Guide to the Papers of Aviva Ben-Ur
1923-2009

ASF AR-7

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Aviva Ben-Ur
Title: Papers of Aviva Ben-Ur
Dates:1923-2009
Abstract: This is a compilation of items collected by Professor Aviva Ben-Ur, mainly in photocopy format, including historical essays about Sephardic Jewry and Ladino, newsletters, maps, poems, theater scripts, and brochures. There are also galley proofs of her book with Rachel Frankel about the cemeteries of Suriname, and correspondence.
Languages: The collection is in English, Spanish, Ladino and Hebrew.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-7
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Aviva Ben-Ur is an Associate Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Adjunct to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of History. She earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1998 and her M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Columbia University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Where Diasporas Met: Sephardic and Ashkenzai Jews in the City of New York-A Study in Intra-Ethnic Relations, 1880-1950. She began teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in Fall 2000. Her published books include Sephardic Jews in the United States: Where Diasporas Met, Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname: Epitaphs and A Ladino Legacy: The Judeo-Spanish Collection of Louis N. Levy. She was awarded a 2007 American Council of Learned Societies fellowship to conduct research for her book Jewish Identity in a Slave Society: Suriname, 1660-1863, which has not yet been published. She translated and analyzed response and Hebrew and Ladino medieval literature for Andree Aelion Brooks’ book, The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi, a Jewish Woman Leader During the Renaissance. Her articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Journal of Southern History, American Jewish History, American Jewish Archives, Jewish History, Journal of Jewish Studies, and Studies in Bibliography and Booklore.

In addition to the American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Fulbright Program; the University of Washington, where she was the Hazel D. Cole Fellow in Jewish Studies 1999-2000; and the John Carter Brown Library, among others. She has taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway; the University of Washington; and Queens College.

She has served on the Advisory Boards of Sephardic House, the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Religious Heritage, and on the Academic Councils of both the American Sephardi Federation and the American Jewish Historical Society. She has been a Fellow of the University of Massachusetts Five College Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas, a Lilly Teaching Fellow, and the recipient of both a University of Massachusetts Center for Teaching Course Enhancement Grant and Faculty Research Grant.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains cassettes of oral histories of New York Sephardim, four copies of galley proofs for Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogue of Suriname: Epitaphs from 2007 and 2008 with some edits by Aviva Ben-Ur and Rachel Frankel, correspondence between Professor Ben-Ur and various scholars of Sephardic studies, photocopies of historical essays about Sephardic topics, newsletters and other printed materials including maps, poems, and theater scripts. The materials have been arranged chronologically according to accretion. The first folder of materials for each accretion contains a cover letter from Professor Ben-Ur detailing that accretion’s contents.

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Arrangement

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: info@AmericanSephardiFederation.org or Rbelinfante@ASF.CJH.org

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Related Material

The American Sephardi Federation and the YIVO Library have several books by Aviva Ben-Ur, including The Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Collection of the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad: A Descriptive Bibliography, A Ladino Legacy: The Judeo-Spanish Collection of Louis N. Levy, Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogue of Suriname: Epitaphs, Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History, and Where Diasporas Met: Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews in the City of New York: A Study in Intra-Ethnic Relations, 1880-1950. In addition, there are many books covering her areas of interest and research topics, including Ladino, American Jewish history and works by and about Mair Jose Benardete.

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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 Aviva Ben-Ur; ASF AR-7; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

Papers presented to the American Sephardi Federation by Aviva Ben-Ur in several accretions in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Papers of Aviva Ben-Ur, 1923-2009, undated

