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Lily and Nathan Edelman correspondence, 1927-1944.
BANC MSS 2010/683 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/683 carton 1; BANC MSS 2010/683
Collection Overview

Title:

Lily and Nathan Edelman correspondence, 1927-1944

Creator/Contributor:

Edelman, Lily.

Creator/Contributor:

Edelman, Nathan, 1911-

Creator/Contributor:

Petaluma High School (Petaluma, Calif.)

Creator/Contributor:

Western Jewish History Center, 078.

Creator/Contributor:

Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1981.005.

Creator/Contributor:

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Creator/Contributor:

Online Archive of California

Abstract:

The collection consists primarily of love letters exchanged between Lily and Nathan Edelman that express their feelings for each other and in which they discuss their emotional life; intellectual and cultural interests and activities; philosophical views; opinions on economic and political systems; and their reactions to world events. The correspondence, which provides a look into traditional courtship styles between men and women in an era of social change, also reveals the cousins' thoughts from adolescence to adulthood. The letters also reveal Lily's growth in understanding herself and her relationship with Nathan; glimpses of Jewish life in Petaluma and of the Menuhin family, to whom Lily was related. Also contains an autograph book with photographs of pupils from Petaluma High School (1927).

Date:

1927 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-ca
Menuhin family
Courtship -- California -- Petaluma
Jews -- California
Jews -- California -- Petaluma
Jews -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
Jews -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Jewish women -- California

Note:

Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 078.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1981.005.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Lily and Nathan Edelman correspondence, BANC MSS 2010/683, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Lily Podvidz (1915-1981) was born in San Francisco and lived in Petaluma, California during the 1920s. She later worked in Washington, D.C. She was an educational administrator, author, editor, and an officer in national educational associations. In 1961, she became the director of B'nai B'rith's Department of Adult Jewish Education and she edited Jewish Heritage. Her husband, Nathan Edelman, was also her first cousin. Nathan was born in Paris in 1911 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1922. Also an educator, he taught at Columbia University, was a professor and the chair of the Romance Languages Department at Johns Hopkins University, and authored and edited scholarly publications on Romance languages.
Materials in English.

Type:

Autograph albums-California-Petaluma.
Love-letters-California.
Photographs-California-Petaluma.

Physical Description:

print
1 carton and 1 box (1.2 linear feet)

Language:

English

Identifier:

2006585543
BANC MSS 2010/683 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/683 carton 1
BANC MSS 2010/683

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.