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Goldberg, Felix, ca. 1866-1948

Felix Goldberg Memoir

1 box 0.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 200

Felix Goldberg (1866-1948) was born in Zhuprahn, Lithuania in 1866, emigrating with his second wife, Janet Zelda, to the United States at the turn of the century. Although trained as an engraver, Goldberg was frequently unable to practice his trade due to ill health, and was supported by the boarding house for factory workers and itinerant ice harvesters run by his wife.

A loosely autobiographical manuscript written in Yiddish in the early 1930s by Felix Goldberg, an engraver who immigrated to the U.S. around 1900.

Biographical Note

Felix Goldberg (ca. 1866-1948) was born in the shtetl Zhuprah in Lithuania. He immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century with his second wife, Janet Zelda. Two children from his first marriage remained in Russia. An engraver by training, Goldberg was generally unable to work in the U.S. due to ill health. His wife ran a boarding house for factory workers and itinerant ice harvesters; was a midwife and practical nurse, as well as a foster mother; and ran a convalescent home for charity patients to support the family.

The Goldbergs’ son, Maxwell H., Massachusetts Agricultural College Class of 1928, received a Ph.D. from Yale University and returned to his alma mater to become, eventually, head of the English Department. In 1988 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

A loosely autobiographical manuscript, written in Yiddish in the early 1930s, by Felix Goldberg.

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Preferred Citation

Cite as: Felix Goldberg Yiddish Manuscript (MS 200). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Maxwell H. Goldberg, 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1988.

Additional Information

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Language(s): Yiddish


Immigrants--United States--BiographyJews, Lithuanian--United States--Biography


Goldberg, Felix, ca. 1866-1948

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