Guide to the Papers of Leon J. Obermayer (1886-1984), undated, 1913, 1919-1920, 1922, 1924-1930, 1932-1934, 1936-1973, 1976-1978

*P-141

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Obermayer, Leon J. (1886-1984)
Title:Leon J. Obermayer, papers
Dates:undated, 1913, 1919-1920, 1922, 1924-1930, 1932-1934, 1936-1973, 1976-1978
Abstract:The collection contains correspondence, documents and newspaper clippings relating to the life and activities of Obermayer in national, local and Jewish organizations. Contains also correspondence and other materials concerning the Board of Public Education of Philadelphia on which he served as member and then president 1955-1961 (of special interest are the papers pertaining to communism in the schools, educational television -WHYY, and the problems of minority students); the American Jewish Historical Society of which he served as a member, president and chairman of the Exec. Council (of special interest is the material pertaining to the litigation over the Society's move to Waltham); the Symphony Club (1959-1966); the Penn. Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1958-1960); the Penn. Alcoholic Beverage Study (1961-1967); the Heart Association of Southeastern Penn. (1964-1965); the National Committee on Employment of Youth (1965-1968); the American Bar Association Special Committee on Investigation, Solicitation and Handling of Personal Injury Claims (1957-1959); the Committee on Legal Ethics and Grievances (1961-1969); the Penn. Prison Society (1964-1969); the Phila. YM & YWHA (1925-1940, 1967-1968); the Hebrew Sunday School Society (1919-1970); the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, with special reference to Edmond Cahn's opposition to the establishment of Reform Jewish day schools (1964-1965); the Hebrew Union College (1964-1968); B'nai B'rith (1957-1967) and the Philadelphia Bar Assoc. (1937-1977).
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet (21 manuscript boxes)
Identification:P-141
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Leon Jacob Obermayer (1886-1984)

Leon Jacob Obermayer was born on September 24, 1886, in Sciota, Illinois. He was a lawyer and a civic and communal leader. He was the son of Hermann and Veronika (Lehman) and attended Central High School in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1908, he received his L.L.B. In 1923, he married Julia Sinsheimer and had three children, Herman, Helen Sellers and Arthur. Leon, a lifelong Philadelphian, was voted one of Philadelphia's 50 most outstanding citizens by Philadelphia Magazine on its 50th anniversary.

Obermayer's father died in 1897 and his brother Henry assumed a working role while Leon attended school. Leon went on to attend a competitive school, Central High School, and later served as president of the school's alumni association and was his class archivist/historian. Leon's papers contain his annotated annual alumni directories which track the lives and deaths of each of the men who graduated from his year.

After a year of undergraduate work at the Wharton School, one of Obermayer's former teachers at Central High School, Franklin Spencer Edwards, encouraged Obermayer to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania. "Mr. Edmonds" left Central High School to form his own law firm and upon graduation, Obeymayer joined the firm. In 1925, the firm's name changed to Edmonds, Obermayer, and Rebmann and continues today in Philadelphia under the name of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hippel.

Eventually, Obermayer's firm became one of the largest and most successful civil litigation firms in Philadelphia and Obermayer himself was a specialist in trusts and estates. He served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and chair of the Ethics Committee and vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and chairman of its Committee on Professional Guidance. In 1971, Leon received the Philadelphia Bar Association's Fidelity Award for his lifelong commitment to the law and remained active in the practice of law until just a few weeks before his death. On his 90th birthday, Leon revealed to the Philadelphia Ledger that he still went to office five or six days a week. In 2002, Leon was inducted in the new Philadelphia Bar Association's Hall of Fame.

Besides his regard for the law, Obermayer also possessed a concern for children, starting out, as Libo and Feldberg write, at the age of 25 when he became a Scout leader. Obermayer went on to serve as chair of the Philadelphia Council of the Boy Scouts of America and "participated in the governance of the national Scouting movement." Obermayer also worked in the service of public education, the care of the mentally disabled, vocational training, religious instruction, and care of the elderly as well as a myriad of other humanitarian causes. In 1938, Obermayer joined the Philadelphia Board of Public Education and sat on the Board for more than 23 years. During the height of anti-Communist purges in America, Obermayer called for the firing of teachers invoking the First or Fifth Amendments to the Constitution before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s. Although the teachers were initially fired, they were reinstated by a federal appeals court. Libo and Feldberg note that "despite his conservative stance on loyalty issues, Leon proved himself a liberal regarding most other issues during his tenure on the board. Two years after Leon's term as president, the first of the major civil rights measures passed Congress and the United States made a commitment to desegregation, civil rights for African-Americans and the equality of opportunity for all of the nation's citizens."

