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Carrel and Goldstein Family Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0200-0043

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of family photographs highlighting aspects of Buffalo Jewish life in several eras. The earlier telegrams and letters of the 1890s and 1918 were from Temple Beth Zion members and were found in the Liberty Loan papers of Jack Goldstein. This collection can be used in conjunction with Temple Beth Zion (ms156). Later parts of the collection relate to Abraham Carrel’s time at the Law School of the University of Buffalo. Other materials document family life, community and war service of the Carrel and Goldstein families.


  • 1892-1965
  • Majority of material found within 1918-1922


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The papers of Carrel and Goldstein Family Collection, 1892-1965 are open for research. There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this collection.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Arlene Carrel Goldstein and Jacob “Jake” Goldstein were members of the Buffalo Jewish community and were actively involved in Jewish civic affairs through Temple Beth Zion and the Jewish Federation of Buffalo among other organizations. Arlene Goldstein was born in Buffalo, in 1926 to parents Abraham and Fannie Carrel, and she graduated from Lafayette High School and the New York School of Interior Design. Before marriage she worked as an interior designer, but after the birth of her children, she left the paid workforce and became a very active volunteer with many Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. She returned to work in the family business Liberty Loan Company (1901-1999), after the death of her husband Jack Goldstein who had served as President at the company. Arlene Carrel’s civic activities included membership of the New York State Consumer Finance Association’s board of directors, the Common Council’s Task Force to Evaluate Police Precinct Consolidation in the Delaware District, City of Buffalo Commission to Study the Buffalo Fire Department and the Police Salary Review Commission, Bureau of Jewish Education, Temple Beth Zion Ritual Committee, Women’s Campaign of the Jewish Federation’s United Jewish Fund Campaign, Federation’s Women’s Activities Committee and the Community Relations Committee, American Jewish Committee-WNY Chapter and United Jewish Fund Campaign’s Women’s Division Cabinet. She held numerous memberships in Jewish and cultural organizations and was also a volunteer in local hospitals. She died in 2007. Jack Goldstein was born in Syracuse in 1921 and attended Syracuse University. During the war he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and then on return to the US enrolled at the Wharton School on the GI Bill. In 1947, before completing his thesis, he moved to Buffalo and began working at Glickstein’s Jewelers, where he worked as advertising and merchandising manager for almost 20 years. In the late 1950s, he began work at Liberty Loan Co., an independent finance company, where he spent the next thirty years. A board member of the Temple Beth Zion Brotherhood and a trustee of the synagogue, he was also a member of Perseverance Lodge. Active in a number of professional organizations connected to his work in the jewelry business and finance businesses, in 1987, he received his master’s degree from the Wharton School after completing his thesis. A keen stamp collector, he kept many of the old letters sent to Liberty Loan, as well as Temple Beth Zion. He died in 1991.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize envelope)


Papers documenting aspects of Buffalo history and life within the family and friendship circles of the Carrel and Goldstein families in Buffalo, NY, as well as the Law School, University of Buffalo during the 1920s.


This collection is arranged in three series as follows:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Carrel and Goldstein Family Photographs
  3. Miscellaneous Materials

Acquisition Information

Ellen Goldstein donated her family materials of the Carrel and Goldstein families in 2016. The papers were arranged in June 2016 and it was deposited at the University Archives, Special Collections by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project in June 2016. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project was founded in late 2007 under the auspices of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo with a seed grant from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. The Archives Project collects mainly 20th century documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties and partners with the University Archives at the University at Buffalo to make these records accessible. The arrangement and description of the Carrel and Goldstein Family Collection, 1892-1965 papers was made possible by funding obtained through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.

Accruals and Additions

Ongoing accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

Jewish Buffalo Archives Project collections

Adler, Selig and Thomas E. Connelly. From Ararat to Suburbia: The History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1960. Available in Lockwood Library and the University Archives (non-circulating), F129 B8 A38

Kotzin, Chana Revell, Jewish Community of Greater Buffalo, Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia Pub., 2013. Available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection (circulating), F129.B89 J56 2013

Archives 9/7/00-3, Jewish Life (Buffalo, N.Y.), University Archives Periodical Collection

Jewish Buffalo Image Collection, New York Heritage Digital Collections

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Chana Revell Kotzin in June 2016. EAD finding aid created by Archives Staff, August 2016.


Finding Aid for the Carrel and Goldstein Family Collection
Finding aid prepared by Chana Revell Kotzin.
June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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