Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

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Preliminary Guide to the Helen S. Weiss Oral History Interview



Manuscript Collection No.: 5344
Accession No.: 5344-001
Creator: Weiss, Helen S. (Helen Siegel) , creator
Title: Helen S. Weiss oral history interview
Date Span: 2002
Quantity: 1 sound cassette (ca. 20 min); transcript: 6 leaves
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Seattle Jewish community member.

Scope and Content

During the 1930's and 1940's, Helen Siegel Weiss lived with her family on Jefferson Street, one block south of Cherry Street, an area she describes as "pretty solid Jewish." Her many Jewish neighbors included Jack and Lillian Radinsky, Isaac Genauer, and Irwin and Ida Lawson. Other neighborhood families were the Chipruts, Aarons, Katkims, and Krems.

Weiss recalls the neighborhood with great fondness, remembering the numerous locally owned and operated small business including the Madrona Theater, LaSalle's Shoe Repair, the Jewish butcher shops (Ziegman's and White Kosher Meat Markets), the Jewish groceries and deli's (Raine's, Glazer's, and Nelson's), and the bakeries (Egger Brothers, Brenner's, and Lippman's). She also describes the week-long bazaars held in March at the Seattle Talmud Torah on 25th and Columbia. The Yesler Library also figured prominently in her life because in addition to being a place to study, its collection of Yiddish books served the neighborhood well.

Restrictions on Access

Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Helen Weiss, 7/17/2002.

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Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Twersky, Reva, creator.
Weiss, Helen S. (Helen Siegel)--Archives.
Organizations:
Jewish Archives (University of Washington), creator.
Subjects:
Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle.
Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews.
Last modified: December 19, 2007
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