Moses Kaufman papers, 1873-1924

Descriptive Summary

Title
Moses Kaufman papers, 1873-1924
Creator
Kaufman, Moses, 1843-1924.
Extent
1M51M38: 1.6 cubic ft, 1M87M49: 1 volume, 1M87M49: 2.2 cubic ft.
Subjects
Kaufman, Moses, 1843-1924.
Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944.
Beckham, J. C. W. (John Crepps Wickliffe), 1869-1940.
Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946.
Kerr, Charles.
Cantrill, James C. (James Campbell), 1870-1923.
James, Ollie M. (Ollie Murray), 1871-1918.
Camden, Johnson, 1865-1942.
Collins, May.
Gutman, Helen R.
United States Postal Service.
Lexington Hydraulic and Manufacturing Company (Ky.)
Jewish historians--Kentucky.
Jews--History.
Postal service--Postmasters.
Municipal government--Kentucky--Lexington.
Water-supply--Kentucky--Bluegrass Region.
Postal service--Kentucky--Lexington.
Postal service--Kentucky--History--19th century.
Businessmen.
Historians.
Politicians.
Lexington (Ky.)--Politics and government.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Noe, James Thomas Cotton, 1864-1953
Arrangement
Organized by scrapbooks, correspondence and subjects. Arrangement thereunder: Scrapbooks - chronological; Correspondence - by subject and date; Subjects - alphabetically and by date.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Businessman, Rabbi, historian. Moses Kaufman was a native of Bavaria who lived in Cincinnati, Ohio before coming to Lexington, Ky. in 1869. He founded the Kaufman Clothing Company and at various times served as Lexington city councilman, postmaster, city treasurer, city auditor and trustee of the Julius Marks Sanitorium. He was once a candidate for mayor and represented Lexington in the General Assembly in 1896. In addition, he was instrumental in the establishment of the city's water works. Kaufman was known as a philanthropist and Hebrew scholar.
Scope and Content
The Kaufman papers consist of scrapbooks and printed material relating to the career of Moses Kaufman. Clippings, which comprise most of the collection, deal primarily with the Lexington city council and its activities in the last quarter of the 19th century, articles on Jewish history and customs, Hebrew lore and biographical information on Kaufman. Obituaries and articles on Kaufman are included as well as many articles that he wrote for the newspaper notably his "Reminiscences" and "The Soul" which were reprinted as booklets.
Kaufman's frequent and eloquent correspondence with friends and colleagues, reflecting his social and philosophical beliefs, is present, with such correspondents as Irvin S. Cobb, J. C. W. Beckham, Samuel M. Wilson, Cotton Noe, Charles Kerr, James C. Cantrill, Johnson Camden, May Collins, Helen R. Gutman and Ollie M. James. Correspondence with Cotton Noe and poems by Noe comprise a separate folder of material as well as one with miscellaneous materials and correspondence relating to Kaufman's years as Postmaster of Lexington. A typewritten history of the post office and postal service is included in the postmaster folder.

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