Libson, Margaret
Interview Date
March 18, 1976
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.
Aliquippa, (Pa.); Social service; Education; National Council of Jewish Women; City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs
Birth Date
Alliquippa, PA
National Council of Jewish Women
Alliquippa, PA
Occupation (father)
Wallpaper hanger; steel worker
Length (hours)
Cohen, Elinor
Heymann, Bessie
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 6
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