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Finding Aid to the Goodman and Levy family papers and scrapbooks, 1850-2003
BANC MSS 2010/736  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Goodman and Levy family papers and scrapbooks,
    Date (inclusive): 1850-2003
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/736
    Creators: Levy family Goodman family
    Extent: Number of containers: 11 cartons and 10 oversize boxes (linear feet: 14.6)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The papers and scrapbooks of the Goodman and Levy families of El Paso, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is in process.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Goodman and Levy family papers and scrapbooks, BANC MSS 2010/736, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Levy, Parez.
    Goodman, Aaron
    Levy, Estelle Goodman--Diaries
    Lemmon, Amelia Levy
    Lemmon, Guy
    Levy family--Archives
    Goodman family--Archives
    Temple Sinai (El Paso, Tex.)--Sisterhood
    Brandeis University--National Women's Committee
    National Council of Jewish Women
    University of California, Berkeley
    California Institute of Technology
    Western Jewish History Center. 184
    Judah L. Magnes Museum. WJHC 1972.003
    Bancroft Library. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
    Jews--Texas--El Paso
    Jewish women--Texas--El Paso
    Jewish merchants--Texas--El Paso
    Jewish merchants--Tennessee--Nashville
    Wedding Books

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Goodman and Levy family papers and scrapbooks were gifted to the Bancroft Library by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.


    No future additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff in 2011.

    Biographical Information

    Estelle Goodman Levy was born in El Paso, Texas, where her father, Aaron, owned the Lion Grocery Company. Her grandfather, Parez Levy, was an optician in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Science Hall in Shelbyville, Kentucky and graduated from Throop Academy in Pasadena, now the California Institute of Technology, in 1910. Estelle returned to El Paso and married Charles Levy in 1916. She was active in the political, civic, social, historical, philanthropic and Jewish life of El Paso and the Southwest, belonging to Mount Sinai Temple and many other local organizations including: the National Council of Jewish Women; the Texas State Federation of Sisterhoods; the Women’s Club of El Paso; the Red Cross; the Parent Teachers Association; and the Cloudcraft Recreation Camp baby sanitarium. With Isidore Bernard and Fanny Sattinger Goodman, two of her relatives, Estelle supported the El Paso Historical Society and contributed articles to its quarterly. Estelle Levy’s daughter, Amelia Rose, moved to Oakland, California in 1966 and married Edgar Guy Lemmon, Jr. in 1967.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains the following: a few items relating the life of Parez Levy in Tennessee, including a scrapbook and a Masonic certificate; items relating to the life of Aaron Goodman in El Paso, Texas, including family scrapbooks with documents and correspondence from Aaron's Lion Grocery Company and an 1889 legal document (in Spanish) relating to a Goodman's interests in a mine in Juarez; the handwritten diaries of Estelle Goodman Levy (Aaron's daughter); a wedding book and marriage certificate from the wedding of Estelle Goodman and Charles Levy; a number of scrapbooks documenting the life of Estelle Goodman Levy in El Paso; and a significant number of items relating to the life of Amelia Levy Lemmon, including 48 scrapbooks and photo albums dating from Amelia's school years through 2003. These document Amelia's experience at UC Berkeley and in the San Francisco Bay Area, her activities in the Sisterhood of Oakland's Temple Sinai and in the Brandeis University National Women's Committee, and her travels around the world. Amelia's childhood is also documented in the Goodman family scrapbooks in the collection. The collection includes genealogical information about members of the Goodman, Levy, Frank, Lederer, Baruch, Brandt, Schenck, and Sattinger families. Also included are some historical writings, including "My Parents, Joseph Hillel Goodman and Sarah Rothschild Goodman" by Isidore B. Goodman and "In the Beginning: The Jewish Community of El Paso Texas" by Fanny Sattinger Goodman.