An Insider’s Guide toResearching Western Jewish  Families in the Magnes        Collections        Lara Michels, MLIS, PhD ...
The Past…                                          Jew                                                                 Mo ...
The Present…cts to              tifa                          sh   ar                      ewi                        fJ  ...
New Name: The MagnesThe Future…   Collection of Jewish Art and              Life at the Bancroft Library              Phys...
Family and Personal Papers
Ackerman             Marks     Behrend            Meyer      Bogen             Naftaly    Corinson         Neustadter   Di...
WJHC Vertical File               •Three parts: Geographic File, Name File               and Subject File               •Na...
Western Jewry andWJHC Indexes•Martin Meyer’s Western Jewry(1916)•Index to the Emanu-Elnewspaper•Index to the 1986 WJHCColl...
Books Indexed by WJHC•Jack Goldman’s A History of Pioneer Jews in California,1849-1870•Rudolf Glanz’s The Jews of Californ...
Congregational Records      Marriage records    Membership lists       Burial records    Minutes
Beth Israel,  Sherith Israel, SF                         Berkeley                       Keneseth Israel, SF               ...
InstitutionalRecords                        Case Files     Membership lists                                     Photographs
Eureka Benevolent SocietyLadies United Hebrew Benevolent Society                          Mount Zion Hospital Jewish Commu...
Business Records
Bissinger and Co.                         Haas Bros.Marks & Co.                                        Ben Swig Weinstock-...
Think Broadly! Unusual Collections and Sources
Digital Magnes
The New Magnes @ Bancroft Website
Lara Michelslmichels@library.berkeley.edu
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections
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An Insider's Guide to Doing Family History in the Magnes Collections

  1. 1. An Insider’s Guide toResearching Western Jewish Families in the Magnes Collections Lara Michels, MLIS, PhD Archivist for the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
  2. 2. The Past… Jew Mo d er n an Arc hiva ish d co l co cere llec The Sixties @Magnes mon n t em tion ial o por s •Cemeteries Commission and WJHC bjec ar y Rar ts a fine •Rescue trips to India and Iran e Bo nd d art o ks ec o •Strauss Collection an d rati Man ve a uscr rt ipts The Seventies @Magnes•First Jewish Museum to be accredited •Film projects •Publishing projects •Docent program The Eighties @Magnes •Renovation of Burke mansion •Blumenthal Rare Book Library added •Gallery space expanded The Nineties and 2000s @Magnes •Seymour Fromer retires •Dissolved merger between Jewish Museum of SF and Magnes •Digitization of collection and creation of online catalog
  3. 3. The Present…cts to tifa sh ar ewi fJ cti on o y” c olle rkele t oric C Be“His e to U “Majo mov rJ UC Be ewish colle rkeley ction t ” o mov e to
  4. 4. New Name: The MagnesThe Future… Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library Physical access: •Bancroft Library •New Magnes facility in Downtown Berkeley Intellectual access: •UC catalogs •OAC •Magnes online catalog •New Integrated Magnes website with more tools
  5. 5. Family and Personal Papers
  6. 6. Ackerman Marks Behrend Meyer Bogen Naftaly Corinson Neustadter Dinkelspiel Pantoskey Elkus Phillips Gilbert Pinto-Levy Glazier Rosenberg Greenebaum Rosenblatt Haas Rosenbloom Lilienthal Rubin Lubin Samuels Hirsch Schoenfeld Kahn Sloss Levy-Pudlin Swig Livingston TellerLowenthal-Goldfarb Weinstock Zellerbach
  7. 7. WJHC Vertical File •Three parts: Geographic File, Name File and Subject File •Name File arranged by surname •Watch for finding aid on OAC
  8. 8. Western Jewry andWJHC Indexes•Martin Meyer’s Western Jewry(1916)•Index to the Emanu-Elnewspaper•Index to the 1986 WJHCCollection Guide•Indexes to variouspublications on Western Jews(prepared by WJHCvolunteers)
  9. 9. Books Indexed by WJHC•Jack Goldman’s A History of Pioneer Jews in California,1849-1870•Rudolf Glanz’s The Jews of California--From the Discover ofGold Until 1880•I.J. Benjamin’s Three Years in America, 1859-1962Other Published IndexesIndex in Norton Stern’s California Jewish History: A DescriptiveBibliographyIndexes in Sara Cogan’s three bibliographies on CaliforniaJewish historyIndex in Robert Levinson’s The Jews in the California Gold Rush
  10. 10. Congregational Records Marriage records Membership lists Burial records Minutes
  11. 11. Beth Israel, Sherith Israel, SF Berkeley Keneseth Israel, SF Emanu-El, SFBeth Jacob, Beth Israel, SFOakland Temple Sinai, Oakland Temple Israel, StocktonFirst Hebrew Congregation, Albany (Oregon)
  12. 12. InstitutionalRecords Case Files Membership lists Photographs
  13. 13. Eureka Benevolent SocietyLadies United Hebrew Benevolent Society Mount Zion Hospital Jewish Community Centers of SF and Oakland Jewish Welfare Federations of SF and Oakland Emanu-El Sisterhood for Personal Service
  14. 14. Business Records
  15. 15. Bissinger and Co. Haas Bros.Marks & Co. Ben Swig Weinstock-Lubin Zellerbach Paper Co. White House Dept Store
  16. 16. Think Broadly! Unusual Collections and Sources
  17. 17. Digital Magnes
  18. 18. The New Magnes @ Bancroft Website
  19. 19. Lara Michelslmichels@library.berkeley.edu

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