Window Shop (Cambridge, Mass.)

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The Window Shop opened in Cambridge, Mass., in 1939 to offer employment to and raise money for refugees from Germany and Austria. It developed into a restaurant and gift shop, managed by Elsa Brändström Ulich; in the mid 1940s, it added a Friendship House, which had a library and held lectures and English lessons; and provided medical insurance, retirement pensions, grants-in-aid, and scholarships. After unsuccessful attempts to aid Hungarian refugees in 1956 and Cubans in 1962, and faced with a deficit, the business closed and the property was sold to the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The profits of the sale were transferred to the Window-Shop Inc. Scholarship Fund.

From the description of Records, 1939-1992 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122565826

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Schiffer, Olga Gruenberger, 1895-. Papers of Olga Gruenberger Schiffer, 1935?-1982 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Window Shop (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1939-1992 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Luncheon talks, 1983-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Brändström, Elsa, 1888-1948. Papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Radcliffe College. Class of 1932. Scrapbooks and papers, 1928-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Smith, Margaret Earhart, 1902-1960. Papers, 1940-1978 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Jones, Bessie Zaban. Papers, 1984-1997 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. corporateBody
associatedWith Aub, Elizabeth Cope. person
associatedWith Bever, Marion. person
associatedWith Bieringer, Walter. person
associatedWith Brändström, Elsa, 1888-1948. person
associatedWith Broch, Alice Perutz. person
associatedWith Brooks, Susan. person
associatedWith Brown, Dorothy Kirchway, 1888-1981. person
associatedWith Bunting, Mary Ingraham, 1910- person
associatedWith Cabot, Thomas D. 1897-1995. person
associatedWith Cambridge Center for Adult Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Cannon, Bernice. person
associatedWith Cope, Alice DeNormandie. person
associatedWith Dahl, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Emerson, William, 1873-1957. person
associatedWith Fainsod, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958. person
associatedWith Fremont-Smith, Frances. person
associatedWith Friendship House (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Harken, Anne. person
associatedWith Hoover, J. Edgar 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Jones, Bessie Zaban. person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. 1917-1963. person
associatedWith Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Kroto, H. J. person
associatedWith Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897-1982. person
associatedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Macomber, George. person
associatedWith Mohrer, Mary. person
associatedWith Mongan, Agnes. person
associatedWith New England Christian Committee for Refugees. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Neill, Tip. person
associatedWith Rabb, Irving W. person
associatedWith Radcliffe College. Class of 1932. corporateBody
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979. person
associatedWith Sanborn, Agnes Goldman, 1887-1984. person
associatedWith Schiffer, Olga Gruenberger, 1895- person
associatedWith Schlesinger, Elizabeth Bancroft, 1886-1977. person
associatedWith Singer, Gertrude. person
associatedWith Smith, Clement A. 1901-1988. person
associatedWith Smith, Margaret Earhart, 1902-1960. person
associatedWith Taft, Arthur N. person
associatedWith Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965. person
associatedWith Vorenberg, Frank. person
associatedWith Wolfinsohn, Sally. person
associatedWith Wyzanski, Gisella Warburg. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Cambridge (Mass.)
Social service
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
Employee assistance programs
African Americans
Gift shops
Political refugees--Employment
United States--Emigration and immigration
Social work with immigrants
Social service finance
Specialty stores
Business enterprises
Student aid
Fund raising
Employee fringe benefit
Nonprofit organizations
Students, Foreign
Personnel management
Old age pensions

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Active 1939

Active 1992



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SNAC ID: 66826929