Obermayer took a clear stance that racial discrimination was wrong and that public education was an important medium to encourage upward mobility and opportunity for all of Philadelphia's citizens. As president of the school board, Leon studied the issues raised by unequal education and encouraged the Philadelphia School District's managers to train the city's public school teachers to combat racism and pushed for improved Philadelphia schools. Among these improvements were funding university professors to educate in math, language, and science; mainstreaming mentally and physically handicapped students into regular classrooms rather than isolating them into separate ones, strengthening vocational training programs and providing internships for students in his law firm as well as pushing for music and art education. He retired from the Board of Education in 1961.

Obermayer was a staunch Republican and worked actively in the Republican Party. In regards to his congregational affiliation, he was a member and the president of Congregation Adath Jeshurum until 1935, when he resigned after a dispute with the Congregation's rabbi. Obermayer and his wife then moved on to Congregation Rodeph Shalom where they funded the newsletter and served as various officers of the Congregation. Obermayer also served on the board of the Albert Einstein Medical Center and was president of the Young Men's Hebrew Association.

In 1921, Obermayer was nominated by Cyrus Adler to become a member of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) and eventually became its president in 1963. During his time as President, Obermayer helped the AJHS establish a permanent (at the time) home in Waltham, MA, on the campus of Brandeis University with the help of a large bequest by former AJHS president Lee M. Friedman, who wanted a permanent home for the Society created. According to Libo and Feldman, "When time came for the AJHS Board of Trustees to select a site for the organization's first real home, controversy arose. Some members insisted that New York City remain the Society's base of operations. A small group wanted AJHS to move to Philadelphia. A third faction argued in favor of a solution in which AJHS would acquire a parcel of land at Brandeis University and construct its new building in Waltham, MA. Feelings over the question of where to relocate became heated and divided the trustees. Leon favored the Brandeis proposal, where Abram L. Sachar, the university's president, promised to employ the university's academic resources to assist the Society in establishing its new home."

"Forty-seven percent of the board voted for Waltham, forty-three percent for New York and ten percent voted for Philadelphia. AJHS began building its Waltham facility under Leon's direction and the holdouts formed what is now the Jewish Historical Society of New York. The Society's budget expanded greatly under Leon's stewardship and its new home provided at the time the largest space in the United States dedicated solely to preserving the historical record of the American Jewish experience." (The AJHS eventually joined forces with the Center for Jewish History located in New York City and keeps its current New England and Boston collections in Newton Centre, MA.)

The Obermayers had an extensive Judaica collection. Again, Libo and Feldman write: "Leon and Julia extended their acquisitions into the realm of anti-Semitica, sports memorabilia and other unusual items. They particularly enjoyed discovering items from daily life that began with no Jewish content but to which craftsmen later applied some Jewish identifier. The Obermayers tried to collect as many of these hidur mitzvah artifacts as possible. Leon and Julia enlisted some of their cousins living in Germany to collect Judaica, at the time of Hitler becoming ruler, asking them to purchase any Judaica objects they could find.

When their relatives purchased items, the Obermayers put the money used aside to help relatives and others flee Germany to the States, Cuba, or Costa Rica, but many of these efforts to help did not pan out. Obermayer attempted to persuade governments to accept Jewish German refugees but was thwarted. Obermayer represented the International Committee for Jewish Refugees and was almost successful in getting Costa Rica to accept more Jews from Europe but his plans fell through after meeting with that country's President Leon Cortes Castro. He did eventually get some of his relatives out of Germany.

An avid traveler, Obermayer first visited Israel in 1951. During this visit, he met with the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Isaac Herzog and the visit sparked Obermayer's will to plant Reform Judaism in Israel based upon a comment from Herzog.

