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Benjamin M. Blumberg Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B121

Benjamin M. Blumberg (1911-1978) was in the newspaper business and was a reporter or editor for a number of Colorado newspapers, many of which focused on Colorado's Jewish community. Blumberg held leadership positions with many Jewish community organizations, including Allied Jewish Community Council, B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 in Denver, and the Jewish Youth Council in Denver. He was the first administrator of General Rose Hospital in Denver, and he was also employed with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. The collection contains Blumberg's personal papers, including those pertaining to his newspaper career, education, and community organization involvement. The collection also contains materials related to Milton Louis Anfenger and Saul Pinchick as well as papers that belonged to Blumberg's wife, Anne Blumberg.

Dates

  • 1872-1978

Creator

Extent

20 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Benjamin Blumberg's personal papers, late 19th to late 20th century, including those pertaining to his newspaper career, education, and community organization involvement. The collection also consists of materials related to Milton Louis Anfenger (1893-1961) and Saul Pinchick (1949-1968). Types of materials in the collection include newspapers, newspaper clippings, organizational records, scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, awards, event programs, and certificates. Papers associated with Blumberg's education include materials related to the Cheltenham School reunion and to North High School Alumni Association and the Out of Print Club. Records for General Rose Hospital and B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 of Denver constitute the bulk of the collection's organization-related documents. The collection also contains organizational records for Allied Jewish Campaign, Allied Jewish Community Council, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Beth Medrosh Hagodol Synagogue, the Board of Jewish Education, Colorado Springs Jewish Community, Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance, Ex-Patients Tubercular Home, Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society, and Jewish Youth Council of Denver. Blumberg's newspaper career is represented by newspapers and clippings from the publications he worked for, including the Colorado Herald, B'nai B'rith News, Israel Today, the Jewish Herald Voice, the Jewish Post and Opinion, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Intermountain Jewish News, and The West End Press. In addition, the collection contains papers that belonged to Benjamin Blumberg's wife, Anne Blumberg.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin M. Blumberg was born on February 15, 1911, and was educated in Denver at Cheltenham School, North High School, and the University of Denver. He was married to Anne Blumberg, and they had a daughter, Frayda. Blumberg was involved in the newspaper business, beginning his career at the Rocky Mountain News and also editing or writing for the Colorado Herald, B'nai B'rith News, Israel Today, the Jewish Herald Voice, the Jewish Post and Opinion, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Intermountain Jewish News, and The West End Press, among other publications. Blumberg served Denver's Jewish community through leadership positions with a number of organizations, including Allied Jewish Community Council and B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 in Denver. He and his wife, Anne Blumberg, also helped establish the Jewish Youth Council in Denver. Benjamin Blumberg was the first administrator of General Rose Hospital, which opened in 1949, and he was employed with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. He died on February 19, 1978.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in seven series: 1. Biographical and Personal Papers, 1923-1977. 2. Newspapers and Scrapbooks, 1930-1978. 3. Research on Individuals, Communities, and Organizations, 1893-1977. 4. General Rose Hospital, 1945-1970. 5. B'nai B'rith Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Financial Records, 1872-1978. 6. B'nai B'rith Mountain States Institute of Judaism, 1964-1977. 7. B'nai B'rith Hillel Council, 1949-1962.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frayda Lynn Blumberg Ornsten, June 1978.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Additional papers related to Benjamin M. Blumberg may be found in the following collection in this repository: Milton Louis Anfenger Papers (B091). Materials related to B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 in Denver may be found in the following collection: Independent Order of B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 (Denver, Colo.) Records (B009).

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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