Finding Aid to the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks records, 1962-2008

Finding Aid written by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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Finding Aid to the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks records, 1962-2008

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/716

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff
Date Completed:
May 2011
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks records
Date (inclusive): 1962-2008
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/716
Creators : Judah L. Magnes Museum. Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks
Extent: Number of containers: 4 cartons, 2 boxes, and 1 oversize folder (Linear feet: 4.6)
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The collection consists of administrative records, legal records, correspondence, research and publicity materials, some financial records, and photographs of the commission at work and of the pioneer Jewish cemeteries (the photos date mainly from circa 1963 through 1995).
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks records, BANC MSS 2010/716, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum. Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks--Archives
Jewish cemeteries--California
Jewish pioneers--California
Jews--California
Jews--California--Genealogy
Jackson (Calif.)
Mokelumne Hill (Calif.)
Sonora (Calif.)
Grass Valley (Calif.)
Nevada City (Calif.)
Placerville (Calif.)
Western Jewish History Center. 069
Judah L. Magnes Museum. WJHC 1968.031
Bancroft Library. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks records were gifted to The Bancroft Library by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.

Accruals

No future additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Collection is arranged into 7 series: Administrative, Legal, Correspondence, Cemetery Files, Research and Outreach, Financial, and Photographs.

Processing Information

Processed by the Judah L. Magnes Museum staff in 1968. Additional processing by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff in 2011.

Biographical Information

The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks was formed in 1962 to assist in the preservation of pioneer Jewish cemeteries located in the California Mother Lode. It currently holds title to six pioneer Jewish cemeteries at Jackson, Mokelumne Hill, Sonora, Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Placerville, California, marking the Gold Rush era beginning of Jewish settlement in northern California. Following tradition, the Jewish pioneers' first communal activity was to found burial societies. Their cemeteries are today's major link to the vanished Jewish communities of that time and place.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of administrative records, legal records, correspondence, files on individual cemeteries, research and outreach materials, some financial records, and photographs of the commission at work and of the pioneer Jewish cemeteries (the photos date mainly from circa 1963 through 1995).

Container List

 

Series 1 Administrative. 1962-2006

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-13
Carton 1, Folder 1

Early reports and documents, 1962-1968

Carton 1, Folder 2

Commission members and officers lists, 1965-1990

Carton 1, Folder 3

Board of Trustees, undated

Carton 1, Folder 4

Relationship of Commission to Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2005

Carton 1, Folder 5

Form letters to Commission members, committees, and trustees, 1963-2000

Carton 1, Folder 6

Mailing lists, undated

Carton 1, Folder 7

Blank Commission stationary and business cards, undated

Carton 1, Folder 8-13

Meeting minutes and notes, 1962-2006

 

Series 2 Legal. 1962-2000

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 14-24; Carton 2, folders 1-3
Carton 1, Folder 14

Trust Agreement, 1963

Carton 1, Folder 15

Early legal correspondence, 1962-1986

Carton 1, Folder 16

Legal: Marysville, 1995

Carton 1, Folder 17

Legal: Mokelumne Hill, 1973-1990

Carton 1, Folder 18-24

Legal: Nevada City, 1964-2000

Carton 2, Folder 1

Legal: Nevada City, 1964-2000

Carton 2, Folder 2

Legal: Placerville, 1963-1964

Carton 2, Folder 3

Legal: Sonora, 1961

 

Series 3 Correspondence. 1962-2004

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 4-26; Carton 3, folders 1-5
Carton 2, Folder 4-5

Altman, Hal, 1962-1968

Carton 2, Folder 6

Altman, Hal and Levinson, Robert, 1962-1967

Carton 2, Folder 7

Altman, Hal and Fromer, Seymour, 1962-1965

Carton 2, Folder 8-11

Fromer, Seymour, 1962-2004

Carton 2, Folder 12-14

Levinson, Robert, 1962-1979

Carton 2, Folder 15

Levinson, Robert and Fromer, Seymour, 1963-1979

Carton 2, Folder 16

Levinson, Robert and Glaser, Joseph, 1964-1976

Carton 2, Folder 17

Glaser, Joseph, 1963-1968

Carton 2, Folder 18

Barnston, Alfred, 1963

Carton 2, Folder 19

Clar, Sam, 1966

Carton 2, Folder 20

Fonfa, Lynn, 1983-1984

Carton 2, Folder 21

Fromer, Rebecca, 2004

Carton 2, Folder 22

Kuhn, M., 1963-1974

Carton 2, Folder 23

Marcus, Gerald D., 1963-1977

Carton 2, Folder 24

Marcus, Gerald D. and Glaser, Joseph, 1962-1968

Carton 2, Folder 25

Marcuse, Edgar and Marcuse, Donald, 1995

Carton 2, Folder 26

Morris, Sue, 1995-2002

Carton 3, Folder 1

Solomon, Paul, 1993-2004

Carton 3, Folder 2

Zellerbach, Stephen 1966-2000

Carton 3, Folder 3

Correspondence regarding rededication of Jackson and Mokelumne Hill, 1976

Carton 3, Folder 4

Letters addressed to the museum, 1963-1999

Carton 3, Folder 5

Miscellaneous correspondence, undated

 

