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Morton J. Netzorg papers, 1980-1983

5.6 linear feet (in 7 boxes)

Morton J. Netzorg (1912-1995) was co-owner of the Cellar Book Shop in Detroit (Mich.)--which specialized in material published in and about Southeast Asia, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, East Asia, South Asia, and Africa--as well as a collector and scholar who published a number of important Filipiniana bibliographies and bibliographical essays, notably about children's literature and the World War II period in the Philippines. The collection consists of materials created as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) research project undertaken by Netzorg concerning "the collection and analysis of children's literature related to Philippine-American relationships" and primarily consists of annotated research material. Also included is a 1980 NEH research proposal, curriculum vitaes of Netzorg and Karl L. Hutterer (the project lead), and an unpublished monograph.

The collection consists of material related to Morton J. Netzorg's 1980-1982 National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) research study of children's literature in the Philippine Islands and includes research material, or annotated copies of children's literature works (or copies of portions of works) that Netzorg studied; Netzorg's 1980 NEH research proposal, which includes the curriculum vitaes of both Netzorg (the project's Principal Investigator) and Karl L. Hutterer (the project's Project Director); and Netzorg's unpublished monograph on the subject.


Netzorg Family papers, late 1880s-2012 (majority within 1938-1998)

30 linear feet (in 35 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 audio cassette box)

Papers of Morton Isadore and Katherine Smit Netzorg; their son Morton Jacob Netzorg and his wife Petra Fuld Netzorg; Petra Netzorg's mother Charlotte Fuld, and Petra's younger sister Bracha Fuld. The collection chronicles the history of the Philippine Islands in the 20th century, specifically during the Second World War; life of German Jewry on the eve of World War II; Zionist Insurgency in the British Mandate Palestine; developments in the scholarly field of South East Asian Studies and international publishing and book trade industries related to the region. The collection is a rich source of bibliographic material related to the Pacific Islands, primarily the Philippines, as well as the entire South East Asian region.

Family and business correspondence, including internment camp communications of Morton I. and Katherine; journals and diaries; published works and manuscripts of Morton J.; material related to Bracha Fuld's death; photographs; the Cellar Book Shop card catalog; also World War II-period artifacts, and Bracha's military ribbon.

Photographs and slides depicting Fuld and Netzorg families and their friends, Netzorgs' house in Detroit, Detroit street scenes, and the Cellar Book Shop. Of special interest are the World War II period photographs in the Morton I. and Katherine S. Netzorg part of the series depicting the conditions in liberated Philippines in 1945, military action and military life, and Jewish life in the U.S. military. Also of interest are the Fuld family photographs depicting Jewish life in Germany from the late 1800s to late 1930s. Slides with images taken during 1970s trips to the Philippines featuring Banaue, Cebu, Jolo, and Zamboanga, locations in the Southeast Asia, and Europe.

Recorded reminiscences of Morton J. Netzorg and Petra Fuld Netzorg.