Guide to the Scheinfeldt Family Papers
undated, circa 1882-2000


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Scheinfeldt Family
Creator: Calish Family
Title: Scheinfeldt Family Papers
Dates:undated, circa 1882-2000
Abstract: The collection contains papers of the Scheinfeldt and Calish families with the bulk of the materials chronicling the achievements and nursing career of Jean Scheinfeldt, the daughter of Joseph Henry and Florence Calish Scheinfeldt. The materials in this collection include birth and death certificates, a marriage certificate, other certificates and awards, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half manuscript box)
Identification: P-1006
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note
Jean Scheinfeldt (right) and an unidentified classmate at the Boston College School of Nursing undergraduate graduation ceremonies, 1958

Jean Scheinfeldt (right) and an unidentified classmate at the Boston College School of Nursing undergraduate graduation ceremonies, 1958

Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt was born on March 18, 1894 in Boston, Massachusetts to Jacob and Ida Daniels Scheinfeldt. He married Florence Calish on March 26, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Florence, one of eight children, was born on July 22, 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts to Samuel and Augusta Calish. Joseph and Florence spent much of their first year of marriage apart as Joseph served as a Private First Class in World War I. On February 24, 1919, the U.S. Army appointed Joseph to the rank of Corporal before he was honorably discharged on July 2, 1919 when his service was no longer needed. After the war, Joseph and Florence settled in Brookline and went on to have three children: Miriam, Jean, and Joseph, Jr., who died at the age of three.

Jean Scheinfeldt, the second child of Joseph and Florence, was born on October 9, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jean grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from Brookline High School on June 11, 1942. Jean pursued a career in nursing, where she entered the service like her father, and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1951 to 1953. In 1958, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and earned her Master of Science in Nursing in Child Psychiatry from Boston University in 1962. After her schooling, Jean held a number of positions throughout her career, including Instructor in Nursing at Boston University’s Graduate School of Nursing and director of the Opening Doors for Women in Need (ODWIN) program, encouraging minority students to pursue nursing careers. She also held positions as a juvenile parole agent in Massachusetts’ Division of Youth Services, a psychiatric nurse in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, and finished her career as a school nurse in Boston. An active professional and community member, she was elected to the Executive Board of the Boston Teachers Union and was involved in numerous organizations. Jean died on December 16, 2000. She was survived by her older sister, Miriam Scheinfeldt Alpert.


Material from the collection.

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch ( 29 April 2015), Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt, 1917-1918; citing Brookline City, Massachusetts, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,685,069.


March 18, 1894Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt born.
July 22, 1985Florence Calish born.
March 26, 1918Joseph Scheinfeldt married Florence Calish.
July 2, 1919Joseph Scheinfeldt honorably discharged from U.S. Army.
October 9, 1924Jean Scheinfeldt born.
June 11, 1942Jean Scheinfeldt graduated from Brookline High School.
December 17, 1953Jean Scheinfeldt honorably discharged from U.S. Army.
1958Jean Scheinfeldt graduated from Boston College.
1962Jean Scheinfeldt graduated from Boston University.
August 29, 1965Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt dies.
November 28, 1968Florence Calish Scheinfeldt dies.
December 16, 2000Jean Scheinfeldt dies.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers of the Scheinfeldt and Calish families with the bulk of the materials chronicling the achievements and career of Jean Scheinfeldt. Included in the collection are vital records, specifically the birth certificates of Jean and Florence Scheinfeldt and Bertha Calish, Florence’s sister; the death certificates of Joseph, Florence and Jean Scheinfeldt; and the marriage certificate, or ketubah, of Joseph and Florence Scheinfeldt. Other certificates include military records, a copyright registration, and organizational certificates awarded to Jean Scheinfeldt. Additional materials in the collection include the deed to burial plots purchased by Samuel Calish, correspondence between Joseph and Florence Scheinfeldt on their first wedding anniversary, a television program guide published by Joseph Scheinfeldt, a brief biography of a relative, Anne Daniels Caras, a sketch of the Calish family tree, Jean Scheinfeldt’s graduation programs, report card, resume, news clippings and other papers of personal significance. There are also photographs of family members and personal artifacts.

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This collection is arranged into a single series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Scheinfeldt Family Papers; P-1006; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Miriam Scheinfedlt Alpert.

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Series I: Scheinfeldt Family Papers, undated, circa 1882-2000

In English and Hebrew.
Box 1, Folders 1-13.


Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

11Artifacts—Letterman Patches, Wallet, and Ration Tokens and Stampsundatedrequest_box
12Birth Certificates—Calish (Kalish) Family 1882, 1895request_box
13Birth Certificates—Jean Scheinfeldt1924request_box
14Certificates and Awards—Scheinfeldt Family 1919, 1950-1953, 1990-1991request_box
15Death Certificates—Scheinfeldt Family 1965, 1968, 2000request_box
16Deed—Samuel Calish 1913request_box
17Ephemera—Calish (Kalish) Family undated, 1931 request_box
18Ephemera—Jean Scheinfeldt 1941-2000 request_box
19Ephemera—Scheinfeldt Family undated, 1915-1919 request_box
110 Marriage Certificate—Joseph and Florence Scheinfeldt 1918request_box
111Photographs—Calish (Kalish) Family undated, 1931 request_box
112Photographs—Scheinfeldt Family undated, 1907, circa 1921, 1958 request_box
113Photographs—Unidentified undated, 1958 request_box
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