Guide to the Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947) Papers,
undated, 1909-1946

P-36

Processed by Rachel S. Harrison

American Jewish Historical Society

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in February, 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jacob Lazarus Snitzer
Title: Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947) Papers
Dates:undated, 1909-1946
Abstract: This collection contains handwritten and typed drafts of plays, a novel, and notes for plays and for a newspaper column by Yiddish writer Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947). There is also correspondence and contracts relating to Snitzer's plays and five scrapbooks of newspaper articles.
Languages: The collection is in Yiddish and English.
Quantity: 4.9 linear feet (3 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize 1 boxes)
Identification: P-36
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947)

Portrait of Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947)

Jacob Lazarus Snitzer was born in 1874 in Lithuania to Abraham and Sarah (Lipschitz) Snitzer. He and his wife, Dora Burstein, immigrated to New York in 1890. They had five children: Pauline, Frances, Alexander, Edna, and Helen. Snitzer was an optometrist at the East Side Optical Institute and also wrote numerous Yiddish plays, several of which were performed on the New York Yiddish stage. In addition, he wrote a three-volume series about Jewish observance, Mensh un toyre (Man and Torah), a biography of the Baal Shem Tov, and had a column in the Yiddish newspaper Der Amerikaner (Jewish American) called “Reb Osher Flam.” Snitzer died January 19, 1947 in New York.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mainly of handwritten and typed drafts of numerous plays, most of which are in notebooks. Many of these playscripts are unlabeled and several are incomplete. There is also a draft of a novel, and notes for plays and for Snitzer’s newspaper column in Der Amerikaner. One folder of correspondence and contracts relates to the production of Snitzer's plays. There are five scrapbooks of newspaper articles, three of which contain the full serialization of novels by Snitzer and two of which contain his “Reb Osher Flam” column. The embossing seal, the 1903 book Physicians' Visiting List in which he wrote some notes for plays, and a few items of ephemera relate to Snitzer’s career as an optometrist.

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Arrangement

The Yiddish titles of the plays and other writings have been retained, even when the spelling is not consistent and English titles found in the manuscripts have been retained even when they are not a direct translation of the Yiddish title. When no English title is given, the Yiddish title has been translated. The collection has been arranged alphabetically in one series.

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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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Related Material

Snitzer’s book The Story of the Baal Shem: life, love and teachings of the founder of Chassidism and Jewish mysticism is available through the YIVO Library. All three volumes of Mensh un toyre are available at the American Jewish Historical Society Library.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947) Papers; P-36; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Alexander Elias Snitzer in April 1968.

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Processing information

Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

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Access Points

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Container List

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

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Jacob Lazarus Snitzer Papers, undated, 1909-1946

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 A Shoot from the Trunk of Jesse, or David the King - חטר מגזע ישי אָדער דוד אל-ראי undated request_box
1 2 A Soul - א נשמה undated request_box
  

novel

 
1 3 Back Home - צוריק אהיים undated request_box
1 4 Cain, the Brother Murderer - קין דער ברודער-מערדער undated request_box
1 5 Confession of a Mother - אַ מוטטער'ס זינד undated request_box
1 6 Contracts, correspondence, miscellaneous documents 1909-1946 request_box
1 7 Embossing seal undated request_box
1 8 Gold - געלד undated request_box
1 9 Jehosheba the Duchess of Jerusalem - יהושבע דיא פירסטין פון ירושלים undated request_box
1 10 Jonah (The Tower of Babel) - יונה דער טהורם פין בּבל undated request_box
1 11 Joseph Sagasta, or The Jews in Bohemia - יוסף סאַגאַסטאַ אָדער דיא אידען אין בעֶהמעֶן undated request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Justice - גערעכטיגקייט undated request_box
2 2 Notes for plays undated request_box
  

in a 1903 book, Physicians' Visiting List

 
2 3 Reb Osher Flam - ר' אָשר פלאַם undated request_box
  

typed drafts

 
2 4 Temptation - דיא פערפיהרונג undated request_box
2 5 The Aunt - דיא מומע undated request_box
2 6 The Eternal Light - דער נר תמיד undated request_box
2 7 The Eternal Light - דער נר תמיד undated request_box
2 8 The Eternal Wanderer or, Your Children - דער עוויגער וואַנדערער אָדער דיינס קינדער undated request_box
2 9 The Fallen - דיא געזונקענע undated request_box
2 10 The Fallen - דיא געזונקענע undated request_box
2 11 The Great Light - דאָס גראָססע ליכט undated request_box
2 12 The Last Concert - דער לעצטער קאָנצערט undated request_box
2 13 The Unknown - די אונבעקאַנטע undated request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Unlabeled play undated request_box
  

Part II

 
3 2 Unlabeled play undated request_box
  

Parts III and IV

 
3 3 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 4 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 5 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 6 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 7 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 8 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 9 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 10 Unlabeled play undated request_box
3 11 Unlabeled play excerpts undated request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 (OS1) A Soul - א נשמה undated request_box
  

newspaper clippings of whole novel in Der Amerikaner

 
4 (OS1) Der Baal Shem Tov - דער בעל שם טוב 1936 request_box
  

newspaper clippings of whole novel in Der Amerikaner

 
4 (OS1) Reb Osher Flam - ר' אָשר פלאַם 1932-1940 request_box
  

newspaper clippings in Der Amerikaner

 
4 (OS1) The Struggle of the Youth - דער קאַמף פון יוגענד 1940 request_box
  

newspaper clippings of whole novel in Der Amerikaner

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 (OS1) Poem of friendship from Adam Meska undated request_box
  

includes pictures of Meska and Snitzer

 
5 (OS1) Reb Osher Flam - ר' אָשר פלאַם 1937-1946 request_box
  

newspaper clippings in Der Amerikaner

restricted due to fragility

 
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