Guide to the Papers of Linda Rutta,
undated, 1975-1976

*P-965

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 January 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rutta, Linda
Title: Linda Rutta Papers
Dates:undated, 1975-1976
Abstract: The collection contains papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist Linda Rutta. The materials focus on her activism as an undergraduate student at City College of New York, and her relations with the family of the Soviet Jewish Refusenik, Victor Ozar. The collection includes materials from the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), such as a Soviet Jewry fact sheet, college campus action outline, and correspondence with SSSJ regarding Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience. Also included is Rutta's correspondence with the Ozar family.
Languages: The collection is in English and Russian.
Quantity: 1 folder. (1/8 linear foot)
Identification: *P-965
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Linda Rutta represent 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.

As an undergraduate student in City College of New York during the 1960s, Linda Rutta became inspired by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) to find ways to publicize and take immediate action concerning the plight of Soviet Jews trapped in the Soviet Union. She corresponded with the Soviet Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience, participated in marches, signed petitions, contacted United States politicians and wrote to the United Nations, in order to call attention to the plight of Jews in the USSR.

Circa 1967 Mrs. Rutta took part in the City College demonstration that spanned the length of the college campus, carrying signs and chanting slogans such as "Let My People Go" and "Am Yisroel Chai." Circa 1970 she participated in a bus tour to Washington D.C. to march in front of the White House on behalf of the Soviet Jewry. The purpose of these demonstrations was to publicize the plight of Soviet Jewry and demand trade sanctions against the Soviet Union until it allowed for free emigration for Soviet Jews.

In the mid-1970s the family of Linda Rutta participated in the SSSJ's Adopt-a-Family program by corresponding with the family of the Soviet Jewish Refusenik Victor Ozar.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist, Linda Rutta. It includes materials from Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), such as a Soviet Jewry fact sheet, college campus action outline, and correspondence with the SSSJ regarding Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience. Also included is correspondence with the family of Soviet Jewish Refusenik, Victor Ozar, whom Linda Rutta's family adopted through the Adopt-a-Family program, sponsored by the SSSJ.

The collection consists of one folder.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series.

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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 Linda Rutta 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), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (I-543), 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 Gerber 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), Bert Silver (P-949), Billie Kozolchyk (P-950), John Steinbruck (P-951), Victor Borden (P-959), Estelle Newman (P-960) and Carol S. Kekst (P-961).

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); Linda Rutta Papers; *P-965; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda Rutta in 2006 and 2007.

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Container List

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

 

Papers of Linda Rutta, undated, 1975-1976

The series is in English and Russian.
1 folder.
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
CB6 1 Linda Rutta Papers undated, 1975-1976
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