Guide to the Papers of Morris Tarragano
1932-1936, 1954-2005


Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in March 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Morris Tarragano
Title: Papers of Morris Tarragano
Dates:1932-1936, 1954-2005
Abstract: This is a compilation of items collected by Morris Tarragano, mainly in photocopy format. These items relate to the history of Sephardic Jewry, mainly the Jews of Turkey and Spain, as well as some genealogical papers.
Languages: The collection is in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Turkish, Yiddish, and Ladino.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-41
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Morris Tarragano was born in New York City in 1920. He was a sergeant in the army in World War II, serving in Europe and in the Pacific. After the war, he started The Tarragano Company, a public relations firm in New York City. Tarragano also spent many years touring the world as a volunteer in the United Nation’s choir.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of articles collected by Morris Tarragano about Sephardic Jewry, particularly the Jews of Turkey and Spain. There is also some of Morris Tarragano’s correspondence and some genealogical materials. Folders titles often contain the title and bibliographic information of several publications and articles, separated by semi-colons.

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The collection is arranged in one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: or

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Related Material

The American Sephardi Foundation has many books, as well as audio and video materials, about the Jews of Turkey and Spain.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Morris Tarragano; ASF AR-41; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

Papers presented to the American Sephardi Federation by Morris Tarragano.

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Access Points

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Container List


Papers of Morris Tarragano, 1932-1936, 1954-2005

12 folders
1 1 Northern California Jewish Bulletin, 11/89 "Traditions of Turkey’s Jews"; Turkish-American Association of North Texas, Newsletter, "Turkey to Celebrate Arrival of Jews 500 Years Ago"; New York Times, 07/30/90 "Where 16 Synagogues Stand among Minarets"; Turkish Times 09/15/92 “Turks, Jews Reflected on 500 Years of Friendship During ATAA Event”; El Diario, La Prensa Supplemento “Sefarditas Han Hecho Gran Contribucion a La Vida Cultural y Economica de los EE.UU.” ; El Diario, La Prensa Supplemento “Los Sefarditas Nunca Han Olvidado a Espana”; New York Times, 04/23/76 “Sephardic Jews’ Temple on L.I.. To Mark Its Own Coming of Age”; Spanish Newsletter volume 5 (2) February 28, 1966 “Jews in Spain”; Spanish Newsletter April 30, 1964, Fishbein, J.I. "Jews Under Franco: How They Live in Sunny Spain"; Spanish Newsletter vol. 4 (12) December 31, 1965, Stamp featuring 13th century Toledo synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca; Spanish Newsletter, July 31, 1967 "Historic Toledo"; Spanish Newsletter, September 30, 1967, "Granada and the Alhambra"; “Espana y el mundo sefardi; Vochenblatt 07/16/61 “Fun Yiddishen Sportzenter in Meksike: Die Naye Technokratishe Revolutzia in Yisroel”; Hadassah Magazine, 12/87: 69 (4) pages 30-33, Funke, Phyllis Ellen "The Jewish Traveler: Istanbul"; SALOM (SHALOM) Haftalik Siyasi ve Kulturel Gazete 08/90 articles about Dr. Ata Erim, Rav Marc Angel and Louis N.Levy1961-1992
1 2 VISION Magazine (Federation of Turkish American Societies) May 1988, pages 10-12, 14-15, 19, assorted articles; VISION Magazine (Federation of Turkish American Societies) March 1991, pages 14-19, 26, assorted articles; The Jewish Monthly Magazine, April, 1991, pages 7-12, Kohen, Sami "Turkish Jewry: Still Changing After All These Years”; Tourism Brochure: “Turkey, The Travel Directory”; Typewritten Script: “The Eternal Light Sunlight and Shadow, Golden Age of Spanish Jewry”, broadcast 04/02/78, NBC TV, under auspices of Jewish Theological Seminary; "The Truth about the Arab Refugees" by Abba Eban, 19551955, 1978-1991
1 3 “Cuadernos Israelies”, volume III Israel/American Institute for Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese Culture; American Sephardi Federation Update Winter, 1998, Pantano, Lisa, "The Historic Synagogues of Turkey: Photographs of Jewish Houses of Worship from the Time of the Ottoman Empire"; Small softcover illustrated volume: “Girona”, Joaquim Nadal i Farreras, Patronat Municipal "Call de Girona", 1993; Tourism Brochure: “The Jews of Girona”, Dept of Tourism of Catalonia, 19891989-1998
