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Leon J. Perelman Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 435

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Description

Collection Summary 

Title

Leon J. Perelman Papers

Dates

1930-1998, bulk 1964-1979

Collection ID

SCRC 435

Creator

Perelman, Leon Joseph, 1911-2000

Quantity

7.87 linear feet (8 boxes)

Repository

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language

Materials in English.

Detailed Collection Information 

Biographical Note

Leon J. Perelman, born August 28, 1911, was a paper manufacturing executive and an active board member at numerous organizations in Philadelphia. Perelman graduated from Northeast High School and La Salle College. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force in Guyana during World War II. Perelman was a member of conservative congregation Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line and served as the synagogue’s president. He was also president of Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia and West Park Hospital and interim president and president of Dropsie University from 1977 to 1979. He was founder and director of the Perelman Antique Toy Museum which housed his private collection of nineteenth and twentieth century mechanical penny banks, tin, and cast iron toys. Originally located in his Merion, Pa. home, the museum later occupied the Abercrombie House at 268-270 South 2nd Street in Society Hill from 1969 until it closed in 1988. Leon Perelman died September 22, 2000.

Description of Collection

The collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, financial records, photographs, slides, and 16mm films related to organization boards on which Leon J. Perelman served or institutions with which he was associated. The collection provides detailed evidence of the financial difficulties experienced by Dropsie University in the decade prior to its transition to the Annenberg Research Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. The collection also includes records related to Perelman’s World War II service and the family-owned business, American Paper Products, Inc.

Organization and Arrangement 

The collection is arranged into 3 series as follows:

Series 1: Correspondence and organization files, 1953-1993

Series 2: Dropsie University files, 1949-1981

Series 3: Personal papers, 1930-1998

Series 1: Correspondence and organization files, contains correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and other records generated while Perelman served on the boards and as president of various organizations including Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line, Beth Jacob Schools, Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, and West Park Hospital. This series also includes correspondence, photographs, slides, 16mm film reels, publicity materials, and other records related to the operation of the Perelman Antique Toy Museum. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 2: Dropsie University files, contains board of governors correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes; financial records including budget proposals and reports; correspondence with faculty; and other administrative files generated during Perelman’s tenure on the board of governors and as interim president and president of Dropsie University. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 3: Personal papers, contains Perelman’s United States Army Air Force service records, family photographs and home movies, photographs and audiovisual materials related to the family business American Paper Products, and awards and certificates presented to Perelman for his service to the community. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Patron Information 

Alternate Form Available

A selection of photographs from Series 3 have been digitized and are available online on the Temple University Digital Collections website. http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15037coll15 

Catalog Record 

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991037368406303811

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. 

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information 

The Leon J. Perelman Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creator has not assigned his 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], Leon J. Perelman Papers, SCRC 435, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material 

Leo L. Honor Papers, SCRC 46, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bernard D. Weinryb Papers, SCRC 430, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning Records, ARC DC1-2, 5-10, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John F. Lloyd Architectural Records, 044, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information 

Acquisition Information

Donated by Leon J. Perelman and Yvonne Perelman between 1981 and 2001. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information 

A portion of the collection previously processed in May 1992 by Laura J. Iannacone. Finding aid revised and expanded to include additional records according to contemporary archival standards in January 2020 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: 

Perelman, Leon Joseph, 1911-2000

Corporate Names:

Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning

Dropsie University

Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia

Perelman Antique Toy Museum

West Park Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Subjects: 

Federations, Financial (Social service) – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Jewish college presidents

Jews -- Education

Jews -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia – Societies, etc. 

Hospitals – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Museums -- Pennsylvania

Synagogues -- Pennsylvania -- Merion (Pa.)

Toys -- Collectors and collecting

World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Jewish

Places: 

Merion (Pa.)

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types: 

16mm

Administrative records

Bylaws (administrative records)

Clippings

Correspondence

Financial records

Histories

Minutes (administrative records)

Newsletters

Photocopies

Photographs

Press releases

Reports

Slides

Speeches

Video recordings

Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence and organization files, 1953-1993

Box   Folder   Description

1          1          A correspondence          1966-1972

1          2          Adath Israel of the Main Line: anniversary book          1962-1963

1          3          Adath Israel of the Main Line: board correspondence and reports          1953-1965

1          4          Adath Israel of the Main Line: board correspondence and reports (1 of 2)          1966

1          5          Adath Israel of the Main Line: board correspondence and reports (2 of 2)          1966

1          6          Adath Israel of the Main Line: board correspondence and reports          1967-1969

1          7          Adath Israel of the Main Line: board meeting minutes          1957-1966

1          8          Adath Israel of the Main Line: budget reports and miscellaneous financial records          1966-1967

