Guide to the Kallin Family Papers
undated, 1922-1946


Processed by Hannah Yetwin

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kallin, Ralph
Title: Kallin Family Papers
Dates:undated, 1922-1946
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of the Kallin family, with the bulk of the materials chronicling Ralph (Tkach) Kallin’s involvement with Piaterer Feirhein and the Sons of Israel organizations. The materials in this collection include correspondence, photos, newspaper clippings, ephemera, meeting minutes, and flyers.
Languages: The collection is in English and Yiddish.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)
Identification: P-1021
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

Ralph Kallin, seated third from the left, with leaders of Congregations Sons of Israel.

Ralph Kallin (birth surname: Tkach) was born on February 15, 1894 in Pyatyhory, Ukraine. His wife Ida (Kalika) was also born in 1894 in Pyatyhory, Ukraine. The couple immigrated to the United States with Romanian passports, under the surname Kalika, in 1921. The family later changed their last name to Kallin. Together they had four children: Anna, born in Russia, and Frieda, Harold, and Dorothy, born in Massachusetts. Ralph Kallin was a peddler of dry goods in the greater Springfield area, and an active member of Piaterer Feirhein, an organization made of former residents of Piater (Pyatyhory), Ukraine. The group was organized to foster brotherly feelings among former residents of Piater and to provide aid to the ill and distressed. Over 500 people were members in both Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA. He was also involved with the Daughters of Israel and Congregation Sons of Israel. Ralph died on February 25, 1973 in Springfield, MA; Ida died on February 23, 1969 also in Springfield, MA.


Materials from the collection.

Michele Kallin, e-mail message to Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society (AJHS-NEA), April 4, 2017.

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015, Ralph Kallin, 1973; Burial, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States of America, Sons of Israel Cemetery; citing record ID 58343937, Find a Grave,

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 October 2016), Ralph Kallin, Ward 2, Springfield, Springfield City, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 22-48, sheet 3B, family 71, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1707.

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 July 2016), Ida Kalicka Kallin, 1969; Burial, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States of America, Sons of Israel Cemetery; citing record ID 58343936, Find a Grave,

Blood, F. G. "P'yatyhory Kehillalink." Accessed October 2016.


February 15, 1894Ralph (Tkach) Kallin is born in Pyatyhory, Ukraine.
1894Ida (Kalika) Kallin is born in Pyatyhory, Ukraine.
1921Ralph and Ida (Kalicka) Kallin immigrate to the United States.
February 23, 1969Ida Kallin dies in Springfield, MA.
February 25, 1973Ralph Kallin dies in Springfield, MA.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains event flyers, newspaper clippings, photos, account books, members lists, meeting minutes, meeting notes, and event tickets pertaining to the Piaterer Feirhein and Sons of Israel organizations. In addition, correspondence from Chaplain Mayer Abramowitz and the Hebrew Educational Center to Kallin are included, as well as acknowledgment cards from the American Relief Administration.

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The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement 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, NY, 10011

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Kallin Family Papers; P-1021; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Fern Greenberg Blood and Michele Kallin, 2016.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

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

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Series I: Kallin Family Papers,  undated, 1922-1946

English and Yiddish.
Box 1.

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

11American Relief Administration Acknowledgment Cards1923request_box
12Correspondenceundated, 1929, 1946request_box
13Piaterer Feirhein—Dues/Accounts1937-1938request_box
14Piaterer Feirhein—Meeting Notes1922request_box
15Piaterer Feirhein—Member Listsundated, 1922request_box
16Piaterer Feirhein—Memorial Flyer1937request_box
17Piaterer Feirhein—Photoundatedrequest_box
18Sons of Israelundated, 1928, 1937-1938request_box
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