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Jerome Bayer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6571

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a small section of family papers and personal correspondence. The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to Bayer's professional life and his writings.

Dates

  • 1928-1993

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Jerome (Jerry) Haas Bayer was born on December 8, 1897 in San Francisco, CA to Joseph Bayer and Augusta Schlesinger. His father was a physician, who had received his medical training in Vienna. His mother was born in Birmingham, England, whose parents owned a wine business in San Francisco.

Jerome Bayer received a law degree from UC Berkeley, where he also began performing in one-man theater shows. After graduation, Bayer practiced law in San Francisco for eleven years. In 1931, he went to Europe for two years and spent most of the time in Paris. After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he returned to the US and spent the majority of his time writing, teaching and working in theater. During World War II, Bayer was the theater consultant for the United Service Organizations in Bremerton, WA, where he organized the Bremerton Theater Project. After the war, he returned to New York, where he concentrated on theater work, writing, and teaching. During the summers, he taught creative drama at Camp Robinson Crusoe. From 1953 to 1959, Bayer was the director of the drama department at the Jewish Community Center in Baltimore, MD. From 1959 to 1969, he held the same position at the JCC Detroit. In 1962, he became the cultural specialist at the Educational Alliance in New York. In this position, he lectured on a variety of topics and designed and organized many original programs. He spent much of his spare time writing. He held this position until 1991, and passed away on July 3, 1992.

Extent

5 Linear Feet

Abstract

The collection contains a small section of family papers and personal correspondence. The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to Bayer's professional life and his writings.

Arrangement

  1. SERIES 1: Family Papers
  2. SERIES 2: Personal Correspondence
  3. A. Correspondence to
  4. B. Correspondence from
  5. SERIES 3: Business Papers
  6. A. Camp Robinson Crusoe
  7. B. Baltimore JCC
  8. C. Zionist Organization of America
  9. D. Educational Alliance
  10. I. Minutes and Reports
  11. II. Correspondence
  12. III. Misc. Materials
  13. IV. Naftalison, Louis J. Correspondence
  14. SERIES 4: Manuscripts
  15. A. Lectures, 1-163
  16. B. Lectures, Unnumbered
  17. C. Lectures, 1-164
  18. D. Syllabus
  19. E. Manuals
  20. F. Scripts
  21. G. Unpublished Literature
  22. H. Articles
  23. I. Review
  24. SERIES 5: Photographs

Bibliography

See also Jerome and Irene Bayer Collection (AR 25000)
Title
Guide to the Jerome Bayer Collection, 1928-1993  AR 6571
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 22, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States