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A Guide to the Isidor Steve Brody Papers, 1889-1978 Brody, Isador Steve, Papers 1983.1.1

A Guide to the Isidor Steve Brody Papers, 1889-1978

A Collection in
Roanoke Public Libraries
Accession Number 1983.1.1


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Accession Number
Isidor Steve Brody Papers 1889-1978
Physical Characteristics
1 record storage box, 1 suitcase

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

No known restrictions on papers. Virginia Room copy fees apply. Isidor Steve Brody Papers, Accession #1983.1.1, Roanoke Public Libraries, Roanoke, VA

Acquisition Information

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Biographical/Historical Information

Born March 12, 1889 in Kiev Russia, Isidor Steve Brody came to the United States in 1906 at the age of 17. He became a U.S. citizen in 1912. In 1916, Brody enlisted in the army as a medic and fought with the American Expeditionary Force in France. He came to Roanoke in 1935, serving first at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salem, VA, then at the Veterans Affairs Regional office from 1946 until his retirement in December 1958. An active member of the community, Brody helped establish a unit of the United Service Organization and the first War Mothers Chapter in the Roanoke Valley. He was an active member in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans ad received numerous awards and honors for his patriotism.

Roanoke World-News editor M. Carl Andrews said of Brody, "It requires a person born in a country without basic human rights to fully understand and demonstrate his love for our America...[n]o other person in Roanoke ever did so much to honor that [American] flag in his lifetime." He unselfishly made financial contributions to many civic organizations, most notably the Boy Scouts of America. Brody is best known for donating and placing a United States flag in almost every building in the City of Roanoke. (The last flag that he donated was at the dedication of the Roanoke Civic Center in 1971. The Steve Brody Room in the Main Library of the Roanoke Public Libraries was named in his honor in 1983. Remembered as Roanoke's Russian-born patriot, Brody died on November 20, 1978.

Scope and Content

The Isidor Steve Brody Papers are comprised of documents, photographs, and artifacts that relate to community work done by Brody in Roanoke from 1953-1978. Documents include a biographical timeline of military service, news clippings, awards, stars of David, war enlistment cards, Christmas cards (including images of local families) and correspondence (1951-1977). Photographs and negatives include portraits of Brody from WW I - 1978, public events (flag dedication ceremonies, picketing during Vietnam, festivals in Elmwood Park and Victory Stadium); streetscapes and local buildings; small group photos (award ceremonies, WDBJ 7 TV man of the week award ceremony); and collages of awards, news clippings, and photographs of Brody. Artifacts include war registration cards, wallets with all personal contents, a scrapbook, yamikas, suitcase, flag and various awards and trophies.


Documents are arranged by document format and chronilogically there under. Photographs and negatives were seperated and organized by subject. Artifacts are arranged according to type and size. The Isidor Steve Brody Papers had no original order at the time of donation.

Index Terms

  • Brody
  • Isidor Steve Brody
  • Roanoke Virginia

Contents List

Correspondence, 1951-1977
  • Box 1, Folder 2
    Correspondence, 1951-1977
  • Box 1, Folder 3
    Christmas Cards

    Includes pictures of local Roanoke families.

  • Box 1, Folder 13
    Correspondence re: Security National Bank
  • Other Suitcase, Item 9
    Framed Letter, March 10, 1975

    'In the Council of the City of Roanoke, Virginia, the 10th day of March, 1975.' Attached on letter is gold seal with purple ribbon.

  • Box 1, Folder 1
    Star of David
  • Box 1, Item 20
    ID Bracelet, cuff links, ivory pocket knife)
    Items placed in an artifact box.
  • Box 1, Item 22
    Beaver Badge
    Item placed in an artifact box.
  • Box 1, Item 23
    Tweezers, key holder, scissors
    Items placed in an artifact box.
  • Box 1, Item 24
    Contents of wallet
    Items placed in an artifact box.
  • Box 1, Item 25
    Key pouch.
    Item placed in an artifact box.
  • Other Suitcase, Item 1
    Trophy (cup on wood stand) 1972
    Physical Location:

    Trophy reads 'To my good Samaritan friend Steve Brodie from Saunders Guerrant 1972;

  • Other Suitcase, Item 3
    United States Flag
  • Other Suitcase, Item 11
    Yamika (black)
  • Other Suitcase, Item 12
    Wallet (empty)
  • Other Suitcase, Item 13
    Bill holder (plastic)
  • Other Suitcase, Item 14
    Wallet (with contents)
Photographs & Negatives
  • Box 1, Folder 5
    Collages and Signs
  • Box 1, Folder 6
    Portraits of Steve Brody
  • Box 1, Folder 7
    Public Events Photographs
  • Box 1, Folder 8
    Streetscapes & Buildings
  • Box 1, Folder 9
    Small groups
  • Box 1, Folder 10
  • Box 1, Item 19
    Framed portraits of Steve Brody (2)
  • Other Suitcase, Item 2
    Framed Photo collage of Steve Brody (black & white) 1916-1918, 1955, 1956
  • Other Suitcase, Item 5

    Entitled "Photographs" in dark red lettering. Contains newspaper articles, pictures and magazine clippings containing information about Steve Brody.

  • Other Suitcase, Item 6
    Baby lying on its back (black & white image)
  • Other Suitcase, Item 7
    Five color circle portraits of a woman, a young girl and three young boys.
Biographical Information
  • Box 1, Folder 4
    News clippings re: Steve Brody
  • Box 1, Folder 12
    Biographical Timeline
  • Box 1, Folder 14
    Documents re: Civil Service Commission
Certificates & Awards
  • Box 1, Folder 11
  • Box 1, Folder 15
    Raleigh Court Library Dedication
  • Box 1, Item 16
    Collage of certificates, letters and photographs
  • Box 1, Item 17
    Collage of certificates, photographs, and news articles
    Two framed images nailed together.
  • Box 1, Item 18
    Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce resolution re: Roanoke Citizen of Honor, Steve Brody.
  • Box 1, Item 21
    Award lapel pins
    Items placed in an artifact box.
  • Other Suitcase, Item 8
    Certificate, 'Boy Scouts of America the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Boyhood' and article 'Civitans Select Good Samaritan'
    Two items framed together.
  • Other Suitcase, Item 10
    Award, 'National Conference of Christians and Jews presents its brotherhood citation to Steve Brody'
  • Other Suitcase, Item 15
    Silver Beaver Award Box