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James Dessen basketball photographs

Collection ID

Acc. 2900

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Collecting Area(s)


Dessen, James

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Biographical Note
James Dessen was born in Philadelphia on June 4, 1907. He attended South Philadelphia High School where he played basketball. Dessen also played basketball at Temple University between 1927 and 1929, while studying law. He coached both the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association basketball teams circa 1930s. James Dessen died in May 1980.

Collection Overview
The James Dessen basketball photographs, 1916–1934, undated, consist primarily of team photographs from South Philadelphia High School, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, and the Young Women’s Hebrew Association basketball teams. Among the photographs is an undated team photo from South Philadelphia High School, sometimes referred to as “Southern” as indicated on the front of the jerseys worn by the players that includes fellow teammate and International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Harry Litwack. One of the photos from South Philadelphia High School predates Dessen playing there. Two of the photographs are group photos of which Dessen is a part, but unrelated to basketball.

Organization and Arrangement
The folders are arranged chronologically with undated photographs at the end.

Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information
Donated by Ellen Barmach in 2001.

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

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], James Dessen basketball photographs, Acc. 2900, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material
Jewish Basketball League records, Acc. 1367, 1389, 1390, 1787

Access Points
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in the Temple University Libraries’ electronic catalog.

Personal Name(s)
Dessen, James
Litwack, Harry

Basketball teams
Jewish basketball players

Form/Genre Term(s)
Black-and-white photograph

Collection Inventory

Box Folder Description

1   1    Southern basketball team, 1916–1917, 1923–1924, undated
1   2    Young Women’s Hebrew Association basketball team, 1929–1933
1   3    Young Men’s Hebrew Association basketball team, 1930–1934, undated
1   4    Group photo, undated
1   5    YM/YWHA Varsity Club, undated