Rothchild, Sylvia (1923-2009)

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The Sylvia Rothchild collection consists of manuscripts, research material, printed material, correspondence, audio material, financial material, and photographs.

Manuscripts consist of primarly short stories and articles, among other pieces.  The series includes drafts of Voices from the Holocaust (1981) with a foreword by Elie Wiesel, a typescript of Rothchild’s biography of I. L. Peretz The Keys to a Magic Door (1960), a final draft of her novel Sunshine and Salt (1964) and an unpublished earlier version titles Celia’s Garden of Eden.  Also included drafts of Mishpochah: The Jewish Family (1978), The World of our Mothers (1979), and A Special Legacy: An Oral History of Soviet Jewish Emigres in the United States (1985). Also present are drafts of an unpublished novel Sheila and drafts of various short stories written between 1951 and 1959.  Magazine articles written for Commentary date from 1951 to 1962; World Over, a Magazine for Boys and Girls ranging from 1954 to 1957; Hassadah from 1964 to 1982; Conservative Judaism from 1964 to 1965; The Writer from 1975; Present Tense from 1975-1977; Council Woman from 1970 to 1972; and The Jewish Advocate from 2003.

Research materials include notes and clippings on topics such as the Christmas Crisis, Family Counseling Services, Hadassah Medical Center in Israel, school social work, today’s woman, and World Over magazine.

Printed material consists of notes and clippings on subjects such as the banning of Christmas trees in Massachusetts public schools, family counseling service, social work, today’s woman, among others. Also includes reviews of Rothchild’s writing, dating from 1987 to 1991, and an issue of Brooklyn College Magazine from 2000. Also include newpaper clippings about Rothchild’s death in 2009.

Correspondence consists of personal and business correspondence with editors, publishers, and agents, ranging from 1945 to 1966. Notable correspondents include John Clellon Holmes, Nathan Glazer, Norman Podhoretz, and Ira M. Younker. The series also includes personal letters, including 1973 letter from Elie Wiesel.

Audio material consists of tape recordings ranging from 1966 to 1969, as well as a cassette tape from Rothchild’s funeral in 2009.  Financial material includes information about Rothchild’s earnings from 1964 to 1965.  Photographs in the collection are undated, in both black and white and color, and include subjects such as family and academics.

Notable Figures
1. Rothchild, Sylvia, 1923-
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Jewish authors
6. American literature -- Women authors
7. Women authors, American
8. Women authors, American
9. Audiotapes