All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Family and business correspondence, including internment camp communications of Morton I. and Katherine; journals and diaries; published works and manuscripts of Morton J.; material related to Bracha Fuld's death; photographs; the Cellar Book Shop card catalog; also World War II-period artifacts, and Bracha's military ribbon.
Photographs and slides depicting Fuld and Netzorg families and their friends, Netzorgs' house in Detroit, Detroit street scenes, and the Cellar Book Shop. Of special interest are the World War II period photographs in the Morton I. and Katherine S. Netzorg part of the series depicting the conditions in liberated Philippines in 1945, military action and military life, and Jewish life in the U.S. military. Also of interest are the Fuld family photographs depicting Jewish life in Germany from the late 1800s to late 1930s. Slides with images taken during 1970s trips to the Philippines featuring Banaue, Cebu, Jolo, and Zamboanga, locations in the Southeast Asia, and Europe.
Recorded reminiscences of Morton J. Netzorg and Petra Fuld Netzorg.
The Fuld family papers series consists of correspondence between Lotte, Bracha, Petra, extended Fuld family members, and family friends. A large part of Fuld family correspondence is in German as the family gradually began to correspond in English in the mid-1940s. Correspondence contains letters sent from Germany in the late 1930s-early 1940s; letters by Lotte and Bracha sent from England and Palestine. Also in this series are Lotte's 1960s journals and some of her personal records and legal documents. Material related to Bracha's death and burial include letters sent to the family in March-April 1946; drafts of essays and articles about Bracha; Petra's reminiscences, clippings of newspaper articles in Hebrew and German; English translations of chapters from Bracha's biography by Sari Gal (Tel Aviv, 1999), and an English-language edition of The world's greatest women spies by Kurt Singer, that includes a chapter dedicated to Bracha. Also included is material about the Bracha and Lotte Fuld Memorial Collection at the Jewish National and University Library.
The Morton I. and Katherine S. Netzorg series contains family records, such as copies of birth and death certificates, powers of attorney, forms of identification, and other legal documentation. Santo Tomas Internment Camp materials include internee messages sent through the Red Cross during Netzorgs' internment by the Japanese, hospital communications and memoranda, communications by Japanese authorities, ration cards, and camp ephemera. Correspondence includes family and non-family correspondence on various subjects, including personal and financial, as well as condolence letters sent to the family after Morton I. Netzorg's passing in 1946, and condolence letters sent to Morton J. (Jock) and Petra Netzorg after Katherine's passing in 1949. Morton I. and Katherine's writings and notebooks include essays, notes on various subjects of personal interest, recipes, and handwritten music. Financial records include accounts and cashbooks for the period between 1936 and 1945. War claims records include post-war family correspondence with authorities and lists of personal property, including lists of books in family library. Material on the subject of Jewish community of Manila includes correspondence with Jewish relief organizations. Also included is material related to death and burial of David L. Netzorg, Jock's brother, who died of malaria while in internment in Camp O'Donnell in 1942. Among printed material is a photocopy of the 1925 edition of "Better English for speaking and writing for grades six and seven" by Carlos P. Romulo, Katherine S. Netzorg, and Sarah E. Simons (Philadelphia, Toronto, Manila: John C. Winston Co.) and the Pennsylvania Railroad reprints of fiction for the military and a self-published brochure.
The Morton J. and Petra Fuld Netzorg papers series is the largest in the collection and contains personal and family papers; Morton's writings and publications, correspondence, materials related to the extended Netzorg family; Petra's files include her correspondence, journals, and writings.
The Family papers subseries contains Netzorg family genealogy files, family newsletters and annual letters.
Netzorgs' correspondence constitutes the largest part of the series. It contains correspondence between Morton J. and Petra, as well as their correspondence with family members, friends, business partners, customers, and various organizations and institutions; annual newsletters from friends and family in the United States, the Philippines, and from around the world; as well as material related to Morton J. and Petra's business travel. The Correspondence subseries is organized in alphabetical order by name of correspondent or organization, with the exception of a small segment for select years. Morton and Petra tended to separate personal from business in their correspondence with friends who were also customers, but filed both types of letters together.
Most of the business correspondence relates to scholarly subjects and publishing in the field of Southeast Asian and Pacific studies, rare books and periodicals, and inquiries. Netzorgs' business correspondence is a rich source of bibliographic information and complements material located in the Cellar Book Shop series described below.
Over the years the Netzorgs have exchanged letters with a number of important scholars, writers, and artists, as well as American and foreign politicians and diplomats, religious leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs. The series includes correspondence with Lydia (Lyd) Arguilla (1914-1969), noted Filipino artist, and her sister Remedios Piñon; Tita Ayala (b. 1931), Philippine writer, poet and multi-media artist; Father Miguel A. Bernad (1917-2009), Filipino Jesuit priest, scholar, author, and editor of several Philippine academic journals; Charles T. R. Bohannan (1914-1982) U.S. counter-guerilla expert who advised the Philippine military forces, and took part in U.S. military operations in South Vietnam and Cuba; Filipino American historical and political fiction writer Linda Ty Casper (b. 1931); author Bernard Covit (1907-1978) who was prisoner in Manila civilian internment camp with Morton I. and Katherine Netzorg; leader of the Thirteen Moderns art movement Filipino painter Victorio C. Edades (1895-1995) and his wife Jean Edades (b. 1907), founder of the Philippine Theatre Davao; Randall Gould (1898-1979), Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury editor and publisher between 1931 and 1949; Congresswoman Martha W. Griffiths (1912-2003), a key figure in bringing women's rights legislation to successful passage in Congress; author and The New Yorker writer Emily Hahn (1905-1997); James J. Halsema (1919-2005), Philippine scholar, war correspondent, Japanese internment camp prisoner, and US Foreign Service officer; Lt. Col. Ray C. Hunt (b. 1919), writer and survivor of the Bataan Death March who fought among Filipino guerilla forces against the Japanese Imperial Army; Thelma James (1899-1988), Detroit teacher, collector, and archivist of urban folk traditions; military and diplomatic history scholar Ricardo T. Jose (b. 1957); Rolf M. Kneller, Israeli photographer who headed a team of camera operators during the Adolf Eichmann trial in 1961; Oscar Lopez, who corresponded with the Netzorgs on behalf of his father, Eugenio Lopez, Sr. (1901-1975), owner of the Manila Chronicle and founder of the Philippine Chronicle Broadcasting Network; Salvador P. Lopez (1911-1993), Ilokano writer and journalist, Philippine's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and diplomat, and president of the University of the Philippines; a small exchange of letters with President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay (1907-1957); founder and first president of the Philippine Writers' League Federico Mangahas (1904-1979); Maung Maung (1925-1994), Supreme Court Chief Justice and civilian president of Burma (Myanmar) in August-September 1988; Henry (Hank) Miller (1919-1985), U.S. Information Agency officer and creator of Southeast Asian and African regional programs centers for the Voice of America; Colonel John E. Olson (b. 1917), survivor of the Bataan Death March; Yay Panlilio (1913-1978), journalist and leader in Philippine resistance against the Japanese; Carlos L. Quirino (1910-1999), Filipino historian and writer, and Bataan survivor; noted scholar and Detroit native William Henry Scott (1921-1993); Alma G. Stallworth (b. 1932), Michigan state legislator and founder of the Black Caucus Foundation in Michigan; Romeo V. Tabuena (b. 1921), Philippines-born painter and printmaker; Admiral Kemp Tolley (1908-2000), U.S. Navy historian; Manuel A. Viray, Philippine diplomat and author; American writer Erich V. Von Neff; abstract painter Fernando Zóbel (b. 1924); among many other noted individuals, as well as companies, businesses and organizations.
The Cellar Book Shop subseries includes annotated card catalog of titles on the Philippines Islands and South East Asia. Each card contains detailed bibliographic information, price(s), physical description including condition when necessary, number and types of illustrations and maps, presence of reference apparatus, and content summary by Mr. Netzorg. The catalog is valuable bibliographic resource in the area of South East Asian studies and publishing.
The Visual Material series includes photographs and slides of Fuld and Netzorg families. The majority of photographs depict family and friends, as wells as the Netzorgs' house in Detroit, Detroit street scenes, and the Cellar Book Shop interiors. Of special interest are the World War II period photographs in the Morton I. and Katherine S. Netzorg part of the series depicting the conditions in liberated Philippines in 1945, military action and military life, and Jewish life in the U.S. military. Also of interest are the Fuld family photographs depicting Jewish life in Germany from the late 1800s to late 1930s.
Slides include images taken during 1970s trips to the Philippines featuring Banaue, Cebu, Jolo, and Zamboanga, locations in the South East Asia, and Europe.
The Sound Recordings series consists of cassette tapes with recorded reminiscences of Morton J. and Petra Netzorg.
The Oversize series includes materials of Fuld and Netzorg families, mostly from the 1930s and 1940s. Oversize Fuld family material includes newspaper articles in Hebrew about Bracha Fuld, as well as genealogical information and diplomas belonging to Fuld family members.
Oversize Morton I. and Katherine S. Netzorg oversize material includes 1945-1946 issues of the National Jewish Welfare Board newspaper Sentinel with articles about Morton I. Netzorg and Jewish life in the U.S. military and miscellaneous oversize newspaper clippings and items, and a map showing "bandit" activity in the Philippines in 1944. Also included David L. Netzorg's (Jock's brother) Princeton University diploma.
Oversize Morton J. and Petra Fuld Netzorg material includes a copy of Morton's diploma from the Xavier University, certificate of appreciation issued by the Rotary Club or Sanu Juan, and oversize scrapbook.
The Artifacts series contains Bracha Fuld's military ribbon, Morton I. Netzorg's USO patch and three armbands from Santo Tomas Internment Camp accompanied by a letter explaining Japanese writing on the armbands.