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Guide to the Freedman Family Papers
and Other Documents
1765–1968 (bulk, 1930–1950)
 MS 231

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (October 2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 27, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freedman (Family)
Title: Freedman family papers and other documents
Dates [inclusive]: 1765–1968 (bulk, 1930–1950)
Abstract: A small collection documenting members of the Freedman family, who lived during the 1940s at the Imperial Court Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side: Helen (Fox) Freedman, her son, William, a World War II fighter pilot, and her daughter, Nancy Ruth, who sang professionally under the stage name "Nancy Reed." The collection includes material from other residents of the Imperial Court during the 1930s–1950s: furniture dealer Samuel L. Kuklin, nurse and maid Margaret Matilda Tomlinson, and Broadway musical singer Virginia Vonne. Also present is an unrelated mixture of 18th–20th-century material, notably two large group photographs of attendees to the convention of the Verhovay Aid Society, a Hungarian national fraternal organization, at Passaic, New Jersey, in July 1914.
Quantity: 1.668 Linear feet in 4 document boxes plus 2 oversize folders.
Location: This collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English, with some instances of German and Hungarian.
Call Phrase: MS 231