Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

A Finding Aid to the

Joseph Barondess Papers 

Manuscript Collection No. 507

1912-1928 . 3.75 Linear ft.


 The Joseph Barondess Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion through Rabbi Julius Rosenthal (Hartsdale, New York), 1968. The donor, by the act of donating the papers of Joseph Barondess to the American Jewish Archives, assigned the property rights to the American Jewish Archives. All literary rights to material in the collection are retained by the individual authors or their heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives.


Joseph Barondess was born in the Ukraine on July 3, 1867, the son of Rabbi Judah Samuel Barondess. He immigrated to England in 1885 where he met his wife, Anna Zifels. Together they moved to the United States in 1888.

Barondess worked in the garment industry in New York City where he became a labor organizer and joined the Socialist Labor Party. After starting a successful insurance business in the late 1890s, he turned his attention to civic and communal affairs, serving on the National Civic Foundation (1900) and the New York City Board of Education (1910). As a reaction to the Russian pogroms of 1903, he became active in the Zionist movement. Among the founders of the American Jewish Congress, Barondess was also a member of the American-Jewish delegation to the Versailles peace talks in 1919 where he worked to incorporate safeguards for Jewish minority rights in the Versailles Peace Treaty. He died in Brooklyn, New York, June 19, 1928.

Related AJA Collections

PC-253 Joseph Barondess Photograph File


The Joseph Barondess Papers consist of the personal letterbooks of Barondess, a labor and communal leader. The collection documents his numerous involvements including communal activities, Zionism, the labor movement, minority rights for Jews, and his insurance business. The span dates for the collection are 1912-1928.


Box Folder	Contents
1	1	Letterbook.  February 3, 1912-March 11, 1912.
	2	Letterbook.  August 1, 1912-September 10, 1912.
2	1	Letterbook.  September 10, 1912-November 12, 1912.
	2	Letterbook.  December 26, 1912-January 31, 1913.
3	1	Letterbook.  January 31, 1913-March 10, 1913.
	2	Letterbook.  March 10, 1913-April 21, 1913.
4	1	Letterbook.  April 21, 1913-June 5, 1913.
	2	Letterbook.  April 12, 1916-July 17, 1916.
5	1	Letterbook.  July 19, 1916-October 24, 1916.
	2	Letterbook.  April 15, 1918-July 5, 1918.
6	1	Letterbook.  July 17, 1918-October 11, 1918.
	2	Letterbook.  December 29, 1919-August 3, 1920.
7	1	Letterbook.  December 21, 1918-December 27, 1919.
8	1	Letterbook.  August 5, 1925-March 25, 1926.
	2	Letterbook.  March 25, 1926-September 16, 1926.
9	1	Letterbook.  September 21, 1926-July 7, 1927.
	2	Letterbook.  July 11, 1927-May 11, 1928.
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