Guide to the Records of the Ostrowo Jewish Community Council
1824-1919

RG 13

Processed by Steven M. Lowenstein. Edited by Rivka Schiller, 2006.

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Electronic finding aid was converted to EAD version 2002 by Yakov Sklyar in December 2006. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ostrowo Jewish Community Council
Title: Records of the Ostrowo Jewish Community Council
Dates:1824-1919
Abstract: The Jewish community of Ostrowo, which dates back to 1724, became thoroughly Germanized in time. During the period leading up to World War I, Ostrowo’s Jewish population began a downward decline, which lasted beyond 1918. The depletion of the Jewish population was due to the steady stream of emigration to countries including Germany, the United States, and Palestine. In early October 1939 the Nazi Reich annexed the western part of Poland, including the province of Poznan. By this time, the Jewish community of Ostrowo had dwindled to 17 members. According to Pinkas Hakehilot, in December 1939 these last remaining Jews fled to some unknown destination site. The collection is only a fragment of the original Ostrowo Jewish community’s archives. The records of the Ostrowo Jewish community cover the German period. The vast majority of the material focuses on the years 1834-1919, although a few documents are older.
Languages: German with some Hebrew and Yiddish.
Quantity: 10 linear feet.
Record Group Number: RG 13
Repository: YIVO Archives
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Historical Note

The first mention of Ostrowo, a private town that originally belonged to the Polish aristocracy in the region of Kalisz, dates back to the year 1404. During the 17th century, Ostrowo was afflicted by a series of wars and plagues, prompting Poland’s then Minister of Finance, who was also a resident of the town, to invite outside parties to come settle in Ostrowo, with hopes that this would help remedy the city’s economic difficulties and the problems associated with its declining population.

In 1724 King Augustus II the Strong granted 12 Jews the right to settle in Ostrowo. These Jews were allowed to reside in homes located on side streets—not in the city’s center—and to rent to other Jews. With this newly augmented population, the city began to grow both economically and demographically. In 1793, when the second partition of Poland took place, Ostrowo’s total population numbered 2,541.

From a legal perspective, the Jewish residents of Ostrowo were not privy to the same rights as other Ostrowo residents. Nonetheless, they were not required to pay the standard compulsory army tax, which other residents were required to pay. By the latter part of the 18th century, Ostrowo’s Jews saw a greatly improved economic situation, and the Jewish community began to develop. The Jewish community of Ostrowo was granted the right to build a synagogue, to open a kheyder for its children, and to established a cemetery on land that was bequeathed to it by the city’s leaders. In 1773 there was no more remaining room in the first Jewish cemetery, so the Jewish community established a second one on the outskirts of the city, on additional land that it acquired.

The majority of Ostrowo’s Jewish community earned its livelihood from merchandise and petty trade. In 1770 there were 9 merchants, 9 tailors, 3 furriers and in addition, 2 physicians. By 1794 the number of tailors had increased to 31, the number of merchants remained the same, and the number of furriers had increased to 8. In 1835 the Ostrowo Jewish community established an elementary school of two classes, which was recognized by and received the financial support of the German government. At the time of the school’s founding, there was a student body of 136 children. The teachers were all government-licensed educators. In 1860, a Talmud-Torah was also established, which the Jewish community funded. During the first year of its existence, the school had a student body totaling 362. In 1866 Ostrowo’s two gymnasiums had a student body totaling 367, of which 77 were Jews.

In 1871 Ostrowo’s Jewish population numbered 1, 982 out of the total of ca. 7,000. During the course of the 19th century, the Ostrowo Jewish community became increasingly established and Jews played an especially prominent role in the city’s clothing and fur trades. However, by the close of the 19th century, Ostrowo witnessed the same overall tendencies of other cities in this region: The younger generation of Ostrowo Jews began to gravitate toward larger German cities. In particular, they tended to settle in areas where maskilim and professionals already resided.

With the growth of Ostrowo’s Jewish community, a new synagogue was established in the Moorish style. The synagogue’s cornerstone laying ceremony was held in April 1857. Within a few years, the Jewish community also built a new beys-medresh and a ritual bath. In 1905 a branch of the Zionist movement was established, which provided great support to the Zionist Congress of 1911.

During World War I many young Jewish males were drafted into the German army. After World War I, when Ostrowo was returned to Poland, the city’s Jewish population began a rapid and steady decline. Most Jews leaving Ostrowo moved to larger cities in Germany, or emigrated to the United States or Palestine.

In the beginning of September 1939, when Nazi Germany conquered Ostrowo, only 17 Jews remained in the city. In December 1939, when the last remaining Jews of Ostrowo learned of the fate of Jews from nearby towns, they all fled to unknown destinations. The Germans destroyed both the synagogue and cemetery of the Ostrowo Jewish community.

A Centrum Judaicum catalogue was published in 2001 and contains references to 34 files dating 1798-1912.

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Scope and Content Note

The following categories provide a general overview of the documents contained within the collection:

Government, Legal, and Miscellaneous Finance Records: Government-issued certificates of toleration, orders, annual lists of tolerated Jews, correspondence re: individual and public concerns, 1835-1848, synagogue mortgage, court cases concerning communal property, 1824-1858, wills, probate court documents, 1828-1875, lists of debtors, balance sheets, audits, legal proceedings to collect debts, 1880-1902, amortization, legal discussions, bank correspondence, inheritance, wills, legal rules, endowments, government correspondence, 1878-1903, bills, income, expenses, receipts, pay orders, communal tax lists, expense vouchers, ledger of revenue, 1851-1905.

