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Marvin Verman Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 378

Related Subject(s)

Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary 
Marvin Verman Papers
1967-2013, bulk 1980-1989
Collection ID
SCRC 378
Verman, Marvin
2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English.
Detailed Collection Information 
Description of Collection 
The Marvin Verman Papers contain meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, photographs, and newspaper clippings documenting the activities of the Philadelphia Volunteers for Israel, from its inception in 1967 until it ceased operation in 1994, and correspondence, newsletters, and photographs from the Israel Aliyah Council of the Delaware Valley’s annual L’Hitraot celebration. The bulk of the collection consists of records related to Verman’s activities on the Soviet Jewry Council of Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, and a handbook for committee members; reference materials and visitor’s guides for those traveling to the Soviet Union; and trip reports from various individuals detailing their first-hand experiences visiting the USSR and their interactions with Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience throughout the 1980s.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research. One folder of financial aid applications is restricted for 75 years from the date of creation. 
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 Marvin Verman Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creator/donor 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], Marvin Verman Papers, SCRC 378, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Marvin Verman in May 2015 and June 2018.
Processing Information 
Original containers were replaced and loose materials placed in folders. 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
Verman, Marvin
Corporate Names:
Soviet Jewry Council (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jews – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia – Societies, etc.
Political activists
Political prisoners
Philadelphia (Pa.)
United States – Relations – Soviet Union
Material Types: 
Financial records