According to Libo and Feldberg: "During the family trip, the Obermayers had the opportunity after Shabbat services to visit the home of Rabbi Isaac Herzog, the Chief Rabbi of Israel. When Leon told Rabbi Herzog that he was active in the Reform Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, the rabbi's response was "Then you really are goyim." That comment shocked the family and intensified Leon's desire to see Reform Judaism gain a foothold in Israel. Leon was well connected with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion" and an honorary degree of Doctor of Hebrew Letters was conferred on Obermayer in 1954. He joined their board in 1958, and became its vice chairman in 1962. Obermayer was a friend of the college's president, Nelson Glueck, a world renowned archaeologist who had spent many years in the Middle East on archaeological digs. In 1963 with Leon's encouragement the HUC opened a Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem. Until that time, no Reform synagogues were allowed in Israel, and the HUC was reluctantly allowed to have a chapel for limited use within its own facilities. The acceptance of Reform Judaism in Israel increased with the establishment by HUC in 1970 of a Year-in-Israel Program for U.S. rabbinical students, and eventually, a program to train Reform rabbis to serve in Israel.

Despite his self-critical nature, Leon's skill as an orator and narrator was legendary. As his son Herman reflected at Leon's eulogy, by virtue of his strength of character and charisma wherever Leon sat became the head of the table. He never lost his sociability or enjoyment of companionship. His 90th birthday party in September of 1976 was held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, the source of many unexplained deaths from "Legionnaire's Disease" a few weeks earlier. Many people feared a new outbreak, but Leon would not be deterred. At the party he gave an eloquent talk and rarely sat at the table, as he circulated from table to table, greeting each of the 250 guests who attended. The list of attendees included Leon's three children, nine grandchildren, Senator Hugh Scott, David Maxwell and Bernard Segal (both former presidents of the American Bar Association) and several judges. At one point, he engages with repartee with bandleader Harold Ruben, who provided music for the occasion. Ruben remarked to Leon, "I played at your 80th birthday party." Leon replied, "I hope you play at my 100th!"

That was not to be. On October 2, 1984, Leon Jacob Obermayer passed away at 98. Until six weeks before his death, Leon was mentally alert and physically active. He enjoyed his ninety-eight birthday with his wife, children and their spouses. The next day, he went to bed, never got up and died a week later with no apparent suffering. His beloved Julia lived for another 12 years, still very much the center of the Obermayer family.

For a listing of civic, religious and professional organizations Leon belonged to, please consult The Obermayers: A History of a Jewish Family in Germany and America 1618-2009.

Sources:
Libo, Kenneth and Michael Feldberg. The Obermayers: A History of a Jewish Family in Germany and America 1618-2009. Massachusetts: Obermayer Foundation Inc., 2009.
Who's Who in American Jewry, 1980. AJHS Call # E184.J5 W6
The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography, vol. 2. AJHS Call # E184.J5 C653 1994

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, documents and newspaper clippings relating to the life and activities of Obermayer in national, local and Jewish organizations.

The collection includes miscellaneous personal correspondence, especially with his son Arthur, and Maurice Jacobs; correspondence regarding his charitable contributions; copies of his writings and speeches in manuscript and printed form; and messages and newspaper clippings on the occasion of birthdays and honors received.

The collection also contains correspondence and other materials concerning the Boy Scouts of America (1941-1973); the Board of Public Education of Philadelphia on which he served as member and then president 1955-1961 (of special interest are the papers pertaining to Communism in the schools, educational television - WHYY, and the problems of minority students); the American Jewish Historical Society of which he served as a member, President and Chairman of the Executive Council (of special interest in the material pertaining to the litigation over the Society' s move to Waltham); the Symphony Club (1959-1966); the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1958-1960); The Pennsylvania Alcoholic Beverage Study (1961-1967); the Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (1964-1965); the National Committee on Employment of Youth (1965-1968); the American Bar Association Special Committee on Investigation, Solicitation and Handling of Personal Injury Claims (1957-1959); The Committee on Legal Ethics and Grievances (1961-1969); the Pennsylvania Prison Society (1964-1969); the Philadelphia YM & YWHA (1925-1940, 1967-1968); the Hebrew Sunday School Society (1919-1970); the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, with special reference to Edmond Cahn's opposition to the establishment of Reform Jewish day schools (1964-1965); the Hebrew Union College (1964-1968); B'nai B'rith (1957-1967) and the Philadelphia Bar Association (1937-1977).

The collection is valuable to researchers interested in studying Philadelphia, Philadelphia education, U.S. education, Negro-Jewish relations, Reform Judaism in the U.S., education and discrimination, and anti-Semitism in Philadelphia.

The collection is in English.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into six series as follows:

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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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Related Material

Bernard C. Ehrenreich papers (P-26)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Leon J. Obermayer, papers; P-141; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Note

Donated by Leon J. Obermayer, 1974-1975.

