Throughout her life, Sarah Gofseyeff Heller advocated for the Zionist movement, American Jewish women, the establishment of a Jewish immigrant community in the United States, and the State of Israel. The Gofseyeff family were Polish Jews from a shtetl that was destroyed during the Holocaust. The Sarah G. Heller Materials document her life on Long Island, involvement in the Zionist movement, international relationships with family members in Palestine, and many other topics relating to Jewish and Jewish-American history and culture. Her materials also include a sizeable quantity of family recipes, sheet music, and songs.
The Shimkin Materials contain information on Boris M. Shimkin's engineering pursuits and affiliation with the University of California at Berkeley, as well as several articles and books published by Michael B. Shimkin on cancer research.
The Rachel Fraenkel Materials highlight the Zionist Movement in Great Britain. Of particular interest is a 1921 copy of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, published in Berlin in Yiddish and postcards from the early-twentieth century that depict various scenes relating to Zionism, Israel, art, and culture.
The Heller-Shimkin Papers also contain several boxes of photographs as well as twenty books, including the Collected Works of Isaac Leib Peretz in Yiddish. Two typewriters are placed at the end of the collection.