Irma Firestone papers,
1 box (0.20 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in
consists of letters to Ruth Firestone Brin from her parents--mother, Irma Cain
Firestone, and father, Milton Firestone--while Ruth was attending Vassar
College and her parents resided at home in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota Libraries. Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish
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Donated by Brin, David
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Irma Firestone papers, Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish
Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.
This collection is listed below by folder title and organized by
Irma Cain Firestone was born in Milwaukee in 1886 and grew up in
Chicago. Her paternal grandparents left the Alsace region of France in the
1850s and settled in Brazil before immigrating to Whitehall, New York. Irma's
mother's family emigrated from Germany. Both German and English were spoken at
home. Irma graduated from Vassar College in 1907 at a time when there were few
fellow Jewish students. She married Milton Firestone in 1914; they resided in
St. Paul and had three children, the youngest of whom, Ruth, was born in 1921.
Ruth went to Vassar in 1937 when she was only 16 years old. Her brother George
Firestone and her future husband, Howard Brin, were at Harvard College that
same year, while her older brother, Linn, was at Harvard Law School. Irma, who
spoke German, was involved with bringing German Jewish refugees to St. Paul and
was very active in advocacy groups, serving as a volunteer with Jewish Family
Service in St. Paul. She passed away in 1957. Ruth went on to become a
well-known writer and book reviewer for both the Minneapolis
Star Tribune and the American Jewish World . Ruth passed away in 2009.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection consists entirely of correspondence on personal
stationary, dated 1937 to 1939, and were written by Irma and Milton Firestone
to their daughter Ruth while she was studying at Vassar College.
- 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
- Brin, Ruth Firestone
- Firestone, Milton
- Firestone, Irma
- Vassar College
- Women in higher
Correspondence from Irma Firestone, 1937-1939 Box 1 , Folder 1
Correspondence from Irma Firestone, undated Box 1 , Folder 2
Correspondence from Milton Firestone, 1937 Box 1 , Folder 3