Guide to the Papers of Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger, c1890s-1940

Digital Research Library, University Library System

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Papers of Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger
Creator
Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger
Collection Number
MSS#309
Date [inclusive]
c1890s-1940
Extent
.50 cubic feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
Antoinette ("Nettie") Ohlman Gallinger was of German-Jewish descent and lived most of her life in the milieu of upper middle class Jewish social life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The papers include a diary, telegrams, genealogy, baby book, scrapbook, postcards, and some miscellaneous materials relating to Nettie Gallinger's brother, Dr. Isaac Ohlman.
Sponsor Note
This finding aid has been encoded as a part of the Historic Pittsburgh project a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Funding for this portion of the project has been donated by the Hillman Foundation.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger, c1890s-1940, MSS #309, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

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Biographical Sketch of Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger (1878-1957)

Antoinette ("Nettie") Ohlman Gallinger was of German-Jewish descent and lived most of her life in the milieu of upper middle class Jewish social life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although little is known of Nettie Gallinger, she left a record of several events in her life. She was born Antoinette Rachel Ohlman on January 18, 1878 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to Melius and Sophia Ohlman. As a young woman, Ohlman traveled to Allegheny City and Pittsburgh in November 1899, for her "informal" social debut. Residing with cousins Sophie and Morris Kingsbacher, Ohlman attended balls and parties held at the Concordia Club, a private city club for leaders of the Jewish community and their families, and in private homes. During her visit to Pittsburgh, Ohlman met Horace Greeley Gallinger, a mercantile and manufacturing businessman, whom she later married on January 29, 1901. On August 8, 1902, Nettie Gallinger gave birth to a daughter, Ruth Ohlman Gallinger. A second daughter, Marion Beatrice Gallinger, was born August 23, 1908. With her family, Gallinger attended Rodef Shalom Synagogue, the earliest established synagogue in Pittsburgh, and the Concordia Club. She was also a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Section of the Council of Jewish Women. Nettie Gallinger lived in Allegheny City and in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh for most of her life.

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Scope and Content Notes

The papers include a diary, telegrams, genealogy, a baby book and scrapbook, postcards, and some miscellaneous materials relating to Nettie Gallinger's brother, Dr. Isaac Ohlman. Of primary note is Gallinger's diary, kept from November 1899 to March 1900. As a daily record, it describes the variety of her social activities during her visit to Pittsburgh including balls, theme parties, theatre going, "at-homes," concerts, and card parties. Also of central interest is a scrapbook documenting a transatlantic voyage to Paris begun on April 18, 1928 and returning May 11, 1928. For the event, a 60-member wedding anniversary party, including Nettie and Horace Gallinger, were guests of Walter and Mollie May, Sr. The scrapbook contains an itinerary of the trip, photographs of the anniversary and coinciding marriage party of Walter May, Jr., to Florence Lebowitz, dinner menus and other memorabilia from restaurants and the Cunard line. Both the diary and the scrapbook correspond with photographs that illustrate some of the events and people described. The baby book that Gallinger kept for her daughter Ruth contains yearly birthday entries as well as a few entries concerning daily life from 1902-1907. Other materials include a book of wedding telegrams sent to Nettie Gallinger on the event of her wedding, genealogical materials concerning the Gallinger family, postcards of the 1936 flood, and professional certificates and other biographical materials relating to her brother, Dr. Isaac Ohlman, who was affiliated with Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Arrangement

The Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger Papers are housed in one archival box and are arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically within the folder.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Digital Research Library, University Library System  Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Spring 2000

Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
library@hswp.org

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the curator of the Archives.

Acquisition Information

These materials came in five accessions and were combined into one collection in 2000.

Acc# 1995.0178. Gift of Marion Gallinger Reel (Papers. Daughter of Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger).

Acc# 1996.068. Gift of Barbara Foster Mars (Papers. Daughter of Ruth Ohlman Gallinger, granddaughter of Antoinette Ohlman Gallinger).

Acc# 1997.0228. Gift of Marion Gallinger Reel (Papers).

Acc# 1997.0350. Gift of Marion Gallinger Reel (Papers).

Acc# 1997.0383. Gift of Barbara Foster Mars (Papers).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Janie L. Weaver on February 18, 2000.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Janie L. Weaver on March 23, 2000.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Liberty School
  • Linden School
  • Pittsburgh Medical Forum

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Social life and customs
  • Europe -- Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Gallinger, Antoinette Ohlman
  • Gallinger family
  • Ohlman family
  • May family

Subject(s)

  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny City
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Meadville

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Collection Inventory

  boxfolder
Baby Book , 1902-1907 11
  folder
Congratulatory Letter , 1902 2

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Diary
  folder
Original , 1899-1900 3
  folder
Transcript , 1899-1900 4

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  folder
Genealogy , n.d. 5

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  folder
Isaac L. Ohlman , n.d. 6

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  folder
Postcards , 1936 7

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  folder
Scrapbook , 1928 8

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  folder
Telegram Book , 1901 9

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