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Finding Aid to the Newmark Family Papers MS.227
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Newmark Family MS.227.1 1837-1917

Arrangement

  • MS.227.1.1: Newmark Family Documents and Memorabilia, 1858-1917
  • MS.227.1.2: Sarah Newmark’s Travel Writings, 1887-1916
  • MS.227.1.3: Newmark Financial Records, 1776-1940
  • MS.227.1.4: Newmark Family Histories and Related Documents, 1908-2006 and undated
 

Newmark Family Documents and Memorabilia, MS.227.1.1 1858-1917

Scope and contents

This subseries includes legal documents, scrapbooks, personal items, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia pertaining to the Newmarks' civic activities and Los Angeles history. Of particular note is the collected memorabilia from the first Fiesta de Los Angeles in 1894. The week-long event, modeled after New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, was sponsored by the Merchant’s Association to help improve the city’s economy after the 1893 depression. Items also include memorabilia from Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce events and the California Midwinter Exposition of 1894. Also included are commemorative memorabilia and cable car tickets.
 

Sarah Newmark’s Travel Writings MS.227.1.2 1887-1916

Scope and contents

This subseries includes scrapbooks and journals that describe the Newmark’s travels in Europe and America. One journal provides an account of a trip from Los Angeles to Alaska that documents the cities traveled, modes of transportation, and daily excursions. All other materials document two sojourns to Europe, describing "Grand Tours" in 1887-1888 and 1900. There are two sets of journals that document the 1887-1888 trip. Sarah Newmark created the original journals and bound copies for family in 1890.
 

Financial Ledgers MS.227.1.3 1837-1940

Custodial history

The quarter master’s book from 1776 was not created by the Newmarks. At some unknown point in time, it came into possession of the Newmarks.

Administrative history note

Newmark and Company timeline:
  • 1854 associated with Newmark, Kremer and Company
  • 1861 reorganized the firm as Newmark and Kremer
  • after 1861, organized a as a commission house under the name H. Newmark and Company
  • 1865, doing business as a wholesale grocer under the name H. Newmark and Company

Scope and contents

This subseries consists of six ledgers, four of which document financial transactions for businesses owned or jointly operated by Harris Newmark. Two other ledgers are a quarter master’s book from 1776 and a ledger generated for an unidentified club or organization, 1934-1940.
 

Newmark Family Histories and Related Documents MS.227.1.4 1908-2006 and undated

Scope and contents

This subseries is comprised of Newmark family trees, a monograph describing Myer J. Newmark and family’s voyage from New York to San Francisco in 1853, biographical articles, documents and other items pertaining to members of the Newmark family and Jewish life in Los Angeles.

Acquisition

Materials in this subseries are part of The Linda Levi Collection of Newmark and Levi Family Memorabilia, acquired 2007.
 

Newmark-Loeb Family MS.227.2 circa 1860-1986

Scope and contents

Series includes family genealogies, correspondence, photo albums and scrap books.

Custodial history

Many items in this group were collected by Rose Loeb Levi, grandmother of Linda Levi. A majority of the Newmark related materials were collected by Linda Levi and her brother, John Newmark Levi, Jr.
 

Newmark-Levi Family MS.227.3 1902-2000

Arrangement

  • MS.227.3.1: Levi Family Documents and Memorabilia, 1891-2002
  • MS.227.3.2: Rose Loeb Correspondence, 1900, 1906
  • MS.227.3.3: John Newmark Levi, Sr., 1905-1972
  • MS.227.3.4: Nordlinger Family, 1888, 1909
  • MS.227.3.5: Linda Levi, 1950-2006
  • MS.227.3.6: Capitol Milling Company, 1973-2003

Scope and contents

Series includes material that document the lives of the Levi family, descendants of Rose Loeb and Herman Levi.
 

Levi Family Documents and Memorabilia MS.227.3.1 1891-2002

Scope and contents

The Levi Family Documents and Memorabilia subseries consist of items belonging to Rose and Herman Levi, as well as two of their children, John Levi, Sr., and Elizabeth Levi Lissner.
Materials consists of legal documents, family histories, and personal items, such as wallets, travel books, and keys belonging to Herman Levi. Scrapbooks collected by Rose Loeb include a book of telegrams with well wishes upon the announcement of Rose and Herman Levi’s engagement and marriage. Also included are a 1903 newspaper clippings regarding Rose's brother, an album of postcards compiled after the birth of Rose’s daughter Elizabeth, yearbooks for John Levi, Sr. and wife Aimee Nordlinger Levi, and a bound collection of the Daily Palo Alto edited by John Levi, Sr.
 

Rose Loeb Correspondence MS.227.3.2 1900, 1906

Related Archival Materials note

Please also see in this collection "Series 4: Photo Albums, 1860s-2004 and undated" for images related to Rose Loeb's Europe trip.

Arrangement

Letters are arranged in folders by date.

Scope and contents

The majority of the letters in this subseries were written by Rose Loeb during her trip to Europe with her grandparents, Sarah and Harris Newmark, in 1900. Most are addressed to her mother, Estelle Newmark Loeb, with a few being addressed to other family members and to her fiancé, Herman Levi. The last two letters in this group were written shortly after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
 

John Newmark Levi, Sr. MS.227.3.3 1905-1972

Administrative history note

Hillcrest Country Club was Los Angeles’ first Jewish country club founded by the Newmark family. John Newmark Levi, Sr. was one of the club's youngest members.

