Fonds 1255 - Photograph Collection

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Photograph Collection

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  • Graphic material

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CA JPL-A 1255

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  • [188-]-2010 (Creation)

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Custodial history

The majority of photographs in the Collection were donated at the same time as the corresponding textual collections, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. In these cases, the custody is linked to the original donors. In other cases, however, the custody of photographs was not recorded and is therefore unknown. Photographs originating from the Jewish Public Library, Federation CJA and its earlier titles, and from its affiliated agencies, such as the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), were created and donated directly by these organizations and agencies.

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The Jewish Public Library Photograph Collection consists of photographic materials spanning three centuries, exhibiting historical and cultural aspects related to or effecting Montreal’s Jewish Community. Given the immigration history of Montreal’s Jewish community, there are also numerous photographs from various periods and on a myriad of subjects from Eastern Europe, Israel, and northern Africa.

The collection contains depictions of events such as anniversaries, board meetings, building constructions, etc., relating to various organizations, institutions, or subjects, including - but not limited to - the Allied Jewish Community Services/Federation CJA, the Jewish Public Library, the Jewish Peretz/Jewish Peoples Schools, the United Talmud Torah, Montreal synagogues, and the YMHA/YWHA. Photographs of Montreal’s architecture, landscapes, and traditionally Jewish neighborhoods are also present.

The collection contains images of significant members of the community, including - but not limited to - Sarah Fischer, members of the Bronfman family, David Rome, Rochl Korn, and Mordecai Richler, as well as Jewish figures of broad renown, such as Sholom Aleichem and Albert Einstein.

The collection consists of photographs taken by amateurs as well as professionals. It consists of some photographs originally created for personal use while others were intended for public presentations or distribution. The collection includes photographs and negatives.

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1017 Sarah E. Fischer Collection contains PR005734 to PR005773.
1243 Lea Roback Fonds contains PR014000 to PR015338.
1289 Jewish Community Foundation contains PR016000 to PR016128.
1318 Dreyfus Collection contains PR016100 to PR016103.
1062 Boulkind-Fish Family Fonds contains PR017000-PR017145; PR017673-PR017718; PR023000-PR023047; PR023052-PR023095.
1280 Aline Gubbay Fonds contains PR021000-PR021161
1050 Workmen's Circle Fonds contains PR022130-PR022314

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