Communal Aid and Welfare Societies: Individual petitions for aid and corresponding decisions of aid commission, lists of recipients; includes society to aid poor gymnasium students, 1856-1884, communal meetings to discuss welfare aid, pleas from organizations, 1867-1891, material pertaining to Passover flour for poor, 1835-1845, communal aid for insufficiently clothed school children, 1834, 1842-1846, 1865, collections for hospital, 1886-1893, material pertaining to various societies to aid poor women, society to provide soup to poor: lists of members, bills for soup distribution, 1842-1880.

Religious and Education Records: Material pertaining to the hiring and financial support of synagogue rabbis and their immediate families, 1823-1907, kosher meat tax, 1845-1901, registry of slaughterhouse, 1838, ritual bath, 1865-1900, Jewish burial society, 1872, 1907-1909, Ner Tomid Society, 1834-1897, lawsuit with church, communal meetings, appeals, court decisions, 1836-1858, synagogue mortgages, 1878-1903, fees for religious ceremonies, petitions concerning anti-shekhite (ritual slaughter) proposals, ritual objects belonging to synagogue, synagogue budgets, expenses pertaining to upkeep of Jewish cemetery, 1891-1911.

Administrative Officers and Community Council Records: Materials on elections of communal officers, rabbis, cantors, ritual slaughterers, sextons, synagogue, communal decisions and protests, rolls of community members listing profession and citizenship status, birth records and registries for Ostrowo and nearby Adelnau Kreis, 1847-1874, lists of community members with professions and citizenship status, list of villages, legal regulations, correspondence concerning Jewish civil rights, 1833-1837, correspondence with Government, statutes of community, government orders, 1834-1845, election meetings; minutes of representative meetings; correspondence with government, 1834-1846.

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Arrangement

This collection was part of the YIVO Archives in Vilna before the Second World War. The records were arranged, numbered and described in Vilna. A part of the original catalog survives and is included with the collection (folder A). The arrangement used here relies on the Vilna catalog.

The main body of the collection is arranged in 184 numbered folders. Some files are missing from the collection and the corresponding catalog entries are marked thus. In certain instances, folders were added and inserted at a later time than the collection’s original arrangement. This has been indicated by the addition of the letter A. As a supplement to the collection’s main body, there is a section of financial volumes that has been arranged at the end of the collection. The folders contained within this latter section have been numbered F1 to F12.

The records contained within the collection are those of the Jewish communal administration of Ostrowo. Also included here are some materials from other Jewish agencies in the town.

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Access and Use

Open to researchers.

For more information, contact:
Chief Archivist
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
email: archives@yivo.cjh.org

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Related Material

At the present time, the Ostrowo communal records can be found in several locations. Part of the communal archives was sent about 1910 to the Gesamtarchiv der Deutschen Juden in Berlin. Materials were later dispersed among several archival repositories around the world. A portion of the materials spanning the years 1724-1875 found its way to the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem. Another portion was taken over by the East German state archives and ultimately returned to the German Jewish community. Today these materials can be found in the “Centrum Judaicum,” which is a museum and archives located on Oranienburger Strasse, at the site of the recently reconsecrated Neue Synagoge in Berlin. Yet another portion is located at the Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH) in Warsaw. Finally, fragments of the Ostrowo records are located in Moscow, at the former “Osobyi” (Special) archives, a repository for records confiscated by the Red Army from Germany and other countries during World War II.

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Custodial History

Prior to 1942, the collection remained in the custody of the YIVO Vilna archives. During the Nazi occupation of Vilna in 1942, the records were looted by the Einsatzstab Rosenberg and sent to the NSDAP Institute zur Erforschung der Judenfrage in Frankfurt-am-Main. In 1945 they were recovered by the U.S. army and returned to the YIVO in New York, via the U.S. army archival depot in Offenbach. The records arrived in New York in 1947.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should read as follows:

Identification of item, date (if known); YIVO Archives; Records of the Ostrowo Jewish Community Council; RG 13; folder number.

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Bibliography

Wein, Abraham, ed. Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities, Poland: Poznan and Pomerania Districts; Gdansk (Vol. VI). Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1999.

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Container List

 

Series I: General Files, 1824-1915

Folder TitleDate
1Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
1 A Geschaeftsfuehrung, Bestimmungen, Etc. (Miscellaneous) 1834-1845
  

Records of Reprasentanten Versammlung. Correspondence with Government; statutes of community; government orders

 
Folder TitleDate
2Die Wahl Und Anstellung Der Korporations-Beamten 1834-1846
  

Records of Reprasentanten Versammlung. Election meetings; minutes of representative meetings; government correspondence

 
Folder TitleDate
3Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
4Die Fuehrung Der Personen Standes Register (Miscellaneous) 1834-1847
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government regulations and correspondence concerning keeping of vital statistics

 
Folder TitleDate
5 Kassen Und Rechungs Sachen (Miscellaneous) 1842-1870
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government regulations. Internal administrative rules

 
Folder TitleDate
6 Die Buergerlichen Und Kommunal-Verhaeltnisse, Naturalisirung (Miscellaneous) 1834-1845
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government correspondence, decrees, citizenship oaths

 
Folder TitleDate
7 Die Umzuege Der Korporations Mitglieder Und Abloesung Derselben (Miscellaneous) 1840-1870
  

Regulations, government correspondence. Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten

 
Folder TitleDate
8 Die Auffuehren Der Inventarienstuecke Der Gemeinde 1865-1893
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Inventories; communal meetings authorizing purchases and sales of property; auctions; communal documents and books

 
Folder TitleDate
9 Die Organisirung Der Korporation-Vervaltung, Wahle Der Verwaltungs- Und Repraesentanten Sowie Der Einzelnen Verwaltungs-Kommissione 1862-1866
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal decisions, announcements of elections, lists of eligible voters, government documents, elections at various levels, closing an account on change of officeholder

 
Folder TitleDate
10 Die Wahlen Der Gemeindebehoerden Und Die Bildung Von Verwaltungs- Kommissionen 1906-1916
  

Communal meetings, government correspondence, lists of eligible voters, newspaper announcements, petitions and litigation against results, membership dues, death of communal officers, death notices in newspaper, commissions

 
Folder TitleDate
11 Die Wahlen Der Gemein-Behoerden Und Der Bildung Von Verwaltungs- Kommissionen 1866-1867
  

Communal meetings, regulations, elections, announcements, petition. Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten

 
Folder TitleDate
12Ordnungs-Und Polizeistrafen. Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1834-1886
  

Fines ordered by community (for non- attendance at meetings, etc.); communal decisions, correspondence with government and others

 
Folder TitleDate
12 A Privilegien Und DocumenteRecords of Verwaltungs-Beamten. 1824-1858
  

Copies, mortgage, court cases concerning communal property, communal decisions, communal debts, communal buildings

 
Folder TitleDate
13Vermaechtnisse Und Geschenke (pages numbered 11-117 & blanks)1828-1875
  

Rules concerning specific endowments; wills, probate court documents, correspondence; letters concerning gifts

 
Folder TitleDate
14Die Buergerlichen Und Kommunal-Verhaeltnisse 1833-1837
  

Records of Reprasentanten-Versammlung. Copy of royal decree, lists of community members with professions and citizenship status, legal regulations, correspondence concerning Jewish civil rights; list of villages

 
Folder TitleDate
15Die Anstellung Des Rabbiners Auerbach Und Pensionierung Der Wittwe DesselbenRecords of Reprasentanten-Versammlung 1823-1865
  

Communal decisions and protests as well as other materials concerning fees for rabbi; rabbi’s contract; correspondence, etc. concerning rabbi’s death in 1848; material concerning his widow and orphans

(Some documents in Hebrew and Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
16Die Anstellung Eines Rabbiners Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1848-1871
  

Correspondence; pay order; petitions; communal decisions; announcements of election; letters of application; announcements of meetings; lists of members; extention of rabbi’s contract; salary; government correspondence; correspondence with Rabbi Stoessel; litigation between rabbi and community; contract; list of attendance at communal meetings; lists of fees to rabbi; Rabbi Stoessel’s death in 1861; letters of recommendation; doctoral thesis; aid to widow

(Some documents in Hebrew and Yiddish,  228 pp. plus many unnumbered pages)
 
Folder TitleDate
17Anstellung Des Rabbiners Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1864-1868
  

Excerpt from communal rules; announcement of election; communal decisions; choice of election officials; letters of application; curriculum vitaes; recommendations; telegrams; list of eligible voters with their votes. Election of Rabbi Duschak; not hired and post kept vacant

(Some documents in Hebrew and Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
18Die Anstellung Des Rabbiners 1869-1871
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. List of applicants, petition, letters of application, references; communal meetings; curriculum vitaes; telegrams; election meeting; list of eligible voters, etc. Election of Rabbi Freimann

(Some documents in Hebrew and Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
19Die Anstellung Und Dienstfuehrung Der Rabbinats-Assessoren Und Schlaechter Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1860-1874
  

Vacancy for rabbi’s post. Letters of application; communal decisions; announcement of meetings; correspondence concerning salary, conditions and functions; various official business handled by temporary rabbis; announcements, petitions; government correspondence and announcements

(Some documents in Hebrew and Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
20Die Wahl, Anstellung Und Amtsfuehrung Des Rabbiners Dr. Freimann1871-1885
  

Communal board meetings, election meeting, list of eligible voters and their choices, congratulations, Dr. Freimann’s letters of application and recommendation, inauguration ceremonies and invitations, his contract, apartment, raises, telegrams, etc. concerning his death in 1884; burial; widow and children

 
Folder TitleDate
20 AUntitled 1902
  

Communal decisions and correspondence concerning illness and gravestone for Mrs. Freimann, widow of ex-rabbi

(Unbound, 6 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
21Wahl Eines Rabbiners, Aufstellung Des Rabbi, Dr. Freund 1898-1907
  

Newspaper announcements and advertisements, letters of application and recommendation; material concerning rabbi’s marriage in 1900 and his resignation in 1907

 
Folder TitleDate
22Die Wahl Und Aufstellung Eines Rabbiners/Dr. Plessner 1885-1898
  

Letters of application, newspaper announcements, contract, renewals, correspondence, communal decisions, government correspondence; Dr. Plessner’s death in 1898, telegrams, pension for his widow

 
Folder TitleDate
23Missing
Folder TitleDate
24Die Aufstellung Eines/Haft Und Schaechters 1860-1865
  

Newspaper announcements, letters of application, communal decisions, Letters of recommendation, hiring of Cantor Haft, his contract, election, List of voters, vacations; hiring of a (ritual slaughterer)

(Some documents in Hebrew and Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
25Missing
Folder TitleDate
26Die Wahl Und Austellung Der Kantoren Und Schaechter 1883-1889
  

Lists of applications, communal decisions, government correspondence, order to fire foreign cantor and; list of eligible voters; letters of application, newspaper announcements, letters of recommendation, tests and auditions; election hiring of Cantor Senior, contract, firing of cantor, new applications, rehiring of cantor, along with assistant

(Some documents in Hebrew)  
 
Folder TitleDate
27Die Anstellung Und Dienstfuehrung Des Korporations-Schreibers Und Rendanten (?) 1841-1892
  

Petitions, communal decisions, government correspondence

 
Folder TitleDate
28Anstellung Und Dienstfuehrung Der Korporations-Und Synagogendiener1836-1907
  

Communal decisions; complaints against synagogue caretaker, investigations, correspondence, correspondence with government

A few loose pages in addition to bound volume (records of Verwaltungs- Beamten)
 
Folder TitleDate
29 Untitled 1905
  

Letters of application and recommendation for job of assistant cantor in Ostrowo for High Holidays

unbound
 
Folder TitleDate
30 Die Annahme Eines Hilfvorbeters Zu Den Hohen Festtagen 1907-1908
  

Applications, recommendations

 
Folder TitleDate
30 ADie Neubesetzung Der Vakanten Synagogendienerstelle/Schmuckler 1908-1913
  

Letters of application and recommendation from various places

 
Folder TitleDate
31Der Verein Zur Pflece Der Kranken Und Beerdigung Der Leichen1835-1841
  

Records of Reprasentanten Versammlung. Concerning Hevra Kadisha, correspondence with government, community committee meetings, government regulations and fines

 
Folder TitleDate
32Die Umzuege Der Korporations-Mitglieder Und Abfindung Derselben1824-1845
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal decisions in individual cases; correspondence, petitions, attestations of permission to move

(Some documents in Yiddish,  205 pp.)
 
Folder TitleDate
33Umzuege Und Ablosung Der Korporations-Mitglieder 1848-1856
  

Jews moving to other towns: specific cases, petitions, communal and governmental decisions, sums of amounts owed, jurisdictional disputes between communities

(229 pp. plus blanks)
 
Folder TitleDate
34Missingundated
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35Missingundated
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36Missingundated
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37Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
38Die Verzeichnisse Der Maennlichen Geburten 1847-1874
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Copies of official birth records for 1847-1850; registry of all male Jewish births in Adelnau Kreis, 1851-1859; registry of all male Jewish births in Ostrowo, 1859-1874

 
Folder TitleDate
39Die Abschliessung Von Vertraegen Ueber Den Verkauf Der Synagogen Sitzstellen 1858
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Collection of contracts for individual synagogue seats issued before notary public

 
Folder TitleDate
40Die Abschliessung Von Vertraegen Ueber Den Verkauf Der Synagogen- Sitzstellen 1858
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten; continuation of above. Collection of contracts for individual synagogue seats

 
Folder TitleDate
41Die Naturalisirung Der Korporations Mitglieder 1834-1845
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Summons to meetings, petitions, lists of individuals, government correspondence and orders, name changes, detailed forms concerning individuals, communal decisions

 
Folder TitleDate
42Die Geduldeten Korporationsmitglieder Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. 1835-1848
  

Concerning Jews merely tolerated, but without citizenship. Government-issued certificates of toleration. Government orders, annual lists of tolerated Jews, government correspondence concerning individuals and general matters

 
Folder TitleDate
43Missingundated
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44Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
45Etats Und Repartitionen 1843-1862
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government orders, communal decisions, budgets, communal tax rolls (not completely chronological)

 
Folder TitleDate
46Die Feststellung Des Klassifikations Tarifs Zur Veranlagung Der Gemeinde Steuern 1857-1871
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal meetings on changing assessment systems; proposed systems of assessment, government order regulations

 
Folder TitleDate
47Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
48Die Veranlagung Der Korporations-Beitraege 1860-1870
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal tax rolls, petitions government orders (c. 220 heads of family)

 
Folder TitleDate
49Die Repartition Der Corporationsbeitraege 1891-1904
  

Mostly assessment lists; communal deliberations, adjustments, government correspondence

 
Folder TitleDate
50Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
51Reclamationen Wegen Korporations-Beitraegen 1835-1861
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Requests for reductions, communal meetings, government regulations

 
Folder TitleDate
52Missingundated
Folder TitleDate
53Kassen Und Rechnungs-Sachen 1834-1846
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. (Some in Yiddish script). Correspondence, choice of finance committee, government orders, lists of amounts owed, communal decisions, bills, audits, correspondence within communal administration, notices of amounts due, notes on budget items

 
Folder TitleDate
54Kassen Und Rechnungs-Sachen 1844-1886
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government regulations, audits, bills, communal meetings, correspondence, balance sheets, accounts

 
Folder TitleDate
55Die Revision Der Korporations-Kasse 1836-1892
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Periodic (sometimes monthly) reports of expenses, income and cash on hand by commission (some reports missing), bond posted for auditors, choice of auditors, government orders

 
Folder TitleDate
56Korporations-Kassen Rechnungen Pro 1863 Und 1864 1862-1867.
  

Records of Vorstand. Correspondence, regulations, lawsuit

 
Folder TitleDate
57Einziehung Rueckstaend, Beitraege Und Korpor. Kassen-Rechnung1880-1902
  

Lists of debtors, general revenue and expenses, balance sheets, government correspondence, audits, communal decisions, legal proceedings to collect debts, individual petitions and communal decisions

 
Folder TitleDate
58Die Jahresberechnungen Der Korporations-Kasse 1913-1915
  

Correspondence, accounts for 1910-1911, balance sheet of Legatenfond (endowment fund), communal decisions

 
Folder TitleDate
59Die Krupken-Abgabe, Verpachtung Der Diesfaelligen Revenue 1845-1860
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Tax on kosher meat: rules concerning collection, auctions, announcements (some in Yiddish script). Correspondence, communal decisions, contract with collector, government correspondence, income

 
Folder TitleDate
60 Missing undated
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61Die Feststellung Und Erhebung Der Krupkensteuer Und Schlachtgebuehren, 1876-1901
  

Communal debates and orders concerning fees and tickets, bids for tax farm, petitions for tax reductions, concerning הטיחש; correspondence, auction of collection rights, rules, meeting announcements. (Includes some loose pages)

 
Folder TitleDate
62Corporation Wider Tauchenpaechter Mueller 1847-1848
  

Court case; correspondence with government; court documents, communal decisions; also includes case vs. Korn

 
Folder TitleDate
63Materials concerning mikve (ritual bath) in Ostrowo 1865-1900
  

Communal decisions, contracts with mikve renters, correspondence, rules of mikves in other towns, petitions, government correspondence, bills, inventories

(Title page missing). (Mostly bound material)
 
Folder TitleDate
64Missingundated
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65Missingundated
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66Die Veranlagung Zur Fleischerei Berufsgenossenschaft 1902-1906
  

Statutes of national guild; correspondence

 
Folder TitleDate
67Die Berichtgung Der Forderung Des Provinzial Schul-Fonds 1833-1846, 1869
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Mainly correspondence with government; also official documents, court documents

 
Folder TitleDate
68Missingundated
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69Die Abloesung Des An Die Katholische Kirche Hierselbst Zu Liefernden Shiesspulver Und Talg 1836-1858
  

Law suit with church; communal meetings, appeals, court decisions, agreement, further suits

 
Folder TitleDate
70Die Forderung Des Kreis-Physikus Dr. Koschny An Die Hiesige Juedische Korporation 1843-1850
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Court case concerning debt, communal decisions, court documents

 
Folder TitleDate
71Die Entnahme Des Darlehens Aus Dem Legatenfonds 1878-1903
  

Synagogue mortgages, amortization, communal decisions, legal discussions, bank correspondence, inheritances, wills, legal rules, endowments, government correspondence

 
Folder TitleDate
72Die Aufnahme Eines Darlehens Bei Der Chevra Kadischa Und Der Preuss. Cent. Boden Credit Akt. Gesellschaft? Berlin 1872, 1907-1909
  

8,000 mark loan; bank correspondence, government permission, government correspondence, conditions of loan, communal decisions, communal property, excerpts from government documents

 
Folder TitleDate
73Missingundated
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74Die Unterstuetzung Der Armen Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1847-1864
  

Court case, petitions requesting help from individuals, especially in 1848 (includes victims of pogroms in region), petitions from congregations and other institutions, list of poor, 1847, receipts, reports of epidemics

(Some receipts in Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
75Die Unterstuetzung Der Armen 1856-1884
  

Communal meetings and orders, regulations, pleas for aid by individuals, decisions of aid commission in individual cases, pay orders for aid, lists of recipients; includes society to aid poor gymnasium students

 
Folder TitleDate
76Die Armenpflege 1867-1891
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Petitions for aid by individuals, communal decisions, meeting of united khevres concerning poor: announcement, attendance, correspondence, pleas from organizations, correspondence concerning accounts of poor administration

 
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77Missingundated
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78Missingundated
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79Armenunterstuetzung Und Beihilfe Zu Wohltaetigkeitszwecken 1895-1902
  

Receipts, requests for help from institutions and individuals

 
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80Die Verabreichung Des Ostermehls An Armen 1835-1845
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Passover flour for poor: lists of recipients, communal meetings, regulations, correspondence, announcements

(Some material in Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
81Die Armenunterstuetzung 1834-1839
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Petitions for aid, vouchers for aid expenditures, correspondence, including one Yiddish letter

(110 pages)
 
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82Die Bekleidung Armer Schulkinder 1834, 1842-1846, 1865
  

Poor children sent home from school for insufficient clothes, communal purchases of clothes, statements of parents, communal decisions, bills

 
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83Collecten Und Milde Beitraege 1886-1893
  

Collection for hospital, etc.; list of contributors, correspondence, etc., appeals for aid from various organizations

issue of a Jewish newspaper (in German) 
 
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84Aid to the Poor 1881-1915
  

Appeals from organizations and individuals; communal decisions

(Unbound, very fragmentary)
 
Folder TitleDate
85Missingundated
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86Der Frauen-Verein, Unterstuetzung Duerftiger Frauen Und Jungfrauen1842-1880
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Correspondence between community and the society, etc.; balance sheets of women’s society, statutes of various societies to aid poor women, government correspondence, minutes, announcements of meetings, society to provide soup to poor: lists of members, bills for soup delivered

