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Francine Berkowitz interview transcript, 2017-07-18

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc005

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Francine Berkowitz discusses growing up in Northeast Washington in a predominantly lower-middle class Jewish neighborhood. She also describes attending Tifereth Israel Synagogue, school integration, shopping, and her career with the Smithsonian.


  • Creation: 2017-07-18


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Francine Berkowitz was born in New York City in 1942 to first- and second- generation Polish immigrants. Her family moved to Oneida Street NE soon after she was born, and she attended Keene Elementary, Paul Junior High, and Coolidge High School. The family moved to the Maryland suburbs in her senior year. She worked at the Smithsonian for almost 60 years.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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