Guide to the Harry S Linfield (1889-1978) Papers,
undated, 1907-1978

P-346

Finding Aid by Michael D. Montalbano

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Michael D. Montalbano in January, 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Linfield, H. S. (Harry Sebee), 1889-
Title: Harry S Linfield (1889- ) Papers
Dates:undated, 1907-1978
Abstract: Harry Sabee Linfield (1889-1978), rabbi and statistician, collected statistics of Jewish life in America for the Bureau of Jewish Social Research and the United States Bureau of the Census. The majority of the collection contains his research data but also includes correspondence and other personal papers.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 10.67 linear feet (21 manuscript boxes and 1 OSF1 Folder).
Identification: P-346
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Harry Sabee Linfield (1889-1978), rabbi and statistician, from 1921 served as the Director of Information and Statistics of the Bureau of Jewish Social Research, originally a division of the American Jewish Committee, followed by the Synagogue Council of America and the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. He also served as ‘special agent’ for Jewish data for the United States Bureau of the Census in the Decennial Censuses of Religious Bodies in 1926, 1936 and 1946. His Jewish Statistical Bureau conducted other research on Jews in America and published numerous reports and other publications on their findings, specifically the Statistics of Jews.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the life and work of Harry S. Linfield as a statistician of Jewish life in America and includes personal and professional correspondence, research data and subject files, and a number of publications and reports.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically by record function and type.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility. For more information, contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Much of the published work of Harry S Linfield can be found in the partners' collections here at the Center for Jewish History.
Additional material related to Harry S Linfield, the Jewish Statistical Bureau, the Bureau of Jewish Social Research and the Statistical Bureau of the Synagogue Council of America can be found in the collections of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the American Jewish Archives. Specific collections at the American Jewish Archives are the papers of, Solomon Goldman, Abraham Jehiel Feldman and, Boris David Bogen.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Harry S Linfield (1889- ) Papers; P-346; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Container List

 

Series I: Correspondence and Personal Papers, undated, 1912-1978

The series is in English.
0.42 linear feet (9 folders and OSF1 manuscript boxes). Box 1, Folder 1 to Box 1, Folder 9 and OSF1.
Arrangement:

This material is arranged by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This series includes records that document the academic and personal life of Harry S Linfield from his education at Dropsie College, the Hebrew Union College, and the University of Chicago. The series also includes some of the perosnal papers of Sadie Linfield.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Correspondence undated, 1912-1955
1 2 Correspondence - Cyrus Adler 1918-1919
1 3 University of Chicago - Correspondence and Transcripts 1914-1919
BoxFolderTitleDate
OSF1 University of Chicago - Degree - Baccalaureate of Philosophy 1913 April 16
OSF1 University of Chicago - Degree - Doctor of Philosophy 1919 June 4
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 4 Dropsie College 1918-1959
1 5 Hebrew Union College - Correspondence and Transcripts 1915-1959
BoxFolderTitleDate
OSF1 Hebrew Union College - Degree - Rabbi 1918 June 1
OSF1 Hebrew Union College - Degree - Honarary Doctorate of Divinity 1959 June 9
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 6 Jewish Statistical Bureau, Inc. - Certificate of Incorporation 1950
1 7 Personal Papers undated
1 8 Personal Papers - Retirement 1978
1 9 Personal Papers - Sadie Linfield 1917-1918
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Series II: Publications, undated, 1919-1970

The series is in English.
1.5 linear feet (3 manuscript boxes). Box 1, Folder 10 to Box 4, Folder 23.
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically by publication agency and then by publication title and date.

