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Julius Picard papers

Identifier: MC-115

Scope and Contents

Papers include photographs, official documents (passports, naturalization papers, proof of medical degree), artifacts and a family tree.


  • 1909-1971, bulk 1914-1945
  • Majority of material found within 1914 - 1945

Language of Materials

Materials in Hebrew, French, German and English.

Biographical / Historical

Julius Picard was born October 20, 1893 in Lauterbourg, Germany. He served as a medic in the German Army during WWI. During the war he received a wound on the cheek from shrapnel, which appears bandaged in one of the photographs. In October 1926, he married Claire Dreyfuss, who was born June 16, 1902 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. They lived in Mainz, Germany, where their first two sons, Hans and Ernest, were born, until August of 1938 when they immigrated to the United States. Being devout Jews, the Picard family fled Nazi persecution, travelling to Boston by way of Portugal. After Dr. Picard passed the medical board examinations, they settled in Fall River, Massachusetts, where he practiced medicine for many years. They lived at 473 Walnut Avenue. He and his wife became naturalized citizens in 1943. The Picards had three sons, two born in Germany (Hans and Ernest), and one born in the U.S. Hans Eli Picard was born in Mainz in 1927, and Ernest Henry Picard was born in 1929 in Mainz. Ernest became a neurologist, and Hans became an engineer and taught at UMD’s predecessor school Bradford Durfee College of Technology, which later became Southeastern Massachusetts University. Irving Hermann Picard was born 1941. He became a lawyer and is still in practice today. Julius Picard died September 30, 1986.


.4 Linear Feet (one manuscript box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Julius Picard, June 1982.

MC 115, Julius Picard papers
Brad Sousa
June 2012
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Language of description note
Materials in Hebrew, French, German and English.

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA