Sam Prottas papers, 1917-1977  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Prottas, Sam, 1899-1977
Title
Sam Prottas papers
Dates
1917-1977 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.28 cubic feet (including 2 microfilm reels) plus 2 cassettes and 1 transcript
Collection Number
2216
Summary
Tape-recorded interview of Sam Prottas and his brother, George, covering years 1866-1976. They primarily discuss discuss their father, Sol Prottas, born in Mir, home of the legendary Mirer Yashiva. This collection also contains correspondence, speeches, writings and other materials.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
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Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sam Prottas was born in New London, Connecticut in 1899. His father was a Hebrew teacher who learned to be a mohel. In Seattle, his parents and his uncle, Abe Levitt, established Prottas and Levitt which started as a used furniture business. Sam, who attended the University of Washington, worked for the family business until it was sold in 1966. Sam was active in the Seattle Jewish community, particularly on behalf of Jewish education, his congregation, Bikur Cholim, and Zionism. Prottas died in 1977.

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Accession No. 2216-001: Sam Prottas papers, 1917-1977Return to Top

1.28 cubic feet (including 2 microfilm reels, 1 neg.,1 pos.)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, speeches and writings, programs, scrapbook, microfilm.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Sam Prottas, 6/21/1973.

Description
Sam Prottas papers

Accession No. 2216-002: Sam Prottas oral history interview, 1976Return to Top

2 cassettes; edited transcript.

Scope and Content: Tape-recorded interview of Sam Prottas and his brother, George, covering years 1866-1976 with edited transcript. Interviewed by Meta Kaplan and Joseph Cohen on Dec. 14, 1976.

Sam and George discuss their father, Sol Prottas, born in Mir, home of the legendary Mirer Yashiva. The father stole across the border in 1891 and sailed for America shortly after to escape service in the Czar's army. His wife, Jenny, joined him about a year latter. First they lived and worked in New York but they came to Seattle in 1902 because Abe Levitt, Jenny's brother went there. The brothers tell the history of Prottas and Levitt Furniture, founded in Belltown about 1902 and terminated in 1966. Sam did a fantastic amount of work in many areas of the Jewish community and George did a considerable amount as well. Much history of the Talmud Torah and of Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath and of Seattle's efforts and achievements for Zionism emerge from their reports of their community service.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Meta Kaplan, 12/15/1976.

Description
Sam Prottas oral history interview

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Zionism
  • Personal Names :
  • Prottas, Sam, 1899-1977--Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • B'nai B'rith. Seattle Lodge No. 503 (Seattle, Wash.) (creator)
    • Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (Seattle, Wash.) (creator)
    • Federated Jewish Fund & Council of Greater Seattle (creator)
    • Hebrew Sheltering And Immigrant Aid Society Of America (creator)
    • Seattle Talmud Torah Hebrew School (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)