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Photographs from the Papers of Gabor B. Levy


Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Gabor Bela Levy was born in Budapest, Hungary on July 16, 1913 and emigrated to the United States with his wife Friedel (nee Kotljar) in 1938. Levy initially worked as a research assistant at New York University from 1938 to 1941 before earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Institutum Divi Thomae, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1953. While residing in New York, the Levys welcomed two sons, Michael (b. 1939) and Stephen (b. 1942). A daughter, Margaret, was subsequently born in Cincinnati in 1947.

From 1942 to 1955, Levy worked as an analytical chemist at a Schenley Laboratories plant in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Following the closure of the Lawrenceburg plant, Levy transferred to another laboratory in New York City before leaving Schenley to work for the Photovolt Corp. in 1957. Following his retirement from Photovolt, then Bio-Science Enterprises (BSE), in 1981, Levy undertook a second career as consulting editor for International Scientific Communications, Inc. Levy died in Connecticut in July 1999.

This collection primarily consists of 1950s-era family photographs chronicling Levy's life as a husband and father. By and large, the collection lacks photographs documenting Levy's professional career as an analytical chemist and journalist, with a few exceptions: the collection includes several photographs from the ceremony where Levy received his Ph.D. in 1953, as well as photographs of a Photovolt Corp. promotional booth dating from the 1970s or 1980s.

On the whole, the photographs are organized by subject or event and capture the general activities of the Levy family, including vacations, gatherings, and holiday celebrations. Photographs of the three Levy children make up the bulk of the collection and images of home life and vacations, including visits to Washington, D.C. and Mount Rushmore, predominate. Other topics of note include photographs of the family shortly following Margaret's birth in 1947, the children dressed in Halloween costumes, and family portraits from Christmas and Easter. While not present as frequently as their children, Gabor Levy and his wife Friedel appear in many of the photographs, which provide a charming portrait of the activities of an average 1950s American family.

Separated from the Papers of Gabor B. Levy, 1896-1999 (bulk 1940-1990); Gift of Michael B. Levy, son of Gabor Levy, 2001.

Processed by Hillary S. Kativa. Object identification numbers have been assigned to individual negatives and prints.

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Finding aid created by Hillary S. Kativa and encoded into EAD by Melanie Grear. Inventory added in 2023 by Alex Asal.
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Collection Inventory

Birth of daughter Margaret, 1947.
Box 1 Folder 1
Levy children watching film projector, 1950s.
Box 1 Folder 2
Family Photographs---Grandparents, family portraits, undated.
Box 1 Folder 3
Family Photographs---At home, with friends, family gatherings, undated.
Box 1 Folder 4
Family Photographs---Friends, family gatherings, undated.
Box 1 Folder 5
Family Photographs---Margaret with friends, in costume, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Family Photographs---Grandparents and others, undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
Family Photographs---At home, family portraits, undated.
Box 1 Folder 8
Family Photographs---At home, family portraits, undated.
Box 1 Folder 9
Halloween, 1950s.
Box 1 Folder 10
Christmas, 1950s.
Box 1 Folder 11
Christmas, 1950s.
Box 1 Folder 12
Vacations---Washington, D.C., undated.
Box 1 Folder 13
Vacations---Cabin, Smoky Mountain, undated.
Box 1 Folder 14
Vacations---Cabin, Smoky Mountain, undated.
Box 1 Folder 15
Vacations---Bonneville Salt Flats, undated.
Box 1 Folder 16
Vacations---Cabin, undated.
Box 1 Folder 17
Vacations---Auto Show, Mount Rushmore, undated.
Box 1 Folder 18
Miscellaneous---Portraits, family outings, undated.
Box 1 Folder 19
Miscellaneous---Ph.D. graduation, Christmas card, undated.
Box 1 Folder 20
Miscellaneous---Visiting Chinese chemist, Photovolt display booth, undated.
Box 1 Folder 21

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