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Berman Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-2329

Scope and Contents

Contains material created and kept by the Berman family of St. Louis, Missouri. Letters written by Dr. William (Bill) Berman and his wife Marian make up the bulk of the collection. These are primarily letters written by Bill and Marian from Ft. Riley, Kansas, where Bill served as an Army doctor. The letters contain information about life on the base and include a lot of requests for food and supplies that the Bermans could not get in Kansas. Bill wrote a large number of the letters in Hebrew. Other matierals include postcards and letters written by Debby Schwartz to her grandmother,Celia Berman, and her aunt and uncle Iz and Sadie Rosen.

The collection is divided into two series: Bill and Marian Berman Material and the Berman and Rosen Families Material.

Dates

  • 1927-1957

Creator

Language of Materials

English and Hebrew

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Biographical / Historical

According to the 1920 U.S. Census, Meyer and Celia Berman of St. Louis, Missouri, were both born in Russia. The Bermans had three children: Sadie, Ethel, and William (born in St. Louis, June 16, 1910).

By the 1930s Meyer appears to have died. Sadie married Isidore (Iz) Rosen, and Celia Berman lived with them. Ethel married and had at least one child named Debby Schwartz.

William Berman attended Washington University in St. Louis and earned his M.D. in 1935. He married Marian Mendle, November 12, 1941. They had a child named William on November 21, 1943. Dr. Berman died in St. Louis, Missouri, June 9, 2000.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet

Overview

Contains material created and kept by the Berman family of St. Louis, Missouri. Letters written by Dr. William (Bill) Berman and his wife Marian make up the bulk of the collection. These are primarily letters written, often in Hebrew, by Bill and Marian from Ft. Riley, Kansas, where Bill served as an Army doctor during World War Two.

Arrangement

Collection has been arranged to the series level. Materials within each series have been sorted according to author or type of material.

Provenance

Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Processed by

Donnelly Walton, 2009

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Berman Family Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Donnelly Walton
Date
March 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500