Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Oral History Collection
In 1976 the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (RMJHS) began conducting interviews of Denver's long-time Jewish community members in an effort to record oral histories reflecting Jewish history and culture in Colorado. The interviews were made by the former and current directors of RMJHS as well as its trained volunteers. These recordings of Jewish men and women reveal information about the history of various individuals and families, Jewish organizations, religious groups, medical and social centers, schools, and businesses in Colorado. The oral histories provide insights into the experiences of European-Jewish immigrants and Jewish settlers in Colorado during the 19th and early 20th centuries; the recordings also recount the daily activities that defined Jewish social and professional lives in Colorado.
- Coverage: 1859-2009
- Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (Organization)
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The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, part of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, was founded in 1976. Together with the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, RMJHS preserves the history of Jews in the West and serves the needs of scholars and other individuals interested in historical research. The purpose of the society is to promote and sponsor historical activity that will lead to a greater appreciation and comprehension of the Jewish experience in the Rocky Mountain region. Programs of RMJHS include exhibits, lectures, film and video preservations, and field trips. Belle Marcus directed RMJHS from 1975 to 1982, and Dr. Jeanne Abrams has served as the director from 1982 to the present.
22.5 Linear Feet (34 containers)
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