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Jennie Loitman Barron Papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-547

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a notebook with judicial case notes recorded by JLB; a copy of the “Guest of Honor” award from the American Jewish Literary Foundation, a photocopy of the Testimonial Dinner with Mrs. Caroline K. Simon, Secretary of New York State, an undated campaign flyer supporting JLB as the first mother of the School Committee, and an award letter for Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Andelman recognizing their contribution to the welfare of their community in Cambridge, reprinted from The Jewish Advocate on May 27, 1954. The connection between JLB and the Andelmans is unknown.

Dates

  • undated, 1954-1960

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

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Biographical Note

Jennie Loitman Barron was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 12, 1891. She was educated at Girls’ High School in Boston and Boston University. After finishing a four-year degree in only three years, she was awarded her law degree two years later. JLB joined the suffragist movement while she was in college. She was the first president of the Boston University Equal Suffrage League, and she advocated for equal rights for women at many meetings sponsored by this group.

JLB married Samuel Barron in 1918. They had three daughters: Erma (Barron) Wernick, Joy (Barron) Rachlin, and Deborah (Barron) Blazar, who died in 1956.

JLB started her thirty-five year career as a judge in 1934 and was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Joseph B. Ely as a special justice of the Western Norfolk District. She was the first mother on the Boston School Committee, and the first female United States delegate to the United Nations Congress on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency. JLB became an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1957; she was the first woman to hold this position. In 1959, JLB was awarded the National Mother of the Year Award by American Mothers, Inc.

JLB died on March 28, 1969.

References

  1. Jewish Women's Archives Jewish Women in America-An Historical Encyclopedia, volume I (1950), p. 122-123. From http://jwa.org/thisweek/oct/13/1891/jennie-loitman-barron. Retrieved on 3/15/2012.

Chronology

1891
Jennie Loitman Barron born in West End, Boston, Massachusetts.
1912
Graduates from Boston University.
1914
Receives her master of law from Boston University.
1918
Marries Samuel Barron.
1934
Begins her thirty-five year career as a judge.
1937
Is named an associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court.
1957
Becomes the first woman as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
1969
Dies on March 28.

Extent

0.25 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Abstract

Jennie Loitman Barron was a judge and suffragist. She earned her law degree and master of law at Boston University. As the first president of the Boston University Equal Suffrage League, JLB advocated for equal rights for women. In 1934 she was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as a special Justice of the Western Norfolk District. JLB was the first mother on the Boston School Committee, and the first female United States delegate to the United Nations Congress on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency. In 1957, JLB became the first woman who was an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. This collection contains notes for her judicial cases, “Guest of Honor” award and photograph of the event, campaign flyer supporting JLB as the first mother of the Boston School Committee, and award letter for Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Andelman.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Xingyan (Jessie) Xu, 2012
Title
Guide to the Jennie Loitman Barron Papers, P-547
Author
Processed by Xingyan (Jessie) Xu
Date
2012

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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