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Accession number 2012.04
Object Name Manuscript
Title Paul Zuckerman Papers
Collection Paul Zuckerman Papers
Date 1961-1990
Scope & Content The collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Personal and Philanthropic (Boxes 1-2); Series II: Photographs (Boxes 3-4); and Series III: Oversized (Boxes 5-8).

Series I: Personal and Philanthropic deals mainly with Zuckerman's work for different organizations. It also includes his work for Israel, including correspondence and materials relating to Israeli statesmen and politicians, such as Simcha Dinitz, Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, and Ted Kollek. Series II: Photographs contains images from many of Zuckerman's philanthropic involvements, particularly United Jewish Appeal. His relationship with many important Israeli politicians is also relayed through the images. Series III: Oversized consists mainly of scrapbooks and photo albums relating to his business and philanthropic work. Of particular note is Box 6, which contains photographs and materials relating to Velvet Peanut Butter.

Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Admin/Biographical History Paul Zuckerman was born on May 31, 1912 in Istanbul, Turkey. He was the youngest brother to Manny and Victor. Zuckerman's father, a teacher, immigrated first to Chicago in 1913 and then to Detroit a few years later. At the age of 15, Paul went to work selling newspapers and driving a truck for a grocery delivery, later putting himself through University of Detroit and Wayne State University.

In 1937, Zuckerman started a peanut butter manufacturing business, producing the popular Velvet Peanut Butter. The same year, he married Helen Fleisher. They had two children, Linda and Norbert.

In 1952, he acquired the Krun-Chee Potato Chip Company, and in 1957, they merged with the Sunshine Biscuit Company. Always a creative businessman, Zuckerman was also heavily involved in real estate and other investments.

Zuckerman gained nationwide recognition not only as a businessman, but also as a philanthropist. He was heavily involved in the Detroit Jewish community, serving as Chairman of the Detroit Allied Jewish Campaign, Vice-President of the Jewish Welfare Federation, and Chairman of United Jewish Appeal among many other positions. He further dedicated himself to fighting for Israel and was a personal friend and advisor to many state leaders.

His philanthropy extended past the Jewish community. His extensive list of positions includes Chairman and Director of The Detroit Round Table of Catholics, Jews and Protestants, and Director of the Michigan Cancer Foundation. He merited many honorary doctorates and was honored with many awards for his services.

Mr. Zuckerman's enthusiasm and hard work brought many other members of the Jewish community into service for not only local Jewish charities, but also in developing Israel in its early years.

Paul Zuckerman died of cancer on January 8, 1986 at the age of 73.
Extent of Description 6.1 Linear Feet
4 Manuscript Boxes, 4 Oversized Boxes
Credit line Paul Zuckerman Papers, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Velvet Peanut Butter
Allied Jewish Campaign
United Jewish Appeal
Jewish Welfare Federation
Red Magen David for Israel
People Zuckerman, Paul
Allon, Yigal
Dinitz, Simcha
Dolzin, Leon
Kollek, Ted
Jackson, Henry
Peres, Shimon
Rabin, Yitzhak
Sapir, Pinchas
Zuckerman, Helen
Meir, Golda
Yariv, Aharon
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