59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Dorothy Brickman Collection

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 528
Creator Brickman, Dorothy, 1916-2006
TitleDorothy Brickman collection
Datecirca 1900s-circa 1980s
Extent5 boxes
LanguageThe materials are in English and Hebrew.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 528, Dorothy Brickman Collection.

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired from Dorothy Brickman and her family in the 2000s.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared and machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in June 2015.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Material

The museum has a number of oral history interviews featuring both Dorothy Brickman and her sister Ida Levine, conducted by Linsey Lee.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
  • Ohio State University
  • United Service Organizations (U.S.)

Family Name(s)

  • Brickman family


  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sheet music

Geographic Name(s)

  • Panama Canal Zone

Personal Name(s)

  • Levine, Ida, 1908-2000

Biography/Historical Note

Dorothy Brickman was born in 1916 to Judal and Eudice Brickman, immigrants from Eastern Europe. Dorothy was the first person of Jewish descent to be born on the island. Her family went on to own two stores on Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Dry Goods and Brickman's. They were also founding members of the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center.

Dorothy left the island to attend Simmons College, where she graduated with a degree in social work in 1938. She later volunteered at the Martha's Vineyard United Service Organizations (US0) where she eventually became employed for 15 years, working mostly in the Panama Canal Zone and Asia.

In 1956, she returned to school, attending Columbia University and earning masters' degrees in social work and education. She then went to work as the foreign student advisor at Western College for Women and later became the director of International Student and Scholar Services at Ohio State University.

Throughout her school and travels, she remained close to the Vineyard, corresponding with the Vineyard Gazette and returning home each summer to help with the family business and at the Hebrew Center. In 1992, her sister, Ida Brickman Levine fell ill, and Dorothy returned to take care of her. Dorothy Brickman died in 2006.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photographs, albums, sheet music, scrapbooks, and other materials. The materials cover the Brickman family and their businesses, Tisbury High School, the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, as well as items related to Dorothy's USO service and her work at Ohio State University.


Materials in Box 1 are topically arranged and therein loosely chronologically. The rest of the materials are loosely stored in their respective boxes.

Collection Inventory


Photographs of Tisbury High School theatre casts, 1924, 1933, undated 


Photocopied clippng of Ida Brickman Levine's 1925 Tisbury High School graduating class, undated 


Photocopied photograph of 1930 Tisbury High School band, undated 


Photographs of Brickman's and Brickman's Shoe Store, circa 1913-circa 1950s 


Photographs of Vineyard Dry Goods, 1939-1950s 


Photographs of Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, circa 1940 


Photographic postcard of Ida Brickman Levine, circa 1915 


Photographs of Brickman family on Martha's Vineyard, 1944-1945, undated 


Includes photographs of Menemsha and a ferry.


Photographs of Brickman family, 1944-1945 


Includes a family portrait in front of Gay Head Lighthouse.


Travel postcards, 1950, 1954, undated 


Most of the postcards are from Denmark. One, from Paris, is address to Dorothy Brickman and written by a woman named Mae.


Photograph of Dorothy Brickman with a Girl Scout troop, mid-1900s 


Kol Nidre sheet music with additional arrangements attached, circa 1943-1950s 


Selected Jewish Songs for Members of the Armed Forces, 1943 


Dorothy Brickman materials related to her USO service, 1946, undated 


Includes photocopy of 1943 article about her joining the service, a photograph of her in a parade, a photograph of her in an office, and two identification cards.


Dorothy Brickman binder of Jewish sheet music, circa 1943-1950s 


Used during Brickman's time with the Jewish Welfare Board. Music appears to be mostly hymns


Sheet music, 1917, 1942 


Includes Ira Berlin's "American Eagles" from This is the Army and "Go Down, Moses" arranged by H. T. Burleigh.


Fyn Under Fem Aars Krig, 1945 


The title in English is translated "Funen during five years of war." The original publication has been bound with cardboard and tape.


Photographs of Dorothy Brickman and colleagues from the Ohio State University, 1968, 1976-1977, undated 


Includes photographs from Brickman's retirement and a 1976 International Picnic Day. Also includes a card to Dorothy Brickman from Rose Levett. An unopened envelope of negatives, labeled 'Pictures of Office Staff for DB's retirement, was separated during processing.


Photograph album, 1950s 


Photograph album, 1950s 


Photograph album, 1950s 


Photograph album, circa 1900-circa 1950 


Materials in box 5 are stored loosely.


Loose photographs from photograph album, circa 1900-circa 1950 


Framed photograph of unidentified woman, undated 


Black and white photograph of an elderly woman with a polka dot dress and a light-colored scarf.


Framed photograph of unidentified woman, undated 


Black and white photograph of a woman, possibly Dorothy's mother Eudice Brickman.


Framed photograph of Ida Brickman Levine, undated 


Includes an Underwood Typewriter Company Medal for Speed and Accuracy


Framed Dorothy Brickman statement, circa 1960s-circa 1980s 


A mission statement written by Dorothy Brickman while she was director of the International Student and Scholar Services at the Ohio State University.