Joseph L. Baron Papers, 1910-1960

Summary Information

Title: Joseph L. Baron Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1910-1960

  • Baron, Joseph L., 1894-1960
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 173; Milwaukee Micro 45; PH Milwaukee Mss 173; Micro 1035

Quantity: 9.0 c.f. (23 archives boxes), 23 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and 13 photographs

Archival Locations:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Joseph L. Baron, a Wisconsin Reform rabbi whose Milwaukee rabbinical career at Temple Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun spanned the years 1926 to 1960. The collection documents his school years at Columbia University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Hebrew Union College from 1910 to 1920, and highlights the many achievements of his rabbinical career (1920-1960). Included is information on the establishment of synagogues in Madison and Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and the establishment of the Milwaukee Round Table of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Milwaukee Jewish Council, the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning, the Wisconsin Jewish Archives, and the Department of Hebrew Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Baron's skill as an author and editor is also reflected in the collection; among his many publications are five books: Death in Jewish Folk Religion (1932), In Quest of Integrity (1936), Candles in the Night (1940), Stars and Sand (1943) and A Treasury of Jewish Quotations (1956). The Correspondence spans the years 1910 to 1960 and includes exchanges with such luminaries as Archibald MacLeish, Sinclair Lewis, Carl Van Doren, Clifford Morehouse, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Rabbi David de Sola Pool, Louis Marshall, and Judge Charles L. Aarons. The entire collection is available both in original form and on microfilm.


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Language: English

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