Finding Aid to the Robert Levinson papers, 1880-1979, bulk 1962-1979

Finding Aid written by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff
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University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the Robert Levinson papers, 1880-1979, bulk 1962-1979

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/715

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff
Date Completed:
May 2011
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Robert Levinson papers
Date (inclusive): 1880-1979,
Date (bulk): bulk 1962-1979
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/715
Creators : Levinson, Robert E., 1938-1980
Extent: Number of containers: 9 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize box, and 3 cardfile boxes Linear feet: 10.2
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The collection consists of Robert Levinson's correspondence; files, drafts, and a card file relating to Levinson's dissertation on Jews and the California Gold Rush; and a small number of files on Camp Swig.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Levinson papers, BANC MSS 2010/715, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Collections

Interviews concerning early Jewish settlements in California and Oregon [sound recording] / conducted by Robert E. Levinson, 1966 May-Aug. (BANC CD 424:1-3)

Separated Material

1 reel-to-reel audiotape transferred to the museum holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life for separate handling and cataloging.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Levinson, Robert E., 1938-1980--Archives
Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum. Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks
Cemeteries--West (U.S.)
Jewish pioneers--California
Jewish pioneers--West (U.S.)
Jews--California
Jews--California--Genealogy
Jews--West (U.S.)
Jews--West (U.S.)--Genealogy
Freemasonry--West (U.S.)--Lodges
California--Gold discoveries
Amador County (Calif.)--History
Calaveras County (Calif.)--History
El Dorado County (Calif.)--History
Mariposa County (Calif.)--History
Nevada County (Calif.)--History
Sierra County (Calif.)--History
Tuolumne County (Calif.)--History
Court records--West (U.S.)
Interviews--West (U.S.)
Biographies--West (U.S.)
Census records--West (U.S.)
Correspondence--West (U.S.)
Genealogies--West (U.S.)
Obituaries--West (U.S.)
Jewish historians--California.
Western Jewish History Center. 181
Judah L. Magnes Museum. WJHC 1967.017
Bancroft Library. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Online Archive of California

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Robert Levinson papers were gifted to The Bancroft Library by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.

Accruals

No future additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Collection is arranged into 3 series: Correspondence; Dissertation materials; and Camp Swig Files.

Processing Information

Processed by the Judah L. Magnes Museum staff in 1968. Additional processing by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff in 2011.

Biographical Information

Robert Levinson was an historian, educator, and author who specialized in the history of Jews in the western United States. His doctoral dissertation, "The Jews in the California Gold Rush", was published in 1978 and it remains the major work about the history of the Jews during the California Gold Rush. Levinson was a professor of history (1967-1980) and the director of the Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History (1973-1976) at California's San Jose State University. He played a leading role in founding San Jose State's Jewish Studies Program in 1975 and he was its first director. As an executive vice-president for the Judah L. Magnes Museum's Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks (1968-1973, 1977-1978), Levinson helped renovate and publicize pioneer Jewish cemeteries in California's Mother Lode. He also served as a cantor for Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, Caliifornia and as a cantor, leader of services, and a lecturer for Congregation Shir Ami in Castro Valley, Calif.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of Robert Levinson's correspondence; files, drafts, and a card file relating to Levinson's dissertation on Jews and the California Gold Rush; and a small number of files on Camp Swig, a California youth camp affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism). The correspondence includes personal correspondence, professional correspondence (on writings, conferences, and general academic matters), research correspondence, correspondence relating to Levinson's work with the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks, genealogy and family history correspondence, correspondence with historical societies, museums and other Jewish heritage organizations, and correspondence from Levinson's cantorial and rabbinical work. The research correspondence, which dates between 1962 and 1979, is particularly rich with information about the Jews of California and the western United States during the Gold Rush. Among the dissertation materials in the collection are research files on a range of Gold Rush era subjects, towns, and families; drafts of Levinson's thesis; and a card file that consists of Levinson's attempt to index Mother Lode newspapers from circa 1850 through 1880 for Jewish content. Newspapers indexed include those from the following California towns: Angels, Columbia, Downieville, Grass Valley, Jackson, Mammoth Tree Grove, Mariposa, Mokelumne Hill, Nevada City, Placerville, San Andreas, San Francisco (for content relating to Jews in the Mother Lode counties), Sonora, Sutter Creek, and Volcano. The Camp Swig series in this collection consists of files relating to Levinson's work with the camp during the 1960s and 1970s.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence. 1962-1979

