By: Alex Temple, Gettler Project Archivist
I recently finished taking a complete inventory on Benjamin Gettler’s papers. It’s been really interesting unpacking folders from such an ambitious and involved person. The collection largely stems from his involvement in various organizations from 1960-2003, notably the Cincinnati Transit Company, S.O.R.T.A./Metro, American Controlled Industries (ACI), the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and the University of Cincinnati. There is also a large collection of political correspondence with letters dating as far back as 1959 (with Robert F. Kennedy), through 2012.
The bulk of the time spent so far has been going through each item in Mr. Gettler’s correspondence, which contains approximately 1000 items. Every piece has been examined for a sender, recipient, date, subject, and format. That was a lot of reading! It’s been interesting to read Mr. Gettler’s interests come through in his political correspondence, as well as seeing the often-contentious battles regarding S.O.R.T.A.’s operations. I must admit, it’s been hard to stop examining the documents and start writing about them. Continue reading Benjamin Gettler papers – Update on Progress