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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: Personal Papers, undated, 1925-1926, 1932-1933, 1942, 1948, 1954, 1956-1969, 1971-1973, 1976-1978

English.
Box 1 - Box 2, Folder 5.
Scope and Content:

This series contains Obermayer's personal materials. These include miscellaneous correspondence, correspondence with his son, Arthur, papers regarding his "Man of the Year" honors, and miscellaneous writings and speeches. The series also contains newspaper clippings regarding his involvement with the Philadelphia Board of Public Education as well as his activities with the American Jewish Historical Society.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence (A-Z) (contains pin) undated, 1932-1933, 1958-1959, 1964-1969, 1971-1972, 1976
1 2 Miscellaneous contributions to charity undated, 1960, 1962-1963, 1965, 1967-1968
1 3 Correspondence with Son, Arthur 1960-May 1963
1 4 Correspondence with Son, Arthur June 1963 - 1966
1 5 Personal Testimony in Auerbach vs. Philadelphia Transportation Company 1962-1963, 1965-1966
1 6 Papers regarding "Man of the Year" Honors - Congregation Keneseth Israel (contains photograph) 1925-1926, 1942, 1948, 1954, 1956-1957, 1961, 1963, 1966-1967, 1973, 1978
1 7 Messages on re-election to presidency of Philadelphia Board of Public Education undated, 1957-1958, 1960
1 8 Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches undated, 1956, 1960-1961, 1967-1968, 1971
1 9 Personal Messages on 75th Birthday and Retirement from Board of Public Education (1 of 2) September 1961
1 10 Personal Messages on 75th Birthday and retirement from Board of Public Education (2 of 2) October 1961 - 1962
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Official statements and newspaper clippings regarding retirement from Board of Public Education undated, 1961
2 2 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings regarding Board of Public Education activities of LJO undated, 1957
2 3 Messages on election as President of American Jewish Historical Society 1964
2 4 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings regarding AJHS activities undated, 1964, 1968
2 5 Miscellaneous Congratulatory Messages 1967-1968, 1977
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Series II: Philadelphia Board of Public Education, undated, 1930, 1938-1941, 1943-1946, 1948-1966

English.
Box 2, Folder 6 - Box 8, Folder 14.
Arrangement:

Arranged into three subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series mostly consists of correspondence related to Obermayer's involvement with the Philadelphia Board of Public Education.

Subseries A: Chronological Correspondence, 1953-1966

English.
Box 2, Folder 6 - Box 3, Folder 5.
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains chronological correspondence during the years from 1953 to 1966.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 6 (EMPTY FOLDER) (See also: Correspondence arranged by subject (Boxes 7-12))
2 7 Board of Public Education Correspondence 1953-1959
2 8 Board of Public Education Correspondence January-June 1960
2 9 Board of Public Education Correspondence July-December 1960
2 10 Board of Public Education Correspondence January-April 1961
2 11 Board of Public Education Correspondence May-August 1961
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Board of Public Education Correspondence September-December 1961
3 2 (EMPTY FOLDER) (See also: correspondence arranged by subject 7-12?)
3 3 Miscellaneous correspondence 1962
3 4 Miscellaneous correspondence 1963-1966
3 5 Miscellaneous correspondence with Public School Council 1960-1962

Subseries B: Correspondence by subject, undated, 1930, 1938-1941, 1943-1946, 1948-1965

English.
Box 4, Folder 1 - Box 6, Folder 7.
Scope and Content:

This subseries is composed of correspondence by subject. The series documents his involvement with the legal profession, Judaism, child welfare, anti-Semitism, and public education in Philadelphia.

BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 (EMPTY FOLDER) (See also: Miscellaneous correspondence chronologically arranged) (Boxes 2-3)
4 2 Correspondence regarding Greater Philadelphia Movement 1959-1964
4 3 Correspondence regarding Central High School 1960-1964
4 4 Correspondence regarding School Finances and Taxes 1960-1963
4 5 Correspondence and newspaper clippings regarding Federal Aid to Education 1959-1961
4 6 Correspondence regarding architects for new school buildings 1960-1965
4 7 Correspondence regarding naming of new schools 1960-1963
4 8 Correspondence regarding appointment of new school board members 1955-1959, 1961
4 9 Correspondence regarding care and education of blind children undated, 1956-1959, 1961-1962, 1964
4 10 Correspondence and report regarding child and social health 1959-1962
4 11 Correspondence regarding music in the public schools 1959-1961, 1964
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Correspondence regarding released time plan of religious education 1943-1945
5 2 Correspondence regarding released time plan of religious education 1930, 1946, 1951-1952, 1954-1955, 1957
5 3 Correspondence regarding religion and the public schools 1938, 1957, 1961-1962
5 4 Correspondence regarding anti-Semitism in the public schools 1951-1952, 1959-1960
5 5 Jews in Philadelphia Schools: Correspondence 1949, 1951-1955, 1961
5 6 Jews in Philadelphia Schools: Statistical Data and Reports undated, 1951-1955, 1961
5 7 Teaching of Hebrew in the Philadelphia Public Schools: Correspondence 1939-1941, 1950-1955, 1957
5 8 Teaching of Hebrew in the Philadelphia Public Schools: Correspondence 1958-1962
5 9 Teaching of Hebrew in the Philadelphia Public Schools: Newspaper clippings undated, 1939, 1945, 1948-1950, 1954, 1957, 1959-1963
5 10 Teaching of Hebrew in the Philadelphia Public Schools: Reports 1939, 1955-1961
5 11 Writings of Leon J. Obermayer on integration undated, 1960
5 12 Correspondence regarding integration 1956, 1958-1960
5 13 Correspondence regarding integration 1961, 1963-1965
5 14 Newspaper clippings on Leon J. Obermayer's stand on integration undated, 1959-1960
BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 (Miscellaneous?) Correspondence February-November 1956
6 2 Correspondence December 1956
6 3 Correspondence January-February 1957
6 4 Correspondence March-December 1957
6 5 Correspondence 1958
6 6 Correspondence 1959-1962
6 7 Miscellaneous documents regarding educational television undated, 1953, 1955-1958

Subseries C: Board of Public Education re Communism, undated, 1948-1962

English.
Box 7, Folder 1 - Box 8, Folder 14.
Scope and Content:

This subseries consists correspondence regarding communism and communist teachers, during the years from 1950-1957. It also has stenographic transcripts and case histories of fired employees. The series also has resolutions, publicity, and statements regarding dismissed teachers.

BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers 1950-1951, 1953
7 2 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers undated, 1953
7 3 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers January-May 1954
7 4 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers June-December 1954
7 5 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers 1955
7 6 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers 1956
7 7 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers 1957
7 8 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers 1958-1959
7 9 Correspondence re: Communism and Communist Teachers 1961-1962
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Publicity by Communist Party undated, 1953-1954
8 2 Teacher Cases in New York undated, 1949-1950, 1952, 1954, 1956
8 3 Jefferson Medical College 1953
8 4 Stenographic Transcripts and Case Histories of Fired Employees: Names of Dismissed Employees, Years of Service, Salaries, etc. undated, 1954-1960
8 5 Stenographic Transcripts and Case Histories of Fired Employees: Case Histories of Fired Employees undated, 1948-1955
8 6 Teacher Case in Los Angeles undated, 1953-1955
8 7 Resolutions, Publicity, and Statements re: Dismissed Teachers - Publicity and Statements at Outset of Suspension 1953
8 8 Resolutions, Publicity, and Statements re: Dismissed Teachers - Hearing notices for Suspended Employees and Rules of Procedure for Hearings 1953
8 9 Resolutions, Publicity, and Statements re: Dismissed Teachers - Printed resolutions which were voted on undated, 1953-1954
8 10 Resolutions, Publicity, and Statements re: Dismissed Teachers - Resolutions preferring changes undated, 1952-1953
8 11 Resolutions, Publicity, and Statements re: Dismissed Teachers - Hearing Schedule and Letters to Members of the Board of Public Education Concerning Schedule undated, 1953-1954
8 12 Publications of Teachers Union undated, 1951-1954
8 13 Publications of Civil Liberties Union undated, 1953-1955
8 14 Newspaper clippings re: Leon J. Obermayer and Communist Teachers' Case 1953-1954
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Series III: American Jewish Historical Society, undated, 1950, 1957-1973

English.
Box 9, Folder 1 - Box 17, Folder 3.
Arrangement:

Arranged into five subseries.

Scope and Content:

The series mostly consists of correspondence relating to Obermayer's activities with the American Jewish Historical Society.

Subseries A: Chronological Correspondence, 1961-1973

English.
Box 9, Folder 1 - Box 13, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

The subseries contains chronological correspondence with the American Jewish Historical Society from the years 1961 to 1973.

BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 (EMPTY FOLDER) (See also: Correspondence arranged by subject)
9 2 Correspondence 1961-1963
9 3 Correspondence January-April 1964
9 4 Correspondence April-May 1964
9 5 Correspondence June-July 1964
9 6 Correspondence July-October 1964
9 7 Correspondence November-December 1964
9 8 Correspondence January-March 1965
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 (EMPTY FOLDER) (See also: Miscellaneous correspondence arranged by subject)
10 2 Correspondence March-May 1965
10 3 Correspondence June-August 1965
10 4 Correspondence September-December 1965
10 5 Correspondence January 1966
10 6 Correspondence February-March 1966
10 7 Correspondence April-May 1966
10 8 Correspondence June-July 1966
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 Correspondence August-September 1966
11 2 Correspondence October-December 1966
11 3 Correspondence January 1967-December 1968
11 4 Correspondence January-June 1969
11 5 Correspondence July-August 1969
11 6 Correspondence September-December 1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 Correspondence January-June 1970
12 2 Correspondence July-December 1970
12 3 Correspondence January-June 1971
12 4 Correspondence July-December 1971
12 5 Correspondence January-June 1972
12 6 Correspondence July-December 1972
12 7 Correspondence January-June 1973
12 8 Correspondence July-December 1973
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 (EMPTY FOLDER) (See also: Miscellaneous correspondence chronologically arranged)

Subseries B: Correspondence by subject, undated, 1958, 1961-1970, 1972

English.
Box 13, Folders 2-16.
Scope and Content:

The subseries consists of correspondence by subject. Examples of Obermayer's correspondence regarding the American Jewish Historical Society include correspondence pertaining to the AJHS Constitution (Box 13, Folder 2), Executive Committee Nominations (Box 13, Folder 5), publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (Box 13, Folder 6), and correspondence regarding AJHS bequests (Box 13, Folder 13). The Subseries also contains material related to the publication of Haym Salomon material (Box 13, Folder 8). The Subseries includes correspondence regarding the Lee M. Friedman award (Box 13, Folder 10). The Subseries has correspondence regarding S. Temkin (Box 13, Folder 15) and the death of Harry G. Friedman (Box 13, Folder 16).

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 2 Correspondence regarding A.J.H.S. Constitution 1958, 1961, 1963-1966
13 3 Correspondence regarding appointment of Executive Secretary 1965-1966
13 4 Correspondence regarding Statement of Objectives undated, 1965
13 5 Correspondence regarding A.J.H.S. Executive Committee Nominations 1966
13 6 Correspondence regarding A.J.H.S. Publications 1964-1966
13 7 Correspondence regarding Syracuse University, Rudolph Lectures 1964-1965, 1970, 1972
13 8 Correspondence regarding Publication of Haym Salomon material 1966-1967, 1969
13 9 Correspondence regarding obtaining collections 1964-1966
13 10 Correspondence regarding Lee M. Friedman award 1964-1968
13 11 Correspondence regarding Membership 1964-1965
13 12 Correspondence regarding Landing Day 1965-1966
13 13 Correspondence and documents regarding A.J.H.S. bequests 1962-1965
13 14 Correspondence regarding pensions and insurance 1958, 1965-1966
13 15 Correspondence regarding S. Temkin 1966
13 16 Correspondence regarding death of Harry G. Friedman 1965

Subseries C: Correspondence and Documents re: AJHS Bequests, 1967-1971

English.
Box 13, Folders 17-20.
Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence and documents regarding AJHS bequests. The subseries contains materials related to the Goodman Agreement (Box 13, Folder 17), Dr. and Mrs. Abraham Kanof (Box 13, Folder 18), and the estates of Gertrude F. Davis (Box 13, Folder 19) and Bernard G. Rudolph (Box 13, Folder 20).

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 17 Goodman Agreement 1967-1968
13 18 Dr. & Mrs. Abram Kanof 1967-1968, 1970-1971
13 19 Estate of Gertrude F. Davis, Deceased 1967, 1969-1970
13 20 Estate of Bernard G. Rudolph, Deceased 1970

Subseries D: Correspondence re: Move to Brandeis (Friedman Estate Correspondence), undated, 1957-1967

English.
Box 14, Folder 1 - Box 15, Folder 12.
Scope and Content:

The subseries has correspondence with legal practices such as Schapiro, Wisan and Schapiro and Mintz, Levin, Cohn and Golovsky as well as individuals. The Subseries also contains general correspondence (Box 14, Folders 6 - Box 15, Folder 7). The Subseries also consists of correspondence regarding the 1964 meeting of AJHS, proxies for vote of membership on relocation, and publications and letters of the Committee for the Preservation of the Integrity of the A.J.H.S. Also included are newspaper clippings regarding A.J.H.S. litigation. The subseries contains a folder with the will and accounts of the Lee M. Friedman estate.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 Correspondence: Schapiro, Wisan, and Schapiro 1964
14 2 Correspondence: Schapiro, Wisan, and Schapiro 1965-1966
14 3 Correspondence: Mintz, Levin, Cohn and Glovsky 1963-1964
14 4 Correspondence: Mintz, Levin, Cohn and Glovsky 1965
14 5 Correspondence: Mintz, Levin, Cohn and Glovsky 1966-1967
14 6 Correspondence: David Schwartz 1964-1966
14 7 Correspondence: Frank L. Kozol 1958-1967
14 8 Correspondence: Jackson J. Holtz 1959-1962
14 9 Correspondence March 1959-September 1960
14 10 Correspondence May 1961-December 1962
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 Correspondence January-July 1963
15 2 Correspondence August-December 1963
15 3 Correspondence January-February 1964
15 4 Correspondence March-April 1964
15 5 Correspondence May-December 1964
15 6 Correspondence 1965
15 7 Correspondence 1966-1967
15 8 Correspondence regarding 1964 meeting of A.J.H.S. 1964
15 9 Proxies for vote of membership on relocation 1963-1964
15 10 Committee for the Preservation of the Integrity of the A.J.H.S.: Publications and Letters 1964
15 11 AJHS Litigation: Newspaper clippings 1962-1965
15 12 Lee M. Friedman Estate: Will and Accounts undated, 1957-1966

Subseries E: Court Papers re: Move to Brandeis, undated, 1950, 1957-1959, 1962-1966

English.
Box 16, Folder 1 - Box 17, Folder 3.
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains court decisions regarding the A.J.H.S. move to Brandeis. The subseries includes pleadings filed in the court proceedings. The Subseries is composed of briefs and memorandums of law filed in the court and memorandums of law used by counsel. The Subseries has miscellaneous items in connection with the settlement of the estate of Lee M. Friedman. Also included are notes of testimony and stenographer's minutes.

BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 Court Decisions in the Course of the Legal Proceedings 1964 1963-1964
16 2 Court Decisions in the Course of the Legal Proceedings undated, 1964-1966
16 3 Miscellaneous undated, 1950, 1964-1965
16 4 Pleadings filed in the Court Proceedings undated, 1965-1966
16 5 Briefs and Memorandums of Law filed in Court and Memorandums of Law used by Counsel 1963-1964
16 6 Briefs and Memorandums of Law filed in Court and Memorandums of Law used by Counsel undated, 1965-1966
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Pleadings in connection with petition of Knapp and Warshaw for payment of fees 1964-1965
17 2 Miscellaneous items in connection with the settlement of Estate of Lee M. Friedman, Deceased 1957-1959, 1962
17 3 Notes of Testimony (includes stenographer's minutes) (2 bound, 1 page) 1964-1965
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Series IV: Activities in National and Local Organizations, undated, 1955-1968

English.
Box 18, Folders 1-7.
Arrangement:

Arranged into two subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series documents Leon Obermayer's involvement in national and local organizations.

Subseries A: Correspondence, undated, 1955-1968

English.
Box 18, Folders 1-5.
Scope and Content:

The subseries contains correspondence regarding the American Social Health Association, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the National Committee on Employment of Youth, and The Symphony Club.

BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 Correspondence regarding American Social Health Association 1963-1964, 1966
18 2 Correspondence regarding Free Library of Philadelphia 1955-1960
18 3 Correspondence regarding Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania undated, 1964-1965
18 4 Correspondence regarding National Committee on Employment of Youth 1965-1968
18 5 Correspondence regarding The Symphony Club 1959-1966

Subseries B: Correspondence and Papers, 1955, 1957-1962, 1964, 1966-1967

English.
Box 18, Folders 6-7.
Scope and Content:

This small subseries contains correspondence and papers regarding the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee and the Pennsylvania Alcoholic Beverage Study.

BoxFolderTitleDate
18 6 Correspondence and papers regarding Pennsylvania Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 1958-1960
18 7 Correspondence and papers regarding Pennsylvania Alcoholic Beverage Study 1955, 1957, 1961-1962, 1964, 1966-1967
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Series V: Activities in Legal Associations, undated, 1937, 1942, 1949, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961-1969, 1972, 1977

English.
Box 19, Folders 1-7.
Scope and Content:

The series documents Obermayer's activities in legal associations. The series contains correspondence and decisions of the Committee on Legal Ethics and Grievances. The series includes correspondence regarding University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni. The series has correspondence, publications, news clippings and programs of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Box 19, Folder 3 is composed correspondence, proposals and clippings of the A.B.A. special committee on investigation, solicitation and handling of personal injury claims. The series also contains correspondence and miscellaneous notes pertaining to the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

BoxFolderTitleDate
19 1 Committee on Legal Ethics and Grievances: Correspondence 1961-1969
19 2 Committee on Legal Ethics and Grievances: Decisions of Committee undated, 1967
19 3 Correspondence regarding University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni 1964-1966, 1977
19 4 Philadelphia Bar Association: Correspondence, publications, news clippings, and programs 1937, 1942, 1949, 1955, 1966-1969, 1972
19 5 A.B.A Special Committee on Investigation, Solicitation, and Handling of Personal Injury undated, 1957, 1959
19 6 Pennsylvania Prison Society: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Notes 1964-1966
19 7 Pennsylvania Prison Society: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Notes undated, 1967-1969
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Series VI: Activities in Jewish Organizations (alphabetical), , undated, 1913, 1919-1920, 1922, 1924-1930, 1933-1934, 1936-1938, 1940-1947, 1965

English.
Box 20, Folder 1 - Box 21, Folder 12.
Arrangement:

Arranged in two subseries.

Scope and Content:

The series contains Obermayer's activities with Jewish organizations, arranged alphabetically. The series also contains reports and articles on American and European Judaism.

Subseries A: Correspondence, undated, 1913, 1919-1920, 1922, 1924-1928, 1933-1934, 1936-1938, 1940

English.
Box 20, Folder 21 - Box 21, Folder 10.
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains Obermayer's correspondence with Jewish organizations. These include the Albert Einstein Medical Center, the Allied Jewish Appeal, the American Council for Judaism, the Anti-Defamation League, B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana, the Hebrew Sunday School Society, Hebrew Union College, Hebrew Union College Museum, Lucien Moss Home, Philadelphia YM&YWHA, Reform Jewish Appeal, the Union of American Hebrew Congress Reform Jewish Day Schools, and The Jewish Museum.

BoxFolderTitleDate
20 1 Albert Einstein Medical Center: Correspondence 1965-1969
20 2 Allied Jewish Appeal: Correspondence and newspaper clippings 1951-1952, 1954, 1958-1967
20 3 American Council for Judaism: Correspondence 1966-1967
20 4 Anti-Defamation League: Correspondence 1957-1958
20 5 B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana 1958-April 1960
20 6 B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana May-July 1960
20 7 B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana August-December 1960
20 8 B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana 1964-June 1965
20 9 B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana July 1965 - 1967
20 10 B'nai B'rith Committee on Jewish Americana: Miscellaneous undated, 1957, 1961-1967
BoxFolderTitleDate
21 1 The Hebrew Sunday School Society (also documents) 1913, 1919-1920, 1922, 1925-1928, 1938, 1951-1952, 1958, 1961-1963, 1968-1970
21 2 Hebrew Union College 1964, 1967
21 3 Hebrew Union College Museum 1964-1966
21 4 Hebrew Union College Museum 1967-1968
21 5 Lucien Moss Home 1964-1969
21 6 Philadelphia YM&YWHA undated, 1967-1968
21 7 Philadelphia YM&YWHA Bond Issue (also documents) undated, 1924-1926, 1933-1934, 1936-1938, 1940
21 8 Reform Jewish Appeal 1967-1968
21 9 Union of American Hebrew Congress Reform Jewish Day Schools 1964-1966
21 10 The Jewish Museum undated, 1964-1966

Subseries B: Reports and Articles, undated, 1922, 1926, 1929-1930, 1937-1938, 1941-1947, 1965

English.
Box 21, Folders 11-12.
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains reports and articles on American and European Judaism.

BoxFolderTitleDate
21 11 Reports and Articles on American and European Judaism 1922, 1926, 1929-1930, 1937-1938, 1941-1947, 1965
21 12 Reports and Articles on American and European Judaism undated
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