Physical Description: Cartons 1-6; Carton 7, folders 1-5
Carton 1

Personal correspondence, 1968-1976

Carton 2, Folder 1-10

Personal correspondence, 1977-1979

Carton 2, Folder 11-20

Professional correspondence (writings and conferences), 1965-1974

Carton 3, Folder 1-6

Professional correspondence (writings and conferences), 1975-1979

Carton 3, Folder 7-12

Professional correspondence (academic matters), 1967-1979

Carton 3, Folder 13-20

Research correspondence (general), 1958, 1963-1969

Carton 4, Folder 1

Research correspondence (Altman, Hal), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 2

Research correspondence (Bingham, Edwin R.), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 3

Research correspondence (Blumenthal, Louis), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 4

Research correspondence (Chyet, Stanley), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 5

Research correspondence (Fromer, Seymour), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 6

Research correspondence (Glaser, Joseph), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 7

Research correspondence (Kellison, Elsie), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 8

Research correspondence (Latz, Jacob), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 9

Research correspondence (Levy, Pauline), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 10

Research correspondence (Liebman, Seymour B.), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 11

Research correspondence (Millard, Dorothy and Roeder, Sylvia), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 12

Research correspondence (Pomeroy, Earl), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 13

Research correspondence (Postal, Bernard), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 14

Research correspondence (Rischin, Moses), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 15

Research correspondence (Slater, Jacqueline), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 16-17

Research correspondence (Stern, Norton), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 18

Research correspondence (Camp Swig), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 19

Research correspondence (Tornheim, William), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 20

Research correspondence (Tumen, Bernice), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 21

Research correspondence (Zellerbach, Stephen A.), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 22-23

Research correspondence (form letters to Jewish organizations, institutions), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 24

Research correspondence (mining), circa 1962-1969

Carton 4, Folder 25-34

Research correspondence (general), 1969-1972

Carton 5, Folder 1-11

Research correspondence (general), 1972-1979, undated

Carton 5, Folder 12-21

Cemeteries Commission correspondence, 1968-1973

Carton 6, Folder 1-8

Cemeteries Commission correspondence, 1973-1979

Carton 6, Folder 9-15

Genealogy and family history correspondence, 1970-1979

Carton 6, Folder 16-25

Historical societies, museums, organizations correspondence, 1968-1979

Carton 7, Folder 1-5

Cantorial and rabbinical correspondence, 1968-1979

 

Series 2 Dissertation. circa 1880-1972

Physical Description: Carton 7, folders 6-54; Carton 8; Carton 9, folder 1-6; Cardfile Boxes 1-3
Carton 7, Folder 6

Dissertation research files: Gold Rush articles, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 7

Dissertation research files: Gold Rush bibliographies and publication lists, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 8

Dissertation research files: Gold Rush biographies and genealogies, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 9

Dissertation research files: California Historical Society, circa 1962-1969

Oversize Box 1

Dissertation research files: Baer family prayer book (Sonora, Calif.), circa 1880

Carton 7, Folder 10

Dissertation research files: Bancroft Library, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 11

Dissertation research files: interviews lists, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 12

Dissertation research files: interviews, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 13

Dissertation research files: Segerstrom, Donald I. (interview and notes), circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 14

Dissertation research files: Mordecai Manuel Noah's Ararat Project, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 15

Dissertation research files: library holdings of materials needed for thesis, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 16

