University of Minnesota

Malkovsky, Kyra, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Malkovsky, Kyra, 1894- .
Dates: 1939-1949
Abstract: Papers (1939-1949) of Kyra Malkovsky (1894- ) comprise journals, case work and statistical reports, photographs, and other materials of the International Institute of New York City, miscellaneous correspondence, publications, and materials pertaining to the YWCA Summer School at Fletcher Farm (Proctorville, Vermont).
Quantity: 4 linear in.
Language: In English
Collection ID: IHRC1444

PROVENANCE

The papers of Kyra Malkovsky were deposited in the archives of the Immigration History Research Center in June, 1978. They were presented as a gift to the Immigration History Research Center, by Kyra Malkovsky, to be part of the International Institute Project, and were secured through the efforts of Nicholas V. Mantalto, director the International Institute Project. The collection consists of three linear inches of Malkovsky’s personal correspondence and other papers plus reports and correspondence from the International Institute of New York City. The collection was processed during February and March, 1981.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

A case worker with Russian immigrants, Kyra Malkovsky (1894- ) was born in Minsk and came to the United States in 1917. After five years as an employee of the Russian embassy in New York, she began a long career as a social worker with the International Institute of New York City. She also was co-founder in 1925 of the Children's Welfare Society, and worked for the Tolstoy Foundation in Austria, Rome, Italy, and the United States. Kyra Malkovsky has served, since her emigration to the United States from her native Russia in 1917, as a case worker for Russian immigrants abroad. Born in Minsk, a volunteer nurse in St. Petersburg during World War I, Malkovsky emigrated to New Yrok with her cousins in 1917. After five years as an employee of the Russian embassy in New York City, Malkovsky began a long and varied career as a social worker with the International Institute of New York City. She served as Russian representative in the Institute from 1923-33, translating for and aiding Russian immigrants, and as Director of Advisory Services from 1933-46, working with immigrants of all nationalities. In addition, Malkovsky was co-founder of the Children’s Welfare Society in 1925, providing assistance to children of Russian immigrants around the world. During the Second World War, Malkovsky was appointed sponsor of aliens of enemy nationalities on parole by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. Following the war Malkovsky served as technical case consultant with the International Institute of New York City, and also as an officer of the Welfare Photo Studio (a non-profit organization under the supervision of the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service). During the period 1949-1960 she lived in Austria, as coordinator of a Church World Service Emigration Office. While in Austria Malkovsky was the senior representative of the Tolstoy Foundation in Austria and Italy. After her return to the United States in January, 1961, Malkovsky assumed a position as Director of Welfare, Immigration and Resettlement of Refugees, and later as Director of the Welfare Department of the Tolstoy Foundation, a post she retains to the present. Malkovsky was appointed to re-open the Tolstoy Foundation office in Rome in 1973 to work with recent immigrants from the Soviet Union. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is unmarried and has no living relatives.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ORGANIZATION OF MATERIALS

The collection is organized into 13 separate folders making up three major groupings: 1. Malkovsky’s Personal Life (folders 1-2) 2. International Institute of New York City (folders 3-11) 3. Miscellaneous Correspondence and Publications (folders 12-13)


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Malkovsky, Kyra collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Malkovsky, Kyra collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC.


CITE AS

The Malkovsky, Kyra Papers, General/Multiethnic Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Russian Americans.
Refugees, Russian.
Summer schools--Vermont--Proctorville.
Refugees--Services for.
Social work with immigrants.
Malkovsky, Kyra, 1894- .
International Institute (New York, N.Y.)
Young Women's Christian Association. Fletcher Farm (Proctorville, Vt.)

Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Malkovsky’s Personal Life

Her personal journal and material on Fletcher Farm deal with the personal aspects of Malkovsky’s life.

SERIES 2. International Institute of New York City

This series includes materials on the International Institute of New York City and Malkovsky’s employment at the Institute as a case worker.

SERIES 3. Miscellaneous Correspondence and Publications

Series 3 includes miscellaneous correspondence and publications.


Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Malkovsky’s Personal Life

Her personal journal and material on Fletcher Farm deal with the personal aspects of Malkovsky’s life.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Personal Journal 1935
This handwritten Journal for the year 1935 contains Malkovsky's personal and business memoranda including dates and times of International Institute of New York City committee meetings, special programs and business luncheons.
FOLDER 2. Fletcher Farm 1932
This folder deals with a summer spent at Fletcher Farm, Proctorville, Vermont, home of the YWCA summer school. Included in the folder are three photographs with partial identification, 13 postcards of the area surrounding Fletcher Farm, three of which are handwritten in Russian and two signed by Malkovsky, and a brochure for the YWCA summer school.