1          9          Adath Israel of the Main Line: building dedication          1959

1          10          Adath Israel of the Main Line: bylaws and amendments          1965, undated

1          11          Adath Israel of the Main Line: Education Committee and religious school          1956-1965

1          12          Adath Israel of the Main Line: event programs          1959-1966, undated

1          13          Adath Israel of the Main Line: General Fund financial reports          1966-1967

1          14          Adath Israel of the Main Line: Leon J. Perelman Adult Study Center          1976-1980

1          15          Adath Israel of the Main Line: membership list          1964

1          16          Adath Israel of the Main Line: membership list          1965

1          17          Adath Israel of the Main Line: membership list          1966-1967

1          18          Adath Israel of the Main Line: Men's Club          1958-1968

1          19          Adath Israel of the Main Line: photographs          1965-1967, undated

1          20          Adath Israel of the Main Line: Youth Commission          1963-1964

1          21          Allied Jewish Appeal          1965-1969

1          22          Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Society of Fellows          1969

1          23          B correspondence          1960-1972

1          24          Baruchin, Sarah correspondence          1967

1          25          Beth Jacob Schools: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1963-1968

1          26          Beth Jacob Schools: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1967-1968

1          27          Boys Scouts of America, Valley Forge Council          1970-1974

2          1          Buckthorn Plant Joint Venture: correspondence          1962-1966

2          2          C correspondence          1965-1972

2          3          D correspondence           1964-1990

2          4          E correspondence          1967-1971

2          5          Esslinger's Industries of Philadelphia          1961-1964

2          6          F correspondence          1964-1969

2          7          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Allocations Committee          1968-1970

2          8          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Allocations Committee          1971-1972

2          9          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Allocations Committee          1973

2          10          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Allocations Committee          1974

2          11          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Allocations Committee appropriations for Federation agencies (1 of 2)          1974

2          12          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Allocations Committee appropriations for Federation agencies (2 of 2)          1974

2          13          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Board of Trustees          1964-1968

2          14          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Board of Trustees          1968-1972

2          15          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: Committee on Jewish Education          1967-1968

2          16          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia: "Study Committee Report On All Day Schools"          1967-1968

2          17          G correspondence          1964-1972

2          18          H correspondence          1965-1972

2          19          I correspondence          1965-1972

2          20          J correspondence          1965-1972

2          21          Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia correspondence          1965-1970

2          22          Jewish Employment and Vocational Service          1962-1973

2          23          K correspondence          1967-1972

2          24          L correspondence          1965-1972

2          25          Large City Budgeting Conference          1968-1969

2          26          M correspondence          1964-1972

2          27          Meir, Golda letter          1969

2          28          N correspondence          1965-1972

2          29          O correspondence          1964-1967

3          1          P & C Holding Corp. Inc.          1965-1967

3          2          P correspondence          1964-1973

3          3          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: bank branch exhibits          1958-1964

3          4          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: brochure and coloring book          undated

3          5          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: collection guide          1972

3          6          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: correspondence and loan agreements          1969-1989

3          7          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: Mechanical Bank Collectors of America          1960-1968

3          8          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: "Modern Philadelphia" View-master reels          1975

7          slide box          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: museum, apartment, and toy slides          1971, undated

3          9          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: newspaper clippings          1957-1993

3          10          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: photographs and negatives          1964-1969, undated

3          11          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: tax return          1988

7          reel          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: "Toys" WFIL 16 mm film          1969

3          12          Perelman Antique Toy Museum: The Victorian article by Ina H. Steinberg          1985

3          13          Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center          1981-1987

3          14          Pop Warner Littler Scholars          1969-1978

3          15          R correspondence          1963-1972

3          16          S correspondence          1964-1972

3          17          Solomon Schechter Day School concert          1975

3          18          State of Israel Bonds Greater Philadelphia Committee          1963-1972

3          19          T correspondence          1967-1972

3          20          U correspondence          1965-1970

3          21          V correspondence          1969

3          22          W correspondence          1965-1972

3          23          West Park Hospital: annual ball programs          1968-1978

3          24          West Park Hospital: articles of incorporation, bylaws and amendments          1962-1973

3          25          West Park Hospital: Board of Trustees correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1964-1972

3          26          West Park Hospital: Board of Trustees correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1973

3          27          West Park Hospital: Board of Trustees correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1974

3          28          West Park Hospital: Board of Trustees correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1976-1979

3          29          West Park Hospital: financial statements          1964-1974

3          30          West Park Hospital: newsletters and publications          1977-1981

3          31          West Park Hospital: photographs          1976-1987

Series 2: Dropsie University files, 1949-1981

Box   Folder   Description

4          1          Organization history and copy of charter          1976-1977, undated