Scope and Content:

This series document the work of Linfield that was published through the various organizations and agencies for which he worked. Included in this series are the numerous statistical reports of the Jewish Statistical Bureau Inc., along with his dissertation from the University of Chicago.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 10 American Jewish Committee - The Jews in the United States, 1927: A Study of their Number and Distribution 1929
1 11 American Jewish Committee - Statistical Department Report 1931
1 12 Bureau of Jewish Social Research - Newsletter - Summary of Events of Jewish Interest 1926-1927
1 13 Bureau of Jewish Social Research - Summary of Events of Jewish Interest - Volume II 1922-1923 June 1 - May 31
1 14 Bureau of Jewish Social Research - Summary of Events of Jewish Interest - Volume III 1923-1924 June 1 - May 31
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Bureau of Jewish Social Research - Summary of Events of Jewish Interest - Volume IV 1924-1925 June 1 - May 31
2 2 Dissertation - The Relation of Jewish to Babylonian Law 1919
2 3 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Annual Report 1944
2 4 Jewish Statistical Bureau - A Census of Jews - Draft 1950
2 5 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Communal Jewish Directory of the United States and Canada 1937-1940
2 6 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Conference on Jewish Demography 1934-1948
2 7 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Criminality Among Jews 1936
2 8 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Digest of Events of Jewish Interest 1933
2 9 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Digest of Events of Jewish Interest 1934
2 10 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Digest of Events of Jewish Interest 1937
2 11 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Digest of Events of Jewish Interest - Bound 1933
2 12 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Digest of Events of Jewish Interest - Bound 1934
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid's Index to Periodicals and Booklist 1932-1936
3 2 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid's Index to Periodicals and Booklist 1934
3 3 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid's Index to Periodicals and Booklist 1935
3 4 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid's Index to Periodicals and Booklist 1937
3 5 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid's Bibliographic and Library Service -The State Population Census by Faiths: Meaning, Reliability and Value - Bound (2 copies) 1938
3 6 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid's Bibliographic and Library Service -The State Population Census by Faiths: Meaning, Reliability and Value - Bound (3 copies) 1938
3 7 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Hasid Publication Company - Jewish Buyers' Guide 1954
3 8 Jewish Statistical Bureau - The Jewish Communal Census of Jews: Methods Used in Recent Years 1938
3 9 Jewish Statistical Bureau - The Jewish People in the Federal Census of Religous Groups 1948
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Jewish Statistical Bureau and the United States Census of Religious Bodies: Religious or Lay Sponsorship? 1946
4 2 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Memorandum on Experiment to Determine Method and Cost of Project of Record of Jewish Participation in Armed Forces of Our Country 1929
4 3 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Mother Tongue Inquiry in Federal Census: 1960 1960
4 4 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Necrology of Rabbis 1942-1971
4 5 Jewish Statistical Bureau - The New Statistics of Religious Groups: The Principle of Equal Treatment of Religious Groups in Official Records 1958 April
4 6 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Organization for Jewish Statistical Work Must Be American 1943
4 7 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Question on Religion in American Census and Statistical System: Statement by New Director of the Census 1967
4 8 Jewish Statistical Bureau - The Rabbis of the United States 1956-1957
4 9 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Relief for Belligerent Countries and Refugees by Jewish Organizations 1942
4 10 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Religion in Government Statistics: Demographic and Economic Statistics on Selected Religious Groups 1967
4 11 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Shall the U.S. Enumerate the American Population by Religious Affiliation? undated
4 12 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Shortage of Rabbis in the United States 1961
4 13 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Statistics of American Jews: The United States Census of American Religious Bodies 1943
4 14 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Statistics of Jews and American Church Statistics and United States Census of Religious Bodies 1940
4 15 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Statistics of Jews as an American Religious Body: Recent Demans that we Collect Statistics of Jews as an Ethnic Community 1938
4 16 Jewish Statistical Bureau - Statistics of Jews and Opposition to Religious Classification in Government Statistics undated
4 17 Jewish Statistical Bureau - A Statement on Rabbis in the Government's 1960 "Occupational Outlook Handbook" 1960
4 18 Jewish Statistical Bureau - United States Census of Religious Bodies 1956: Joint Resolution of Jewish Bodies 1955
4 19 Jewish Statistical Bureau - United States Census of Religious Groups and Census of Jewish Group: Interim Report to Delegates of Council for Statistics of Jews and National Committee of Jewish Statistical Bureau 1946-1947
4 20 Jewish Statistical Bureau - United States Decennial Population Census: 1970 - Census Bureau Considers Advisability of Question on Religion 1966
4 21 Jewish Statistical Bureau - The 1970 Census of Population and Inquiries on Religion: Present Status 1970
4 22 United States Department of Commerce - Census of Religious Bodies - Jewish Congregations - Statistics, History, Doctrine and Organization 1926 and 1936
4 23 Synagogue Council of America - Statistical Bureau undated, 1940-1942
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Series III: Research Data / Subject Files, undated, 1909-1970

The series is in English.
1.12 linear feet (2.25 manuscript boxes). Box 4, Folder 24 to Box 6, Folder 9.
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject topic.

