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Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection

ARC MS000

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
Title:
Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection
Date [bulk]:
1872-1944
Date [inclusive]:
1771-1992
Call Number:
ARC MS000
Extent:
2.6 Linear feet
Language:
English
Description of Collection:
The Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection is a fluid one, consisting of manuscripts that are unidentified or too small for their own collection. Each sub-collection within the group is given a Miscellanous Manuscript Number which corresponds to the collection. When a collection exceeds one folder, it is removed from the MM collection and is given its own collection number (i.e. ARC MS #).
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania ARC MS 000, [Location within collection].
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Scope and Contents

Because of the nature of the collection, the contents within it vary quite a bit. Many of the contents were found during various inventories of the archives, and as they did not seem to fit into any of the existing collections, were placed here. There are a few collections, however, such as the Samuel Posnanski Collection, the Jacob Hoschander Collection, the Moise Schwab Collection, and the Joseph Zolin Collection, which contain manuscripts that were removed from the Adler Collection. All of these manuscripts or typescripts were submitted to the Jewish Quarterly Review through Adler, and were therefore seen by the processor of the Adler Collection as separate from the collection.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Chesner

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Collection Inventory

MM1.   Abzan, Moshe Itzak, of Hamburgh. Letter to Rabbi Chanoch HaCohen, 8th of Elul, 648. A scholarly talmudic discussion, signed by Moshe Itzak Abzan, Hamburgh.

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • HaCohen, Chanoch, Rabbi -- Correspondence
Box
1
Folder
1

MM2.  News clipping.

Box
1
Folder
2

MM3.   Posnanski, Samuel. Samuel Posnanski Manuscript Collection.

Box
1
Folder
3.1-3.3.

"Der Arabische Kommentar des Abu Zarahja Jahja (Jehuda b. Samuel) ibn Balam zu den XII Kleinen Propheten.".

"Neue Materialen zur Geschichte der Hebraische Sprach.".

"Ein Fihrist den Werke Saadjas".

MM4.  Congregation Mikveh Israel.

Controlled Access Headings
Geographic Name(s)
  • Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Box
1
Folder
4.1-4.3

Printed pamphlets. "1. Constitution and By-Laws…"" (1884) 2. Gratz Trust (1895) 3. Reports of the President, Tresurer and Committees (1921) 4. Reports of the Officers and Committees (1924) 5. Service of Rededication (1954)".

Manuscript copies and Blueprints. "1. Copies of Lincoln letter (3) 2. Letter and transcription from Carvalho (?) re: school for Hebrew instruction 3. Response from KKMI re Carvalho letter (and transcription) 4. Newspaper clipping describing KKMI repairs (1903) 5. Blueprints for KKMI (3) 6. Transcription of Washington letter 7. Print of interior of MI building".

Clippings. "Various clippings, etc. relating to KKMI exhibits, occasions List of occupants in the cemetery (9th and Spruce)".

MM5.   Deutsch, Gotthard, 1859-1921. Gotthard Deutsch Collection.

Box
1
Folder
5

MM6.  French and Arabic Mss.

Box
1
Folder
6

MM7.  Richard Vaux Collection.

Box
1
Folder
7

MM8.  Benjamin F. Peixotto Collection.

Box
1
Folder
8

MM9.  Rev. George Jacobs Scrapbook.

Box
1
Folder
9

MM11.   Benderly, Hemdah. Harry Friedenwald Collection, 1944-1946. 01 Linear feet (7 ll. - Letters from Mrs. Hemdah Benderly to Harry Friedenwald).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Friedenwald, Harry, 1864-1950 -- Correspondence
Box
1
Folder
11

MM12.   Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923 . Joseph Krauskopf Collection.

Box
2
Folder
12.1-12.6
MM12-1.  Printed will of J. Krauskofp, news clippings, 1923. 1 folded will; 5 articles.
Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923

MM12-2.  Copy of a letter from Barnet Medoff to J. Krauskopf, 1907. 01 Linear feet (Hebrew letter with attached English translation).

MM12-2.   Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923 . "The Saturday and the Sunday Sabbath: A Sunday Lecture", April 29, 1888. 12 leaves.

MM12-3.   Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923 . "Let the Guiltless Cast the First Stone: A Discourse at Temple Keneseth Israel", April 13, 1913. 6 ll.

