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Frank and Arthur Eisenberg Papers, undated, 1863-1948

Summary Information
Title: Frank and Arthur Eisenberg Papers
Dates: undated, 1863-1948
Creator: Frank Eisenberg, Arthur Eisenberg
Extent: 7 boxes (2.8 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English; two documents in French.
Collection Number: umja0007
Abstract:
This collection consists of correspondence and ephemera from father and son Frank and Arthur Eisenberg, members of a Jewish family living in Minneapolis who both served in the military during World War I and World War II respectively.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Schragg, Marcie, whose husband William Schragg was friends with Arthur Eisenberg.

Access Restrictions:

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Copyright:

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Preferred Citation:

Frank and Arthur Eisenberg Papers, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Frank Eisenberg Papers

Series 2: Arthur Eisenberg Papers


Biographical Note

Frank Eisenberg was born on August 6th, 1897 in New York, New York to Emma Rebecca and Jacob Abraham Eisenberg. Jacob was born in 1859 in Plungary, Lithuania, Russia. Rebecca (Goota Bush) was born in Telz, Lithuania, Russia in 1862. Frank’s father and mother married in 1884. In 1890, still in Russia, Rebecca gave birth to Frank’s older sister, Hilda Eisenberg. In 1895 in New York, Frank’s older brother, Meyer Eisenberg, was born. In 1899 in New York, Frank’s younger sister, Dorothy (“Dora”) Eisenberg was born. Frank’s father died in Sag Harbour, New York that same year. Rebecca was remarried to Morris Goldman (b. Russia, 1868) sometime after 1910. By 1915 Frank, Meyer, and Dora were living with their mother and stepfather in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hilda was living in Sag Harbour with her husband, Herman Weiner, and their children, Arthur and Ethel.

During World War I, Frank joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps. He was called to serve in August of 1917 and began active duty in September. Frank was a member of the American Expeditionary Forces and was stationed in France, often not far from his brother, Meyer. He remained in the service for three years, returning home to Minneapolis in August of 1920. Frank moved back in with his mother and stepfather (who died in 1920) for several years, during which time he worked as a day laborer and briefly attended college, probably at the University of Minnesota.

By 1925 Frank was married to Sara Brooks, who was born in Minnesota in 1898 to Harry and Betty (Broales) Brooks, both Russian immigrants. Sara had three siblings: Albert, Ethel, and Florence. Sara and Frank lived with Harry, Betty, and Ethel at 1714 8th Avenue North in Minneapolis. Harry was a cigar merchant and Ethel a school teacher. On January 16th, 1926, in Minneapolis, Sara gave birth to Arthur Eisenberg. Arthur was Frank and Sara’s only child. The three of them continued to live with Sara’s parents at the same address until at least 1940.

As Arthur was growing up, Frank was employed as a salesman in the film industry. In the 1930s and 1940s, he worked for various agencies, including the United Artists Corporation, Monogram Pictures, and Universal Exchange Inc. Frank stayed mostly in Minneapolis but sometimes took short-term positions in nearby cities such as Fargo, ND.

As a boy, Arthur was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Elementary Department of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah. As a teenager, he worked at the Brynwood Theatre. He attended Breck in St. Paul, a military academy at the time. Upon graduating from the high school in the midst of World War II, he immediately enlisted in the Navy, probably on March 3rd, 1944. Art went to boot camp at the U.S. Naval Training Center (Camp Peterson) in Farragut, Idaho. He then attended Pre-Commissioning School aboard the U.S.S. Bergen in Seattle, WA in November and December of 1944. Art and the Bergen were then stationed in San Francisco, where they remained until at least the end of 1945. Art most likely served briefly in the Pacific before being discharged from the military on May 7th, 1946.

After the war, Art returned to Minneapolis where he probably attended, and perhaps graduated from, the University of Minnesota, maybe in the Optometry program. He was most likely married, although not to Elayne Feller, the woman with whom he corresponded regularly during World War II. Arthur Eisenberg died in Minneapolis on January 27th, 1953 from spinal meningitis. He was 27 years old.

