MS 11 Blochman Family Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Blochman, Lawrence
Title
Blochman Family Collection
ID
MS 11
Date
1894-1976
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains materials related to Blochman Family history including correspondence and personal items. There is a small amount of material regarding Temple Tifereth Israel and Hyman S. Wolf.

Preferred Citation

Blochman Family Collection, MS 11, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The Blochmans were a prominent San Diego banking family. Led by Abraham Blochman, who arrived in San Diego in 1881, the family was involved in banking and commercial activities. Abraham was the founder of San Diego Building & Loan and the Blochman Banking Company. In 1912, the Blochman Banking Company merged with Security Commercial & Savings Bank. In addition to his banking activities, Abraham served as president of Temple Beth Israel and served as acting French Consul in San Diego for over 30 years (1882-1912).

Abraham’s grandson, Lawrence G. Blochman, was a noted author. He wrote over 40 novels and served as president of the Mystery Writers of America. Born in San Diego, he served as Sports Page Editor for the San Diego Tribune before returning to fiction. During World War I, Lawrence served in the Office of War Information and was chief of the Radio Program Bureau for Voice of America. He died in New York in 1975.

Hyman S. Wolf came to San Diego about 1901 and was a business and civic leader and a moving force in Zionism and other Jewish affairs. He was a shoe store proprietor, associated with real estate and in 1912, built the St. James Hotel with his brother and cousin. Wolf was a co-founder of Temple Tifereth Israel.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains materials related to Blochman Family history including correspondence and personal items. The materials consist of correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, newsletters, admission cards, photographs and an autograph album. Most of the correspondence in this collection is primarily related to Blochman family history. Many letters exist within the collection between Lawrence Blochman (Larry), his sister Nathalie Levine (Nat), his wife Marguerite (Guite) and Trudie Casper, the San Diego Historical Society volunteer who researched the Blochman family. There are many items relating to Lawrence Blochman’s writing. Little material pertains to the activities of Abraham Blochman.

There is a small amount of material regarding Temple Tifereth Israel and Hyman S. Wolf. The connection is not apparent between the Blochman family and Temple Tifereth Israel or Hyman S. Wolf other than their Jewish heritage.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged by series:

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Blochman Family

Series III: Lawrence Blochman

Series IV: Temple Tifereth Israel/Hyman S. Wolf

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection May 31, 2013

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 751217 (autograph album of Mina Blochman).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Vanoni on March 28, 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • St. James Hotel

Personal Name(s)

  • Blochman, Abraham
  • Blochman, Haidee G.
  • Blochman, Lucien
  • Blochman, Marguerite
  • Blochman, Mina
  • Brust, Mae
  • Brust, Paul
  • Casper, Trudie
  • Levine, Nathalie
  • Sarassin, Rabbi Leopold
  • Wolf, Hyman S.

Subject(s)

  • Banks and banking
  • Blochman Banking Company
  • Expositions — California — San Diego
  • San Diego Building & Loan
  • Sarassin Family Crest
  • Security Commercial & Savings Bank
  • Temple Beth Israel
  • Temple Tifereth Israel
  • Writing

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fragile papers in Folders 1, 2, 3 and 4 with some glue staining. Autograph album is in fragile condition. (March 2013).

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Comments

The majority of correspondence in folder 1 is handwritten.

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Collection Inventory

 Series I Correspondence

Box-folder
Letter from G.A. Davidson (President, Board of Directors, Panama-CA Expo) to Mrs. L.A. Blochman re: Membership for Women’s Board of Panama-CA Exposition 8 Jan 19151:1
Letter from Edward W. Barrett (Exec. Director, Overseas Branch) to Lawrence Blochman re: designation as Asst. Rep. of Overseas Operations Branch of the Office of War Information 8 Sept 19441:1
Letter from P.C. Kelley (VP Security First Nat. Bank of SD) to Mr. Leslie Harris re: Blochman Family History 27 May 19591:1
Letter from Lawrence Blochman (Larry) to his sister Nathalie Levine (Nat) re: receipt of biological research from Leslie Harris1:1
Letter from Guite to Trudie re: Larry’s passing and his works and University of Wyoming 9 Mar 19751:1
Letter from Guite to Trudie re: Larry’s works to University of Wyoming 11 May 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Family houses in San Diego 16 April 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Blochmans educated in Paris 25 Apr 19751:1
Letter from Trudie to Rabbi Maxwell H. Dubin re: Blochman family history in San Diego 20 May 19751:1
Letter from Ruth Dubin to Trudie re: Rabbi Dubin heart attack and lack of Blochman family info 22 May 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Family member information 26 May 19751:1
Letter from Guite to Trudie re: Family member information 29 May 19751:1
Letter from Trudie to Mr. David May (May Company) re: May/Blochman possible family connection 10 Jul 19751:1
Letter from David May to Trudie re: May/Blochman possible family connection reply 14 Jul 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Family member information 23 Jul 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Family member information 20 Aug 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Lehmanns in San Francisco and communication with David May 23 Aug 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Jacques C. Roos 1 Oct 19751:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Identification of photos 3 Jan 19761:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Discovery of family photos 14 Jan 19761:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Family member information 5 Feb 19761:1
Letter from Guite to Trudie re: Larry’s works at University of Wyoming 26 July 19761:1
Letter from Guite to Trudie re: Identification of Blochman family photo for cover of Journal of San Diego, Winter 19771:1
Letter from Nat to Trudie re: Needlepoint and info about San Diego life1:1
Letter from Mrs. Leslie J. Harris to unknown re: family member information1:1
Letter from Dr. Monroe Haas (Doc) to Larry and Guite re: Photos of former Blochman residence in San Diego1:1
Letter from Edward Jelenko to John Pauker re: Translation of Sarassin crest1:1

