Guide to the Nettie Friede Kosminsky (1888-) papers, undated, 1860-1980


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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Kosminsky, Nettie Friede
Title:Nettie Friede Kosminsky, papers
Dates:undated, 1860-1980
Abstract:Consists primarily of mimeographed copies of thirteen travel diaries prepared by Nettie Kosminsky and her sister Myrtle Cassett in the course of their travels around the world. They are personal in nature and contain primarily anecdotal material on each place visited. Also contains photocopied typescripts of speeches delivered by Meyer Friede in the Missouri legislature on slavery (1860), and a reply to an anti-Semitic statement made by another legislator (1861).
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society Archives
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Scope and Content Note

The Nettie Friede Kosminsky papers contain several booklets written and put together by Nettie Friede Kosminsky. Subjects of these booklets include: her travels (mainly cruises) around the world (anecdotal, personal material) with her sister, Myrtle Friede Cassett, American Jewish history, advice on growing older and autobiographical material, and wedding memorabilia from her parents' wedding in 1883. Also included are materials relating to the life of the Hon. Meyer Friede, Nettie's grandfather, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.

The collection is valuable to researchers studying Jews and women and travel, Jewish weddings, Jews and politics, Jews and the Civil War, and Jewish women and aging.

The collection contains booklets, newspaper clippings, copies of speeches and legal documents.

The documents are in English.

The collection contains one box of material.

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The collection is organized 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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Related Material

Also found in The American Jewish Historical Society are two copies of a booklet (Memorabilia: Joel M. Friede and Rebecca Samuels Friede, May 11, 1883) put together by Nettie Friede Kosminsky to commemorate her parents' wedding.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Nettie Friede Kosminsky, papers; P-269; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Note

Gift, in part, of Nettie Kosminsky, 1974

Gift, in part, of Rabbi David Alpert, 1974-1979

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Includes former *P-270.

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Access Points

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Container List

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

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Papers of Nettie Friede Kosminsky, undated, 1860-1980

.5 linear feet. Box 1.
11Nettie Friede Kosminsky: Reminiscences and Miscellany1978-1980request_box

"Thoughts on Growing Older," written by her on her 90th birthday, and published in Ann Landers's column.
"Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to try to straighten out everybody's affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details -- give me wings to get to the point. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint -- some of them are so hard to live with -- but a sour old individual is one of the crowning works of the devil. Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all -- but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end."

Booklet, "From 9 to 90: June 15, 1978. This is affectionately dedicated to my family and friends. By Nettie Friede Kosminsky."

  • - "How to Live Longer and Better"
  • - "The Beauty of a Smile"
  • - Her autobiography
  • - Fannie Hurst was captain of her basketball team
  • - Includes speeches by her grandfather, who was a Missouri State Representative
  • - 1860: in favor of remaining in the Union
  • - 1861: "in answer to the insult against the Jews delivered by the Representative of Jackson County, Mr. Claiborn in the year 1861"
  • - Reminiscences of her travels around the world

12Travel Diaries1947, 1952request_box

  • - 1947: England, France, Belgium, etc.
  • - 1952: Caribbean Cruise

13Travel Diaries1960-1969request_box

  • - January 29-May 10: "Around the World"
  • - September 3-October 5, 1965: South American Cruise
  • - 1966: grand Pacific
  • - "The Story of 2 Old Bags," September 3 - October 22, 1966: Europe
    • - With photo of Nettie on front cover
  • - Other European cruises

14Travel Diaries1970-1979request_box

  • - Booklets with covers, and day-by-day diaries of her travels
  • - May 28, 1970-June 26, 1970: Vienna, Scotland, Pisa, Ireland
  • - June 12-19, 1971: Caribbean
  • - September 15, 1972-October 14, 1972: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Bermuda
  • - May 25-June 26, 1973: Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, France, Russia, New York

15Myrtle Cassett: Recollections by Sister Nettie1976request_box

  • 1. "Myrtle's Delicate Condition," Mt. Sinai Hospital, January 1976
  • 2. "'Clippings' of Good Sense and Nonsense," compiled by Nettie in honor of Myrtle's 87th birthday, August 27, 1976
    • - Includes "Honoring 1776 and Famous Jews in American History"
  • 3. "A Time of Recollection, In Memory of Myrtle Friede Cassett

16Joel M. Friede and Rebecca Samuels Friede, Wedding Memorabilia of May 11, 1883, compiled by daughter Nettie1977request_box

  • "Memorabilia: Joel M. Friede and Rebecca Samuels Friede, May 11, 1883"
    • - Copies of their wedding invitation, photographs, articles about the wedding, etc.

17Hon. Meyer Friede, Speeches1860-1861request_box

  • - Several copies of 2 of his speeches before the Missouri House of Representatives, 1860 (for staying in the Union) and 1861 (defending Jews)
  • - Copy of his citizenship papers
  • - Copy of chalitza certificate, 1853

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