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Hannah Jeanette Hoffman Elbert Correspondence and Photographs

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Hannah Jeanette Hoffman Elbert Correspondence and Photographs
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Elbert, Hannah Jeannette Hoffman, 1902-1985
0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English and Yiddish
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Biographical Note
Hannah Jeanette Hoffman was born in 1902 to Charles and Fanny Binswanger Hoffman. She graduated from Smith College in 1923. Hannah traveled to Israel, then Palestine, to live at Kibbutz Tel Yosef in the Jezreel Valley. While living there, she met her Israeli born husband Mordecai Elbert, with whom she had three daughters Isabella, Niele, and Yael. Hannah died of a heart attack in 1985.
Description of Collection 
The Hannah Jeanette Hoffman Elbert Correspondence and Photographs consists primarily of handwritten letters addressed to Hannah from family members in both English and Yiddish. The correspondence is separated into two groups. The first is a grouping of letters to Hannah from members of the Solis-Cohen family, primarily the four sisters Bertha, Miriam, Elinor, and Edith, cousins of Hannah Elbert. The Solis-Cohen sisters’ correspondence is dated 1921-1983, the bulk of which is written by Bertha. A few letters, penned by Jacob Solis-Cohen are addressed to both Hannah and her parents, Fanny and Charlie Hoffman. The second grouping of correspondence consists of handwritten letters and post cards addressed to Hannah from her uncle, Hyman P. Binswanger, dated 1907-1936. In addition to the correspondence, the collection also includes unidentified family photographs of the Hoffman and Binswanger families of varying sizes including cabinet cards. The photographs are the earliest dated material in the collection. There are no images of Hannah Elbert among the photographs as they are all dated prior to her birth in 1902.
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Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5744521~S30 
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 Hannah Jeanette Hoffman Elbert Correspondence and Photographs are 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], Hannah Jeanette Hoffman Elbert Correspondence and Photographs, SCRC 32, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Related Material
Special Collections Research Center:
Hoffman, Leon S. Ideals and illusions: the story of an Ivy League woman in 1920's Israel. New York, NY : S.P.I. Books, 1992. http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5515140~S30
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated in September 2012 by Yael Kook, daughter of Hannah Elbert
Processing Information 
Finding aid prepared according to contemporary archival standards in January 2015 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: 
Binswanger, Hyman P.
Cohen, J. Solis (Jacob Solis), 1838-1927
Elbert, Hannah Jeannette Hoffman, 1902-1985
Hoffman, Charles
Hoffman, Fanny
Solis-Cohen, Bertha
Solis-Cohen, Edith
Solis-Cohen, Elinor
Solis-Cohen, Miriam 
Jewish families -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Pa.)
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