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Division of Cultural History Judaica Collection

Donor:
Cohen, Henry, Reverand  Search this
Ahlborn, Richard E., 1933-2015  Search this
Harris, Michael  Search this
Deinard, Ephraim  Search this
Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940  Search this
Luchs, Leopold  Search this
Lipkowitz, Sylvia E.  Search this
Marks, Michael Neil  Search this
Marks, Cara Goldberg  Search this
Howland, S. S.  Search this
Hartogensis, Henry S.  Search this
Krauss, S., Father  Search this
Kantrowitz, J.H.  Search this
Neeman, Zipora  Search this
Sulzberger, Mayer, 1843-1923  Search this
Sulzberger, S.  Search this
Extent:
22 Cubic feet (32 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Eulogies
Etchings
Lithographs
Letters
Ketubahs
Greeting cards
Prayers
Photographs
Petitions
Manuscripts
Posters
Poems
Proclamations
Prints
Sermons
Sukkah decorations
Wills
Envelopes
Betrothal contracts
Calendars
Receipts
Amulets
Divorce records
Engravings
Certificates
Deeds
Place:
Russia
Palestine
Syria
Slovakia
Crimea
France
India
Israel
Germany
Holland
Italy
Date:
1639-1980
Summary:
An extensive collection of Judaica collected by the Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is a compilation of gifts from numerous donors, of documents relating to Judaism in numerous countries and the United States. Documents include betrothal contracts, bills of divorcement, eulogies, memorial plaques, candle labels, Jewish calendars, sukkah decorations, certificates of ritual slaughter, prayers, poems, sermons, and other types of documents.
Arrangement:
Collection is unarranged.
Historical Note:
The Judaica Collection at the Smithsonian is the oldest of its type in the United States. The archival collection is comprised of various documents, prints, sukkah decorations, marriage contracts, and memorial candle labels from Europe and the Middle East. The bulk of the collection was transferred in the 1960's to the National Museum of History and Technology (later, the National Museum of American History). A portion of the collection (artifact-related) still resides in the National Museum of Natural History. For a detailed description of items found in the collection see Cohen Grossman, Grace and Richard Ahlborn. "Judaica at the Smithsonian: Cultural Politics as Cultural Model." Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, Number 52, 1997.

The first Judaica collections were acquired by the Smithsonian specifically for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1890. The next large Judaica collection was acquired in 1902 with the purchase of a torah case and Sukkah ornaments from Ephraim Deinard, bibliophile, Hebrew author and independent book dealer. A native of Latvia, Deinard immigrated to the United States in 1888. By 1913, Deinard had amassed a large collection of Judaica from Europe and the Middle East. He eventually deposited, between 1920 and 1927, almost 600 objects to the Smithsonian. The collection remained on loan until 1955 when Deinard's heirs donated the collection. It was 10 years later with the opening of the National Museum of History and Technology (National Museum of American History), that there was a renewed interest in collecting Judaica objects. A small number of Judaica objects have been acquired since then. The archival collection is housed at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Related Materials:
Cohen Grossman, Grace and Richard Ahlborn. "Judaica at the Smithsonian: Cultural Politics as Cultural Model." Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, Number 52, 1997.

See: https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/2452
Separated Materials:
This collection has related artifacts in the Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Provenance:
The collection was donated by the following donors:

J.H. Kantrowitz.,Purchase,1889; Mrs. S. Sulzberger, Gift; Leopold Luchs, Gift; Dr. Cyrus Adler ,Gift; Mayer Sulzberger, Purchase; Rev. Henry Cohen, Gift.,1897; William Wesley and Son, Purchase; Father S. Krauss, Gift.,1902; S.S. Howland, Bequest.,1902; Ephraim Deinard, Purchase.,1902; Mrs. Simon Kann,Gift.,1920; Henry S. Hartogensis,Gift,1920; Ms. L. Lieberman,Gift,1924; Ephraim Deinard,Gift; Cara Goldberg Marks, Michael Neil Marks.,Gift; Michael Harris, Gift, 1982; Richard E. Ahlborn,Gift, 1986; Sylvia E. Lipkowitz, Gift, 1987; and Neeman, Zipora,Gift, 1988.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jewish funeral rites and ceremonies  Search this
Jewish mourning customs  Search this
Art, Jewish  Search this
Jewish art and symbolism  Search this
Jews -- Social life and customs  Search this
Judaism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Eulogies
Etchings
Lithographs
Letters
Ketubahs
Greeting cards
Prayers
Photographs -- 19th century
Petitions
Manuscripts
Posters
Poems
Proclamations
Prints
Sermons
Sukkah decorations
Wills
Envelopes
Betrothal contracts
Calendars
Receipts
Amulets
Divorce records
Engravings
Certificates
Deeds
Citation:
Division of Cultural History Judaica Collection, 1639-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1160
See more items in:
Division of Cultural History Judaica Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep863eebd37-eea3-434a-8f9a-30abc95ffb2b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1160
Online Media:

Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Oral History Collection

Creator:
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters  Search this
Names:
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Oral History Collection  Search this
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, Ala.)  Search this
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968  Search this
Extent:
159 Video recordings (U-matic 3/4" video recordings)
1 Video recording (VHS 1/2" video recording)
15 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Videocassettes
Place:
United States -- Race relations
United States -- Rural conditions
Date:
1989-1994
Scope and Contents note:
The collection, which dates from 1989 to 1994 and measures 15 linear feet, documents the reminiscences of elderly members of various African-American churches in the Atlanta area, as well as individual church histories, outstanding personalities of the South, religious expression in the South, and styles of singing and worship. The collection is comprised of audiovisual materials.
Biographical/Historical note:
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Inc. is the nation's largest regional interfaith cable network. AIB has been providing faith-based communities and nonprofit service organizations access to a larger audience since 1969. AIB remains a destination for international dignitaries and media representatives due to its unique programming platform, which promotes dialogue between all faiths, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Seen in over 1,000,000 homes across 19 metro area counties, AIB is a self-supporting organization and does not allow the solicitation of funds or attacks on other faiths. Viewers can find Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others presenting their views.
Provenance:
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Oral History Collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Negro leagues  Search this
Spirituals (Songs)  Search this
Women clergy  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- African Americans  Search this
Choirs (Music)  Search this
Civil rights movements -- United States  Search this
African American clergy  Search this
African American churches  Search this
African American journalists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American poets  Search this
African American lawyers  Search this
African American military personnel  Search this
African American social reformers  Search this
African Americans -- Religious life  Search this
African Americans -- Music  Search this
African Americans -- Social life and customs  Search this
African Americans -- Social conditions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Videocassettes
Citation:
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters oral history collection exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.09-001
See more items in:
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Oral History Collection
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa716afb35a-8e6f-47a7-a093-bc32f9631c06
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-09-001

Oral History Interview with Francine and Joshua Kranzberg

Interviewer:
Meghelli, Samir  Search this
Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (MP3)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Interviews
Place:
Southwest (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
2017 February 17
Scope and Contents:
Interview created as part of the research for the Anacostia Community Museum's "A Right to the City" exhibition.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jews -- Social life and customs  Search this
Neighborhoods -- Washington, D.C. -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral histories (document genres)
Interviews -- 21st century
Citation:
Interview with Francine and Joshua Kranzberg, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
A Right to the City Exhibition Records
A Right to the City Exhibition Records / Series I: Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7c5e7cb0c-3068-414c-b470-574e02c77fa2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-119-ref33

Song walking women, music, and environmental justice in an African borderland Angela Impey

Author:
Impey, Angela  Search this
Physical description:
x, 284 pages illustrations, maps 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
South Africa
Maputaland
Maputaland (South Africa)
Moçambique
Südafrika
Swasiland
Date:
2018
Topic:
Women--Social life and customs  Search this
Ecomusicology  Search this
Music--Social aspects  Search this
Jew's harp--Social aspects  Search this
Manners and customs  Search this
Geschlechterrolle  Search this
Musiksoziologie  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1153530

Ḥadar Orṭenaʼu be-Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel = The Ortenau room at the Israel Museum [ṭeksṭ, Erikh Orṭenaʼu]

Title:
אורטנאו, אריך
Ortenau room at the Israel Museum
Ḥadar Orṭenaʼu min ha-emantsipatsyah ʻad la-Shoʼah
חדר אורטנאו במוזיאון ישראל = The Ortenau room at the Israel Museum / [טכסט, אריך אורטנאו]
Ortenau room from emancipation to Holocaust
Author:
Ortenau, Erich  Search this
Author:
Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem)  Search this
Subject:
Ortenau family Ethnological collections  Search this
Physical description:
20 unnumbered pages illustrations (some color) 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Expositions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Catalogues d'exposition
Place:
Germany
Allemagne
Date:
1985
19th century
19e siècle
Topic:
House furnishings--History  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Jews--History  Search this
Ameublement--Histoire  Search this
Juifs--Mœurs et coutumes  Search this
Anthropology--Private collections  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Jews  Search this
Call number:
NK2050.A1 O77 1985
NK2050.A1O77 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_351370

Gondar's child : songs, honor and identity among Ethiopian Jews in Israel / Marilyn Herman

Author:
Herman, Marilyn  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 316 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Place:
Israel
Date:
2012
C2012
Topic:
Jews, Ethiopian--Ethnic identity  Search this
Jews, Ethiopian  Search this
Jews, Ethiopian--Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_989596

Family connections : a history of Italian and Jewish immigrant lives in Providence, Rhode Island, 1900-1940 / Judith E. Smith

Author:
Smith, Judith E. 1948-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 228 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Rhode Island
Providence
Providence (R.I.)
Date:
1985
C1985
20th century
Topic:
Italian Americans--Families--History  Search this
Jews--Families--History  Search this
Italian Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
F89.P99I87 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382469

Las costumbres de los Israelitas : escritas en frances / por el Señor Abad Claudio Fleuri ... ;traducidas en español por don Manuel Martinez Pingarron ..

