Digitizing Against the Grain: Making Jewish Women's History Discoverable

Material Description

The materials nominated for digitization as part of this project reflect notable individuals, communities, organizations and events. They span the 18th through the 21st centuries and are of American and European origin. Library titles include significant works related to fields such as medicine, politics, education and literature. Also included are titles that reflect Jewish women’s roles in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Else Ury’s Nesthäkchen popular stories presented traditional female roles. Friederike Kempner was particularly known for her Gedichte, which were published in 1873 and parodied for more than a century. LBI holds one of 93 copies of celebrated writer and historian Ricarda Huch’s Fra Celeste, printed in 1906 for the Leipziger Bibliophilen-Abend, complete with handmade paper and original etchings and woodcuts. LBI also holds the artwork of Adele Seligmann, nee Oppenheim (1864-1957). Archival materials include the collection of Gertrud Mainzer née Sinzheimer (1914-2010), a German-Jewish woman who started a law career in the U.S. after fleeing Germany. She was a Family Court Judge in New York City from 1979 to 1984. There are several AJHS collections about women’s philanthropy and work toward social welfare, including individuals’ collections (such as those of Alice Davis Menken, Celia Razovsky, the Deborah Kallen materials in the Solis-Cohen Family Papers, Philips Family Papers, and Irma Lopes Cardozo) and organizational collections (such as the National Council of Jewish Women and the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America). The project will also include the papers of Margarete Berent, the first female lawyer to practice in Prussia; Aliza Greenblatt, an important Yiddish poet; and Lucy Dawidowicz, whose postwar work in the DP Camps is described in her correspondence. Artists whose work will be digitized include the painters Ruth Abrams and Anna Ticho, fabric designer Nora Kronstein Rosen, and Wiener Werkstatte-trained fashion designer Inez Lakenbacher Exton.

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The Center for Jewish History, Inc.


Ms. Laura Leone
Center for Jewish History

Date Range

1799 - 1799

Geographic Scope

The collections document a range of geographic regions. New York City and State are well-represented. In addition, within the United States, the collections document New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Washington, Texas and New Mexico. Internationally, the countries represented include Israel, Germany, Austria, England, Switzerland, Cuba and the Netherlands.


  • 73 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 19 Books
  • 7 Serials
  • 354 Artworks