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Sandra Garfinkel and Morton Henry Shapiro papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1120

Collection Overview

The majority of materials document Sandra Garfinkel Shapiro's youth, from her teenage years through her graduation from University of North Carolina in 1957, with the largest portion of the collection consisting of photographs of Sandra and her family and friends, including albums documenting her travel to Israel in 1952 and Mexico in 1954, and participation in Young Judaea events and conventions throughout her high school years. The collection also contains correspondence, mainly from Sandra to various family members and friends, diaries spanning 1949-1955, and high school yearbooks. Also included are extensive genealogical research files compiled by Sandra between the 1980s and early 2000s, containing family trees, passenger lists, family history forms, and handwritten notes. Also included are a number of materials documenting Morton Shapiro's family and his genealogical research, including extensive oral history interviews conducted by Shapiro with members of his family. Of particular note is an oral history interview with Morton himself, in which he discusses his work with labor unions, his involvement in the civil rights movement, and relations between Jews and African Americans in the South.

Dates

  • 1901-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1935-2002

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English, Hebrew, Polish, and Yiddish

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Sandra Garfinkel Shapiro (1935- ) was born to Annie and Sam Garfinkel in Charleston, South Carolina. Both of her parents were born in Divin, Belarus, and both had the last name of Garfinkel before they married. Throughout her youth and adolescence, Sandra was active in Young Judaea, a Zionist youth organization. In 1952, she received a scholarship through Young Judaea to spend six weeks in Israel, traveling with a group organized by the World Zionist Organization. After high school, Sandra attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in college, she met Morton Henry Shapiro and the couple married in 1955. Following her wedding, Sandra transferred to the University of South Carolina, where she completed her bachelor's degree in history in 1957. Morton and Sandra then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, and had two children, Rachel and Eric. In 1966, the family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where Sandra earned a degree in interior design from Georgia State. The Shapiros settled in Portland, Oregon, in 1977 and Sandra began working at Ethan Allen, a furniture and home d├ęcor company, where she remained until her retirement in 2000. In the 1980s, she became interested in genealogy and began researching her family, authoring several articles on her research in the newsletters of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon and the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, and eventually becoming president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon.

Sandra's husband, Morton Henry Shapiro (1928-2007), was born to Rega Kaizen and Jacob Shapiro in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Temple University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, he began working for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and served until 1953, returning to the ILGWU upon completing his service. After almost two decades, he left the ILGWU and pursued a number of jobs with labor unions across the United States. He worked as a labor consultant, the Director of the Oregon State Employees' Association, and with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), before retiring in 1996. In addition to his career working with labor unions, he was also involved with the civil rights movement in the South.

Extent

12.0 linear feet (5 document boxes, 9 flat boxes, 1 oversize flat box, 2 oversize folders, 9 compact discs, and 12 audiocassettes)

Abstract

The collection consists of photographs, photograph albums, diaries, scrapbooks, High School of Charleston and university materials, correspondence, travel souvenirs, oral histories, and family interviews of Sandra Garfinkel and Morton Henry Shapiro. The majority of materials document Sandra Garfinkel Shapiro's youth, from her teenage years through her graduation from University of North Carolina in 1957, with the largest portion of the collection consisting of photographs of Sandra and her family and friends, including albums documenting her travel to Israel in 1952 and Mexico in 1954, and participation in Young Judaea events and conventions throughout her high school years. Also included is an oral history interview with Morton H. Shapiro in which he discusses his career working with labor unions, and several interviews he recorded with members of the Shapiro family.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Sandra Garfinkel Shapiro, 1901-2014, undated
  2. Morton Henry Shapiro, 1926-2007, undated

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014 by Sandra Garfinkel Shapiro.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include oral history interviews with Sandra Garfinkel Shapiro (Mss 1035-164), Nathan and Frances Garfinkle (Mss 1035-75), Alex Garfinkel (Mss 1035-127), Max and Jennie Kaufman Garfinkel (Mss 1035-176), and Phillip W. Garfinkel (Mss 1035-103).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, August 2015.

Title
Inventory of the Sandra Garfinkel and Morton Henry Shapiro Papers, 1901-2014
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
Date
2015
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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