Joseph Isaac Bluestone (1860-1934) Collection
Scope and Content Note
Contains the memoirs and scrapbooks of Joseph Bluestone concerning his numerous communal activities, especially those in the Zionist movement. There are also letters, newspaper clippings and programs, primarily in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, collected by Bluestone and pertaining to his personal life, and his Zionist activities. The collection also includes manuscript pages of Hebrew poetry, including the manuscript of his book Shirim u-meshalim; photographs of Bluestone; condolence letters; tributes; memorials after his death; articles about Bluestone; correspondence pertaining to the memoirs and scrapbooks collected by Harry Bluestone; and items pertaining to other members of the Bluestone family. The Harry Bluestone inventory has been annotated to indicate items missing from the collection and those for which only a photocopy exists. A description of the collection was published by Hyman B. Grinstein in Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, no. 35 (1939), and a detailed inventory was prepared by Harry Bluestone.
- undated, 1875-1991
- Bluestone, Joseph Isaac, 1860-1934 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.
The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.
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Dr. Joseph Isaac Bluestone was born in Kalvarija, Lithuania, in 1860. He received a classical Talmudic education, as well as training in the Haskalah. He immigrated to New York at the age of 19. He studied medicine at New York University while supporting himself as a Hebrew teacher. After graduating in 1890, he opened his own medical practice on the Lower East Side, at the same time affiliating with the newly-formed Beth Israel Hospital. He was deeply involved with the early American Zionist movement, attending the 1903 Zionist Congress in Basel as a delegate, as well as other communal activities. He also wrote a volume of poetry Shirim u-meshalim, published in Tel Aviv in 1931. Bluestone died in New York in 1934.
8 Manuscript Boxes
5.70 Linear Feet
Contains the memoirs and scrapbooks of Bluestone, concerning his numerous communal activities, especially those in the Zionist movement. A description of the collection was published by Hyman B. Grinstein in Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, no. 35 (1939), and a detailed inventory was prepared by Harry Bluestone (n.d.).
Located in AJHS New York, NY
Bequest of Harry Bluestone in 1977.
- American Jewish Congress
- Bar-Ilan, Meir, 1880-1949
- Barondess, Joseph, 1867-1928
- Beth Israel Medical Center (New York, N.Y.)
- Bluestone family
- Bluestone, Joseph Isaac, 1860-1934
- Bnai Zion (Organization)
- Bureau of Jewish Education (New York, N.Y.)
- Charities -- New York (State) -- New York
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Danielson, Hyman
- Federation of American Zionists
- Fraternal organizations
- Gottheil, Richard J. H. (Richard James Horatio), 1862-1936
- Hebrew poetry
- Ḥibbat Zion
- Independent Order Brith Abraham of the United States of America
- Jewish Community of New York City
- Jewish National Fund
- Malachowsky, H. (Hillel), 1860-1943
- Malbish Arumim Society (N.Y.)
- Manuscripts (documents)
- New York (N.Y.)
- Programs (documents)
- Publications (documents)
- Religious education
- Schatz, Boris, 1867-1932
- Shochre Tushiyah Association (N.Y.)
- Social history
- Speeches (documents)
- Swados family
- United Zionists
- Uptown Talmud Torah Association (New York, N.Y.)
- Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel), 1874-1949
- Zionism -- United States
- Guide to the Joseph Isaac Bluestone (1860-1934) Collection, undated, 1875-1991 P-323
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- 2016-09-16: PDF box list converted to dsc. Finding aid encoding revised. Biographical Note added. Rachel S. Harrison
- November 10, 2017.: Catalog record and access points updated by Emily Anna Smith. EAD Access points updated by Tanya Elder.
- June, October 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.