Posted on November 5th, 2015 by Rachel
Louis J. Fox (1911-1995) Papers, n.d., 1929-1981
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The Louis J. Fox Papers were found in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Maryland in July 2004 without an accession number; having been referred to since its arrival as MS 5. Unable to reconcile the collection with an existing accession, it has been assigned accession number 2004.55. Anne Turkos, Vella Beckman and Elva Schneider processed the collection in October 1982. Erin Titter updated and revised the finding aid and box list in July 2004.
Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland – contact Joanna Church, collections manager, email@example.com to make a research appointment.
Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.
Louis J. Fox was born in Baltimore on June 8, 1911. He graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1929 and for a short time thereafter worked in the insurance industry and the scrap metal industry. In 1931, Louis and his brother Robert opened Fox Chevrolet in Baltimore. On September 11, 1933, he married Dorothy Newman and they had two daughters, Jill Fox and Shirley (Fox) Scholder. Jill died in the 1950s and her parents founded the Jill Fox Memorial Fund in her honor.
”Technician Fourth Grade Louis Fox, of 3041 Spaulding Ave., Baltimore, MD was photographed recently by his dugout, called the ”Sad Sack’s Hole,” on an advance island base in the South Pacific war theater. Sgt. Fox is one of the few Baltimore men who fought with the 43rd Infantry Division throughout the entire New Georgia campaign, a battle which paved the way for the invasion of Bougainville.” Bureau of Public Relations, War Department, Washington
In 1944, Louis Fox entered the Army as a Radio Repairman, Aircraft Equipment and achieved the rank of sergeant. He was discharged in 1946 and he returned to Baltimore to work at his car dealership. In 1958 he bought out his brother Robert and subsequently expanded the business to several area locations and began selling other brands. He served as company president and was named chairman in 1972, a post that he occupied until his death.
Louis Fox was active in several local and national organizations. He was president of the Jewish Welfare Fund in the 1950s, the Associated Jewish Charities in 1965 and 1966, and the Council of Jewish Federations in 1966, 1967, and 1968. He was president at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and was the first president of its Parents’ Association. He was also on the executive board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, and was director of the University of Baltimore, Sinai Hospital, and South Baltimore General Hospital, now the Harbor Hospital Center. He was the first president of the Jewish Community Center, a regional chairman for the national Conference of Christians and Jews, and was a founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, now the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
He died on February 25, 1995 at Sinai Hospital of heart failure.
Lou Pincus (or Lon Pincus), Treasurer, Jewish Agency with Louis Fox (left) in Jerusalem, Israel, August 1967. JMM 2004.55.2
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Louis J. Fox Papers contain both personal papers and those related to the many organizations with which he was involved. Personal papers include military records, awards, newspaper clippings, and correspondence he received for his accomplishments. Organizational papers consist primarily of official correspondence from the Jill Fox Memorial Fund, the Council of Jewish Federations, the Anti-Defamation League, the Legacy and Endowment Fund, State of Israel Bonds, and the Jewish Deaf Society, and from his involvement with Soviet Jewry. These papers are organized alphabetically by the name of the group or organization.
Folder List: 2004.055 Volume: .5 linear feet
1 1 Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, 1960-1967
2 Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund, 1949-1977
3 Awards and Tributes, n.d., 1964-1981
4 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, reports, national, 1968-1976
5 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, reports, international,
6 Jewish Deaf Society, 1971-1974
7 Jewish Telegraphic Agency, newsletters, 1962-1968
8 Jill Fox Memorial Fund, 1960-1974
9 Legacies & Endowment and Pooled Income Funds, n.d., 1965-1974
10 Military Records, 1944-1946
11 Personal Papers, 1946-1966
12 Personal Papers, 1967-1979
13 Soviet Jewry, 1971-1972
14 State of Israel Bonds, 1957-1977
Posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Rachel
Kraus Family Papers, n.d., 1836-1971
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The Kraus Family Papers were found in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Maryland in May 2003 without an accession number. Unable to reconcile the collection with an existing accession, it has been assigned accession number 2003.053. Erin Titter processed the collection in May 2003.
Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.
The Kraus family and its ancestors lived in the Fells Point section of Baltimore in the mid to late nineteenth century. In 1851, William Floss purchased property near the corner of Bank and Bethel Streets in Fells Point. William Floss married Sarah (d. c.1873) and they had two children, Simon W. and Hellen. Simon W. Floss married a woman named Emma. Hellen (d. c.1895) married Henry Adler. Hellen and Henry are buried in Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery. Simon and Emma did not have children as of March 26, 1887. Henry and Hellen had at least two children, Sara F. and Gertrude B., although they may have had a third, Mattie, who died as a child. Gertrude B. Adler married George W. Kraus and they had at least three daughters, Hellen, Edna, and Mabel. It remains unclear how the Korte family is related to the Kraus family, but it appears that Matilda and Frederick Korte were at least good friends of Henry and Hellen Adler.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Kraus Family Papers contain documents from three generations of the Kraus family, which lived in the Fells Point section of Baltimore. The bulk of the records are deeds, mortgages, wills, and other probate records, however personal letters, certificates, and report cards from Western High School are also included in the collection. Through these records, one can piece together a general family tree of the three generations included in this collection. Also of interest are the personal letters written to Matilda Korte from her husband Frederick while fighting with the Union Army near Bermuda Hundreds during a failed attempt to march on Richmond in 1864.
This collection is divided into two series:
Series I. Personal Papers, n.d., 1836-1971 includes all letters, certificates, wills, mortgages, deeds, report cards, and citations. Folders are organized alphabetically by the last name of the individual.
Series II. Photographs, n.d. includes all photographs previously known as PC 7, Reverend Leopold Kraus Family Photographs. Like the papers, these photographs were found in the collection without an accession number. Recognizing that the photographs are an extension of the papers, they received the same accession number as the papers. Most of the photographs are unidentified. Folder titles were left the same as was the order. I have added the generic title “Family Photographs” whenever another title was not provided. Dates, where given, were estimates provided on the previous folder headings.
Posted on May 12th, 2015 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: September 5, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 2001.113.25
Status: Identified! Sisterhood Past Presidents, Kneseth Israel Congregation, Annapolis, n.d Back row, L-R: 1. Numa Lavy 2. Sylvia L. Katcef 3. Elsie Greenberg Stebbins 4. Nancy Schoenburg 5. Gertrude Levin Decker 6. Sondee Snyder 7. Libby Monias 8. Rita Schenker Cohen 9. Barbara Warren. Front row, L-R: 1. Rebbitzen Esther Rosenblatt 11. Shirley Lieberman 12. Sylvia B. Katcef 13. Julia Feldman 14. Ruth Boro 15. Adele Greil.
Special Thanks To: Susan Weinstein, Adele Griel