Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing


A Finding Aid to the

Herman Passamaneck Papers 

Manuscript Collection No. 647

1917-1966. 0.4 Linear ft.


 The Herman Passmaneck Papers were donated to the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives by Ellen Dryer Kaplan, Los Angeles, California in July 1993. All literary rights to the Herman Passamaneck Papers are held by the Passamaneck heirs. All literary rights to other materials are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addresed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. The papers are available to researchers in the reading room of the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.


Herman Passamaneck entered “Y” work as a volunteer for Rabbi Philip D. Bookstaber of the Louisville, Kentucky Young Men and Women’s Hebrew Association in 1907. Because of his impressive record and personality, Passamaneck attracted the attention of Jacob Billikopf. In 1917, Passamaneck therefore became the executive director of the Kansas City, Missouri chapter.

Following the supervision of a new million dollar building, and the growth of the organization from a few hundred to several thousand members, Passamaneck became the executive secretary of the YM&WHA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a few years, he assumed the position of executive director. Passamaneck served from 1925-1954. Other activities outside of the YM&WHA included being president of the National Association of Jewish Center Workers and the Jewish Welfare Board.

Passamaneck married Dolores Jaskol in 1932. They had one son named Stephen, who became a professor of rabbinics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, California.

Herman Passamaneck died on January 8, 1984.


 The Herman Passamaneck Papers describe the professional career and activities of Herman Passamaneck, an active administrator of the Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) in both Kansas City, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The collection includes correspondence and newspaper clippings. It consists of a single oversize Hollinger box and is arranged in an alphabetical series by subject. Of particular interest is correspondence with Jacob Billikopf during his time in Kansas City, Missouri.


Box  Folder    Contents

Series A, 1917-1966
1       1               Correspondence. 1920-1927; 1949-1956; 1966.
        2               Discharge Certificate from the military. 1917.
        3               Newspaper Clippings. 1920-1954.
        4               Miscellaneous Programs and Certificates. n.d..
        4               Photographs. Unidentified. n.d.
        5               Memorial Scrapbook. 1951.
        6               Speeches and Writings. 1917-1954; n.d.
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