MM12-4.   Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923 . "Ruined by Success (I. Individuals)" AND "Ruined by Success (II. Nations), "12/6/1916 and 12/10/1916". 12 ll..

MM12-5.   Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923 . "Cured by War", 31-Dec-16. 6 ll..

MM13.  Samuel Karafin Collection, 1913-1925. 1. Postcard 2. Certificate of Rabbinic ordication 3. Certificate affirming ordination 4. Certificate confirming rabbinic authorization 5. Certificate authorizing Rabbi Karafin as Shohet (copy only; actual ms is missing).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Karafin, Samuel -- Archives
Box
2
Folder
13

MM14.  Jacob Hoschander Collection, 1928. 2 folders.

Other Finding Aids note

See Hoschander file in the Cyrus Adler Collection, ARC MS 25, for more information.

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940 -- Correspondence
  • Hoschander, Jacob, 1874-1933 -- Correspondence
Box
2
Folder
14.1-14.2

"Survey of Recent Biblical Literature", 1928. 51 leaves.

"Some Biblical Words in the Lght of Cuneiform", 1928. 76 leaves. Includes note at beginning from Adler declining to publish the article..

MM15.   Schwab, Moise, 1839-1918 . Moise Schwab Collection, ca. 1916. Holograph text "Un Peu de Linguistiques Comparees" Holograph translation into English (2 typescripts).

Cyrus Adler

See also related file in the Cyrus Adler Collection, ARC MS 25.

Box
2
Folder
15

MM16.   Zolin, Joseph. Joseph Zolin Collection, ca. 1931. Typescript of article entitled “The Holy Scriptures of the Jews”. 9 leaves..

Cyrus Adler Collection

See related file in Cyrus Adler Collection, ARC MS 25, for more information.

Box
2
Folder
16

MM17.  H. M. Zippel Collection, 1940. 01 Linear feet (21 ll).

Related Collections

See Related Material in the Adler Collection, ARC MS 25: Box 119, Folder 16

Box
2
Folder
17

MM18.  James Lloyd Woodruff Collection, 1937-1941 . 01 Linear feet (51 leaves, bound in folder).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Neuman, Abraham A., (Abraham Aaron), 1890- -- Correspondence
Box
2
Folder
18

MM19.   Kennedy, John, Judge. Jno. Kennedy Collection, December 19, 1833. 01 Linear feet (Autograph letter to Frederick Watts from “Jno Kennedy”, with holograph annotation by Joshua I. Cohen; typed transcript of Kennedy’s letter; and a photocopy of the accompanying letter of gift from George A. Kohut to Cyrus Adler).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940 -- Administration
  • Kohut, George Alexander, 1874-1933 -- Administration
  • Watts, Frederick, 1801-1889 -- Correspondence
Box
2
Folder
19

MM20.   Harrison, George L., (George Leib), 1811-1885. Wolf, Abraham Simon, 1809-1880. Abraham Simon Wolf Correspondence, 1872. 01 Linear feet (3 leaves).

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham Simon Wolf was a Philadelphia merchant, who later speculated in coal lands and then worked in banking and insurance. He was active in the Jewish community in Philadelphia, including the Hebrew Charity Association, the Hebrew Education Society, the United Hebrew Beneficent Fuel Society, the Jewish Hospital Association, and the first Jewish Publication Society in America.

Scope and Contents note

On 10 October 1872 Harrison writes Wolf, asking for "a sketch of the origin, projects and present circumstances of the Jewish Hospital." Wolf responds in an eight-page letter dated 12 December 1872.

Ownership and Custodial History

Sold at Historical Collectible Auctions, 2008.

Controlled Access Headings
Geographic Name(s)
  • Jewish Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Box
2
Folder
20

MM21.   Rubenstein, Frank Jay. Frank J. Rubenstein Collection, 1977. 01 Linear feet (Typescript draft of Frank J. Rubenstein's "The Dropsie University: The Early Years: 1908-1919").

Existence and Location of Copies note

CAJS has five copies of the published version under LD1728.D58 R8 1977 (1 ref, 2 stacks, 2 archives)

Controlled Access Headings
Geographic Name(s)
  • Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning
Box
2
Folder
21

MM22.  Aaron Lopez Collection, 1771. 01 Linear feet (1 leaf Ship manifest of Aaron Lopez, dated at Newport, RI).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Lopez, Aaron, 1731-1782 -- Administration
Box
2
Folder
22

MM23.   Cohen, Joshua I., 1801-1870. Joshua I. Cohen Collection, 1849-1860. 01 Linear feet (8 leaves + 2 notebooks).

