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Ida Maze: The “Den Mother” of Yiddish Montreal

The team at the Yiddish Book Center has put together a web short on beloved poet Ida Maze.  The film features an interview with Maze’s son, literary scholar Irving Massey, excerpts from a 1956 event at the Jewish Public Library honoring the poet, plus archival photographs from the JPL Archives. Check out the film here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/video/ida-maze-den-mother-yiddish-montreal The JPL Archives is home to the archival collections of both Irving Massey and Ida Maze.  



In Defense of Weeding: Not Just for Gardeners

In Defense of Weeding: Not Just for Gardeners

My practicum at the JPL-A entails performing the appraisal, arrangement and physical treatment of the Jewish Canadiana Collection. The main tasks of this project involve weeding and physically re-organizing the collection because the archive is rapidly running out of space for new acquisitions. The Collection is stored in acid-free file folders, housed in archival boxes, arranged on shelves. Re-organization is an important first step in creating space – some boxes only contain a single document or file, so rearranging the collection to fully use the [...]



Musings From A Practicum Student

Musings From A Practicum Student

Hello blog readers! My name is Alexandra Stermer, and I have been working at the Archives of the Jewish Public Library since January as the professional component of my Master of Library and Information Science at McGill University. I was lucky enough to be selected for a position at the JPL-A, working on the Bronfman Jewish Canadiana Collection. This is a special collection which was created in the 1960s and has grown to contain hundreds of thousands of ephemeral documents from the 19th century to [...]



A Life in Letters

A Life in Letters

The Jewish Public Library Archives is pleased to announce the addition of the Irving Massey Fonds to its collections.  Professor Massey was born in Montreal to Alexander Massey and Yiddish poet Ida Maze.  Massey received his PhD from Harvard University and has spent the majority of his academic career in the United States. Most important amongst his materials is the abundance of correspondences with peers, colleagues, and other contemporaries.  Included in the fonds are letters from luminaries and leaders such as Oliver Sacks, Benoit Mandelbrot, [...]



M’Dor le Dor Time!

M’Dor le Dor Time!

This month both grade 5 classes of Akiva School visited the JPL Archives to start preparations for their M’dor le dor projects. The project encourages students to explore their personal family history and traditions while at the same time linking this heritage to the larger Jewish community.  Using archival research skills, students learn about their history from parents, grandparents, and other family members.  Together with their family they choose archival material from their own home and explore the significance of the item.  The project culminates [...]



Aberdeen School Strike Strikes Again!

Aberdeen School Strike Strikes Again!

Hot off the presses – “Kids on Strike at Montreal’s Aberdeen School, 1913″!  Created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Aberdeen School Strike, this online graphic novel is told from the perspective of 13-year old Freda.  Targeted to children (but equally as enjoyable for adults), Freda’s voice guides students through  the historical perspective, causes and consequences of this amazing school strike.  Montreal’s “little strikers” will inspire a whole new generation.  Written by Rod Macleod and Mary Anne Poutanen and illustrated by Derek Broad, “Kids on [...]



Sonia and David Oberman Archive Internship of the JPL

The Jewish Public Library Archives (JPL-A) is pleased to announce the inaugural year of the Sonia and David Oberman Archive Internship. This internship supports the mandate of the JPL-A to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the social, economic, and cultural accomplishments of Montreal’s Jewish community. The goal of the internship is to increase public awareness of the JPL-A’s unique collections through a variety of projects including, but not limited to: • Arrangement and description of an archival collection; • Digitization of an [...]



Celebrating Old and New Friends!

Celebrating Old and New Friends!

September 4th, the JPL celebrated its 100th Annual General Meeting, bringing together Library members, former and current staff, board members, executive directors, and presidents.  Former President and Executive Director, Anna Fishman Gonshor provided a special tribute to past leaders of the Library as well as acknowledging their descendants in the audience.  The crowd was also treated to the premiere of the JPL’s 100th anniversary film, generously sponsored by the Gerwurz Family Foundation.  Special thank you also the evening’s generous sponsor, Gluskin Sheff and Associates. Photo [...]



This Week in Jewish Public Library: This is the end, beautiful friend

This Week in Jewish Public Library: This is the end, beautiful friend

This is the end, beautiful friend, of the blog series on the history of the Jewish Public Library. When the series started a year ago it began with the intention of teaching you the reader a little bit about our history one week at a time. At the time the Library was just moving into its centennial celebration and now we are well into it. We hope that you enjoyed reading it and that you learned a little bit about the history of this now [...]



This Week in JPL History: Walking Tours with Stan Asher

This Week in JPL History: Walking Tours with Stan Asher

Stan Asher is shown in the middle of this photo leading one of his walking tours[/caption] For many years a fixture of the JPL’s summer programming was Stan Asher’s walking tours of historic Montreal. It was during this week in 1991 that Asher gave a walking tour entitled “From St. Louise Square to Baron Byng.” Offered in the 1990′s and 2000′s on Sundays these tours gave participants the opportunity to learn about the history of ethnic and cultural Montreal often through the lens of its authors, like [...]