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Accession number 2005.02
Object Name Manuscript
Title Lieberman Family Papers
Collection Lieberman Family Papers
Date 1904-1963
Scope & Content The bulk of the collection relates to Edwin "Buzzy" Lieberman and Max Lieberman. Series I: Edwin Lieberman contains mainly correspondence to Buzzy and his family. A large part of the correspondence is from Bette Scharff (Henriques), whom Buzzy met in Waco, Texas. She corresponded with him several times a week during the time Buzzy served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Much of the later correspondence, particular 1960-1963, is from Sally's family - her aunt's Sophie Goldsmith and Helen Kaufman, and Sally's grandmother, Selina Loeb, affectionately called "Granny." The letters from Granny were often unreadable, and Sophie and Helen would usually make notes under each line to decipher the text for Sally and Buzzy.

Series II: Lieberman Family mainly consists of materials relating to Max Lieberman, particularly his furniture store and communal involvement. One interesting document is Max's handwritten will (Box 2, Folder 2), written on the back of correspondence. There are also some family materials mixed in, mainly about Max's wife Mollie, and his son, Sam. Materials relating to Arthur Sternau, Sally's father, is included in Box 2. Of note is "The Barrel of Lye," which was the journal of the Schley Club at the University of Pennsylvania. Arthur Sternau was one of the editors, and President of the Schley Association.
Admin/Biographical History Max Lieberman was born in Russia c1867. He immigrated to the United States around 1886 and eventually settled in Michigan. In 1892, he married Amalia (Mollie) and they had five children: Elizabeth (Kaplan, 1893-1980), Samuel (1895-1977), David (1899-1977), Burton (1901-1997), and Harriette (Simons, 1910-1986). Max opened Lieberman's Lifetime Furniture (later Wholesale Furniture Mart) in 1906. It stayed in the family after Max's death, until they were forced to surrender the property in 1961 due to the building of the Walter P. Chrysler Expressway.

Max was a leader in the Detroit Jewish community, as well as a passionate Zionist. He was a charter member of Pisgah Lodge of Bnai Brith, served on the boards of the Zionist District of Detroit, Jewish Home for the Aged, House of Shelter, Hebrew Free Loan, and United Hebrew Schools, among others. He was also a member of the Detroit Board of Commerce and the Art Founders Society. Max died December 20, 1941.

Max's son, Sam, married Libbie Fred, and they had two children: Edwin and Marilyn (Waldbott). Edwin, more commonly known as Buzzy, was born June 26, 1926. He graduated from Central High School in Detroit in January 1944. Buzzy spent time in Texas, including Waco, during the summer of 1943, and then again in 1944 when he attended the University of Texas. He left the university to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in August1944 and served until November 1946. In February 1949, Buzzy married Sally Sternau and they had two children: Alice and Mary. Buzzy died on June 25, 2002.
Extent of Description 4.3 Linear Feet
3 Manuscript Boxes; 2 Oversized Boxes
Credit line Lieberman Family Papers, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Lieberman's Lifetime Furniture
Wholesale Furniture Mart
House of Shelter
The Barrel of Lye
People Lieberman, Edwin
Lieberman, Max
Lieberman, Samuel
Lieberman, Mollie
Lieberman, Sally
Sternau, Arthur
Goldsmith, Sophie
Kaufman, Helen
Loeb, Selina
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