Florence W. Myers oral history interview and papers, 1906-2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Myers, Florence W
Title
Florence W. Myers oral history interview and papers
Dates
1906-2002 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 vertical files plus 1 sound cassette
Collection Number
5325
Summary
Interview of a Seattle Jewish resident relating her memories of Jewish life during the period 1910-1942, wedding invitation, 1906, and birth announcement, 1908
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

Born in Seattle in 1910, Florence (Freddie) Myers lived most of her childhood, youth, and early years of her marriage in the Central Area of Seattle. At the time of her birth, Freddie's parents, Wolf and Nessie Warshal, lived next door to her mother's parents on 20th and Union. When she was a young child, the family moved to be closer to synagogues and to give their children a Jewish education. Mrs. Myers' parents belonged to Herzl synagogue, at that time orthodox and located at 15th and Fir, with Rabbi Shapiro as its rabbi. The Warshal family also joined Temple de Hirsch because it was the only synagogue to offer a Sunday school. When Herzl synagogue moved to 20th and Spruce and became Conservative, the family became members there.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Oral history with Florence Myers as well as personal memorabilia.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 5325-001: Florence W. Myers oral history interview, 2002Return to Top

1 sound cassette, 25 min., analog, mono; transcript: 9 pages

Scope and Content: Florence Myers relates her memories of Jewish life during the period 1910-1942, and mentions the names of the numerous Jewish neighbors and Jewish businesses in the area. The Jewish children in the area all grew up together, attending first Washington School and later Garfield High School, and socialized almost exclusively with other Jewish children. Jewish families had their friends living close by; card playing was a favorite pastime. However, each segment of the Jewish community socialized within its own group, with little interaction between them. Freddie Myers recalls Yesler Way on Saturday nights as a 'Jewish mall,' where Jewish kids congregated. Freddie met her future husband, Julius at the movies on 18th and Yesler. From 1937-1942 Freddie and her husband lived at 26th and E. Alder, with other Jewish families nearby. As they prospered, they moved away from the area. Freddie Myers expresses warm feelings about growing up in the Jewish neighborhood that constituted a large part of the Central Area.

Digital Content/Other Formats:View the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Florence Myers, 2/1/2003.

Description
Florence W. Myers oral history interview

Accession No. 5325-002: Florence W. Myers papers, 1906-1908Return to Top

1 vertical file

Scope and Content: Wedding invitation, 1906, and birth announcement, 1908

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Presume creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Acquisition Info: Donated by Florence Myers, 5/10/1994.

Description
Florence W. Myers papers

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jewish religious education--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish women--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Rabbis--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Synagogues--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Myers, Florence W.--Archives
  • Myers, Florence W.--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Herzl Conservative Congregation (Seattle, Wash
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Oral histories
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)