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Samuel J. Citron (1908-1979) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-930

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains both the personal and professional papers of Samuel J. Citron. These materials include his work as well as the work of his peers; correspondence; ephemera and 1/4 inch reel-to-reels and audio cassettes. Please note that this collection suffered water damage and should be handled carefully.

Dates

  • undated, 1918-1979

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

Samuel J. Citron was a dramatist and educator. Born in Poland in 1908, Mr. Citron immigrated to the United States at approximately 13 years-old. He studied law at St. John’s University and received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) in 1931; he was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1932. He practiced law from 1932 through 1944 out of offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. While he was practicing law, he was also engaged in Jewish education, as he held a Permanent Hebrew Teacher's License.

Mr. Citron continued his studies in 1949 at New York University’s School of Education, where he received a B.S. (1951), an M.A. (1954) and a Ph.D. in communications in education (1963). In his own words (from his thesis proposal, which can be found in Box 7, Folder 15): "In the course of time I began to devote more time to Jewish education and less to practice of law. In 1945 I gave up the practice of law. I took the position of full-time Educational Consultant with the Jewish Education Committee of New York (the central agency for Jewish religious schools in Metropolitan New York)." At the time of writing this proposal, Mr. Citron was also serving at the Jewish Education Committee as Director of its School Dramatics Department and Chairman of its Audio-Visual Materials Committee.

As Mr. Citron transitioned from lawyer to dramatist and educator, he encouraged young people to incorporate Jewish culture and history into their worldviews through his plays as well as through his founding and directing of the Jewish Theatre for Children.

Mr. Citron also served as the Program Director for Camp Achvah (a Zionist camp in Orange County, New York) and taught dramatics and singing there. Additionally he was the Educational Director for the Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing, Queens. He was also the founder of the National Board of Review of the National Council on Jewish Audio-Visual Materials and Associate Editor of its publication, The Jewish Audio-Visual Review.

He passed away in 1979.

Extent

18.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Hebrew

Spanish; Castilian

Yiddish

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of Samuel J. Citron, dramatist and educator.

Related Material

The Jewish Education Committee's papers are held within YIVO's Archives under the title Jewish Education Committee 1939-1967 (RG 592).

This collection also has papers related to Camp Cejwin, which was founded by Dr. Albert Schoolman. The Schoolman family's papers are held within the American Jewish Historical Society's Archives under the title Schoolman Family Papers, undated, 1889-1994 (P-716).

Citron, Samuel J. Rich Man, Poor Man: a Folk Play in Three Acts. New York: Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children, 1963.

Citron, Samuel J. To Wake the King: a Dramatic Legend in Two Acts. New York : Friends of the Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc., 1967.
Title
Guide to the Samuel J. Citron Papers, undated, 1918-1979 P-930
Status
Completed
Author
Finding Aid was created by Rachel Alexandra Tutera
Date
© 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processed as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • November 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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