Dissertation research files: miscellaneous ephemera, circa 1922-1950

Carton 7, Folder 17

Dissertation research files: newspaper articles file, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 18

Dissertation research files: newspaper clippings, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 19

Dissertation research files: 19th century newspaper clippings, circa 1880

Carton 7, Folder 20

Dissertation research files: Daily Alta California, 1850-1862 (photocopies) circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 21

Dissertation research files: notes, handwritten, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 22

Dissertation research files: Wells Fargo Bank, notes on, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 23

Dissertation research files: Masonic Lodges, Mother Lode Counties, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 24

Dissertation research files: Mother Lode Counties, photographs, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 25

Dissertation research files: Amador County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 26

Dissertation research files: Calaveras County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 27-29

Dissertation research files: El Dorado County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 30

Dissertation research files: Mariposa County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 31

Dissertation research files: Nevada County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 32

Dissertation research files: Placer County, Auburn circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 33

Dissertation research files: Sierra County, Downieville circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 34

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, records, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 35

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, court records, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 36

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, newspaper photocopies, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 37

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County Museum circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 38

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Sonora, Columbia, Eastman correspondence, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 39

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Baer family circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 40

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Columbia, Levy families, S. and H. Levy and Co., circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 41

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Sonora, Linoberg family, Tuolumne County, Sonora, miscellaneous, interviews, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 42

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Sonora, miscellaneous, interviews, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 43

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Jacobs, Albert and Mary, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 44

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Sonora, miscellaneous notes, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 45

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Sonora Cemetery, 1902-1922

Box 1, Folder 1

Dissertation research files: Tuolumne County, Sonora Cemetery, Ledger, 1902-1922

Carton 7, Folder 46

Dissertation research files: Lassen County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 47

Dissertation research files: Los Angeles County, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 48

Dissertation research files: B'nai B'rith Grand Lodge #4, San Francisco, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 49

Dissertation research files: Idaho, articles on, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 50

Dissertation research files: St. Louis, Missouri (Donald Makovsky's "The Philipsons, the first Jewish settlers in St. Louis, 1807-1858," (photocopy) circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 51

Dissertation research files: Oregon, miscellaneous, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 52

Dissertation research files: Oregon, Albany, Odd Fellows records, 1899-1906

Carton 7, Folder 53

Dissertation research files: Oregon, Jacksonville, miscellaneous, circa 1962-1969

Carton 7, Folder 54

Dissertation research files: Oregon, Portland, B'nai B'rith Lodge #65 1965-1966

Carton 7, Folder 55

Dissertation research files: Oral Histories (Milton Kaspar, Sylvan Durkheimer, Virginia Williams), 1964-1970

Box 1, Folder 2

Dissertation research files: Oakland Community Bulletin, 1939

Carton 7, Folder 54

Dissertation research files: Oregon, Portland, B'nai B'rith Lodge #65 1965-1966

Carton 8

Manuscript drafts of dissertation and book on Jews and the Gold Rush, circa 1968-1972

Carton 9, Folder 1-6

Manuscript drafts of dissertation and book on Jews and the Gold Rush, circa 1968-1972

Cardfile Box 1

Index cards: Gold Rush newspapers (Angels, Columbia, Downieville, Grass Valley, Jackson, Mammoth Tree Grove, Mariposa, Mokelumne Hill, Nevada City), circa 1850-1880

Cardfile Box 2

Index cards: Gold Rush newspapers (Nevada City, Placerville), circa 1850-1880

Cardfile Box 3

Index cards: Gold Rush newspapers (Placerville, San Andreas, San Francisco, Sonora, Sutter Creek, Volcano, Miscellaneous newspapers, IOBB, Jewish Order of KSB, non-newspaper index cards), circa 1850-1880

 

Series 3 Camp Swig files. 1965-1969

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 7-10
Carton 9, Folder 7-10

Camp Swig files, 1965-1969