Papers of David A.(1916- 2001) and Leona G. Bloom (1913 -1995), ca. 1980 - 1995

University of Arizona Library Manuscript Collection SJA 001


The files in this collection document the involvement of David A. and Leona G. Bloom in service to both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of Tucson, Arizona. The collection is a particularly good depiction of the community service work of Leona G. Bloom. For instance, there exist here records of her involvement in the University of Arizona's organization International Friends, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (O.R.T.), Tucson adult literacy programs, and the Tucson Zoological Society.

There are also present in this collection records which document the activities of both David A. and Leona G. Bloom in Temple Emanu-El of Tucson, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's Southern Arizona Chapter, the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives, and scrapbooks documenting the Dave Bloom and Sons store in Tucson.

Four boxes; 3 linear feet; Four scrapbooks.



Collected by or donated to the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives from the Bloom family and other sources. Additions to the collection are expected.

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Request for permission to publish from the collection should be discussed with the Manuscripts Librarian. It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain the necessary publication rights and copyright clearances for any planned publication.

The collection has been arranged into two series: Activity Files and Scrapbooks. The files are arranged alphabetically according to the name of the relevant individual, institution, or the subject matter of the file. Scrapbooks are numbered according to the rough chronological scope of their contents.

Biographical Note
David A. Bloom (born in 1917)and his wife Leona G. Bloom have been active members of Tucson's business, religious, and social service communities for decades, as well as serving as amateur historians for Tucson's Jewish community. David A. Bloom and his brothers operated the successful retail men's clothing store founded in 1906 by his father, David W. Bloom (called Dave Bloom Mens' Store until 1936 and Dave Bloom and Sons thereafter). The store operated in downtown Tucson at Congress and Sixth for years, later moving to the El Con Mall. His grandparents came to the Arizona Territory in 1869. David A. Bloom has served as president of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's Southern Arizona Chapter, president of the Tucson chapter of the University of Arizona's Alumni Association, and vice president of Temple Emanu-El. He is the benefactor of the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives.

Visit The Bloom Family of Tucson in the Arizona Pioneers exhibit.

Leona G. Bloom (1913-1995) was born in New York City, but she resided in Tucson for over 50 years. In addition to being the benefactor of the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives, she was very active in community activities and service, including those of Temple Emanu-El, the International Friends, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (O.R.T.), Tucson literacy programs, the Tucson Zoological Society, and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's Southern Arizona Chapter.

BOX 1 Activity Files
American Jewish Historical Society


Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society

Arizona Historical Society

Arizona Humanities Council

Arizona Jewish Historical Society (Southern Arizona Chapter) -5f.

The Arizona Post (September 5, 1980)

Australia (Jews in) - The Sentinel

(Rabbi Albert) Bilgray Lectureship - Temple Emanu-El, Tucson

Bloom, Alan

Bloom family business concerns

Bloom, David A.

Bloom, David W.

Bloom, Leona G.

Boothill Cemetery (Tombstone, AZ)

Canadian Jewish Congress

Capin family (newspaper article)

Chicago Jewish Historical Society

Coordinating Committee for History in Arizona

Fenster Gallery of Jewish Art (Tulsa, OK)

Ferrin, Mr. and Mrs. M. Joseph (clipping)

Frank, Anne (exhibit in Tucson)

Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona

Genealogy (Jewish)

Goldwater, Senator Barry M.

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging (Tucson)

Indiana Jewish Historical Society

International Friends (organized to assist international students at the University of Arizona)

Iola, Rabbi Hyman (Temple Emanu-El - Tucson)


Jewish Archives Committee (oral history procedures)

Jewish Colonial Trust

Jewish Community Foundation

Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (CT)

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (DC)

Jewish Historical Society of Maryland

Jewish Historical Society of New Haven (CT)

Jewish Historical Society of New York

"Jews in the Wild West" (article by Gean Weiss)

Judah L. Magnes Museum ("The Jewish Museum of the West" - Berkeley, CA)

Kiwanis International

Leona G. and David Arthur Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives

Literacy (articles on)

Meir, Golda

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society

The Old Pueblo Club (Tucson)

Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training (Women's American ORT) - Continued in next box

BOX 2 Activity Files

Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training (Women's American ORT)- Begins in previous box

Phipps, Brendan

"The Pioneer Jews of Santa Cruz County" (research grant proposal by Judy Margolis)

"Profiles of Business Professionals in Our Community" (article from the Arizona Jewish Post - Fall 1990)

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society

Sabbar Temple (Masonic temple in Tucson)

Schaefer, Dr. John Paul

The Sephardic Educational Center in Jerusalem

Shrine Temples Directory (National)

Siegel, Mark A.

Southern California Jewish Historical Society

Temple Beth Shalom (bat mitzvah program)

Temple Emanu-El (Tucson)

Tucson adult literacy programs - 7f.; 2 public service announcement reel-to-reel tapes

Tucson Advertising Club

Tucson Better Business Bureau

Tucson Citizen/Gannett Foundation News-Media Relations Conference (October 29, 1986)

BOX 3 Activity Files

Tucson Museum of Art

"Tucson/Pima County Community Profile" (instrument of the United Way)

Tucson Zoological Society - 5f. (Continued in next box)

BOX 4 Activity Files

Tucson Zoological Society - 1f. (Begins in previous box)

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

United Nations Association of Southern Arizona

University of Arizona (choral music library)

University of Arizona (reunion of class of 1938)

Washington State Jewish Historical Society

Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority - Jerusalem)

1. Newspaper and magazine advertisements for Dave Bloom Mens' Store (until 1936) and Dave Bloom and Sons (1936 and after), 1932-49.

2. Visual items which instruct (new salesmen?) about name brands of mens' clothing and the business practices of Dave Bloom and Sons clothing store, 1956-60.

3. Newspaper and magazine advertisements for Dave Bloom and Sons, 1965-79.

4. Newspaper clippings, community notices, citations, etc. which document (especially) the community and business dealings of David Bloom; also articles revealing of the overall business climate in Tucson, 1932-91 [bulk: 1960-1991].


Bloom, David A., 1916-

Bloom, Leona G., 1913-1995


Jewish businesspeople-Arizona-Tucson

Dave Bloom and Sons (Firm)

Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Southern Arizona Chapter

World ORT Union-Arizona-Tucson-Correspondence

Tucson Zoological Society -Correspondence