Rochester (NY) Jewish Community Oral History Project

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Collection Overview
Title: ROCHESTER (NY) JEWISH COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Creator: ROCHESTER (NY) JEWISH COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Call Number: D.259
Dates: 1925-1975
Physical Description: 12 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Biographical/Historical Note
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."

Access
The ROCHESTER (NY) JEWISH COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduScope and Content
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.


Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.Citation
[Item title, item date], ROCHESTER (NY) JEWISH COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, D.259, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
URL: http://www.library.rochester.edu/rbscp


Content List
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
22. Plans for Project Interviews
23. Speeches
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
Ahitow, Haim transcript .
Atwell, Father Henry transcript .
Barasch, Philip
Berger, Hanon and Ann transcript .
Berlove, Julia transcript .
Berman, Libbie transcript .
Berman, Robert transcript .
Bernstein, Philip transcript .
Bieber, Herman transcript .
Bittker, Clayton transcript .
Blanchard, Murray and Frances transcript .
Boyer, Michael transcript .
Braun, Wilhelm transcript .
Brown, Myrtle transcript .
Buff-Segal, Evelyn transcript .
Chatman, Abe transcript .
Cohen, Esther transcript .
Cohen, Jack and Bess transcript .
Cohen, Pincus
Dankner, Hyman transcript .
Edelman, Lester transcript .
Emiot, Israel transcript .
Finteshel, Louis transcript .
Freeman, Hyman transcript .
Gaby, Alex transcript .
Germanow, Leon transcript .
Gissen, Sonia and Robert
Goldberg, Arthur transcript .
Goldberg, Emanuel transcript .
Goldberg, Nathan transcript .
Goldman, Judge Harry transcript .
Goldman, Manny transcript .
Goldman, Reuben transcript .
Goldstein, Dr. J.D. transcript .
Gordon, Jerome transcript .
Gordon, Philip transcript .
Goronkin, Irving transcript .
Greenberg, William
Box 11
Transcripts
Greenhouse, Goldie transcript .
Harrison, Les transcript .
Hecker, Harold and Helen
Herz, Arthur transcript .
Hoffman, Manuel transcript .
Hollander, Abe transcript .
Hollander, Jennie transcript .
Horn, Dr. Mrs. Leonard transcript .
Hudson, Winthrop transcript .
Kaplan, Goldie transcript .
Kirschenbaum, Nelson Anne transcript .
Kolko, Harold transcript .
Kominz, Dr. Mrs. Louis transcript .
Kravitz, Fred transcript .
Kreag, Anna transcript .
Krieger, Seymor transcript .
Kroll, Mr. Mrs. Merwyn
Box 12
Lebovics, Ruth transcript .
Levin, Rose transcript .
Levinson, Morris transcript .
Liebschutz, Philip transcript .
Lipski, Helen
London, Alfred transcript .
London, Joseph transcript .
Louis, Elmer transcript .
Lovenheim, Clifford transcript .
Lowenthal, Arthur M. transcript .
Lurie, Mordecai transcript .
Mandell, Freida transcript .
Mandell, Hyman transcript .
Box 13
Meyer, Garson (copy 1 of 2) transcript .
Meyer, Garson (copy 2 of 2)
Mindel, Fanny transcript .
Neisner, Fred transcript .
Noble, Joseph transcript .
Norry, Irving transcript .
Norry, Neil transcript .
Nusbaum, Shephard transcript .
Ouzer, Louis transcript .
Owerback, Ben transcript .
Rapowitz, Bertram A. (copy 1 of 2)
Rapowitz, Bertram A. (copy 2 of 2)
Rappaport, Jacob transcript .
Rasnick, Meyer transcript .
Box 14
Reich, Charlotte Sturman transcript .
Richardson, Miriam transcript .
Robfogel, Nathan
Rock, Miriam transcript .
Rogan, Morris transcript .
Rosenbaum, Samuel transcript .
Rosenbloom, Harvey transcript .
Rosenstein, Mr. Mrs. Louis
Ruderman, Irving Eugenia (copy 1 of 2) transcript .
Ruderman, Irving Eugenia (copy 1 of 2)
Sarachan, Herman transcript .
Savedoff, Malcolm
Schuster, Bernard transcript .
Schwartz, Elizabeth transcript .
Segal, Harry transcript .
Shapiro, Dr. Morris
Silverstein, Joseph
Solomon, Aaron transcript .
Solomon, Abraham transcript .
Sturman, Florence transcript .
Sturman, Leon transcript .
Suskind, Harry transcript .
Vigdor, Justin
Weidenfeld, Mariam Dov
Wolsky, Jack
Zelter, Bessie transcript .


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