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Accession number 2009.1
Object Name Manuscript
Title Alex Gerson Papers
Collection Alex Gerson Papers
Date 1920-1954
Scope & Content The collection consists mainly of correspondence from or to Alex Gerson, and materials relating to the Kovler & Volyner Progressive Aid Society.

Materials are in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Admin/Biographical History Alex Gerson was born in 1884 to a wealthy Jewish family in Kovel (a town on the Tura River in Ukraine). In 1898, Alex traveled to America with his older brother, Boris for a tour. He returned home, and then emigrated to America in 1910.

When he first arrived, Gerson wored in New York as a tobacco trader, then later got into the millinery business. During WWI, he moved to Detroit, where he married Mishka (Mary) Henoch, a distant relative from Kovel. Shortly after, Gerson started in the insurance business, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Gerson and Mary had two children, Melvin and Mildred. Gerson died in 1959, and his wife in 1971.
Extent of Description 1.7 Linear Feet
2 Boxes
Credit line Alex Gerson Papers, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Kovler & Volyner Progressive Aid Society
Kissililiner Aid Society
People Gerson, Alex
Subjects
Notes The Kovler & Volyner Progressive Aid Society was a landsmanshaftn (benevolent aid society) comprised of former residents of the town of Kovel and the surrounding region.
Creator Alex Gerson
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