Respondent
Schuster, Elizabeth
Interview Date
1984
Abstract
Elizabeth Schuster, a social worker who served as chairman for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the League of Women Voters;
[T1S1] her birth in Pittsburgh, PA; family's relocation to the Squirrel Hill section of the city; education at Linden School; parents' background; her siblings names; affiliation with Rodef Shalom Temple; religious atmosphere in home; Henry Jackson, her grandfather, a founder of Montefiore Hospital and first president there; Jackson's Clothing Store; education, Schenley High School, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Wisconsin; employment, Jewish Family and Children's Services; studying social work at night at the University of Pittsburgh; marriage and relocation to Philadelphia, PA; husband's training in pediatrics; her employment with Social Service Bureau in Philadelphia; returns to Pittsburgh; her work at Montefiore Hospital; recollections of the flood of 1936; employment in Sharpsburg, PA; recollections of social activities in her youth;
[T1S2] courtship and marriage to Gene Schuster; her husband's approach to child raising; his work with Dr. Spock at Well Baby Clinics; the birth of her three children; their careers and families; her views about changes at Rodef Shalom; her role in founding a new Sunday School; locations of the Sunday School; her views about Zionism; her children's educations;
[T2S3] more discussion of the Pittsburgh School for Reform Judaism, the Sunday School she helped to found; some history of Squirrel Hill; effects of the depression; her involvement with Montefiore Hospital, the Parent Teachers Association, National Council of Jewish Women, and the League of Women Voters; her service as unit chairman for the League of Women Voters (LWV); some of the work of LWV while she was involved with the organization; her work with voter registration; her views about LWV;
[T2S4] the decline of membership in the organization; more discussion of the work of LWV; discussion of her opinions about being a leader, decision making; discussion of the break of Voters of Allegheny County from the LWV; her work with a study of desegregation in Pittsburgh Public Schools; views of her accomplishments.
Subjects
League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh; Social service; Spock, Benjamin, 1903-1998; Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Haber, Joan
Interviewer2
Mermelstein, Elinore
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 106 FF 6
Identifier
ais196440.406
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh