Guide to the Papers of George and Sadie Kramer, undated, 1900-1964
 
*P-691

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kramer, George and Sadie
Title: George and Sadie Kramer, Papers
Dates:undated, 1900-1964
Abstract: George and Sadie Kramer were active and dedicated members of the Zionist movement. Much of their work was done within their home community in Malden, Massachusetts. In Malden they addressed issues facing the Jewish community both locally and globally, including advocacy for Palestine to become the Jewish homeland, organizing community events, and working with the United Jewish Appeal. George and Sadie were also involved in Malden’s Masonic Lodges, George as a Grand Noble and Sadie as a lifetime member of the Germania chapter. Both were honored by the Jewish National Fund, as well as others, for their many years of dedication to the Jewish community.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish, and Russian.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 Manuscript Box and one OS folder)
Identification: P-691
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note1

George Kramer (1887/1888-1955) and Sadie Nemser Kramer (1899-1978)

George and Sadie Kramer lived in Malden, Massachusetts and were very active in Malden’s Jewish community, dedicating their lives to the Zionist cause. The Kramers both attended Tufts University and met at their graduation. The dates of their engagement and wedding are unknown.

George Kramer went onto Tufts Dental School and graduated in 1912. While in school, he was an active member of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. In 1919, he returned to Tufts Dental School as a visiting professor in the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry. In 1954, he was elected to lifetime membership at the American Dental Association.

When George Kramer got involved with the Malden Zionist district, he quickly became the group’s president. He worked tirelessly to bring the Jewish community together to raise awareness of the persecution of Jews in Eastern Europe and to advocate for Palestine to become the Jewish homeland. He organized the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Service, along with dozens of other events such as debates, discussions, fundraisers, and lectures by honorable speakers such as the well-known Zionist activist Elihu Stone, and Rabbi Ber Boruchoff, one of Malden’s most respected Rabbis. George continued working for these causes with the United Jewish Appeal, and in 1948 he was given the Award for Distinguished Service to the Jewish People. The United Palestine Appeal also named Kramer a member of their National Council for Palestine.

Sadie Kramer was also committed to the Zionist cause and, along with her husband, played an important role in Malden’s Jewish community. Sadie was involved in Malden’s Hadassah chapter, of which she became president and was re-elected in 1931. While Chairman of Organization for the New England Region of Hadassah, she organized new chapters in Saugus (1955) and Wellesley (1964). Sadie was also involved with the Hebrew Ladies Charitable Society where she served as Chairman of Arrangements. One of Sadie’s most notable efforts was helping to organize the Mercy Dinner in 1939, which marked the opening of the United Jewish Campaign, where she was president of the Women’s Division. With 1400 guests, the Mercy Dinner was called “the largest Jewish gathering in the history of the city” by several newspapers. The United Jewish Campaign’s mission was to raise awareness of and provide aid for Jewish issues around the world.

In 1943, the Kramers were honored by the Jewish National Fund for their devotion to the Zionist ideal. The couple was also involved with Malden’s Masonic groups. George was elected as Noble Grand of his lodge, and Sadie was a lifetime member of the Germania chapter.

United States Census information from 1920 and 1930 indicate that George was born in Latvia or Russia in 1887 or 1888, and Sadie was born in Massachusetts in 1899. They had two children, Eunice (born circa 1920) and Robert (born circa 1924).

Chronology

1912 George and Sadie Nemser Kramer graduate from Tufts University.
1919 George Kramer returns to Tufts as a visiting professor.
1931 Sadie Kramer re-elected as president of Malden’s Hadassah chapter.
1939 Mercy Dinner held.
1943 George and Sadie Kramer honored by Jewish National Fund.
1948 George Kramer gets Award for Distinguished Service to the Jewish People by the United Jewish Appeal.
1954 George Kramer elected to lifetime membership at the American Dental Society.
1955 Sadie Kramer organizes new Hadassah chapter in Saugus area.
1964 Mrs. Kramer organizes new Hadassah chapter in Wellesley.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials regarding George and Sadie Kramer’s involvement in the Malden, Massachusetts Jewish community from the 1920s-1960s. Various newspaper clippings, award certificates, invitations and flyers for Jewish community events and speeches, as well as correspondence between members of Malden’s many national Jewish organization chapters outline the Kramers’ accomplishments in their Zionist activism work.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff Papers, P-157

Elihu David Stone Papers, P-555

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); George and Sadie Kramer, Papers; P-691; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Eunice Kramer Avnet in 1995.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

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

 

Series I: Business, undated, 1914-1954

English.
Box 1, Folders 1-2.
Arrangement:

Arranged by topic.

Scope and Content:

This series contains various documents, letters, and miscellaneous papers pertaining to Mr. Kramer’s dental career and his involvement in the Alpha Omega dental fraternity, all in English.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity undated, 1914-1922
1 2 Dentistry undated, 1919, 1940-1954
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Series II: General, undated, 1900-1955

English, with minimal Russian.
Box 1, Folders 3-5, OS Folder 1.
Arrangement:

Arranged by topic and type.

Scope and Content:

This series contains various documents, letters, and miscellaneous papers pertaining to Mr. Kramer’s dental career and his involvement in the Alpha Omega dental fraternity, all in English.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 3 Baruchoff, Ber, Rabbi undated, 1938-1944
1 4 Miscellaneous undated, 1900-1955
1 5 Stone, Elihu undated, 1938-1952
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS1 Ephemera 1946, 1955
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Series III: Correspondence, undated, 1933-1952

English.
Box 1, Folder 6.
Scope and Content:

This series contains letters sent between members of Malden’s Zionist organizations regarding various meetings, events, and fundraisers. The series is in English.

BoxFolderTitleDate
16Correspondenceundated, 1933-1952
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Series IV: Organizations, undated, 1926-1964

English, with minimal Yiddish.
Box 1, Folders 7-15.
Arrangement:

Arranged by organization.

Scope and Content:

This series contains many detailed materials regarding Malden’s Jewish organizations in which the Kramers were active, including the Malden Zionist District, Hadassah, Hebrew Ladies Charitable Society, the United Jewish Campaign, the United Jewish Appeal, and the United Palestine Appeal. Information regarding the Masonic groups of which the Kramers were members is also included. In addition, there are announcements, event flyers and invitations, newspaper clippings, letters, speeches, and certificates of awards from these Jewish organizations. All of the documents are in English except for one event flyer with a Yiddish translation.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 7 Hadassah undated, 1931-1964
1 8 Hebrew Ladies Charitable Society undated, 1933-1937
1 9 Malden Zionist District undated, 1934-1939, 1952-1955
1 10 Masonic Material undated, 1926-1956
1 11 Membership undated, 1938-1937
1 12 Mercy Dinner, Women’s Division United Jewish Campaign and Combined Jewish Appeal undated, 1938-1950
1 13 Speeches undated
1 14 United Jewish Appeal undated, 1934-1948
1 15 United Palestine Appeal undated, 1928-1942
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