Guide to the Papers of Judge Jacob J. Kaplan (1889-1960), 1927-1960 [1934-1935]
 
*P-864

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Judge Jacob J. Kaplan (1889-1960)
Title: Judge Jacob J. Kaplan Papers
Dates:1927-1960 [1934-1935]
Abstract: Judge Jacob J. Kaplan, born March 12 1889, was a prominent and well-respected judge in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Kaplan spent seven years under the tutelage of Louis Brandeis, and gained skills that led to employment at the distinguished law firm of Nutter, McClennen and Fish. As a senior partner at Nutter, McClennen and Fish, Kaplan earned great respect from his colleagues and soon began his career as a judge with a seat as the Justice of the Dorchester Municipal Court. Among his many interests was the financial welfare of the city of Boston. This is reflected in the choice to serve on the board of the Boston Finance Commission. This collection contains a eulogy, photographs, a patent, and scrapbooks of articles regarding his work while a member of the Boston Finance Commission.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 document box)
Identification: P-864
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note

Judge Jacob J. Kaplan (1889-1960)

Judge Jacob J. Kaplan, born March 12 1889 was a prominent and well-respected Judge in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in New York, his family moved to Boston and settled in the West End. With the support of his parents, Kaplan excelled academically and at fifteen entered Harvard University. While at Harvard, Kaplan continued to prove his academic prowess. He was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, graduated in three years, and attended Harvard Law School as one of the youngest members and graduates.

After graduating from law school, Kaplan spent seven years under the tutelage of Louis Brandeis, and gained skills that led to employment at the distinguished law firm of Nutter, McClennen and Fish. This notable position led to an appointment as the President of the Boston Bar Association and as a committee member on the Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association. As a senior partner at Nutter, McClennen and Fish, Kaplan earned great respect from his colleagues and soon began his career as a judge with a seat as Justice of the Dorchester Municipal Court.

Among his many interests was the financial welfare of the city of Boston. This is reflected in his choice to serve on the boards of the Boston Finance Commission, the Federated Department Stores, Filenes's, and the Provident Institution of Savings. Judge Kaplan also had a deep respect for the educational institutions of Boston and was a trustee of Wellesley College, Hebrew Teachers College of Boston, Boston Society of Natural History, and the Museum of Science. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Boston University.

Judge Kaplan's wide range of interests in the welfare of the Jewish people led to his service as a board member, director, and trustee of a variety of committees such as Beth Israel Hospital, World Peace Foundation and International Friendship League, War Emergency Council, Jewish Welfare Board, and Administrative Committee of United Palestine Appeal. He was the founder of the Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Judge Jacob J. Kaplan died in 1960.1

Chronology

1889JJK born in New York, on March 12
1907B.A. Harvard University
1910L.L.B. Harvard Law School
1960JJK died

1 Biographical information was obtained from the eulogy in the Judge Jacob J Kaplan collection.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Judge Jacob J. Kaplan reflect various Jewish organizational and institutional activities in which JJK participated. However, the collection does not preserve the total volume of papers and work produced by JJK, but primarily deals with Judge Kaplan's appointment to the Boston Finance Commission. The collection contains photographs, a patent, eulogy, a copy of the Massachusetts Law Quarterly, and newspaper articles. The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: General and Series II: Scrapbooks.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series, as described below:

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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

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. 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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Judge Jacob J. Kaplan Papers; P-864; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to AJHS by Esther K. Braun.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: General, 1927-1960

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 1-4.
Arrangement:

Alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This series includes photographs, a patent, a copy of the Massachusetts Law Quarterly of 1853, and a copy of the Eulogy given in 1960 at his funeral.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Eulogy 1960
1 2 Massachusetts Law Quarterly 1953
1 3 Patent 1927
1 4 Photographs 1950
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Series II: Scrapbooks, 1934-1946

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 5-8.
Arrangement:

Alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes scrapbooks of newspaper articles during his appointment to the Boston Finance Commission and the Governors Advisory Committee.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 5 Scrapbook 1/Boston Finance Commission 1934-1935
1 6 Scrapbook 2/Boston Finance Commission 1935
1 7 Scrapbook 3/Boston Finance Commission 1935
1 8 Scrapbook 4/Governors Advisory Committee 1943-1946
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