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Sam Berman Law Ledger

 Collection
Identifier: B284

Sam Berman was born August 9, 1911. His father, Joseph Berman, died when he was two, and shortly thereafter Sam Berman was placed in the Denver Sheltering Home. He spent the longest amount of time at the Denver Sheltering Home of any of its residents. The Home, in consideration of Berman’s long service there, sponsored his education at the University of Denver (DU) as an undergraduate and later as a law student. Berman was admitted to the Bar in 1933, and he practiced law until 1998, mainly focusing on real estate and probate work. Berman married Blanche Grosinger on December 19, 1948, and they had five children. Blanche Berman died on January 11, 2002, and Sam Berman died on April 10, 2002. The collection consists of a ledger of financial records for Sam Berman's law firm. The documents represent a Jewish lawyer's earnings in Denver during the Great Depression and World War II.

Dates

  • 1935-1943

Creator

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 half legal document box)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a ledger of financial records for clients of Sam Berman's law firm (1930s and 1940s). Inside the ledger is also a monthly tenancy agreement (1939) between Sam Berman, George Zervas, and Morris Berry (lessees) and Brainerd, Montgomery & Company (agent). Zervas and Berry were real estate agents.

Biographical / Historical

Sam Berman was born August 9, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Ida Berman. Joseph Berman had tuberculosis, and the family moved to Denver, Colorado, so that he could receive therapy at the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society. Joseph Berman passed away when his son was two years old, and Sam Berman was placed in the Denver Sheltering Home. Ida Berman remarried but died in childbirth when Sam Berman was seven.

Sam Berman spent the longest amount of time at the Denver Sheltering Home of any of its residents. He attended Cheltenham School, Lake Junior High, and North High School. The Home, in consideration of Berman’s long service there, sponsored his education at the University of Denver (DU) as an undergraduate and later as a law student. He was admitted to the Bar in 1933, and his law practice focused on real estate (specifically closings, title examination, and landlord-tenant issues) and probate work. Berman founded Attorneys Title Guarantee Company. Within the Denver community he engaged in professional activities and joined and participated in observant and leadership roles at Beth Joseph Congregation (he was confirmed at Beth haMedrosh Hagodol Congregation).

Berman married Blanche Grosinger on December 19, 1948. They had five children: John, Stephen, Martha, Lawrence, and Daniel. Sam Berman was the sole proprietor of his law practice throughout his entire career, frequently sharing office space with realty companies. He practiced law until 1998. Blanche Berman died on January 11, 2002, and Sam Berman died three months later on April 10, 2002.

Sam Berman was born August 9, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the youngest of three children of Joseph and Ida Berman. Joseph Berman had tuberculosis, and the family moved to Denver, Colorado, so that he could receive therapy at the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society. Joseph Berman passed away when Sam Berman was two years old. Shortly thereafter, Sam Berman was placed in the Denver Sheltering Home. Ida Berman remarried but died in childbirth when Sam Berman was seven.

Sam Berman spent the longest amount of time at the Denver Sheltering Home of any of its residents. The Cohens, the Home’s directors, were his on-site family, and Reverend and Mrs. Jacob Gordon were his off-site family. The Home's younger residents remarked that Sam Berman ''raised them,'' and they remained friendly with Berman throughout their lives.

While Berman was a resident at the Home, he attended Cheltenham School, Lake Junior High, and North High School. The Home, in consideration of Berman’s long service there, sponsored his education at the University of Denver (DU) as an undergraduate and later as a law student. Sam Berman continued to live at the Home while he was a DU student. At DU he took up playing the tuba so he could play in the pep band and attend DU football games for free. Berman loved sports and was a good baseball and tennis player.

Sam Berman was admitted to the Bar in 1933. His law practice focused on real estate (specifically closings, title examination, and landlord-tenant issues) and probate work. Berman practiced law in these fields largely because of his hearing impairment--he had virtually no hearing in his right ear and could not do trial work. Berman founded Attorneys Title Guarantee Company. Within the Denver community he engaged in professional activities and joined and participated in observant and leadership roles at Beth Joseph Congregation (he was confirmed at Beth haMedrosh Hagodol Congregation).

Berman married Blanche Grosinger, a sergeant in the WACS, on December 19, 1948. His service activity was limited due to his hearing impairment: He served on the local War Board with particular involvement in blood drives. Sam and Blanche Berman had five children: John, Stephen, Martha, Lawrence, and Daniel. Sam Berman was the sole proprietor of his law practice for his entire career, frequently sharing office space with realty companies. Berman practiced law until 1998. Blanche Berman died on January 11, 2002, and Sam Berman died there on April 10, 2002.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series: 1. Sam Berman Law Ledger, 1934-1943.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John A. Berman, May 2003.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Records of the Denver Sheltering Home, which later became National Asthma Center, may be found in the following collection in this repository: National Asthma Center Records (B089).

General

Although the lease agreement was originally located in the ledger, it was removed and placed in a folder for preservation purposes.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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