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Julius Bisno Collection

 Collection
Identifier: P-85

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains items collected by Julius Bisno from various Jewish leaders from the early 1800s through the 1980s. These materials include correspondence and autographed photographs from Jewish members of the United Nations, U.S. President's Cabinet, U.S. Governors, U.S. Senators, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court, diplomats, philanthropists, and miscellaneous Jewish leaders and organizations.

Significant correspondents include Moses Alexander, Simon Bamberger, Dr. Felix Bloch, Sol Bloom, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Sheldon S. Cohen, Isidore Dollinger, Abraham H. Feller, George Fingold, Abe Fortas, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Henry Horner, Jacob K. Javits, Arthur Klein, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Herbert H. Lehman, Marx Leva, Isidore Lubin, Louis Marshall, Henry Morgenthau Jr., Henry Morgenthau Sr., Joseph B. Nones, Philip Perlman, Admiral Hyman George Rickover, Harry N. Rosenfield, Abraham Alexander Ribicoff, Oscar Solomon Straus, Lewis L. Strauss, Edward M.M. Warburg, Stephen S. Wise, and David Levy Yulee.

The papers are valuable to researchers studying the following aspects of Jewish history: Jews involved in philanthropy; Jews in politics; and the activities of Jewish members of the United Nations, U.S. Cabinet, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate.

The papers also contain information related to diplomacy, immigration and anti-discrimination legislation, and social welfare reform.

Types of material include affidavits, articles, biographical summaries, a book cover, books, brochures, calling cards, certificates, a comic strip, correspondence, a greeting card, invoices, invitations, journals, legal briefs, legislative bills, news clippings, oaths, pamphlets, poems, press releases, programs, speeches, and telegrams.

The documents are mostly in English, although there are some materials in French and Hebrew.

The papers are organized into the following series: Series I: United Nations; Series II: U.S. President's Cabinet; Series III: U.S. Supreme Court; Series IV: U.S. Governors, Series V: Diplomats; Series VI: U.S. Senators; Series VII: U.S. House of Representatives; Series VIII: Philanthropists; Series IX: Miscellaneous Jewish Leaders; and Series X: Miscellaneous Jewish Organizations.

Dates

  • undated, 1780, 1801-1980

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English, French, and Hebrew.

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

Historical Sketch

Julius Bisno

(1911- )

Julius Bisno was born on April 20, 1911 in Memphis, Tennessee to Jacob and Evelyn (Segal) Bisno. He earned his Bachelors of Philosophy at Creighton University, and completed his post-graduate work at the University of Chicago, American University, and George Washington University. He is married to Rose with whom he has a son, Jay Alvin.

As a boy, Bisno belonged to the Memphis Chapter of Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), a Jewish youth organization. His interest in AZA led him to work as an assistant to AZA's National Executive Secretary Philip M. Klutznick. In 1933, Bisno replaced Klutznick as National Executive Secretary, helping to form AZA chapters in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Cairo, and Beirut. Unfortunately, none of these chapters survived World War II. In addition to his personnel work, Bisno edited AZA's newsletter "Shofar" and other AZA publications. Bisno also served as Executive Chairman of the National Conference of Jewish Youth Organizations from 1941-1943.

AZA merged with the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) in 1944, and Bisno became BBYO's National Director of Boys' Work and Administrative Secretary. He moved a year later to Los Angeles to work as Assistant and then Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Council, an agency that supervised the United Jewish Welfare Fund's annual campaigns. Bisno headed the United JWF and in 1959, when the Los Angeles Jewish Community Council and the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations merged to form the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, the two Executive Directors of each agency, Bisno and Martin Ruderman, shared directorship.

In 1954, Bisno received the National Sam Beber Award, given annually to distinguished AZA alumni. Today an AZA chapter in the United Kingdom bears his name.

Bisno continued to be involved in BBYO, joining its Commission's Board in 1962. Citing his hobby as collecting manuscripts and autographs, Bisno participated in the creation of the South California Jewish Historical Society and was a Board member for both the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Manuscript Society. Other Board positions include the Jewish Committee on Scouting and the Council Federation of Jewish Welfare Funds.

Bisno's collection of manuscripts relating to Jews in American government and diplomatic service was donated to the American Jewish Historical Society in 1970. Bisno donated additional manuscripts, some dating from the Revolutionary War, to AJHS in 1972.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Abstract

The collection contains items collected by Julius Bisno from various Jewish leaders from the early 1800s through the 1980s. These materials include correspondence and autographed photographs from Jewish members of the United Nations, U.S. President's Cabinet, U.S. Governors, U.S. Senators, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court, diplomats, philanthropists, and miscellaneous Jewish leaders and organizations.

Provenance

The papers were donated by Julius Bisno, 1968-1970, 1972 and Rose Bisno, 1989.

Digitization Note

Box 2, Folder 31 has been digitized as part of an ongoing digitization-on-demand program at the Center for Jewish History.
Title
Guide to the Papers of Julius Bisno, undated, 1780, 1801-1980   *P-85
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Marvin Rusinek, Adina Anflick
Date
© 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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