Guide to the Papers of Billie Kozolchyk,
1977-1991, 2012

*P-950

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in December 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kozolchyk, Billie
Title: Billie Kozolchyk Papers
Dates:1977-1991, 2012
Abstract: The collection contains papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist Billie Kozolchyk. The documents include a collection of clippings from The Arizona Post that cover the Soviet Jewry movement in the Tucson area during the period of 1977 to 1991. Many of the articles mention Billie Kozolchyk and some are authored by her. The collection also contains excerpts from the diaries of Roz Kaufman, the chairperson of the Tucson-based Chairwoman of Women's Plea for Soviet Jewry. Also included are three t-shirts commemorating the annual Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry that occurred from the late 1970s until the early 1990s in Tucson, AZ.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize (OS1) box, 2.2 linear feet
Identification: *P-950
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The papers of Billie Kozolchyk is one collection housed within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM). These papers reflect the effort, beginning in the 1960s through the late 1980s, of thousands of American Jews of all denominations and political orientations to stop the persecution and discrimination of Jews in the Soviet Union. The American Soviet Jewry Movement (ASJM) is considered to be the most influential movement of the American Jewish community in the 20th century. The beginnings of the organized American Soviet Jewry Movement became a model for efforts to aid Soviet Jews in other countries, among them Great Britain, Canada, and France. The movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when the first organizations were created to address the specific problem of the persecution and isolation of Soviet Jews by the government of the Soviet Union.

The papers of Billie Kozolchyk document the Soviet Jewry movement in the Tucson, AZ area. Mrs. Kozolchyk helped organize Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry, a yearly event that occurred from the late 1970s until the early 1990s and aimed to raise awareness of the plight of Soviet Jewry in the Tucson area. The documents include a collection of clippings from The Arizona Post that cover the Soviet Jewry movement in the Tucson area during the period of 1977 to 1991. The articles cover the Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry and similar projects and events, Tucson Jewish community aid to the Soviet Jewish immigrant families resettling in the Tucson area, updates on the Refuseniks remaining in the U.S.S.R. Many of the articles mention the activism of Billie Kozolchyk and some are authored by her. The collection also contains excerpts from the diaries of Roz Kaufman, the chairperson of the Tucson-based Chairwoman of Women's Plea for Soviet Jewry, focused on the Soviet Jewry movement. Also included are three t-shirts commemorating the Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry of the years 1985, 1989 and 1990.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Billie Kozolchyk document the Soviet Jewry movement in the Tucson, AZ area during the period of the late 1970s to early 1990s.

The materials include news clippings, excerpts from a diary and three commemorative t-shirts.

The collection consists of one manuscript box and one oversize box.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y., 10011 email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Papers of Jerry Goodman (P-863) contain a t-shirt commemorating the Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry in Tucson, AZ of 1983

The Papers of Billie Kozolchyk is one individual collection within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM) located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other Soviet Jewry Movement collections at AJHS include the records of Action for Soviet Jewry (I-487), the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ; I-181 and I-181A), the Jewish Defense League (I-374), the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410, I-410A), Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (I-500), Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews (I-505), Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry (I-507), The Jewish Chronicle Soviet Jewry Collection (I-523), B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum Soviet Jewry Movement Collection (I-529), Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry (I-530), Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (I-538), the papers of Joel Ackerman (P-787), Julia Mates Cheney (P-806), Jerry Goodman (P-863), Laurel and Alan J. Gould (P-866), Carolyn W. Sanger (P-870), Leah Lieberman (P-869), Si Frumkin (P-871), Elaine Pittell (P-873), Sanford A. Gradinger (P-880), Shaul Osadchey (P-882), Leonard S. Cahan (P-883), Doris H. Goldstein (P-887), David H. Hill (P-888), Margery Sanford (P-889), Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (P-891), David Waksberg (P-895), Pamela B. Cohen (P-897), Moshe Decter (P-899), William Korey (P-903), Morey Schapira (P-906), Charlotte Gerper Turner (P-907), Myrtle Sitowitz (P-908), Kathleen M. Hyman (P-911), Babette Wampold (P-912), Rabbi David Goldstein and Shannie Goldstein (P-918), Leslie Schaffer (P-923), Arthur Bernstein (P-925), Dolores Wilkenfeld (P-927), Sylvia Weinberg (P-928) , Irwin H. Krasna (P-934) , Constance S. Kreshtool (P-935), Betty Golomb (P-938), Grace Perlbinder (P-942), Mort Yadin (P-943), Ann Polunsky (P-886), Lillian Foreman (P-945), Marilyn Labendz(P-946), Abraham Silverstein(P-947) and Bert Silver (P-949).

Additional materials from other collections include records dealing with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) located within the North American Jewish Students Appeal (NAJSA, I-338) and the records of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC, I-172). Related records are also located at the AJHS in Newton Centre, MA including memorabilia and ephemera of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (I-237) and the Records of the Student Coalition for Soviet Jewry – Brandeis University (I-493).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Billie Kozolchyk Papers; *P-950; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Billie Kozolchyk in 2006 and 2012.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Papers of Billie Kozolchyk, 1977-1991, 2012

The series is in English.
1 manuscript box, 1 oversize (OS1) box.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Excerpts from the Diaries of Roz Kaufman Regarding Soviet Jewry Movement in Tucson, AZ 1978-1979, 1985-1986, 2012
1 2 News Clippings 1977-1981
1 3 News Clippings 1981-1986
1 4 News Clippings 1986-1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 (OS1) 1 T-shirt - Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry, Tucson, AZ, December 8, 1985 1985
2 (OS1) 2 T-shirt - Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry, Tucson, AZ, December 3, 1989 1989
2 (OS1) 3 T-shirt - Freedom Run for Soviet Jewry, Tucson, AZ, December 2, 1990 1990
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