Guide to the Papers of Emily Phillips (1822-1909), undated, 1893

*P-202

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Phillips, Emily
Title:Emily Phillips, papers
Dates:undated, 1893
Abstract:Contains printed and manuscript letters, written primarily in English, Yiddish and Hebrew, requesting funds, addressed to Emily Phillips from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, private individuals and private institutions.
Of special interest are a printed announcement of the investiture of Jacob Saul ben Eliezer Elyasher as Haham Bashi, and a series of letters in which Simon Muhr, acting on Miss Phillips' behalf, undertook to discover, through inquiries of Lazard Freres, France, whether the claims of a petitioner were correct. Includes also a printed New Year's greeting to Miss Phillips signed by a petitioner.
Languages:The collection is in English, with French, German, Hebrew, Italian, and Yiddish.
Quantity:.25 linear feet (1 one-half manuscript box)
Identification:P-202
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Emily Phillips include material pertaining to the philanthropic activities of this daughter of Zalegman and Arabella Solomons Phillips. Included is interesting correspondence (form letters soliciting funds, mostly) from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Palestine, flyers soliciting funds for the Sephardim in Palestine, including pre-addressed reply envelopes, and letters from various private institutions soliciting funds. Also included is some correspondence, and a printed New Year's Greeting Card from Palestine.

The collection is valuable to researchers studying American Jewish philanthropy in the 19th century, Sephardic Jews in Palestine in the 19th century, and New Year's greeting cards.

Of special interest is the printed announcement of the investiture of Jacob Saul ben Eliezer Elyasher as Haham Bashi, and a series of letters in which Simon Muhr, acting on Phillips's behalf, undertook to discover, through Lazard Freres, France, whether the claims of a petitioner were correct. Also interesting is a printed New Year's greeting signed by a petitioner.

The collection contains printed and manuscript letters and flyers, correspondence, and a printed New Year's greeting card.

The documents are in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French and German.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into a single series.

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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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Emily Phillips, papers; P-202; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

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Container List

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

 

Papers of Emily Phillips, undated, 1893

English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, and Yiddish.
.25 linear feet. Box 1.
Scope and Content:

See Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Letters from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi to EP1893
  

1. Philadelphia, February 20, 1893
- asking her for (more) money for the Sephardic community in Israel (Palestine)
- ". . . I take the liberty to apply again to your noble heart and to solicit your help in favour of our six thousand poor, whose wants are at the moment much more felt through the approach of our holy fast of Easter [Passover?]
- has the stamp of the Chief Rabbi, in English, Hebrew and Arabic on it

2. flyer, undated, in Hebrew and English
- "to help us to alleviate a little their great sufferings more especially so during the approaching Easterfeast so as to be able to distribute to them some Matza. . . .
"As to the thousands of shameless calumniating libels spread abroad, against the Sephardim, by the central commity [sic] of the Askenazim of this city, - libels approved by the Rabbi Salant, - to which our central commity [sic] has abready [sic] answered in the news-papres [sic], the mere reading thereof will suffice to give light and to make void these [sic] undeserving calumnies."

flyer, undated, in Hebrew and English
- the Chief Rabbi, Mayer Panigal, has died
- "How will we manage to have sufficient means for providing matza and a little money to 6000 poor! Would it be right and prudent to forget his poor bretheren and so cause jealousy to spring up in their hearts! Oh, no! You will never allow such a thing. You are His representative upon earth, who is King of kings and Distributor of all riches."

4. flyer, February 1893, in Hebrew and French
- announcing the new Chief Rabbi, Jacob Saul Elyachar

5. pre-addressed reply envelopes

 
12Letters from Private Institutions to EPundated, 1893
  

1. flyer from Eschel Abraham, an "Aschkenazische Pilgerhaus," in Hebrew

2. flyer from Misgav Ladach, a hospital, in Hebrew
- with pre-addressed reply envelope

3. form letter from Misgav Ladach (hospital), in English
- with endorsements in English, French, German and Italian, from the Italian Consul, 2 U.S. consuls, and a representative of Edmund von Rothschild, as well as by 3 others: S.E.D. Samuel (London), H.J. Salomon London), and A.S. Warburg (Hamburg)
- further endorsements from a bunch of rabbis and other important men who have visited the hospital

 
13Letters for Private Individuals1893
  

1. letter from a rabbi in Palestine, in Hebrew

2. letter from a rabbi's wife, Frau Feige Rokeach, in Palestine, in Hebrew

3. translation of #2

4. copies of letters to people (from Phillips?) asking them to deliver money to Mrs. Rokeach, but only to give it to her if she can prove that she needs it
- whoever wrote these letters receives a great deal of "begging communications from Jerusalem," and wants to make sure that the money is really needed by the people who send the requests

 
14New Year's Greeting Card1893
  

to Phillips from "Feige, wife of rabbi Moses Rockeach"
- printed on a sheet of paper, with Jerusalem scenes on it

 
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