Oral history interview with Charles Kaplan, 1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kaplan, Charles, 1913-2008
Oral history interview with Charles Kaplan
1982 (inclusive)
2 sound cassettes
1 transcript (52 pages)
Collection Number
3425 (Accession No. 3425-001)
Tape-recorded interview of Charles Kaplan, 1982
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Kaplan (February 24, 1913-April 18, 2008) was born to Russian parents who immigrated to Toronto in 1906. He was a graduate of University of Toronto Medical School and moved to Seattle in 1948 after serving in the Army Medical Corps for four years. He practiced pediatrics in the University District and served as an adjunct faculty member of the UW Medical School. He served as president of the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and the American Jewish Committee. He was a founding member of Temple Beth Am and the Seattle Jewish Community School. Dr. Kaplan and his wife Lillian were generous contributors to many community organizations.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This interview covers Kaplan's medical training in the United States, and his Army Service. He briefly explains his decision to become a pediatric physician, then continues to explain his involvement in the Seattle Jewish community. He chronicles the founding of Temple Beth Am and of the Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, including fundraising, construction, operations, and staffing.

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Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrants--Ontario--Toronto
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews--Ontario--Toronto
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Pediatricians--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Franco, Albert M
  • Kaplan, Charles, 1913-2008--Interviews
  • Stroum, Samuel, 1921-2000
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Jewish Committee. Seattle Chapter
  • B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle
  • Jewish Community Relations Council (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Droker, Howard (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)

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