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1965 Feb. –

Halpern, Joel Martin

Interview with Gena's cousin

Lexington (Mass.) - Transcript of an interview between Joel Martin Halpern, Barbara Halpern and Milen Kovic discussing his village of Ribari, Serbia. Focuses on the changes in his village since the 1950s caused by a factory opening near by and providing an influx of money for villagers who would otherwise have remained peasants.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Aug. – 1954

Halpern, Joel Martin

Sketches from the villages of Aran?elovac, Jarmenovci, Belgrade and Oras?ac

Serbia - Sketches include interiors of houses, village plans, building exteriors, peasant dress, household tools (clothes iron, spinning paddle, spoons, cheese bowl), wine and brandy making equipment, bridal gown and accessories, Slava accessories, and farming tools. Some of the building sketches shown together maintain scale to compare between socio-economic status in different... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Jan. 17

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - This letter contains notes on various subjects. It was written in Belgrade and was likely sent by diplomatic mail. It is dated January 17 1953 in the address on each page but contains notes pertaining to December 4, 1953 (page 3) indicating it was likely written in 1954 and misdated as the Halperns did not arrive in Yugoslavia until August 1953. This letter contains not... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Dec. 8 – 1953 Dec. 12

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - Field notes (pages 178-185, 187-192) by Joel and Barbara Halpern about Serbia. Include detailed descriptions of a wedding (wealthy peasant wedding) in a town around three hours away from Orsacs where they majority of their research was conducted. The notes include descriptions of the events prior to a wedding when a groom's family gathers the bride's things before she a... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Dec. 22

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - Written in Belgrade and include descriptions of many different activities the Halperns had taken part in. The letter begins with a description of the bureaucratic set up of the local government. Then there is a description of films being shown in Orsacs. The letter also describes a visit from the UDBA (Yugoslavia Secret Police) visiting Joel and Barbara in Orsacs. Also ... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Oct. 27

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - This letter includes notes about a number of different subjects from the Communist Party, people's opinions of local Party Members, a slava and wedding preparations. The letter also includes some personal notes about sending items to Joel and Barbara in Yugoslavia.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Sept. 28

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents. This letter is mostly related to answering questions from his parents. The letter describes packages arrived from the US and their contents such as sandals for them both as well as other items they requested to help with all the entertaining the do in Luang Prabang. She also describes a package they received from Oras... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Dec. 14 – 1953 Dec. 24

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - Field notes (pages 193-200) by Joel and Barbara Halpern about Serbia. These notes appear to have been typed during a winter break in Belgrade. The notes include another description of a local wedding in Orsacs which took place late in year. Barbara Halpern describes the wedding feast, held outdoors, as being served in weather of about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. These pages also include mat... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers