Guide to the Papers of Abraham Bornstein, undated, 1914-1992
 
*P-937

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Mary Chen as MS Word document, April 01, 2012. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on April 6, 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bornstein, Abraham
Title: Abraham Bornstein, Papers
Dates:undated, 1914-1992
Abstract: Abraham Bornstein was a well known publisher and collector of art and art books. In 1923, Bornstein founded the Boston Book and Art Shop, which distributed art books from leading publishers of Europe, as well as published books, portfolios and monographs. Abraham and his wife, Rachel, used their publishing house to help encourage and promote many Jewish artists and writers in the United States, among them, Chaim Grade, a Yiddish poet. This collection contains materials from the Boston Book and Art Shop, including financial records and inventory, inventory and sample of collection donated to YIVO, inventory and sample of collection donated to the Jewish National and Hebrew University, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and work of Chaim Grade, גראדע חיים. Also included in this collection are original photographs and certificates.
Languages: The collection is in English and Yiddish.
Quantity: 3 linear feet (1 document box and 1 OS box)
Identification: P-397
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note1

Abraham Bornstein was born in Russia, and immigrated to the United States as a child. He was a well known publisher and collector of art and art books.

In 1923, Bornstein founded the Boston Book and Art Shop, formerly located on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Exeter Streets, which distributed art books from leading publishers of Europe, as well as published books, portfolios and monographs. Abraham and his wife, Rachel, used their publishing house to help encourage and promote many Jewish artists and writers in the United States, among them, Chaim Grade, a Yiddish poet.

The Bornsteins donated their collection to many well known institutions, including the Bezalel Library, the Israel Museum, the Jewish National and University Library and YIVO. According to the inventory of the collection donated to the Jewish National and University Library and YIVO, in addition to books on art, Bornstein also donated his personal collection of Japanese prints and ikons, and rare prints of Jewish books of the 16th-18th centuries.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials from the Boston Book and Art Shop (1962-1974), including financial records and an inventory, an inventory and sample of collection donated to YIVO, an inventory and sample of collection donated to the Jewish National and Hebrew University, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and the work of Chaim Grade, גראדע חיים. Also included in this collection are original photographs and certificates, among them original elementary and high school graduation certificates, and a confirmation certificate of Rachel Rosenstein Bornstein. Some of these are restricted because they are rolled and fragile.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

None

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Abraham Bornstein, Papers; P-397; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Gift of Abraham Bornstein, per Sara Schlater, 1994.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

The Papers of Abraham Bornstein, undated, 1914-1992

English and Yiddish.
Box 1, Folders 1-12 and 2 OS folders.
Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11-3Boston Book and Art Shop undated, 1962-1974
14YIVO 1974-1981
15-8Jewish National and Hebrew University 1949-1993
19Chaim Grade, גראדע חיים 1968-1992
110-11Correspondence in Yiddish undated, 1947-1992
112General 1917-1986, undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
2OS1Photographs [rolled, fragile] 1956-1962, undated
2OS2Certificates [rolled, fragile] 1914-1918
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