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Reuben Brainin Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn16738
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6.625m textual records
Fonds No.
1010
Scope and Content
The papers represent the scope of Brainin’s life endeavours as writer, editor, biographer, critic, translator, lecturer, Zionist and one of the founders of the Jewish Public Library. The Fonds is divided into five major series: Literary and editorial activities (Gr. I), Biography and critici…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6.625m textual records
Scope and Content
The papers represent the scope of Brainin’s life endeavours as writer, editor, biographer, critic, translator, lecturer, Zionist and one of the founders of the Jewish Public Library. The Fonds is divided into five major series: Literary and editorial activities (Gr. I), Biography and criticism (Gr. II), Correspondence (Gr. III), Special Collections (Gr. IV), and the records of the Jewish Public Library Archives Committee (Gr. V). Each group is further divided by subseries. In addition to this groups, the fonds also includes approximately fifty photographs, all arranged and described in the JPL Photograph Database.
Responsibility
Records of the Reuben Brainin Archives Committee created by the Jewish Public Library
Date
1893-1940
Fonds No.
1010
Storage Location
JPL
Creator
Reuben Brainin
History Biographical
The Hebrew writer, biographer, critic and Zionist leader Reuben Brainin was born in Lyady, Belorussia in 1862. After receiving a traditional Jewish education he left his parents’ home at the age of 16 and went to Horki to study agronomy. From there he moved to Moscow, where he resided from 1880 to 1888. During that period (1881) he made his literary debut, with articles published in the Hebrew journal Hamelitz. In 1892 Brainin settled in Vienna, where he studied at university and served as editor of an influential Hebrew periodical Mimizrach Umima’arav (1894-1899), and as co-editor of Zion. While in Vienna and Berlin (1895-1909) he published numerous essays, including important critiques of the Hebrew authors Judah Leib Gorden, Peretz Smolenskin, Abraham Mapu, and Saul Tschernichowsky. The central theme of Brainin’s critical opus was Hebrew literature in the chosen media. Brainin was also active in the Zionist movement during these years. In 1909 Brainin came to the United States, and three years later settled in Montreal, where he edited the Yiddish newspapers Der Veg (1915-1916) and Der Keneder Adler (1915-1916). He was one of the founders (1914) and leaders of the Jewish Public Library and People’s University. Brainin returned to New York in 1916, where he resided until his death in 1939. He edited the Hebrew journal Hatoren (1919-1925) and contributed to numerous Hebrew and Yiddish periodicals, including the Jewish Daily News (1916-1920) and The Day (1921-1939). During the 1920s Brainin became an active supporter of Jewish agricultural colonization in the Soviet Union, and went on lecture tours throughout North America and South Africa to raise funds in support of this cause. Brainin published several books in Hebrew and Yiddish during his lifetime, including two on Smolenskin (Warsaw, 1896 and Vilna, 1901), one on Theodor Herzl (New York, 1919), plus selected writings in Hebrew (Warsaw, 1909) and Yiddish (New York, 1917) as well as collected works in three volumes (New York, 1922-1940). He edited a collection of Hebrew poems (Jerusalem, 1910) and a commemorative volume on Eliezer Ben Yehuda (New York, 1915). Brainin also translated into Hebrew three German books: Der Prophet Jeremias by M. Lazarus (Warsaw, 1897), Das neue Ghette, by Theodor Herzl (Warsaw, 1898) and Paradoxes, by Max Nordau (1901). In 1922 a festschrift appeared, in honour of Brainin’s 60th birthday. His diary was published posthumously in Yiddish (New York, 1946).
Language
English, French, German, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish
Custodial History
Transferred from the Brainin family in 1940.
Finding Aid
Index to Hebrew and Yiddish correspondence available in JPL-A.
Related Material
Judy King Fonds; Jewish Public Library Collection
Name Access
Brainin, Reuven, 1862-1939
Subjects
Agricultural colonies
Keneder Adler
Jewish Public Library (Montreal, Quebec) - Founders
Birobidzhan (Russia)
Herzl, Theodor, 1860-1904
ICOR, Organization for Jewish Colonization in the Soviet Union
Zionism
Shapiro, Chava, 1876-1943
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Literary and editorial activities

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn16739
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.2m textual records
Fonds No.
1010; 1
Scope and Content
Includes clippings, manuscripts, autobiographical works, periodical clippings and notes in Yiddish, Hebrew, English, German, and Spanish, dating predominantly from 1893 to 1939. Not just Brainin’s own writing, this group also includes clippings documenting Brainin’s Zionist activities …
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.2m textual records
Scope and Content
Includes clippings, manuscripts, autobiographical works, periodical clippings and notes in Yiddish, Hebrew, English, German, and Spanish, dating predominantly from 1893 to 1939. Not just Brainin’s own writing, this group also includes clippings documenting Brainin’s Zionist activities as well as his involvement in the Jewish agricultural colonization in the Soviet Union.
Date
1893-1939
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
Storage Location
JPL
Creator
Reuben Brainin
Physical Condition
Newspaper clippings in fragile state
History Biographical
See fonds description.
Language
English, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Yiddish
Notes
Arranged under "Group I"
Related Material
Judy King Fonds; Jewish Public Library Collection
Name Access
Brainin, Reuven, 1862-1939
Subjects
Agricultural colonies
Birobidzhan (Russia)
ICOR, Organization for Jewish Colonization in the Soviet Union
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Manuscript essays in Yiddish

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17540
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1A, Ctn.001
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Manuscript and typescript essays in Hebrew

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17545
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1A, Ctn.002
Language
Hebrew
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Typescript of Hebrew autobiography, "Reshimot me-pinkasi"

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17552
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1A, Ctn.003
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Manuscript of Yiddish autobiography, "Bleter fun mayn lebensbukh"

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17556
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1A, Ctn.004
Creator
t
Language
Yiddish
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Manuscript in Hebrew, "Zichronot me-ha-kongres ha-tsioni ha-rishon"

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17558
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1A, Ctn.005
Language
Hebrew
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Herzl, Theodor, 1860-1904
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Note in Hebrew

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17566
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1A, Ctn.006
Language
Hebrew
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Clippings from "Der Yud", Cracow

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17573
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1B, Ctn.007
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Newspaper clippings in Yiddish

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17576
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1010; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Reuben Brainin Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
1909
Fonds No.
1010
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
1-1B, Ctn.008
Language
Yiddish
Subjects
Brainin, Reuben, 1862-1939
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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