Guide to the Boris Smolar Papers, undated, 1913-1985

P-588

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Smolar, Boris, 1897-1986
Title:Boris Smolar Papers
Dates:undated, 1913-1985
Abstract:This collection contains materials pertaining to the life and career of Boris Smolar, a journalist and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and an author of children's books.
Languages: This collection is in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Quantity:20 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder in shared box
Quantity:10.0 linear feet + 1 oversized folder
Identification:P-588
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note

Boris Smolar was born on May 27, 1897 in Rovno, now Rivne, Ukraine, to Eliezer Levy and Miriam Smolar. He served in the Russian Army and worked as a war correspondent during World War I. He was also a member of the Rovno Relief Committee, aiding Jewish refugees fleeing the war. He immigrated to the United States in 1919 where he attended the Haven School in Chicago and then the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. At the same time, he was a member of the editorial staff at the Chicago branch of the Jewish Daily Forward. He joined the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 1924, where he worked as the European correspondent, mainly in Berlin. He was also able to establish a JTA office in Moscow in 1928, from where he was able to report upon the experiences and problems of Soviet Jewry. Smolar also covered the situation in pre-State Palestine. He was promoted to the position of the editor-in-chief of the JTA in 1939, a position he held until his retirement in 1967, when he became editor-in-chief emeritus. He wrote several books for children and for adults in Yiddish and Hebrew as well as weekly newspaper columns for the JTA and for the Jewish Daily Forward. Boris Smolar died on January 31, 1986 in Roosevelt Hospital in New York, at the age of 88. His wife of 50 years, Genia Smolar, had died fifteen hours earlier, in the same hospital.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials pertaining to the life and career of Boris Smolar, a journalist and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and an author of children's books.

Includes his major newspaper columns: "Between the Lines," "Between You and Me," etc. (1934-1985), and English, Hebrew, and Yiddish articles that appeared in various journals and newspapers. There is also correspondence with the JTA staff and the following organizations: American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Historical Society, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds Jewish National Fund, Jewish Welfare Board, National Conference of Christians and Jews, ORT, State of Israel Bonds, United Jewish Appeal, United Nations, Yiddish Writers Union, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; the newpapers: Aonde Vamos, The Day, El Diario Israelita, The Daily Forward, and The World; and the following individuals: William Haber, Joseph Leftwich, Abram L. Sachar, Philip Slomovitz, John Slawson, Leivy Smolar, and Jack D. Weiler. Of interest is correspondence concerning Chaim Nachman Bialik.

The collection also contains personal documents, addresses, literary writings in Yiddish, Yiddish children's books, manuscripts in English and Yiddish, and background information on the Council of Jewish Federations' Smolar Award for Jewish Journalism, and on various subjects, including Albert Einstein, the Anti-Defamation League's book The Troublemakers, and Jews in various countries.

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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

The YIVO and American Jewish Historical Society's library collections contain several books by Boris Smolar, including Soviet Jewry Today and Tomorrow and Kindervelt. In addition, the YIVO Archives hold the Records of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, RG 562.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Boris Smolar Papers; P-588; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Note

Gift of Leivy Smolar in 1987.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Container List

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.

 

