Guide to the Papers of Oscar and Celia Sterman, undated, 1939, 1954, 1960, 1962, 2009

*P-875

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Gregory Carter as MS Word document, November 2009. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on March 2, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Oscar and Celia Sterman
Title: Oscar and Celia Sterman
Dates:undated, 1939, 1954, 1960, 1962, 2009
Abstract: Oscar and Celia Sterman immigrated to the United States in 1916 and settled in Brookline, Massachusetts, where they raised a family and became increasingly involved in the establishment of the State of Israel. The Stermans donated funds for the construction of several buildings in Beersheba and Eilat, Israel, including a library, sports center, youth center, and also provided funding for the addition of the Electro Mechanic Department to the Max Pine Trade Center. This collection documents both their family life as well as their considerable contributions to Israel, as well as their travels to the country.
Languages: The collection is in English and Yiddish.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 manuscript box, 1 oversized box)
Identification: P-875
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Oscar and Celia Sterman1

Oscar Sterman was born in the Ukraine in 1885; his wife, Celia (Kredenser) was born in 1889. Census data is not clear on the year of their marriage, which was either 1909 or 1911. In 1916, the Stermans immigrated to the United States and settled in Brookline, Massachusetts, where they raised three daughters (Ida, Mildred, and Natalie.) Oscar Sterman later became president of the American Wrecking Company. The Stermans were involved in philanthropic Zionist activities and supported the establishment of the State of Israel. Their contributions included the construction of a library, youth center, health center, sports center, and the addition of the Electro Mechanic Department to the Max Pine Trade Center. In 1960, the Stermans traveled to Israel to oversee construction and attend the opening ceremonies for their buildings. They met with a number of important individuals including President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and Mayor David Tuviahu of Beersheba, Israel.

Oscar Sterman died on August 29, 1969 at the age of 84. Celia Sterman died on July 24, 1974.

1 Biographical information is from materials located in the collection as well as correspondence from Melanie Zibit, the donor.

Chronology

1885Oscar Sterman born
1886Celia Kredenser (Sterman) born
1909 or 1911Oscar and Celia are married
1916The Stermans immigrate to the United States and settle in Brookline, Massachusetts
1954Oscar Sterman meets with David Tuviahu, Mayor of Beersheba, Israel
1960Oscar and Celia Sterman travel to Israel to oversee the construction/additions to buildings
1969Oscar Sterman dies on August 29
1974Celia Sterman dies on July 24
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and articles about the personal, professional and philanthropic activities of Oscar and Celia Sterman. The majority of this collection is composed of undated photographs and three scrapbooks that focus on their 1960 trip to Israel. This collection provides a detailed account of the contributions the Stermans made to Israel. Of particular interest are documents regarding the opening of the Sterman Health Center, the construction of the Max Pine Trade School, and a welcome to Israel by Yosef Baratz, Isaac Hamlin and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. The collection also contains a number of photographs of Oscar Sterman and his family.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three 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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Oscar and Celia Sterman; P-875; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the American Jewish Historical Society by Melanie Zibit, granddaughter of Oscar and Celia Sterman, on September 2, 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.

 

Series I: Scrapbooks, 1960

English.
Box 1-2.
Scope and Content:

This series contains three scrapbooks detailing the trips taken by Oscar and Celia Sterman and their involvement with numerous charities. Scrapbook 1 (blue) focuses exclusively on their trip to Israel in 1960, where they met prominent figures in Israeli business, including Yosef Baratz, founder of Degania, and President Itzhak Ben Zvi , and were shown several of the buildings their donations helped to construct. Scrapbook 2 (black) contains photographs of the buildings in Israel that the Stermans funded. These include the Max Pine Trade School, a youth center in Ayanot and a sports center in Eilat. Some photographs are of the Stermans at opening ceremonies. Scrapbook 3 (brown) depicts the Stermans' travels throughout Israel. Also included are loose photographs and documents from the scrapbooks that were removed to folders due to their fragility. These folders are labeled to correspond with the scrapbooks.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Miscellaneous/Loose Documents from Blue Scrapbook 1960
1 2 Miscellaneous/Loose Documents from Black Scrapbook 1960
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Scrapbook (blue) 1960
2 2 Scrapbook (black) 1960
2 3 Scrapbook (brown) 1960
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Series II: Photographs, undated, 1939, 1960

English.
Boxes 1 and 2.
Scope and Content:

This series primarily consists of photographs of the Sterman family; many are undated. Most of the photographs are of Oscar and Celia during the later years of their marriage. Also included are photographs from their 1960 trip to Israel, as well as oversized portraits of the Sterman family.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 3 Charity 1960
1 4 Personal undated, 1939, 1960
1 5 Miscellaneous undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 4 Oversized undated
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Series III: General Information, undated, 1954, 1960, 1962

English, Yiddish.
Box 1.
Scope and Content:

This series contains written documents and correspondence between the Stermans, extended family, and business partners. Also included are records of birthplaces, names of family members, and Oscar Sterman's obituary. A number of documents are in Yiddish.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 6 Information about Collection undated, 2009
1 7 Miscellaneous undated, 1954, 1960, 1962
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