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Simon Wolf, papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-25

Scope and Content Note

Primarily correspondence with members of Congress and government officials concerning anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad. Includes also correspondence with prominent American Jews, such as Benjamin F. Peixotto, Jacob Henry Schiff, Oscar Solomon Straus, and Leo N. Levi. Also includes manuscript copies of speeches and articles, published in revised form in Selected addresses and papers (Cincinnati : Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1926).

Also includes personal correspondence on a variety of subjects.

Dates

  • undated, 1868-1925

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

"American jurist, publicist, and philanthropist; born at Hinzweiler, Bavaria, October 28, 1836; emigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled as a merchant at Ulrichsville, Ohio. He studied law at the Ohio Law College, Cleveland, and was admitted to the bar at Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1861. He practised law at New Philadelphia, in the same state, for a year, and then moved to Washington, where he opened an office. From 1869 to 1878 he was recorder of the District of Columbia. President Hayes appointed him one of the civil judges at Washington, but he resigned in 1881 to accept the appointment of consul-general of the United States to Egypt, from which office he retired the following year. He was appointed and reappointed member of the Board of Charities for the District of Columbia, and at present practises law in Washington. Wolf has been for many years chairman of the Board of Delegates of Civil and Religious Rights, and in that capacity has had many occasions for submitting to the federal government grave questions of Jewish interest. He has been very active in the Independent Order B'nai B'rith, of which he was president from 1903 to 1905. He was the founder and president of the Hebrew Orphans' Home at Atlanta, Ga., and is president of the Board of Children's Guardians, Washington. He is a prominent freemason, an able lecturer, and a recognized orator who has devoted much time to philanthropic work among all classes. Wolf is the author of "The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier, and Citizen" (Philadelphia, 1895) and of biographies of M. M. Noah and Com. U. P. Levy."

Source: The Jewish Encyclopedia

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

Abstract

Primarily correspondence with members of Congress and government officials concerning anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad. Also includes correspondence with prominent American Jews, including Benjamin F. Peixotto, Jacob Henry Schiff, Oscar Solomon Straus, and Leo N. Levi; , and manuscript copies of speeches and articles, published in revised form in Selected addresses and papers (Cincinnati : Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1926).

Arrangement

The collection is organized into a single series.

Acquisition Note

Gift, in part of the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Foundation, 1979.
Title
Guide to the Papers of Simon Wolf (1836-1923), undated, 1868-1925 *P-25
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Harriet Obus
Date
© 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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