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Ruth Levitan and Hirsh Segal Correspondence

Collection ID

SCRC 411

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Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary 
Ruth Levitan and Hirsh Segal Correspondence
1952-1962, bulk 1954-1955
Collection ID
SCRC 411
Segal, Ruth Levitan, 1933-2018
Segal, Hirsh, 1930-2013
0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English.
Detailed Collection Information 
Description of Collection 
The collection consists of approximately 220 letters, postcards, greeting cards, and telegrams written between Hirsh Segal and Ruth Levitan Segal, primarily during their courtship while Hirsh attended basic training at the Chemical Corps School at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and while stationed at the 390th/42nd Chemical Lab, Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Maryland. Letters discuss their relationship including wedding preparations; their families; Hirsh’s observance of Orthodox Judaism; Ruth’s schooling; and other topics.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991037062506603811
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 Ruth Levitan and Hirsh Segal Correspondence are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donor 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], Ruth Levitan and Hirsh Segal Correspondence, SCRC 411, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Naomi Segal in April 2019.
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in April 2019 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: 
Segal, Hirsh, 1930-2013
Segal, Ruth Levitan, 1933-2018
Corporate Names:
Army Chemical Center (U.S.)
Chemical Corps School (U.S.)
United States. Army. Chemical Corps School
Courtship – United States
Jewish families – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jewish soldiers – correspondence
Jewish women
Orthodox Judaism – Customs and practices
Edgewood (Harford County, Md.)
Fort McClellan (Ala.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
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