 
Folder TitleDate
87Missingundated
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88Missingundated
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89Die Aus Der Schule Entlassenen Knaben Sowie Unterbringung Und Beaufsichtigung Derselben 1834-1847
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal decisions in individual cases; government correspondence; requests and declarations by individuals; lists of children over 14 years old with professions they are learning; apprenticeship contract; requests for apprentices, school reports

 
Folder TitleDate
90Die Organisirung Der Schule, Beschaffung Und Unterhalt Der Unterrichtslocalien 1835-1857
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Proposals for building a schoolhouse and mikve, plans, cost estimates (1840); sale of old elementary school (1835), rented building, correspondence, government correspondence, communal decisions

 
Folder TitleDate
91Schul-Sachen, Anstellung Der Lehrer Und Unterrichts-Sachen 1834-1859
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government orders, lists of all school- age children, correspondence, truancy, school materials, appointment and recommendation of teachers, communal decisions

 
Folder TitleDate
92Der Privat “Schul” Unterricht Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten1835-1841
  

Orders against such instruction, threats of punishment, passing on of government decrees against khedorim, certificates for Jewish teachers

 
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93Gehalt Quittungen concerning assistant teacher, Callomon 1844
  (4 items) 
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94Missingundated
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95Die Errichtung Und Verwaltung Der Gemeinde-Religionsschule 1897-1912
  

Statutes of school with amendments, communal decisions, nomination of administrators, correspondence, invitation, hiring teacher, list of students, curricular plan for 1912, minutes of education committee

 
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96 Schulbesuchs-Liste Der Religions-Schule Zu Ostrowo 1912-1913
  

Attendance book

 
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97Kultus Angelegenheiten Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1834-1897
  

Ritual objects belonging to synagogue, synagogue budgets, Ner Tomid Society, fees for religious ceremonies, questionnaires, communal decisions, government approval and others, petitions concerning anti-shekhite proposals, list of voting members, mikve, Austritt, etc.

 
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98Missingundated
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99Untitled1907-1913
  

Correspondence concerning cemetery plots and care, communal decisions

unbound
 
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100Missingundated
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101Der Neubau Der Synagoge Und Deren Documente 1855-1862
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal meetings, purchase of land, etc., budget, contracts, official record, inauguration

(One page in Hebrew) 
 
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102Der Neubau Einer Leichenhalle, Umbau Des Hauses No. 57, Die Errichtungen Von Umwaehrmungen, Etc. 1872-1885
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Sketches, communal meetings, expense estimates for various projects, correspondence, rabbi’s residence, additional expenses, cemetery ownership

 
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103Umbau Des Treppenaufganges In Der Synagoge Und Deren Umgebens 1890-1895
  

Correspondence, communal decisions, plans and blueprints, estimated costs, permits

 
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104Missingundated
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105Verkauf Eines Teilgrundstueckes An Epstein 1911-1912
  

Correspondence, communal decisions, meeting, copy of agreement concerning building and sale, lawyers’ correspondence, government permission

 
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106Die Renovation Und Verwaltung Der Tauche (Radeanstalt) 1891-1911
  

Plan, government correspondence, communal decisions, bills, cost estimates, correspondence, communal meetings, public announcements, letters from other communities asking advice, government inspections, firing of superintendent of mikve, applications for post of cemetery caretaker, contract of superintendent, income and expenses of mikve

(Not all bound)
 
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107Der Neubau Und Unterhaltung Der Tauche Und Des Schulgebaeudes 1835-1852
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Communal decisions, conditions for building, public announcements, government correspondence, contract for land, cost estimates, bills, tax to pay for building, list of payers, contract, plans, correspondence

 
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108Missingundated
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109Missingundated
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110Korrespondenzen Gemischten Inhalts; Gesuche, Reschwerden, Etc. 1838- 1855
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten

 
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111Missingundated
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112Missingundated
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113Fuehrungsattestn 1834-1894
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Petitions, certificates of good behavior and recommendation, issued by the Ostrowo community

 
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114Verschiedene Publicanda 1834-1867
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Government and individual requests for community to make public announcements, includes some of the actual announcements

 
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115Missingundated
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116Verlassen Und Vormundschafts-Sachen 1835-1873
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Birth and death certificates for government cases, government correspondence

 
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117Die Collonisation Der Juden Im Grossherzogthum Posen 1846
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Creation of Jewish colonization organization, correspondence, applications of prospective colonists

 
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118Missingundated
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119Verschiedene Currenden An Die Verwaltungs-Beistaende, Veranlagungs- Commission Und Einschaetzungs-Commission 1847-1881
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Several hundred circulars announcing meetings

 
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119 ACirculars summoning meetings of Jewish communal board, commission and khevres of Ostrowo 1888-1891
  (Unbound)  
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120Patriotische Kundgebungen Und Andachtsuebuncen 1866-1897
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Prayers for government, government orders, special prayers and celebrations, announcements of parliamentary elections, meetings, etc., king’s birthday, end of war, official days of prayer, aid for war wounded, etc., communal decisions

 
Folder TitleDate
121Die Am Vorafende Des Versoehnungsfeste 5633/am 11. Oktober 1672 In Der Synagoge Zu Ostrowo Stattgehabte Unglueckliche Katastrophe 1872-1875
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Fatal accident: correspondence, letters of condolences, expenses, newspaper announcements, communal meeting, statutes of orphans’ home in Schwerin a. W., pleas for aid, donations

