Guide to the Anna Greenberg Family Papers and Photographs, 1905-2013

Rauh Jewish Archives

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Anna Greenberg Family Papers and Photographs
Creator
Anna Greenberg
Collection Number
MSS 1010
Date [inclusive]
1905-2013
Extent
.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English, Russian, and Hebrew.
Abstract
This collection, consisting mainly of photographs, documents the life of a 20th-century Jewish family in Pittsburgh, including neighborhood scenes, recreation at city parks and the Emma Farm Camp, workplace scenes at the Veterans Administration, friends and relatives in the military during World War II, and family holidays.

Preferred Citation

Anna Greenberg Family Papers and Photographs, 1905-2013, MSS 1010, Rauh Jewish Archives, Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

Samuel L. Greenberg was born in 1891 and emigrated from near Kiev, Ukraine, circa 1910. He settled in Pittsburgh, joining an uncle who already lived there. In 1915 he married Esther Wool, whom he had known as a child in Ukraine. He became a United States citizen in 1920. Samuel had a job repairing machinery at the Westinghouse plant in East Pittsburgh for a short time; he also worked in the wholesale egg business and as an insurance salesman, retiring from the Prudential office. Esther died in 1978 and Samuel in 1989.

Samuel and Esther Greenberg had two daughters. Anna R. (known as Ann) graduated from Schenley High School in 1934 and then went to business school. She worked for thirty-six years as a medical transcriptionist and general office worker for the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh until 1978. She worked in the Development Department at Carnegie Mellon University until 1991. She died in 2013.

Bertha Greenberg graduated from Schenley High School in 1938 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1942. She married Leonard Louik in 1942, and they lived in Washington DC during World War II. They had one son, Chris Louik, and were later divorced. Bertha obtained a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh and worked at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh until her retirement. She died in 2003.

In their later years, Anna and Bertha were inseparable companions, taking classes together and attending the Pittsburgh Symphony and many other cultural events. They were members of Rodef Shalom Congregation.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes three folders and two albums, one belonging to each of the sisters. The bulk of the material consists of photographs; most are unidentified as to people and dates. The earliest photographs are from Russia and Palestine. Among the photographs there are a number of New Year cards made by the Sissman Studio in the Lower Hill District. The photos document the life of a 20th-century Jewish family in Pittsburgh, including neighborhood scenes, recreation at city parks and the Emma Farm Camp, workplace scenes at the Veterans Administration, friends and relatives in the military during World War II, and family holidays. There are also a few family documents, news clippings, and the cassette tape copies of the oral history of Samuel Greenberg done in 1968 by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Chapter. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Rauh Jewish Archives Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , January 2014

Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of a bequest from the estate of Anna Greenberg in 2013. Accession #2013.0106

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Martha L. Berg in November 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Veterans Administration Medical Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Emma Farm Camp (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Sissman Studio (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Greenberg, Samuel L.
  • Greenberg, Esther Wool
  • Greenberg, Anna R.
  • Louik, Bertha Greenberg

Subject(s)

  • Parks -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • World War II (1939-1945)
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Samuel Greenberg oral history tapes 1968 11

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  Folder
Greenberg family documents 1938-2013 2

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  Folder
Greenberg family photographs 1914-1996 3

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