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COLLECTION Identifier: 72-130

Papers of Henrietta Szold, 1889-1960


Correspondence, diaries, articles, etc., of Henrietta Szold, Zionist leader.


  • Creation: 1889-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Henrietta Szold as well as 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

This collection consists of selections of Henrietta Szold's correspondence, diaries, articles and speeches transcribed or copied from the Zionist Archives in Jerusalem for Irving Fineman, and used in his biography Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta Szold, (1961). The collection relates largely to Szold's Zionist activities: Hadassah, the Zionist Organization of America and Youth Aliyah in Palestine.


Henrietta Szold, Zionist leader, was born in Baltimore of Hungarian-Jewish parentage. She taught school at the Misses Adams School in Baltimore, and was the founder of a night school for Russian immigrants in Baltimore in 1889. From 1892-1915 Szold was the secretary of the Jewish Publication Society of America. A trip to Palestine in 1909 was the turning point in her life. She became an enthusiastic Zionist, became the Secretary of the Federation of American Zionists and founder and first President of Hadassah, the organization dedicated to supporting health work in Palestine. During 1920-1933 Szold divided her time between the United States and Palestine. In 1933 she settled in Palestine and directed the Youth Aliyah, the youth immigration movement from Germany to Palestine.

For full biographical accounts see Notable American Women, volume 3.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 72-130

This collection was the gift of Irving Fineman, and was received by the Schlesinger Library on December 8, 1972.


  1. Box 1: 1-20
  2. Box 2: 21

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: September, 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Szold, Henrietta, 1860-1945. Papers of Henrietta Szold, 1889-1960: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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