Nochem S. Winnet Papers

Collection ID: 
Acc. 667
3 linear feet
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Biographical Note

Nochem S. Winnet was born in Russia in 1898 and came to the United States in 1902. He attended school in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and went to Harvard University where he received his bachelor's degree (1920) and law degree (1923).

Winnet settled in Philadelphia in 1923, worked briefly in a large commercial office and eventually, through Col. Cook, a political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, met John McDevitt and went to work in his law firm for two years. He later worked for one year with James Welsh, a McDevitt associate, and after that with Bert deYoung in 1927.

Winnet's public career began in 1940 when Mayor Robert Eneas Lamberton appointed Winnet as the Assistant Director of Public Safety in January 1940. Six weeks later, he resigned that position when Governor Arthur H. James appointed Winnet to the Municipal Court of Philadelphia. Winnet resigned from the bench in 1950 to return to a private law practice. He worked as senior counsel member of the Philadelphia law firm of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel.

Winnet was quite active in philanthropic organizations, especially those concerned with crime prevention and social reform. He was a founding member of the Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia and served as its president from 1940-1960. Afterwards, Winnet served as chairman of its executive committee. Winnet chaired the Fair Rent Committee of the Philadelphia Defense Council (1941-1942); co-chaired the Citizens Charter Committee (1951); was president of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia (1962-1965) and the Samuel S. Fels Fund (1963-present). Winnet was also active in the National Council of the American Joint Distribution Committee, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, Juvenile Aid Society, Committee of Seventy, Greater Philadelphia Movement and the Jewish Exponent . Winnet served as a trustee of the United Way; the University of Pennsylvania; and Beaver College, of which he was chair in 1976.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into two series:
  • Series I. Speeches, chronologically arranged.
  • Series II. Typescripts.

Series I. Speeches. This collection is largely composed of speeches Nochem S. Winnet gave during his career in public life. Many of the speeches reflect the organizations of which he was active, most notably the Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia, the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, and institutions funded by the Samuel S. Fels Fund. The topics are fairly broad, encompassing crime prevention, child welfare, Jewish life and culture, and the Philadelphia legal community. Later in life, Winnet's speeches included eulogies to his colleagues, building dedications, and honorary awards. Although this series is predominantly composed of Winnet's speeches, a few are from his associates (usually about Winnet). Interfiled in the chronological sequence are selected articles and news releases written by Winnet and copies of the annual reports from the Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia.

Series II. Typescripts. "Children in Trouble" is an unpublished typescript written by Nochem Winnet, no date.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Nochem S. Winnet, 17 December 1987.


Series I. Speeches


Speeches 1940
Speeches 1941
Speeches 1942
Speeches 1943
Speeches 1944
Speeches 1945


Speeches 1946
Speeches 1947
Speeches 1948
Speeches 1949
Speeches 1950
Speeches 1951
Speeches 1952
Speeches 1953


Speeches 1954
Speeches 1955
Speeches 1956
Speeches 1957
Speeches 1958
Speeches 1959
Speeches 1960
Speeches 1961
Speeches 1962
Speeches 1963
Speeches 1964
Speeches 1965
Speeches 1966
Speeches 1967
Speeches 1968
Speeches 1969


Speeches 1970-1971
Speeches 1972-1977
Speeches 1978-1979
Speeches 1980-1981
Speeches 1982-1985
Speeches 1985-1987
Speeches No date
Speeches No date

Series II: Typescripts

Typescript, "Children in Trouble" No date