Jewish Ceremonials Club records

Collection ID: 
MSS 72
1934–1970, bulk 1949–1970
.63 linear feet (2 boxes)

Jewish Ceremonials Club

Materials in English.

Historical Note
The Jewish Ceremonials Club was organized in December 1956 by Harry M. Buten, who then served as its president for the duration of its operation. The first meeting of the club took place on January 27, 1957. Its purpose was to provide a venue for the study of Jewish ceremonial objects, promotion of their design and production, and to increase the use of such objects in both the home and the synagogue. Harry M. Buten along with his wife, Nettie, operated a museum out of their home known as the Buten Museum of Wedgwood that included Jewish ceremonial objects made of Wedgewood. The club ceased activity sometime circa 1970.

Collection Overview
The Jewish Ceremonials Club records, 1934–1970, include exhibition catalogs and brochures, auction catalogs, correspondence, meeting minutes, press releases, and newspaper clippings. The various exhibition catalogs and brochures as well as the Parke-Bernet Galleries auction catalogs document the rare Judaica in private collections in the mid-twentieth century and provide context for the object materials discussed amongst the members of the Jewish Ceremonials Club. Included in the correspondence are communications with Jewish historian and author, Cecil Roth who attended a meeting of the Jewish Ceremonials Club in 1958 to discuss ceremonial art objects. Also within the collection is an outline for a presentation given by Harry and Nettie Buten titled “Gracious Jewish Living” on using and implementing Jewish ceremonial art and objects in the average home. The visual media in the collection includes postcards of the Synagogue of the Transito in Madrid Spain and ceremonial objects from the collection at the Jewish Museum at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and photographs of Nettie Buten.

Organization and Arrangement
The records are arranged alphabetically.

Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information
Donated in 1981 by Nettie Buten, wife of the founder of the Jewish Ceremonials Club and in 1996 by Judith Maslin, daughter of Sarah Blumberg, secretary for the Jewish Ceremonials Club.

Processing Information
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in 1981 by L. Leopold and W. McCalley. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in 2012 by Jessica Lydon, Project Archivist.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Jewish Ceremonials Club records, MSS 72, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Access Points
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in the Temple University Libraries’ electronic catalog.

Corporate Name(s)
Jewish Ceremonials Club

Personal Name(s)
Buten, Harry M.
Buten, Nettie
Roth, Cecil, 1899-1970

Ceremonial objects
Jews--Social life and customs

Form/Genre Term(s)
Auction catalogs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs
Press releases
Sales catalogs

Collection Inventory

Box  Folder  Description

1        1        Attendance record book, 1957
1        2        Club Chats newsletter, 1962 February
1        3        Correspondence, 1949–1956
1        4        Correspondence, 1957
1        5        Correspondence, 1958
1        6        Correspondence, 1959
1        7        Correspondence, 1960–1962
1        8        Correspondence, 1963–1970, undated
1        9        Gracious Jewish Living program outline, 1957–1968, undated
1        10      Jewish art and ceremonial objects exhibition catalogs and brochures, 1950–1958, 1960
1        11      Meeting minutes, 1957–1958
1        12      Meeting notices and programs, 1957–1960
1        13      Miscellaneous, 1950–1961, undated
1        14      Newspapers clippings, 1954–1968, undated

2        1        Observances on Jewish holidays, 1961, undated
2        2        Parke-Bernet Galleries auction catalogs, 1949, 1955–1957, 1960
2        3        Photographs, 1957, 1959, undated
2        4        Postcards, 1934, undated
2        5        Press releases, 1956–1957, 1961
2        6        Sales catalogs for Judaica, 1949, 1952–1957, undated

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