Guide to the Ruth Gay Collection
1980s-1993, 2002

AR 6800

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in August 2011. Description is in English.
2012-September-06 T.R. Mendenhall: Added folder 5A, previously filed as AR 6788, Robert Haas Collection. These materials also came from Ruth Gay's research notes.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Gay, Ruth
Title: Ruth Gay Collection
Dates:1980s-1993, 2002
Abstract: The Ruth Gay Collection consists of Ruth Gay’s research material for her book and includes numerous copies of the documents from the 1930s, photographs and illustrations used in the book and audio tapes with 11 interviews with German Jews living in Israel.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot.
Identification: AR 766
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Ruth Gay, née Slotkin was born in New York in 1922. She graduated from Queens College in 1943 and received a library degree from Columbia University in 1969.

From 1948 to 1950 she was the editor of the JDC Review of the American Joint Distribution Committee.

She has published several nonfiction books documenting Jewish life in Europe and America and received the National Jewish Book Award in 1997 for her book Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America.

Ruth Gay died in 2006.

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Scope and Content Note

The Ruth Gay Collection consists of Ruth Gay’s research material for her book The Jews of Germany: A Historical Portrait and includes numerous copies of documents from the 1930s, photographs and illustrations used in the book.

Most copies were made from the original documents that are kept in various archives in Israel.

Another portion of the collection consists of photographs and illustrations used in the book.

The only original materials in the collection are audio tapes containing 11 interviews conducted by Ruth Gay in Israel, mostly in 1985. Individuals interviewed were German Jews who settled in Israel, mostly Kibbutzim. They had been members of the Zionist movement in Germany before World War II.

There are no manuscripts, notes, or draft in the collection.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of three series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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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

Separated Material

Audio cassettes were removed to the LBI A/V Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Ruth Gay Collection; AR 6800; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

 

Series I: Research Materials, 1980s-1993

This series is in German and English.
0.4 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Research Materials includes research materials used by Ruth Gay for her book The Jews of Germany: a historical portrait.

These materials are copies of the documents from the 1930s.

Most copies were made from the originals that are kept in various archives in Israel.

There are no original materials in this series.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Ball Kaduri Collection, Yad Vashem Archive1980s
12Ein verlorenes Berlin, a movie1980s
13German Jews in Germany1980s
  

memoirs of 8 individuals

 
14German Jews in Israel1980s
15Gerson, Hermann and Tietz, Hermann1980s
15AHaas, Robert1993-1994
16Hayesod, Keren1980s
17Kibbutz Dalia1980s
18Kibbutz Hazorea1980s
19Nahariya1980s
110Nurnberg, Walter1986
111Puppin, A.1980s
112Schütz, Klaus1984
113Settlement in Rexingen1980s
114Traub, Michael1980s
115Various1980s
116Zentralbuero für die Anstellung deutschen Juden in Palestina19080s
117Zionist organizations in Germany
159Book reviews1992-1993
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Series II: Visual Materials Used as Illustrations, 1980s

This series is in German and English.
0.6 linear feet.
Arrangement:

According to the chapter titles in Ruth Gay’s book.

Scope and Content:

Series II: Visual Materials Used as Illustrations includes photographs and illustrations that Ruth Gay used in her book.

BoxFolderTitleDate
118The Crusades1980s
119A new language-Yiddish1980s
120From distinction to dishonor1980s
121Learning and pietism in Ashkenaz1980s
122Anti-Semitism1980s
123Communal organization-education1980s
124Religion and ceremonies: Passover and other1980s
125The ghetto of Frankfurt am Main1980s
126Women1980s
127Glückel of Hameln1980s
128Revivals of Mysticism1980s
129The court Jew: a man at risk1980s
130Berlin1980s
131The age of Moses Mendelssohn1980s
132Pressure for change1980s
133Napoleon and aftermath1980s
134Solutions-conversion1980s
135Solutions-the road of politics1980s
136The new ways and new religion1980s
137Jewish emancipation1980s
138The magnates1980s
139The Middle classes & Bildung1980s
140Department stores1980s
141In the community-the family1980s
142In the community-the Central Verein1980s
143In the community-Zionism1980s
144Modern Anti-Semitism1980s
145East European Jews in Germany1980s
146Rural Jews1980s
147The Weimar Republic1980s
148The Nazi period1980s
149Occupation1980s
150The end-farewell letter1980s
151Emergence into social life-salons1980s
152Decades of fermon1980s
153Beginning on the Rhine1980s
154The end-emigration1980s
155The end-Palestine1980s
156Memoirs by Ilselotte Themal 1980s
157Various photographs1980s
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Series III: Interviews, 1985, 2002

This series is in German and English.
11 interviews.
Scope and Content:

Series III: Interviews includes 11 interviews conducted by Ruth Gay in Israel, mostly in 1985. Individuals interviewed were German Jews who had settled in Israel. Most of the people interviewed were Kibbutzim; they had been members of the Zionist movement in Germany before World War II.

To listen to the linterviews please click INTERVIEWS.

BoxFolderTitleDate
158Information about interviews2002
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