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Jacob Shatzky Papers

Identifier: RG 356

Jacob Shatzky (1893-1956) was an historian, literary and theater critic, editor, bibliographer, lexicographer, lecturer, teacher and librarian. The Papers of Jacob Shatzky cover the period of 1910-1960's and reflect to different degrees all aspects of his activities. Some papers of Jacob Shatzky's wife, Ida, consist for the most part of materials relating to his death. Manuscript and other materials relating to memorial books published posthumously in commemoration of Jacob Shatzky, such as the Shatzky Book, (Buenos Aires, 1957) and Yakov Shatzki in Ondenk, (New York, 1957) constitute another significant part of the collection.

Dates: 1910-1963

Jewish Family and Children's Service (Detroit)

Identifier: RG 364

An affiliate agency of the Jewish Welfare Federation in Detroit formerly called the Jewish Social Service Bureau (JSSB).

This collection consists predominantly of records of the Jewish Social Service Bureau and, to a much lesser extent, of records of the Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS). The bulk of the collection consists of records of individual cases which were processed by the JSSB. Additionally, there are administrative records which include the following: general correspondence, 1926-1963; minutes of staff and committee meetings, 1924-1958. Records of various institutions which at some point merged or were affiliated with the JSSB, such as the Resettlement Service, Jewish House of Shelter, Jewish Child Placement Bureau, Hebrew Orphan Home.

Dates: 1903 - 1972

Jewish Folklore Materials

Identifier: RG 125
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of miscellaneous materials pertaining to Jewish folklore and includes the following: Materials relating to YIVO Projects: samples of Yiddish dialects recorded on sound discs by Beatrice Silverman-Weinreich in 1948 and 1949 during her conversations with informants from Eastern Europe; materials from the Passover Survey, conducted by Beatrice Silverman-Weinreich in 1949. Entries for the contest about the symbolic meaning of the number '7' according to Jewish tradition, 1953. Collections of proverbs and sayings. Replies to a questionnaire from the *Jewish Daily Forward* about Jewish customs, 1945. Folk poetry, mainly in the style of *badkhones* (rhymes performed by a *badkhan* - wedding entertainer). Samples of *ketubot* (marriage contracts), *t'noyim* (engagement contracts), divorce letters, amulets, etc.

Dates: Majority of material found in 1840-1985

Jewish Music Societies Collection

Identifier: RG 37
Dates: 1898-1940

Joseph A. Rosen Papers

Identifier: RG 358

Joseph A. Rosen was an agronomist and official of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In the 1920s and 1930s he organized and coordinated relief activities for impoverished Jews in the Soviet Union. Joseph A. Rosen was a director of the American Jewish Joint Agricultural Corporation (Agro-Joint) that tried to develop Jewish settlements and assisted with organization of Jewish factories, cooperatives, schools, and health care facilities. All these subjects are covered in this collection. These are the papers of Joseph A. Rosen in his official capacity as a Director of the Agro-Joint. The collection contains agreements between Agro-Joint and the Soviet government, reports, and field observations of the agronomists and officials of the relief organizations, particularly of the Agro-Joint, technical reports and documentation necessary for development and financial sustainability of the Jewish settlements. Maps and landscape plans are also part of this collection.

Dates: 1911-1943; Majority of material found within 1922-1938

Kaluszer Ladies Society Records

Identifier: RG 959
Scope and Contents

Minutes, 1958-1974 (German). Seal.

Dates: 1958 - 1974

Karaites Collection

Identifier: RG 40

This collection contains translations into German of selections of scholarly works about the Karaites. Done under orders from the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), the translations were meant to assist the Nazis in determining if the Karaites were to be considered Jewish or not. The work was supervised by Zelig Kalmanowicz in the Vilna Ghetto from 1942 to 1943.

Dates: 1942-1943

Landsmanshaftn Collection

Identifier: RG 123
Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials pertaining to over 600 landsmanshaftn. Included are: charters, certificates of incorporation, constitutions, minutes, financial records, membership records, burial records, publications, clippings, and more.

Dates: 1905 - 2010

Loyal Benevolent Society Records

Identifier: RG 900
Scope and Contents

By-laws. Minutes of the Hirsch Liska Lodge, 1920-1923 (German). Minutes of the Loyal Benevolent Society, 1923-1949. Financial records, 1940s-1960s. Materials pertaining to membership, 1886-1944 (German, English). Correspondence. Cemetery map. Voting box.

