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Isidor Bronfin, M.D. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B174

Isidor D. Bronfin was born in 1886 in Russia and migrated to the United States in 1902. He earned a medical degree from the University of the State of New York in 1911--the same year that he became a U.S. citizen. Bronfin was a noted authority on tuberculosis treatment and authored several publications on the topic. Within the Colorado medical community and at the national level, he served in a number of leadership roles including medical director of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society and of National Jewish Hospital (both in Denver, Colorado). Bronfin died of tuberculosis on July 30, 1934. The collection consists of early 20th century papers that belonged to Bronfin or were collected shortly after his death. Among them are photos, correspondence, naturalization and education certificates, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and other documents.

Dates

  • 1911-1939

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 legal document box)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of early 20th century papers that belonged to Isidor Bronfin or were collected shortly after his death. Most of the papers relate to Bronfin's medical work in tuberculosis treatment. Among them are photographs; correspondence; a U.S. naturalization and education certificate; and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings, telegrams, and documents about Isidore Bronfin and a few newspaper articles about his son Leon. The papers date from 1911 to 1939.

Biographical / Historical

Isidor D. Bronfin was born September 13, 1886, in Lantzkriene, Podolsk, Russia, to Leah and David Bronfin. In 1902 he migrated to the United States and attended school in New York City. Bronfin received a bachelor of arts degree at the University of North Carolina and earned a medical degree from the University of the State of New York in 1911--the same year that he became a U.S. citizen. He married Elizabeth Rothbardt in 1915, and they had two sons, Leon and Gerald.

Bronfin was a noted authority on tuberculosis treatment and authored several publications on this topic. From 1918 to 1920 he was medical director and superintendent of Beth Israel Hospital of Boston. From 1921 to 1927 he served as medical director and superintendent of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society in Denver, Colorado. He was medical director and superintendent of National Jewish Hospital (Denver) from 1927 until his death. Bronfin's other involvement in the medical community included his roles as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, as director of the Central Jewish Aid Society, and as a member or leader of several other medical organizations in Colorado and at the national level. Bronfin died of tuberculosis on July 30, 1934. His son Leon Bronfin died, at the age of 17, less than four months after Isidor Bronfin died.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series: 1. Correspondence, 1919-1939. 2. Documents, 1911-1939. 3. Photographs, circa 1920-circa 1930. 4. Scrapbook, 1918-1934.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edward Bronfin, November 2004.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Additional correspondence of Isidor Bronfin can be found in Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society Records (B002), Box 220.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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