The collection consists of Robert Levinson's correspondence; files, drafts, and a card file relating to Levinson's dissertation
on Jews and the California Gold Rush; and a small number of files on Camp Swig.
Robert Levinson was an historian, educator, and author who specialized in the history of Jews in the western United States.
His doctoral dissertation, "The Jews in the California Gold Rush", was published in 1978 and it remains the major work about
the history of the Jews during the California Gold Rush. Levinson was a professor of history (1967-1980) and the director
of the Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History (1973-1976) at California's San Jose State University. He played a leading
role in founding San Jose State's Jewish Studies Program in 1975 and he was its first director. As an executive vice-president
for the Judah L. Magnes Museum's Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks (1968-1973, 1977-1978),
Levinson helped renovate and publicize pioneer Jewish cemeteries in California's Mother Lode. He also served as a cantor for
Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, Caliifornia and as a cantor, leader of services, and a lecturer for Congregation Shir
Ami in Castro Valley, Calif.
Number of containers: 9 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize box, and 3 cardfile boxes
Linear feet: 10.2
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Collection is open for research.