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Accession number UP001518
Object Name Manuscript
Title Leonard N. Simons Papers
Collection Leonard N. Simons Papers
Date 1872-1994 (bulk 1940-1986)
Scope & Content *This collection is housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

The papers of Leonard N. Simons were placed in the Reuther Library in 1993 by Mr. Simons as part of the Jewish Community Archives and were opened for research in 1995.

Mr. Simons' papers reflect his work in the secular and Jewish communities as well as his professional involvement as an entrepreneur. Mr. Simons maintained an active focus on his family life and his friendships. He was an avid traveler, which was reflected by his vast correspondence. He was a serious collector of rare books and was a supreme fund- raiser for worthy causes.
Admin/Biographical History Leonard Norman Rashall Simons, advertising executive; born Youngstown, Ohio, July 24, 1904; died November 16, 1995; S. William Rashall and Minna (Williams) S.; m. Harriette Lieberman, Jan. 21, 1930 (dec. Sept. 1986): children: Mary Lou Zieve, Susan. LLD (hon.), Wayne State U., 1957; LHD (hon), Hebrew Union Coll.-Jewish Inst. Religion, 1964, Marygrove Coll., Detroit, 1986. Ptnr. Simons-Michelson Co. Invest-ments, Troy, Mich., 1929-77; v.p.Simons Michelson Zieve Advt. Agy., Inc.,Troy, 1977-95; former vis. lectr. N.Y. U. Adv. dir. U.S. Treasury for War Bonds,Mich., 1941-45; past pres. Wayne State U. Press, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; pres. emeritus Detroit Hist. Commn.: past chmn bd. Mich. Cancer Found.: past chmn. United Negro Coll. Fund Mich.; bd. dirs. Jewish Nat. Fund Mich. , Nat. Found. Infantile Paralysis S.E. Mich. (former chmn.), Sinai Hosp. (former V.p.), Jewish Home for Aged (past chmn. bd.), Jewish Home for Aged(past chmn. bd.), NCCJ (brotherhood chmn. 1952), Greater Detroit Interfaith Round Table Christians and Jews, Fellow Brandeis U.; Decorated Chevalier dans l'Ordre Nationale du Merite France; recipient Prime Minister's medal State of Israel; LNS forest given in Israel Jewish Nat. Fund; Press bldg. named in his honor Wayne state U., Detroit; recipient Butzel award Jewish Fedn. Detroit;Hon. Alum award U. Detroit; UCS Heart of Gold Award 1980-1982; Mem. Am. Jewish Hist. Soc. (dir.), Detroit Hist. Doc. (hon dir.), Phi Beta Kappa (hon.), Zeta Beta Tau. (hon.). Clubs: Franklin Hills Country Club (past pres.), Adcraft. Lodge: Masons.*

*Who's Who In America
Extent of Description 15.5 linear feet (3 SB, 17 MB, 5 OS)
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Papers, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Finding Aid Click here to view Finding Aid.