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Herman Landau papers

Identifier: 1977_027-UA

Material in Box 1 represents a collections of news clipping and photographs of active members of the Louisville Jewish Community. Arranged alphabetically by individuals, the materials span almost two decades, from 1956 until the early 1970s. In compiling the folders, Mr.Landau restricted collection items to those from local Jewish papers. As an explanation of their contents, most folders in this box have notes pertaining to position and tiles of the individual.

Box 2 continues the collection of Box 1. Box 1 contains folders from A to M, Box 2 holds those folders from N to Z.

The third box originally contained a collection of Louisville Jewish newspapers which have since been incorporated into Louisville Jewish Community Publications Collection. Starting from 1946, this box included primarily two important newspapers, the B'nai B'rith Briefs and the Jewish Community Center Bulletins. These papers reflect Jewish concerns of the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing almost entirely on the Louisville area, the articles deal with social events. fund raising campaigns, and religious holiday activities.

Box 3 now contain newsclippings on topics of interest to the Jewish Community and miscellaneous JCC brochures relating the growth of the religious community. For example, the box contains a few editions of the Special Messenger of 1955, which details the plans of the new building for the Adath Jeshurun congregation. Finishing the box are Courier-Journal articles on World War II and manuscripts of articles by Herman Landau. In 1964, he began on his own to edit and publish Jewish Events as a bulletin of local Jewish happeningswhich includes B'nai B'rith Briefs for those years. The complete set, from 1964 to 1967, along with the other local papers, Community (1973-1977), B'nai B'rith Briefs (1969-1977), and scattered copies of the National Jewish Post and the Kentucky Jewish Post and Opinion have all been removed from the Landau Papers to form a separate collection.

Similar in contents to Boxes 1 and 2, Box 4 includes items from Louisville Jewish newspapers pertaining to Jewish Community Center activities and clubs. Covering the same time period of the 1950s to the 1960s, this box is arranged alphabetically by organizations and events.


  • 1920-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.


8.25 linear feet (4 records center boxes, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, 1 flat box)

Biographical / Historical

Herman Landau's family came from Austria-Hungary to New York City in 1897 and from New York City to Louisville around 1900. Landau was born and reared in Louisville, and as a young man entered journalism. During his newspaper career he worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Louisville-Times: and although this collection of Landau's paper reflects his interest in journalism, it concerns primarily his long association with the Jewish community in Louisville.

Related Materials

The Oral History Center in the University Archives also holds interviews with Mr. Landau.


Guide to the Herman Landau Papers
University Archives and Records Center Staff
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752