Guide to the Papers of the Garber Family, undated, 1862-2010

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American Jewish Historical Society

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Garber, Donald
Title: Garber Family Papers
Dates:undated, 1894-2010
Abstract: This collection consists of twelve items, mainly card photographs from the late nineteenth century of Donald Garber’s grandparents Lena and Harris Singer, and Lena’s sisters Mamie and Rachel. The photographs include wedding portraits of Lena and Harris Singer, Rachel and her husband Sholom Schaefer and Mamie and Leopold Schwartz.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 1 folder in a consolidated photograph box.
Identification: P-1031
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Harris and Lena Singer

Wedding Portrait of Harris and Lena Singer, 1894

Donald Garber’s grandparents were Lena and Harris Singer who came to the United States in the late nineteenth century. Lena (Cohen) Singer was born in 1872 in Smolensk, Belarus. She married Harris Singer on February 24, 1894. Harris Singer was born in 1874 in Kovno, Lithuania. Harris and Lena had seven children and resided in New York City and Brooklyn. Harris died in 1934 and Lena died in 1945.

Lena had two sisters who also emigrated to the U.S.; Mamie and Rachel Cohen. Mamie was born in 1874 in Smolensk. She married Leopold Schwartz and had four children. Leopold died in 1949 and Mamie died in 1957 in Brooklyn.

Rachel (Cohen) Schaefer was born in 1862 in Smolensk. She married Sholom Schaefer and they had four children. Mamie died in 1916.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of twelve items, mainly card photographs of Donald Garber’s grandparents and extended family. They include a wedding invitation in English and Hebrew of Harris and Lena Singer and a business card for Harris Singer. The photographs are wedding portraits and single portraits from the late nineteenth century.

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The collection is arranged into one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement 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

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Related Material

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Garber Family Papers; P-1031; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Donald Garber, 2010.

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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.

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Series: Garber Family Papers, Undated, 1894-2010

English, Hebrew.
Photo Consolidated Box 2, Folders 1.
Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

CB2 (PHOTOS)1Garber Family Papers 1894-2010request_box
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