In 1939 Frank Eisenberg’s mother, Rebecca Eisenberg Goldman, died in New York, New York. His brother, Meyer, married Faye Feinberg in 1922 and became a meat curer at Feinberg’s Kosher Sausage. He died in Minneapolis in 1951. His younger sister, Dora, married Jacob Joseph (“Jack”) Rosenstein in 1919. Their son, David Samuel Rose, was born in 1921. Dora died in 1978 in Watseka, Illinois.

Sara Brooks Eisenberg’s brother, Albert, and his daughter, Gloria, lived in California during World War II. Her sister, Ethel, lived in Dallas, TX. Her sister, Florence (“Flo”) married Francis (“Fran”) Weiss and lived in Los Angeles. They had three children: Bob, Dan, and Marilyn.

Frank Eisenberg died in December, 1971 in Minneapolis at the age of 74. Sara Eisenberg died in Minneapolis in September 1994.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the experiences of a Minneapolis Jewish family in which father and son served in World War I and World War II, respectively. Contains correspondences with family and friends, military records, travel materials, personal writings, photographs, news and entertainment articles, childhood and professional ephemera, and religious items.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Eisenberg, Frank
  • Eisenberg, Arthur
  • Jews
  • Jews, American
  • Judaism
  • Jewish soldiers
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1914-1918 – Jews
  • World War, 1939-1945 – Jews
  • United States, Navy – History – World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1914-1918 – Campaigns – France
  • World War, 1939-1945 – United States
  • Jews – New York (State) – New York – History
  • World War, 1939-1945 – Social aspects – United States
  • Jews in the motion picture industry
  • Jewish families
  • Jewish men
  • Jewish archives
  • Middle-class Jews
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Series 1: Frank Eisenberg Papers undated, 1863-1940 
Box 1
Correspondence with Christiane Castro, Aug. 1918  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence with Georgette Dupuis, undated  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence with Dorothy Eisenberg, 1917-1919  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence with Meyer Eisenberg, 1918-1920, undated  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence with Rebecca Eisenberg, 1917-1918  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence with Rebecca and Dorothy Eisenberg, 1917-1919, undated  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Correspondence with Oscar, Feb. 1918, undated  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Correspondence with Mel Ryder, Aug. 1918  Box 1 , Folder 8
 
Correspondence with Johnny Schwartz, Dec. 1917  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Correspondence with Hilda Weiner, 1918-1919, undated  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Misc. Family Correspondences, 1913-1919, undated  Box 1 , Folder 11
 
Partial Letters, undated  Box 1 , Folder 12
 
Series of Notes to Self, Aug.-Sept. 1917  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
Personal Notebooks, 1914-1918, undated  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
"A Year with Uncle Sam, Being the Story of How a Kid Grew Up," by Frank Eisenberg, Aug. 1918  Box 1 , Folder 15
 
Photographs, April 1919, undated  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
Materials relating to Judaism, April 1924, undated  Box 2 , Folder 2
 
Materials regarding Military Service, 1917-1919, undated  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Victory Battle Map, United States Army, 1918  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
YMCA Pamphlets, 1918-1919, undated  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
"Plane News", 1918-1919  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
"Balloon Company" Publications, March 1919, undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
 
Misc. Newspaper Clippings, 1918-1919  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Film Industry Materials, 1919-1940, undated  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
English/German Dictionaries, 1914, undated  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Misc. French Documents, 1863-1908  Box 2 , Folder 11
Box 3
Travel, Souvenir, and Postcard Booklets, undated  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Travel, Souvenir, and Postcard Booklets, undated  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
Travel, Souvenir, and Postcard Booklets, undated  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Travel, Souvenir, and Postcard Booklets, undated  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Misc. Pamphlets, 1919-1924, undated  Box 3 , Folder 5
Box 4
Travel and Tourist Information, April-Sept. 1918, undated  Box 4 , Folder 1
 
