Guide to Jewish History Resources
at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Guide to Jewish History Resources

Individuals, Families and Businesses

Correspondence of Joseph Jonas

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.

Historical Sketches of Early Cincinnati: The First Jews in Early Cincinnati: Phineas and Joseph Moses – Joseph Jonas

[By Edwin Henderson]
February 14, 1904
Mss qXH496

Joseph Jonas and the Seasongood Family: An Analysis of the Experience of two Jewish Immigrant Families in Early and Mid-Nineteenth Century Cincinnati

By Edward P. Cohn
Mss VF 3474

Murray Seasongood : Twentieth-Century Urban Reformer.

By William A. Baughin
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Cincinnati, 1972
Thesis B S439M, 1972

Seventieth Birthday Party for Murray Seasongood…October 27, 1948…Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio

[Cincinnati, 1948]
Pamphlets B S439s

Testimonial dinner in Honor of Murray Seasongood : Sheraton-Gibson Hotel Roof Garden, March 14, 1965

Pamphlets 296.6079 T344

Murray Seasongood Papers

Mss 578

Seasongood was a civic reformer and this collection relates to Seasongood’s political and government reform interests.

Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation Records

1943-1992 (bulk 1973-1992)
Mss 1025

The foundation promoted governmental reform and citizen participation in local affairs.

Isaac Wise Mayer and the College He Built

By Jacob Rader Marcus
Cincinnati : American Jewish Archives, 1959
Pamphlets B W812i

Isaac Mayer Wise, the Founder of American Judaism : A Biography

By Max B. May
New York : G.P. Putnam, 1916
General B W812m

Rabbi in America: The Story of Isaac M. Wise

By Israel Knox
Boston : Little, Brown, [1957]
General B W812k


By Isaac M. Wise
Cincinnati : L. Wise and Co., 1901
General B W812

Selected Writings of Isaac Mayer Wise

New York : Arno Press & New York Times, 1969
General B W812p

Wise and Cincinnati : The Heart and Heartbeat of Reform Judaism

By Linda Glassman
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Cincinnati, 1965
Thesis fB W812g

The Spiritual Focus of the Founder

By Victor E. Reichert
[Cincinnati] : Hebrew Union College, 1942
General B W812r

Hebrew Union College Founders Day address concerning its founder, Isaac M. Wise.

Letter to Helen Wise Molony from Philip Gibbs, London

October 15, 1923
Mss VF 4371

Molony (1858-1934) was Isaac Mayer Wise’s daughter

4 Letters to Helen Wise Molony from John Uri Lloyd

Mss VF 1892

Ransohoff Family Tree

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.

Regine Weiss Ransohoff’s “Roots” Scrapbook

Mss 894

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.

Ransohoff Photograph Collection


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.

Pictures Tell Your Story

By Daniel J. Ransohoff
New York : National Publicity Council for Health and Welfare Services [1959].
General f361 R212

There is in every human countenance, either a history or a prophecy

[Daniel J. Ransohoff; intro by Steven W. Plattner]
Cincinnati : Hennegan Co., 1988.
Pamphlets ff779 R212

Fleishmann Family Papers

1888-1988 [bulk 1931-1988]
Mss 957

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.

Some Notes on the Charles Fleischmann Family

October 21, 1969
Mss VF 1602

Contains genealogical material.

Dahlman Family Papers

Mss fD131 Folio File

Bertha Dahlman worked for Fleischmann Yeast Company and later was the personal secretary of Julius Fleischmann.

Irwin F. Westheimer, September 18, 1979

General fB W529h

Robert I. Westheimer 1916-1997 : A Family Tribute

Cincinnati : Road West Publishing, 1998
General qB W529r

Alfred Bettman

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.

Cincinnati Better Housing League Correspondence

Mss qB565

Records of the Cincinnati Better Housing League which Alfred Bettman worked with as City Planner, 1914-1930.

Alfred Bettman, 1873-1945: A Memorial Address

By John Lord O'Brian
March 26, 1945
Mss VF 1362

Citizen's League to Save Burnet Woods Records

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.

Sabin at the Rockefeller

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.

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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.

Henry Mosler Rediscovered : A Nineteenth-Century American-Jewish Artist

Curated by Barbara C. Gilbert
Los Angeles : Skirball Museum/Skirball Cultural Center, c1995
General f759.05 M912

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Moses Jacob Ezekiel: Prix de Rome Sculptor

By Judith S. Lucas
Winter 1986
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 44, No. 4, p. 2-16

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My Life as an American Jew : An Autobiography

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.

Dawn of Reckoning; Self-Portrait of a Liberal Rabbi

By Stanley R. Brav
Cincinnati : Sholon Press, 1971
General B B826

Visibile Footprints : The Life of Benjamin Gettler

Cincinnati : Cincinnati Book Publishers, 2012
General qB G394

Autobiography of Cincinnati businessman involved in the Cincinnati community.

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Testament of Endurance: Frederick Rauh & Company 1872-1994

By Steven L. Wright
Fall 1995
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 53, No. 3, p. 2-23

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In Memoriam : Helen Sykes Trounstine, January 21, 1917

[Cincinnati, 1917]
Pamphlets qB T861

My Mother’s Memories of Her Childhood

By Sarah M. Warticki
General B C678j

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Five Cents Carfare from New York: A Memoir of a Cincinnati Immigrant Boyhood in the 1890s

By H. Joseph Hyman and Myra Saturen
Spring 1998
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 56, No. 1, p. 2-14

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Robert Goldman Papers

Mss 857

Collection contains correspondence, memos, speeches and printed materials relating to his civic activities, 1866-1957

Mathilda Becker Collection

Mss 945

The Becker family ran the Becker Boxing Club in Cincinnati.

Jacob Rader Marcus Biography

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.

Walton Bachrach’s declaration of February 1967 as American History Month

Mss VF 2404

Bachrach (1904-1989) was Cincinnati’s Mayor, 1977-1978.

Traditions: A Cincinnati Legacy


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.

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