Rucker Family papers and oral history interviews, 1894-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Rucker family
Title
Rucker Family papers and oral history interviews
Dates
1894-1982 (inclusive)
Quantity
circa 2.33 cubic feet (including 5 sound cassettes and 1 transcript)
Collection Number
3067
Summary
Oral history of a Seattle Jewish family and other papers
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
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle Jewish family.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, legal documents, clippings, family tree, tape-recorded interviews conducted by James Mirel and Meta Buttnick on 2/10/80 and by Howard Droker, October 19, 1981 and June 30, 1982.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 3067-001: Rucker family papers and oral history interview, 1894-1980Return to Top

2.33 cubic feet (1 box including 3 sound cassettes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, legal documents, clippings, family tree, tape-recorded interviews conducted by James Mirel and Meta Buttnick on 2/10/80.

Mr. Rucker tells how his maternal grandparents came from a village near Berlin. They were David Kauffman and Hulda Harris Kauffman. They came to Seattle via Victoria. His mother was the first Jewish child born in Seattle. His father Samuel Louis Ruchker was Methodist-Episcopal. He died when Wallace was 18 months old and Mr. Rucker thinks that he wanted his son reared in the Jewish faith, which he was. He had his Bar Mitzvah at the Temple on Boylston Avenue. He also has association with Temple services at Morris's Hall. He tells of his World War I service and of his long career as a salesman for MGM.

Helen Bornstein Rucker was educated in Seattle and attended a finishing school near Washington D.C. She fleshes out the story of the Educational Center by giving personal experiences of accompanying her mother to the center and hearing her mother tell of her work there. This was Mrs. Bornstein's transcendental interest. She tells of her authorship of two book, "Cargo of Brides" and "Wolf Trap" and that she has another awaiting publication. She tells of her father's work for the shelter house during World War I. Both she and her husband add to the information about the reform congregation and its members.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording 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 Mr. and Mrs. B. Wallace Rucker, 2/10/1980.

Description
Rucker family papers and oral history interview

Accession No. 3067-002: Oral history interview with B. Wallace Rucker, 1981-1982Return to Top

2 sound cassettes (ca. 75 min.); transcript: 20 pages

Scope and Content: Tape-recorded interview and transcript conducted by Howard Droker, October 19, 1981 and June 30, 1982.

Mr. Rucker talks about his grandparents who came to Seattle in 1869 from Victoria B.C., and his mother, who was the first Jewish child born in Seattle. He recalls his childhood and training in Temple De Hirsch, Rabbi Samuel Koch, and his business career. He discusses the Seattle chapter of the anti-Zionist American Council for Judaism, of which he was a member, and his changed feelings following the establishment of the State of Israel.

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 B. Wallace Rucker, 7/1/1982.

Description
Oral history interview with B. Wallace Rucker

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Bornstein, Julia
  • Bornstein, Maurice S
  • Koch, Samuel, 1874-1944
  • Rucker, B. Wallace--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Council for Judaism. Seattle Chapter
  • Educational Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Temple de Hirsch (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Family Names :
  • Rucker family--Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Droker, Howard
    • Kaufman, David (creator)
    • Kaufman, Huldah Harris (creator)
    • Rucker, Helen (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)