This digital collection draws from material in the Louis Edward Levy Family Papers, collected by historian and author, Maxwell Whiteman, a portion of which has been digitized to offer online access.
Louis Edward Levy (1846-1919), founding president of the Association for the Protection of Jewish Immigrants (later known as HIAS Pennsylvania), was a prominent member of the Philadelphia Jewish community, serving as organizer and leader of many local Jewish organizations. Levy wrote frequently on immigration related issues, such as federal legislation for literacy tests restricting immigration, and corresponded extensively with leaders of other immigrant aid societies including the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America and the National Liberal Immigration League.
Louis, along with his brother Max Levy (1857-1926) patented the photochemical engraving process, the halftone screen, acid blast etching, and the etch-powdering machine. Together, with their brother Joseph Levy (1851-1915) and Louis’ sons Howard and Lionel, the Levy family operated a number of printing-related businesses in Philadelphia, among them the Levytype Company, Graphic Arts Company, Herald Company, and the Repro-Art Machinery Company.
Currently, incoming and outgoing correspondence to the President’s office of the Association for the Protection of Jewish Immigrants, dating from 1912 to 1915, is available digitally. Digitization of the Levy Family Papers is an ongoing project. The collection will be updated as more digitized content becomes available.