Guide to the Synagogue Photograph Collection of Larry Racioppo, 1999-2002


Processed by Nachum Fisch

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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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: Racioppo, Larry
Title: Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection
Abstract: The Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection consists of photographs of numerous synagogues primarily within New Jersey and the five boroughs of New York. A majority of the photographs were taken for the Temples calendar which was published for the year 2000 calendar. The images were taken throughout 1999 and depict the synagogues as they stood in 1999.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 2.7 linear feet (1 OS1 and 1 OS4, 4 folders)
Identification: P-1016
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note

Congregation Poile Zedek, New Brunswick, NJ, 1999

Larry Racioppo was born in 1947 and is a professional photographer.1 He began his personal photography in 1970, and had his debut in 1979 with a piece called Halloween.2 His big break, however, didn’t come until 1989, when he became the Staff Photographer for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.3 With this position, he continued taking on projects, including the Temples project.

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Scope and Content Note

The synagogues that are pictured were all built in the Tri-State Area during periods of major Jewish presence. The synagogues were built specifically in New York and New Jersey as grand structures to house the large congregations. The collection holds various depictions of synagogues, as well as enlargements of some that were represented in the calendar. The collection also contains a copy of the final calendar. Box 2 contains 63 photographs.

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Arranged by material by collection creator.

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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

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Related Material

Artist File : Miscellaneous Uncataloged Material, Racioppo, Larry. Museum of Modern Art
Larry Racioppo photograph collection [graphic]. New-York Historical Society
Racioppo, Larry : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art - Watson Library
Larry Racioppo Photograph Collection. 1999-2004. PR 208. New-York Historical Society

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection; P-1016; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Received from Larry Racioppo, 2014.

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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.


Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection,  1999-2002

In English.
Boxes 1-2. 2.7 linear feet. Box 1 is OS1, Box 2 is OS4.

Arranged by material by collection creator.

Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content note above.

11Calendar 2000request_box
12Photographs 1999request_box
13Photographs 1999request_box
14Photographs 1999request_box
21Photographs 1999-2002request_box
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