Guide to Jewish History Resources
at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives
Individuals, Families and Businesses
Mss VF 1802
This file contains two letters to Jonas’s daughter Sallie Oppenheim, six letters to Rabbi Isaac Leeser in Philadelphia and a letter from Cincinnati Jews to the Elders of the Jewish congregation in South Carolina, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.
[By Edwin Henderson]
February 14, 1904
By Edward P. Cohn
Mss VF 3474
By William A. Baughin
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Cincinnati, 1972
Thesis B S439M, 1972
Pamphlets B S439s
Pamphlets 296.6079 T344
Seasongood was a civic reformer and this collection relates to Seasongood’s political and government reform interests.
1943-1992 (bulk 1973-1992)
The foundation promoted governmental reform and citizen participation in local affairs.
By Jacob Rader Marcus
Cincinnati : American Jewish Archives, 1959
Pamphlets B W812i
By Max B. May
New York : G.P. Putnam, 1916
General B W812m
By Israel Knox
Boston : Little, Brown, 
General B W812k
By Isaac M. Wise
Cincinnati : L. Wise and Co., 1901
General B W812
New York : Arno Press & New York Times, 1969
General B W812p
By Linda Glassman
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Cincinnati, 1965
Thesis fB W812g
By Victor E. Reichert
[Cincinnati] : Hebrew Union College, 1942
General B W812r
Hebrew Union College Founders Day address concerning its founder, Isaac M. Wise.
October 15, 1923
Mss VF 4371
Molony (1858-1934) was Isaac Mayer Wise’s daughter
Mss VF 1892
By Daniel J. Ransohoff
Mss VF 2100
The Ransohoff family was a prominent Cincinnati family with many members in the medical profession like Dr. Joseph Ransohoff, II, a groundbreaking neurosurgeon at the University of Cincinnati. Also well-known in the family is Daniel Ransohoff (1921-1993), the photographer and political activist.
In 1988 Ransohoff and relatives went to Germany and Belarus to look for information on the Beckman, Freiburg, Friday, Frohman, Hauer, Ransohoff, Stadthagen, Wachtel, Weiss and Workum families and this scrapbook tells that story.
Contains 28,638 negative that have been microfilmed for use. 2,000 photo prints that document housing conditions and social service agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area.
By Daniel J. Ransohoff
New York : National Publicity Council for Health and Welfare Services .
General f361 R212
[Daniel J. Ransohoff; intro by Steven W. Plattner]
Cincinnati : Hennegan Co., 1988.
Pamphlets ff779 R212
1888-1988 [bulk 1931-1988]
Charles (1835-1897) and Maximillian Fleischmann were innovators in the baking world, helping to create mass produced baked goods with the Fleischmann’s Yeast Company. Charles’ son Julius Fleischmann (1871-1925) was a mayor of Cincinnati, 1900-1905 and a three-time delegate to the Republican National Convention.
October 21, 1969
Mss VF 1602
Contains genealogical material.
Mss fD131 Folio File
Bertha Dahlman worked for Fleischmann Yeast Company and later was the personal secretary of Julius Fleischmann.
General fB W529h
Cincinnati : Road West Publishing, 1998
General qB W529r
Mss VF 2662
Bettman (1873-1945) was an early urban planner. This is a letter between Charles Livingood and Bettman about the city’s development in January 1924.
Records of the Cincinnati Better Housing League which Alfred Bettman worked with as City Planner, 1914-1930.
By John Lord O'Brian
March 26, 1945
Mss VF 1362
Mss VF 87
Gilbert Bettman (1881-1942) was a law professor and dean at the University of Cincinnati, an Ohio senator and a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. He was also the chairman of the Citizens League to Save Burnet Woods. These letters protest the acquisition of Burnet Woods property for the use by University of Cincinnati.
By Igor Tamm
August 26, 1986
Mss VF 2143
Dr. Sabin (1906-1993) is best known for developing the oral polio vaccine. This paper by Igor Tamm, “Sabin at the Rockefeller,” was read at a scientific symposium in honor of his 80th birthday on August 26, 1986.
Samuel N. Pike
From the Ball and Thomas Photograph Collection
Samuel N. Pike was born about 1822 to Jewish parents either in New York or Germany. The family name was changed from Hecht to Pike. He came to America in 1827 and to Cincinnati in 1844. In 1846 he married Ellen Miller, daughter of Judge Samuel R. Miller. They had four children, Lawrence, Jennette, Hester and Alice. Pike earned his wealth in the liquor business. He was an admirer of Jenny Lind and built an opera house in Cincinnati in her honor. It opened in 1859. It burnt down in 1866 and was rebuilt. He also had extensive real estate holdings and owned the Burnet House and built an opera house in New York City. He divided his time between New York and Cincinnati. Pike died in New York on December 8, 1872 of apoplexy.
Curated by Barbara C. Gilbert
Los Angeles : Skirball Museum/Skirball Cultural Center, c1995
General f759.05 M912
Moses Jacob Ezekiel: Prix de Rome Sculptor
By Judith S. Lucas
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 44, No. 4, p. 2-16
By David Philipson
Cincinnati : Kidd, 1941
General B P555
A graduate of Hebrew Union College, Philipson served as the Rabbi at Rockdale Avenue Temple in Cincinnati.
By Stanley R. Brav
Cincinnati : Sholon Press, 1971
General B B826
Cincinnati : Cincinnati Book Publishers, 2012
General qB G394
Autobiography of Cincinnati businessman involved in the Cincinnati community.
Testament of Endurance: Frederick Rauh & Company 1872-1994
By Steven L. Wright
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 53, No. 3, p. 2-23
Pamphlets qB T861
By Sarah M. Warticki
General B C678j
Five Cents Carfare from New York: A Memoir of a Cincinnati Immigrant Boyhood in the 1890s
By H. Joseph Hyman and Myra Saturen
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 56, No. 1, p. 2-14
Collection contains correspondence, memos, speeches and printed materials relating to his civic activities, 1866-1957
The Becker family ran the Becker Boxing Club in Cincinnati.
Mss VF 1956
Jacob Rader Marcus, historian, teacher and rabbi, founded the American Jewish Archives on the campus of the Hebrew Union College in 1947.
Mss VF 2404
Bachrach (1904-1989) was Cincinnati’s Mayor, 1977-1978.
A program showing Cincinnati residents as they work to keep alive the traditions and cultural heritage of native lands; either their own, or that of their elders. Each segment is introduced by a member of WCPO’s news anchor staff, including Pat Minarcin, Dennis Janson, Randy Little, Bob Alan, and Carol Williams. Each segment focuses on a particular person or couple. Each segment shows many of the same things that reflect a particular culture: the food, festivals, schools, religious ceremonies, weddings, family gatherings, etc.
One segment shows Russian Jewish culture. Vladimir Shapiro and his family, a Russian Jewish family recently immigrated to Cincinnati, work to discover the Jewish heritage they were denied in Russia. Includes activity at a Hebrew school in Montgomery and footage inside Rockdale Temple.