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Garber Family Papers

Identifier: P-1031

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of twelve items, mainly card photographs of Donald Garber’s grandparents and extended family. They include a wedding invitation in English and Hebrew of Harris and Lena Singer and a business card for Harris Singer. The photographs are wedding portraits and single portraits from the late nineteenth century.


  • undated, 1894-2010


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

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Biographical Note

Donald Garber’s grandparents were Lena and Harris Singer who came to the United States in the late nineteenth century. Lena (Cohen) Singer was born in 1872 in Smolensk, Belarus. She married Harris Singer on February 24, 1894. Harris Singer was born in 1874 in Kovno, Lithuania. Harris and Lena had seven children and resided in New York City and Brooklyn. Harris died in 1934 and Lena died in 1945.

Lena had two sisters who also emigrated to the U.S.; Mamie and Rachel Cohen. Mamie was born in 1874 in Smolensk. She married Leopold Schwartz and had four children. Leopold died in 1949 and Mamie died in 1957 in Brooklyn.

Rachel (Cohen) Schaefer was born in 1862 in Smolensk. She married Sholom Schaefer and they had four children. Mamie died in 1916.


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Language of Materials




This collection consists of twelve items, mainly card photographs from the late nineteenth century of Donald Garber’s grandparents Lena and Harris Singer, and Lena’s sisters Mamie and Rachel. The photographs include wedding portraits of Lena and Harris Singer, Rachel and her husband Sholom Schaefer and Mamie and Leopold Schwartz.


The collection is arranged into one series.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

Donated by Donald Garber, 2010.

Guide to the Garber Family Papers, undated, 1862-2010   P-1031
Processed by Kristiana Weseloh
© 2017
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Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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