Samuel J. Citron (1908-1979) Papers
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.
- undated, 1918-1979
- Citron, Samuel J. (Person)
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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.
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Language of Materials
This collection contains the papers of Samuel J. Citron, dramatist and educator.
The collection is divided into seven series:
- Series I: Works and Ephemera undated, 1928-1970
- Series II: Voices of History, undated, 1956-1979 Papers
- Series III: Organizations, undated, 1936-1979
- Series IV: Publications, undated, 1918-1969
- Series V: Professional Correspondence, undated, 1920s-1970
- Series VI: Personal Papers, undated, 1927-1952
- Subseries 1: Correspondence with Deborah Shpall, undated, 1929-1952
- Subseries 2: English Language Correspondence, undated, 1930-1963
- Subseries 3: Hebrew and Yiddish Correspondence, undated, 1927-1966
- Subseries 4: Ephemera, undated, 1940-1965
- Series VII: Audio Material for Voices of History: Israel, 1970-1975
- Behrman's Jewish Book House
- Benderly, Samson, 1876-1944
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Eisenberg, Azriel, 1903-1985
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
- Jewish Education Committee of New York
- Jewish National Fund
- Jewish Theatre for Children, Inc.
- Jews -- Education
- New York (State)
- Personal correspondence
- Rosenthal, Gilbert S.
- Tape reels
- Zionist Organization of America
- Guide to the Samuel J. Citron Papers, undated, 1918-1979 P-930
- Finding Aid was created by Rachel Alexandra Tutera
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