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Inventory of the Helen Schneider Silver Papers, 1900-2003
Inventory of the Helen Schneider Silver Papers, 1900-2003
|Abstract:||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.|
|Title:||Helen Schneider Silver papers|
|Creator:||Silver, Helen, 1922-2003|
|Date(s):||1900-2003 (bulk 1970-1990)|
|Extent:||5 linear feet
(12 document boxes, 20 audiocassettes)
|Repository:||Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
|Call Number:||Mss 1091|
|Language of Material:||Materials in English and Hebrew|
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 Cattanooga'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.
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.
|1.||Biographical papers, 1900-2003|
|2.||Organizations and activities, 1965-2001|
|3.||Literary manuscripts, 1955-1982|
|4.||Research files and bylines, 1948-1999 (bulk 1970-1990)|
Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.
- Silver, Helen, 1922-2003
- Silver, Sidney, 1919-
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
- Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina
- Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.)
- Southern Jewish Historical Society (U.S.)
- Arab-Israeli conflict
- Heritage tourism
- Jewish journalists
- Short stories, Jewish
- Women in journalism
- World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish
Types of Material
- Research notes
- Short stories
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1. Biographical papers, 1900-2003
Includes certificates, awards, correspondence, and memorials. Some materials relate to Sidney Silver, Helen Schneider Silver's husband.
Letters describe Silver's daily activities while he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Silver was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia (July- August 1943); Fort McClellan, Alabama (August-November 1943); Headquarters of the Second United States Army in Memphis, Tennessee (November-December 1943); Camp Crowder, Missouri (December 1943-May 1944, July- August, 1945); Fort Monmouth, New Jersey (January-July 1945); Camp Beale, California (September 1945-February 1946); and Treasure Island, California (March 1946).
Includes digital copies of photographs, photocopies of Silver's adult Bat Mitzvah program and Torah portion, and Silver's article "Mom's Bat Mitzvah- It's never too late!"
Includes photocopies of naturalization papers, memorials, and obituaries.
Includes materials relating to the Berke, Levine, Simon, Shapiro, and Schneider families.
2. Organizations and activities, 1965-2001
Includes newspaper articles and brochures.
Includes chapter yearbooks and a 1966 newsletter with an article written by Silver.
Includes meeting minutes, reports, bylaws, membership and officer lists, and correspondence.
Includes a draft proposal for the JHSSC newsletter, correspondence, and several newsletter issues.
Includes materials relating to projects in which JHSSC participated, such as the Camden Tower Sheds and the Jewish Heritage Project.
Includes invitations, programs, correspondence, steering committee minutes, and articles.
Includes meeting minutes, committee reports, and the SJHS constitution and by-laws.
Includes conference programs and material regarding Jewish sites of interest, such as brochures and articles.
Includes transcripts of the following presentations: "Little Rock's Integration Crisis: The Jewish response" by Carolyn Gray LeMaster, "Two Jewish Small-town Mercantile Families in Georgia" by Alyse W. Jones, and "The Straus Family Project" by Joan Adler.
Includes photographs of the Miami Beach Holocaust memorial
Includes materials concerning the establishment of the SJHS newsletter and photographs used with articles, mostly from conferences.
3. Literary manuscripts, 1955-1982
Includes Silver's short story and children's books manuscripts. Also includes correspondence regarding submissions for publication.
Includes illustrations by Sylvia Rothman Shapiro.
Includes illustrations by Marian G. Katzman.
4. Research files and bylines, 1948-1999 (bulk 1970-1990)
Includes Silver's bylines and research files, mostly consisting of newspaper articles. Photographs used in Silver's articles are also included. As a freelance journalist from the 1970s-1980s, Silver published articles in numerous magazines and newspapers, including JTA Weekly News Digest, and the women's Zionist publications Pioneer Woman and Hadassah. Many of Silver's articles address topics of Jewish interest, especially the conflict in the Middle East and Jewish tourist attractions.
Includes materials regarding Israeli and American artists.
Includes materials regarding domestic violence and interfaith marriages.
Includes materials regarding Yiddish novelists, Emma Lazarus, and the Statue of Liberty
Materials mostly relate to the Colonial period.
Materials are mostly regarding Jewish sights.
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[Identification of item], Helen Schneider Silver papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.
Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, July 2011.
Encoded by Sarah Dorpinghaus, September 2011.
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.