New Local History Acquisitions!

Jacob Gitelman.

Jacob Gitelman

The Local History division of RPL has acquired the Jacob Gitelman Papers, courtesy of his daughter, Natalie Schwartz. Mr. Gitelman (1899-1991) graduated from New York University Law School and settled in Rochester in 1923. During his tenure as a City Court judge from 1934 to 1940, Mr. Gitelman’s progressive views and interest in social welfare prompted him to enforce jail sentences on those caught driving while intoxicated. Taking into consideration the social and economic ramifications of jail time, Mr. Gitelman introduced the “weekend sentence,” which allowed people to serve their sentence on weekends or other convenient days so that their employment and family life were not jeopardized. After its initiation in 1935, use of the weekend sentence became widespread throughout New York State. Throughout his life, Mr. Gitelman was involved in many charitable and community causes, serving as president of the Rochester Board of Education and the Legal Aid Society, among others. In 1937, he co-founded of the Philosophers’ Club.

William Pearce

William Pearce

The division has also acquired the papers of William J. Pearce, who served as president and general manager of WXXI-TV, AM/FM from 1969 to 1996 and was the recipient of two Peabody Awards for his work in broadcasting. The William J. Pearce Papers comprise approximately 14 cubic feet of materials related to Pearce’s career in educational television. The papers, which date from the 1950s to the 1990s, include speeches, programs, drawings, production notes, awards (including a Peabody medal), correspondence, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and photographs. Topics include Pearce’s military service, his involvement with the Philosophers’ Club, his long history in public television, and his passion for Native American culture, which can be seen in his work with the Friends of Ganondagan and the Native American Public Telecommunications. The William J. Pearce Papers were donated by his daughter, Margaret Pearce.

~Cheri Crist, Librarian

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