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Collection on Rabbi William S. Friedman

Identifier: B225


This collection contains materials related to Rabbi William S. Friedman and intentionally assembled by Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries. Friedman was the leader of Temple Emanuel (Denver, Colorado) from 1889 to 1939; he was involved in a number of religious and secular activities in the Denver community. He died in California in 1944 and is buried in Emanuel (Fairmount) Cemetery in Denver. Materials in the collection include newspaper clippings, correspondence, one framed certificate, and one photograph.


  • 1880-1939


Biographical / Historical

William Sterne Friedman was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1868. He graduated with honors from Hebrew Union College and became the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel (Denver, Colorado) at the age of 21, in 1889. Rabbi Friedman led Temple Emanuel for nearly 50 years; he was elected to the position of Rabbi of Temple Emanuel for Life in 1909. He was a proponent of the Jewish Reform movement and was actively involved in a number of religious and secular charitable efforts in the Denver community. He served as a member of Denver's Charity Organization Society, and he was appointed to the State Associated Charities Board by Colorado's governor. Friedman was also an important fundraiser for National Jewish Hospital. In 1903 he married Juliet Freyhan of New Orleans, the daughter of Julius Freyhan who served in the Confederate Army and was one of the leading cotton millers in the South. The couple had one daughter, Pauline. William Friedman died in California in 1944 and is buried in Emanuel (Fairmount) Cemetery in Denver.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 legal document box)

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection include newspaper clippings about Friedman, correspondence from Friedman to Flora and Philip Hornbein, and photographs.


This collection in arranged in two series: 1) William S. Friedman (1894-1914) and 2) Photographs (1880-1939).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Intentionally arranged by Special Collections and Archives Staff.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

A silver bread tray that belonged to Rabbi Friedman may be found in the following collection in this repository: Hornbein Family Papers (B157); Honorary degree from University of Colorado is in Beck Archives Documents and Publications Collection (B116). Documents relating to Friedman may be found in the following collections: National Jewish Hospital Records (B005), Box 24 and in Congregation Emanuel Records (B259).


The letter photocopy donated by Marjorie Hornbein is not mentioned in any specific accession record.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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