Personal & Family Papers

Spanning more than 150 years, the archival collections document individual and family life through personal papers, letters, family trees, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Collection highlights include:

Simon Wolf

Learn more about Simon Wolf, one of the most influential Jewish leaders in the United States of his time.

Hand-illuminated page signed by Washington brewer Christian Heurich. Included in a set of three commemorative books containing 400 personal messages to Simon Wolf on the occasion of his 70th birthday, 1906.

JHSGW Collections. Gift of Bernard Nordlinger.

Janice Eichhorn

Collection spans 1960 to 2005. Read about Janice Eichhorn's commitment to her community.

D.C. Mayor Walter Washington presenting Janice Eichhorn with a framed letter that thanks her for Home Rule efforts, 1973.

JHSGW Collections. Gift of Diane Liebert.

Home Rule bumper sticker

JHSGW Collections. Gift of Diane Liebert.

Dr. Seymour Alpert, 1941-2001

Dr. Seymour Alpert, an anesthesiologist and professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Hospital, held leadership position in a plethora of local and national professional and community organizations. He was particularly active in the local State of Israel Bonds and United Jewish Appeal of Greater Washington (today's Jewish Federation). This collection covers 1941 to 2001.

Certificate of gratitude given to Dr. Seymour Alpert for his service as chairman of the 13th Anniversary Ambassador's Ball, 1961. The Ambassador’s Ball, hosted by the Israeli ambassador, remains an annual Washington, D.C., Israel Bonds tradition. 

JHSGW Collections. Gift of Dr Seymour Alpert.

Event Chairman Dr. Seymour Alpert and his wife, Cecile (back right) alongside Israeli Ambassador Avraham and his wife Zena Harman, greet Morris and Jennie Pollin. 

JHSGW Collections. Gift of Dr Seymour Alpert.