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Jacob Hait collection : collection 249

Creator: Hait, Jacob, 1863-1930

Date: 1863-1916

Level of Description: Series

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: MICROFILM: MS 1678 (Available to Kansas libraries through interlibrary loan)

Unit ID: 309862

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Biographical sketch: Furniture, carpet, 2nd hand goods dealer. Of Russia; Leavenworth, Kan.

Abstract: Early records of 3 Jewish organizations in Leavenworth, Kan.: Congregation B'nai Jeshuren, also known as B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue or Temple, active 1859-1970; the 1st B'nai B'rith chapter in Kansas, Sholem Lodge No. 78; and the Sons of Truth, caretakers of the Jewish cemetery now also known as Mount Zion. Included are a congregational record book for the synagogue and Receipt books for the B'nai B'rith, presumably showing names of members, & the cemetery, presumably showing purchasers of lots.

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Reference copy: 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. Originals: 0.4 ft. (1 box)

Title (Main title): Jacob Hait collection : collection 249

Titles (Other):

  • Jacob Hait collection #249 [Microfilm box title]
  • B'nai B'rith, Sholem Lodge No. 78, Receipt book, 1887-1913 ; Sons of Truth Receipt book, 1896-1916
  • Collection [Portion of title]
  • Sons of Truth Receipt book, 1896-1916
  • Jewish organizations : records
  • B'nai Jeshuren congregational record book, 1863-1868 ; B'nai B'rith, Sholem Lodge No. 78, Receipt book, 1887-1913 ; Sons of Truth Receipt book, 1896-1916
  • Papers
  • Jacob Hait collection, 1863-1931 (ms. collection 249)

Part of: Jacob Hait collection.

Biography

Biog. Sketch (Full):

Jacob Hait was born 22 August 1863 in Russia. He came to America in 1888 and apparently arrived in Leavenworth about 1891. He married Ida Wolfson (1876-1952) on 11 June 1893 in Jackson County, Missouri. Their children were Zelda Hait Winetroub (1894-1985), Josephine Hait Waldstein (1898-1984), and Lyle Graham Hait (1912-1962).

While in Leavenworth, Jacob Hait was a dealer in furniture, carpet, and second hand goods, a business that lasted until his death or shortly thereafter. It is assumed that Hait was a member of B'nai Jeshuren congregation, though his name does not appear in any of the congregational records in this collection. He died 11 December 1930 and is buried in the Sons of Truth (Mount Zion) Cemetery in Leavenworth.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

This microfilm contains Jewish congregational and fraternal organization records, being one part of the Jacob Hait Papers, 1863-1931. Included are records of Congregation B'nai Jeshuren, also known as Temple B'nai Jeshurun; B'nai B'rith, Sholem Lodge No. 78; and the Sons of Truth, caretakers of the Jewish cemetery now also known as Mount Zion. Included are a congregational record book for the synagogue and Receipt books for the B'nai B'rith, presumably showing names of members, & the cemetery, presumably showing purchasers of lots.

The collection contains record books of B'nai Jeshuren, the Conservative Jewish congregation established in Leavenworth in 1859. The record book begins in 1863 and continues until 1868. The American Jewish Archives show that B'nai Jeshuren applied for a charter in 1864 which was five years after its initial formation. Most records for this congregation were destroyed in a fire and the congregation dissolved in the mid 1970s.

Also in this collection are receipt books for the Jewish men's fraternity, the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, Sholem Lodge, No. 78. This order was established in Leavenworth in 1866 and was the first B'nai B'rith chapter in Kansas. Another item in this collection is a ledger book for the Sons of Truth, an organization which administered a Jewish cemetery. Records for both organizations cover the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Contents: Folder 1. Congregation B'nai Jeshuren, Leavenworth, Kan. Congregational record book, 1863-1868 -- folder 2. B'nai B'rith. Sholem Lodge No. 78 (Leavenworth, Kan.) Receipt book, 1887-1913 -- folder 3. Sons of Truth. Receipt book, 1896-1916.

Locators:

Locator Contents
006-11-04-05  Congregation B'nai Jeshuren, Leavenworth, Kan., Record book, 1863-1868 ; B'nai B'rith, Sholem Lodge No. 78 (Leavenworth, Kan.) Receipt book, 1887-1913 ; Sons of Truth Receipt book, 1896-1916 

Microfilm:

  • MS 1678: Hait, Jacob, collector. Jacob Hait collection : collection 249 1863-1916

Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (Jeshuren) minutes, 1892-1931 (microfilm MF-73); B'nai B'rith, Sholem Lodge No. 78 (Leavenworth, Kan.), Records, 1866-1927 (MS-537); Temple B'nai Jeshurun (Jeshuren) (Leavenworth, Kan.) Sisterhood records, 1895-1960 (cash book, 1895-1920; disbursements ledger, 1935-1960; members' dues book, 1895-1916, 1908-1917; and minute book, 1895-1906) (MS-710); and Mount Zion Cemetery Records, 1866-1974 (SC-6716), are at the American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Other Finding Aid/Index: Finding aid to the source collection available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka) or on its website: http://www.kshs.org/archives/40249

Bibliography

Index Terms

Subjects

    Congregation B'nai Jeshuren, Leavenworth, Kan. -- Records and correspondence
    B'nai B'rith. Sholem Lodge No. 78 (Leavenworth, Kan.) -- Records and correspondence
    Mount Zion Cemetery (Leavenworth, Kan.)
    Sons of Truth (Organization) -- Records and correspondence
    Leavenworth County (Kan.)
    Leavenworth (Kan.)
    Hait, Jacob, 1863-1930 -- Jacob Hait collection, 1863-1931 (ms. collection 249)
    Account books -- Kansas -- Leavenworth
    Jews -- Kansas -- Leavenworth County
    Jews -- Kansas -- Leavenworth -- Societies, etc.
    Jews -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors


Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use and reproduction: Notice: This material may be protected by copyright laws (Title 17, U.S. Code). The user is cautioned that the publications of the contents of this microfilm may be construed as a violation of copyright. Copyright derives from the principle of common law, affirmed in the 1976 Copyright Act as amended, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof for the duration of the copyright unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right; copyright descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of an author or his or her publisher to secure permission of the owner of copyright in unpublished writing.

Ownership/Custodial Hist.: Records presumably entrusted to or collected by Jacob Hait.

Add'l physical form: Microfilm. Topeka [Kan.] : Kansas State Historical Society, 1992; roll MS 1678, available for research or inter-library loan to Kansas libraries.

Cite as: Jacob Hait Collection, 1863-1916, Kansas State Historical Society microfilm MS 1678.

Action note: Prepared for microfilming by Robert A. McInnes, 1994.

Holder of originals: Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).