October/November 2007

The Fred Rochlin Papers Online Now

The finding aid for the Fred Rochlin Papers is now available online here:
http://aao.lib.asu.edu/ViewRecordFrame.jsp?record=0000001018

The first portion of the Fred Rochlin Papers, donated in 2003 to the University of Arizona, included 40 archives boxes of organized, annotated materials on Jews who pioneered on the Arizona-Sonora border, the Arizona Territory, and the Southwest. Gathered over some thirty years, this diverse collection contains reminiscences, copies of historical records, and Rochlin's correspondence and interviews with historic figures or their descendants. Also worthy of note is the handwritten business ledger kept by Nogales pioneer merchant Leopold Ephraim. This rare find sheds light on daily life and the conduct of business in 19th century Nogales, including exchanges, at times heated, between him and his suppliers in San Francisco.

Also of special interest are the four original Rochlin collections: (1) Cattlebrands. (hand-drawn by Rochlin) owned by Jews in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. (2) Jewish Place Names: Solomonville, Isaacson, Ilfeld, Bibo, et al. (3) Jewish Officeholders. N. B. Appel, Deputy Sheriff; Alexander Ezekials, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Tucson, Charles Strauss, Mayor, Tucson, et al. Color Postcards (1559) of Nogales, Arizona. and Nogales, Sonora. The Rochlin Archival Photographs includes thousands of images depicting life in Arizona and the Southwest, in late 19th to early 20th Century. Sections are categorized as pioneer Jews of Arizona, Sonora, Nogales, New Mexico, etc., dates, circa, and photographer when known, are cited. Others are grouped as parts of historic collections and described individually: Langpaap, Lohn. L. L. Cook & Frasher, Erwin Baer, Kow-Ina Foundation, Institute of Texan Cultures, et al.

A 2006 addendum to the Fred Rochlin Papers consists of rare ephemera: 235 original copies of the Nogales Oasis published 1896-1900, United States and Mexico boundary maps surveyed in 1853-1902, and a typescript of the ledger of Nogales pioneer Leopold Ephraim's donated in 2003.

The Rochlin Collection of Arizona Jewish History, The five boxes of archival materials and 130-page inventory, formerly housed by the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives, has been incorporated into the Fred Rochlin Papers.

For the next few months, www. rochlin-roots-west.com will feature photographs from the Fred Rochlin Papers. This November, we will present the Rochlin family home on Patagonia Road, three miles east of downtown Nogales; International Avenue on the Arizona-Sonora border, and Morley Avenue, the heart of Nogales, Arizona's business district in the 1930's.

Birthplace of Fred Rochlin: Born in 1923 in the then newly-completed Rochlin family home on Patagonia Road, 3 miles east of downtown Nogales. The house was demolished in 2004. Photo: Courtesy of The Fred Rochlin PapersBirthplace of Fred Rochlin: Born in 1923 in the then newly-completed Rochlin family home on Patagonia Road, 3 miles east of downtown Nogales. The house was demolished in 2004. Photo: Courtesy of The Fred Rochlin Papers

International Avenue: The border between Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, pre WWI Photo: Lohn Photograph Courtesy of The Fred Rochlin PapersInternational Avenue: The border between Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, pre WWI Photo: Lohn Photograph Courtesy of The Fred Rochlin Papers

Morley Avenue: In the 1930s the main business street in Nogales, Arizona Photo: Courtesy of The Fred Rochlin PapersMorley Avenue: In the 1930s the main business street in Nogales, Arizona Photo: Courtesy of The Fred Rochlin Papers