MODERN JEWISH HISTORY

KANTSEDIKAS JUDAICA EPHEMERA COLLECTION


1,000+ ITEMS  |  0% DIGITIZED  |  0% CATALOGED

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DESCRIPTION

Art historian Alexander Kantsedikas collected ephemera related to modern Jewish and world history throughout his life. He accumulated diverse materials on subjects ranging from portrayals of historical events targeted at a contemporary audience, to personal collections of cultural figures, to compilations of photography and documents of Jewish life by unknown creators. Collection items include letters, postcards, photographs, leaflets, periodicals, books, documents, and diaries. 

DATES

1880s–2000s

PROVENANCE

The collection was assembled and owned by art historian Alexander Kantsedikas. Some pieces were single-item acquisitions from fellow collectors and dealers; others were donated or sold as complete ensembles. The Kantsedikas Judaica Ephemera Collection was acquired by the Blavatnik Archive in two parts, in 2016 and 2018. 

DETAILS

David Schorr Archive: autographed music sheets, letters, photographs, and drawings connected to Schorr — pianist, leader of the Zionist movement, and human rights activist 

Szymek (Shimon) Lustgarten Archive: letters and printed memorials connected to Lustgarten — member of Akiva and the Jewish underground in the Krakow Ghetto; prisoner at Montelupich Prison and Auschwitz; and, finally, member of Ha-Nokmim after the war

Esperanto Collection: archival materials from teachers of Esperanto, including memos and correspondence

Ilya Falkovich Archive: correspondence from other Jewish writers about Jewish literature

Postcards related to the Dreyfus Affair; collection of 110 photographs taken by Jewish photographers from various cities in Russia before the revolution; reports from the front published in “Das Neueste Hannoversche Tageblatt” in 1917 (130 pages); an underground communist newspaper, ca. 1919–1940; letters from Kaunas, Lithuania, April 1941–June 1942