Guide to the Papers of Sampson Engoren ( 1929- )
1969-1988

Processed by Dianne Ritchey Oummia

Yeshiva University Museum

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey Oummia in January 2006. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Engoren, Sampson Seymour
Title: Sampson Engoren Papers
Dates:1969-1988
Dates:bulk 1980s
Abstract: The Sampson Engoren Papers provide information on some of the work of the Jewish artist and architect. Most of the material in this collection pertains to Engoren's work, but there are also a few biographical documents as well. Although the majority of documents in this collection are large sketches, the collection also contains clippings, photographs, notes, and a log book.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 6.79 linear feet
Repository: Yeshiva University. Museum
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Biographical Note

Sampson Seymour Engoren is a Jewish artist and architect most well-known for his synagogue design. Although he also created metal sculpture of religious items, the stained glass windows he designed for synagogues are his most prominent work.

Engoren was born in Cincinatti, Ohio, in 1929 and received his education at Yeshiva Ohel Moshe in Brooklyn. He began creating synagogue art in 1960, mainly working with Jewish communities on Long Island. In 1969 he founded the company Sanctuary Design Corporation, together with his partner Harold Rabinowitz, in Lynbrook, New York. In 1993, Engoren's work earned him an International Visual Arts Award from IFRAA (Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture).

Sampson Engoren has created artwork for many different synagogues. Among them are included the Congregations Beth Or and Beth David in Lynbrook, New York; Temple Judea, in Valley Stream, New York; Nassau Community Temple in West Hempstead, New York; Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, New York; Temple Israel in Lawrence, New York; Beth El Congregation in Pikesville, Maryland; Beth Israel Congregation in Randallstown, Maryland; Temple Beth Israel in Warren, Ohio; Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon and other synagogues in New Jersey and Westchester County, New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Sampson Engoren Papers hold documents of the artist, and are largely concerned with his work. Among the documents in this collection are sketches, clippings, notes, photographs, and a log book.

Only a very small amount of biographical information on Sampson Engoren will be found in this collection, located in Series I. The same series also holds an excerpt from the magazine Faith and Forum, briefly describing the project for which the artist won an IFRAA International Visual Arts award in 1993. Finally, Series I contains a log book with notes and contact information for projects in which Engoren was involved.

The most prominent items in this collection are the unidentified sketches found in Series II. Sketches appear to mainly consist of representations of the stained glass windows the artist designed for the Beth Israel Congregation in Randallstown, Maryland, and depict various Jewish holidays, although there are also a few sketches of the synagogue's Eternal Light. There are also small sample paintings of the windows as well, which give an idea of what the windows may have looked like when completed. Other material relating to the sketches include photographs of the completed windows and Eternal Light, clippings describing these windows, and notes that seem to pertain to the construction of the windows.

Information on other artworks Engoren created will also be found in Series II. Items concerning his other projects include a collection of images of items he created as well as some clippings on them.

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Arrangement

This collection has been divided into two parts:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: YUMinquiries@cjh.org

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Custodial History

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Sampson Engoren Papers; box number; Yeshiva University Museum.

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Processing Information

The collection was found unprocessed and without any folders or indication of original order. During processing, documents and smaller sketches were placed in acid-free folders, while larger sketches were placed in acid-free boxes.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: General, 1972-1988

This series is in English.
0.125 linear foot
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series I contains a few documents of a general nature. Included here are articles about Sampson Engoren and an award he won. In addition, this collection also holds a log book used by him.

Biographical articles include an article on Engoren's acceptance in an architect's guild and an article with information about the artist and his work. In 1993 Engoren's creation of a Torah ark for the Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon won him an IFRAA (Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture) International Visual Arts Award, and this series includes a copy of the periodical Faith and Forum announcing the winning of this award. Sampson Engoren's log book, labeled "Log Book #2" lists names, telephone numbers, and addresses of synagogues. Some entries include notes on dimensions, costs, and notes on what he planned for each project.

Box TitleDate
1 Clippings - Biographicalundated, 1972
1 IFRAA Award1993-1994
1 Log Book1980?, 1988
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Series II: Projects, 1969-1984

This series is in English.
6.65 linear feet
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Most of the project material found in Series II concerns the stained glass windows Sampson Engoren designed for the Beth Israel Congregation in Randallstown, Maryland. In addition, this series also holds some material on other artwork he created, and includes both clippings and images of these other projects.

Sampson Engoren created several works of art for the Beth Israel Congregation in 1983. The most noteworthy of these were the stained glass windows he designed, which ran along two walls of the synagogue. These colorful windows depicted Jewish holidays, including Rosh ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, Holocaust Memorial Day, Israel Independence Day, and Shavuot. In addition to the windows, he also designed the Eternal Light for the synagogue and plaques with noteworthy donors' names inscribed on them. This series includes numerous sketches of stained glass windows, presumably of the Beth Israel synagogue's windows. Sketches were drawn with black, red, or purple marker, pencil, or charcoal, and most are oversized and quite large. Many of the sketches have numbers noted in each segment of the sketch; these may indicate the color of glass used in this portion of the picture. Included in this series are also unidentified sketches of an Eternal Light Engoren designed that appears to have been created for the Beth Israel synagogue. Labeled photographs of the interior of the Maryland synagogue and clippings describing his work for the congregation will also be found here.

Box TitleDate
1 Beth Israel, Randallstown, MD - Clippings1983
1 Beth Israel, Randallstown, MD - Notesundated
1 Beth Israel, Randallstown, MD - Photographsundated
Box TitleDate
OS Drawer Eternal Light - Sketchesundated
Box TitleDate
1 Projects - Clippings1969-1984
1 Scanned Images of Projectsundated
Box TitleDate
2 Stained Glass Windows - Paintingsundated
Box TitleDate
3 Stained Glass Windows - Paintingsundated
Box TitleDate
OS Drawer  Stained Glass Windows - Sketchesundated
Box TitleDate
6 Stained Glass Windows - Sketches - Very Largeundated
Box TitleDate
7 Stained Glass Windows - Sketches - Very Largeundated
Box TitleDate
OS Drawer Stained Glass Windows - Sketches - With Numerical Notationsundated
Box TitleDate
4 Stained Glass Windows - Sketches - With Position Notations - Very Largeundated
Box TitleDate
5 Stained Glass Windows - Sketches - With Position Notations - Very Largeundated
Box TitleDate
6 Stained Glass Windows - Sketches - With Position Notations - Very Largeundated
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