Abstract: The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Mountain States Regional Office began in 1913 as a volunteer committee led by Simon Heller. The purpose of the organization was to fight prejudice and intolerance and to preserve the Jewish democratic heritage. The formal organization was established in 1941 as the tri-state office with Harold Saks as the first director. The Mountain States Regional Office in Denver worked toward the elimination of discrimination in employment, housing, accommodations and education.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Mountain States Regional Office records contain material relating to Soviet Jewry, anti-semitism and community relations with ethnic groups. The materials include correspondence, press releases, photographs, bulletins, newsletters, newspaper clippings, logs of complaints and incidents, telegrams, festival programs, conference programs, audio cassette tapes, and 16 mm. films.
Abstract: Leopold H. Guldman was born in Harburg, Bavaria in 1853 and immigrated to the United States in 1870. He was one of Colorado's leading merchants and philanthropists. Guldman came to the Colorado mountains in search of silver, but found it more profitable to open the Golden Eagle clothing stores in Leadville and Cripple Creek. In 1879, Guldman moved to Denver and opened his third and most successful Golden Eagle enterprise, which for many years was Denver's leading popular-price department store. By 1901, its five-story building occupied most of the block at 16th and Lawrence Streets. Guldman's philanthropy contributed to the growth of National Jewish Hospital (NJH), the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS), Beth Israel Hospital, Temple Emanuel, and the Guldman Community Center, which evolved into today's Denver Jewish Community Center. After Guldman's death in 1936, his store endured hard times and was forced to close in 1941.
Creator: Bialek, Sheila Hoffman
Abstract: Collection contains books and videos, related to Lillian Hoffman from 1960 through 2014. Lillian Hoffman was a founding and active member of the Colorado Commitee of Concern for Soviet Jewry. She began public Jewish protests in Denver and was the first to speak to a Soviet Jewish prisoner.
Abstract: Edward Elias Simon was a long-time board member and president of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) from 1967 to 1969. He initiated a development fund during his presidency of the JCC and the new facilities were dedicated in August of 1972. The collection includes material on the expansion project of the JCC, administrative materials, photographs, and newsclippings.
Creator: Fashion Bar (Denver, Colo.)
Abstract: The Fashion Bar began as a hosiery shop established by Jack Levy in 1933 and managed by his sister Hannah Levy. Born in Haigerloch, Germany, both Hannah, Jack with their brother Edward, emigrated to America in the 1920s. Jack started as a traveling salesman and Hannah as a shop girl in Denver, Colorado working for Neusteter's Department Store, before opening their own store which evolved into the Fashion Bar Corporation. Despite the Great Depression, the enterprise flourished and within three years it grew to five clothing stores that were later named Fashion Bar. In 1940, Jack and Hannah Levy bought out their partner and took full control of the business. They brought William Weil on board as manager and later he became president of the company. Records of the Fashion Bar include scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, drawings, financial records, memorabilia and correspondence.
Abstract: Collection contains Visual Sequencing class books related to Martin Mendelsberg from 2008 through 2012.
Creator: Wolfe, Maurice, 1888-
Abstract: Maurice Wolfe was a songwriter in the first half of the 1900s. He was born in Denver, Colorado, October 13, 1888 and was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The collection consists of 101 songs written by Maurice Wolfe. The songs illustrate music written by a Jewish composer and lyricist during the first half of the twentieth century.
Creator: National Asthma Center (U.S.)
Abstract: The National Asthma Center (NAC) existed under a series of names. It was founded in 1907 by Fannie Lorber as the Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children; from 1928-1952, it was called the National Home for Jewish Children in Denver; from 1953-1956, it was the Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children in Denver; from 1957-1972, it was the Children's Asthma Research Institute and Hospital (CARIH); and from 1973-1977, it became the National Asthma Center. In 1978, it merged with the National Jewish Hospital to become the National Jewish Hospital/National Asthma Center. It started as a residential treatment facility for children with intractable asthma and became a research hospital. The National Asthma Center records include the By-laws, correspondence, memorandums, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, publications, charts, speeches, financial statements, photographs and miscellaneous materials.
Creator: Schloss, Charles M.
Abstract: This collection consists of biographical history of the Schloss family that Charles M. Schloss wrote for his children. The collection provides brief ancestral histories, digital photographs of family members and former homes, descriptions of late 19th-century and early 20th-century Denver communities, the development of Schloss Engineered Equipment, and personal correspondence.
Abstract: On July 23, 1883, twenty-nine Jews of Trinidad, Colorado met in the home of Sol Jaffe to organize a synagogue. They adopted the name of Congregation Aaron in honor of the Jaffe brothers’ (Sol, Henry, and Samuel) father. Samuel Jaffe, who became Trinidad’s first mayor, was chosen vice-president. In 1889, Rabbi Leopold Freudenthal, became the congregation’s second rabbi and served until his death in 1916. He gradually introduced moderate Reform Judaism. In addition to Jews from Trinidad, many of the members came from Raton, New Mexico and small towns in Colorado and New Mexico. In 1889, Temple Aaron was built at Third and Maple streets, where it still stands. Architect Isaac Hamilton Rapp designed it in a Moorish Revival style. Economic conditions in Trinidad deteriorated and most of the Jewish families left Trinidad, but the temple still holds High Holiday Services. Temple Aaron is the oldest temple in Colorado has remained at the same location as originally built. The collection includes the constitution and by-laws of the congregation, documents from the centennial celebration, and newspaper articles on the temple.