Finding aid for the Joseph B. Horwitz Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Horwitz, Joseph B.
Title: Joseph B. Horwitz Papers
Dates: 1999
Extent: 0.20 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: Joseph B. Horwitz (1899-2000) was a Jewish entrepreneur from Cleveland, Ohio, who was born in Vilnius in 1899. Horwitz came to Cleveland with his family at a young age. In 1930 he married Cleveland native Olyn (Ollie) Shaw (1895-1999). The couple had one daughter, Judy (Relman). In the 1930s, Horwitz devised methods of making usable steel from scrap metals and became the President of the Kaiser-Nelson Corporation. During and after World War II Joseph and Olyn Horwitz were involved with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. They assisted in the relocation of refugees in Europe. In 1948 a refugee gave the couple an eighteenth century silver filigree menorah and inspired them to start collecting Judaica. Joseph B. Horwitz subsequently became one of the most prominent collectors of Jewish religious art in the United States. Horwitz and his wife Olyn contributed significantly to the Jewish community of Cleveland. The collection consists of one scrapbook created for Horwitz's 100th birthday in 1999.
MS Number MS 5158
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English