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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

December 9, 2015

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Spitzberg family
Title: Spitzberg family papers
Dates: 1899-2013
Quantity: 6.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains papers, photographs, plaques, scrapbooks, and published writings of Irving J. Spitzberg M.D., his wife Marie Bettye Seeman Spitzberg, and their son, education specialist Irving J. Spitzberg Jr.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.09
Language: English


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers, photographs, plaques, scrapbooks, and published writings of Irving J. Spitzberg M.D., his wife Marie Bettye Seeman Spitzberg, and their son, education specialist Irving J. Spitzberg Jr. It includes genealogical information on the Spitzberg, Seeman, and Storm families, memorabilia from Dr. Spitzman's medical career (including several autographed photographs of professional wrestlers who performed in Little Rock in the 1950s), and some documents and photographs of Little Rock Senior High School, as well as the DeMolay Society in Arkansas.

Biographical Information

Irving J. Spitzberg was born December 7, 1899, to Samuel Joseph Spitzberg and Jetta "Jennie" Seifter Spitzberg. After graduating from Little Rock Senior High School, he served in the armed forces during World War I, and then attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Medicine in 1922 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1924. Dr. Spitzberg practiced in Little Rock, specializing in pediatrics and in women's diseases. He was a Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Arkansas Medical School (now University of Arkansas Medical Services) and also practiced at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Dr. Spitzberg practiced medicine for over fifty years before retiring. He was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel, a 32 degree Mason, a Cub Scout Master, and a comma nder of M. M. Eberts American Legion Post Number One in Little Rock. He died in Little Rock May 6, 1989.

Dr. Spitzberg married Marie Bettye Seeman on April 3, 1941 at the home of Henry Spitzberg, Irving's brother. They had two sons,Irving and Paul. Marie Spitzberg was born October 14, 1918, at King's Daughters Hospital in Greenville Mississippi to Herman Seeman and Emma Lee Storm Seeman. She grew up in Benoit, Bolivar County, Mississippi. She graduated from Louisiana State University's College of Business Administration in 1940 and accepted a job with the Farm Security Administration in Little Rock. She was Health Chairman for the Parent Teacher Association of Little Rock as well as a Cub Scout den monther. She was also president of the Baptist Hospital Auxiliary. She taught Sunday School at the Temple B'Nai Israel, worked for the Area Agency on Aging, was active in LifeQuest of Little Rock. Mrs. Spitzberg died in Little Rock June 16, 2011.

Irving J. Spitzberg Jr. was born in Little Rock in 1942. He graduated from Columbia University, Oxford University, and the Yale Law School. He later taught at Brown University, the Claremont Colleges, and SUNY/Buffalo where he served as Dean of the Colleges. He was General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors, and he has served as a consultant for companies and business schools in a number of countries. He has written extensively about higher education.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- Biography
Arkansas -- Social life and customs
Child health services -- Arkansas
Genealogy -- Arkansas -- Societies, etc.
Hospitals -- Arkansas
Jewish history, life, and culture
Jewish men -- United States -- Biography
Jews -- Arkansas -- History
Judaism and social problems
Little Rock (Ark.)
Medicine -- Arkansas
Parents' and teachers' associations -- Arkansas
Physicians -- Arkansas -- Little Rock
Pulaski County (Ark.)
Spitzberg, Marie
Women -- Arkansas -- Little Rock


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Spitzberg family papers, MSS.07.09, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Marie Spitzberg, August 1, 2007

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