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Scheinfeldt Family Papers

Identifier: P-1006

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers of the Scheinfeldt and Calish families with the bulk of the materials chronicling the achievements and career of Jean Scheinfeldt. Included in the collection are vital records, specifically the birth certificates of Jean and Florence Scheinfeldt and Bertha Calish, Florence’s sister; the death certificates of Joseph, Florence and Jean Scheinfeldt; and the marriage certificate, or ketubah, of Joseph and Florence Scheinfeldt. Other certificates include military records, a copyright registration, and organizational certificates awarded to Jean Scheinfeldt. Additional materials in the collection include the deed to burial plots purchased by Samuel Calish, correspondence between Joseph and Florence Scheinfeldt on their first wedding anniversary, a television program guide published by Joseph Scheinfeldt, a brief biography of a relative, Anne Daniels Caras, a sketch of the Calish family tree, Jean Scheinfeldt’s graduation programs, report card, resume, news clippings and other papers of personal significance. There are also photographs of family members and personal artifacts.


  • undated, circa 1882-2000


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Hebrew.

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Biographical Note

Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt was born on March 18, 1894 in Boston, Massachusetts to Jacob and Ida Daniels Scheinfeldt. He married Florence Calish on March 26, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Florence, one of eight children, was born on July 22, 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts to Samuel and Augusta Calish. Joseph and Florence spent much of their first year of marriage apart as Joseph served as a Private First Class in World War I. On February 24, 1919, the U.S. Army appointed Joseph to the rank of Corporal before he was honorably discharged on July 2, 1919 when his service was no longer needed. After the war, Joseph and Florence settled in Brookline and went on to have three children: Miriam, Jean, and Joseph, Jr., who died at the age of three.

Jean Scheinfeldt, the second child of Joseph and Florence, was born on October 9, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jean grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from Brookline High School on June 11, 1942. Jean pursued a career in nursing, where she entered the service like her father, and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1951 to 1953. In 1958, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and earned her Master of Science in Nursing in Child Psychiatry from Boston University in 1962. After her schooling, Jean held a number of positions throughout her career, including Instructor in Nursing at Boston University’s Graduate School of Nursing and director of the Opening Doors for Women in Need (ODWIN) program, encouraging minority students to pursue nursing careers. She also held positions as a juvenile parole agent in Massachusetts’ Division of Youth Services, a psychiatric nurse in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, and finished her career as a school nurse in Boston. An active professional and community member, she was elected to the Executive Board of the Boston Teachers Union and was involved in numerous organizations. Jean died on December 16, 2000. She was survived by her older sister, Miriam Scheinfeldt Alpert.


  1. Material from the collection.
  2. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch ( 29 April 2015), Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt, 1917-1918; citing Brookline City, Massachusetts, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,685,069.


March 18, 1894
Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt born.
July 22, 1985
Florence Calish born.
March 26, 1918
Joseph Scheinfeldt married Florence Calish.
July 2, 1919
Joseph Scheinfeldt honorably discharged from U.S. Army.
October 9, 1924
Jean Scheinfeldt born.
June 11, 1942
Jean Scheinfeldt graduated from Brookline High School.
December 17, 1953
Jean Scheinfeldt honorably discharged from U.S. Army.
Jean Scheinfeldt graduated from Boston College.
Jean Scheinfeldt graduated from Boston University.
August 29, 1965
Joseph Henry Scheinfeldt dies.
November 28, 1968
Florence Calish Scheinfeldt dies.
December 16, 2000
Jean Scheinfeldt dies.


0.25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)


The collection contains papers of the Scheinfeldt and Calish families with the bulk of the materials chronicling the achievements and nursing career of Jean Scheinfeldt, the daughter of Joseph Henry and Florence Calish Scheinfeldt. The materials in this collection include birth and death certificates, a marriage certificate, other certificates and awards, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Miriam Scheinfedlt Alpert.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Kapust, 2015
Guide to the Scheinfeldt Family Papers, P-1006
Processed by Anna Kapust
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States