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Nettie Friede Kosminsky, papers

Identifier: P-269

Scope and Content Note

The Nettie Friede Kosminsky papers contain several booklets written and put together by Nettie Friede Kosminsky. Subjects of these booklets include: her travels (mainly cruises) around the world (anecdotal, personal material) with her sister, Myrtle Friede Cassett, American Jewish history, advice on growing older and autobiographical material, and wedding memorabilia from her parents' wedding in 1883. Also included are materials relating to the life of the Hon. Meyer Friede, Nettie's grandfather, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.

The collection is valuable to researchers studying Jews, women, and travel; Jewish weddings; Jews and politics; Jews and the Civil War; and Jewish women and aging.

The collection contains booklets, newspaper clippings, copies of speeches and legal documents in one box. The documents are in English.


  • Creation: undated, 1860-1980


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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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.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


Consists primarily of mimeographed copies of thirteen travel diaries prepared by Nettie Kosminsky and her sister Myrtle Cassett in the course of their travels around the world. They are personal in nature and contain anecdotal material on each place visited. Also contains photocopied typescripts of speeches regarding slavery delivered by Meyer Friede in the Missouri legislature (1860), and a reply to an anti-Semitic statement made by another legislator (1861).


The collection is organized into a single series.

Acquisition Note

Gift, in part, of Nettie Kosminsky, 1974

Gift, in part, of Rabbi David Alpert, 1974-1979

Related Material

Also found in The American Jewish Historical Society are two copies of a booklet (Memorabilia: Joel M. Friede and Rebecca Samuels Friede, May 11, 1883) put together by Nettie Friede Kosminsky to commemorate her parents' wedding.


Includes former *P-270.

Guide to the Nettie Friede Kosminsky (1888-) papers, undated, 1860-1980 *P-269
Processed by Felicia Herman
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May, September 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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