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May Arno Schwatt Scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: B296

May Arno Schwatt was born in Pltava, Russia to Saul and Chaya Shamus Charsky. May Arno Charsky immigrated to America in the 1880s and developed an interest in singing and acting. Under the stage name May Arno, she traveled as an actress and singer with a theater company in the early years of the twentieth century. May Charsky married Dr. Herman Schwatt in New York City (NY), who served as the Medical Superintendent of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society from 1910 to 1915 and a few years after Dr. Spivak's death in 1927. While in Denver May Arno Schwatt opened a dramatic school for children, wrote articles, and performed at many functions in the Denver community. The scrapbooks contain articles and correspondence, primarily about May Arno's performances.

Dates

  • 1911-1930

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 box 10 x 13 x 3 inches)

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the career of May Arno, who traveled as an actress and singer with a theater company in the early years of the twentieth century. May Arno Schwatt's brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Spivak, was a founder and an executive director of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society.

Biographical / Historical

May Arno Schwatt was born in Pltava, Russia to Saul and Chaya Shamus Charsky. Her mother died when she was young and she immigrated to America with a sister in the early 1880s to join her father and older sister Jennie Charsky at the Rosenheym Jewish agricultural colony in New Jersey. She developed an interest in singing and acting. Under the stage name May Arno, she traveled as an actress and singer with a theater company in the early years of the twentieth century. May's older sister Jennie married Russian Jewish immigrant physician Dr. Charles Spivak and the couple migrated to Denver in 1896 for Jennie's health. Dr. Spivak later became a founder of the JCRS (1904) and executive director of the institution. May Arno married Dr. Herman Schwatt in New York, who served as the Medical Superintendent of the JCRS from 1910 to 1915, when they returned to New York City. While in Denver May Arno Schwatt opened a dramatic school for children, wrote articles, and performed at many functions in the Denver community.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series: 1. Scrapbooks, 1911-1930.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related material may be found in the Collection on Dr. Charles D. and Jennie Charsky Spivak, B250.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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