Box
3
Folder
23

MM24.   Montgomery, James A., (James Alan), 1866-1949. James A. Montgomery Collection, ca. 1930-1940. 02 Linear feet (Notes, correspondence, c.v. for C.H. Gordon, discussion of a union catalog for Philly libraries (via AHA); Translation of unknown text (Mandias? )).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Gordon, Cyrus Herzl, 1908-2001 -- Administration
Box
3
Folder
24.1-24.2

MM25.  Misc. Yiddish Manuscripts, 19th century. 01 Linear feet (3 mss + contemporary letter).

Scope and Contents note

1. Letter from D. Goldenberg, requesting Dr. Sidney Fish to identify the below. 2. "A poem, composed of poorly quoted Hebrew phrases, apparently written on the occasion of a cornerstone laying ceremony of a synagogue or some charitable institution (Jewish Hospital?)" 3. "A brief funeral address for a departed friend, written in typical German-Jewish." 4. A Yiddish letter from a mother to her son (Neuistadt), 1892

Box
3
Folder
25

MM26.   Banks, Edgar James, 1866-1945. Banks-Gimbel Correspondence, 6/1/1915. 01 Linear feet (2 ts letters, 1 envelope with pamphlet).

Contents

Pamphlet (in envelope) written by Banks about cuneiform 2 letters from Edgar J. Banks to Jacob Gimbel, offering him some ""genuine Babylonian tablets"" which he was selling for ""a European collector"

Box
3
Folder
26

MM27.  First Day Cover, May 15, 1992. 01 Linear feet (First day cover envelope, stamped and dated May 15, 1992, honoring the 500th anniversary of the Jewish arrival in the Ottoman Empire following the Explusion of the Jews from Spain).

MM28.  Index of Talmudic Quotes. 01 Linear feet (Handwritten index (removed from notebook) listing topics and Talmudic references to them).

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten index (removed from notebook) listing topics and Talmudic references to them.

Box
3
Folder
28

MM29.  Kineset Yisrael - Donations, 1918. 01 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Lists of pledges (in shillings) for donations to Kineset Yisrael (congregation?) in Jerusalem

Controlled Access Headings
Geographic Name(s)
  • Synagogues--Israel--Jerusalem
Subject(s)
  • Charity
Box
3
Folder
29

MM30.   United States--Bureau of the Census. U.S. Census - Jews, 12/1/1889. 01 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Letter from the "Special Agent of Vital Statistics of Jews" requesting information for this section in the census.

Box
3
Folder
30

MM31.  Roman Jewish Relics in Arizona, 12/14/1925. 01 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

New York Times article regarding discovery of "Roman Jewish Relics" in Arizona (12/14/1925)

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Cummings, Byron, 1860-1954 -- History
Box
3
Folder
31

MM32.  Lincoln Club of Philadelphia, 2/11/1911. 01 Linear feet (1 bound book).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. -- History
Subject(s)
  • Lincoln Club of Philadelphia
Box
3
Folder
32

MM33.  Sermons by a Manchester Layman, 1862. 01 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

A Literary Curiosity: a Sermon in Words of One Syllable Only by A Manchester Layman. Title and date written in ink; text block pasted from original book/article.

Box
3
Folder
33

MM34.  Edgar Mortara (Higgens), 1892. 01 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Article from Donahue's Monthly Magazine (Boston), January 1892, Vol., xxvii, No.1, bound in boards.

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Mortara, Pio, d. 1940. -- History
Box
3
Folder
34

MM35.  Maimonides College Library Circulation Records, 1880-1898. 01 Linear feet (1 notebook).

Controlled Access Headings
Personal Name(s)
  • Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940 -- Archives
  • Dropsie, Moses A., (Moses Aaron), 1821-1905. -- Archives
  • Jastrow, Marcus, 1829-1903 -- Archives
  • Morais, Sabato, 1823-1897. -- Archives
Box
4
Folder
35

MM36.   Gordon, Samuel, 1871-1927. Samuel Gordon Papers, c. 1916. 01 Linear feet.

