Series 1
Personal papers, 1933-1972
Box 1 and 27

Scope and Content Note

The first series of the Rothschild papers contains correspondence and writings from the ten years prior to Rothschild's arrival in Atlanta, offering some information about his experiences in rabbinical school and in World War II. Among these earlier papers are term papers, class notes and a student sermon from Rothschild's last three years at the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati.

The most significant and interesting portion of these early papers is the complete set of letters he wrote to his sister and mother between March 1942, when he entered the Army to begin training for duty in the Pacific, and October 1943, when he returned to the United States. Although he wrote frequently and in great detail, he avoided describing specific wartime events. The letters do provide, however, an almost daily look at how one individual experienced the Pacific war. Series 1 material is divided according to document type and then organized chronologically.

The scrapbook in the series primarily documents the Rothschilds' relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The scrapbook contains photographs and ephemera from the Atlanta ceremony honoring King for his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and there are additional letters from Coretta Scott King to Janice Rothschild.

Box Folder Content
1 1 Student sermon, 1936 October 16
1 2 Student notes, 1933 and undated
1 3 Student paper, 1935 April 15
1 4 Student paper, 1935 April 30
1 5 Student paper, 1936
1 6 Student paper, undated
1 7 Correspondence, undated pre-1942
1 8 Correspondence, 1942
1 9 Correspondence, 1943 January-May
1 10 Correspondence, 1943 June-1944 April and undated
1 11 Writings, 1935-1946
1 12 Writings, undated
1 13 Army record
1 14 Army record, No. 201 File
1 15 Army record, No. 201 File [papers removed from Field Military 201 File Records Jacket]
27 6 Scrapbook, 1964-1972