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Harry Sugarman Papers

Identifier: P-1042

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains written materials relating to Harry Sugarman’s time in the U.S. army during World War I.

The collection is primarily composed of Sugarman’s personal letters home to his parents and siblings. The first letters detail his training and daily activities in several U.S. barracks. Once he is deployed to France, he writes about his relations with French soldiers and his activities during his free time; he briefly describes his experience in the trenches. He also writes about spending time in the hospital for “influenza.” Following the official end of the war, Sugarman describes how he spends time in France while waiting to be able to return home. Throughout the letters, he strives to assure his family that he is in good health. Sugarman makes brief mention of his Judaism, asking about the holidays in one letter.

Also included in the collection are military documents and some newspaper clippings.


  • 1917-1919


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

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Biographical Note

Harry Sugarman was born in Russia in 1891 to Joseph and Rose Sugarman, both Russian Jews, and had several siblings. Sugarman and his family lived for a time in England, where Sugarman went to school, and around 1910 they immigrated to New York. Sugarman was a furrier. In 1917, he was drafted into the U.S. army to serve as a private in World War I, in which capacity he went to France with the 148th Infantry. He spent much of his time in the army hospitalized, having been wounded. Sugarman returned home and was naturalized as an American citizen in 1919. Information about Sugarman’s life following the war is scarce. He married Anna (Fox) Sugarman and had several children, including his daughter Rena Kleinhandler, who donated the Harry Sugarman papers to the AJHS.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 half-manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Harry Sugarman was a Jewish soldier who served as a private during World War I. This collection consists of written materials, mainly personal letters, relating to his time in the military.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to AJHS by Rena Kleinhandler in 2016.

Related Material

The American Jewish Committee - Office of Jewish War Records, undated, 1918-1921, 1962, I-9 has a record for Harry Sugarman, which includes information about his military service and wounds received. The collection also contains information about many other Jews who served in World War I. Sugarman’s record is in Box 9, Folder 4.

The Bernard C. Ehrenreich (1876-1955) Papers, undated, 1871-1971, P-26] contains correspondence of soldiers in World War I.

Guide to the Harry Sugarman Papers, 1917-1919 P-1042
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  • December 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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