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Jerome and Irene B. Bayer Collection

Identifier: AR 25000 / MF 886

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, photos, brochures, newspaper clippings, collection of theater plays by Jerome Bayer.


  • 1930s-1980s


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Collection is microfilmed, please use MF 886.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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


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.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 21 folders)


Correspondence, photos, brochures, newspaper clippings, collection of theater plays by Jerome Bayer.

Other Finding Aid

Inventory list in file


Collection is available on 4 reels of microfilm (MF 886).

  1. Reel 1: Booklets-1/10
  2. Reel 2: 1/11-2/1
  3. Reel 3: 2/2-3/2
  4. Reel 4: 3/3-Speeches

Separated Material

Audio cassette tapes have been removed to the LBI A/V Collection.


See also Jerome Bayer Collection (AR 6571)
Guide to the Jerome and Irene B. Bayer Collection, 1930s-1980s AR 25000 / MF 886
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • June 04, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States