Series 4 Cemetery files. 1962-2006

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 6-21
Carton 3, Folder 6-7

Folsom, 1980-1995

Carton 3, Folder 8

Grass Valley, 1968-1998

Carton 3, Folder 9-10

Jackson, 1973-1992

Carton 3, Folder 11

Marysville, 1995-1996

Carton 3, Folder 12

Mokelumne Hill, 1976

Carton 3, Folder 13-14

Nevada City, 1972-2002

Carton 3, Folder 15

Placerville, 1963-1973

Carton 3, Folder 16

Shasta, 1964-1990

Carton 3, Folder 17

Sonora, 1968-1995

Carton 3, Folder 18

Stockton, undated

Carton 3, Folder 19

Union Cemetery, undated

Carton 3, Folder 20

Virginia City, 1963

Carton 3, Folder 21

Yukon, 1998

 

Series 5 Research and Outreach. 1971-2008

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 22-44; Carton 4, folders 1-6
Carton 3, Folder 22

Gravesite care, 2000

Carton 3, Folder 23

Criteria for state historical landmark registration, 1963

Carton 3, Folder 24

Articles about pioneer Jewish cemeteries and the Commission, 1968-1998

Carton 3, Folder 25

General information re: the Judah L. Magnes Museum, undated

Carton 3, Folder 26

Research file, 1970-1993

Carton 3, Folder 27

Robert Levinson's book/thesis, 1967-1978

Carton 3, Folder 28

Sue Morris' book, 1993

Carton 3, Folder 29

Lillian Roth information about Nevada City and Grass Valley, 1982

Carton 3, Folder 30

Irene Gut Opdike, 1993

Carton 3, Folder 31

Mother Lode Havura Jewish Community; San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, 1993

Carton 3, Folder 32

Sue Morris Gold Rush/cemetery tours, 1995-1999

Carton 3, Folder 33

Pioneer Jewish cemetery tours, 1974-1983

Carton 3, Folder 34

Press releases, 1963-1995

Carton 3, Folder 35

Museum exhibitions about cemeteries, 1983-1994

Carton 3, Folder 36

Jewish cemetery, Carson City, Nevada, list of burials from Judith Greenspan, 1998

Carton 3, Folder 37-40

Sue Silver (California Saving Graves) research materials and reports, 2005

Carton 4, Folder 1-4

Sue Silver (California Saving Graves) research materials and reports, 2005

Carton 4, Folder 5

Pamphlets and brochures (Commission and other organizations), 1963-2008

Carton 4, Folder 6

Pamphlets (articles by Hal Altman, Robert Levinson), 1961-1971

 

Series 6 Financial. 1962-2005

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 7-20
Carton 4, Folder 7

Repair work, bids, 1976-2005

Carton 4, Folder 8

Receipts, bills, advertising, 1963-1999

Carton 4, Folder 9

Correspondence re: payments, 1963-1966

Carton 4, Folder 10

Correspondence, annual request for funds, 1968-1983

Carton 4, Folder 11

Correspondence, donation requests and donation cards, 1966-1992

Carton 4, Folder 12-13

Correspondence, fundraising, 1966-1976

Carton 4, Folder 14

Commission donations, Justin's Bar Mitzvah, 1996

Carton 4, Folder 15

Commission taxes, circa 1970

Carton 4, Folder 16

Commission budget, 1963-1988

Carton 4, Folder 17

Correspondence re: finances, 1968-1980

Carton 4, Folder 18

Sonora records, financial (photocopies) and 1 check stub book, 1905-1934

Carton 4, Folder 19-20

Miscellaneous financial, 1962-1995

 

Series 7 Photographs and Pictorial. circa 1963-2008

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 21-30; Box 1; Oversize Folder 1B
Carton 4, Folder 21

Various, black and white, circa 1965-1975

Carton 4, Folder 22

Various, polaroids, circa 1975

Carton 4, Folder 23

Various, Commission activities (taken by Mark Levine), 1976

Carton 4, Folder 24-25

Various, color snapshots, circa 1980-1995

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Various, slides of sites, circa 1970-1985

Carton 4, Folder 26

Various, unidentified sites, circa 1994-1998

Carton 4, Folder 27

Folsom, circa 1975

Carton 4, Folder 28

Grass Valley, circa 1965

Carton 4, Folder 29

Jackson, circa 1965-1998

Carton 4, Folder 30

Mokelumne Hill and Jackson events (photos by Jeff Haas), 1976

Box 1, Folder 1

Marysville, 1976

Box 1, Folder 2

Marysville (flood), 1997

Box 1, Folder 3

Mokelumne Hill, circa 1994

Box 1, Folder 4

Nevada City, circa 1965-1998

Box 1, Folder 5

Placerville, circa 1964-1987

Box 1, Folder 6

Shasta, circa 1965-1970

Box 1, Folder 7-9

Sonora, circa 1963-1994

Box 1, Folder 10

Stockton, circa 1975

Box 1, Folder 11

Rubbing, undated

Oversize Folder 1B

Pencil drawing of restored gates of Marysville cemetery (with proclamation), 2008