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Naftaly family papers and photographs, 1860-1950.
BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize folder 1A; BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize folder 2A; BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize folder 3B; BANC MSS 2010/697 carton 1; ...
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Naftaly family papers and photographs, 1860-1950


Naftaly family., creator


Western Jewish History Center, 217.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1968.018.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Online Archive of California


The collection consists of papers and photographs relating to the Naftaly family. Family papers include genealogy; certificates; a small amount of correspondence; ephemera (advertisements, clippings, broadsides, sketches) from the family's anatomical show, which traveled around the world in the 1890s; Hebrew death certificates for Aaron and Taba(h) Naftaly; a pass issued to Morris Naftaly, who was a deputy constable, by the governor of California, on 20 April 1906, that allowed him to enter San Francisco and aid victims of the earthquake and fire; and Sarah Naftaly's autograph album. Among the materials documenting the Naftaly anatomical show are testimonials from Japanese and Chinese officials proclaiming the authenticity of the exhibits. The photographs in the collection are mostly family and individual portraits. Family members identified in the portraits include: Abraham Naftaly, Asher Naftaly, Jacob Naftaly, Esther Naftaly Dannenberg, Nettie Dannenberg Naftaly, Morris Naftaly, Sarah Less Naftaly, Adolph Naftaly, Harry and Bessie Naftaly, Harry A. Naftaly, Harry R. Naftaly, Irene Naftaly, Philip Naftaly, David Naftaly, Harold and Stanley West, and Arthur Naftaly. Also included are some photographs of the Less family, photographs of the Naftaly family store in Oakland, California, photographs of family friends, and photographs of Aaron Naftaly's grave and Taba(h) Naftaly's grave in Shanghai, China. The collection also includes a photograph album (circa 1880-1890) of Naftaly family portraits.


1860 (issued)


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Naftaly family -- Archives
Naftaly, Aaron -- Death and burial
Naftaly, Taba -- Death and burial
West, Stanley H -- 1924-1968
Freemasons -- California
Circus owners
Curiosities and wonders
Eccentrics and eccentricities
Jews -- California
Jews -- China
Jews, East European -- California
Jewish entertainers -- California
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 217.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1968.018.
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Naftaly family papers and photographs, BANC MSS 2010/697, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Family portraits on silk and other portraits transferred to the museum holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life for separate handling and cataloging.
Aaron and Taba(h) Naftaly came to San Francisco, after leaving Eastern Europe in the early 1850s. Their sons (Abraham, Asher, Jacob, and Morris (Moses)) toured Asia in the late 1800s with exhibits of anatomical wonders and marvels. Their show included "Edison's Animatoscope and the Man-faced Calf." In 1890, Morris Naftaly married Sarah Less, whose brother, Isadore, was prominent in the Union Labor Party of California. Morris moved his family to Oakland, and, in 1930, he became a deputy sheriff of Alameda County. Harry R., the son of Sarah and Morris Naftaly, became a diamond dealer, while his sister, Irene, married Samuel West.
Materials in English and Hebrew.


Autograph albums.
Death certificates.
Family papers-California.

Physical Description:

1 carton, 1 oversize box, and three oversize folders (1.2 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize folder 1A
BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize folder 2A
BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize folder 3B
BANC MSS 2010/697 carton 1
BANC MSS 2010/697 oversize box 1
BANC MSS 2010/697
BANC MSS 2010/697



Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

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