J. Milton Zeckhauser, 1938-2006
The papers of Milton and Amy Zeckhauser cover aspects of Jewish institutional and associational life from the 1930s to the 1990s. Series I, highlights elements of Milton Zeckhauser’s lay leadership in a number of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in Buffalo, NY. In addition to board memberships and presidencies of various organizations, much of which is tracked through newspaper clippings, Milton Zeckhauser was also active in the cultural life of many of these same organizations. For fundraising purposes or as part of the cultural mission of organizations, he wrote and often starred in many theatrical and musical productions, as reflected through program pamphlets. Materials are located in oversize envelope 4.1 and Box 1. Series II touches on the cultural history of the Westwood Country Club where both Milton and Amy Zeckhauser were highly active members. Highlights of this series include Westwood Country Club ephemera and original scripts, often in draft form, for various productions. As many of the scripts were brittle or fragile, they have been copied and are found in 1.17. These original scripts are located in 5.1. Other folders, 4.1 and 1.16, include programs and posters for many of these productions. This series also includes two oversized photographs in 3.1 that date from the 1920s and relate to an earlier club known as Willowdale. Their papers and photographs add considerable materials not found in the organizational collection of Westwood Country Club (ms201). Series III includes a variety of materials relating to the lay leadership and community organizational work of Amy Zeckhauser, which included some of the same organizations in which Milton Zeckhauser was also active and where they occupied similar roles within gender separated divisions. The greater concentration of materials, however, details organizations or events in which Amy Zeckhauser was solely active such as the National Council of Jewish Women, or sustained with greater intensity at a practical level, including Israel Expo 1976. This two-year long planning process, for a week-long festival relating to Israeli culture and innovation, was held to coincide with Yom Ha’azmaut (Independence Day). This complements other Israel Expo 1976 materials found in the Jewish Community Center (MS 204) and Jewish Federation collections (MS 225).
Terms and Access
The personal papers of J. Milton and Amy Zeckhauser Papers, c.1892-2006 (bulk 1950-1989) are open for research. There are no restrictions regarding access to this collection. Fragile materials have been separated and preservation copies made.
From the Collection: 1.2 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize envelopes)