1 4 Tourism Brochure: “Exploring the Jewish Heritage in Spain”, Spanish National Tourist Offices, Madrid, 1979; Tourism Brochure: “Toledo”, Ministry of Information and Tourism; Tourism Brochure: “Madrid”, Secretaria de Estado de Turismo, 1978; Aranda, Charles, “Dichos, Proverbs and Sayings from the Spanish”, The Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, N.Mexico, 1977; Stapled 12 page booklet, “A Visit to a Synagogue in Spain”, Sheldon M. Young, American Sephardi Federation, N.Y. 1974; Booklet, “Sephardic Music, Yesterday and Today”, Congregation Shearith Israel, N.Y. 4/78; Booklet, “Spain”, 12 Christian Protestant Pastors, American Spanish News Service, Friends of Spanish Democracy, NYC, c. 19361936, 1974-1979
1 5 Farrell, John "The Scholarly and Personal Mission of Moshe Lazar", USC Magazine, 04/03/87; Stapled booklet, “A Sheaf of Sephardic Songs”, Prof. Mair Jose Benardete, La Voz 04/63; Stapled Songster, “Gwerta de Kantigas”, Semana Sepharad 1996, Yeshiva University, Tourist Office of Spain, 1996; Booklet, “UPDATE”, Sephardic Historical Committee, volume 1, number 1, 01/95 “In Memoriam Louis N..Levy”; Booklet, “Estudios Sefardies” # 1 in memory of Moshe Attias 1978; Stapled Booklet, “Absorption Problems of Jews from Asia and Africa in Israel”, Hayyim J. Cohen, World Sephardi Federation, Executive of Israel, Jerusalem, 1974; Stapled booklet, “Guidepost”, Spain’s American Weekly, article on province of Tarragona, 01/27/671963-1996
1 6 Typewritten 5-page letter from Cayetano Marti to Joshua Hochstein, 10/26/541954
1 7 Article: Reiter, Ed. "A Medal for Christopher Columbus", New York Times, October 12, 1986; Letter: Mr. Morris Tarragano to Spanish National Tourist Office, recommending public relations program for tourism to Spain, July 27, 1979; Article: Angel, Marc D., "Sephardim find new link to reign in Spain"; Article: Q/A “Jewish Barcelona”, New York Times; Article and photos: “Life in Turtle Bay: United Nations: An Inside View from the Outside”, Turtle Bay Newsletter, October, 1998; Article: "Journey Through Sepharad", Tourist Office of Spain: Travel Notes, February, 1995; Article: "Girona i el Seu Call (The Jewish Community in Girona)", Ajuntament de Girona, Girona, Spain, Servei Municipal de Publicacions; Pamphlet: “Publicaciones del Instituto ‘Arias Montano’ de Estudios Hebraicos, Sefardies y de Oriente Proximo”, Madrid: Instituto "Arias Montano"; Playbill: "Mazal Bueno: A Portrait in Song of Spanish Jews", The Western Wind Ensemble, New York, Merkin Concert Hall (Abraham Goodman House), Sept. 20, 1992; Regency Cruise: Mordechai Arbell lecture, "To Explore the Lost 500 Year Jewish History of the Caribbean", April 18th-April 29th 1994; Young Sephardic Leadership Newsletter, January, 1974; Article: "Spain Preparing to Celebrate Jews in its Past", New York Times, 4/10/881979-1998
1 8 Bar Mitzvah Speech of Morris Tarragano, delivered mid January, 1933, written in Ladino by Albert Matarasso, also translation in Englishundated
1 9 Genealogy materials: Descendants of Haim Tarragano, Nelly Tarragano Meir, Tree No. 273, from Beth Hatefutsoth: The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Jewish Genealogy Center; Photocopy of "Passport" (visa) directed from the British government to the Sultan of Turkey requesting and requiring permission for Mr. Abraham Moise Tarragano, a British subject, to travel to New York via Marseilles, June 16, 1910; Letter from the Home Office, London, England, to H.H. Taragano [sic], Esq., indicating that Mr. Taragano’s British nationality is derived from his descent in the male line from one Israel Taragano, who was born in the United Kingdom, during the 18th century and who was British Consul in the Dardanelles between 1790 and 1797, March, 1963; Article: from Histoire des Israelites de l’Empire Ottoman, dealing with the Tarragano and related families; “Dardanelles”, The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1920; copy of a certificate of medal given to Israel Haim Taragano, Vice Consul in the Dardanelles, 18021963, undated
1 10 Letter: from Governor Herbert H. Lehman of New York to Mr. Morris A. Tarragano thanking the latter for his good wishes, November 15, 1932; Letter: from Joshua Hochstein to Mr. Tarragano discussing the “chuetas” of Majorca, January 2, 19581932, 1958
1 11 Book announcement about the Tarragano family as diplomats in the Dardanelles, 1699-1817; brochure: Sephardic Studies Program and Sephardic Community Activities program of Yeshiva University; Sephardic Home for the Aged Newsletter, “Ladino Reverie”, Hank Halio; Gourmet Magazine, “The Sephardim of Seattle”, Joan Dash, April 1967; Jewish Chronicle, articles about Jews of Spain, March 23, 19791967, 1979, undated
1 12 Correspondence between Morris Tarragano and Randall Belinfante regarding Mr. Tarragano’s donations to the American Sephardi Federation Library/Archives, 2001-20052001-2005
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