Guide to the Papers of Abraham and Frieda Wolper, 1949

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 5, 2009. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on August 3, 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Abraham and Frieda Wolper
Title: Abraham and Frieda Wolper, papers
Abstract: The Wolpers were a Jewish family from Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1949, they issued a petition to the school board, raising concerns about Christmas carols and pageants in public schools. The resulting negative criticism from Jews and non-Jews, as well as the anti-Semitic letters sent to the Wolpers, eventually caused them to remove the petition. The collection includes the letters sent to the Wolpers, as well as newspaper clippings and correspondence with the school board.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half manuscript box)
Identification: P-531
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note

Abraham and Frieda Wolper

Abraham and Frieda Wolper were Jewish parents in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1949, the Wolpers submitted a petition with the school board about Christmas carols and displays of Christmas pageants in public schools. Criticism from Jews and non-Jews, including virulently anti-Semitic correspondence sent to the Wolpers, forced them to withdraw their petition.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters sent to the Wolpers denouncing their petition. Many of the letters are anti-Semitic in nature, arguing that the Wolpers are anti-American and should go back to Russia. Newspaper clippings about the petition and letters to the School Board, including the one withdrawing the petition, are included.

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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

Jewish Community Relations Council, I-123

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Abraham and Frieda Wolper, papers; P-531; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

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Container List

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Papers of Abraham and Frieda Wolper, 1949

Box 1.
Scope and Content:

See Scope and Content Note.

1 1 Community Responses December 1949 request_box
1 2 Newspaper Clippings December 1949 request_box
1 3 Correspondence with School Committee December 1949 request_box
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