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 Series II Blochman Family

Box-folder
Copy of Blochman & Smith advertisement, San Diego Sun 16 Mar 18821:2
Mina Blochman Autograph Album 1883-18881:2
Voter registration receipt for Lucien A. (L.A.) Blochman 8 Aug 18941:2
Voter registration receipt for Abraham Blochman 29 Sep 18941:2
Admission to Speakers’ Stand, Opening Ceremonies for L.A. Blochman 31 Dec 19141:2
Admission to Speaker’s Stand, Dedication Ceremonies for Mrs. L.A. Blochman 1 Jan 19151:2
Admission to Panama-CA Exposition for Mrs. L.A. Blochman 1 Jan 19151:2
Admission to Panama-CA International Exposition for Mrs. Haidee G. Blochman 1 Jan 19161:2
Invitation to production of “The Sinking of the Titanic” for Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Blochman 4 May 19161:2
Cartoon and attached San Diego City Guards calling card of L.A. Blochman1:2
Various wax seals1:2
Photo of Sarassin crest needlepoint created by Nat1:2
Copy of Sarassin crest with note from Nat1:2
Copy of sketches of coat of arms and flags1:2
Copy of photo Sarassin crest1:2
Copy (1) of letter re: Explanation of Sarassin crest and memories of cottage1:2
Copy (2) of letter re: Explanation of Sarassin crest and memories of cottage1:2
Copy of “Abraham Blochman” biography from An Illustrated History of Southern California1:2
Copy of San Diego Federal full page advertisement (with envelope) published in Tribune (July 8), Union (July 11)1:2
Partial copy of San Diego Federal advertisement1:2
Note card re: Correction of island “CEDROS” in Illustrated History of Southern California1:2

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 Series III Lawrence Blochman

Box-folder
Copy of “The Case of the Murdered Syntax” by Lawrence Blochman from California Monthly Mar 19391:2
Office of War Information travel authorization and orders from Sylvia M. Marsili (Captain, AGD Asst. Adjutant General) for Lawrence Blochman 9 Jun 19451:2
Office of War Information travel authorization and orders from William H. Wright (Captain, AGD Asst. Adjutant General) for Lawrence Blochman 27 Aug 19451:2
Copy of Lawrence Blochman biographical article “Coffee Served with Murders”, The San Diego Union 22 Nov 19641:2
Article “Let’s Remove the Stigma from LEPROSY” by Lawrence Blochman, Today’s Health Jan 19651:2
Article “The ESP Gap” by Lawrence Blochman, THIS WEEK Magazine 22 Oct 19671:2
“My Most Unforgettable Character – STANLEY STEIN: CRUSADER FOR THE LIVING DEAD” (2nd Draft) by Lawrence Blochman 10 Apr 19681:2
Article “Doctor Coffee Bones Up” by Lawrence Blochman, The Washington Post 21 Jul 19681:2
Copy of “Biography of Rabbi Leopold Sarassin” translated by Lawrence Blochman 18 Mar 19681:2
Article “Drugs for Your Memory” by Lawrence Blochman, THIS WEEK Magazine 26 Jan 19691:2
Obituaries of Lawrence Blochman 19751:2
Note written on envelope by Lawrence Blochman re: His first interview for SD High School paper “RUSS”1:2

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 Series IV Temple Tifereth Israel/Hyman S. Wolf

Box-folder
Program for Tifereth Israel 30th anniversary banquet 14 May 19331:3
Talking notes for banquet speaker 14 May 19331:3
Reminiscence by Hyman S. Wolf (Orthodox Congregation Tifereth Israel) 14 May 19331:3
Article “Representative Gathering to be Present at Rose Dedication” (H.S. Wolf named), Southwestern Jewish Review 24 May 19341:3

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