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Guide to the Blochman Family Collection MS 11
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  • Scope and Content
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Comments
  • Processing Information
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical Notes

  • Title: Blochman Family Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 11
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date: 1894-1976
    Abstract: This collection contains materials related to Blochman Family history including correspondence and personal items. There is a small amount of material regarding Temple Tifereth Israel and Hyman S. Wolf.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    creator: Blochman, Lawrence

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials related to Blochman Family history including correspondence and personal items. The materials consist of correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, newsletters, admission cards, photographs and an autograph album. Most of the correspondence in this collection is primarily related to Blochman family history. Many letters exist within the collection between Lawrence Blochman (Larry), his sister Nathalie Levine (Nat), his wife Marguerite (Guite) and Trudie Casper, the San Diego Historical Society volunteer who researched the Blochman family. There are many items relating to Lawrence Blochman’s writing. Little material pertains to the activities of Abraham Blochman.
    There is a small amount of material regarding Temple Tifereth Israel and Hyman S. Wolf. The connection is not apparent between the Blochman family and Temple Tifereth Israel or Hyman S. Wolf other than their Jewish heritage.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 751217 (autograph album of Mina Blochman).


    The majority of correspondence in folder 1 is handwritten.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jennifer Vanoni on March 28, 2013.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Blochman Family Collection, MS 11, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Fragile papers in Folders 1, 2, 3 and 4 with some glue staining. Autograph album is in fragile condition. (March 2013).


    The collection is arranged by series:
    Series I: Correspondence
    Series II: Blochman Family
    Series III: Lawrence Blochman
    Series IV: Temple Tifereth Israel/Hyman S. Wolf

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The Blochmans were a prominent San Diego banking family. Led by Abraham Blochman, who arrived in San Diego in 1881, the family was involved in banking and commercial activities. Abraham was the founder of San Diego Building & Loan and the Blochman Banking Company. In 1912, the Blochman Banking Company merged with Security Commercial & Savings Bank. In addition to his banking activities, Abraham served as president of Temple Beth Israel and served as acting French Consul in San Diego for over 30 years (1882-1912).
    Abraham’s grandson, Lawrence G. Blochman, was a noted author. He wrote over 40 novels and served as president of the Mystery Writers of America. Born in San Diego, he served as Sports Page Editor for the San Diego Tribune before returning to fiction. During World War I, Lawrence served in the Office of War Information and was chief of the Radio Program Bureau for Voice of America. He died in New York in 1975.
    Hyman S. Wolf came to San Diego about 1901 and was a business and civic leader and a moving force in Zionism and other Jewish affairs. He was a shoe store proprietor, associated with real estate and in 1912, built the St. James Hotel with his brother and cousin. Wolf was a co-founder of Temple Tifereth Israel.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Blochman, Abraham
    Blochman, Haidee G.
    Blochman, Lucien
    Blochman, Marguerite
    Blochman, Mina
    Brust, Mae
    Brust, Paul
    Casper, Trudie
    Levine, Nathalie
    Sarassin, Rabbi Leopold
    Wolf, Hyman S.
    Banks and banking
    Blochman Banking Company
    Expositions -- California -- San Diego
    San Diego Building & Loan
    Sarassin Family Crest
    Security Commercial & Savings Bank
    St. James Hotel
    Temple Beth Israel
    Temple Tifereth Israel