Boris Smolar Papers, undated, 1913-1985

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Biographical Materials 1920-1979, undated request_box
1 2 Naturalization Papers and Passport 1921-1943 request_box
1 3 Communal Conferences and Meetings In Yiddish undated request_box
1 4 Letters from Mr. and Mrs. Smolar 1935-1982 request_box
1 5 Correspondence re: Retirement 1964-1968 request_box
1 6 Invitations 1938-1985 request_box
1 7 New Years' Greetings 1945-1968 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Addresses and Reports (some in Yiddish) 1938-1948, undated request_box
2 2 Press Credentials 1913-1971, undated request_box
2 3 News and Articles re: Smolar (some in Yiddish) 1940-1976 request_box
2 4 Passport 1934-1936 request_box
2 5 Photographs 1982 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Correspondence: Jacob Landau 1943-1950 request_box
3 2 Correspondence: George Backer 1939-1949 request_box
3 3 Correspondence: V.M.Bienstock 1939-1949 request_box
3 4 Correspondence: Jacob Blaustein 1940-1970 request_box
3 5 Correspondence: Carl Hartman 1943 request_box
3 6 Correspondence: Jacob Landau 1925-1939 request_box
3 7 Correspondence: Beatrice Heiman 1947-1948 request_box
3 8 Correspondence: Zydowska Agencja Telegraficzna (JTA in Poland) (all Yiddish) 1939 request_box
3 9 Correspondence: Eleazer Lipsky 1961-1966 request_box
3 10 Correspondence: Louis P. Rocker 1954-1960 request_box
3 11 Various Correspondence, see also OS folder 1939-1976 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1 Correspondence: Nahum Goldmann 1951-1962 request_box
4 2 Correspondence: Irving Bernstein 1969-1983 request_box
4 3 Correspondence: Abraham Goodman 1966-1983 request_box
4 4 Correspondence: William Haber 1961-1984 request_box
4 5 Correspondence: Rose L. Halprin 1956 request_box
4 6 Correspondence: Hubert M. Humfrey 1966 request_box
4 7 Correspondence: Maurice Karpf 1938-1939 request_box
4 8 Correspondence: Teddy Kollek 1960 request_box
4 9 Correspondence: Joseph Leftwich 1966-1980 request_box
4 10 Correspondence: Nathan Namerovsky 1972-1974 request_box
4 11 Correspondence: Baruch Ostrovsky 1944 request_box
4 12 Correspondence: A.L. Sachar 1936-1965 request_box
4 13 Correspondence: Abel Shaban 1950-1954 request_box
4 14 Correspondence: John Slawson 1961-1983 request_box
4 15 Correspondence: Philip Slomovitz 1949-1981 request_box
4 16 Correspondence: Leivy Smolar 1972-1982 request_box
4 17 Correspondence: Isadore Sobeloff 1961-1980 request_box
4 18 Correspondence: Nahum Sokolow 1931 request_box
4 19 Correspondence: Elihu D. Stone 1950 request_box
4 20 Correspondence: M. Tsanin (mainly in Yiddish) 1971-1983 request_box
4 21 Correspondence: J.D. Weiler 1981-1983 request_box
4 22 Correspondence: Elie Weisel undated request_box
4 23 Correspondence: Miscellaneous 1963-1973 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1 Correspondence: American Jewish Committee 1939-1984 request_box
5 2 Correspondence: American Friends of the Hebrew University 1964-1982 request_box
5 3 Correspondence: American Jewish Historical Society 1978-1983 request_box
5 4 Correspondence: B'nai Brith Hillel Foundation 1963-1966 request_box
5 5 Correspondence: Council of Jewish Federation and Welfare Funds 1948-1982 request_box
5 6 Correspondence: American Jewish Joint istribution Committee 1920-1985 request_box
5 7 Correspondence: Jewish National Fund 1970-1974 request_box
5 8 Correspondence: Jewish War Veterans 1951 request_box
5 9 Correspondence: Jewish Welfare Board 1966-1978 request_box
5 10 Correspondence: National Conference of Jews and Christians 1949-1956 request_box
5 11 Correspondence: ORT Federation 1947-1985 request_box
5 12 Correspondence: State of Israel Bonds 1951-1970 request_box
5 13 Correspondence: Thanks to Scandinavia, Inc. 40 Years 1983 request_box
5 14 Correspondence: U.S. Government 1928-1959 request_box
5 15 Correspondence: United HIAS Service 1962-1964 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 1 Correspondence: United Jewish Appeal 1944-1984 request_box
6 2 Correspondence: United Nations 1944-1966 request_box
6 3 Correspondence: White House 1941-1965 request_box
6 4 Correspondence: The Workman Circle 1962-1970 request_box
6 5 Correspondence: Yiddish Writer's Union 1945-1985 request_box
