Goldman (Richard N. and Rhoda H.) papers, 1863-2003 (bulk 1939-1995)

Owning Institution: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

About this Collection

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman papers document the lives and contributions of two of the most important figures in twentieth-century philanthropy. The papers are divided into 7 series: Personal and Family Papers; Richard Goldman's Chronological File, Richard Goldman's Travel Files; Rhoda Goldman's Subject Files; Rhoda Goldman's Mount Zion Hospital Board of Director Files; Memorabilia and Clippings; and Photographs. The personal and family papers in the collection consist of the following: early Haas family documents dating from 1863 to 1907; materials relating to Walter A. Haas, Sr. (Rhoda's father); materials relating to Elise Stern Haas (Rhoda's mother); Rhoda and Richard Goldman's personal and family correspondence; and Rhoda Haas appointment books. Interfiled within the personal correspondence are other materials, including ephemera. Richard Goldman's chronological file consists of files dating from 1970 through 1995 on a range of personal, philanthropic, civic, political, and business topics (relating to Goldman Insurance Services). This series of files documents the intersections between the various areas of Richard Goldman's personal and professional lives. The files include general correspondence, some personal correspondence, business correspondence, political correspondence, and correspondence with particular people and regarding particular topics. There are also files on the large number of organizations in which Richard Goldman was active, as well as files on special events, projects, and trips. Richard Goldman's Trip Files consists of one carton of files documenting trips Goldman took between 1973 and 1997. Trip files can also be found in Richard Goldman's Chronological File. Rhoda Goldman's Subject Files include files Rhoda Goldman created to support her work with various organizations and on a range of topics and people of interest. Included are files on the Jewish Welfare Federation, the San Francisco Foundation, the San Francisco Symphony Association, Stern Grove, the Goldman Environmental Prize, the San Francisco Holocaust Memorial Committee, Temple Emanu-El, and the American Cancer Society. The Memorabilia and Clippings series consists of ephemera, memorabilia, and clippings collected by Richard and Rhoda Goldman throughout much of their lives. The series dates from 1929 through 1999. Early materials consist of mainly of ephemera collected by Rhoda Goldman during the 1930s and 1940s and include a good deal of material relating to Rhoda Goldman's student life at the University of California, Berkeley. The series also includes ephemera and clippings relating to the Goldmans' extensive personal, civic, and philanthropic activities in the Bay Area going back to the 1950s and, as such, paints a vivid picture of social and civic life in San Francisco over the course of half a century. The Photograph series in the collection consists of some Haas family photos (dating circa 1900-1920), a sizeable number of photographs of Walter A. Haas, Sr.; photographs of Rosalie Meyer Stern, Elise Stern, and Sigmund Stern; photographs of Richard Goldman from his childhood through his adult years; photographs of Rhoda Haas as a child, in her primary and secondary school years, and at the University of California, Berkeley. Other photographs include images of special events and trips. View collection guide.

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