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Harris Blumenfeld papers

Identifier: Mss 1113

Collection Overview

The collection contains materials relating to the life and work of the poet Harris Blumenfeld. Materials consist of a wedding anniversary certificate, an obituary, a centennial booklet from the Baron Hirsh Congregation, and a Hebrew typewriter.


  • Creation: 1917-1964


Language of Material

Materials in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Harris Blumenfeld (1861-1953) was born in Tuckum, Russia, and immigrated to the United States when he was 19 years old. He married his wife, Dora, in 1887 and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1910. In Memphis, he joined the Baron Hirsh Congregation, eventually serving as an assistant to the rabbi. He established the Blumenfeld Ice & Coal Co. in 1919 where he served as president until his retirement in 1942. Throughout his life he wrote poetry, publishing a book of poetry titled Garlands of Thought in 1941.


1.25 linear feet (1 slim document box, 1 oversize box)


Contains a wedding anniversary certificate, obituary, Baron Hirsch Congregation centennial booklet, and Hebrew typewriter belonging to the poet Harris Blumenfeld.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2005 by Sylvia Blumenfeld Friedman Cremer and Dr. Harry B. Blumenfeld.

Separated Material

Two copies of Garlands of Thought by Harris Blumenfeld have been removed from the collection and cataloged.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, March 2015.

Inventory of the Harris Blumenfeld Papers, 1917-1964
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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