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- Klionsky, Abigail
- Abigail Klionsky Oral History Collection on Jewish Student Life at Princeton
- Princeton University Archives
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- 1979-2014 (mostly 2013-2014)
- 32 items
Abigail Klionsky is a member of the Princeton University undergraduate Class of 2014 who undertook an oral history project on Jewish student life at Princeton as part of her senior thesis. The collection consists of fifteen transcripts of Klionsky's interviews with Jewish alumni and also includes a copy of a transcript of Henry Morgenthau III's interview with David Frisch in 1979.
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
The collection consists of fifteen transcripts of Klionsky's interviews with Jewish alumni and also includes a copy of a transcript of Henry Morgenthau III's interview with David Frisch in 1979. The interviews address several aspects of Jewish life both within and outside of Princeton, including Jewish upbringing, attendance to Jewish services-- particularly during the chapel requirement and high holidays-- colloquiums, the bicker process, and the demographic of the various eating clubs. Interviews with more recent alumni address the beginnings of kosher dining and the development of the Hillel, which later became the Center for Jewish Life. Other topics include the interactions with administrators, faculty and other affiliated individuals such as President Harold W. Dodds, Dean Christian Gauss, Rabbi Irving Levey and Albert Einstein. Lastly, the interviews include details of post-graduation involvement with Jewish life.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Abigail Klionsky is a member of the Princeton University undergraduate Class of 2014 who undertook an oral history project on Jewish student life at Princeton as part of her senior thesis. Her senior thesis entitled In the Tiger's Lair: The Development of Jewish Student Life at Princeton University 1915-1972 featured the perspectives of Jewish alumni whom she interviewed in 2013-2014 . In the spring of 2014, Klionsky received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a certificate in Judaic Studies. After graduation she went on to work as a research associate for the Institute for Southern Jewish Life.
The collection was transferred to the University Archives in March of 2014.
No materials were separated from the collection at the time of accessioning.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Rossy Mendez in 2015. Finding aid written by Rossy Mendez in 2015. University Archives staff edited the creator's original transcripts for clarity.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use. Original audio files exist but are restricted.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
This collection consists of PDF files. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
Abigail Klionsky Oral History Collection on Jewish Student Life at Princeton; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA