Guide to the Papers of Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman) Barron (1891-1969), undated, 1954-1969
 
*P-547

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Xingyan (Jessie) Xu as MS Word document, March 22, 2012. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on April 5, 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Barron, Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman), 1891-1969
Title: Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman) Barron (1891-1969), Papers
Dates:undated, 1954-1960
Abstract: Jennie Loitman Barron was a judge and suffragist. She earned her law degree and master of law at Boston University. As the first president of the Boston University Equal Suffrage League, JLB advocated for equal rights for women. In 1934 she was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as a special Justice of the Western Norfolk District. JLB was the first mother on the Boston School Committee, and the first female United States delegate to the United Nations Congress on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency. In 1957, JLB became the first woman who was an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. This collection contains notes for her judicial cases, “Guest of Honor” award and photograph of the event, campaign flyer supporting JLB as the first mother of the Boston School Committee, and award letter for Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Andelman.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: P-547
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note1

Jennie Loitman Barron was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 12, 1891. She was educated at Girls’ High School in Boston and Boston University. After finishing a four-year degree in only three years, she was awarded her law degree two years later. JLB joined the suffragist movement while she was in college. She was the first president of the Boston University Equal Suffrage League, and she advocated for equal rights for women at many meetings sponsored by this group.

JLB married Samuel Barron in 1918. They had three daughters: Erma (Barron) Wernick, Joy (Barron) Rachlin, and Deborah (Barron) Blazar, who died in 1956.

JLB started her thirty-five year career as a judge in 1934 and was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Joseph B. Ely as a special justice of the Western Norfolk District. She was the first mother on the Boston School Committee, and the first female United States delegate to the United Nations Congress on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency. JLB became an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1957; she was the first woman to hold this position. In 1959, JLB was awarded the National Mother of the Year Award by American Mothers, Inc.

JLB died on March 28, 1969.

Chronology

1891 Jennie Loitman Barron born in West End, Boston, Massachusetts.
1912 Graduates from Boston University.
1914 Receives her master of law from Boston University.
1918 Marries Samuel Barron.
1934 Begins her thirty-five year career as a judge.
1937 Is named an associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court.
1957 Becomes the first woman as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
1969 Dies on March 28.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a notebook with judicial case notes recorded by JLB; a copy of the “Guest of Honor” award from the American Jewish Literary Foundation, a photocopy of the Testimonial Dinner with Mrs. Caroline K. Simon, Secretary of New York State, an undated campaign flyer supporting JLB as the first mother of the School Committee, and an award letter for Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Andelman recognizing their contribution to the welfare of their community in Cambridge, reprinted from The Jewish Advocate on May 27, 1954. The connection between JLB and the Andelmans is unknown.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single 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

Papers of Jennie Loitman Barron, Harvard University Library, MC 410; M-134; T-102

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman) Barron (1891-1969), Papers; P-547; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

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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.

 

The Papers of Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman) Barron (1891-1969), undated, 1954-1960

English.
Box 1, Folders 1-4.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Judicial Case Notes 1963
1 2 Award at Testimonial Dinner 1960
1 3 School Committee Campaign Undated
1 4 News Article 1957
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