Finding Aid
Solis-Cohen Family Collection
Jacob Solis-Cohen
Solomon Solis-Cohen
Myer Solis-Cohen
Rosebud Solis-Cohen

MS042 Solis-Cohen Family Collection 1838-1960 V. Rosebud Solis-Cohen, 1911-1949 8.25 Linear Feet (20 Boxes)

Biographical Note Rosalind Lotta (Teschner) Solis-Cohen was born on 29 June 1903 to Issac Teschner, a prominent merchant of New York and Katie Teschner. Rosalind, commonly called Rosebud, was raised in New York and attended Hunter College (NY, NY) where she received her BA in September 1922. Her later education included an MA in history from Columbia University, an MS in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. As a student she did extensive research on the educational content of history in high schools and was a book review editor of the Educational Outlook of the University of Pennsylvania. Rosebud married Myer Solis-Cohen on 11 February 1925; they had one child, Kathe Teschner Solis-Cohen, born 15 July 1926.

Rosebud Solis-Cohen was very active in Jewish and civic affairs throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the Philadelphia County League of Women Voters and member and secretary of the Women's Auxiliary of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania. She was actively involved in the Philadelphia Clean Streets Campaign, which was part of the Civic Club of Philadelphia. She was also a member of the Grace Aguilar Home Trust Fund Committee, which was part of the National Council of Jewish Women. In 1929, Rosebud served as the vice president of the Women's Federation of Synagogue Organization. She was a member of the Congregation Mikveh Israel Association as well as an associate editor and contributor of the Beth-El Temple Scroll.

Rosebud was employed as a research analyst in the research unit of Immigration and Naturalization Services at the Department of Justice in Philadelphia. From 1940 to 1945 she did comprehensive research on immigration and aliens for a job report, which was finally entitled "The Exclusion of Aliens in the United States on Medical Grounds."

Scope and Contents This collection includes personal (1911-ca. 1940) and professional papers (ca. 1920-1949) of Rosebud (Teschner) Solis-Cohen. The materials of her personal life include correspondence regarding her early education (1914-1918) and letters of congratulations on her marriage to Myer Solis-Cohen (1925-1926). Also included are family genealogies of her family the Teschners. The personal papers contain her immediate family papers (1925-ca. 1940) including correspondence from Davis Solis-Cohen and the papers of her daughter, Kathe Solis-Cohen, which consist of her education notebooks and a few letters. Also contained in the personal papers are manuscripts that relate to Rosebud's Jewish, social, and civic affairs (1918-1939). The papers of her Jewish activities (1920-1931) detail her involvement in the Jewish community center, the Women's Federation of Synagogue Organization, the Religious Education Association, the Young Peoples League of the United Synagogue Association, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Mikveh Israel Association, and the Jewish Welfare Board. The personal papers also contain the documents relating to Rosebud’s civic and social activities (1926-1939) such as her work relating to public health on behalf of the Medical Societies' Auxiliaries and the Civic Club of Philadelphia. Also included are papers relating to the Philadelphia City Institute Free Library and the Sesquicentennial International Exposition.

The professional papers contain documents relating to Rosebud’s continuing education and professional training (ca. 1920-1949) and her professional activities (1940-1945). Included in the continuing education and professional training are the papers relating to her undergraduate and graduate work and Hunter College, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. The papers detailing her professional activities consist of documents that detail her search for employment and her research report on immigrants and aliens. Documents relating to history, art, and literature (1920-1939) are also included within her professional papers such as Rosebud's Hunter College notebook on art and news clippings on rare books. This collection also contains material relating to Rosebud such as photographs and pictorial works and memorabilia (1922-1944). Included here is a message to Kathe Solis-Cohen recorded on a phonograph disk and a picture of Rosebud.

Organization and Arrangement The collection is organized into three series that are further divided into subseries.

  1. Personal papers
    1. Biography
    2. Family correspondence
    3. Jewish, social and civic affairs
    4. Literary works; published and unpublished
      1. Personal
      2. Other authors, reference materials, etc.
  2. Professional
    1. Education; collegiate and graduate
    2. Professional activities
      1. Miscellaneous activities
      2. Published and unpublished works
  3. Related materials
    1. Memorabilia

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