Guide to the Papers of Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, undated, 1908-1990

Reprocessed by Kelsey Sawyer

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kelsey Sawyer as MS Word document, October 11, 2016. Finding aid was encoded by Kelsey Sawyer on October 14, 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Taylor-Tatelbaum Family
Title: Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, papers
Dates:undated, 1908-1990
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

Barney Tatelbaum and Jennie (Cohen) Tatelbaum with their children, Alan Taylor and Lillian Tatelbaum, 1923, Boston, Mass.

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 is born to Barney and Jennie Tatelbaum.
May 8, 1919Abraham Tatelbaum is born to Barney and Jenny, later changes his name to Alan Taylor.
November 15, 1926Barney Tatelbaum becomes a naturalized U.S. Citizen.
September 18, 1928Harry Cohen dies in Boston at age 58.
1936Alan Taylor graduates from Roxbury Memorial High School.
1940Alan Taylor enters the U.S. Civil Service, eventually working for the Post Office, Government Printing Office, the Navy Department and Veterans Administration.
April 21, 1941 Jennie (Cohen) Tatelbaum becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen.
1944Alan Taylor graduates with his A.B. from Calvin Coolidge College.
1948Alan Taylor graduates with his A.M. from Calvin Coolidge College.
February 4, 1949Fannie Cohen dies in Revere, Massachusetts, at age 74.
August 30, 1949Alan Taylor marries Bertha Kaplan.
March 5, 1951Jennie (Cohen) Tatelbaum dies.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes ephemera, college papers, awards and professional projects relating to Alan Taylor, as well as a variety of genealogical information pertaining to the Taylor-Tatelbaum family of Boston, Massachusetts. 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 two 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 Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at 24 hours in advance of needing access.

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; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information for the bulk of the collection is unknown. The photo CD was donated separately by David and Karen Taylor in March 2012.

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Processing Information

This collection was previously re-processed by Stephanie Call, made possible by a grant from the Schilder Family Fund, on March 2, 2009. It was previously encoded by Marvin Rusinek on August 3, 2009.

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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: Alan Taylor, undated, 1936-1990

Box 1, and Box 2, Folders 1-4.

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials relating to Alan Taylor's academic, professional, and personal activities. Included are his Roxbury Memorial High School yearbook, and a bulletin from Harvard Phillips House announcing that he received an extension scholarship. Also included is employment information relating to his civilian service in the Navy during World War II. Awards and certificates relate to his volunteer activities and professional endeavors for the United States Navy, engineering and Health Care Administration. In the correspondence folder are letters from Captain Jeremy Wills of Buckingham Palace, Joseph Kennedy, James Curley, Lady Bird Johnson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Michael Dukakis, and Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman of Temple Israel. Of note are pins he received for 20 and 30 years Naval service, Beneficial Suggestion from the Boston Navy Yard, 250th Anniversary Grand Lodge of Massachusetts A.F. and A.M., and Massachusetts Consistory M.W. Arthur Melanson Class.

11Awards and Certificates—Generalundated, 1954-1990request_box
12Awards and Certificates—Health Care Administrationundated, 1974-1983request_box
13Awards and Certificates—U.S. Navyundated, 1946-1971request_box
14Calvin Coolidge College—Papersundated, 1948request_box
15Calvin Coolidge College—Yearbook and Diploma1944request_box
16Correspondence—Public Figures1939-1976request_box
17Government Resources Compiled by Alan Taylorcirca 1980srequest_box
18Human Rights Paper and Supporting Research1981request_box
19Parent Education Directory of Specialists1967request_box
110Personal and Professional Papers1942-1972request_box
111Phillips Brooks House, Harvard—Undergraduate and Faculty Bulletin1939request_box
112Pins—Miscellaneousundated, 1961, 1971request_box
113Plaque—Boy Scouts of Americaundatedrequest_box
21Plaque—Notary Public of the Commonwealth of Massachusettsundatedrequest_box
22Political Activities1961-1975request_box
23Roxbury Memorial High School—Yearbook1936request_box
24Stamp—Commonwealth of Massachusetts Professional Engineerundatedrequest_box
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Series II: General, undated, 1908-1982

Box 2, Folders 5-9.

Arranged alphabetically.

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, both parties' naturalization certificates, and Barney's evening school certificate. A CD with scanned images from the family of Alan's son David, and his wife Karen Taylor, is also included. This series also contains Harry and Fannie Cohen’s personal papers, including a copy of Harry’s death certificate, and Fannie's Alien registration card, death certificate copy, and obituary. 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, who were all killed during the Holocaust. There is also a Tatelbaum family genealogy and history.

25Barnett (Barney) and Jennie (Cohen) Tatelbaum1914-1971request_box
26David and Karen Taylorundatedrequest_box
27Harry and Fannie (Epstein) Cohen1928-1964request_box
29Tatelbaum Family Genealogy and History1953-1982request_box
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