 
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122Verzeichniss Der Zu Naturalisirenden Mitglieder Der Israelitischen Corporation Zu Ostrowo 1844
  

Petitions, information on several individual cases

 
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123 Record of Jewish weddings at Ostrowo 1836-1844
  

(Cover missing)

 
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124(Untitled) Case of Berliner vs. Jewish community of Ostrowo concerning pillar in front of synagogue seat 1865
  

Court announcements, copy of accusation and of synagogue seat contract, correspondence, legal documents, decision

 
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125Nachweis Der Synagogenplaetze 1913-1916
  

Synagogue seat rentals, list

 
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126Das Angebot Der Israelitischen Heiraten 1834-1839
  

Records of Verwaltungs-Beamten. Rules, permission to marry, petitions

 
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127Repartitionen Und Etat 1844
  

Communal tax list and budget with government approval; listed among general contents: Grundriss Des Unteren Raumes Der Synagoge Zu Ostrowo (missing)

 
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128Nachweis Der Synagogensitzplaetze 1909-1910
  

List of seat owners

 
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129Missingundated
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130Rechnung Der Israelitischen Corporations-Kasse Zu Ostrowo Fuer Den Jahrgang 1839
  

Accounts

 
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131Umlegung Der Rekrutensteuer 1837-1845
  

(Records of Repraesentanten-Versammlung). Government correspondence, communal decisions and announcements, amounts paid

 
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132Die Untersuchung Wider Beiden Repraesentanten Baruch Krotoszyner Und Aron ZellnerRecords of Verwaltungs-Beamten 1834-1836
  

Investigation of two officials for for insubordination and revealing secrets, regulations, minutes of investigation, including depositions

 
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133(Untitled) Accompanying Finance Documents 1839
  

Expense orders, communal decisions, applications, Recrutensteuer, bills, concerning aid to poor

 
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134Etat 1842
  

Includes outstanding debts for 1840 and 1841; budget; communal tax list, expense vouchers

 
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135Einnahme Quittungen of Verein Zur Heranbildung Juedischer Handwerker in Ostrowo 1849-1853
  

Society for training Jewish artisans; lists of receipts for dues

 
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136Belaege Der Ausgaben 1862
  

(Poor fund?) Pleas for aid by individuals; orders for payment

(77 pp. plus blanks)
 
Folder TitleDate
137Missingundated
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138Ausgabe Belaege Der Armen-Casse 1865
  

Pay orders

(105 items)
 
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139Ausgabe Belaege Zur Rechnung 1867
  

List of expenses by category, bills, expense vouchers and pay orders

(273 pp. plus blanks)
 
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140Einnahme Belaege Zur Rechnung 1867
  

Overview of income, etc., communal decisions, Einnahme Anweisungen (orders to register income)

(163 pp.)
 
Folder TitleDate
141Missing
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142Ausgabe Belaege Zur Rechnung 1871
  

Bills, receipts, pay orders

(472 items)
 
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143Einnahme Belaege Zur Rechnung 1873
  

Communal decisions, Einnahme Anweisungen, lists of various types of income

(112 pp.)
 
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144 Belaege Zur Jahres-Rechnung 1895-1896
  

Bills, pay orders, Einnahme Anweisungen, communal decisions, etc., receipts; both income and expenditures

Unbound, (129 expense items; 63 income items)
 
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145Ausgabe Belaege 1894-1895
  

Mostly bills, pay orders

 
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146Ausgabe Journal 1895-1896
  

Ledger

 
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147Ausgabe Belaege 1885-1886
  

Government and communal decisions concerning owed dues, bills, pay orders, receipts for aid, etc.

(202 pages plus unnumbered pages)
 
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148Ausgabe Belaege 1889-1890
  

Bills, pay orders

(144 items)
 
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149Einnahme Belaege 1882-1883
  

Receipts, accounts, lists of contributions, Einnahme Anweisungen, synagogue seats

 
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150Ausgabe Belaege 1882-1883
  

Bills, pay orders, receipts, etc.

(141 pp.)
 
Folder TitleDate
151 Ausgabe Journal 1881-1882
  

Ledger

 
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152Ausgabe Belaege/Armen-Verwaltungundated
  

Almost exclusively pay orders for aid to individuals

 
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153Ausgabe Belaege 1900-1901
  

Mostly bills, etc.

(228 items)
 
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154Die Rauchfangs-Steuer Der Hiesigen Corporations 1834-1836
  

Chimney tax: government letters, list of papers, communal decision, government announcement

(6 pp.)
 
