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Lipp family papers

Identifier: MC-116

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of some original documents, newspaper clippings about all members of the Lipp family, a scrapbook following the radio career of Stanley Lipp, several official citations, photographs, and an LP recording of a Friday night service at Tifereth Israel.


  • 1914-1987, bulk 1960-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1914-1987 ( 1960-1984)

Language of Materials

English, German, French and Hebrew

Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

Regina and Sigmund Lipp were both born in Poland, but lived most of their early lives in Germany. They met and married in Berlin, had a son, and left Germany in 1933 for Palestine, where they lived for four years. After that, they lived in Yugoslavia, Italy and Latvia, where Mr. Lipp held synagogue posts as cantor, before being granted admission to the United States in 1939. In the United States, they lived in Camden, NJ for four years, where again he was cantor, before moving to New Bedford in 1944. Sigmund Lipp secured the post of cantor at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in New Bedford, which he held from 1944-1965. His wife Regina (Birnbaum) Lipp was an accomplished organist, having studied at the Leipzig Conservatory of Music. She served as choir director and accompanist at Tifereth Israel. Their son, Stanley Lipp, became a radio personality in New Bedford, after being introduced to the field while serving in the military. He was with WNBH for 13 years, and with WBSM for another 37 years (1964-2001). He was well known for his program, “Open Line” which aired for more than 20 years. Stanley Lipp was also cantor at the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Taunton.


0.4 Linear Feet (one clamshell box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Stanley Lipp, September, 2002

Lipp family papers
Bradley Sousa
June 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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