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The John E. Herzog Collection of Israel and Diaspora Financial Objects

Identifier: CJH CA-3

Scope and Content Note

The John E. Herzog Collection contains assorted types of financial records, including share certificates, debentures, bond notices, loan and promissory notices, deposit and payment receipts, donation records, membership items, insurance documents, Israel bonds, an album with signatures of government functionaries, envelopes with stamps, some correspondence, and a few photographs. These materials relate to various financial efforts carried out throughout Europe, the United States, and Mexico in order to develop the economic and cultural infrastructure of Israel as well as some fundraising efforts within diaspora Jewish communities. These documents date from the 1822-2019, although the majority are from the time of the First and Second Aliyah periods, the British Mandate years, and through the early years of the State of Israel.


  • Creation: 1822-2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900s-1950s


Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are mostly in Hebrew and English, with some Russian, French, and German, and several documents in various other languages.

Access Restrictions

The collection is housed at an off-site storage location. Please be advised that you will need to request this material at least two (2) business days in advance of your visit in order to use this material in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room. For further information, please email:

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained from the CJH Archives. For more information, contact:

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

John E. Herzog was born on March 18, 1936, in New York City, the son of Robert I. and Norma (Englander) Herzog. He received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University in 1957 and an M.B.A. from New York University, Stern School of Business in 1971. Herzog married Diana E. Rigby in 1963 in New York City and together they had two daughters, Mary and Sarah. Herzog has long been involved with banking and investment firms, and in 1987, he founded the Museum of American Finance, for which he is now the Chairman Emeritus. Herzog also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Spink/Smythe, which is an auction house that specializes in antique stocks, bonds, bank notes, coins, autographs, and photographs.


4 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 OS2 box, 1 OS manuscript box)


This collection consists of assorted types of financial records, some correspondence and a few photographs related to efforts to develop the infrastructure of Israel during the 1800s, the First and Second Aliyah periods, the time of the British Mandate, and the early years after the founding of the State of Israel.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Acquisition Information

John E. Herzog donated this collection to the Center for Jewish History in 2018-2019.

Related Material

The Partner organizations hold numerous books and archival collections related to early immigration to Ottoman Palestine, Mandate Palestine, and the early years of Israel’s statehood. There is also a great deal of material about organizations related to economic and cultural development, including the American Economic Committee for Palestine, the Jewish National Fund, Jewish Agency for Israel, Hadassah, Zionist Organization of America, Palestine Economic Corporation, and many others.

Processing Information

The collection was rehoused in archival folders and boxes. The collection is described on the item level. Items are loosely arranged by size and individual items or groups of items are separated by buffer paper. When the names of organizations are not in English, these names have been translated or transliterated. If the name appears in English translation or transliteration anywhere on the document, that name was used, even when the translation is not exact or the transliteration is not standard. Dates have been converted from the Hebrew calendar when necessary.

Guide to the John E. Herzog Collection of Israel and Diaspora Financial Objects 1822-2019 (bulk 1900s-1950s) CJH CA-3
Processed by Rachel S. Harrison
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Jewish History Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States