General, 1859-2009, circa 1970-1990
- Coverage: 1859-2009
- circa 1970-1990
Language of Materials
Items are predominantly in English, but recordings feature some Yiddish and Hebrew.
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Biographical / Historical
The men and women interviewed for this collection are descendants of early Jewish pioneers in Colorado or were Jewish newcomers to the state at the beginning of the 20th century. The bulk of interviewees were born between 1886 and 1927 and died in the 20th century. Many of the interviewees were founders and/or leaders of Jewish organizations, religious groups, medical and social centers, schools, and businesses in Colorado.
The Jewish organizations and facilities that receive the most attention in these oral histories are Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, which was started in 1912; Beth Israel Hospital and Geriatric Center, which was originally founded by Bella Mintz in 1919; B'nai B'rith Lodge #171, which was the primary Jewish philanthropic and social service organization in Denver from 1872 through World War II; the Jewish Community Center (Denver, Colorado), which was founded in 1922; Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society, which was founded in Denver in 1904 to treat tuberculosis patients; Jewish Family and Children's Service of Denver, which was created in 1947; National Asthma Center, which was originally founded in 1907; the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), the Denver Section of which was organized by Carrie Benjamin in October 1893; National Jewish Hospital (NJH), which was erected in 1899 as the first sanatorium in Denver for tuberculosis victims; Congregation Rodef Shalom, which is one of the oldest conservative Jewish congregations in Denver; and Rose Medical Center, which was founded in the 1940s.
Scope and Contents
Series 1 consists of the recorded oral histories of individuals and, occasionally, groups of individuals representing Jewish organizations. Many of the interviewees are descendants of early Colorado Jewish pioneers or were Jewish newcomers to the state in the beginning of the 20th century. The interviews document Jewish history in Colorado in the 20th century.
Series 1 is arranged numerically according to cassette numbers originally assigned by the creator (this order is primarily chronological).