Oral history interview with William Sturman and other material, 1950-1985  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Sturman, William
Title
Oral history interview with William Sturman and other material
Dates
1950-1985 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 sound cassettes plus transcript and 4 items
Collection Number
3662
Summary
Tape-recorded interview of a member of the Jewish community in Everett, Washington, who emigrated from Poland
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

William Sturman was born in Poland in 1908. His father settled in Everett, Washington and opened a shoe store, and later on his older brother, who had gone to Brazil, lent the father enough money to bring Mr. Sturman and his mother to the United States.

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Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

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

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 3662-001: William Sturman oral history interview, 1985Return to Top

2 sound cassettes; transcript: 37 pages

Scope and Content: Tape recorded interview conducted by Isabel Stusser on 5 Sep 1985; transcript.

William Sturman recounts his life in Everett, Wash., where he has spent most of his life. He describes his impressions of the United States as a young boy travelling across the country in a train. He describes his father's establishment of a business. He relates his impressions of growing up in a small Jewish community and tells of his marriage and raising a family. Mr. Sturman reminisces about Jewish life in Everett, about the Montefiore synagogue and the congregation's history. He points to the 1920s as the most flourishing time for the congregation. He shares his feelings concerning the diminishment of the congregation and concludes that small town life is not conducive to furthering Jewish life. He briefly discusses the congregation's attempt to interest a new group of Jews in the synagogue.

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 William Sturman, 9/5/1985.

Description
William Sturman oral history interview

Accession No. 3662-002: William Sturman clippings, 1950-1970Return to Top

4 items

Scope and Content: Clippings.

Melvin Sturman, son of the William Sturmans, was the first youth in Washington state to win the "Ner Tamid" award for Jewish Boy Scouts. Clippings show Kosher cooking.

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. William Sturman, 5/2/1985.

Description
William Sturman clippings

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Everett--Interviews
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Everett--Interviews
  • Montefiore Congregation (Everett, Wash.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Sturman, William--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montefiore Congregation (Everett, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Stusser, Isabel (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)
    • 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)