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David D. Shatz Correspondence

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David D. Shatz Correspondence

1927-1932, 1968

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Shatz, David D.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note
David D. Shatz, born 1904, was a sprinter and broad jumper at West Philadelphia High School and then the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1926, he worked as a staff sports writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, covering athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. He also worked as an official starter for the Amateur Athletic Union and the Penn Relays. In 1931, he coached the track team at the Peirce School, later renamed Peirce College. Shatz married Esther Kaufman on March 27, 1932. After two months of marriage, David D. Shatz died on June 4, 1932, from typhoid fever.

Description of Collection
The collection consists of handwritten and typescript letters written by David D. Shatz to Esther Kaufman with whom he had a personal relationship and eventually married. The letters detail Shatz’ experiences away from Philadelphia working as a sports writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, covering training camps and games played by the University of Pennsylvania’s football team. Within the letters, Shatz also writes about his relationship with Kaufman, giving at least some insight into the courtship. Many of the letters contain small drawings in the margins, often illustrating events or emotions being described within. Attached to the letter postmarked September 13, 1928, is a short poem titled, “Forget it, and go on!” The collection also includes a miscellaneous folder containing an invitation for David D. Shatz and Esther Kaufman’s wedding, a photostat of their marriage certificate, a copy of the 1910 Bureau of the Census record for Esther Kaufman, a photocopy of two photographs of David D. Shatz, and a newspaper clipping regarding his death. As of July 2012, the originals of the two photographs and a Shiva card recorded as donated with the correspondence were missing.

Organization and Arrangement
The correspondence is arranged chronologically with the miscellaneous folder at the end.

Patron Information

Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036440339703811

Research Access
Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information
The David D. Shatz Correspondence is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donor has not assigned their rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], David D. Shatz Correspondence, SCRC 6, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Lorna G. Miller in 2008. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information
Collection processed and finding aid prepared according to contemporary archival standards in 2012 by Jessica M. Lydon, Project Archivist. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in January 2020. 

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Shatz, David D.
Kaufman, Esther

Corporate Names:
University of Pennsylvania -- Football

Sports camps

Cape May (N.J.)
Delaware Water Gap (Pa.)
Madison (Wis.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Marriage certificates

Inventory, David D. Shatz Correspondence

Box     Folder      Description

1          1          Correspondence to Esther Kaufman, 1927–1928

1          2          Correspondence to Esther Kaufman, 1929

1          3          Correspondence to Esther Kaufman, 1930

1          4          Correspondence to Esther Kaufman, 1931

1          5          Miscellaneous, 1932, 1968, undated