Rochester Jewish Oral History Project

Title: Rochester (NY) Jewish Community Oral History Project
Location: D259
Date range: 1925-1975
Size: 12 boxes

 

 


 


In 1976, a study was undertaken by the University of Rochester's Department of History and the Jewish Community Federation of Rochester to document Jewish life in Rochester from 1925 to 1975. Rabbi Abraham Karp, Professor of history and religion conceived and oversaw the project that consisted of conducting interviews with more than 100 members of the Jewish Community. People were identified as possible candidates for the project and a framework of questions was developed. Most interviewees were interviewed twice [two sessions]. Six advanced doctoral students undertook the interviews: Mark Friedrich, Tina Isaacs, Maurice Isserman, Dennis Klein, Brian Mitchell and Nancy Rosenbloom. The Max. A. Adler Charitable Foundation funded the project.

Professor Karp said that the project attempted to select and interview subjects that would reflect a cross-section of the Rochester Jewish community. Categories included leaders of the Jewish community, representatives of industry, mercantile trades, politicians, civic leaders, labor leaders, plus randomly selected rank and file Jewish people.

According to Milton Berman, Professor of History, who advised the interviewers, the study was a "glimpse of what it was like to live and grow up in a period of significant change for America as well as for Jews." He also observed that the study shows that "the Jewish Community in Rochester has changed from a community of small business workers to a community of highly educated professionals."

The collection is made up of the original audiotapes, upgrades of these to compact disc, the transcriptions of many of the interviews and the legal agreements entered into by the interview subjects. At this point in time [2005] a little more than 50% of the interviews have been transcribed.

Restrictions to use of individual oral histories are indicated on agreement forms at the beginning of each transcription.

Professor Karp delivered the audiotapes to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on August 15, 1977. In addition, four boxes of audiotapes and transcriptions were received from Rabbi Karp through Professor Harold Wechsler, Warner School of Education on April 14, 1997.

 

 

 

 


 


CONTENTS:

Box 1: Information on the Project

Folder:

 

 

 

  1. Correspondence, 1976-1978
  2. Meeting, August 16, 1976- Professor Karp and Interviewers
  3. Index of Logs
  4. Interviewer Lists, 1976-1977
  5. Interviewers' Evaluations, 1976
  6. Neil Norry Interview, page 30
  7. General Background
  8. Proposed Questionnaire, 1976
  9. Project Interview Forms, blank
  10. Summary Statistics, 1977(?)
  11. Financial Material, 1976-1977
  12. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, A-B
  13. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, C-E
  14. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, F-G
  15. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, H
  16. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, I-K
  17. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, L
  18. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, M-N
  19. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, O-R
  20. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, S
  21. Legal Agreements and Interview Summaries, T-Z

 


Box 2: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

 

 

  • Ahitow, Haim
  • Atwell, Father Henry
  • Barasch, Philip
  • Berger, Hanon
  • Berlove, Julia
  • Berman, Bob
  • Berman, Libbie
  • Bernstein, Rabbi
  • Bieber, Herman
  • Bittker, Mr. & Mrs. Clayton
  • Blanchard, Dr. Murray
  • Boyer, Michael
  • Braun, Wilhelm
  • Brown, Myrtle
  • Buff-Segal, Evelyn
  • Chatman, Abe

Box 3: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

  • Cohen, Esther
  • Cohen, Jack & Bess
  • Cohen, Pincus
  • Cohen, Solomon
  • Dankner, Hyman
  • Edelman, Lester
  • Emiot, Israel
  • Ergas, Victor
  • Finteshel, Louis
  • Foreman, Maurice
  • Freeman, Hy
  • Gaby, Alex
  • Germanow, Leon
  • Gissen, Sonia and Robert
  • Goldberg, Arthur
  • Goldberg, Emanuel
  • Goldberg, Nathan
  • Goldman, Judge Harry
  • Goldman, Manuel
  • Goldman, Reuben
  • Goldstein, Dr. JD
  • Goldstein, Joseph
  • Gordon, Jerome
  • Gordon, Phillip

