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Manuscript Collection No. 69
Abraham Levinson was born in 1888. He received his B.S. degree in 1917 from the University of Chicago and his M.D. degree in 1911 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Levinson went on to pursue post-graduate studies with Bela Schick and Heinrich Finkelstein in Europe.
Levinson was a noted researcher in pediatric neurology and pioneered the study of cerebrospinal fluid. A professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School, Levinson founded the Levinson Research Foundation for research in pediatric neuropsychiatry. Other research interests included diptheria, influenza, meningitis and tuberculosis. In 1949, Levinson was honored by the American Medical Association for his many achievements.
Levinson wrote several books and medical papers including: coeditorship of the Pediatric Yearbook (1916-1920), Cerebrospinal Fluid in Health and Disease (1919), Pediatric Nursing (1925) and Pioneers of Pediatrics (1936). Several of these books were translated into Hebrew and the nursing textbook became the official text for the nurses of the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Levinson and his wife Ida were keenly interested in the Zionist cause. During his post-graduate studies in the early 1920s, Levinson came into contact with many prominent Zionist figures including Chaim Weizmann and Chaim Bialik.
Abraham Levinson died in 1955.
The Abraham and Ida Levinson Papers, 1910-1955, contain correspondence, Ida Levinson's diaries, appointment books, postcards and miscellaneous material. The collection consists of one Hollinger box and is arranged by material type.
The first three folders consist of personal correspondence of Ida and Abraham Levinson and reflects the development of Dr. Levinson's career as a pediatrician and their deep involvement with Zionism. Letters of particular interest give descriptions of contact in Europe with Jewish personalities of the era including: Chaim Weizmann (10 August 1923), Rimon (14 October 1923), Chaim Bialik (26 October 1923), Elma Levinger (13 April 1932) and the press exhibit in Cologne, Germany (20 August 1928).
The papers are arranged in a single series.
Terms of Access and Use
The Abraham and Ida Levinson Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Property rights are held by the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Levinson family. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Abraham and Ida Levinson Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-69. Abraham and Ida Levinson Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Donor information for the Abraham and Ida Levinson Papers is not available.
Processed by Irene Schwartz,September, 1979.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Levinson, Abraham, -- 1888-1955 -- Manuscripts
Jewish physicians -- Illinois -- Chicago
Jewish women -- Illinois -- Chicago
Jews -- Illinois -- Chicago
Zionism -- Illinois -- Chicago
Genres and Forms