Mr. Pomrenze has been mentioned previously in our blog posts, as he played an important role in identifying material of permanent archival value at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies (and many other organizations) as a consultant in records management and archives. But Mr. Pomrenze has been especially on the minds of the archivists and staff at The American Jewish Historical Society. In addition to the Society’s holdings of his papers, the “Colonel” will be honored next month at the AJHS Emma Lazarus Dinner with the Legacy Award for his role as one of the Monuments Men and his supervision of the restoration effort at the Offenbach Depot, where the Germans stored more than 3 million looted Jewish works.
While processing Executive Vice President material from Stephen Solender, we encountered a folder called Colonel S.J. Pomrenze, 1980-1981.
The contents of the folder detail the process that Mr. Pomrenze went in order to round-up/create the Solender Family papers (P-554) from material in New York, Baltimore, and elsewhere. The correspondence within the folder provides great insight into the process that Pomrenze went through, as a consultant, to create a family archive. There is correspondence between Pomrenze and the American Jewish Historical Society (Nathan M. Kaganoff), American Jewish Archives (Jacob Rader Marcus), Associated Jewish Charities & Welfare Fund (Stephen Solender) and Sanford Solender while he was Executive Vice President at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
The folder shows another facet of Colonel Pomrenze’s life as a consultant, archivist, and records manager. Since the material sheds so much light on the related collection, we currently plan to relocate the folder to the Solender Family Papers where it should enhance the administrative clarity of how that collection was formed.