Posts tagged History
Posts tagged History
Shavuot papercut, possibly from Eastern Europe, early 20th Century. Yeshiva University Museum.
Ketubbah (marriage contract) from Persia, 1840s. Yeshiva University Museum.
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Postcard, Atlantic City. Circa 1940. Yeshiva University Museum.
Reverse: The Breakers on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey: The Largest Kosher Hotel in the United States. Postmarked from Atlantic City, N.J. August 13, 1940 and addressed to Mr. and Mrs. David Turner, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Out of the Archives
Yiddish Artists Relax in the Catskills, circa 1938
by Rachel Harrison, Processing Archivist, Center for Jewish History
The Adler Family Papers (P-890) at the American Jewish Historical Society contain a wealth of photos of figures from the heyday of the American Yiddish theater, from the 1880s and running to the 1970s. These include Jacob P. Adler, the patriarch of the Yiddish acting dynasty, his second wife Dinah Shtettin, and their daughter Celia, his third wife, Sara, and several of their children, as well as various spouses, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and in-laws, many of whom were involved in Yiddish theater. There are also myriad photos of groups of family members and friends, as well as numerous pictures of actors in costumes from various productions.
In the above photo, Yiddish actors, singers, playwrights, poets, and theater owners relax at a bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains in the late 1930s. Among them are Shmuel Niger, David and Adele Pinski, Jacob Ben-Ami, Peretz, Esther Shumiatcher and Omus Hirschbein, and Lazar Freed, who was the first husband of Celia Adler. For more information about the Adler family and their impact on Yiddish theater, including numerous wonderful photos, please see the Guide to the Adler Family Papers.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) has awarded Tanya Elder second prize for best Finding Aid of 2012. Ms. Elder is a Senior Archivist at the American Jewish Historical Society here at the Center. She wrote the finding aid for the Mordecai Sheftall Papers. It is over 100 pages long and contains embedded links to every Continental Army provision return within the collection. This collection was processed, microfilmed and digitized with partial funding from the “Save America’s Treasures” federal grant program. Ms. Tanya Elder received her award at the Regional MARAC meeting at the end of April.
Click here to view the finding aid!