MC 410; M-134; T-102
Barron, Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman), 1891-1969. Papers, 1911-1969: A Finding AidArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
The papers were processed with a grant from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.
© 1992 Radcliffe College
Call No.: MC 410; M-134; T-102
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Jennie L. (Jennie Loitman) Barron, 1891-1969
Title: Papers, 1911-1969
Quantity: 11 file boxes,
2 folio folders, 1 folio+ folder, 3 oversize folders, 6 audiotapes, 2 reels of microfilm
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, photographs, etc., of Jennie Loitman Barron, lawyer and
Municipal Court judge.
Reprocessed: March 1992
By: Anne Engelhart
Accession numbers: 621, 80-M171, 92-M31, 92-M72, 99-M57, 2009-M227
These papers of Jennie (Loitman) Barron were given to the Schlesinger Library by JLB
July 1963 and by her daughter, Erma (Barron) Wernick, in July
1980. A photograph was given by Linda Morrison in October 2009.
Access. Unrestricted. Folders #39, 41-49, and 51o are closed. Use
microfilm M-134, reel 1-2.
The daughter of Morris Loitman and Fannie (Castleman) Loitman, Jennie (Loitman)
Barron was born in Boston, Mass., on October 12, 1891. She attended
Boston University (A.B. 1911, LL.M. 1914, honorary LL.D. 1959) and
had a private law practice in Boston, 1914-1918, with her husband, Samuel Barron,
Jr., 1918-1937. During this time she was elected to the Boston School
Committee (1926-1930). The first woman in Massachusetts to present evidence to
a Grand Jury and the first to prosecute major criminal cases, JLB in
1937 was also the first woman judge appointed for life to the Municipal Court in Boston,
and in 1959 to the Superior Court in
Massachusetts. She had married Samuel Barron, Jr., in 1918; they had
three daughters: Erma (Barron) Wernick, Joy (Barron)
Rachlin, and Deborah (Barron) Blazar, who died in 1956.
An organizer and first president of the Women's Suffrage Association of Boston
University, JLB spoke at suffrage rallies in three states, was active with the League
of Women Voters, and worked for the passage of laws to
enable women to serve on juries in Massachusetts, and to provide equal guardianship
mothers. She was a delegate from the National League of Women Voters to the National
Conference on Uniform Laws Regarding Marriage and
Divorce (1930), and to the Mid-Century White House Conference on Child
Welfare (1950). She lectured widely, in the United States and abroad, on juvenile
delinquency and crime, and in 1960 was chosen to
deliver the Independence Day Oration in Boston.
JLB was active in numerous professional, charitable, and civic organizations, including
Beth Israel Hospital, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Massachusetts Association of
Women Lawyers, American Association of
University Women, Hadassah, and Boston University. She was the recipient of many
awards and citations, including National
Woman of the Year (Boston Business and Professional Women's Club,
1954) and National American Mother of the Year (American Mothers
The collection primarily documents
JLB's public and professional life, largely through clippings and correspondence.
is some family correspondence, the bulk of the correspondence relates to her public
engagements and her charitable and civic activities. The papers are arranged in three
Series I, Family and personal (#1-113), includes photographs,
resumes, articles about JLB, awards and certificates, family and general correspondence,
datebooks and travel diaries, programs of events at which JLB spoke,
speeches and notes for speeches, two audiotapes, and clippings.
General correspondence contains letters from government and university officials,
lawyers, and other prominent people, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Clippings and
scrapbooks are available only on microfilm.
Series II, Professional (#114-178at), includes photographs, some
legal correspondence and other documents, courtroom notebooks,
most of JLB, and three audiotapes.
Series III, Volunteer activities (#179-200), contains correspondence, photographs,
and an audiotape; there is also
considerable correspondence documenting her volunteer activities in the general correspondence
in Series I.
The following catalog entries
represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry
appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated
American Association of University Women
(Mass.) School Committee
Bunting, Mary Ingraham, 1910-
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Association of Women Lawyers
Mother of the Year Award
Africa--Description and travel--1951-1976
(Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Massachusetts--Politics and government
Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
Voyages and travels
of the clippings were mounted by the processor to facilitate microfilming. All clippings
discarded after microfilming.
Scrapbook pages were microfilmed in the order in which they were found; clippings
the scrapbooks were discarded after microfilming.
Items from scrapbooks not discarded after microfilming can be found in #50 and 52o.
Some of the clippings in the scrapbooks were difficult to film: many items overlapped,
much of the newsprint was brittle and no longer intact, and many of the articles were
Many pages had to be filmed more than once due to the presence of folded, overlapping,
Scrapbook pages were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader,
M-134, reel 1: #39, 41-49
M-134, reel 2: #51o
- Box 1: Folders 1-13
- Box 2: Folders 14-34
- Box 3: Folders 35-69v
- Box 4: Folders 70-80
- Box 5: Folders 81-94
- Box 6: Folders 95-106
- Box 7: Folders 107-119
- Box 8: Folders 120-142v
- Box 9: Folders 143v-160
- Box 10: Folders 161v-180
- Box 11: Folders 181-197
- Series I. FAMILY AND PERSONAL
- 1. Biographical information, 1949-1966, n.d.: resumes, articles re: JLB, etc.; also
tribute by daughter, 1937?, and codicil to will, 1965.
