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JACOBSON, Percy and Joe

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Env. 1.03 metres of textual records.
Fonds No.
P0094
Scope and Content
The Percy Jacobson portion of the collection donated in 1990 consists of a typed diary covering the years 1939-1949 in Montreal, correspondence, plays and other writings (some published), legal and financial documents, McGill University Scholarships information, Canadian Authors' Association progra…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
Env. 1.03 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
The Percy Jacobson portion of the collection donated in 1990 consists of a typed diary covering the years 1939-1949 in Montreal, correspondence, plays and other writings (some published), legal and financial documents, McGill University Scholarships information, Canadian Authors' Association programs, minutes and reports. There are also documents relating to the sale and copyright of his plays, including contracts and information on the Copyright act. There are some publications among the papers; mostly magazines and newsletters containing articles by Percy Jacobson. There are also some newsletters and a number of newsclippings. The collection includes a portrait photo of Percy Jacobson.The Percy Jacobson papers added to this collection in 2012 includes 1 cm. of clippings about Percy Jacobson and 18 additional cm. of plays, correspondence, and various published writings by Percy Jacobson; sympathy letters and clippings about Percy Jacobson (mostly on fragile oversize scrapbook paper), one file about May Jacobson's pre-war children's bookstore, and a folder of background material clippings collected by Percy during WWII which informed his writing then.The following Percy and May Jacobson papers were donated by Janet Jacobson Smith and family in October 2013: a diary of Percy Jacobson for 1950 while in England, France and the Netherlands, on the occasion of attending a PEN conference in Edinburgh as a Canadian delegate. Two bound, handwritten diaries by May Jacobson from the years 1930 and 1950 (in one volume), and 1954; the 1930 diary covers a trip to England and Belgium with her family, and the 1950 segment covers same trip as that of her husband in 1950. The 1954 diary was written during a trip to England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia while a delegate to a NCJW conference on education in Scandinavia. One file containing 19 typed short stories by Percy Jacobson, one of which references a refugee couple who stayed with the family in 1938. A CD of all these documents in PDF format were donated by Peter Usher along with the originals.The Joe Jacobson portion of the collection includes Joe Jacobson's prewar and wartime diaries, several folders of pre-war and wartime letters, as well as 1 folder (1 cm.) of sympathy letters received by his family at the time of his death. An additional Joe Jacobson diary from 1937, and two letters by Joe Jacobson written on Twin Lake stationary in summer 1939 prior to his enlistment were donated in 2013 by Janet Jacobson Smith and family, along with digital copies made by Peter Usher.
Date
1907, 1928-1955.
Fonds No.
P0094
History Biographical
The Jacobson family of Westmount, Quebec was composed of Percy Jacobson, his wife May, and four children; Edith (m. Low-Beer, d. 2007), Joseph (Joe) d. 1942, Janet (m. Smith), and Peter, d. 1937, of leukemia. Born in 1886, Percy Jacobson was a businessman dealing in office equipment, as well as a writer and a leader in the writers' association PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists). From 1939 to 1949 Percy Jacobson typed a nearly daily diary in which he portrayed Montreal's view of the World War II era along with his comments on the news, overheard conversations, his son Joe's involvement in the armed forces, and the Holocaust. A prolific playwright, Jacobson often wrote on historical themes, and saw some of his plays published and performed. He was involved in various Jewish organizations, such as the CJC Rehabilitation Committee for war veterans. He died in 1952. Born in 1918, Joseph (Joe) Jacobson enlisted for service in the Royal Canadian Air Force in July 1940 after graduating from McGill University, where he played for the football team and was a member of a fraternity. He received his military training at Toronto, Ontario; Regina and Mossbank, Saskatchewan; and Rivers, Manitoba. In May 1941 he went overseas with the first large group of men trained under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and was attached to R.A.F. bomber squadron No. 106. Joe Jacobson notified his parents of his promotion from sergeant observer to Flight Sergeant only two days before he was reported missing and presumed dead on January 28, 1942. He had completed 23 operations on enemy targets. His Montreal friends Montague (Monty) Berger and Gerald Smith enlisted in the RCAF in 1941, and Herbert Rosenstein (Ross), also of Montreal, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. These friends had met at McGill University in ca. 1937, and styled themselves as the 'Pony Club' in ca. September 1939. 'Pony' was an anagram for Preston, Ontario, and New York City, where club members were located during the winter of 1939-1940 when they began their correspondence. Joe's parents, Percy and May Jacobson, were made honorary members of the club in ca. late 1941.
Custodial History
The initial portion of the Percy Jacobson papers was donated in 1990 by Edith Jacobson Low-Beer, through Monty Berger. The Percy and Joe Jacobson papers donated in 2012 were donated by Janet Jacobson Smith and her children Jo-Anne and Peter Kwass; and the children of Edith Low-Beer, Susan and Jane Low-Beer, via Peter Usher. The digital versions of the Joe Jacobson papers, as well as a folder of Jacobson letters previously in the possession of Monty Berger, were donated by Peter Usher. Additions to the Joe Jacobson papers were made by the family in May and October 2013, along with additional digital copies by Peter Usher.
Notes
Availability of other formats: Almost the entire Joe Jacobson portion of this collection has been digitized and is available in PDF document format. Researchers are encouraged to consult these digital copies instead of the fragile originals.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Jacobson, Joe - letters from Canada 1934; 1939-April 1941

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-01
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1934-1941
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-01
Notes
Includes RCAF Christmas card with photograph.
Subjects
Jacobson, Joe - letters from Canada 1934; 1939-April 1941
Places
Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Jacobson, Joe - letters from England June 1941-January 1942

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-02
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1941-1942
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-02
Notes
Includes letter from Percy Jacobson to Joe describing conditions in Montreal.
Subjects
Jacobson, Joe - letters from England June 1941-January 1942
Places
England
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Family letters February-May 1942

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-03
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image     1 document  
Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-03
Notes
Includes letter from Minister of National Defense reporting Joe's disappearance.
Subjects
Family letters February-May 1942
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Family letters June 1942-1996

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-04
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942-1996
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-04
Notes
Includes letter from Monty Berger to Pony Club two years after Joe's death.
Subjects
Family letters June 1942-1996
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Pony Club letters June 1942-1945

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-05
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942-1945
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-05
Notes
Includes letter from Monty Berger overseas to Pony Club sharing recent experiences.
Subjects
Pony Club letters June 1942-1945
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Sympathy letters June 1942-1943

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-06
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942-1943
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-06
Notes
Includes letter of condolence from Clara Bernhardt with original poem, 'Missing'.
Subjects
Sympathy letters June 1942-1943
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Jacobson, Joe - letters to family August 193?-May 1940

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-07
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1938]-1940
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-07
Notes
Includes letter from Joe describing a local event in Preston.
Subjects
Jacobson, Joe - letters to family August 193?-May 1940
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Jacobson, Joe - letters to family, in training (Toronto) July-September 1940

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-08
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1940
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-08
Notes
Includes letter from Joe upon arrival at training camp; requests from home.
Subjects
Jacobson, Joe - letters to family, in training (Toronto) July-September 1940
Places
Toronto, Ontario
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Documents

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Jacobson, Joe - letters to family, in training (Canada) September 1940-April 1941

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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
P0094; MC 30-01-09
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
JACOBSON, Percy and Joe
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1940-1941
Fonds No.
P0094
File No.
MC 30-01-09
Notes
Includes letter from Joe in training; hopes for a Montreal visit.
Subjects
Jacobson, Joe - letters to family, in training (Canada) September 1940-April 1941
Places
Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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