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Mintzer (Oscar A.) papers
BANC MSS 2010/832  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Oscar A. Mintzer papers
    Creator: Mintzer, Oscar A., 1916-1987.
    source: Judah L. Magnes Museum
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2010/832
    Physical Description: 6 linear feet (2 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes, 2 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): 1945-1980
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research with the exception of Oversize box 1, which is restricted and requires curatorial permission to view.


    No future additions are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Oscar A. Mintzer papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    There are no alternative forms of this collection.


    Arranged to the folder level.

    Biographical / Historical

    Oscar "Art" Mintzer was born in New York City. Immediately after the end of World War II, he went to Germany with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that was attached to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency to help Holocaust survivors. During his time in Germany from 1945-1946 he was appointed Legal Aid Director in the U.S. Zone for the JDC. In this role he provided services to protect the legal and civil rights of displaced persons. He settled in Oakland, California in 1959, became very active in local Jewish affairs and was made the executive director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. When he retired, he became its executive director emeritus.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Oscar A. Mintzer papers, BANC MSS 2010/832,The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Presley Hubschmitt in 2022.

    Content Description

    This collection contains correspondence, reports, and other ephemera from Mintzer's work with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Germany from 1945-1946. This includes letters between Oscar A. Mintzer and his wife discussing his work with the JDC and what he saw happening in the camps while helping displaced persons in Germany. Notably, he describes attending the Dachau Trials in November 1945. It also contains materials relating to his work as the executive director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; his fundraising efforts; and to his interests and activities concerning the Jewish charities of the East Bay.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Charities -- California -- East Bay.
    Fund raising -- California -- East Bay.
    Jews -- Charities.
    Jews -- California -- East Bay.
    Fund raising.
    California -- East Bay.
    Executives -- California -- East Bay.
    Jewish refugees--Europe
    Holocaust survivors -- Germany
    Refugee camps -- Germany
    Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
    Judah L. Magnes Museum
    American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee