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Nochem S. Winnet Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 420

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Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary

Nochem S. Winnet Papers

1940-1993, bulk 1940-1965      

Collection ID
SCRC 420

Winnet, Nochem S., 1898-1990

2 linear feet (5 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.        

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

Nochem S. Winnet was born August 6, 1898, in Augustowo, Poland, as Nochem Winitsky. He immigrated to the United States in 1905.  He attended school in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1920 and law degree in 1923 from Harvard. He practiced law in Philadelphia until 1940 when Governor Arthur H. James appointed him to the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Winnet was a founding member of the Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia and served as its president from 1940 to 1960. He chaired the Fair Rent Committee of the Philadelphia Council of Defense from 1941 to 1942, was president of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia from 1962 to 1965 and the Samuel S. Fels Fund from 1963 to 1990. Nochem S. Winnet died March 14, 1990.

Description of Collection

The Nochem S. Winnet Papers consist of approximately 500 speeches Winnet gave during his career and reflect organizations he was associated with, including the Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia, the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, and institutions funded by the Samuel S. Fels Fund. Speech topics include crime prevention, juvenile delinquency and the juvenile court system, child welfare, Jewish life and culture, housing and rent control, the Philadelphia legal community, and police work. Later speeches include eulogies, building dedications, tributes, and honorary award presentations. A few speeches are authored by associates of Winnet. A small number of articles authored by Winnet and press releases are interfiled among the speeches. Also included in the collection is an unpublished typescript on juvenile delinquency titled "Children in Trouble;" correspondence regarding Winnet’s autobiography Vignettes of a Lucky Life; newspaper clippings; photographs, and a file on Winnet’s estate.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Patron Information

Catalog Record 

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991037316200903811 

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Nochem S. Winnet Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donors have not assigned their rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Nochem S. Winnet Papers, SCRC 420, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nochem S. Winnet, December 17, 1987 and Hebert M. Linsenberg, executor of Winnet estate, July 1993. A portion of this collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.   

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standard in April 2015. Finding aid updated in October 2019 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist to list additional materials not previously included, revise folder titles for clarity, and adjust box and folder numbers.     

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names: 

Winnet, Nochem S., 1898-1990


Child welfare

Crime prevention

Jews -- Social life and customs

Juvenile courts -- Pennsylvania

Juvenile delinquency

Law enforcement -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia 

Rent control


Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types: 






Press releases


Souvenir programs




1          1          Citations and tribute dinner programs          1971-1985

1          2          Correspondence regarding autobiography Vignettes of a Lucky Life          1989

1          3          Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia annual reports          1945-1957

1          4          Estate of Nochem S. Winnet, schedule of distribution          1993

1          5          Newspaper clippings          1962-1990

1          6          Photographs          1940-1966

1          7          Speeches by date          1940

1          8          Speeches by date          1941

1          9          Speeches by date          1942

2          1          Speeches by date          1943

2          2          Speeches by date          1944

2          3          Speeches by date          1945

2          4          Speeches by date          1946

2          5          Speeches by date          1947

2          6          Speeches by date          1948

3          1          Speeches by date          1949

3          2          Speeches by date          1950

3          3          Speeches by date          1951

3          4          Speeches by date          1952

3          5          Speeches by date          1953

3          6          Speeches by date          1954

3          7          Speeches by date          1955

3          8          Speeches by date          1956

3          9          Speeches by date          1957

3          10          Speeches by date          1958

4          1          Speeches by date          1959

4          2          Speeches by date          1960

4          3          Speeches by date          1961

4          4          Speeches by date          1962

4          5          Speeches by date          1963

4          6          Speeches by date          1964

4          7          Speeches by date          1965

4          8          Speeches by date          1966

4          9          Speeches by date          1967

4          10          Speeches by date          1968

4          11          Speeches by date          1969

4          12          Speeches by date          1970-1971

4          13          Speeches by date          1972-1977

4          14          Speeches by date          1978-1979

4          15          Speeches by date          1980-1981

5          1          Speeches by date          1982-1985

5          2          Speeches by date          1985-1987

5          3          Speeches by title: A-L          undated

5          4          Speeches by title: M-W          undated

5          5          Speeches: untitled          undated

5          6          Typescript: "Children in Trouble"          undated