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Accession number 2007.01
Object Name Manuscript
Title Pevin Family Papers
Collection Pevin Family Papers
Date 1912-1985
Scope & Content The papers were donated upon the death of Sylvia Pevin. The bulk of the materials relate to various members of her family, especially her sister Betty Fisher, and mother Ida Pevin. Several objects are included in Box 2. Additionally, fragile papers are stored flat in Box 2. Folders are arranged alphabetically by document type.
Admin/Biographical History Morris and Ida Pevin (originally spelled Piaven) immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1904. They spent time in Massachusetts, where their eldest child, Betty was born in 1907. Shortly after, they moved to Detroit, Michigan. They had three more children: George (born August 25, 1908), Elsie (born July 7, 1910) and Sylvia (born June 17, 1912).

After arriving in Detroit, Morris partnered with Samuel Teper as a junk dealer in a firm called Piaven & Teper. Later, he worked as a laborer in a slaughterhouse before going back to the scrap metal business. Morris's wife Ida was an active community volunteer. She was an original member of the Detroit Ladies' Aid Society (1918), and Progressive Ladies' Unterstizungs Verein (support club) (1915). Ida passed away on May 21, 1942.

George Pevin spent the early years of his career as a butcher in his brother-in-law's meat market. He later joined the family business as a steel processor. He died on November 5, 1996.

Elsie Pevin worked as a clerk in the family meat market. She died on September 10, 1987.

Betty Pevin married Joseph Fisher on February 9, 1930. At the start of their marriage, Joe worked as a mechanic at an auto factory. He later became the proprietor of a meat market, where multiple members of the Pevin family worked. He served in the armed forces during World War II. Joe died on August 6, 1952. Betty was an active community member of the community. She helped to found a Detroit Bikkur Cholim society to aid the sick. Betty died July 15, 1997.

Sylvia Pevin spent much of her career working as a secretary in the scrap metal business. In the early 1980s, she became the executive director of Westwood Cemetery. Sylvia died on August 16, 2007.
Extent of Description 1.67 Linear Feet
1 Manuscript Box; 1 Oversized Box
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Women's Bicur Cholem Organization
Detroit Ladies' Aid Society
Eastern Ladies' Society
Progressive Ladies' Unterstizungs Verein
B'nai B'rith Lodge 1614
People Pevin, Sylvia
Pevin, George
Pevin, Elsie
Fisher, Betty Pevin
Fisher, Joseph
Pevin, Ida
Pevin, Morris
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