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Daniel Isaacman Papers


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Daniel Isaacman was born in Philadelphia on October 8, 1924, son of Isaac and Esther (Handelman) Isaacman. He attended public schools in Philadelphia and went to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his B.A. in 1948 and M.A. in 1951. He received his Ed.D. from Dropsie University. Joining the staff of Gratz College in 1951, he served in various capacities: as professor of Education and History, Registrar and Vice-President. In 1973 he was named President and held this post until his death. In addition to his success at Gratz College, Dr. Isaacman was highly involved with many Jewish associations and philanthropic committees.

During the Second World War, Daniel Isaacman served with the U.S. Army in Europe and worked with the Jewish Brigade in Antwerp, Belgium in an attempt to reunite decimated Jewish families with their children. It was during this time that Isaacman developed his strong ties to the cause of Zionism and met his future wife, Clara Heller, a leader for the Jewish Youth Movements.

Daniel Isaacman died on April 7, 1982 in Philadelphia.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of personal letters, 1940-1947, 1958, n.d., to and from "Danny" Isaacman during a pivotal period of his life. The collection's strength lies with the way "Danny" comes to terms with some fundamental issues of his day: World War II and its devastating physical and psychological effects on the men with whom he served and their families, his maturing relationship with his parents, his hopes and growing commitment to the cause of international Zionism and a Jewish homeland, as well as the beginnings and growth of a lifelong love for his future wife.

The photoprints are "snapshots" taken during the war and include images of friends, family, and locations. Monographs dealing with the Holocaust, written by Clara Isaacman, finish out the collection.

The papers of Daniel Isaacman, educator and President of Gratz College, are arranged in four series. They include correspondence, miscellaneous, photoprints, and monographs. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Gift of Clara Heller Isaacman, December 1989, November 1992.

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
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Theresa R. Snyder
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Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2
Box 1 Folder 3
January - July, 1943.
Box 1 Folder 4
August - December, 1943.
Box 1 Folder 5
January - February, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 6
March - April, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 7
May - June, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 8
July, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 9
August, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 10
September, 1-19, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 11
September, 20-30, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 12
October 1-18, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 13
October 19-31, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 14
November 1-17, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 15
November 19-30, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 16
December 1-14, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 17
December 15-31, 1944.
Box 1 Folder 18
January, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 1
February, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 2
March, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 3
April, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 4
May, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 5
June, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 6
July - August, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 7
September - October, 1945.
Box 2 Folder 8
Box 2 Folder 9
Box 2 Folder 10
Box 2 Folder 11
n.d. [1943].
Box 2 Folder 12
n.d. [1944, from father].
Box 2 Folder 13
n.d. [1944, from Bluma].
Box 2 Folder 14
n.d. [from Haggai Cohen].
Box 2 Folder 15
n.d. [from Charlotte].
Box 2 Folder 16
n.d. [from Sylvia Rosen].
Box 2 Folder 17
n.d. [from M. Grossman].
Box 2 Folder 18
n.d. [from Hilda].
Box 2 Folder 19
Box 2 Folder 20

Box 2 Folder 21

Friends, family, and civilians.
Box 3 Folder 1
Friends, Army life.
Box 3 Folder 2
Friends, Army life.
Box 3 Folder 3
Friends, Army life.
Box 3 Folder 4
Friends, Army life.
Box 3 Folder 5
Friends, Army life.
Box 3 Folder 6
Box 3 Folder 7
Box 3 Folder 8
[taken from Army truck].
Box 3 Folder 10
Box 3 Folder 11

Dissertation. One Hundred Years of Jewish Camping in the United States of America, 2 v. University of Pennsylvania, Ph. D., 1970.
Box 4
Isaacman, Clara. Clara's story / by Clara Isaacman as told to Joan Adess Grossman. (Philadelphia, Pa. : The Jewish Publication Society of America), 1984.
Box 4
Isaacman, Clara. Pathways through the Holocaust : An Oral history by eye-witnesses / by Clara Isaacman illustrated by Janet Katz. ([Hoboken, N.J.] : Ktav Publishing House, Inc.), c 1988.
Box 4
Sofian, David M. Teaching idea book for pathways through the Holocaust : Lesson-topics, background information, and class activities for the teacher / By David M. Sofian. (Hoboken, N.J. : Ktav Publishing House, Inc.), 1988.
Box 4

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