Dates: 1886 - 1969

Lucien Wolf and David Mowshowitch Papers

Identifier: RG 348

Lucien Wolf (1857-1930) was a diplomat, foreign affairs expert, journalist, and historian. As the secretary of the Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association (earlier the Conjoint Foreign Committee), Lucien Wolf took a leading role in the efforts of Western Jewry to aid persecuted Jews in Eastern Europe. He was also a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference (1919), where he helped to draft the minorities treaties guaranteeing the rights of Jews and other ethnic and religious minority groups. David Mowshowitch (1887-1957) was Lucien Wolf's secretary and aide at the Joint Foreign Committee for many years and continued to work for the Joint Foreign Committee until the 1950s. The collection consists of the papers of Lucien Wolf and David Mowshowitch, as well as fragmentary records of the Joint Foreign Committee. The material includes personal papers, correspondence, reports, memoranda, minutes of meetings, copies of articles, and press clippings. The documents pertain to the situation of persecuted Jews throughout the world, most notably the efforts of the Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association to aid the Jews of Eastern Europe, and to the Peace Conference at Paris in 1919 and the minorities treaties. There is also material on Lucien Wolf's and David Mowshowitch's other activities, most importantly Lucien Wolf's career as a journalist and as a historian of the Jewish community in Britain.

Dates: 1708-1963; Majority of material found within 1880-1930

Mailert Family Papers

Identifier: RG 1399
Scope and Contents

The Mailert family stems from Kassel. Karl Lucius Mailer was the author of Erster Elementarbuch der Hebraischer sprache and Kalendar fur Israeliten 5613. His brother, Augustus, was living in Philadelphia by 1832. Most of the approximately one hundred letters, dated 1832-1861, are the correspondence of Augustus. Augustus appears to have made long business trips as far as Whitehall, Illinois. The letters are often in German, but the letters of another brother, Charles Lucius, who stayed in Kassel, are in English. The letters of Isaac Heynemann, who was a cousin living in Richmond, Virginia, are in Yiddish. There are also German travel documents granted to Augustus in 1823-1832, his ketubah (undated) relating to his marriage to Adilen Goldsmit, and two family trees.

Dates: 1823 - 1861

Mark Schweid Papers

Identifier: RG 357
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Yiddish writers and theater personalities including A. Almi, Salo Baron, Yitzhak Dov Berkowitz, Menahem Boraisha, Reuben Brainin, Daniel Charney, Mendl Elkin, Peretz Hirschbein, Yudel Mark, David Pinsky, Melech Ravitch, Zalman Reisen, Maurice Schwartz, Abraham Sutzkever, Zalmen Zylbercweig. Correspondence with organizations including Congress for Jewish Culture, American Jewish Historical Society, Jewish National Workers Alliance, Jewish Daily Forward. Programs and playbills of theatrical performances. Manuscripts of radio scripts, translations of works by Shakespeare. Clippings of articles by and about Schweid, including reviews and obituaries. Material for an anthology of German-Jewish authors.

Dates: undated

Mel Gordon Collection

Identifier: RG 2248
Scope and content

Mel Gordon (1947-2018) was a drama scholar and historian of "deviant" sexual practices. He was a professor at New York University and the University of California, Berkeley, and authored a number of books, many of which were published by Feral House Press. This record group includes antisemitic and far-right artifacts.

Dates: 1923-1999.

Memoirs of American Jewish Soldiers

Identifier: RG 110

This collection contains mainly contest submissions from the 1945-1946 YIVO essay contest for Jewish soldiers and veterans of World War II as well as additional materials sent in by the contestants and administrative information about the contest compiled by YIVO staff members.

Dates: 1944-1946

Michael Avrut Papers

Identifier: RG 1929
Scope and Contents

Michael Avrut is a psychotherapist, collector, and reseller of ephemera specializing in maps, posters, books, and restaurant menus. He acquired the periodicals found in this collection via a friend, who purchased them. Avrut later donated the materials to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The periodicals include newspapers and magazines that are primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, with the greater majority representing the years 1934-1945. Also included are two newspapers from pre-World War I and the World War I era, as well as some post-World War II periodicals. These English and German-language publications represent various localities throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Germany, Great Britain, and Palestine, and provide a snapshot of daily life, particulary during the Second World War. The collection comprises English and German-language newspapers and magazines from Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, North America, and Palestine from 1892 to 1973, with the bulk of materials representing the Second World War period. While the majority of these periodicals are originals, a few of them are reprints of earlier publications. Included among these publications are Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, 1933-1963; History of the Second World War, 1973; Judische Rundschau, 1920; The New York Times, 1933-1939; Newsweek, 1933-1961; The Palestine Post, 1945; Sonntagsblatt Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 1936-1939; The Stars and Stripes, 1943-1945; The Sun, 1892; Time, 1939-1942; Volkischer Beobachter; and Yank, 1945.

