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Family histories collection

  • Collection
  • 1952, 1962, 1974-2010

Collection consists of family histories written by students at Jewish schools in Winnipeg in as well as additional family histories collected by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. The students’ family histories were created as a school assignment in Grade 6.

The family histories include may include narrative descriptions, family trees and copies of photographs, immigration records or other relevant documents.

Additional family histories that were donated to the Jewish Heritage Centre were interfiled in this collection. A small number of the histories were researched and written by staff or volunteers on behalf of the Jewish Heritage Centre.

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada photograph collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1858]-2009, Copied 1967-Copied 2010 (images 1273-2009)

Collection consists of photographs and other images acquired by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and its predecessors. The focus of the collection is on Jewish life in Western Canada from the earliest settlement to the 21st Century but also includes photographs from other parts of Canada, the United States, Europe, Israel and reproductions of historical images of Jewish life over the centuries.

The records come from a wide variety of sources, including families, individuals, professional photographers and a number of Jewish organizations. Individuals who provided records include politicians, religious figures, business persons and others from a various walks of life. Organizations include the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, synagogues, women’s organizations, mutual aid societies and others.

The collection includes depictions of a broad number of subjects. These may include formal family and individual photographs, farm life, religious activities, political activities, sporting teams and events, charitable work, images of atrocities during the holocaust, schoolchildren, military activities among many others. Also included are photographs of Jewish artefacts.

The geographic focus of the collection is Western Canada primarily depicts Winnipeg and other Jewish communities throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and northwestern Ontario. Some material also persons and places in British Columbia and a small number in Toronto and Montreal and other parts of Canada. Many of the records also include images of Jewish immigrants and their families in Europe prior to their emigration. Other photographs were taken in Israel, reflecting Jewish Canadian work or travel there as well as a smaller number from the United States.

A small number of artefacts and textual records can also be found in photograph albums and scrapbooks.

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Multiple fonds collection

  • Collection
  • 1865-2015

Collection consists of records from a wide variety of sources that were acquired by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada (JHC) and its predecessors and that were arranged and described on an item or file level rather than at a fonds level. In addition to the numerous sources of the material, the format, subject matter and function of the records varies. Records creators include individuals, organizations as well as the JHC itself and its predecessors.

Corporate records creators represented in the collection consist of numerous secular and religious Jewish organizations. These are mostly Winnipeg based but also include some from other communities in western Canada. These organization include: Hadassah, Histradut, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA), Zionist organizations, synagogues, I.L. Peretz school, B’nai Brith lodges, the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council, and Mt. Carmel Clinic.

Individual records creators are equally diverse, including politicians, rabbis, business owners, labour activists and others involved in the Jewish communities of Western Canada. These include Max Steinkopf, Saul Cherniack, Leible Hersfield and others.

Records formats include: correspondence, newsletters, programs, annual reports, handwritten books, minutes and financial statements. Many of the records are photocopies of originals. There are also a small number of artefacts such as pins and buttons.

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Zionist collection

  • Collection
  • 1900-1982

Collection consists of various Zionist organizations and individual Zionists collected and compiled by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and its predecessor organizations. Records include posters, pamphlets, correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, published newsletters and other works. Organizations represented originate in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and other locations.