Shore, Barbara K.
Interview Date
January 27, 1993
Barbara Shore, director of the doctoral program of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh; born, 1920.
[T1S1] Respondent reports family origins in Europe and settlement in Western Pennsylvania. Parents' births and educations in Pittsburgh are indicated. Parents' occupations are reported; siblings are enumerated. Squirrel Hill and Allderdice High School of Respondent's youth are characterized. Activities as youth are enumerated. Respondent indicates religious training obtained at Rodef Shalom. Grandmother's synagogue affiliations are reported; family's observances are specified. Activities in Oakland are discussed. Attendance and instruction at Rodef Shalom Sunday School are discussed. Siblings' affiliations are enumerated. Residences, friends and anti-Semitic incidents as youth are related.
[T1S2] Respondent expresses the nature of conflict between Jewish and gentile youth. Studies available, and exclusion of Jews from sororities, at Margaret Morrison (Carnegie Institute of Technology) are indicated. Ethnic composition of campus newspaper is mentioned; anti-Semitism of industry and academia in 1940s is illustrated. Respondent explains choice of major. Social work studies available at Carnegie Tech is discussed. Respondent reports duration of undergraduate studies and outlines the subsequent fission of Carnegie Tech's faculty. Husband's education and family are reported. Respondent recounts nearly forfeiting scholarship due to marriage.
[T2S3] Respondent names parents and provides marriage information. Husband's studies and siblings are reported. Respondent indicates clinical work necessary for professional association membership in 1940s. Respondent explains leaving a state hospital for a children's service bureau. Respondent's responsibilities at Chicago orphanage are outlined; innovative treatment of children is reported. Attitudes of young concentration camp survivors after WWII with whom Respondent worked are extensively discussed. Changes in residence and husband's work are noted. Children's careers in social work and families are reported.
[T2S4] Residence and activities in 1950s are indicated. Ambience and activitism of Stanton Heights in 1950s is described. Respondent offers causes for neighborhood women returning to work. Composition and quality of schools Respondent's children attended are mentioned. Children's religious educations are noted; staff and locale of Travelers Aid are specified. Nature and purpose of Respondent's doctoral studies at University of Pittsburgh are reported. Decline of Travelers Aid is recounted; quality of Travelers Aid staff and volunteers is assessed. Dissertation topic and second master's degree are mentioned. Husband's work in Pittsburgh is reported. Professional interests of fellow doctoral students are characterized. Respondent enumerates advantages of assigned doctoral faculty.
[T3S5] Courses designed and taught by Respondent are enumerated; most rewarding course is specified. Benefit of public health studies to social work studies is noted. Professional interests in women and children are mentioned. Respondent's contributions to the field and volunteer efforts on behalf of alternative services are reported. Respondent's attitude toward professional consultation is expressed. Respondent discusses success and demise of Single Women in Mid-Life Crisis Project. Respondent's work with socially active organizations is extensively enumerated. Honors Respondent received are listed. Differences Respondent has observed in social work field and education are extensively discussed.
[T3S6] Respondent comments upon pay scale and prestige of social workers. Factors which lead men into social work and examples of bias in gaining administrative positions are enumerated. Respondent assesses her decision to delay career. Respondent extensively discusses dilemmas of women with families and careers; potential solutions to working women's difficulties are outlined. Colleagues and friends are enumerated. Respondent criticizes services of Jewish Home for the Aged and argues protractedly for factionalism as the cause of its problems. Respondent assesses the development for programs for the aged.
[T4S7] Respondent reports involvement in Peace Now and characterizes the contemporary political dilemma of American Jews. Respondent's political activism, especially concerning education, is summarized. Former participation of Stanton Heights residents is extensively discussed; Respondent's responsibilities in East End Irene Kaufmann Settlement are reported. Closure of East End Irene Kaufmann Settlement is explained. Respondent relates the case of racist petition to deny Blacks from buying houses in Stanton Heights. Respondent illustrates opposition to forced integration and discusses current integration of Respondent's neighborhood. Respondent's disagreement with B'nai Israel's position on busing is recounted.
[T4S8] Respondent extensively chronicles the factors that caused the decline of, and continue to stifle, the Stanton Heights shopping center development. Good relations between races in Respondent's neighborhood is illustrated. Respondent enumerates activities she will pursue in retirement and outlines gradual retirement from academic pursuits. Activities of Respondent's grandmother and children are mentioned. Respondent reports husband's successful effort to contact Siberian relatives.
Blacks--Relations with Jews; Jewish Home for the Aged (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Social service; University of Pittsburgh. School of Social Work
Birth Date
Director of Doctoral Program of the School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh
Length (hours)
Stolzer, Shirley
Joseph, Florence
Collateral Materials
Box 106 FF 20
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