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Jacob Nieto papers, 1882-1931.
BANC FILM 3434 reel 1; BANC FILM 3434 reel 2; BANC FILM 3434 reel 3; BANC MSS 2010/499 oversize folder 1; ...
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Jacob Nieto papers, 1882-1931


Nieto, Jacob, 1863-1930, creator, creator.


Western Jewish History Center, 223.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1969.023.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Correspondence; reports; rabbinical and congregational materials; documents; articles; newspaper clippings; speeches and sermons; photographs; and genealogical materials.


1882 (issued)


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Nieto, Jacob -- 1863-1930 -- Archives
Nieto family
Congregation Sherith Israel (San Francisco, Calif.)
Freemasons -- California -- San Francisco
Jews -- California -- San Francisco
Prejudices -- United States
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
Synagogues -- California -- San Francisco
Synagogues -- England -- Sheffield
Spanish-American War, 1898
World War, 1914-1918
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Genealogy
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Religious life and customs
Sheffield (England) -- Religious life and customs
United States -- Territorial expansion


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 223.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1969.023.
COLLECTION STORED IN PART OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Scrapbooks: Also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 3434.
Jacob Nieto papers, BANC MSS 2010/499, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Before serving as rabbi of San Francisco's Congregation Sherith Israel (1893-1930), Jacob Nieto was first a rabbi in Sheffield, England (1889-1892). Nieto was widely recognized as an impassioned and spellbinding orator and a champion of humanitarian causes and controversial issues, as well as a supporter of the Spanish-American War and manifest destiny. He served as a president of the Anti-Capital Punishment League and as president of the San Francisco branch of the National Industrial Peace Association. Together with Rabbi Jacob Voorsanger of San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El, Nieto played a role in the reorganization of the Young Men's Hebrew Association. Nieto also served on the Board of Governors of San Francisco's Jewish Education Society; as president of the Board of Ministers of Northern California; as president of the Western Association of Jewish Ministers; as president of B'nai B'rith District Grand Lodge No. 4; as the Grand Orator and Chaplain of the Free and Accepted Masons of California; and as one of the original members of the San Francisco Council of the Boy Scouts. After the 1906 earthquake, Rabbi Nieto organized disinfection work and was in charge of issuing passes to those who wished to leave San Francisco. He continued to serve as rabbi of Sherith Israel after the earthquake, when the congregation's synagogue served temporarily as a courtroom. In 1916, he advised merchants and labor union members to join against the "well-fed paunches from Montgomery Street" who were sending them out to die, but he did support America's efforts in World War I after the United States declared war. He wrote and preached forcefully against local attempts at converting Jews and the presentation of the Passion Play in Freiburg, Germany. He also cooperated with Catholic priests to fight the anti-Catholic organization, the American Protective Association. He also supported rights for blacks and women and fought against the white slave trade. He also wrote treatises, plays, and poetry and he contributed to and/or served as the editor of the New Occident; the Jewish Journal; the Jewish Times; and was a feature writer for the San Francisco Bulletin, which carried his column "Without Prejudice: a Look at Current Problems."


Jewish sermons-California-San Francisco.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American-California-San Francisco.
Correspondence-California-San Francisco.
Genealogies-California-San Francisco.
Photographs-California-San Francisco.
Phonograph records.
Reports-California-San Francisco.

Physical Description:

microfilm reel
7 (1 2 3 1
3 positive




BANC FILM 3434 reel 1
BANC FILM 3434 reel 2
BANC FILM 3434 reel 3
BANC MSS 2010/499 oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 2010/499 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/499 box 2
BANC MSS 2010/499 oversize box 1
BANC MSS 2010/499 oversize box 2
BANC MSS 2010/499 oversize box 3
BANC MSS 2010/499 carton 1
BANC MSS 2010/499
BANC MSS 2010/499



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COLLECTION STORED IN PART OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.