Guide to the Papers of Bernard Bernstein
(1928-) 1941-2008

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

Yeshiva University Museum

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

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Machine-readable finding aid was created by Yakov Illich Sklar as MS-Word document in October 2008. Electronic finding aid was converted to EAD version 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in October 2008. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bernstein, Bernard
Title: Bernard Bernstein Archive
Dates:1941-2008
Dates:bulk 1960-1984
Abstract: Bernard Bernstein Collection documents professional activities of Bernard Bernstein, a jeweler, metal smith, writer, and teacher. The collection includes artifacts, correspondence, documents, manuscripts, printed materials, photographs and other visual materials, and sketches.
Languages: The collection is in English with some German.
Quantity: 3 linear feet
Identification: Bernard Bernstein Arvhive
Repository: Yeshiva University Museum
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Biographical Note

Bernard Bernstein, jeweler, metal smith, and teacher was born in New York in 1928. He began his academic career at the City College of the City University of New York were he studied industrial arts and received his M.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from the Rochester Institute of Technology. During that period he also studied with Ludwig Wolpert at The Jewish Museum.

In 1972 Bernard Bernstein earned his PhD from New York University.

He began his teaching career at City College of the City University of New York in the early 1960s where he taught industrial arts and silversmithing. He taught at City College for over 20 years before going to the 92nd Street Y in mid1980s. At the 92nd Street Y he co-directed the Y's Judaica Silversmithing program.

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Scope and Content Note

Bernard Bernstein collection documents professional activities of Bernard Bernstein, a jeweler, metal smith, writer, and teacher. The collection includes artifacts, correspondence, documents, manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, other visual materials, and sketches.

The larger part of the collection includes materials dealing with the artistic side of Bernard Bernstein. These materials are found throughout the collection and consist of artifacts produced during his schooling at City College (Series I: Artifacts), various jewelry designs produced by Bernard Bernstein for commercial use (Series III: Designs), certificates and awards (Series V: General), and materials pertaining to a number of shows and exhibits that Bernard Bernstein was a part of (Series IV: Exhibitions and Art Catalogues).

Other materials include documents pertaining to Bernard Bernstein education, professional carrier as a teacher ( Series II: City College of the City University of New York, Series V: General), and his articles in professional journals (Series VI: Printed Materials).

In some cases materials are accompanied by Bernard Bernstein’s notes explaining the significance and provenance of the documents.

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Arrangement

This collection is devided into 6 series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: YUMinquiries@cjh.org

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Bernard Bernstein Archive; collection number; box number; folder number; Yeshiva University Museum.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Bernard Bernstein in 2008.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Artifacts, circa 1954-1970s

This series is in English.
0.75 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Artifacts includes designs created by Bernard Bernstein as part of his college work as well as designs produced for commercial purposes.

Also included here is a Jewelry and Metal Award. Most of the items in this series are accompanied by a short note by Bernard Bernstein.

Other designs are located in Series III: Designs .

BoxFolderTitleDate
32[Design for bookplate]circa 1954
33Design for stampcirca 1954
34Design for textile printcirca 1954
35Ex librisundated
36Jewrly and Metal Award1973
  

Artist and Craftsmen of N.Y. Interchurch Show

 
37Student project in graphic artscirca 1954
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Series II: City College of the City University of New York , 1948-2008

This series is in English.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: City College of the City University of New York consists of materials related to Bernard Bernstein’s professional involvement with the college, starting in the early 1950s.

Included here is correspondence with colleagues, correspondence regarding Bernstein’s promotion and other professional matters, photographs of students and faculty engaged in learning and the teaching process, as well as various publications from the City College.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Appointment to the staff1962, 2008
12General1955-1985
13Photographs1950s-1980s
14Photographs1956, 2008
15Promotion1969-1983, 2008
16Publication1948-1956
17Sabbatical leave1978-1980
18Tenure1967-1977
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Series III: Designs, 1954-2008

This series is in English.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series III: Designs consist of materials pertaining to Bernard Bernstein professional work as a metalsmith and a jeweler.

Included here are sketches, photographs of designs, patents and copyright registrations, flyers and ads, and printed materials.

For more designs please see Series I: Artifacts.

BoxFolderTitleDate
19Magazine rack for Mass Production1960, 2008
110Photographs1954-1990, 2008
111Shalom desighns1975-1978, 2008
  

general

 
112Shalom designsundated
  

sketches

 
113Shalom and other Judaica designs1971-1974
  

Patent applications

 
114Shalom designs1999
  

Patents

 
115Shalom designsundated
  

flyers and ads

 
116Shalom designs1986-1987, 2008
  

plagirism

 
117Zodiac designs1977-1978
  

general

includes negatives

 
118Zodiac designs1978-1979
  

Certificate of Copyright Registration

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
38Zodiac designs[1970s]
  

rubber molds

 
39Zodiac designs [1970s]
  

rubber molds

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
119Zodiac designsundated, 1982
  

sketches

 
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Series IV: Exhibitions and Art Catalogues, 1962-2008

This series is in English with some German.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Exhibitions and Art Catalogues includes materials pertaining to a number of shows and exhibits that Bernard Bernstein participated in.

Included here are press release, catalogues, lists, printed materials, and some correspondence.

There are also materials about exhibits and shows of artists other than Bernstein.

BoxFolderTitleDate
120Artists Craftsmen of New York1962-1977
121Contemporary Arts and Crafts in the U.S.A.1965-1966
122Contemporary Judaica1988-1989
123Various1958-2008
124Various1962-2004
125Various1965-2008
126Various1969-2006
  some materials are in German   
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Series V: General, 1941-2008

This series is in English.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series V: General includes a wide spectrum of materials dealing with a variety aspects of Bernard Bernstein education and professional live. Included here are Curriculum Vitae, data forms and other materials for dissertation, certificates and awards, and a manuscript.

Also included here are materials pertaining to the Zionist Organization of America and copyrights.

BoxFolderTitleDate
21Curriculum Vitae 2008
22Curriculum Vitae, preparationsundated, 1974-1976
23Certificates and awards1941-1973
24Classes taken at various colleges 1960-1961, 2998
25Correspondence1952-2008
26 AData forms for the dissertationlate 1960s, 2008
26 BDissertation materialslate 1960s-before 1972
27The Fifteenth Century Arles Torah Crown Contract 2005
28 AGates of Torah1999
  

CD ROM

 
28 BJewerly making teachings1975
  

8 mm film

 
28 CVariousundated
29ZOA, copyrigts issue????
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Series VI: Printed Materials, 1960-2007

This series is in English.
0.75 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series VI: Printed Materials includes Bernard Bernstein’s articles published in a number of professional journals.

BoxFolderTitleDate
210American Craft1983-1994
211Craft Horizons1960-1976
212Goldsmith journal1977-1978
213Haddassah1974
214Magazines, various2007
215Metalsmith1981-1988
216Metalsmith1982-2001
217Metalsmith1987-1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Process and Promise2006
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