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Sorotick Family photographs and papers

Call Number

PR 349


1943-1992, inclusive


Sorotick, Marsha
Sorotick, Irving, 1915-2000


0.209 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English .


112 photographs sent home from Europe by Irving Sorotick (1915-2000), a United States Army veteran of World War II, plus material relating to the presidency of John F. Kennedy, notably a high school project scrapbook assembled by Sorotick's daughter, Marsha, during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Also includes seven political campaign pins.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irving Sorotick (1915–2000) was a United States Army veteran of World War II who enlisted at New York on 17 August 1943 and was discharged on 11 January 1946. He sent some 112 photographs of his time in Europe back home to his wife, Pearl. Judging by those shots dated June 1944 and identified as "Omaha Beach" (a code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France), Sorotick may have participated in the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. But the casualness of the photographs suggests he probably arrived shortly after the D-Day invasions (see Folder 1).

Sorotick's daughter, Marsha, attended Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, New York, during John F. Kennedy's presidency.


Items in this small collection are grouped by topic--World War II, John F. Kennedy, and political campaign pins--and organized chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 112 photographs Irving Sorotick sent home from Europe to his wife, Pearl, during his World War II U.S. Army service. Fifty-two of the images are dated, as is a letter (20 September 1944) he wrote on stationery printed with views of Parisian landmarks.

Marsha Sorotick's contributions to the collection include the JFK scrapbook she assembled in high school during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, as well as the 22 November 1963 issue of the New York World-Telegram and the Sun announcing "PRESIDENT SHOT DEAD," plus five photographs taken at a traveling exhibition of JFK memorabilia.

Seven political campaign pins--ranging from 1960 ("Kennedy for President") to 1992 ("Elect Clinton | Gore")--round out the collection.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270. Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Sorotick Family Papers, PR 349, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Credit line (for exhibition labels): Gift of Marsha Sorotick.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marsha Sorotick, August 2017 (accession no. PPAC.2017.051), and September 2018 (accession no. PPAC.2018.054).


The bulk of the collection was donated by Marsha Sorotick in August 2017 (accession no. PPAC.2017.051). Ms. Sorotick supplied an additional photograph (a 1968 view of a newsstand at East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South) in September 2018 (accession no. PPAC.2018.054).

Collection processed by

Joseph Ditta

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Processing Information

Archivist Joseph Ditta processed this collection in December 2017. He updated it in October 2018 to reflect the addition of the photograph in folder 10 (accession no. PPAC.2018.054).


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