Magnes collection on Judah L. Magnes, 1870-2004.


Magnes collection on Judah L. Magnes, 1870-2004.

The collection consists of materials collected by the Magnes staff between the early 1960s and the early 2000s that document the life and influence of Judah L. Magnes. Some of these materials are original documents and photographs acquired from Magnes family members and other donors. Other materials in the collection were acquired as a result of years of research and collecting by the Magnes staff. These later items include many photocopies of items from other archives in the United States and Israel. The collection is divided into the following series: 1. Personal; 2. Public Activities; 3. Press, Clippings and Miscellaneous Materials on JLM; 4. Sources on JLM; and 5. Photographs. Series 1 consists of items relating to Judah L. Magnes' early years in the San Francisco Bay Area, including materials from his high school years in Oakland; items relating to JLM's college years, including early essays; correspondence with family members; materials on some of the children of Judah and Beatrice Magnes; genealogical materials; items relating to Beatrice Magnes; JLM's notes and some diaries; and personal documents, including passports, dating from 1912-1941, diplomas (see oversize), and a few bookplates. Series 2 consists of a chronological file of materials relating to JLM's public activities. Among these materials are correspondence, essays, published and manuscript versions of public addresses, reports from organizations to which JLM contributed his time and efforts, and JLM's writings (articles and pamphlets). Topics of particular interest in Series 2 include the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, the Kehillah of New York City, Zionism, relief to Europe's Jews during and after World War I, peace rallies during World War I, Jewish culture and identity, Hebrew University, and the founding of the state of Israel. Series 3 consists of a chronological series of press, clippings, and other materials that discuss the work and influence of Judah L. Magnes. These materials date from 1898 through 2004. Series 4 consists of materials gathered by Magnes staff documenting the various archival and bibliographic sources on Judah L. Magnes available to researchers in the United States and in Israel. Series 5 consists of photographs and photo albums, including photographs of the Magnes family; photographs and portraits of JLM as a child, a young man, and an adult; and group portraits and photographs that include JLM. The photographs date from the 1870s through the 1960s and include images from Oakland, California, New York, Eastern Europe, and Israel. Among the photographs are also pages from two photo albums, one with photographs of the Magnes family in Oakland (circa 1880-1900) and the other showing the childhood home of JLM's mother Sophie Abrahamson in Filehne, Prussia (Poland). Images from this photo album include street scenes of Filehne and images of the interior and exterior of the town's synagogue.

3 cartons, 1 box, and 2 oversize folders (3.4 linear feet)

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