Contents

TS (with corrections) for fictional narrative “Shepherd and Sheep” printed in God's Remnants: Stories of Israel Among the Nations by Samuel Gordon (E.P. Dutton, 1916). Note in pencil reads "accepted for publication by Chambers."

Box
4
Folder
36

MM37.  Silverstein-Kimelhar Correspondence, 1928. 01 Linear feet (2 ll).

Contents

2 ll. correspondence between R' S. H. Silverstein of Toronto and R' Yekutiel Ari Kemelhar.

MM42.  Communist Cartoons in Yiddish by William Gropper. 01 Linear feet (8 items).

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 1 (MM)
Folder
42

MM43.  Woodcut of “Het Pascha der Jooden”, 1725. 01 Linear feet (1 item).

Details

This print is one of the Judaica prints made for 'Calmet's Dictionary': Ph. v. Gunst, 1725; 'Het Pascha der Jooden'.

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 1 (MM)
Folder
43

MM44.  Memorial Notices, 1958. 01 Linear feet (3 items).

Details

2 blank and 1 filled in memorial notices (“a remembrance from the United Aged home Moshav Sekenim Jersalem” for רבקה שוען ב"ר בנימין – died in 1958

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
MML1
Oversize 1 (MM)
Folder
44-2
44-1

MM45.  Posters, 1825, 1951, n.d. 01 Linear feet (3 posters).

Details

Notices for two plays: (1) “Hebrew Family; or, a Traveller’s Adventure” to be performed at Theatre Royal, Covent Garden on April 8, 1825 and (2) The Trees Die Standing (Ida Kaminska – n.d.). (3) Poster for Jewish Book Month by Arthur Szyk (November 23-December 23 1951)

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 2
OS 1(MM)
Folder
45-1
45-2

MM46.  Newspapers, 1771-1942. 01 Linear feet (17 items).

Details

(3) Jewish Exponent (10/1/1920): Death of Jacob H. Schiff; December 29, 1929 – Chaim Weizman; September 2, 1932 – Solomon Solis-Cohen (2) Occident (July 13, 1859 - #16; February 23, 1860 - #48) (1) Gazette of the United States (August 6, 1771) – Includes a poem entitled “Jewish Economy” (1) The Independent (March 14, 1861) (1) Der Sturmer (December 3, 1942) – includes pictures of Jews as non-Aryans (2) Social Justice (by Father Coughlin) 1938, April-September, 1941 (1) New-York Tribune (October 24, 1897) (1) Dearborn Independent (February 3, 1923) (1) Niles’ Weekly Register (September 24, 1825) (1) The Jewish World (די אידישע וועלט) – Monday, July 13 – “Prominent Jews Discuss Zionist Problems (S. Solis-Cohen, H. Friedenwarld, L. E. Levy) (1) La Libre Parole (June 17, 1937) – 48 Juifs Gouvernent la France (1) The World (May 19, 1865) (1) The Des Moines Register (August 16, 1935 – “Crush Jewish ‘Power’ is Cry of Nazi Chief”)

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 1 (MM)
OS 1 (MM)
OS 1(MM)
OS 1(MM)
MML1
OS 1 (MM)
OS 1 (MM)
OS 1 (MM)
OS 1 (MM)
OS 2
OS 2
OS 2
OS 2
Folder
46-5
46-6
46-7
46-8
46-9
46-4
46-3
46-2
46-1
46-10
46-11
46-12
46-13

MM47.  Marriage Certificate, August 14, 1938. 01 Linear feet (1 item).

Details

Marriage of Sol Kantor and Carolyn Rich

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 1(MM)
Folder
47

MM48.  Pension form. 01 Linear feet (1 item).

Details

Refers to William Aaronson, soldier from May 30, 1861-June 1, 1863

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
MML1
Folder
48

MM49.  Last Will and Testament, September 23, 1878. 01 Linear feet (1 item).

Details

For Rebecca Tobias naming Jacob Lazarus and Joshua Hendricks as executors

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 1(MM)
Folder
49

MM50.  Shareholder’s certificate. 01 Linear feet (1 item).

Details

America Zion Commonwealth

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
MML1
Folder
50

MM51.  Kol Kore to South African Jews. 01 Linear feet (1 item).

Details

Kol Kore requesting support for Yeshivah Beth-Joseph in Tel Aviv

Provenance

Purchased from Kestenbaum and Company, December 18, 2008.

Box
OS 1(MM)
Folder
51