2021.037.094
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Leonore Freiman fonds

Fonds / Archival Collection
IdentifierRA071
Extent & Medium91 documents
5 photographs : prints
15 artifacts
Date[192?]-1992
Administrative/Biographical HistoryLeonore Freiman (née Ehrlich) was born November 28, 1920 in Vienna, Austria, to parents Helene (b. 1899 Poland, d. 1996, Vancouver) and Josef Ehrlich (b. 1883, Poland, d. 1950, Chicago). She was a student at the Michelbeuern fashion school in Vienna in the 1930s. After the Anschluss, Lenore was dismissed from her practicum. In March 1939, Leonore escaped the Nazi regime as a chaperone for the Jewish children on the first Kindertransport out of Vienna. She landed in England and found work as a nanny, then immigrated to the US in 1940 and joined her parents. In Chicago she worked as a sorter, then as assistant designer, in a clothing factory.

In 1944, she married Milton Freiman. In 1948, they emigrated to Canada and settled in Vancouver. They had two children, Judith and Debby. Leonore Freiman obtained a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in 1968. Leonore contributed to the 1999 VHEC exhibition, Broken Threads and provided an oral history to exhibition curators. She died in 2004.
Scope & ContentFonds is comprised of drawings, immigration records, correspondence, ephemera, photographs and objects created or collected and kept by Leonore Freiman, who left Europe as a result of the Nazi persecution of Jews. Records pertain to Freiman's pre-war student work, family life, and documentation of her and her parents' immigration to America in 1940. Records are arranged in following series: Lace, drawings and fashion designs  and samples ([192-?]–[193-?]), Leonore Freiman personal records (1921–1948), Josef Ehrlich personal records (1938–1939), Ephemera (1934–1937), Leonore Freiman photographs (1939–1999), and Artefacts.
Archival HistoryAccessions 2007.005, 2011.007, and 2021.037.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferDonated to the VHEC in 2007, 2011 and 2021 by Debby Freiman.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
LanguageEnglish, German
System of ArrangementFonds is arranged into six series by the archivist.
RightsDonor relinquished rights to materials in fonds upon their donation to the VHEC but the fonds contains third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Researchers are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by Rules for Archival Description
Archivist's NoteDescription created in 2022 by Michaela Sawyer and Ryan Sun.
Date of Description2022

Collection Contents

Fonds is comprised of drawings, immigration records, correspondence, ephemera, photographs and objects created or collected and kept by Leonore Freiman, who left Europe as a result of the Nazi persecution of Jews. Records pertain to Freiman's pre-war student work, family life, and documentation of her and her parents' immigration to America in 1940. Records are arranged in following series: Lace, drawings and fashion designs  and samples ([192-?]–[193-?]), Leonore Freiman personal records (1921–1948), Josef Ehrlich personal records (1938–1939), Ephemera (1934–1937), Leonore Freiman photographs (1939–1999), and Artefacts.