This series includes Annette's letters to family members from 1919 to 1991 as well as correspondence from friends worldwide. Diary and travel calendars span the years 1929 to 2005, and there is also extensive travel memorabilia, among them luggage tags and ships' stationery and newsletters. Mostly …
This series includes Annette's letters to family members from 1919 to 1991 as well as correspondence from friends worldwide. Diary and travel calendars span the years 1929 to 2005, and there is also extensive travel memorabilia, among them luggage tags and ships' stationery and newsletters. Mostly undated farewell cards, greeting cards and birthday cards to her are among the series, which includes a 75th birthday certificate signed by Brian Mulroney, then Canada's Prime Minister. The series also includes items from Annette's early years, such as Westmount elementary and high school report cards, her vaccination certificate, school notebooks and drawings, as well as letters from the Joseph and Wolff summer vacation home in St. Patrick, Quebec. One finds correspondence concerning her work as a counsellor at the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) fresh air camp in 1932. Included in this file are a camper's licence test and a 1926 Canadian National Railway camp craft booklet. Annette's leadership of the Shaar Hashomayim girl guide troop is also recorded here. The series contains a 1938 Girl Guides rally brochure, a sea ranger test card, and a Scout and Guide memorial service brochure for Baden-Powell. Annette Wolff's employment correspondence is collected here, as are numerous press clips on her life and accomplishments. For example, an article appeared on Annette Wolff in the 1992 "Dental Practice" entitled "Was she the first [dental] hygienist in U.K.?"During World War II, Annette maintained correspondence with soldiers overseas. Their letters are here included along with several POW envelopes. Of further interest are Annette Wolff's World War II ration book, an army mailing label, and materials pertaining to the Jewish branch of the Canadian Red Cross. One also finds war-time correspondence from Mina Kocherthaler, a young German-Jewish refugee who was brought to England under the sponsorship of Annette and Sarah Wolff, who were living in England during the war.An original 1930 edition of the Joseph family's annual Purim newsletter The Moon is included, as are Annette's yearly contributions to the newsletter which are often humorous and always informative as to the Joseph family history. Her numerous plays, essays, poems and speeches are here included as well. Various papers on Canadiana and the Commonwealth's royal family - both of keen interest to Annette - can be found in this series. Correspondence, press and window display information for the Bicentenary of Canadian Jewry are here found, as Annette was involved in the preparations and planning for the 1959 event. Other papers relate to Annette's involvement with the Canadian Jewish Congress Canadian Jewish Historical Society, the German Benevolent Society, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, England's Jewish Historical Society, the Last Post Fund, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogues in London, Montreal and New York, and the World Ship Society.Also included in this series are envelopes and cancelled stamps from the 1930s to 1984.
Annette Wolff (born 1911) graduated as a dental hygienist from the Forsyth Dental Infirmary in Boston in 1931. She was employed in a variety of capacities in her adult life, including work for the telephone exchange in London, England; the Inspection Board of the U.K. and Canada; and the Canadian National Research Council Atomic Energy Research Lab. Annette was deeply interested in documenting the history of her family and synagogue, the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue (Shearith Israel) of Montreal. Notably, she devoted considerable attention to transcribing and researching the Abraham Joseph diary. She also wrote extensively on other historical topics and was often called upon to speak to various organizations about her research. She was a prolific writer of letters, essays, poems and plays. Annette Wolff was a lover of all things naval, travelling extensively by ship to Europe and Bermuda, and was the founding member of the Montreal branch of the World Ship Society. Annette was the quintessential chronicler and keeper of all things large and small, which has resulted in a broad array of collected papers. She died in November 2012.
General note: This series is of great value to historians in numerous fields, journalists, authors, philatelists, and ship travel aficionados.
The collection contains 7 cassette tapes, each 90 minutes in duration, of interviews of Annette Wolff by Eiran Harris. In Tape 1, Annette Wolff discusses the disposal of the De Sola papers, the destruction of David David diaries, Meldola de Sola's son's pawning of the De Sola papers, and a biograph…
The collection contains 7 cassette tapes, each 90 minutes in duration, of interviews of Annette Wolff by Eiran Harris. In Tape 1, Annette Wolff discusses the disposal of the De Sola papers, the destruction of David David diaries, Meldola de Sola's son's pawning of the De Sola papers, and a biographical narrative of the Wolff family. Tape 2 concerns home life while growing up, social activities, games, music, art, and communal work, as well as Annette Wolff's biography. In Tape 3, we learn of the Wolff family history in Montreal and of Isaac de la Penha's death. In Tape 4, Annette Wolff continues her parents' biographies and the beginning of her own biography. In Tape 5, Annettte discusses her war years in the U.K. and Canada and her secret work in the civil service. In Tape 6, Annette Wolff's biographical recollections are continued. Tape 7 records further recollections of her parents.
The collection was donated by Annette Wolff and Eiran Harris.