Travel and Tourist Information, 1929-1940  Box 4 , Folder 2
 
Travel and Entertainment, 1916-1940, undated  Box 4 , Folder 3
 
Misc. Postcards, 1918-1919, undated  Box 4 , Folder 4
 
Misc. Postcards, undated  Box 4 , Folder 5
 
Misc. Postcards, undated  Box 4 , Folder 6
 
Series 2: Arthur Eisenberg Papers undated, 1940-1948 
Box 5
Correspondence with Frank and Sara Eisenberg, 1940-July 1944  Box 5 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence with Frank and Sara Eisenberg, Aug. 1944  Box 5 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence with Frank and Sara Eisenberg, Sept.-Oct. 1944  Box 5 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence with Frank and Sara Eisenberg, Nov.-Dec. 1944  Box 5 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence with Frank and Sara Eisenberg, 1945-1946  Box 5 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence with Frank and Sara Eisenberg, undated  Box 5 , Folder 6
 
Correspondence with Albert, undated  Box 5 , Folder 1
Box 6
Correspondence with Bernie, Aug. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence with Gloria Brooks, 1944-1945, undated  Box 6 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence with Miles Efron, Nov. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence with Dorothy Eisenberg, Aug. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence with Ethel, Aug.-Sept. 1944, undated  Box 6 , Folder 6
 
Correspondence with Elayne Feller, 1944-1945, undated  Box 6 , Folder 7
 
Correspondence with Joe Frisch, 1944-1945, undated  Box 6 , Folder 8
 
Correspondence with Mary K. Gale, Sept. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 9
 
Correspondence with Elliott Gersler, Aug. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 10
 
Correspondence with Gram and Gramps, undated  Box 6 , Folder 11
 
Correspondence with Harlan, April 1945  Box 6 , Folder 12
 
Correspondence with Henry Herman, July 1944  Box 6 , Folder 13
 
Correspondence with Hilda Weiner, undated  Box 6 , Folder 14
 
Correspondence with Henry Hilliard, undated  Box 6 , Folder 15
 
Correspondence with Ralph Hobbs Jr. Dec. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 16
 
Correspondence with Mort Leifman, 1944-1945  Box 6 , Folder 17
 
Correspondence with Tess and Leo Levitt, June 1945  Box 6 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence with Ted Osman, Aug.-Dec. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 19
 
Correspondence with Marg(e) Rush, Aug. 1944, undated  Box 6 , Folder 20
 
Correspondence with Dick Sachs, 1944-1945, undated  Box 6 , Folder 21
 
Correspondence with Louis Sachs, Aug. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 22
 
Correspondence with Bob Schanke, 1944-1945  Box 6 , Folder 23
 
Correspondence with Howard Seidman, Nov. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 24
 
Correspondence with Bill Shragowitz, 1943-1945  Box 6 , Folder 25
 
Correspondence with Bill Silver, July 1944  Box 6 , Folder 26
 
Correspondence with Dolly Simon, Oct.-Dec. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 27
 
Correspondence with Victor H. Storberg, Nov. 1944  Box 6 , Folder 1
Box 7
Correspondence with Eugene Strimbing, 1944-1945  Box 7 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence with Joe Sussman, Aug. 1944  Box 7 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence with Bob Weiss, Jan.-Aug. 1944  Box 7 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence with Danny Weiss, July 1944  Box 7 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence with Florence and Francis Weiss, 1943-1945, undated  Box 7 , Folder 6
 
Correspondence with Marilyn Weiss Neider, 1943-1945, undated  Box 7 , Folder 7
 
Various Correspondences, April 1945, undated  Box 7 , Folder 8
 
Creative Writing by Frank Eisenberg, Aug. 1944, undated  Box 7 , Folder 9
 
Empty Envelopes undated  Box 7 , Folder 10
 
Telegrams, 1944-1945  Box 7 , Folder 11
 
Materials regarding Military Service, July-Nov. 1944, undated  Box 7 , Folder 12
 
Materials relating to Judaism, April 1945, undated  Box 7 , Folder 13
 
Materials regarding Boy Scouts, 1939-1945, undated  Box 7 , Folder 14
 
Unidentified Photographs, undated  Box 7 , Folder 15
 
Misc. Postcards and Travel Materials, March 1941, undated  Box 7 , Folder 16
 
University of Minnesota Commencement Pamphlets, 1925-1926, 1948  Box 7 , Folder 17
 
Map of France, undated  Box 7 , Folder 18
 
News and Entertainment, 1943-1945, undated  Box 7 , Folder 19
 
Radio Pamphlet and "Gobs of Love" Cartoon Booklet, 1944, undated  Box 7 , Folder 20