Posted on June 20th, 2013 by Rachel
A blog post from Archives Intern Kathleen Morrison. Kathleen is working with Senior Collections Manager Jobi Zink.
Since I’ve been at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, I’ve mostly been downstairs in the archival rooms cataloging papers. While down there, I get to work around objects and pictures hanging on the racks. Sometimes I get up and I take a walk around the aisles. Some of the objects are very ornate and special, and others are regular items.
When we go through school, we learn mostly about big names and events, but items like the ones we have here at the museum remind me that, as much as I love Great Man/Woman-based history, the majority of the world was and is ordinary people going about their lives. Their hopes and their problems are what makes history tangible. We have objects brought over from Russia and Eastern Europe by immigrants seeking a new life in a country where it was safer to be Jewish. The other day, I cataloged the US Customs ID card from 1918 that belonged to a young man. We have kitchen utensils, clothes, books, pins, badges, flags, sheet music. All the ephemera from daily life in the Jewish community and the Baltimore community one could imagine are here. It makes me wonder what people will be preserving in the future from this decade.
Included is a photo of my favorite object, a bottle of camphor oil that has settled and begun to separate.
Posted on January 10th, 2013 by Jennifer
The majority of our archival collection here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland dates after the construction of the Lloyd Street Synagogue (1845). This isn’t surprising giving the size of the Jewish population in Baltimore before that time. But we do have some items from the earlier part of the 19th century or even the end of the 18th century.
and Miriam (daughter of Ezekiel) in Baltimore, 1839. Courtesy of Mabel F. Kraus. 1964.24.2″]
Handwritten ketubah (marriage contract) for Simon [Floss?
Prayer book, in Old German and Hebrew, edited by W. Heidenheim and published in Rodelheim by J. Lehrberger, 1838. This book was used by Rabbi Abraham J. Rice (first rabbi at the Lloyd Street Synagogue) with family information inscribed. Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Flehinger. 1963.6.1
Indenture between Daniel Evans and Richard Bell for a piece of ground in Fells Point at Fleet and Ann Streets for $1000.00, 1818. Courtesy of Albert Berney. 1992.232.2
Power of attorney concerning Michael Gratz, his wife Miriam Gratz and Michael’s brother Bernard, 1795. Courtesy of Dr. Joseph Francus. 1983.31.2
A travel diary/itinerary for a trip taken July 9-August 17, 1786. 1988.145.10
Hebrew or Yiddish note with English translations regarding the death of Joshua Cohen in Germany, 6 Tammuz 5539 (1779). Courtesy of Maxwell Whiteman. 1989.1.19
Posted on January 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer
Here is one of our most recent Mansuscript Collections processed in the Spring of 2012.
Hebrew Young Men’s Sick Relief Association Papers
The Jewish Museum of Maryland
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The Hebrew Young Men’s Sick Relief Association Papers were found in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and given the accession number 2006.48.001 and 1996.164.028. The collection was processed in May of 2012.
Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.
50th Anniversary committee Hebrew Young Men's Sick Relief Association, 1938. Courtesy of Paul Frankle. 2009.53.1
The Hebrew Young Men’s Sick Relief Association was founded in September 1888 by three recent immigrants; Aaron Grollman, Feivel Kirshner and Samuel Levi. Its main purpose was to assist immigrant Jews from Russia and Lithuania settling in Baltimore. They adopted the slogan: “Love, Brotherhood and Friendship”. Services included: assisting members in time of sickness, aiding widows and orphans, and in times of disaster offering aid to all regardless of faith.
The Association established a Chevra Kadisha to properly attend to deceased members. In 1893 they purchased land and dedicated it for a cemetery. In 1936 a new cemetery was bought on Windsor Mill Road. The organization next established an endowment fund where, upon the death of a member, $200.00 was paid to the widows and orphans to assist them and prevent them from becoming public charges.
In public disasters the Association did its share and offered aid to the suffering regardless of faith; in February 1904 when Baltimore had its Big Fire, during World Wars I and II, and after the Balfour Declaration contributed toward the establishment and development of Israel.
The Hebrew Young Men’s Sick and Relief Association celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1938 when it had nearly a thousand members. The Association was still in existence as late as 1978.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Hebrew Young Men’s Sick Relief Association collection consists of administrative documents records and programs. Records include constitution and by-laws in English and Yiddish, financial reports, agreements with cemeteries and minutes of meetings.
Minutes include financial statements and rosters with the earliest in Yiddish. There is information regarding programs and events from 1938 to 1978.