4          2          Bylaws          1969

4          3          Anniversaries          1967-1977

4          4          Board of Governors: Advisory Council meeting minutes and memoranda          1972

4          5          Board of Governors: correspondence          1971-1976

4          6          Board of Governors: correspondence          1977-1979

4          7          Board of Governors: dinner          1970-1971

4          8          Board of Governors: dinner          1971-1972

4          9          Board of Governors: dinner          1973

4          10          Board of Governors: dinner          1974-1979

4          11          Board of Governors: Education Committee          1974

4          12          Board of Governors: Executive Committee meeting agenda and correspondence          1968-1974

4          13          Board of Governors: Executive Committee meeting agenda and correspondence          1975-1980

4          14          Board of Governors: Executive Committee meeting minutes          1970-1972

4          15          Board of Governors: Executive Committee meeting minutes          1972-1975

4          16          Board of Governors: Executive Committee meeting minutes          1975-1979

4          17          Board of Governors: Executive Committee meeting minutes          1980

4          18          Board of Governors: Max L. Margolis Society correspondence          1972-1973

4          19          Board of Governors: meeting agendas and memoranda          1971-1976

4          20          Board of Governors: meeting agendas and memoranda          1977-1978

4          21          Board of Governors: meeting agendas and memoranda          1979

4          22          Board of Governors: meeting minutes          1970-1971

4          23          Board of Governors: meeting minutes          1972-1974

4          24          Board of Governors: meeting minutes          1974-1976

4          25          Board of Governors: meeting minutes          1976-1980

4          26          Board of Governors: Presidential Convocation Committee          1970

4          27          Board of Governors: Presidential Search Committee          1977

4          28          Board of Governors: Scholarship Committee          1971-1977

4          29          Commencement exercises          1969-1981

4          30          Correspondence: general          1968-1978

5          1          Correspondence: personal          1970-1979

5          2          Correspondence: Rappaport, Joseph, 5th Dropsie president          1979

5          3          Course bulletins          1968-1980

5          4          Course enrollment          1975-1978

5          5          Course schedules          1969-1981

5          6          Doctoral degrees conferred          1968-1978

5          7          Doctoral dissertation proposals          1976-1979

5          8          Faculty applicants          1974-1977

5          9          Faculty correspondence: Almong, Zvi          1971

5          10          Faculty correspondence: Ben-Horin, Meir          1975-1976

5          11          Faculty correspondence: Freidman, Isaiah          1970-1977

5          12          Faculty correspondence: Funderburke, Eugene B.          1971

5          13          Faculty meeting minutes, agenda, and memoranda          1976-1979

5          14          Faculty rules and regulations          1969-1970

5          15          Faculty salaries          1976-1979

5          16          Financial consultant: appointments, presentation data, and sample proposals          1979, undated

5          17          Financial consultant: j.c. geever inc.          1976

5          18          Financial consultant: j.c. geever inc.          1977-1978

5          19          Financial consultant: j.c. geever inc.          1979

5          20          Financial statements          1970-1978

5          21          Financial: budget analysis          1970-1977

5          22          Financial: operating budgets, income and expenses, and miscellaneous financial reports          1970-1980

5          23          Financial: proposed budgets          1969-1979

5          24          Friends of Dropsie          1974-1981

5          25          Fundraising: appointments with foundations and corporations          1976-1977

5          26          Fundraising: correspondence          1970-1979

5          27          Fundraising: monthly reports of gifts and grants received          1970-1975

5          28          Grants: private foundations          1977

5          29          Grants: public          1971-1979

6          1          Lectures, event programs, and off prints of Abraham I. Katsh articles          1954-1979

6          2          Library          1969-1977

6          3          Ministerial Study Program          1977-1979

6          4          "The News in Brief"          1976-1979

6          5          Newspaper clippings          1949-1979

6          6          Photographs: commencement and other events          1970-1972, undated

6          7          Proposed mergers: Gratz College and Bryn Mawr College          1975-1978

6          8          Public relations          1971-1978

6          9          Student Association          1970-1975

6          10          Women's Division: "The In Look" newsletter          1976

Series 3: Personal papers, 1930-1998

Box   Folder   Description

7          reel          "American Tube & Paper Company" 16mm film          undated

6          11          Army Air Force service records          1942-1945

6          12          Army Air Force service records          1952-1957

8          1          Awards and certificates          1936-1991

7          reel          "Cindy graduation day and David playing ball" 16mm film          1965

7          reel          "Convolute Tube Winder" 16mm film          undated

6          13          La Salle College          1930-1984

6          14          Morris Perelman estate          1970

6          15          Newspaper clippings          1969-1984

6          16          Photographs: American Paper Products Inc.          circa 1945

6          17          Photographs: portraits and family photographs          1939-1998