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From the Dusty Archives
From the Dusty Archives is a collection of sets on Flickr in which the Magnes presents online for the first time a wide selection of digitized items from its Western Jewish Americana and Global Jewish Diaspora archival collections.
The decision to give direct access to (often unprocessed) archival digital files reflects the attempt to integrate digitization technologies and social networking with traditional archival practice, and expands a "minimal processing" approach to collections.
Files are uploaded to these sets on a weekly basis, using the platform already established for the Magnes Jewish Digital Narratives and the software MemoryMiner, which also allows to digitally archive each upload. A short film about the use of MemoryMiner by the Magnes can be viewed here.
Comments and social tagging features are open to all Flickr users, and the use of the files (and, of course, of the history and cultures they represent) is encouraged under a Creative Commons license.
If you plan to use these images for commercial purposes, please read the Magnes' Rights and Reproduction terms and conditions.
From the Dusty Archives is a project conceived by Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, Director of Research and Collections.
Additional information on the archival collections of the Magnes can be found by following these links:
- Magnes Collections Online, the Magnes' integrated Archive-Library-Museum (ALM)
collections database powered by IDEA@ALM.
- Summaries of the holdings of the Western Jewish Americana archives,
prepared by Lara Michels, PhD, Archivist and Librarian at the Magnes.
- Encoded Archival Descriptions (EAD) of the Magnes' archival collections
at the Online Archive of California.
MemoryMiner licenses are generously provided by John Fox of GroupSmarts, LLC.
The digitization projects of the Magnes are supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Toole Media Fund, and by an Anonymous gift.
The Magnes is a beneficiary of the Esther and Jacques Reutlinger Foundation, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay.
Bassya (Maltzer) Bibel was a poet, author, secretary, and an actress. She came to San Francisco in 1921 from Kapaegorod, Bessarabia. After settling in the city, she became very involved with a San ...
Camp Kelowa publicity book San Francisco, California, 1931 ScrapbookThe Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Gift of David Kupfer, 2009.27.1(Louis and Emma Blumenthal ...
San Francisco's Congregation Sherith Israel was founded in 1851, the same year as the city's other leading Jewish congregation, Emanu-El. Its first buildings were on Stockton Street and then Post ...
Jewish Life in Gold Rush San Francisco: A Letter from Julius Eckman to Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1855)
Letter from Julius Eckman to Solomon Nunes CarvalhoSan Francisco, March 15, 1855Julius Eckman letter, 1855, BANC MSS 2010/513, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft ...
The Jewish Music Festival started in Berkeley, California, in 1986 as a one-day event produced and hosted by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay (formerly the Berkeley-Richmond Jewish ...
Raphael Weill was a pioneer San Francisco merchant who emigrated from France and arrived in San Francisco in 1855. Within three years, he had become a partner of the J. W. Davidson Dry Goods ...
Rosalie Meyer Stern was a civic and social leader of San Francisco. In 1892, Rosalie Meyer married Sigmund Stern, the president of Levi Strauss and Company. Following the 1906 San Francisco ...
Darius Milhaud was born in France and immigrated to the U.S. in 1940. He was then a professor at Mills College, in Oakland, Calif., from 1940 to 1971. His opera, David, premiered at La Scala in ...