SERIES 2. International Institute of New York City

This series includes materials on the International Institute of New York City and Malkovsky’s employment at the Institute as a case worker.
BOX 2.
FOLDER 3. International Institute of New York City, Correspondence 1947 - June 28, 1949
This folder includes correspondence pertaining to the closing of the International Institute of New York City. Letters written by Malkovsky include one addressed to the expulsion section of the Immigration and Naturalization Service dealing with her leaving the International Institute of New York City, and a form letter to inform patrons and members of the International Institute of New York City of its temporary closing. Two letters writeen by Mrs. Kathryn B. Lakeman also discuss the closing of the International Institute of New York City. A letterhead of the International Institute of New York City is also included in this folder.
FOLDER 4. International Institute of New York City, Personal Service Department, Manual 1948
This manual for the Personal Service department deals with all the major areas of case work including the American Federation of International Institutes, the International Institute of New York City specifically, and procedures to be followed by the Personal Service department. Also included in the manual are forms to be used by the Personal Service department for individual files and services such as immigration and naturalization. A directory of private and public agencies in cooperation with the International Institute of New York City is also included.
FOLDER 5. International Institute of New York City, Personal Service Department, Reports 1947
Three reports oulining various aspects of International Institute clients make up this folder. Geographical distribution, religion, language and nationality, and status of the clients are some of the categories used. Also included are governmental and social agencies, organizations specializing in immigration and naturalization and the number of referrals made by the International Institute of New York City staff to each of these organizations.
FOLDER 6. International Institute of New York City, Personal Service Department, Reports 1948
This folder includes various case work reports prepared by Malkovsky and Martin M. Gleisner, both separately and combined, for the month of December, 1948. Also included are the annual statistics for the Personal Service department for the year 1948 and a narrative report of the Personal Service department submitted by Gleisner.
FOLDER 7. International Institute of New York City, Personal Service Department, Reports 1949
Combined case work reports for the months fo work report for March, 1949 and Malkovsky's case work report for March, 1949 make up this folder. Also included are statistics on searchers service to Marie Chase Cole concerning a woman in Poland's search for her two brothers.
FOLDER 8. International Institute of New York City, Advisory Service Department, Annual Reports 1930-45
Included in this folder are annual reports by the Advisory Service department for the years 1939, 1941, 1943-45. Outlined in each of these reports are the trends and highlights of the Advisory Service department for the year. Specific cases are detailed in the Advisory Service department report, 1939.
FOLDER 9. International Institute of New York City, Study Committee, Report 1946
This 76 page report deals with all aspects of the work done by the International Institute of New York City including community settings, specialized agencies, community projects, adult education, budget and finance, organizational structure and major recommendations for the future.
FOLDER 10. International Institute of New York City, Miscellaneous Reports 1939-49
This folder contains seven reports including reports on Personal Service, group case work, job analysis, as well as a confidential bulletin to the Board of Directors from Marie Chase Cole, an outline of the duties of the secretary to the Advisory Service department, a digest of recent case records, and a report on immigration from overseas.
FOLDER 11. International Institute of New York City, Brochures and Photographs 1936-46
Dealing with the public relations of the International Institute of New York City, this folder includes two publicity photographs of Malkovsky, photographs of Caroline Teixera, Spanish and Portuguese secretary and Maria Loncao Bonpensieri, Italian Nationality secretary, both of the International Institute of New York City. Also included are seven International Institute of New York City brochures.
IMAGE: Gramercy park n.d. 2 x 4 in. Photography view
View of Gramercy Park as seen from the windows of the International Institute, 337-341 East 17th Street, New York, New York.
IMAGE: Two secretaries n.d. 4.5 x 2.5 in. Photography view
Carolina Teixera, left, with Maria Loncao Bonpensieri. Maria works as the Italian nationality secretary at the International Institute of New York City.
IMAGE: Secretary for the International Institute of New York City n.d. 4.5 x 3 in. Photography view
Carolina Teixera, Spanish and Portuguese secretary for the International Institute of New York City, stands on a boardwalk.
IMAGE: Advising immigrants n.d. 8 x 10 in. Photography view
Kyra Malkovsky, seated behind the desk, advises an immigrant family at the International Institute of New York City.
IMAGE: Interviewing an immigrant 1936 7 x 9 in. Photography view
Kyra Malkovsky interviews two women. According to the note on the back of this photo, the women are discussing naturalization. During the 1930s, Kyra Malkovsky worked as the Director of Advisory Services at the International Institute of New York City.
IMAGE: International Institute of New York n.d. 5 x 3 in. Illustration view
Postcard illustration of the International Institute, 337-341 East 17th Street, New York, New York.


SERIES 3. Miscellaneous Correspondence and Publications

Series 3 includes miscellaneous correspondence and publications.
BOX 2.
FOLDER 12. Miscellaneous Correspondence December 15, 1944
This folder is made up of a letter to Malkovsky from George s. German extending holiday greetings.
FOLDER 13. Miscellaneous Publications December, 1947
This folder includes a copy of the Journal of Social Casework, December, 1947, with the name Janet Seibold handwritten on top, and a Christmas publication, American Christmas, by Alice L. Sickels, sent to Malkovsky and autographed by the author.



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