Accession consists of material documenting members of Ellen Kurtz-Cohen's family. Included are business records from her grandfather Anshel Tepperman's fur store, Tepperman Fur Co.; records documenting the involvement of Sam Kurtz, her other grandfather, with Jones Avenue Cemetery and Steeles Memorial Chapel; a memoriam written by Rabbi Erwin Schild in honour of Sam Kurtz; and a retirement speech given by Ellen's mother, Ruth Kurtz. The last document contains Ruth's handwritten corrections.
The Tepperman family came to Canada from Poland: Anshel Tepperman was born in Ozarov in 1903; Fanny Tepperman was born in Ivaniska. Anshel was the first to arrive in Canada, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 10, 1921. The two occupied at least two addresses once in Toronto: 62 Lipincott Street and 96 Roberta Drive. Fanny arrived almost three years later, arriving in Halifax on March 16, 1924. The couple had three children: Ruth (1928-2016), Maurice (1929-1984), and Cecile (b. 1936). Anshel died on July 17, 1974; Fanny died on September 27, 1994.