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Manuscript Collection No. 159
Louis Witt was born in 1878 and was raised in Rochester, New York. Both Witt and his friend Samuel Goldenson went to Hebrew Union College to pursue their dream of becoming rabbis. Following his graduation from Hebrew Union College in 1903, Witt served a small congregation in Pueblo, Colorado. In 1907, he became the rabbi at Congregation B'nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he remained until 1919. In 1920, Witt took a one year position at Temple Shaare Emeth in St. Louis, Missouri.
Witt served as the rabbi at Congregation Temple Israel in Dayton, Ohio from 1921 until his retirement in 1946. Under his leadership, the congregation doubled in size and a new temple auditorium project was begun. Witt was also extremely active in local politics, the relationships of Christians and Jews and symbols used in the Reform movement.
The Louis Witt Papers detail the life of Witt as a rabbi, civic leader, and author in Dayton, Ohio. Papers consist of correspondence, articles, newsclippings, and miscellaneous items pertaining to the professional activities of Rabbi Witt between 1900 and 1951. Also, the papers contain sermons and lectures delivered by him.
The papers are divided into two series as follows:
B. Writings and Miscellaneous
Terms of Access
The collection is open for use; no restrictions apply.
Terms of Reproduction and Use
This collection has been placed in the permanent care, custody, and control of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) by the donors of the collection. Questions concerning rights to use or publish materials from the collection should be addressed to the Executive Director of the AJA. For more information, see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Hurvitz, Henry/ Menorah Association Memorial Collection. MSS Collection No. 2.
Lazaron, Morris. MSS Collection No. 71.
Union of American Hebrew Congregations Records. MSS Collection No. 72.
Witt, Louis. Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Cincinnati. 1902. FF3:C3.
Witt, Louis. Nearpint Biographies File.
Witt Louis. Picture Collection.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Louis Witt Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-159. Louis Witt Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The papers were donated by Myra Witt, Columbus, Ohio in November 1968.
Processed by American Jewish Archives staff.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Witt, Louis -- 1878-1950
Temple Israel (Dayton, Ohio)
Jews -- Arkansas -- Little Rock
Jews -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Jews -- Ohio -- Dayton
Genres and Forms
Jewish sermons, American