Guide to the Mediaş Jewish Community Photograph Collection 1900 – 1970 (bulk early 1900s)
AR 25402 / MF 1041

Processed by Julie Dawson

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

Fax: (212) 988-1305



© 2010  Leo Baeck Institute
Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Julie Dawson on October 5, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Guide to the Mediaş Jewish Community
Title: Medias Jewish Community Photograph Collection
Dates:1900–1970, undated
Dates:bulk early 1900s
Abstract: Collection of photographs found in the Mediaş (Transylvania, Romania) synagogue
Languages: The collection is in German and Hungarian.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: AR 25402 / MF 1041
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Scope and Contents

The collection contains more than 60 black and white photographs found in the synagogue of Mediaş (Mediasch, Medgyes), Romania. The photographs were found in the process of an on-going clean-up and restoration project and for the most part are unidentified. They consist of group family portraits, individual portraits, babies, and children. Some of the photographs originate from Mediaş and other nearby Transylvanian towns, while others were printed by foreign printing shops and presumably sent to relatives living in Mediaş. If you can identify an individual in a photograph, please contact the Leo Baeck Institute with the information.

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The collection is composed of one series divided into eight folders.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection has been digitized. Please follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection has been microfilmed (MF 1041).

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Related Material

The complete archives of the Mediaş Jewish community are housed in Mediaş, Romania and may be accessed by contacting their steward, the Mihai Eminescu Trust.

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Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 1041).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Mediaş Jewish Community Photograph Collection; AR 25402; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List


Series I: Early 20th century photographs, 1900-1970, undated

The language is German and Hungarian.
8 folders

The collection is arranged according to defining characteristics of the photographs such as provenance (location of photo studio) or inscriptions.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains more than 60 photographs dating from the first decades of the 20th century which were found in the synagogue of the town of Mediaş. The photographs are of community members and their relatives and friends. The majority of the photos are not inscribed.

11Photos with inscriptions (individuals identified) including Spitzer, Halbreich, Weiss, Deutsch, Jakobovits, Tuchman (Hungarian and German)1919–1970, undated
12Julius Neumann Family (son Daniel Neumann) to Ahron Lajos, photo studio in San Francisco (German)Early 1900s
13Photos from Sao Paolo, Brazil photography studio from Else and Nandor to Netti (Hungarian)1927, undated
14Three brothers (?), unidentified, photo studios in Mediaş and New York undated (1920s?)
15Photographs from regional photo studios (Mediaş, Sibiu, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Budapest)Early 1900s
16Photographs from New York photography studio Early 1900s
17Photographs from Cairo photography studio Early 1900s
18Without markings Early 1900s
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