Guide to the Papers of Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, undated, 1908-1976

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 2, 2009. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on August 3, 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Taylor-Tatelbaum Family
Title: Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, papers
Dates:undated, 1908-1976
Abstract: The Taylor-Tatelbaum Family resided in the Boston area. These papers include those of Barney and Jennie Tatelbaum, Harry and Fannie Cohen, and Alan Taylor (nee Abraham Tatelbaum.) The collection includes genealogical information, photographs, college papers, yearbooks, correspondence, plaques, naturalization certificates and vital records.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes, 1 OS folder)
Identification: P-213
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note

Taylor-Tatelbaum Family

The Taylor-Tatelbaum family included Barnett (Barney) Tatelbaum and his wife, Jennie (Cohen), daughter Lillian (Cutler) and son Alan (Abraham) Taylor. Jennie was born to Harry Cohen and Fannie Epstein in Rovno, Russia, and immigrated to the United States with her parents. She was naturalized on April 21, 1941, and died on December 9, 1951.

Barney Tatelbaum was born in Russia (possibly Poland at the time) and was naturalized on November 15, 1926. Jennie and Barney were married in Boston on March 5, 1914. They later had Lillian, born around 1916 and Abraham (Alan), born on May 8, 1919. Barney Tatelbaum's parents are listed as Nissel and Sarah; Jennie's are listed as Harry and Fiesel (known as Fanny) Cohen.

Harry Cohen was born in Russia and died in Boston at the age of 58 on September 18, 1928. Fannie Cohen was also born in Russia and died in Revere, Massachusetts on February 4, 1949 at the age of 74. In addition to their daughter, Jennie, they had three sons: Jack, Louis and Mitchell.

The bulk of the collection focuses on Alan Taylor (born Abraham Tatelbaum). Alan lived in several areas of Boston, including the West End, Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester. A graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School in 1936, he later attended Boston University before receiving his A.B. (1944) and A.M. (1948) from Calvin Coolidge College. In 1940, he entered the U.S. Civil Service and worked for the Post Office, Government Printing Office, the Navy Department, and Veterans Administration. He married Bertha Kaplan on August 30, 1949 and they had four children: Gerald, Michael, David and Marjorie. Later research on the part of Alan Taylor indicates part of his family originated from Ostrog, in Poland.

Alan was also a certified Nursing Home Administrator and volunteered on numerous committees, including the School Board, Conservation Commission (which he helped found) and the Commission on Aging. Taylor was dedicated to the conservation of cultural and scenic landmarks and wrote many letters to politicians; response letters from these individuals are in the collection.


March 5, 1914Barney Tatelbaum marries Jennie Cohen in Boston
1916Lillian Tatelbaum (daughter of Barney and Jenny) is born
May 8, 1919Abraham Tatelbaum (later Alan Taylor and son of Barney and Jenny) is born
November 15, 1926Barney Tatelbaum becomes a naturalized U.S. Citizen
September 18, 1928Harry Cohen dies in Boston at age 58
1936Abraham Tatelbaum (Alan Taylor) graduates from Roxbury Memorial High School
1940Abraham Tatelbaum (Alan Taylor) enters the U.S. Civil Service, eventually working for the Post Office, Government Printing Office, the Navy Department and Veterans Administration
1944Abraham Tatelbaum (Alan Taylor) graduates with his A.B. from Calvin Coolidge College
1948Abraham Tatelbaum (Alan Taylor) graduates with his A.M. from Calvin Coolidge College
February 4, 1949Fanny Cohen dies in Revere, Massachusetts, at age 74
August 30, 1949Abraham Tatelbaum (Alan Taylor) marries Bertha Taylor
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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes a variety of genealogical information pertaining to the Taylor-Tatelbaum family of Boston, Massachusetts, as well as ephemera, college papers, awards and professional projects relating to Alan Taylor. The collection contains naturalization certificates for Harry and Fannie Cohen and Barney and Jennie Tatelbaum, and marriage and death certificates. A family tree and genealogical research is also included. The collection provides a broad overview of the assimilation of an immigrant Jewish family into the American cultural mainstream.

