Guide to the Synagogue Photographs Collection of Steven Kellerman, undated, 1980s-1990s
 
*P-931

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American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Boston, Massachusetts

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, January 2012. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on February 19, 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kellerman, Steven
Title: Steven Kellerman Synagogue Photographs Collection
Dates:undated, 1980s-1990s
Abstract: At the time these photographs were taken in 1981 and 1985, Steven Kellerman was a machinist with an interest in synagogue history. This particular collection of photographs started with Kellerman’s visits to former synagogues in Dorchester and Roxbury, Massachusetts; the project expanded to include most of Massachusetts and other states.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 Document box)
Identification: P-931
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

Steven Kellerman1

At the time these photographs were taken (1981 and 1985), Steven Kellerman was a machinist with an interest in synagogue history. This particular collection of photographs started with Kellerman’s visits to former synagogues in Dorchester and Roxbury, Massachusetts; the project expanded to include most of Massachusetts and other states. The photographs were used in an exhibit at the Frager Jewish Student Center in 1992, as well as several Jewish Community Centers, the Workmen’s Circle Yiddish Culture Festival, synagogues, and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Along with David Kaufman, then a Ph.D. student at Brandeis University, Kellerman spoke at various events about the significance of synagogue architecture throughout history and the relationship between the Jewish community and their shuls.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mostly 8x10 black and white photographs of synagogues and other buildings of note, taken by Steven Kellerman, in 1981 and 1985. Also included are several 3x5 and 4x6 color photographs of synagogues. The collection also contains exhibit flyers and pamphlets, brochures for various local synagogues, and newspaper articles pertaining to the exhibit, synagogues, correspondence regarding exhibits, and articles about the history and architecture of synagogues. The photographs are a resource for researchers studying the history of Boston’s Jewish community and the migration of Jewish neighborhoods from the Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury areas to the suburbs of Newton and Brookline. Those interested in the architectural history of synagogues would also benefit from this photograph collection.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Congregation Linas Zedek, Beth Israel (Chelsea, MA), I-101

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Congregation Ohabei Shalom (Brookline, MA), I-459

Temple Israel (Boston, MA), I-458

Congregation Beth Israel, Baldwin Place Shul (Boston, MA), I-131

Temple Mishkan Tefila (Boston, MA), I-462

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The Jewish Advocate database (available in-house at AJHS Boston)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Steven Kellerman Synagogue Photographs Collection; P-931; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Steven Kellerman, March 2001.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to learn more about viewing materials at the New England Archives of AJHS.

 

Series I: Information about Photographs and Synagogues, undated, 1980s

English.
Box 1, Folder 1.
Arrangement:

Arranged into one folder.

Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder with various flyers, programs, historical information, and news articles about the exhibit and area synagogues.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 General undated, 1980s request_box
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Series II: Exhibit Materials and Correspondence, 1980s-1990s

English.
Box 1, Folder 2.
Arrangement:

Arranged into one folder.

Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder with correspondence between Steven Kellerman and those organizations hosting an exhibit, as well as articles about the history and architecture of synagogues.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 2 General 1980s-1990s request_box
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Series III: Massachusetts Synagogues, circa 1980s

English.
Box 1, Folders 3-77.
Arrangement:

The photographs are arranged alphabetically by town, in folders. Within folders, they are arranged alphabetically with a list of included synagogues.

Scope and Content:

