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Bierman-Kiselik Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG Nwk Bierman-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Folders 1-3 contain mostly love letters, mostly in the form of greeting cards, from Nathan and Dorothy's courtship 1933- 1935. In folder 1 there is a small amount of pre-1933 correspondance including a 1923 Halloween party invitation and a 1929 letter of reccomendation for Dorothy. Folder 3 contains Nathan and Dorothy's wedding invitation.

Folder 4 contains correspondance from 1941-1968 including letters sent by their daughter Majorie from Italy, and mother's day cards from Majorie to Dorothy.

Folder 5 contains epherema including a ribbon from a block party during WWI (1918) and a medal from 1920. It also contains misc. notes and papers.


  • 1918 - 1968

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Researchers wishing to publish reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Bierman was born around Nov 23, 1905 to Samuel and Bella Bierman, Russian Jewish immigrants, who had immigrated around 1900 (Samuel) and 1904 (Bella). She had two sisters: Sarah and Jeanne, and one brother Albert. Her father Samuel ran a tailor shop. The family lived on Fifteenth Avenue, Fairmount Avenue and then South 18th Street. Dorothy attended Cleveland School and Coleman Business College.

By 1930, Dorothy worked as a stenographer and she eventually became an underwriter for Feist & Feist Insurance Company where she worked for many years.

Nathan Kiselik was born Jun 16, 1901 to Russian Jewish immigrants Emmanuel and Sarah. He had a younger sister Bella. The family lived on Waverly Ave and 15th Avenue. In 1930, Nathan worked as a salesman and in 1940 for a printing factory.

Dorothy Bierman and Nathan Kiselik were married in 1935. They had one daughter Majorie, born in 1944, who married Stephen Glusker.

Dorothy and Nathan lived in Newark almost all their lives.

Dorothy died on February 1971 and Nathan died in Jun 1984.


.42 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials



A This collection consists mostly of love cards and letters from Nathan Kiselik to Dorothy Biernan. It also includes some other correspondence, mostly from or to Dorothy, and some ephemera – including ribbons.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation of Majorie Glusker, daughter of Nathan and Dorothy.

Processing Information

Correspondance was sorted by date. Letters and cards were removed from envelopes and envelopes saved.

Beth Zak-Cohen
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

3rd Floor
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States