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Series I. Correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1914-1965

Scope and Content Notes:

Series I contains correspondence and newspaper clippings of Lillian A. Friedberg from her close family and friends. Lillian and her family were avid letter writers throughout their lives. The majority of the letters involved discussions of goings-on in the family, often travel-related. Although this collection effectively reflects their lifelong lines of communication the bulk of the letters are between 1918 and 1943. These dates correspond with her marriage to Emanual Friedberg and her appointment as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

The letters written between Lillian and her husband Emanual cover their courting period and early years of marriage. Additional letters from Emanual include correspondence from time spent in Boston with Lillian's family. The researcher will also find materials relating to Emanual's work as a physician, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, and his time spent as Director of the Jewish Home for the Aged.

Letters written to Lillian by her siblings include those from her brother Elijah Adlow and sisters Dorothy Adlow and Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman. Elijah Adlow was a prominent member of the Boston judicial system serving as Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court from 1928 to 1973. The correspondence between Lillian and her brother relate to many issues regarding the Adlow family, especially their father Nathan Adlow. Letters from Dorothy Adlow often contained clippings of Ms. Adlow's articles, as she was an art critic for the Christian Science Monitor from the 1920s to the 1960s. There are also letters from Dorothy Adlow's husband Nicolas Slonimsky, a musicologist, composer, and author, particularly from the 1960s. Not much is known about Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman, but they also maintained a long correspondence with each other.

Simeon and Judith Friedberg, son and daughter of Lillian and Emanual, corresponded irregularly with their mother, although Simeon and his wife Joan wrote to her frequently during their six-month honeymoon to Western Europe in 1951-1952. A number of letters from her extended family, including her parents and in-laws, can be found in folders labeled "Other Family." Additional correspondence between Lillian Friedberg and her friends and acquaintances is in the "Miscellaneous" folders. Please note that letters written in Hebrew may be found throughout the Correspondence Series. Also, see "Series V: Postcards" for additional brief communications between Friedberg and others.

Newspaper clippings can be found in folders at the end of this series. There is an abundance of clippings about Lillian, especially pertaining to her involvement in the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. There are also many clippings about Elijah and Dorothy Adlow, though clippings may also be found clipped to many of the letters from these siblings. It should be noted that some of Dorothy Adlow's clippings coincide with topics she wrote about in her letters to Lillian. Those interested in mid-Twentieth Century art and art criticism will want to look closely at her newspaper clippings. Lillian Friedberg also collected the newspaper clippings of Nicolas Slonimsky, Dorothy Adlow's husband. Extensive material on Nicolas Slonimsky can be found at the Library of Congress website. There are a small number of clippings about Emanuel, Judith, and Simeon Friedberg. Additional clippings can be found on Lorin Maazel, Samuel Rosenberg, and Mary E. Switzer.

Despite Lillian Friedberg's extensive professional involvement in Jewish affairs, it should be noted that this aspect of her life is not strongly reflected in the Correspondence Series. The bulk of the series relates to her close relationship with her family.


Box 1
Folder 1 Emanuel Friedberg to Lillian, 1914-1918
Folder 2 Emanuel Friedberg to Lillian, 1919
Folder 3 Emanuel Friedberg to Lillian, 1920
Folder 4 Emanuel Friedberg to Lillian, 1921-1927
Folder 5 Emanuel Friedberg to Lillian, 1935-1943
Folder 6 Lillian to Emanuel Friedberg, 1920-1959
Folder 7 Miscellaneous letters
Folder 8 Emanuel's work-related materials
Folder 9 Emanuel's teaching
Folder 10 Emanuel's publications
Folder 11 Jewish Home for the Aged
Folder 12 Miscellaneous
Folder 13 Elijah Adlow, 1916-1947
Folder 14 Elijah Adlow, 1956-1969
Folder 15 Elijah Adlow, 1970-1975
Folder 16 Elijah's publications
Folder 17 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1911-1920
Folder 18 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1921-1922
Folder 19 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1923
Folder 20 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1924
Folder 21 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1925
Folder 22 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1926-1927
Folder 23 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1928
Folder 24 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1929
Folder 25 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1930-1931
Folder 26 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1932
Folder 27 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1933
Folder 28 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1934
Folder 29 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1935
Folder 30 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1936-1938

Box 2
Folder 1 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1939
Folder 2 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1940
Folder 3 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1941
Folder 4 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1942
Folder 5 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1943-1949
Folder 6 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1950-1958
Folder 7 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, 1959-1963
Folder 8-9 Dorothy Adlow/Nicolas Slominsky to Lillian, Undated
Folder 10 Dorothy to Judith and Simeon Friedberg
Folder 11 Lillian to Dorothy, 1919-1958
Folder 12 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1918-1919
Folder 13 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1920
Folder 14 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1921
Folder 15 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1922
Folder 16-17 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1923
Folder 18 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1924
Folder 19 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1925
Folder 20-21 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1926
Folder 22-24 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1927
Folder 25-27 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1928

Box 3
Folder 1-3 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1929
Folder 4 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1930-1931
Folder 5 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1932
Folder 6 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1933
Folder 7 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1934
Folder 8 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1935
Folder 9 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1936
Folder 10-11 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1938
Folder 12 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1939
Folder 13 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1940
Folder 14 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1941
Folder 15 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1942
Folder 16 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1943-1945
Folder 17 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1946-1948
Folder 18 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1950-1958
Folder 19 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1959-1960
Folder 20 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, 1963-1964
Folder 21-25 Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman to Lillian, Undated
Folder 26 Chippe to Judith and Simeon,
Folder 27 Lillian to Chippe

Box 4
Folder 1 Judith to Lillian, Judith to Dorothy
Folder 2 Lillian to Judith and Simeon
Folder 3-4 Simeon to Lillian
Folder 5 Other Family Members, 1916-1920
Folder 6-7 Other Family Members, 1921-1938
Folder 8-9 Other Family Members, 1941-1969, undated
Folder 10-16 Miscellaneous correspondence
Folder 17 Newspaper clippings, Lillian Friedberg
Folder 18 Newspaper clippings, Emanuel Friedberg
Folder 19-22 Newspaper clippings, Dorothy Adlow
Folder 23-24 Newspaper clippings, Nicolas Slominsky
Folder 25 Newspaper clippings, Chippe Hoffman
Folder 26-28 Newspaper clippings, Elijah Adlow
Folder 29 Newspaper clippings, Judith and Simeon Friedberg
Folder 30 Newspaper clippings, Lorin Maazel (conductor and violinist)
Folder 31 Newspaper clippings, Samuel Rosenberg (local artist)
Folder 32 Newspaper clippings, Mary E. Switzer