This series contains mostly 8x10 black and white photographs, with some 3x5 and 4x6 color photographs, of synagogue buildings in Massachusetts. Kellerman photographed buildings that formerly housed synagogues as well as newer buildings.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 3 Acton circa 1980s request_box
1 4 Andover circa 1980s request_box
1 5 Attleboro circa 1980s request_box
1 6 Ayer circa 1980s request_box
1 7 Belmont circa 1980s request_box
1 8 Beverly circa 1980s request_box
1 9 Boston circa 1980s request_box
1 10 Braintree circa 1980s request_box
1 11 Brighton circa 1980s request_box
1 12 Brockton circa 1980s request_box
1 13 Brookline circa 1980s request_box
1 14 Burlington circa 1980s request_box
1 15 Canton circa 1980s request_box
1 16 Chelsea circa 1980s request_box
1 17 Concord circa 1980s request_box
1 18 Dorchester (Boston) circa 1980s request_box
1 19 Dover circa 1980s request_box
1 20 East Falmouth circa 1980s request_box
1 21 Everett circa 1980s request_box
1 22 Fall River circa 1980s request_box
1 23 Framingham circa 1980s request_box
1 24 Gloucester circa 1980s request_box
1 25 Great Barrington circa 1980s request_box
1 26 Greenfield circa 1980s request_box
1 27 Haverhill circa 1980s request_box
1 28 Hingham circa 1980s request_box
1 29 Holbrook circa 1980s request_box
1 30 Holliston circa 1980s request_box
1 31 Hull circa 1980s request_box
1 32 Lawrence circa 1980s request_box
1 33 Leominster circa 1980s request_box
1 34 Lexington circa 1980s request_box
1 35 Lowell circa 1980s request_box
1 36 Lynn circa 1980s request_box
1 37 Marblehead circa 1980s request_box
1 38 Marlboro circa 1980s request_box
1 39 Mattapan (Boston) circa 1980s request_box
1 40 Medford circa 1980s request_box
1 41 Medway circa 1980s request_box
1 42 Melrose circa 1980s request_box
1 43 Millis circa 1980s request_box
1 44 Milton circa 1980s request_box
1 45 Natick circa 1980s request_box
1 46 Needham circa 1980s request_box
1 47 Newburyport circa 1980s request_box
1 48 Newton circa 1980s request_box
1 49 North Chelmsford circa 1980s request_box
1 50 North Easton circa 1980s request_box
1 51 Norwood circa 1980s request_box
1 52 Peabody circa 1980s request_box
1 53 Plymouth circa 1980s request_box
1 54 Quincy circa 1980s request_box
1 55 Randolph circa 1980s request_box
1 56 Revere circa 1980s request_box
1 57 Roxbury (Boston) circa 1980s request_box
1 58 Salem circa 1980s request_box
1 59 Saugus circa 1980s request_box
1 60 Sharon circa 1980s request_box
1 61 Somerville circa 1980s request_box
1 62 South Boston circa 1980s request_box
1 63 Stoneham circa 1980s request_box
1 64 Stoughton circa 1980s request_box
1 65 Sudbury circa 1980s request_box
1 66 Swampscott circa 1980s request_box
1 67 Taunton circa 1980s request_box
1 68 Unidentified circa 1980s request_box
1 69 Vineyard Haven circa 1980s request_box
1 70 Wakefield circa 1980s request_box
1 71 Waltham circa 1980s request_box
1 72 Wayland circa 1980s request_box
1 73 West Roxbury (Boston) circa 1980s request_box
1 74 Westwood circa 1980s request_box
1 75 Wellesley circa 1980s request_box
1 76 Winthrop circa 1980s request_box
1 77 Woburn circa 1980s request_box
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Series IV: Negatives, circa 1980s

English.
Box 1, Folder 78.
Arrangement:

Arranged into one folder.

Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder of negatives.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 78 General circa 1980s request_box
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Series V: Other Buildings, circa 1980s

English.
Box 1, Folders 79-85.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by building name.

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs of buildings that housed other Jewish businesses or institutions, including Jewish Community Centers, Moll’s Grocery, and Meyer’s Kosher Kitchen.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 79 Associated Synagogues, Boston, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
1 80 JCC-BBN Building, Brookline, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
1 81 Jewish Community Center, Winthrop, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
1 82 Louis Fox Building, Revere, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
1 83 Meyer’s Kosher Kitchen, Revere, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
1 84 Moll’s Grocery, Revere, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
1 85 Sidman-Leventhal JCC, Newton, Massachusetts circa 1980s request_box
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Series VI: Synagogues Outside of Massachusetts, circa 1980s

English.
Box 1, Folders 86-96.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by state.

Scope and Content:

This series contains several folders with photographs of synagogues throughout New England, as well as New Jersey, New York and Florida, and outside of the United States.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 86 Connecticut circa 1980s request_box
1 87 Florida circa 1980s request_box
1 88 Maine circa 1980s request_box
1 89 New Hampshire circa 1980s request_box
1 90 New Jersey circa 1980s request_box
1 91 New York circa 1980s request_box
1 92 Ohio circa 1980s request_box
1 93 Outside of the United States circa 1980s request_box
1 94 Pennsylvania circa 1980s request_box
1 95 Rhode Island circa 1980s request_box
1 96 Vermont circa 1980s request_box
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