1 manuscript box and 1 banker's box
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Cover letter from Aviva Ben-Ur to Randall Belinfante, September 21, 20062006
1 2 “The Clarion” (Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, Seattle, newsletter), September 1999 (2 copies)1999
1 3 A photocopy of Mair Jose Benardete’s Hispanic Culture and Character of the Sephardic Jews (Hispanic Institute, 1953)1953
1 4 A photocopy of Emily Adatto, “A Study of the Linguistic Characteristics of the Seattle Sefardi Folklore,” M.A. thesis, University of Washington, 1935. This was given to Prof. Ben-Ur by a University of Washington archivist who found this extra copy among Albert Adatto’s papers.1935
1 5 A photocopy of Mair Jose Benardete, “Los Romances Judeo-espanoles en Nueva York,” M.A. thesis, Columbia University, 1923. This was sent to Prof. Ben-Ur by Samuel Armistead; his own and this copy are, to her knowledge, the only known copies, as the original is missing from Columbia University’s library.1923
1 6 Cover letter from Aviva Ben-Ur to Randall Belinfante, February 25, 20082008
1 7 History of The Rhodes League of Brothers’ Aid Society, Inc. By Albert Franco [c. 1957]. Extra photocopy in Prof. Ben-Ur’s possession. She is not sure where she photocopied this from. It was not from the Joseph M. Papo papers at the American Jewish Archives. The copy she has from that collection is manually dated (by Papo?) 1957.1957
1 8 A poem from Dr. David R. Mushabac: “These are the Occupied Lands”undated
1 9 Labi map from Dr. David R. Mushabacundated
1 10 The play “The Heart of a Jewess” by Eli Mushabac, original in Spanish, c. near 1923, copy with penciled-in notes by Prof. Ellen Schiff, whom Prof. Ben-Ur asked to informally review these plays for literary value.1923
1 11 A play by David R. Mushabac, “Through the Bull’s Eye,” with penciled-in notes by Prof. Ellen Schiffundated
1 12 Cover letter from Aviva Ben-Ur to Randall Belinfante, February 26, 20082008
1 13 Email correspondence , Aviva Ben-Ur to and from Ellen Schiff, October 20072007
1 14 Oral History Archives Authorization, Release, and Clearance Form from Dr. David R. Mushabac, 20072007
1 15 Cover letter from Aviva Ben-Ur to Randall Belinfante, March 2, 20082008
1 16 Relsease form, Maximo Dextre, brother of La Fraternidad Lodge No. 387, 20072007
1 17 Summary of Prof. Ben-Ur’s interview with Lenny Lubitz, Howard Danon, Barry Cohen, and Maximo Dextre on August 17, 2000, with handwritten corrections and notes by Maximo Dextre, summarized June 6, 20072007
1 18 Prof. Ben-Ur’s translation of items from La Vara related to La Fraternidad Lodge No. 387 from January 1, 1932 and January 11, 1935, translated June 12, 20072007
1 19 Double-sided photocopy of a La Fraternidad Lodge No. 387 informational booklet, courtesy of Maximo Dextreundated
1 20 Cover letter from Aviva Ben-Ur to Randall Belinfante, November 2, 2008, and letter from Diego Benardete to Aviva Ben-Ur, March 22, 20072007-2008
1 21 Typed and handwritten draft of a letter from Mair Jose Benardete to Gershon Cohen, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary regarding Jose Faur, May 31, 19781978
1 22 Letter to Mair Jose Benardete from Isaac Jack Levy, Executive Secretary of the American Society of Sephardic Studies, January 19, 19691969
1 23 Some notes of Mair Jose Benardete on Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatiseundated
1 24 Dedication of Paula Benardete’s copy of Studies in Honor of M.J. Benardete, December 27, 19671967
1 25 Letter from Paula Benardete to Mair Jose Benardete, June 5, 1974 or 19751974-1975
1 26 Cover letter from Aviva Ben-Ur to Randall Belinfanteundated
1 27 “In Search of the Ladino Press: A Bibliographical Survey, 1910-1948 (2 copies), 20012001
1 28 Hanoka Family Interview tapes, interviews conducted by Aviva Ben-Ur on October 5, 1996, copies made October 21, 20092009
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2 Four copies of galley proofs for "Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogue of Suriname: Epitaphs" with some edits by Aviva Ben-Ur and Rachel Frankel2007-2008
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