Dates: 1892 - 1973

Michael Preiss Papers

Identifier: RG 506
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, personal documents, reviews, clippings, playscripts, programs, posters, and photographs relating to Preiss's career.

Dates: 1920s-1960s

Minnie M. Friedman Ladies Sick and Benevolent Society Records

Identifier: RG 1814
Scope and Contents

Collections: Constitution and by-laws, English and German. Cemetery map. Correspondence, 1947-1980. Meeting minutes, 1950-1980. Meeting invitations, 1948-1950. Member lists. Death certificate, 1957. Agreement forms, 1930-1980. Financial Records, 1952-1981. Miscellaneous.

Dates: 1930 - 1981

Mizrakh Yidisher Historisher Arkhiv

Identifier: RG 80

Mizrakh Yidisher Historisher Arkhiv Collection consists of diverse materials that pertain to pogroms in the period between 1918 and 1921 that took place mostly in Ukraine but also in Belarus, Poland, and Russia. There is a wide variety of topics that are covered in the collection including Ukrainian-Jewish relations during a short lived Ukrainian Republic, Ukrainian-Jewish political, communal, and governmental organizations, Ukrainian government and the role of politicians and military Commanders in pogroms, most notably Symon Petlyura and Ataman Grigoriev, pogroms and its aftermath, military occupation of Ukraine by the German, Polish, Bolshevik and General Denikin’s armies and its relationship to pogroms, Jewish self-defense and relief work. Also included here are materials pertaining to the trial of Sholom Schwarzbard who was tried in France for assassination of Symon Petlyura. The collection consists of of large amount of lists and eyewitness testimonies, correspondence, complaints and petitions, reports and resolutions, statements and proclamations, memoranda and circular letters, conference materials, statues and by-laws, clippings and bulletins, military orders, and photographs.

Dates: 1717-1956; Majority of material found in 1917-1927

Moishe (Morris) and Fanye Kahn Papers

Identifier: RG 2130
Scope and Contents

Personal correspondence, documents, newspaper clippings, and more.

Dates: Dates unknown before processing.

Morris Rosenfeld Papers

Identifier: RG 431

This collection consists of the general, professional and personal correspondence of the labor poet Morris Rosenfeld, whose works were originally in Yiddish but eventually became translated into other languages. The papers mainly describe his literary work, and include not only his poetry, but also his essays and articles. The collection contains personal papers and documents, printed works (books, articles, poems), unpublished manuscripts, translations of Rosenfeld's poems into English and other languages, sheet music, and reviews of Rosenfeld's work.

Dates: 1888-1967

Moses Kligsberg Papers

Identifier: RG 719

The collection consists of the general, personal and professional correspondence of Moses Kligsberg, manuscripts for published and unpublished works, project proposals and outlines, research materials, printed matter and other records relating to Moses Kligsberg's involvement with the Bund and with Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, to his functions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and to his scholarly interests. Included are Moses Kligsberg's manuscripts on the subjects of Jewish sociology, psychology, youth, and political matters. The collection contains a great deal of YIVO administrative and publicity materials, among others editorial records of the Yedies fun yivo (YIVO News) and YIVO radio programs; materials on the Bund; records of the United Jewish Survivors of Nazi Persecution. Besides the personal documents and both personal and organizational correspondence, the collection also includes original musical compositions, acetate recordings, magnetic reels, and photographs.

Dates: 1928-1974

Music (Vilna Archives)

Identifier: RG 7

The Music (Vilna Archives) collection comprises the music manuscripts of the Esther Rachel Kaminska Museum. This includes the instrument parts of various operettas, folk songs, and musical plays.

The Esther Rachel Kaminska Museum was established after the death of the artist in 1928 by her son-in-law Sigmund Turkow, and her daughter,Ida Kaminsky. Originally housed in the apartment of the deceasd in Warsaw, the Museum was transferred to the YIVO Institute in Vilna in 1927. In addition to the archives of the Kaminsky family, the Museum was augmented by music accessions of producer-playwright Nokhem Lipovsky, producer-director Elieser and Zina Rappel, and later by Norbert Glimer, M.L. Genfer, and others.