Scope and contents

Subseries includes biographical articles, and personal items belonging to John Levi, Sr. The collection also includes a competition trophy from the Hillcrest Country Club.

Biographical note

John Levi, Sr. was an executive at Capitol Milling Company - a family owned business begun by his father Herman Levi and great uncle Jacob Loew in 1883.
 

Nordlinger Family MS.227.3.4 1888, 1909

Biographical note

Aimee Nordlinger was the wife of John Newmark Levi, Sr.

Scope and contents

Materials in this subseries relate to Aimee Nordlinger and her father, Louis Nordlinger.
 

Linda Newmark Levi MS.227.3.5 1950-2006

Arrangement

  • Linda Levi Biographic Materials, 1935-2007 and undated
  • Linda Levi Correspondence, 1956-1969, 2004

Biographical note

Linda Newmark Levi is the great-great granddaughter of Harris and Sarah Newmark.

Scope and contents

Materials in this subseries consist of biographical material and correspondence that document Levi’s experiences. This includes information about her education, travels, personal relationships, and art career while living in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York.
This subseries also contains an editorial and final published copy of her article, “Linda Levi: Growing up as a Newmark in Los Angeles, 1935-1950” published in Western States Jewish History, Spring 2007, volume 39, issue number 3.
Biographical material includes published materials, scrapbooks, and other personal items.

Related Archival Materials note

Linda Levi Artwork and Exhibit Materials, 1993-2007, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1309.
 

Linda Newmark Levi Correspondence Bulk, 1956-1969 1956-2004

 

Capitol Milling Company MS.227.3.6 1973-2003

Biographical note

Jacob Loeb was married to Emily Newmark. Herman Levi was married to Rose Loeb, daughter of Estelle Newmark and Leon Loeb.

Administrative History note

The Capitol Milling Company was established 1883. The mill was owned and operated by Jacob Loew and his nephew Herman Levi. Herman Levi took over the business in 1921 after Jacob Loew’s death. The company continued under the Loew and Levi families becoming the oldest family run business in Los Angeles until its sale to Con Agra in 1999.
Other family members involved in the business include Herman’s son John Newmark Levi, Sr.; John’s nephew Doug Levi; and Doug’s son, John Levi.

Scope and contents

This series includes newspaper articles and ephemera pertaining to the Capitol Milling Company.
 

Photo Albums MS.227.4 circa 1860-2004 and undated

Scope and contents

This series comprises of family and travel albums compiled by members of the Newmark, Loeb, and Levi families. Early travel albums include images of Europe, California and Northern Utah at the turn of the 20th Century. One album is comprised of photos taken shortly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The Newmarks traveled extensively through Europe, visiting family and friends in Germany, Switzerland, and France. These travels were documented by Sarah Newmark in 1887, followed by her granddaughter, Rose Loeb in 1900, and by her great-great granddaughter, Linda Levi in 1956.
Albums include:
  • A.161: Views of Northern and Southern California Photo Album,, undated
  • A.200: Levi Family Album #1, 1860s-2000
  • A.201: Estelle Newmark Loeb Family Album #1, 1874-1926
  • A.202: Southern California Photo Album, 1890s
  • A.203: Rose Loeb Photo Album #1, 1897-1901
  • A.204: Loeb-Newmark Family Album #1, 1898-1912
  • A.205: Sarah Newmark European Snapshots, 1900
  • A.162: Train Vistas to Salt Lake City Photo Album, circa 1900
  • A.206: Elizabeth Levi (Lissner) Photo Album, 1902-1905
  • A.207: Levi Family Album #2, 1903-1997 and undated
  • A.160: Scenes after the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
  • A.163: Views of Oakland California Photo Album, circa 1920
  • A.208: Levi Family Album #3, 1927-1969 and undated
  • A.209: Wedding Album for John and Judy Ash Levi, 1955
  • A.210: Linda Levi Travel Album, 1991-2004

Access

Name indexes to some photo albums and group photos as well as more detailed genealogical information related to the individuals photographed are available from library staff.
 

Photographs and Prints MS.227.5 late 1800s-early 1900s

Scope and contents

Materials include photographs of La Fiesta de Los Angeles parade, shots of Los Angeles streets and businesses, as well as photograph cards with views of Alaska, the geysers near Calistoga, California, and the Mount Lowe Railway, late 1800s- early 1900s.

Acquisition

Photographs, prints, and glass plate negatives donated by Marco and Maurice Newmark, early 1900s.

Access

An item-level inventory is available from library staff.
 

Published Works MS.227.6 1927-2007

Scope and contents

Items in the series include books collected by the Levi family.
 

Kaspare Cohn: a commemorative tribute to the founder and first president of Union Bank. 1964

Scope and contents

Printed for friends on its 50th anniversary by Union Bank Los Angeles, Plantin Press, 1964. Includes a letter to John Levi, Sr. regarding the book.
 

My seventy years in California by J.A. Graves 1927

Scope and contents

Published in Los Angeles, California by the Times-Mirror Press.
 

Sixty years in Southern California, 1853-1913, containing the reminiscences of Harris Newmark by Harris Newmark 1930

Scope and contents

Published in Boston, Massachusetts by the Houghton Mifflin Company.