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The collection is organized into five series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, papers; P-213; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

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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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Series I: Cohen, Harry and Fanny (Epstein), 1928-1964

Box 1, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder of the Cohen’s personal papers, including a copy of Harry Cohen’s death certificate, Alien registration care of Fannie Cohen, a copy of Fannie Cohen’s death certificate, and her obituary.

1 1 General 1928-1964 request_box
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Series II: Tatelbaum, Abraham (Taylor, Alan), 1936, 1939

Box 1, Folders 2-3.
Scope and Content:

This series contains Abraham Tatelbaum’s (Alan Taylor) Roxbury Memorial High School yearbook from 1936 and a bulletin from Harvard Phillips House announcing that Abraham Tatelbaum received an extension scholarship to prepare for the civil services examination. In the yearbook, Abraham Tatelbaum is pictured on pages 39 and 57 and mention of him in the Bulletin is on page 4.

1 2 Phillips Brooks House, Harvard: Bulletin, Undergraduate Faculty 1939 request_box
1 3 Roxbury Memorial High School: Yearbook 1936 request_box
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Series III: Tatelbaum, Barney (Barnett) and Jennie (Epstein), 1914-1971

Box 1, Folder 4.
Scope and Content:

This series contains the personal papers of Barney and Jennie Epstein, including a Selective Services Registration card for Barney, their marriage certificate, and both parties' naturalization certificates. Barney also attended evening school, as evidenced by the certificate included in the folder.

1 4 Personal Papers 1914-1971 request_box
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Series IV: Taylor, Alan, undated, 1939-1990

Box 1, Folder 5 -- Box 2, Folder 3.
Scope and Content:

This series contains the papers of Alan Taylor (formerly Abraham Tatelbaum), including employment information relating to his civilian service in the Navy during World War II and awards and certificates relating to his volunteer activities and professional endeavors. Personal papers, such as a marriage certificate and correspondence from Captain Jeremy Wills of Buckingham Palace, Joseph Kennedy, James Curley, Lady Bird Johnson, Henry Cabot Lodge and Michael Dukakis are also in this series, as is a letter from Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman of Temple Israel.

1 5 Certificates and Awards 1946-1990 request_box
1 6 Calvin Coolidge College, Portia Law School: Yearbook & Diploma 1944 request_box
1 7 College Research Papers undated, 1948 request_box
1 8 Department of Mental Health: Directory 1967 request_box
1 9 Government Index 1980s request_box
1 10 Personal and Professional Papers 1942-1974 request_box
1 11 Correspondence, Public Figures 1939-1976 request_box
1 12 International Organization Index undated request_box
1 13 Political Activities 1961-1975 request_box
2 1 Plaque: Notary Public of Massachusetts undated request_box
2 2 Plaque: Boy Scouts of America undated request_box
2 3 Stamp: Professional Engineer of Massachusetts undated request_box
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Series V: General, undated, 1908-1982

Box 2, Folders 4-6.
Scope and Content:

This series contains genealogical information for the Tatelbaum family, service pins belonging to Alan Taylor, and photographs of the family. Photographs are labeled and are primarily of the Tatelbaum family, including a photograph of Bertha Kaplan Taylor’s family and a photograph of Barney Tatelbaum’s brother’s family. The note indicates that this family was killed during the Holocaust. Wedding photographs from Bertha and Alan’s wedding and the swearing in ceremony of Alan Taylor to the Mental Health Area Board are also included. Two photographs of the Taylor family, from 1961 and 1977, round out the photograph collection.

2 4 Genealogy with Rosengard Family 1953-1982 request_box
2 5 Service Pins undated request_box
2 6 Photographs 1908-1977 request_box
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