B. Z. Goldberg Archives Bequeathed to Dropsie University
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B. Z. Goldberg Archives Bequeathed to Dropsie University

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The 30-year archive collection of the late B.Z. Goldberg dealing with the contributions of Jews to the labor movement in the United States has been bequeathed to The Dropsie University here. The archives will enrich the vast collection of American Jewish history in the library at the postgraduate university.

The son-in-law of Sholom Aleichem, Goldberg, who died earlier this year, was widely-known as author and journalist whose by-lined columns appeared regularly in the Anglo-Jewish, Yiddish and general press. He wrote a daily column for. the “Jewish Day-Morning Journal” from 1922 until the Yiddish-language newspaper closed more than a year ago. He also wrote a weekly column for “Al Hamishmar” in Israel, and was a daily columnist for the defunct “Brooklyn Daily Eagle.”

The Goldberg collection includes rare and priceless newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches and other memorabilia in English, Yiddish, Russian and Hebrew dealing with the personal memoirs, activities and programs of those Jews who participated in the labor movement in the United States, Russia and in Israel.

“A whole generation has grown up in ignorance of the struggle, the social vision and spiritual ferment of the Jewish labor movement in America.” said Dr. Abraham I. Katsh. president of Dropsie, in announcing the acquisition of the Goldberg archives. He said this collection will keep alive the idealism of Jewish labor leaders and the rank-and file.

The National Jewish Welfare Board will open a permanent Israel headquarters this summer, according to Morton L. Mandel, JWB president.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund