Si-Sm 1909-1929
  

Sinclair, Upton; Slezak, Leo; Slobodin, Henry L.; Slokowsky, Zelman; Slozow, I.; Smith, Alfred E.

 
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227 So-Sr 1901-1932
  

Solotaroff, H.; Soloveitchik, Chaim; Spargo, John; Srebnick, David;

 
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228 St 1900-1932
  

Steinberg, Shirley; Steinbrook, H.; Stern, Augusta; Stokes, J.G. Phelps; Stolinsky, A.; Stone, N.I.; Straus, Nathan, Jr.

 
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229 Strunsky, Anna 1897-1902, 1960
  

 
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230 Strunsky, Hyman 1897-1913
  

 
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231 Strunsky, Manya 1907-1941
  

 
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232 Strunsky, Simeon 1908-1924
  

 
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233 Sw-Sz 1919-1939
  

Swick, Otto; Syrkin, Marie; Syrkin, Nahum; Szurpicki, Frank

 
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234 T 1905-1933
  

Tarlan, Evelyn; Tauber, L.; Tchaykovsky, N.W.; Teitelbaum, Abraham; Teller, Charlotte; Tenenbaum, Joseph; Terriss, Tom; Tobenkin, Elias; Trommer, Lazarus

 
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235 U 1917-1933
  

Udin, Sophie A.; Untermeyer, Samuel

 
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236 V 1898-1934
  

Vladeck, B.C.; Vornberg, K.; Voss, J.C.

 
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237 Walling, William English 1917-1918
  

 
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238 Wa-We 1916-1940
  

Warburg, Edward M.M.; Warburg, Felix; Warhaft, Gertrude; Weinstein; Weis, J. Max; Weiss, Shmuel; Weizmann, Chaim

 
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239 Wi 1906-1924
  

Wichnitz, H.; Williams, John D.; Wilson, Woodrow; Wise, Stephen S.

 
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240 Wo 1906-1939
  

Wohliner, A.; Wolf, Artur; Wolff, Marcus D.; Wortsman, Charles

 
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241 Y 1917-1934
  

Yehoash; Young, Clara

 
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242 Za-Zl 1906-1940
  

Zagor, Frieda; Zametkin, M.; Zeitlin, Aaron; Zelikovitch, G.; Zemach, Benjamin; Zhitlowsky, Chaim; Zilberts, Zavel; Zimbalist, Efrem; Zlotzowsky, Pauline

 
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243 Zu-Zw 1907-1942
  

Zuckerman, M.; Zuckerman, William; Zunser, Miriam; Zwerin, Joseph; Zwig, Israel

 
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244 unidentified 1897-1925
  

 
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Series V: Manuscripts, 1900-1938, undated

6 folders
Scope and Content:

The manuscripts in this series include plays in Yiddish and English, as well as one in German, an English and Yiddish list of plays from the Federal Theatre Project, and a patriotic poem.

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245 Manuscript - Der Yid (The Jew) 1911
  

 
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246 Manuscript - untitled undated
  

drama in 4 acts

 
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247 Anglo-Jewish Plays 1938
  

list of plays from the Federal Theatre Project

 
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248 Manuscripts - by other writers 1900, 1922, undated
  

includes: Farvos Roze Krankt (Why is Rosa Sick?), by M. Phillips, 1900
Di Fardekte Vane (The Covered Bath), by Pinchas Friedlander
Does Might Make Right?, by Benjamin Levinson, 1922

 
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249 Drama scripts - by other writers undated
  

includes: Dos Kind fun der Velt (The Child of the World), by Peretz Hirschbein
Der Weisse Apfelbaum (The White Apple Tree), by Sholom Pollak (German)
Innoculation to Prevent War, by James Faller

 
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250 Drama scripts - by other writers undated
  

includes: Benedict Spinoza, by Harry Krachmalnicoff
Jacobowsky and the Colonel, by Franz Werfel

 
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Series VI: Addendum, 1915-1948, 1962

25 folders
Scope and Content:

The addendum consists of more of Edlin’s professional materials, including correspondence, clippings, meeting minutes, and reports from many of the same organizations found earlier in the collection. These include the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Coralnick Farlag Committee, Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, materials about labor Zionism, Keren Hayesod, for which he was the National Executive Secretary, and the Zionist Organization of America.

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251 American Jewish Congress 1917-1926
  

 
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252 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1940-1941
  

 
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253 Concourse Center of Israel 1924-1927
  

 
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254 Cooperative Credit Union of New York 1922-1940
  

 
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255 Coralnick Farlag Committee 1938-1944
  

 
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256 Coralnick Farlag Committee 1938-1944
  

 
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257 Coralnick Farlag Committee 1929-1944
  

 
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258 Correspondence - miscellaneous 1915-1942
  

 
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259 Facts about the Jews in Germany undated
  

 
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260 Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Societies 1926-1948
  

 
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261 Hillel Solotaroff Publication Committee 1921-1923
  

 
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262 Jewish Publication Society 1928-1933
  

 
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263 Labor Zionism 1922-1932, 1943, 1962
  

 
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264 Palestine Foundation Fund Keren Hayesod 1918-1948
  

 
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265 Palestine Foundation Fund Keren Hayesod 1927-1928
  

fundraising campaigns in Dayton, OH and Buffalo, NY

 
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266 Palestine Foundation Fund Keren Hayesod 1922-1926
  

clippings

 
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267 Zionist Organization of America 1918-1920
  

 
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268 Zionist Organization of America 1921
  

 
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269 Zionist Organization of America 1922
  

 
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270 Zionist Organization of America 1923
  

 
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271 Zionist Organization of America 1924
  

 
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272 Zionist Organization of America 1925-1926
  

 
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273 Zionist Organization of America 1927
  

 
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274 Zionist Organization of America 1928
  

 
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275 Zionist Organization of America 1929-1932
  

 
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