Scope and Content:

This series contains Linfield's statistical research on a variety of subjects related to the census and Jews in American society.

BoxFolderTitleDate
4 24 American Oriental Society 1920
4 25 Black Jews 1936 and 1964
4 26 Cemeteries 1938
4 27 Census Controversy 1909-1970
4 28 Crime and Jews 1934
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Crime and Jews - Tables
5 2 Federations - Census Questionnaires 1936
5 3 Homes for the Aged - Census Questionnaires and Data 1936
5 4 Hospitals - Census Questionnaires 1936
5 5 Jewish Agricultural Society 1958-1963
5 6 Landsmanshaften Congregations - Index 1937
5 7 Jewish Prisoners - New York State 1927-1945
5 8 Jewish Prisoners - Statistics (1 of 2) 1930-1931
5 9 Jewish Prisoners - Statistics (2 of 2) 1930-1931
5 10 Methods for Enumerating the Jewish Population of the United States, 1936 1936 June 24
5 11 Mother Tongue Inquiry Controversy 1959
5 12 National Organizations - Census Questionnaires (1 of 2) 1936-1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 National Organizations - Census Questionnaires (2 of 2) 1936-1947
6 2 Ordinations 1907
6 3 Orphan Homes - Census Questionnaire 1936
6 4 State Hospital Admissions 1921-1932
6 5 Religious Instruction of Jewish Prisoners 1931-1943
6 6 Religious Question Controversy 1957-1958
6 7 The Role of the Torah in Judaism and its Progressive Development undated
6 8 Services to Jewish Prisoners (1 of 2) 1931
6 9 Services to Jewish Prisoners (2 of 2) 1931
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Series IV: Research Data / Census, 1917-1951

The series is in English.
6.5 linear feet (13 manuscript boxes). Box 6, Folder 10 to Box 20, Folder 6.
Arrangement:

