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Samuel and Irene Lipman family papers, 1851-1970.
BANC MSS 2010/610 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/610
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Samuel and Irene Lipman family papers, 1851-1970


Lipman, Samuel, 1876-1931, creator


Lesser, Irene, b. 1879


Lipman, Rowena.


Harris family.


Lipman family.


Western Jewish History Center, 198.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1968.008.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The collection consists of materials relating to the Lipman, Harris, Lesser, Hirshfeld, Bibo, Levy, and Salmonson families, including the following: a booklet written by Rowena Lipman, "The Family of Isaac and Rebecca Harris," that has information about the family history and genealogy and some photographs; ketubot and marriage licenses for Morris Lipman and Rosalia Hirshfeld, Samuel Lipman and Irene Lesser (1901), and possibly for Isaac and Rebecca Harris (1851); programs; an invitation to Samuel Lipman's 1889 bar mitzvah at Sherith Israel in San Francisco; Samuel's Lipman's handwritten bar mitzvah speech; a resolution from the First Hebrew Ladies Mutual Benefit Association consoling the family after the murder of Isaac Harris in 1879; and a program (1910) from the first entertainment and dance that was held by the Menorah Club, an auxiliary of the Willing Workers of San Francisco's Congregation Ohabai Shalome. The collection also includes photographic portraits of members of the Harris, Lesser, Lipman, Hirshfeld, Bibo, Levy, and Salmonson families, including photographs of the Bibo storefront in San Francisco and a family home in Seattle, Washington.


1851 (issued)


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Lipman, Samuel -- 1876-1931 -- Archives
Bibo, Solomon -- 1853-1934
Harris, Isaac -- -1879 -- Family
Harris family
Levy family
Congregation Sherith Israel (San Francisco, Calif.)
Bar mitzvah -- United States
Church entertainments -- California -- San Francisco
Jews -- West (U.S.) -- Genealogy
Jews -- Homes and haunts -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Photographs
Jews, German -- California
Jews, German -- West (U.S.)
Jewish families -- United States
Murder -- California
Storefronts -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs
Wedding anniversaries -- United States
Acoma (N.M.) -- History
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 198.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1968.008.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Samuel and Irene Lipman family papers, BANC MSS 2010/610, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Samuel Lipman married Irene Lesser in San Francisco in 1901. Irene was the daughter of Jacob Lesser (1853-1910) and Julia Harris (1861-1924). Julia's parents, Isaac Harris and Rebecca Brodek, married in London in 1851 and Isaac came to San Francisco shortly thereafter (his wife and daughter followed later, though the child died during the journey). Isaac established himself as a tailor on Davis Street in San Francisco and was naturalized in 1866. Isaac and Rebecca had six children in San Francisco. Isaac died in 1879 at the age of 46 after being sanbagged on the streets of San Francisco. His wife, Rebecca, lived until 1912. Samuel Lipman was the son of Morris LIpman (d. 1898) and Rosalia Hirshfeld (1842-1921). The Hirshfeld family had origins in Schneidemuhl, Prussia.
Materials in English.


Family papers-United States.
Genealogies-United States.
Invitations-United States.
Marriage licenses-United States.
Photographs-United States.
Programs-California-San Francisco.

Physical Description:

1 box (.4 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2010/610 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/610



Copyright Note:

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

Related Item:

Family of Isaac and Rebecca Harris