Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555–1890. The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica

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Editor & Curator

Arthur Kiron.


Philadelphia, Pa., USA, 2014. 162 pp., illustrations: 124 col., 28.7 × 22.5 cm. English.




University of Pennsylvania Libraries (18 February–9 June 2014)


A treasure trove of books, historical documents, maps and other items recalling Jewish life around the Atlantic. All items selected from the Library’s recently-acquired Kaplan Collection, an extraordinary assemblage of more than 11,000 items documenting the commercial, social, religious political and cultural ties that connected Jews and the general public during the 16th–19th C. Monumental catalog with Prologue “The Path from a Collector to a Collection” by Arnold Kaplan, and five essays on: the exhibition and the Kaplan Collection (Arthur Kiron), Atlantic Jewish history (Aviva Ben-Ur), 19th-century American Jews and religion (Jonathan D. Sarna), American Jews and business (Adam Mendelsohn), and Victorian Jewish trade cards in the Kaplan Collection (Dianne Ashton). Exhibition checklist, including one kiddush cup, printed ketubbot and a print showing a synagogue in Charleston, South Carolina. Brief descriptive entries. 126 items.


The exhibition was mounted in partnership with Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History.

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CaribbeanClocks/WatchesJewish PressKetubbotKiddush cupsMexicoMusicPaintings, Jewish figuresPlaying cardsPortuguese JewsPostersPortraits, husband-wife pendantsPrints, synagoguesSamplers (needlework)Soldiers (Jewish) & related objectsSurinamSynagogues, United StatesTefillin bagsTombstones, cutters/engravers

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