Dates: 1892-1938

Nachman Zonabend Collection

Identifier: RG 241

The collection documents life inside the Lódz Jewish ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. It consists predominantly of the records of the Eldest of the Jews in the Lódz ghetto, Chaim Mordechai Rumkowski, and of his administration. Included are original correspondence, announcements, circulars, charts, publications, reports, essays, albums and photographs.

Dates: September 1939-August 1944, 1945, 1947

National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Emigrants Coming from Germany Records

Identifier: RG 247
Scope and Contents

The records cover primarily from 1937 to 1939, with a smaller portion of material from 1933 to 1936. They include:

Correspondence between the NCC and organizations and government agencies, such as Family Welfare Association, Committee on Displaced Foreign Psychologists, Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars, National Council of Jewish Women, General Committee of Immigrant Aid at Ellis Island and New York Harbor, State Department.

Correspondence of Cecilia Razovsky (executive director of the NCC and formerly of the National Council of Jewish Women), Joseph P. Chamberlain (chairman of the NCC, Intergovernmental High Commissioner for Refugees and professor of law at Columbia University), Albert Einstein, Moses Fainberg and (Mrs.) Myron Falk, Jr.

Correspondence and activities of the following departments of the NCC: Migration, Social Service Exchange, Resettlement, Employment and Dock Services.

Periodic statistical reports from local agencies in Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Hartford (CT), Rochester (NY), San Francisco and other cities.

Reports by the Jewish Family Welfare Society and the Brooklyn Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Periodic statistical reports of arrivals from Germany and their destination by cities, 1938.

NCC Manual on Immigration, 1939: immigration regulations, visas, affidavits.

Manual of Mental Examination of Aliens.

SS "St. Louis", 1939: Passenger permits and names, names of relatives

Cash journals

Newspaper clippings

Dates: 1932 - 1940

Nison Lofman Papers

Identifier: RG 2193
Scope and Contents

The papers of Nison Lofman, which primarily contain family photographs, letters, and legal documents that trace Lofman’s life in Poland and New York City, as well as the life of his son Jacob Lofman as a photographer in New York City. Nison Lofman served as a Rabbi and religious instructor at various New York City educational institutions, including the Workmen’s Circle Shul in Brownsville and the Convalescent Home of Washington Heights. The collection houses two copies of the ketuba that sanctified Nison Lofman’s marriage to Rachel Lofman in 1902 or 1903. Languages of family correspondence, captions on family photographs, and legal documents include English, German, Polish, French, Yiddish, and Russian.

Dates: 1878 - 1988

ORT Photograph Collection

Identifier: RG 380

This collection consists of photographs and negatives of World ORT conferences and congresses, various individuals connected with ORT, and ORT vocational programs and activities, including in Displaced Person’s camps, in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Cuba, and North and South America.

Dates: 1904-1972; Majority of material found within 1920-1960

Ossip Dymow Papers

Identifier: RG 469
Scope and Contents

Manuscripts of plays, sketches, radio dramas, stories, articles and autobiographical writings in Russian, Yiddish, English, and German. Family correspondence. Clippings by and about Dymow. Theater programs, contract.

Dates: 1900 - 1958

Papers of Abbo Ostrowsky

Identifier: RG 681

This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Abbo Ostrowsky, including correspondence with many important figures from the art world, several of whom had been students of Ostrowsky at the Educational Alliance Art School. There is also information about Ostrowsky’s career as an artist, including some original artwork, exhibition catalogues, and photographs. These materials show Ostrowsky’s significant influence on modern Jewish art and on the success of the Educational Alliance as an institution.

Dates: 1897-1976

Papers of Abraham Cahan

Identifier: RG 1139

This collection contains correspondence between Abraham Cahan and many important literary and political figures, as well as Yiddish manuscripts sent to Cahan for consideration in the Forward and notes and drafts of Cahan’s own writings. There are also several articles written about Cahan, before and after his death. These materials serve to illustrate both Cahan’s importance in the literary and publishing fields as well as his involvement in the American socialist and labor movements.

Dates: 1890-1987; Majority of material found within 1920-1951

Papers of Abraham Goldfaden (1840-1908)

Identifier: RG 219

This collection contains manuscripts of some of the earliest Yiddish plays, correspondence between playwright, poet, and director Abraham Goldfaden, the father of Yiddish theater, and various actors and writers, as well as some family correspondence, newspaper clippings on Goldfaden and his impact on Yiddish theater, articles by Goldfaden on a variety of topics, and various other theater materials, such as title pages of plays, programs and song sheets. The collection illustrates Goldfaden’s great and ongoing influence on Yiddish theater.

Dates: 1872-1956

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