This material is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the statistical data used in the course of Linfield's research and reporting for the census and other publications.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 10 Alabama 1936-1951
6 11 Arizona 1946-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Arkansas 1936-1948
7 2 California (1 of 4) 1937-1950
7 3 California (2 of 4) 1937-1950
7 4 California (3 of 4) 1937-1950
7 5 California (4 of 4) 1937-1950
7 6 Colorado 1937-1947
7 7 Connecticut (1 of 2) 1936-1950
7 8 Connecticut (2 of 2) 1936-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Delaware 1938-1950
8 2 District of Columbia 1937-1950
8 3 Florida 1937-1950
8 4 Georgia 1936-1950
8 5 Idaho 1936-1948
8 6 Illinois (1 of 3) 1936-1950
8 7 Illinois (2 of 3) 1936-1950
8 8 Illinois (3 of 3) 1936-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 Indiana (1 of 2) 1936-1948
9 2 Indiana (2 of 2) 1936-1948
9 3 Iowa 1937-1948
9 4 Kansas 1937-1950
9 5 Kentucky 1936-1948
9 6 Louisiana 1936-1951
9 7 Maine 1936-1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Maryland (1 of 2) 1936-1951
10 2 Maryland (2 of 2) 1936-1951
10 3 Massachussetts - Census (1 of 2) 1932-1950
10 4 Massachussetts - Census (2 of 2) 1932-1950
10 5 Massachussetts - Directory (1 of 2) 1937-1951
10 6 Massachussetts - Directory (2 of 2) 1937-1951
10 7 Michigan (1 of 2) 1936-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 Michigan (2 of 2) 1936-1950
11 2 Minnesota (1 of 2) 1936-1950
11 3 Minnesota (2 of 2) 1936-1950
11 4 Mississippi 1937-1951
11 5 Missouri 1931-1951
11 6 Montana 1936-1950
11 7 Nebraska 1936-1951
11 8 Nevada 1939-1946
11 9 New Hampshire 1937-1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 New Jersey - Census (1 of 3) 1930-1950
12 2 New Jersey - Census (2 of 3) 1930-1950
12 3 New Jersey - Census (3 of 3) 1930-1950
12 4 New Jersey - Directory (1 of 2) 1937-1951
12 5 New Jersey - Directory (2 of 2) 1937-1951
12 6 New Mexico 1937-1951
12 7 New York City - Census - Bronx 1936-1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 New York City - Census - Brooklyn (1 of 2) 1936-1950
13 2 New York City - Census - Brooklyn (2 of 2) 1936-1950
13 3 New York City - Census - Manhattan (1 of 5) 1935-1950
13 4 New York City - Census - Manhattan (2 of 5) 1935-1950
13 5 New York City - Census - Manhattan (3 of 5) 1935-1950
13 6 New York City - Census - Manhattan (4 of 5) 1935-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 New York City - Census - Manhattan (5 of 5) 1935-1950
14 2 New York City - Census - Queens 1935-1939
14 3 New York City - Directory (1 of 2) 1937-1938
14 4 New York City - Directory (2 of 2) 1937-1938
14 5 New York City - Directory - Bronx and Brooklyn (1 of 2) 1948-1950
14 6 New York City - Directory - Bronx and Brooklyn (2 of 2) 1948-1950
14 7 New York City - Directory - Manhattan (1 of 2) 1937-1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 New York City - Directory - Manhattan (2 of 2) 1937-1951
15 2 New York City - Directory - Queens and Long Island 1936-1950
15 3 New York City - Statistics 1917
15 4 New York State - Census - A-K (1 of 2) 1936-1949
15 5 New York State - Census - A-K (2 of 2) 1936-1949
15 6 New York State - Census - L-P (1 of 2) 1936-1948
15 7 New York State - Census - L-P (2 of 2) 1936-1948
15 8 New York State - Census - R-Y (1 of 2) 1932-1950
15 9 New York State - Census - R-Y (2 of 2) 1932-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 New York State - Directory (1 of 2) 1936-1951
16 2 New York State - Directory (2 of 2) 1936-1951
16 3 North Carolina 1935-1951
16 4 North Dakota 1936-1950
16 5 Ohio - Census (1 of 3) 1936-1951
16 6 Ohio - Census (2 of 3) 1936-1951
16 7 Ohio - Census (3 of 3) 1936-1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Ohio - Directory 1937-1951
17 2 Oklahoma 1936-1950
17 3 Oregon 1936-1948
17 4 Pennsylvania - Census - A-H (1 of 2) 1936-1950
17 5 Pennsylvania - Census - A-H (2 of 2) 1936-1950
17 6 Pennsylvania - Census - I-Philadelphia (1 of 2) 1927-1950
17 7 Pennsylvania - Census - I-Philadelphia (2 of 2) 1927-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 Pennsylvania - Census - Philipsburg-Y (1 of 2) 1935-1948
18 2 Pennsylvania - Census - Philipsburg-Y (2 of 2) 1935-1948
18 3 Pennsylvania - Directory (1 of 3) 1935-1951
18 4 Pennsylvania - Directory (2 of 3) 1935-1951
18 5 Pennsylvania - Directory (3 of 3) 1935-1951
18 6 Rhode Island 1935-1951
18 7 South Carolina 1936-1951
18 8 South Dakota 1936-1947
18 9 Tennessee 1935-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 1 Texas - Census (1 of 2) 1936-1950
19 2 Texas - Census (1 of 2) 1936-1950
19 3 Texas Counties - Census (1 of 2) 1936-1940
19 4 Texas Counties - Census (2 of 2) 1936-1940
19 5 Texas - Directory 1936-1951
19 6 Utah 1936-1949
19 7 Vermont 1936-1950
19 8 Virginia (1 of 2) 1932-1951
BoxFolderTitleDate
20 1 Virginia (2 of 2) 1932-1951
20 2 Washington 1936-1951
20 3 West Virginia 1936-1951
20 4 Wisconsin (1 of 2) 1936-1951
20 5 Wisconsin (2 of 2) 1936-1951
20 6 Wyoming 1936-1949
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