Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Levenberg mss., 1924-1970, are letters to Lawrence Fishel Levenberg, 1895-1979, editor, from Claude Gernade Bowers, 1878-1958, ambassador.

Career: Born February 3, 1895, at Michigan City, Indiana, son of Isaac and Esther (Bregstone) Levenberg, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe; 1914 graduated from Michigan City High School; 1914 went to work as reporter and messenger boy for Michigan City Dispatch; 1915 enlisted in Indiana National Guard, then known as the Militia, Company G of the First Indiana Infantry; 1916 Militia mobilized and sent to Brownsville, Texas, to patrol Mexican border around Mercedes; World War I, was with the army in France and two years with the Army of Occupation, 2nd lieutenant assigned to the 165th Infantry of the Rainbow Division; after the War, accepted appointment in the Army Reserves; telegrapher editor Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette; about 1924, joined Detroit News and then Cleveland Plain Dealer as copy reader and special events reporter; later news editor and assistant to the managing editor; after Plain Dealer took over Cleveland News, transferred to the News as telegraph and cable editor, in that period began writing a weekly column on foreign and military affairs; after Pearl Harbor in 1941, recalled to active duty to the Army Air Corps with the rank of captain; served throughout War and in 1948 retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel; returned to the News in Cleveland as an editorial writer; after the Mid-East War broke out between Israel and the Arabs, sent to Israel and wrote a series of stories; made four trips to Israel as a correspondent and as a result of previous experience made a moving picture series; for these adventures honored with two awards by the Cleveland Newspaper Guild and several awards by the Cleveland Jewish Federation; then made associate editor of the News and chief editorial writer; when the News was sold to the opposition paper, returned to the Plain Dealer as associate editor and columnist; during World War II, served in California and Arizona; 1955 retired by Air Force Reserves; 1962 retired from the Plain Dealer and accepted a part-time job with the Scottsdale, Arizona, Progress; 1969 moved to Green Valley, Arizona, a retirement community near Tucson.

The letters are of a personal nature. They relate to politics, politicians, novelists, foreign relations, and editors. Included are letters from Mrs. Claude Bowers and Patricia Bowers to Levenberg.

Other letters in the collection from rabbis, editors, historians, diplomats, a minister, a president, a senator, a lawyer, and an industrialist are those of Alfred Abraham Benesch, Bruce Catton, Cyrus Stephen Eaton, Robert Allan Farquharson, Barry Morris Goldwater, Holman Hamilton, Avraham Harman, Earl R. Henderson, Erie Clark Hopwood, Nathaniel R. Howard, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Isaiah Leo Kenan, Frank Roberts, Abba Hillel Silver, Daniel Jeremy Silver.

Levenberg's card as a Reporter with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a Provisional Certificate from the Jewish National Fund, a certificate from President Jimmy Carter in recognition of Levenberg's service to his country in the Armed Forces of the United States, and some printed materials complete the collection.

Collection size: 89 items

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