Folder TitleDate
155Missingundated
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156Einnahme Belaege 1880-1881
  

Income lists; Einnahme Anweisungen

(34 items)
 
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157Ausgabe Belaege 1899-1900
  

Receipts, bills, lists of expenses, pay orders

(Binding fell apart, over 180 items)
 
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158Einnahme Belaege 1884-1885
  

Lists of various kinds of income, Einnahme Anweisungen, receipts

 
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159 Ausgabe Belaege 1902-1903
  

Bills, pay orders

(Items 97-192)
 
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160Ausgabe Belaege 1898-1899
  

Bills, lists of expenses, pay orders

(2 vols; Vol. 1: items 1-100; vol. 2: 101-211)
 
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161Saemmtlichen Den Jugendverein Betreffenden Angelegenheiten 1845-1847
  

Statutes of youth organization, apprenticeship contract, contributions, apprenticeship questions

 
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162Untitled 1911-1913
  

Accompanying documents for budget of Eger Lodge (Jewish lodge) in Ostrowo (mostly bills)

(229 items)
 
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163Akten Des Vereins Malbisch Arumim of Ostrowo 1885-1887
  

Membership meetings, lists of children needing clothes, budget

 
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164Adhirenda in case of Przygodzic vs. Ostrowo 1823-1836
  

Suit between Jewish community and domain of Przygodzic in court of Krotoszyn concerning quit-rents for various properties (Dominial Entschaedigungs Ansprueche). Various court documents

 
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165Untitled 1827-1828
  

Expenses in court case of Zukerman, et. al. vs. Jewish community of Ostrowo, in Friedensgericht case involving communal dues: correspondence, accounts, communal tax to pay courtroom expenses, court documents, receipts

(Partly in Yiddish) 
 
Folder TitleDate
166 Receipts, expense orders 1844
  (No cover, but bound) 
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167Acta Manualia Des Koenigl. Justiz-Commisarius Mittelstaedt in case of Lissner vs. Ostrowo 1842-1844
  

Suit by Moses Lissner of Pless O/S against Jewish community; court costs

 
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168Acta Manualia Des Landsgerichts-Raths Springer in case of Probst Kramarkiewicz vs. Synagoge Ostrowo 1827-1828
  

Concerning a debt: government correspondence, court papers, inquest, court correspondence

 
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169Missingundated
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170 Jewish communal tax lists (lists of payment), fragmentary 1896-1899
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171 Registry of slaughterhouse, Ostrowo 1838
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171 A Registry of slaughterhouse, Ostrowo? 1892-1893
  (Iin Yiddish)   
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172Missingundated
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173Missingundated
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174Armenpflege 1918-1919
  

List of people to be aided, receipts from organizations

 
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175Einnahme 1836
  

Manual Income ledger

 
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176Auszug Aus Dem Gemeinde-Citzstellenarchiv 1908
  

List of synagogue seat owners

 
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177(Untitled) Accompanying documents for expenses of Eger Lodge in Ostrowo 1917-1919
  

Bills, receipts, pleas for aid from organizations

(143 items)
 
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178Case of Krauskopf vs. community 1866
  

Concerning Krupka (meat tax) collection: summonses to hearings, lawyer’s bills, promissory notes

 
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179(Untitled) Documents concerning two synagogue seats 1857-1865
  

Contracts, payments

 
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180Untitled 1858-1876
  

Contracts and documents concerning a small number of specific seats in the synagogue of Ostrowo

 
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181Imtitled 1840
  

List of debtors who owe communal taxes

 
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182Untitled 1911
  

Correspondence concerning purchase of Kopfhalter for slaughterhouse in Ostrowo

(4 unbound items)
 
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183Miscellaneousundated, 1824, 1841-1843
  

Announcements by Jewish community, 1841-1843. Tax classification list, no amounts, n.d. Yiddish list of taxes paid, n.d. List of contributors for Passover flour 1824.

(Some material in Yiddish,  unbound)
 
Folder TitleDate
184Miscellaneous 1838, 1890s, 1910-1915
  

Communal and government decisions concerning a gravestone, 1838. Receipts for dues – Holzverein in Ostrowo, 1890’s. Letter concerning matzohs from Rabbi Neuhaus, 1915. First page of communal tax list, 1890. Letter concerning repairs of synagogue roof, 1912 and of clock, 1913. Repair of hearse, 1913; slaughtering fees, 1909; communal decision to raise teacher’s salary, 1894; correspondence concerning a member’s 50th anniversary; letter of condolence to Rabbi Freund, 1910; etc.

(about 40 items)
 
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Series II: Financial Documents, 1851-1915

Folder TitleDate
F 1Ausgabe Belaege Zur Korporations Tariffen Rechnung 1851
  

Contains material from 1850-1852; receipts, bills, pay orders

(72 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
F 2Ausgabe Belaege 1873
  

Mainly bills; pay orders, receipts, pleas for aid

(322 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
F 3Ausgabe Belaege 1873-1874
  

Bills, receipts, pay orders

(339 items)
 
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F 4Einnahme Belaege 1883-1884
  

Receipts, changes in communal tax lists, Einnahme Anweisungen

(94 items)
 
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F 5Einnahme Belaege 1883-1884
  

Lists of various types of income (with corresponding amounts), Einnahme Anweisungen

(82 items)
 
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F 6Einnahme Belaege 1886-1887
  

Lists of various types of income and of donations, Einnahme Anweisungen

(69 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
F 7 Ledger 1879-1887
  

Both income and expenses, includes numbered and dated items, (fragmentary)

 
Folder TitleDate
F 8Revenue ledger 1890-1891
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F 9Accompanying documents for expenses 1896-1897
  

Bills, lists of expenses, receipts, pay orders, expense vouchers, pleas for aid, etc.

(No cover, over 229 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
F 10Einnahme Belaege 1899-1900
  

List of debtors, orders, and documents concerning various kinds of income

(Over 56 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
F 11Ausgabe Belaege 1903-1904
  

Mainly bills and vouchers

(2 volumes, 186 items)
 
Folder TitleDate
F 12Accompanying documents for expenses 1904-1905
  

Bills, receipts, pay orders

(items 85-159)
 
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