Helen Schneider Silver papers
The collection consists mainly of articles and research files written and compiled by Helen Silver, a freelance journalist. These include "Jewish Traveler" columns in Hadassah Magazine describing Jewish sites in the southeastern United States, and articles published in the Jewish Telegraph Agency's JTA Weekly News Digest regarding the conflict in the Middle East and the United State's diplomatic and material support. Other byline and research file topics include Jewish women, Jewish artists and musicians, antisemitism, the Holocaust, Jewish populations around the world, Jewish holidays, Zionism, and weather. Also included are manuscripts of Silver's short stories and children's books, some of which include illustrations.
The collection also includes materials relating to Silver's family history and her involvement in organizations such as Hadassah, the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the Southern Jewish Historical Society, and the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Sisterhood. Also included are letters from Sidney Silver, Helen's husband, written while he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Addition consists of assorted papers and publications including two cookbooks, the pamphlet Israel Today, 2 photographs of Eli Evans, and 3 audiocassette tapes re the Jewish Choral Society and the KKBE choir.
- Majority of material found within 1971-1990
- Silver, Helen, 1922-2003 (Person)
Language of Material
Materials in English and Hebrew
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Helen Rose Schneider (1922-2003) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Julius Jacob "J.J." Schneider (1892-1972) and Mollie Simon Schneider (1896-1960). Schneider's parents had been born in Lithuania and immigrated to the United States via New York City circa 1912. They married in 1920 and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they operated a grocery store. After retiring in 1960, they moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Helen Schneider graduated from Knoxville High School in 1940. After completing a one-year commercial course at the Knoxville Business College, she worked as a clerk stenographer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). There she met Sidney Silver (1919-), an engineer from Atlanta, Georgia. They married in 1942.
While her husband served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, Silver worked from 1944-1945 as a legal secretary and clerk stenographer for the U.S. War Department. In 1946, the Silvers moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Silver was a stay-at-home mother until the 1960s when she took a job at Chattanooga's Water Quality Lab.
In 1968, the family relocated to Washington, D.C. She then took a job with the National Weather Service, which included writing articles for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA). Silver left in 1974 to pursue a career in freelance journalism. Until the mid-1980s, Silver covered the State Department and White House briefings, press conferences, and congressional hearings for the Jewish Telegraph Agency's Washington Bureau. Silver's articles were also published in Pioneer Woman Magazine (now Na'amat Magazine) and Hadassah Magazine.
In 1984, Helen and Sidney Silver retired in Charleston, South Carolina. Silver continued writing, mostly travel features for the
Jewish Traveler column in Hadassah Magazine.
Helen Silver was active in several Jewish organizations. She edited the Hadassah yearbooks in the 1960s, the Southern Jewish Historical Society's newsletter from 1990-1998, and in 1994, she was a founding member and newsletter editor for the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Silver was also a member of the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Sisterhood and served as President of the Chattanooga chapter of Hadassah.
5.25 linear feet (12 document boxes, 1 slim document box, 20 audiocassettes)
The collection consists mainly of articles and research files written and compiled by Helen Schneider Silver (1922-2003), a freelance journalist born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Topics include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Jewish historical sites, Jewish women, and Jewish populations around the world. In addition are manuscripts of Silver's short stories and children's books and materials relating to Silver's family history and her involvement in organizations such as Hadassah, the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the Southern Jewish Historical Society, and the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Sisterhood. Also included are letters from Sidney Silver, Helen's husband, written while he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
- Biographical papers, 1900-2003
- Organizations and activities, 1965-2001
- Literary manuscripts, 1955-1982
- Research files and bylines, 1948-1999 (bulk 1970-1990)
- Accession 2019-53
Materials donated in 2003 by Sidney Silver. Materials donated in 2009 and 2019 by Marsha Silver Greenhill.
Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, July 2011. Accrual processed by Josh Minor, November 2022.
- Arab-Israeli conflict
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
- Heritage tourism
- Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina
- Jewish journalists
- Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.)
- Short stories, Jewish
- Silver, Helen, 1922-2003
- Silver, Sidney, 1919-2013
- Southern Jewish Historical Society (U.S.)
- Women in journalism
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Jewish
- research notes
- short stories
- Inventory of the Helen Schneider Silver Papers, 1900-2006
- Processed by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; accrual processed by Josh Minor
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