Guide to the Joseph Levoff Collection

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California State University, Northridge
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Joseph Levoff Collection
Creator: Levoff, Joseph, 1930-
Identifier/Call Number: OCH.JLC
Extent: 3.17 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1934-2013
Abstract: Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930 in Shanghai, China. His father was born in Manchuria while his mother came from Siberia in Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's French Concession and went to the Shanghai Jewish School. In 1949, Levoff and his family left Shanghai for Israel. In Israel, Levoff served in the air force for three years before being honorably discharged. After leaving Israel in 1964, he moved to Los Angeles, and became involved with the restaurant business. Levoff was a member of the American Far Eastern Society, which consisted of former residents of China, like himself. He was president of this group for nearly ten years until he moved back to Israel. The collection contains a number of photographs and photographs albums documenting his family's experiences in Shanghai and Israel, as well as some print materials related to Levoff's life in Shanghai.
Language of Material: English

Biographical Information:

Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930 in Shanghai, China. His father was born in Manchuria, and his mother came from Siberia, Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's French Concession, and went to the Shanghai Jewish School. He was also part of the Jewish Club and the Foreign YMCA. The latter was where he spent most of his recreactional time socializing and participating in numerous sporting events.
In 1949, Levoff and his family left Shanghai for Israel. In Israel, Levoff served in the air force for three years before being honorably discharged. He worked for a company called Mittwoch & Sons, who were agents for the National Cash Register Co. After leaving Israel in 1964, he moved to Los Angeles, California and became involved with the restaurant business. Levoff also became involved with the American Far Eastern Society, which consisted of former residents of China, like himself. He was president of this group for nearly ten years until he decided to move back to Israel. Levoff currently resides in Los Angeles.

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Levoff Collection consists mostly of photograph albums documenting Levoff and his family's experiences in Shanghai, Israel and abroad from the 1930s to the 1960s. Photographs relate to his social life, family, and military experience. In addition to photographs, the collection includes numerous newspaper clippings documenting Levoff's participation in Foreign YMCA sporting activities, a radiogram sent to the Levoff's aboard the SS General Gordon, an essay written by Levoff describing his life in Shanghai, and a map of Old Shanghai.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) 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 owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information:

Tim Kaufler, 2012

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Documents
Photographs

Box 1, Item 1

Photograph Album - Shanghai and United States, 1936-1948

Box 2, Item 1

Photograph Album - Leaving Shanghai; Traveling to Haifa, Israel; Shanghai Classmates' Pictures, 1948-1949

Box 3, Item 1

Photograph Album - Family and Military Photos, ca. 1940-ca. 1969

Box 4, Folder 1

Loose Photographs, ca. 1930-ca. 1959

Box 4, Folder 2

Loose Photographs, ca. 1990-ca. 1999

Box 4, Folder 3

Photograph: Founding Committee of the First Jewish Club in Shanghai, ca. 1934

Box 4, Folder 4

Photograph: Shanghai Jewish School - Form IV, October 1944

Box 4, Folder 5

Girls' Name Card from Jean Holo House, Shanghai

Box 4, Folder 6

Newspaper Clippings on Sporting Events in Shanghai, 1947-1948

Box 4, Folder 7

Shore to Ship Radiogram Sent to Levoffs, 1949

Folder 1

Map of Old Shanghai - by Albert Jouravel, revised by Joe Cohen, 1992

Digital Folder

Essay Written by Joseph Levoff Describing His Life Story in Shanghai, December 2013