National Asthma Center, 1907-1979
Language of Materials
Items are predominantly in English, but recordings feature some Yiddish and Hebrew.
Biographical / Historical
The National Asthma Center (NAC) existed under a series of names--The Denver Sheltering Home, National Home for Jewish Children, Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children (JNHAC), and Children's Asthma Research Institute and Hospital (CARIH)--before it became the National Asthma Center. In 1907 Fannie Lorber and other women organized the Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish children who were orphaned by a parent's hospitalization or death from tuberculosis at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society or National Jewish Hospital. Lorber spearheaded fundraising efforts for the next 51 years. Her work led to a system of Ladies' Auxiliaries that raised funds across the United States. In 1939 the home began the residential treatment of children with intractable asthma. NAC merged with National Jewish Hospital in 1978, and the Center was closed in 1981.
Scope and Contents
RMJHS Oral Histories comprises audio and video cassettes of oral history interviews recorded by the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society. The recordings document Jewish history and culture in Colorado in the 19th and 20th century. The men and women interviewed for this collection are descendants of early Jewish pioneers in Colorado or were Jewish newcomers to the region at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the interviewees were born between 1886 and 1927 and died in the 20th century. Many of them were founders and/or leaders of Jewish organizations, religious groups, medical and social centers, schools, and businesses in Colorado.