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

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (October 2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 03, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

Series I and II of this collection focus on onetime residents of the Imperial Court Hotel, at 307 West 79th Street, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s: Helen (Fox) Freedman, her son, William "Bud" Freedman, a fighter pilot during World War II, and her daughter, Nancy Ruth Freedman, who sang professionally under the stage name "Nancy Reed" with a number of musical groups, most notably the Skitch Henderson Orchestra. Other residents of the Imperial Court were wholesale furniture dealer Samuel L. Kuklin, nurse and maid Margaret Matilda Tomlinson, and singer Virginia Vonne, who appeared in at least two Broadway musicals during the late 1930s. See the biographical notes in the container list for additional information.

Series III is a mixture of 18th, 19th, and 20-century documents unrelated to those in Series I and II or to each other. They were likely assembled by the donor from disparate sources. See the Immediate Source of Acquisition note for details.


The collection is organized in three series:

Series I.
 Freedman family, onetime residents of Imperial Court Hotel (307 West 79th Street, Manhattan), 1912–1948, undated
Series II.
 Other residents of Imperial Court Hotel (307 West 79th Street, Manhattan), 1917–1956, undated
Series III.
 Unrelated documents, 1765–1968, undated