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Sidney Israelski Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B255

Sidney Israelski (1897-1986) was in the United States Army in both World War I and World War II. After his brief service in World War II, he went to work in the defense industry at Winter-Weiss Company in Denver, Colorado, where he worked until he retired. This collection contains photographs, documents, and World War I medals and dog tags belonging to Israelski. This collection shows the experience of a Jewish World War I soldier.

Dates

  • 1918-1980
  • Majority of material found in 1918-1919

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials are primarily in English; materials in German are indicated at the item level.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (1 flat box 13 x 17 x 3 inches)

Scope and Contents

The papers contain four photographs, medals from World War I and dog tags, as well as information about the First Corps Artillery Park, Trucking Unit 2. The materials illustrate the life of a World War I soldier and his unit.

Biographical / Historical

Sidney Israelski was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 26, 1897, the second oldest of seven children. He moved to Denver, Colorado with his family in 1899. He worked at the New Method Cleaners until he enlisted in the United States Army on January 15, 1918 at Fort Logan, Colorado. In the army, Israelski was assigned to the First Corps Artillery Park, Truck Unit 2, Third Army Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces. Details of the unit's involvement during World War I appear in the 'Brief History of the First Corps Artillery Park,' 1918-1919 (located in the Sidney Israelski Papers), as well as personal notations in the Jewish Soldier's Scriptures. He was drafted in World War II at the age of 45 and was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas. Israelski was soon released from the Army to work in the defense industry at Winter-Weiss Company in Denver, where he worked until he retired. He died in Denver in 1986.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged into two series: 1. Documents and Photographs, 1918-1980. 2. WWI Medals and Dog Tags, 1918-1919.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jay E. Lutz, December 9, 2004 and E. James Judd, November 4, 2007.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

A related collection is the Judd Family Papers, B088.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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