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Glick - Berolzheimer Collection, 1934-1978

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Collection Identifier: C.2005-04
Intellectual organization and arrangement: The home movies are split into to three series. Series I comprises the films made by Jacob Glick from the mid 1930s through the early 1960s. Series II includes the films made by Karl and Diane Berolzheimer from the mid 1950s through the 1970s. Series III contains the films shot by Manuel Goldman, who was the father-in-law of Diane's cousin, Robert Sommerfeld.
Extent of collection
221 reels of 16mm film totaling 13,470 feet; 7 reels of 8mm film totaling 350 feet; and 7 reels of Super 8 film totaling 350 feet.
Inclusive Dates
1934 - 1978
Bulk Dates
1934 - 1965
The Glick-Berolzheimer Collection contains home movies by Diane Berolzheimer's father Jacob Glick from the mid 1930s through the early 1960s. It also includes home movies made by Diane and her husband Karl Berolzheimer from the mid 1950s through the mid 1970s. The home movies in this collection depict the leisure activities of the larger Glick/Berolzheimer family, rituals of Jewish life, and numerous fishing trips by Mr. Glick.
The Glick-Berolzheimer Collection contains nearly 50 years of home movies from the extended Glick and Berolzheimer families found on 40 reels of 16mm, 1 reel of regular 8mm, and 7 reels of Super 8 film. Taken as a whole they present an in-depth view of two generations of Jewish American family life. Jacob Glick, a Chicago tobacconist who co-owned cigar shops in the Hearst and Transportation Buildings, started shooting home movies on 16mm in the mid 1930s to document the birth and growth of his two children, Diane and Sheldon. The films shot by Mr. Glick document Chicago blizzards; vacations to Michigan beaches; Cubs games at Wrigley Field; his children at school; them playing on the roof of the apartment building they lived at on the Chicago lakefront; Jewish rituals including bar mitzvahs and Passover celebrations; wedding anniversaries; sailing trips on Lake Michigan; and numerous portraits of nephews and cousins.

After her marriage to Karl Berolzheimer in 1954, Diane carried on the family tradition of home movie making. The couple made films showing their time spent in Boston and Germany in the late 1950s; their new home in Evanston; the childhood exploits of their four children; Hannukah celebrations; the wedding anniversary of Karl’s father; and the later years of Diane’s parents’ lives.
Jacob Glick (created by)
Jacob (Jack) Glick was born in Ruzin (alternate spellings, Ruzhin, Ruzhyn, Ruzyn, Rizhn) about 50 miles southwest of Kiev, Ukraine in 1898 and came to the United States about 1912 following his mother Chava, brother Ben and sister Bella. He lived on the north side of Chicago and owned and operated bars and cigar stores until his death in 1965. He had no formal education. In 1927 he married Dorothy Edelstein and the same year he became a naturalized citizen. Dorothy was born in Chicago where she attended public schools. She worked with Jack in his stores in the New Lawrence Hotel, Hearst Building (326 Madison Street, Chicago) and Transportation Building (600 South Dearborn Street, Chicago) until his death. She then worked for many years at Picker X-ray Corporation. They had two children, Diane (1932) and Sheldon (1935). Dorothy was born in 1903 and died in 2005.
The cigar stores in the Hearst Building and the Transportation Building were jointly owned and operated with Jack’s brother-in-law Arthur Alex who married Dorothy’s sister Edith (Edie).
Karl Berolzheimer (created by)
Karl Berolzheimer was born in Chicago in 1932, attended public schools in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953 with a degree in Political Science. Following graduation he joined the Army as a Second Lieutenant, Ordnance Corps. Following his marriage with Diane, he served in Germany and Diane joined him there upon her graduation. He attended Harvard Law School from which he graduated in 1958 and practiced law in Chicago until he retired in 1993. While Karl was in law school, Diane worked at Boston Psychopathic Hospital (now called Massachusetts Mental Health Center).
Custodial History
Most of the home movies in this collection were made by Karl and Diane Berolzheimer and by Diane's father Jacob Glick. The Berolzheimer's received Jacob Glick's films after his death in 1965. They cared for his and their films until they donated them to Chicago Film Archives in 2005. Three rolls of film were shot by the father-in-law of Diane's cousin, Robert Sommerfeld. They were donated to CFA by the Berolzheimers on 2010-10-12.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the rights for the films in this collection.
Collection Item
1934-1935: Diane Mukwonago - Anshe Emet Kindergarten
1934-1935: Diane Mukwonago - Farm Visit - Bath
1934-1935: Diane Mukwonago - Lincoln Park Zoo
1934-1935: Diane Mukwonago - Posing
1934 (circa): Diane Glick-Berolzheimer & Hyde Park