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Fleisher and Dolowitz Family Correspondence

Collection ID

SCRC 233

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Collection Summary

Fleisher and Dolowitz Family Correspondence


Collection ID
SCRC 233

Fleisher, Richard R., 1911-1967
Dolowitz, David A.

0.21 linear feet (1 box)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English and German.

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note
Richard Roger Fleisher was the son of David Teller Fleisher and Fridolyn Mastbaum Gimbel and brother to Frances Marie Fleisher. After David Fleisher’s divorce from Fridolyn Gimbel, he married Louise Marguerite Warner in 1926 with whom he had one daughter, Mary Louise. During World War II, Richard served in the 17th Field Artillery Regiment and then the 80th infantry Division in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Frances’ husband, David August Dolowitz, served as a Captain in the United States Army during WWII.

Description of Collection
The bulk of the collection contains letters, V-mail, and telegrams addressed to Louise Fleisher in Philadelphia from her step-son Richard Fleisher and her son-in-law, David Dolowitz, both of whom address her as “Aunt Louise” in their correspondence to her. The correspondence from Richard Fleisher, dated July 1944 to September 1945, was written during his service in the 80th Infantry Division (also known as the “Blue Ridge Division”) and details his experiences as his infantry moved through England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Austria. Correspondence written by David Dolowitz is dated October 1943 to February 1945, and is primarily personal and concerned with Louise’s health. Additional correspondence includes letters addressed to and written by other family members including Mary-Louise and Arthur Fleisher and Frances Dolowitz.

Miscellaneous materials in the collection include copies of G.I. newspapers, Stars and Stripes and The Blue Ridger from July and August 1945, newspaper clippings, and printed materials on the 80th Infantry Division; photographs of Richard Fleisher, Lieutenant General Horace L. McBride, Brigadier General James E. Wharton, General George Catlett Marshall and others; and two registration cards in German issued to a Ludwig Meier from Kaufbeuren, including an Ausmusterungsshein issued by the Third Reich to individuals unfit for service in the Wehrmacht.

Patron Information

Alternate Form Available
A selection of photographs from this collection have been digitized and are available online on the Temple University Digital Collections website.

Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991026157639703811

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 Richard R. Fleisher and David A. Dolowitz Family Correspondence is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors 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], Fleisher and Dolowitz Family Correspondence, SCRC 233, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Mary Louise Fleisher in 1993 and Luciel Fleisher in 1994. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in August 2016 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist.

Index Terms

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

Personal/Family Names:
Dolowitz, David A.
Dolowitz, Frances
Fleisher, Arthur
Fleisher, Louise
Fleisher, Mary Louise
Fleisher, Richard R., 1911-1967
McBride, Horace L., 1894-1962
Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959
Wharton, James E., 1894-1944

Corporate Names:
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 80th (1942-1946)

Jewish soldiers – United States
World War, 1939-1945 – Participation, Jewish

Kaufbeuren (Germany)
Liezen (Austria)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Vöcklabruck (Austria)

Material Types:

A folder level inventory is not available for this collection.