Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

A Finding Aid to the

Albert Ehrenfried Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 28

1880-1951 2.0 Linear ft.


The Albert Ehrenfried Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by Ehrenfried's son, George, in 1953. Property rights to the Papers are assigned to the American Jewish Archives. All literary rights to materials authored by Albert Ehrenfried are held by the Ehrenfried heirs. Literary rights to materials authored by others are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Director of the American Jewish Archives.

The papers are open to all users and available in the reading room of the American Jewish Archives.


Albert Ehrenfried, the son of George and Rachel (Blauspan) Ehrenfried, was born in Lewiston, Maine on February 9, 1880. After his family moved to Boston in 1895, he attended the Boston Latin School (1898), Harvard University (1902), and the Harvard Medical School (1905).

After graduation, Ehrenfried entered private practice in 1907 and shortly thereafter was made surgeon of the sanitorium division of the Boston City Hospital. He later became first assistant surgeon of the hospital. Dr. Ehrenfried was also affiliated with Beth Israel and Children's hospitals, and was an assistant in surgery at the Harvard Medical School.

Ehrenfried was responsible for surgical innovations in skin grafting, bone deformities, and pulmonary tuberculosis. He served in World War I as an instructor of surgery. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston Public Library Committee, Brookline, Massachusetts Town Meeting, American Medical Association, American Genetic Association, Boston Medical Society, Boston Medical Library, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Bostonian Society, and Old South Historical Society.

Dr. Ehrenfried had a great interest in history, especially Jewish history. He spent much time preparing a manuscript on Boston Jewry which was completed by Irving and Fredrika Bernstein and published privately.

Ehrenfried was married in 1912 to Grace Waterman. They had three children, George, Fredrika Jean, and Constance. Albert Ehrenfried died in 1951.


The Albert Ehrenfried Papers, 1853-1951, consist of materials, primarily of a manuscript nature, assembled by Albert Ehrenfried. The correspondence, manuscripts, notes, reports, articles, and newsclippings deal with medicine and New England Jewish History. The bulk of the collection spans the years 1901-1951.

The Papers are arranged into a general series alphabetically by topic. Folders contain correspondence, manuscripts, reports, notes, articles, and newsclippings. The series is divided into two sub-series. Sub-Series A consists of general topics which are arranged alphabetically. Sub-Series B consists of chapters of a book titled, A Chronicle of Boston Jewry. These remain in the order as numbered by Ehrenfried. The series has been sub-divided into two sub-series.

Sub-Series A consists of two Hollinger boxes of topics which have been arranged alphabetically. Sub-Series B consists of three Hollinger boxes of material on Boston Jewry which in 1963 was published by Irving and Fredrika Bernstein. The folders in this part correspond to the chapters in A Chronicle of Boston Jewry. A copy of this book is available in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion library.


Box  Folder    Contents


1    1         American Jewish Physicians 1933-1948.
     2         Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)
                    1916-1923; 1931-1946.
     3         Bibliography.
     4         Book Orders 1932-1947.
     5         Cemeteries.
     6         Chevra Ahabath Achim (Society of Brotherly Love)
                    (Boston, Massachusetts) n.d.
     7         Chevra Gemiloth Chesed 1853-1866.
                    (Hebrew Mutual Relief Society: Hebrew Benevolent
                         Association) (Boston, Massachusetts).
     8         Columbus, Christopher 1940.
     9         Converts.
     10        Directory [ca. 1933].
     11        Evolution of the Boston Synagogue 1943-1944.
     12        Fortnightly Circle and other Organizational Efforts
                    (Boston, Massachusetts) 1901-1904.
     13        Free Sons of Israel--Mendelsohn Lodge 
			  (Boston, Massachusetts)1903-1904; 1947-1948.
     14        Genealogies--Boston.
     15        Hebrew Printing in Early America [ca. 1940].

2    1         Heller, Jacob 1931-1948.
     2         Jewish History.
     3         Jewish History--United States.
     4         Jewish Masonry.
     5         Jewish Medicine--Ancient and Medieval.  
     6         Jewish Physicians--Foreign.
     7         Literary Historical.
     8         Medical Personalia.
     9         Medicine.
     10        Olde Boston Jewrie.
     11        Spain.
     12        Temple Israel (Boston, Massachsetts).
     13        Trade Routes 1929-1931; 1948.


3    1-3       I-III Puritans
     4         IV Roger Williams
     5         V Conversion
     6         VI Judah Monis
     7         VII-VIII Newport
     8         IX Aaron Lopez
     9         X Newport Delenda Est Leicester
     10        XI Revolution
     11        XII Revolution
     12        XIII Hayes (M.M.)
     13        XIV New England
     14        XV Judah Touro
     15        XVI Jewish History (New England)
     16        XVI Germans

4    1         XVII Boston
     2         XVIII Ohabei Sholom
     3         XIX Temple Israel
     4         XX Civil War
     5         XXI Other Congregations
     6         XXI Cemetries
     7         XXII Chevras
     8         XXIII Fraternities
     9         XXIV Russian Immigration
     10        XXV Charity
     11        XXVI Social

5    1         XXVII Conversion
     2         XXVIII Public Service
     3         XXIX Literature
     4         XXX Fine Arts
     5         XXXI Higher Education