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Finding Aid for the Samuel M. Golden Collection, 1930s-2001 (bulk 1950s-1960s)

MS 200.17

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


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Buffalo, NY 14260
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Finding aid prepared by Chana Revell Kotzin, May 2013.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Karen Spencer, June 2013.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

The arrangement and description of the Samuel M. Golden Collection was made possible by funding obtained through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and the Bureau of Jewish Education.

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Collection Overview

Title: Samuel M. Golden Collection, 1930s-2001 (bulk 1950s-1960s)
Creator: Golden, Samuel M.
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Includes collected and created photographs, slides, commemorative booklet and research paper relating to the activities of Temple Beth El, Niagara Falls, and Jewish community life in Niagara Falls.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 200.17, Samuel M. Golden Collection, 1930s-2001 (bulk 1950s-1960s), University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Janet E. Golden in September 2009. It consists of materials created by her husband, Samuel M. Golden who was an avid amateur photographer and a long time member of Temple Beth El, Niagara Falls, NY. The arranged and described collection was deposited at the University Archives, Special Collections by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project in June 2013. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project was founded in late 2007 under the auspices of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo with a seed grant from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. The Archives Project collects mainly twentieth century documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties and partners with the University Archives at the University at Buffalo to make these records accessible.

Terms of Access

The Samuel M. Golden Collection, 1930s-2001 (bulk 1950s-1960s)is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Chana Revell Kotzin, May 2013.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

The photographs and other materials that form the content of this collection relate specifically to the religious and social life of Temple Beth El of Niagara Falls, a Reform synagogue in Niagara Falls located at 720 Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York. The synagogue was founded in 1864 and affiliated with the American Jewish Reform central organizing umbrella entity in 1887, which was then known as the UAHC (United American Hebrew Congregations). Official incorporation of Temple Beth El of Niagara Falls followed in 1905. Until they were able to raise the funds to build their own building, they met in various venues including Colt’s Hall on Main and Ontario, the Silberbergs store at Main and Niagara and the “new” Silberbergs store, also on Main Street (as the Silberberg family were active members of the synagogue). In 1914, after land was purchased at 720 Ashland Ave, the cornerstone was dedicated and the building was completed in 1915. By 1926, Temple Beth El expanded their site, adding more classrooms to allow a growing community religious school that drew its students from area Orthodox (Tenth Street) and the Conservative synagogue (Temple Beth Israel) as well as Reform Jewish families. Links with Buffalo Jewry have been part of the ongoing history of Temple Beth El. Current rabbi, Drorah Setel is from Buffalo and is also active in the Buffalo Jewish community. Rabbi Martin Goldberg served as rabbi after his retirement from Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo in the 1990s, while Rabbi Samson Falk, also of Temple Beth Zion helped start the Shabbat School in the 1880s.


Scope and Content Note

The collection of Samuel M. Golden includes collected and created photographs, slides, commemorative booklet and research paper relating to the activities of Temple Beth El, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Jewish community life in Niagara Falls.

Photographic materials are divided among original photographs undertaken by Samuel Golden as a volunteer, and photographs taken by Samuel Golden of existing Temple photographs from an earlier period by unknown photographers. An official commemorative booklet, celebrating the centenary of Temple Beth El (Niagara Falls) is included. The text of a talk given by Mr. Golden drawn on his own research into Niagara Falls Jewry highlights other congregational histories as well as Temple Beth El, and is a useful source of wider Jewish history in Niagara Falls.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged by type of material and then chronologically.


Container List

Box-folder Contents
1.1 The Century Chronicle, Centennial Booklet, 1864-1964, Temple Beth El, Niagara Falls, 1966
1.2 Sisterhood Photographs, 1950s-1970s

Includes 1953 meeting and 1968 photograph of Hadassah group (with Temple Beth El members.

1.3 Synagogue member photographs, 1970s

Includes oversized reproduction of 1930s confirmation photograph (1.3.1 separated, copy) and a photograph dated Aug 26, 1970 with Samuel M. Golden in center.

1.4 Negatives taken by Samuel M. Golden of earlier images from the 1920s, currently displayed on the stage of the synagogue in the basement, undated
1.5 Slide Photograph content descriptions (incomplete), by Samuel M. Golden, undated

Also includes an updated listing created by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project. Slides are in separate slide box in labeled, 1.17.

1.6 Photographs taken by Samuel M. Golden of skits and plays, 1950s-1960s
[4 photographs]
1.7 Photograph taken by Samuel M. Golden of celebration of Peach Jubilee, 1960
1.8 Photographs taken by Samuel M. Golden of “Dinner Go Round,” 1960
[2 photographs]
1.9 Photographs taken by Samuel M. Golden of Centennial Ball, 1966
[4 photographs]
1.10 Photographs taken by Samuel M. Golden of Ross Perman Bar Mitzvah, 1970
[2 photographs]
1.11 Photographs taken by Samuel M. Golden of images of the building, 1998
[3 photographs]

Includes two external images and one internal image of the bimah (altar).

1.12 Text of a talk given by Samuel M. Golden on the history of the Jews in Niagara Falls, 1998
1.13 Small photograph envelope with images at Temple Beth El (Niagara Falls) members celebratory event, 2001
1.14 Small photograph envelope with images at Temple Beth El (Niagara Falls) members celebratory event, 2001
1.15 Small Photograph envelope with images at Temple Beth El (Niagara Falls) members celebratory event, 2001
1.16 Negative photographic rolls relating to printed photographs in folders 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, undated
[3 rolls]
1.17 Slides taken by taken by Samuel M. Golden of various images from Temple Beth El, undated

Includes his own photographs as slides and his photographs of images of Temple Beth El wall photographs, including an image from 1885.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Bureau of Jewish Education (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Jewish Buffalo Archives Project
State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Temple Beth El (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)

Subjects

Golden, Samuel M.--Archives
Jews--New York (State)--Buffalo Region--Archives
Jews--New York (State)--Buffalo Region--Social life and customs

Genres

Black-and-white photographs
Pamphlets
Slides (photographs)

Associated Material

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