Guide to the American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair (1964-1965) Collection, 1961-1965

I-585

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Nachum Fisch in July 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Zechariahu Sitchin
Title: American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair (1964-1965) Collection
Dates:1961-1965
Abstract: The records of the World’s Fair American-Israel Pavilion consists of materials relating to the American-Israel Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair. The collection contains numerous pictures of the Pavilion, both while it was under construction and while it was in use during the Fair, as well as newspaper articles. The collection also contains a souvenir guide and press releases from the opening. The collection also details the disagreement between the American-Israeli World’s Fair Corporation and the Jordanian Pavilion regarding an inflammatory mural through correspondence, press releases, and articles from various sources.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: I-585
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair, 1964

The American-Israel Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair was created by the American-Israeli World’s Fair Corporation.1 The State of Israel was unable to create their own pavilion, citing economic reasons. The corporation secured a spot in the World’s Fair to build a pavilion to represent and familiarize the American people with the State of Israel.2 The exhibition designers constructed an exhibition hall to teach people about Israel and sold Israeli goods at the shops in the Pavilion. That year, there was also a Jordanian pavilion which had, as part of their exhibition, put up a mural that denigrated the State of Israel. Because of this, there were some issues with relations between the Pavilion and the Jordanian one, but these were never permanently resolved.3 The Pavilion was presided over by Zechariahu Sitchin in his capacity as president of the American-Israeli World’s Fair Corporation.

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Scope and Content Note

The American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair (1964-1965) Collection was compiled by Zechariahu Sitchin, the president of the American-Israeli World’s Fair Corporation. The collection contains a record of the American-Israel pavilion through photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, and other materials. The collection has records of the construction of the pavilion in all forms of materials stated above, with photographs showing a timeline of the construction. The collection contains correspondence from Harry Caplin to Robert Moses as well as many newspaper clippings and press releases that chronicle the fight to censor a mural and poem in the Jordanian Pavilion that depicted Israelis as warmongers who expelled Jordanians from Israel to take their land, from the initial reaction until its conclusion and the American-Israeli Pavilion’s response. The collection contains depictions of performances, food vendors, and images of the exhibitions present at the Pavilion.

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Arrangement

Arranged in a single series by material type, then chronologically.

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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.

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

American Jewish Congress Records, undated, 1916-2005 (I-77). American Jewish Historical Society.

1964 New York World's Fair Pictures official flash card set. Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair (1964-1965) Collection; I-585; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Received as gift from Edna Aizenberg, 2013.

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Access Points

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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.

 

American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair (1964-1965) Collection,  1961-1965

In English and Hebrew.
Box 1, Folders 1-9.
Arrangement:

Arranged in a single series by material type, then chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content note above.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Correspondence and Invitations1961-1964request_box
12Correspondence and Invitations1964-1965request_box
13Newspaper and Magazine Clippings1963-1965request_box
14Photo Album Contents1963-1964request_box
15Photographs1963-1964request_box
16Photographs1964request_box
17Photographs1963-1964request_box
18Photographs and Negatives1964request_box
19Press Releases1964-1965request_box
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