Box 4: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

  • Goronkin, Irving
  • Greenberg, William
  • Greenhouse, Goldie
  • Harrison, Les
  • Hecker, Harold and Helen
  • Herz, Arthur
  • Hoffman, Manuel
  • Hollander, Abe
  • Hollander, Jennie
  • Horn, Dr. & Mrs. Leonard
  • Hudson, Winthrop
  • Kaplan, Goldie
  • Kirschenbaum, Nelson & Anne
  • Kolko, Harold
  • Kominz, Dr. Louis
  • Kravitz, Fred
  • Kreag, Anna
  • Krieger, Seymor
  • Kroll, Mr. & Mrs. Merwyn

Box 5: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

  • Lebovics, Ruth
  • Levin, Rose
  • Levinson, Morris
  • Liebschutz, Philip
  • Lipski, Helen
  • London, Alfred
  • London, Joseph
  • Louis, Elmer
  • Lovenheim, Clifford
  • Lowenthal, Arthur M.
  • Lurie, Mordecai
  • Mandel, Fieda
  • Mandel, Hyman
  • Meyer, Garson

Box 6: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

  • Mindel, Fanny
  • Neisner, Fred
  • Noble, Joseph
  • Norry, Irving
  • Norry, Neil J.
  • Nusbaum, Shephard & Fan
  • Ouzer, Louis
  • Owerback, Ben
  • Poze, Samuel
  • Rapowitz, Bert
  • Rappaport, Jacob
  • Rasnick, Meyer
  • Reich, Charlotte Sturman
  • Richardson, Miriam
  • Robfogel, Nathan
  • Rock, Julius
  • Rock, Miriam
  • Rogan, Morris
  • Rosenbaum, Cantor
  • Rosenbloom, Harvey
  • Rosenbloom, Nancy

Box 7: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

  • Rosenstein, Mr. & Mrs. Louis
  • Ruderman, Irving & Eugenia
  • Sarachan, Herman
  • Savedoff, Malcolm
  • Schuster, Bernard
  • Schwartz, Elisabeth
  • Segal, Dr. Harry
  • Shapiro, Dr. Morris
  • Silverstein, Joseph
  • Solomon, Rabbi Aaron
  • Solomon, Rabbi Abraham
  • Sturman, Florence (Mrs. Leo)
  • Sturman, Leon
  • Suskind, Harry

Box 8: Re-mastered CD's of interviews, transferred from original tapes in 2005:

  • Vigdor, Justin
  • Weidenfeld, Mariam & Dov
  • Wolsky, Jack
  • Zelter, Bessie

Box 9: Transcripts

  • Barasch, Philip
  • Berman, Robert transcript
     
  • Bernstein, Philip transcript
    General note: This transcription was created by Lindsey Schapiro, Carolyn Zelicof, Alex Saffran, and Josh Cohen in 2015, as part of Professor Nora Rubel's Judaism in America course.
  • Blanchard, Murray and Frances transcript
     
  • Boyer, Michael transcript
    General note:This transcription was created by Kyra Battaglia, Sarah Krulik, Kathleen Emmons, Anna Gershteyn, and Kylie Sargeant in 2015, as part of Professor Nora Rubel's Judaism in America course.
  • Cohen, Pincus
  • Gissen, Sonia and Robert
  • Greenberg, William

Box 11: Transcripts

  • Hecker, Harold and Helen
  • Kroll, Mr. & Mrs. Merwyn

Box 12:

  • Lipski, Helen
 

Box 13:

  • Meyer, Garson (copy 2 of 2)
  • Rapowitz, Bertram A. (copy 1 of 2)
  • Rapowitz, Bertram A. (copy 2 of 2)
 

Box 14:

  • Robfogel, Nathan
  • Rosenstein, Mr. & Mrs. Louis
  • Ruderman, Irving & Eugenia (copy 1 of 2) transcript
  • Ruderman, Irving & Eugenia (copy 1 of 2)
  • Savedoff, Malcolm
  • Shapiro, Dr. Morris
  • Silverstein, Joseph
  • Vigdor, Justin
  • Weidenfeld, Mariam & Dov
  • Wolsky, Jack
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