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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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

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.

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

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

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

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