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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 165

Papers of Lillian Adlow Friedberg, 1914-1969


Correspondence, programs, diary, and reunion material of Lillian Adlow Friedberg, Radcliffe College Class of 1918.


  • 1914-1969


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lillian Adlow Friedberg is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 1 object)

Collection consists of a diary documenting Friedberg's freshman year at Radcliffe College; Radcliffe College programs, examinations, course schedules, and grade reports; and correspondence, the bulk of which pertains to the formation of the Radcliffe Club of Western Pennsylvania and planning for several Radcliffe reunions.


Lillian Adlow Friedberg was born on December 18, 1897, in Boston, Massachusetts. Friedberg graduated from Girls' Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1914, and attended Radcliffe College (BA 1918; AM 1919). Friedberg married Emanuel Benjamin Friedberg (Harvard AB 1918, MD 1920) in September 1918. They had two children; Simeon Adlow Friedberg (1925-2005) and Judith Esther Friedberg (1921-2003). In 1943, Friedberg became the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Friedberg served on many boards and organizations, including Radcliffe Club of Western Pennsylvania; Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations and Adult Education Council of Greater Pittsburgh; Education Programs for the Pittsburgh chapters of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women; the American Jewish Congress of Pittsburgh; and the Pittsburgh branch of the American Association of University Women. In 1965, she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pittsburgh. Lillian Adlow Friedberg died in January 1978.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R2000-21

The papers of Lillian Adlow Friedberg were given to the Schlesinger Library by her son and daughter-in-law, Simeon Adlow Friedberg and Joan Brest Friedberg in May 2000.

Related Material:

There is related material at the University of Pittsburgh; see Lillian A. Friedberg Papers, 1904-1975 (AIS.2000.04).

There is related material at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives; see Lillian Adlow Friedberg Papers, 1913-1975 (283).

Processing Information

Processed: May 2008

By: Mark Vassar

Updated and additional description added: August 2023

By: Cat Lea Holbrook

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Friedberg, Lillian A. (Lillian Adlow), 1897-. Papers of Lillian Adlow Friedberg, 1914-1969: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Zetlin Sisters Fund, Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund, and The Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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