- 2. Awards, certificates, appointments, degrees, programs
honoring JLB, etc., 1936-1968, n.d.
- 4-16: Family correspondence
- 5. Trip west, June-July 1940
- 6. DBB, EBW (Barron
daughters) and their husbands to and from JLB and SB, 1933-1968, n.d.
- 7. JBR and BR (Joy Barron and Bill Rachlin) to JLB and SB, 1941-1962, n.d.
- 8-9: Family (mostly JLB) to JBR
- 9. July 21, 1950 - 1954, n.d.
- 10. Correspondence with grandchildren, 1954-1968, n.d.
- 11-14: Re: Death of DBB
- 11. Clippings, memorial program, 1956-1957
- 12-13. Condolence letters
- 14. Notes, etc. after death of DBB, 1956
- 15. Clara Loitman Smith (sister)
to JLB and SB, 1966, n.d.
- 16. Condolence letters re: death of SB, 1968
- 20-40at: Mother of the Year, 1959
- 20. Correspondence and clippings in
support of nomination
- 22-36: Correspondence
- 36. Conference program, correspondence re: Mother of
the Year, 1959-1968, n.d.
- 41-52o: Clippings, etc., re: JLB
- 66. Loose items from #65v
- 68. Notes, notebooks re: 1963 Africa trip
- 70-104: General correspondence
- 71-75: Letters of congratulation re: election to School Committee
- 76. Responses to invitation to JLB testimonial dinner, 1926
- 81. Oct. 1954 - Dec. 1955
- 82. Document kit and correspondence re: U.N.
Congress on the Prevention of Crime..., 1954-1955
- 86-88: Correspondence, etc., re: trip to Europe and Israel, 1959
- 90. Congratulations re: BU honorary degree, June-July 1959
- 95. Re: reception for Mary I. Bunting, Sept.-Oct. 1961
- 96. 1962; includes TLS from Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 102. Re: immigration of Helena Lakes, 1966
- 105-113: Speeches and writings
- 105. Speeches and articles by JLB, 1923-1961, n.d., including one delivered at Maud Wood
Park's memorial service; also
introductions of JLB.
- 106. Programs etc., of events where JLB spoke, 1926-1966, n.d.
- 107v. Girls' High School, 1954-1966
- 108. Independence Day Oration, 1960
- 109. American Jewish Women's Congress luncheon, Nov. 1967
- 111-113. Miscellaneous notes
- Series II. PROFESSIONAL
- 114. Legal correspondence and other documents, 1954-1968, n.d.
- 115. Legal citations, motion list, talks by others, etc., 1951-1967
- 116o. Court schedules, 1967, 1969
- 117v-172v: Courtroom notebooks, most with notes by JLB re: cases
- 117v. Oct. 19 - Nov. 26, 1935
- 118. May 21 - July 7, 1936
- 119v. Sept. 30, 1936 - Mar. 1, 1937
- 120. Loose items from #119v
- 121v. Oct. 26 - Nov. 23, 1936
- 124v. June 21 - Oct. 21, 1937
- 127v. Aug. 23 - Dec. 12, 1938
- 129. Jan. 31 - Feb. 24, 1939
- 130v. May 2, 1955 - May 10, 1956
- 132v. July 30 - Aug. 31, 1956
- 136v. Oct. 25 - Dec. 21, 1960
- 146v-147v: Clerk's notebooks
- 146v. Plymouth Co. Superior Court, Apr. 2-27, 1962
- 147v. Suffolk Co. Superior Court, Sept. 10, 1962 - Mar. 25, 1963
- 153v. Nov. 29, 1966 - Jan. 18, 1967
- 164v-172v: Clerk's notebooks
- Series III. VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
- 179-197: Volunteer organizations; includes
correspondence, programs, newsletters, etc.
- 179. American Association of University Women, 1960-1966
- 180. AAUW: "Law and the Citizen," 1965-1966
- 181. American Jewish Committee, 1951-1968
- 182. American Jewish Congress, 1938-1967, n.d.
- 183. Beth Israel Hospital, 1927-1962
- 184. Beth Israel Hospital, 1963-1968, n.d.
- 185. Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1964-1967
- 186. Boston University, 1950-1967
- 187. Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 1939-1956
- 188. Delta Kappa Gamma, 1964-1968
- 189. Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (International Federation of Women Lawyers),
- 190. Hadassah, 1932-1966, n.d.
- 191. Hadassah speech, Dec. 1953
- 192. Israel, 1935-1968, n.d.
- 193-194at: Massachusetts Association of Women
- 195. Miscellaneous Jewish organizations, 1923-1965, n.d.
- 196. Re: visit of Lord and Lady Nathan, 1958-1960
- 197. National Conference of Christians and