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The Wyner Family Papers document the personal, professional, organizational and philanthropic activities of three generations of a prominent Boston Jewish family. The documents describe the operations of the family knitting and textile businesses, the building and management of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Boston and the development and operations of the Beth Israel Hospital of Boston (1926-2001). This collection describes the Wyner family's involvement in a wide variety of organizations, both Jewish and non-Jewish, and spans almost a century of involvement in community affairs and includes such organizations as the American Jewish Historical Society (1962-2005), the Brookline Town Meeting (1960-1995), Adath Jeshurun Synagogue and Cemetery Association (1956-1995), Temple Israel of Boston (1960-1999), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (1969-1999), Jewish Community Relations Council (1970-1990), Union of American Hebrew Congregations (1980-1995), and both the National and New England Knitted Outerwear Association (1977-1992). There is extensive material documenting the operations of the Wyner Mills, financial statements and legal papers concerning various family trusts, correspondence, governance and financial reports documenting Justin Wyner's Presidency of the American Jewish Historical Society and the involvement of several of the family members with the Beth Israel Hospital, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Included in these organizational papers are meeting minutes, reports, correspondence and financial statements.

The collection contains the personal papers of George (1862-1908) and Gussie Edelman Wyner (1870-1949); Rudolph (1895-1984) and Sara Goldberg Wyner (1899-1965); and Justin ("Jerry," 1925- ) and Genevieve Geller Wyner (1930- ). Other materials pertaining to Jerry and Geneveive Wyner's sons (George, Daniel and James) as young children are also included in this collection.

Please note that business and financial records are restricted and not available online; additionally, there are many personal items that are also restricted. Please contact 617-226-1245 if you are interested in accessing those materials.

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