Respondent
Libson, Margaret
Interview Date
March 18, 1976
Abstract
Margaret Libson, an educator and active volunteer, served as president of the Pittsburgh Section of the National Council of Jewish Women and as a National board member of that same organization; birth year 1909;
[T1S1] family origins in Hungary; family background information; immigration to the United States; settling in Aliquippa, PA; religious observance in parents' home; description of parents;
[T1S2] high school education in Aliquippa; political views; early teaching career; religious training; more discussion of education at Aliquippa High School; recreational activities as a youth; early medical care; courtship and marriage to Sylvan Libson; education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education;
[T2S3] recollections of childhood; some history of Aliquippa; the J and L Steel Company there; her children, their lives and careers; residences in Pittsburgh, PA after marriage; her teaching career; social life after marriage;
[T2S4] family vacations; hobbies; political affiliation; activities with the United Jewish Federation; president, Pittsburgh Section, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Women's Division of the United Jewish Federation (UJF); her involvement with Hadassah Hospital; national board member, NCJW; president, Pennsylvania Legion for NCJW; former vice president, Jewish Family and Children's Services; her role in establishing the Child Guidance Clinic; recollections of WWI;
[T3S5] recollections of WWII; effects of the depression; her first teaching job in Aliquippa; her role in organizing a teachers union there; views about raising children; her children's community involvement; changes in the city of Pittsburgh and the Jewish community; views about her personal accomplishments;
[T3S6] her mother's organization of the NCJW of Aliquippa; 1960, her appointment to a group of delegates for the National White House Conference on Children and Youth; her husband's career as a lawyer; discussion of his standards and philosophy about law practice; his political affiliation; his charter memberships with Allegheny County Civil Rights and Americans for Democratic Action of Pittsburgh;
[T4S7] her husband's support for her community activities; his involvement with early Fair Employment Practices Law and with civil liberties and rights law in Pennsylvania; his modesty.
[T4S8] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Aliquippa, (Pa.); Social service; Education; National Council of Jewish Women; City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs
Birth Date
1909
City
Alliquippa, PA
Profession
Education
Work
National Council of Jewish Women
Residence
Alliquippa, PA
Occupation (father)
Wallpaper hanger; steel worker
Length (hours)
4
Interviewer1
Cohen, Elinor
Interviewer2
Heymann, Bessie
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 6
Identifier
ais196440.274
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh