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Guide to the Papers of David Span
1936-1945 (bulk 1943)
  MS 580

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Matthew Murphy

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 04, 2011
Description is in English

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately one hundred and thirty three letters, most of which are written by David Span to his parents, Joseph Span and Jennie Span, and to his brother, Murray Span, who was serving in the United States Army. There are also letters from Murray Span to his parents, as well as several letters to Murray from friends of his who were also serving in various branches of the Armed Forces.

In the letters, David writes about his training in the Army Air Force at various bases across the country. There are also a few letters where he speaks about his interactions with other Jewish Americans in the Army. Highlights of the correspondence include: a 1943 letter from a Jewish chaplain to Mr. and Mrs. Span about how David would be given full opportunity to practice his religion, and a newspaper printed for airmen at Republic Aviation Corp. in Farmingdale, L.I.

In addition to the typed and hand-written letters the collection contains a telegram, a holiday card from David to Murray, and a few printed items and ephemera. One letter from Sgt. B. ["Benie"] Epstein to Mrs. H. Epstein most likely ended up with these letters due to the fact that Murray Span and "Benie" Epstein were friends, as Benie wrote him multiple letters during the War.


Letters are arranged chronologically by addressee. Since many letters were themselves not dated, the envelope for each letter has been placed in front of the corresponding letter.