Author:
Fleury, Claude 1640-1723  Search this
Martínez Pingarrón, Manuel  Search this
Donor:
Stapleton Foundation DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[2], LIII, [17], 200 p. ; 18 cm. (8vo)
Type:
Books
Date:
1769
Topic:
Jews--Antiquities  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
DS112 .F62 S1769
DS112.F62 S1769
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_392060

Azerbaig'an : Yehudim harariyim, Muslemim ʻironiyim

Author:
Bentsur, Ninah  Search this
Muzeʼon Ḥefah le-musiḳah ule-etnologyah (Israel)  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Azerbaijan
Date:
1992
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Jews--Folklore  Search this
Muslims--Social life and customs  Search this
Muslims--Folklore  Search this
Call number:
DS135.R93 A98 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_878736

The Jews of Iran : the history, religion and culture of a community in the Islamic World / edited by Houman M. Sarshar

Editor:
Sarshar, Houman 1968-  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Iran
Date:
2014
Topic:
Jews--History  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Jewish women authors  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1048476

Western Jews in India : from the fifteenth century to the present / edited by Kenneth X. Robbins and Marvin Tokayer

Editor:
Robbins, Kenneth X.  Search this
Tokayer, Marvin 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
310 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Texts
History
Place:
India
Date:
2013
Topic:
Jews--History  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1049105

Descriptive catalogue of a collection of objects of Jewish ceremonial deposited in the U.S. National Museum by Hadji Ephraim Benguiat. By Cyrus Adler ... and I.M. Casanowicz ..

Title:
Objects of Jewish ceremonial
Author:
Adler, Cyrus 1863-1940  Search this
Casanowicz, Immanuel M  Search this
Benguiat, Ephraim  Search this
United States National Museum Annual report, 1899  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum Collections  Search this
Physical description:
539-561 p., 36 leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1901
Topic:
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Judaism--Customs and practices  Search this
Call number:
DS111.7 .A23 1901
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_494404

Adapting to abundance : Jewish immigrants, mass consumption, and the search for American identity / Andrew R. Heinze

Author:
Heinze, Andrew R  Search this
Physical description:
x, 276 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Jews, East European--Cultural assimilation  Search this
Jews--Cultural assimilation  Search this
Consumers--Attitudes  Search this
Jews--Identity  Search this
Immigrants--Social life and customs  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Call number:
E184.J5H535 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_413233

Mitteilungen zur jüdischen Volkskunde [microform]

Author:
Gesellschaft für Jüdische Volkskunde (Hamburg, Germany)  Search this
Physical description:
9 v. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1905
1922
1905-1922
Topic:
Jews--Folklore--Periodicals  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
mfm 1274
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418623

Jews, America : a representation / photographs by Frédéric Brenner ; with an essay by Simon Schama

Author:
Brenner, Frédéric 1959-  Search this
Schama, Simon  Search this
Subject:
Brenner, Frédéric 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 93 p. : ill. ; 30 x 41 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
Topic:
Jews--Pictorial works  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.B8367 S3 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_503007

Ancient Israel: its life and institutions. Translated by John McHugh

Author:
Vaux, Roland de 1903-1971  Search this
Physical description:
xxiii, 592 p. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1961
[1961]
To 70 A.D
Topic:
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_492854

Les mœurs des Israëlites, ou, l'on voit le modele d'une politique simple & sincére pour le gouvernement des etats & de la réformation de mœurs / Par M. Fleury ..

Author:
Fleury, Claude 1640-1723  Search this
Former owner:
Rau, Charles 1826-1887 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
243, [1] p. ; 18 cm. (long 12mo)
Type:
Books
Date:
1769
Topic:
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Jews--Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
DS112 .F62 1769
DS112.F62 1769
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_409887

Life is with people; the culture of the shtetl [by] Mark Zborowski and Elizabeth Herzog. Foreword by Margaret Mead

Author:
Zborowski, Mark  Search this
Herzog, Elizabeth  Search this
Physical description:
452 p. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
[1962, c1952]
Topic:
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
GN547 .Z398 1962
GN547.Z398 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_44663

Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Jüdische Volkskunde [microform]

Author:
Gesellschaft für Jüdische Volkskunde (Hamburg, Germany)  Search this
Physical description:
14 v. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1898
1904
1898-1904
Topic:
Jews--Folklore--Periodicals  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
mfm 1274
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418622

The wonders of America : reinventing Jewish culture 1880-1950 / Jenna Weissman Joselit

Author:
Joselit, Jenna Weissman  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Jews--Material culture  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_500295

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