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Jack R. Dichter Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 374

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Collection Summary 
Jack R. Dichter Papers
Collection ID
SCRC 374
Dichter, Jack R., 1903-1980
1.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English and Yiddish.
Detailed Collection Information 
Biographical Note
Jack Robert Dichter (1903-1980) was an elementary school teacher, principal, and musician in Philadelphia. Jack married Mollie Prager in 1928 with whom he had two sons, Joel and Scott.
Description of Collection 
The Jack R. Dichter Papers consist primarily of popular and Yiddish sheet music and lyric sheets from the 1920s. Sheet music and lyrics written by Dichter and others in the collection include “Why So Blue” and “I Still Believe in You” (Frank Capano, Dichter, and Harry Steinhouse), “I Want You Most of All” and You Remind Me of My Old Girl (Moret Shea and Dichter), and “You Tell ‘Em” (Dichter and Dave Hoffman) as well as many lyric sheets for songs composed by Mildred Greenberg. The collection also includes correspondence, course grades, and other documents pertaining to Dichter’s studies in the graduate program at Temple University’s Teachers College; photographs and other records from the Hebrew Sunday School Society’s Ephraim Lederer School, Ellwood Elementary School, and other Philadelphia public schools where Dichter served as either teacher or principal; correspondence and legal documents related to his ownership of Bob White Day Camp; and a bound manuscript of a children’s story “Bobbie and Anne in Radio Land” written by Dichter and Lena M. Bixler.
Organization and Arrangement 
Collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog:  https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036950000003811
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. 
Condition Note 
Collection has been assessed for possible mold and boxes have been marked; precautions will be offered at time of access.
Publication and Copyright Information 
The Jack R. Dichter Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donor has not assigned 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], Jack R. Dichter Papers, SCRC 374, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Related Material
Dichter, Jack R. Radio As an Instrument In the Education of Physically Handicapped Children. Thesis (Ed.M.)--Temple University, 1938, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Scott W. Dichter in June 2018.           
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in July 2018 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:
Bixler, Lena M.
Capano, Frank, 1899-1956
Dichter, Jack R., 1903-1980
Greenberg, Mildred W.
Herscher, Lou (Louis), 1894-1974
Hoffman, Dave
Prager, Mollie
Shea, Moret
Steinhouse, Harry 
Corporate Names:
Temple University. Teachers College
Day Camps
Popular music -- 1921-1930
Public schools – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Songs -- Texts
Songs, Yiddish
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Material Types: 
Legal documents
School records
Sheet music
Collection Inventory
Box    Folder
1          1          Bob White Day Camp          1945-1958
1          2          Bob White Gift Shop          1955, undated
1          3          "Bobbie and Annie in Radio Land" bound manuscript          1939
1          4          Correspondence          1927-1930, undated
1          5          Dance programs          1927-1932
2          1          Ellwood Elementary School          1943-1960
1          6          Ephraim Lederer School          1927-1941, undated
1          7          Jack Dichter Orchestras' fliers, business and advertising cards          1925-1931
1          8          Lyric sheets, manuscript          undated
1          9          Lyric sheets, manuscript: music composed by Mildred Greenberg          undated
1          10          Mollie Prager autograph book          1921-1922
2          2          Movie-Stamp Klub logo design          1938
1          11          Musicians Protective Association, Local 77          1927, 1935
1          12          Newspaper clipping scrapbook          1926
1          13          Newspaper clippings including obituaries          1927, 1980, undated
1          14          Philadelphia Teachers Association          1941, 1943
1          15          Photographs and negatives of the Jack Dichter Orchestra and members of the Dichter and Prager families          1923-1944, undated
1          16          Radio station WIAD          1927, undated
1          17          School District of Philadelphia          1923-19
1          18          Schoolmen's Club of Philadelphia          1962
1          19          Scrapbook          1927-1931
1          20          Sheet music, manuscript          circa 1925, undated
1          21          Sheet music, printed          1920-1932
1          22          Sheet music, printed: music composed by Moret Shea, Frank Capano, and Lou Herscher          1925-1930
1          23          Temple University Guidance Special Education Association          1938-1939
1          24          Temple University Teachers College          1933-1940
2          3          Yiddish sheet music, printed          1913-1929