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PG-280824-21

Forward Association, Inc., The (New York, NY 10038-4912)
Chana Pollack (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Preserving the story of Jewish America through the Forward's unique photo-journalism collection

A general preservation assessment and purchase of preservation storage supplies for a collection of 70,000 photographs, political cartoons, newspaper clippings, and artifacts of the newspaper printing process spanning the 123-year history of Forward, a Jewish-American newspaper chronicling the Yiddish-speaking world of Eastern European Jewry. Among the collection are photographs of Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jackie Kennedy, comedienne Fannie Brice, and actress Esther Rachel Kaminska. Additional items include artifacts pertaining to the history of the newspaper, such as notebooks containing board meeting notes from the 1920s to 1980s, business records, Yiddish manuscripts, and letters to the editor. Items from the collections have been used in an exhibition at the Museum at Eldridge documenting the history of Forward, as well as documentary films, online exhibits, and the work of scholars researching the history of Jewish America, New York in the 1900s, and immigrants.

Funding a conservator to conduct a general preservation assessment and purchasing recommended supplies

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
Immigration History; Jewish Studies; Journalism

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 6/30/2022