6 6 Correspondence: YIVO 1951-1977 request_box
6 7 Correspondence: Aonde Vamos 1948-1950 request_box
6 8 Correspondence: The Day 1927-1959 request_box
6 9 Correspondence: El Diario Israelita 1931-1953 request_box
6 10 Correspondence: Jewish Daily Forward 1929-1954 request_box
6 11 Correspondence: The World 1929-1930 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 1 Correspondence undated request_box
7 2 Correspondence 1913-1938 request_box
7 3 Correspondence 1938-1939 request_box
7 4 Correspondence 1941-1950 request_box
7 5 Correspondence 1951-1960 request_box
7 6 Correspondence 1961-1970 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 1 Correspondence 1971-1975 request_box
8 2 Correspondence 1976-1980 request_box
8 3 Correspondence 1981-1985 request_box
8 4 Correspondence re: Chaim Nachman Bialik Letter 1973-1981 request_box
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9 1 Unpublished Manuscript "Collapse of a World" undated request_box
9 2 Writings: Literary 1915-1962 request_box
9 3 Scrap Book Various request_box
9 4 Writings for Children undated request_box
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10 1 News and Articles Various request_box
10 2 "Between the Lines" (more on the Jewish Daily Bulletin) 1934-1935 request_box
10 3 "Between You and Me" 1954-1956 request_box
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11 1 "Between You and Me" 1957-1960 request_box
11 2 "Between You and Me" 1960-1962 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12 1 "Between You and Me" 1963-1964 request_box
12 2 "Between You and Me" 1965-1967 request_box
12 3 "Between You and Me" 1965-1967 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
13 1 "Between You and Me" 1968-1970 request_box
13 2 "Between You and Me" 1968-1970 request_box
13 3 "Between You and Me" 1968-1970 request_box
13 4 "Between You and Me" 1968-1970 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14 1 "Between You and Me" 1971-1972 request_box
14 2 "Between You and Me" 1973-1974 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
15 1 "Between You and Me" 1975-1976 request_box
15 2 "Between You and Me" 1977-1978 request_box
15 3 "Between You and Me" 1979-1980 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16 1 "Between You and Me" 1981-1982 request_box
16 2 "Between You and Me" 1983-1984 request_box
16 3 "Between You and Me" 1985 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17 1 Yiddish Articles undated request_box
17 2 Articles in "The Forward" 1968-1969 request_box
17 3 Articles in "The Forward" 1983-1985 request_box
17 4 Hebrew Articles 1954-1960 request_box
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18 1 Yiddish Manuscript: "In the Service of My People" undated request_box
18 2 Yiddish Manuscript: "In the Service of My People" undated request_box
18 3 Yiddish Manuscripts of Articles appearing on "The Forward" re: his experience in Russia undated request_box
18 4 Yiddish Manuscripts of Articles appearing on "The Forward" re: his experience in Russia undated request_box
18 5 Public Relations Material re: "In the Service of My People" undated request_box
18 6 Public Relations Material re: "Soviet Jewry: Today and Tomorrow" undated request_box
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19 1 Council of Jewish Federations Smolar Award 1972 request_box
19 2 Council of Jewish Federations Smolar Award 1973-1975 request_box
19 3 Council of Jewish Federations Smolar Award 1976-1978 request_box
19 4 Council of Jewish Federations Smolar Award 1979-1980 request_box
19 5 Council of Jewish Federations Smolar Award 1981-1982 request_box
19 6 Council of Jewish Federations Smolar Award 1983-1984 request_box
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20 1 Albert Einstein 1954-1979 request_box
20 2 Jews in Asia undated request_box
20 3 Jews in Australia 1977-1981 request_box
20 4 Book: "The Trouble Makers" 1952 request_box
20 5 Jews in South America undated request_box
20 6 Jews in Europe undated request_box
20 7 Jews in Russia undated request_box
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OSF1 Certificate from the Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund, 1950 Budget Sheet undated request_box
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