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Guide to the Papers of David Fintz Altabé

Identifier: ASF AR 12

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of lectures, poems, and a clipping related to the work and research of Sephardic scholar and poet David Fintz Altabé.


  • n.d., 1978-2000
  • Majority of material found in 1985-1998

Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in English, but a few items are in Spanish, Ladino, and Turkish.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

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


Historical Note

David Fintz Altabé (1929-2008), was an internationally known scholar and poet specializing in Judeo-Spanish literature and Sephardic culture. He served twice as President of the American Society of Sephardic Studies as well as Vice-President of the American Association of Jewish Friends of Turkey. He also was on the Sephardic Council of Overseers and taught Spanish at the City University of New York were he was honored as Professor Emeritus. He was born in New York to Sephardic parents of Turkish origin and passed away in November 2008. Some of his works include:

As an author:

Altabé, David Fintz. Temas y Dialogos. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston McDougal, 1970.

Altabé, David Fintz. “The significance of 1492 to the Jews and Muslims of Spain.” Hispania (September 1992), 728-31.

Altabé, David Fintz. Spanish and Portuguese Jewry Before and After 1492Spanish and Portuguese Jewry Before and After 1492. Brooklyn, NY: Sepher-Hermon Press, 1993.

Altabé, David Fintz. Una Kozecha de Rimas i Konsejas: A Harvest of Rhymes and Folk-Tales. Miami: D.F. Altabe, 2000.

As an editor:

Altabé, David Fintz, Erhan Atay, and Israel J. Katz, eds. Studies on Turkish Jewish History: political and social relations, literature, and linguistics: the quincentennial papers. Brooklyn, NY: Sepher-Hermon Press, 1996.

As a translator:

Sadacca, Haim Vitali. Un Ramo de Poemas: A Bouquet of Poems. Translated by David Fintz Altabé. New York: Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, 2009.

Bécquer, Gustavo Adolfo. Symphony of Love: Las Rimas. Translated by David Fintz Altabé and Joan Altabé. Long Beach, NY: Regina, 1974.


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This collection contains the work of Sephardic scholar and poet David Fintz Altabé. The bulk of this collection consists of lectures and several poems, in addition to a newspaper clipping.


The collection was arranged so that additional material could be added at a later date. Therefore the categories of arrangement were imposed by the archivist processing the collection and did not derive from any pre-affixed arrangement.

Due to the small size of this collection there is no need to divide it into series for accessibility. Instead the contents have been foldered with like material and arranged in a chronological manner. There are three folders in this collection.

  1. Lectures
  2. Poems
  3. Clippings

Related Material

The American Sephardic Federation, and some of the other members of the Center for Jewish History have a number of works by David Fintz Altabé in their collections. These organizations also possess a variety of resources delaing with Sephardic culture and language that may be value.

Guide to the David Fintz Altabé Papers, 1978-2000 (bulk 1985-1998) ASF AR 12
Processed by Michael D. Montalbano
© September 2009.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
Edition statement
This version was derived from Altabe.xml

Repository Details

Part of the American Sephardi Federation Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States