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Kallin Family Papers

Identifier: P-1021

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains event flyers, newspaper clippings, photos, account books, members lists, meeting minutes, meeting notes, and event tickets pertaining to the Piaterer Feirhein and Sons of Israel organizations. In addition, correspondence from Chaplain Mayer Abramowitz and the Hebrew Educational Center to Kallin are included, as well as acknowledgment cards from the American Relief Administration.


  • undated, 1922-1946


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Yiddish.

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Biographical Note

Ralph Kallin (birth surname: Tkach) was born on February 15, 1894 in Pyatyhory, Ukraine. His wife Ida (Kalika) was also born in 1894 in Pyatyhory, Ukraine. The couple immigrated to the United States with Romanian passports, under the surname Kalika, in 1921. The family later changed their last name to Kallin. Together they had four children: Anna, born in Russia, and Frieda, Harold, and Dorothy, born in Massachusetts. Ralph Kallin was a peddler of dry goods in the greater Springfield area, and an active member of Piaterer Feirhein, an organization made of former residents of Piater (Pyatyhory), Ukraine. The group was organized to foster brotherly feelings among former residents of Piater and to provide aid to the ill and distressed. Over 500 people were members in both Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA. He was also involved with the Daughters of Israel and Congregation Sons of Israel. Ralph died on February 25, 1973 in Springfield, MA; Ida died on February 23, 1969 also in Springfield, MA.


  1. Materials from the collection.
  2. Michele Kallin, e-mail message to Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society (AJHS-NEA), April 4, 2017.
  3. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015, Ralph Kallin, 1973; Burial, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States of America, Sons of Israel Cemetery; citing record ID 58343937, Find a Grave,
  4. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 October 2016), Ralph Kallin, Ward 2, Springfield, Springfield City, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 22-48, sheet 3B, family 71, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1707.
  5. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 July 2016), Ida Kalicka Kallin, 1969; Burial, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States of America, Sons of Israel Cemetery; citing record ID 58343936, Find a Grave,
  6. Blood, F. G. "P'yatyhory Kehillalink." Accessed October 2016.


February 15, 1894
Ralph (Tkach) Kallin is born in Pyatyhory, Ukraine.
Ida (Kalika) Kallin is born in Pyatyhory, Ukraine.
Ralph and Ida (Kalicka) Kallin immigrate to the United States.
February 23, 1969
Ida Kallin dies.
February 25, 1973
Ralph Kallin dies.


0.25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)


This collection contains the papers of the Kallin family, with the bulk of the materials chronicling Ralph (Tkach) Kallin’s involvement with Piaterer Feirhein and the Sons of Israel organizations. The materials in this collection include correspondence, photos, newspaper clippings, ephemera, meeting minutes, and flyers.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Fern Greenberg Blood and Michele Kallin, 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Hannah Yetwin, 2016

Guide to the Kallin Family Papers, 2016
Processed by Hannah Yetwin
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at American Ancestors Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States