Oral history interview with Gerald Shucklin, 1974  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Shucklin, Gerald, 1907-1991
Oral history interview with Gerald Shucklin
1974 (inclusive)
2 sound cassettes and 2 vertical files
Collection Number
2331 (Accession No. 2331-001)
Oral history interview with a Seattle attorney and Jewish community member.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle attorney and Jewish community member.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tape-recorded interview conducted by M. Kaplan and K. Winn on Aug. 30 1974 and covering the period 1870-1941. A transcript summary of the interview is attached. The accession also contains a xerox of a photo and a tribute to Goldie Shucklin.

Mr. Shucklin relates his family history as well as his own early life in Alaska and Seattle. His father came from Lithuania seeking an uncle, Jacob Cohen, in the West. Sam Shucklin had several ventures in the Seattle clothing business, was married in 1907, and then tried the clothing business in Alaska beginning with Fairbanks circa 1910 and Anchorage from 1917-1918. He eventually became established in a wholesale business in Alaska with headquarters in Seattle.

The second tape includes the account of Mr. Shucklin's mother's family, the Garfinkels, but concentrates on the work of his grandmother, Goldie Shucklin, in establishing and running the Ladies Montefiore Society, a direct relief agency, and the Jewish Chapel. Tape 2, side 2 describes Gerald Shucklin's schooling, his college years, his impressions of discrimination against Jews, and his early legal career.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

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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 not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Children of immigrants--United States
  • Immigrants--United States
  • Jewish businesspeople--Alaska
  • Jewish businesspeople--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish college students--United States
  • Jews--Alaska
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Shucklin, Gerald, 1907-1991--Interviews
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Records (Documents)
  • Sound recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Buttnick, Meta Bloom, 1913- (interviewer)
    • Winn, Karyl, 1942- (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (host institution)

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