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Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
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Biography and criticism

This group includes three subgroupings under the headings Biography and Criticism, Travels and Leisure and Obituaries.

Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939

Correspondence

Consists predominantly of letters from the period after Brainin settled in North America. The correspondence includes letters from the famous and the obscure in all parts of the Jewish diaspora, plus Palestine. A majority are written in Hebrew and thus document the renaissance of Hebrew as a modern language. Many of the letters were accompanied by manuscripts submitted to Brainin as editor of various Hebrew publications (manuscripts located in Gr. I). Of great interest in this group is the collection of letters from Chava Shapiro to Brainin during their long relationship (Box t). Correspondence is arranged alphabetically in the Hebrew alphabet (Boxes a-t) and then in the Roman alphabet for all other languages (Boxes s-x). The last box in the Group (Box y) contains Brainin family correspondence.

Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939

Literary and editorial activities

Includes clippings, manuscripts, autobiographical works, periodical clippings and notes in Yiddish, Hebrew, English, German, and Spanish, dating predominantly from 1893 to 1939. In addition to Brainin’s own writing, this group also includes clippings documenting Brainin’s Zionist activities as well as his involvement in the Jewish agricultural colonization in the Soviet Union.

Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939

Reuben Brainin Fonds

  • CA JPL-A 1010
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1940

The papers represent the scope of Brainin’s life endeavours as writer, editor, biographer, critic, translator, lecturer, Zionist and one of the founders of the Jewish Public Library. The Fonds is divided into five major series: Literary and editorial activities, Biography and criticism, Correspondence, Special Collections, and the records of the Jewish Public Library Archives Committee.

Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939

Special Collections

Subdivided on their own based on importance and volume, this group includes boxes with material and correspondence just on Theodor Herzl (includes the Zionist leader’s correspondence copy book for 1903), Professor David Neumark of Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, the non-Jewish Russian Hebrew writer Elisheva Ben Zion Ben Yehuda (son of the Hebrew lexicographer Eliezer Ben Yehuda), Mendele Mokher Seforim (Shalom Jacob Abramowitz) and Russian-Jewish author Vassily Behrman.

Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939