Guide to the Joseph Levoff Collection, 1934-2013
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Joseph Levoff Collection
Levoff, Joseph, 1930-
Physical Description: 3.17
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930 in
Shanghai, China. His father was born in Manchuria while his mother came from Siberia in
Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's French Concession and went to the Shanghai
Jewish School. In 1949, Levoff and his family left Shanghai for Israel. In Israel,
Levoff served in the air force for three years before being honorably discharged. After
leaving Israel in 1964, he moved to Los Angeles, and became involved with the restaurant
business. Levoff was a member of the American Far Eastern Society, which consisted of
former residents of China, like himself. He was president of this group for nearly ten
years until he moved back to Israel. The collection contains a number of photographs and
photographs albums documenting his family's experiences in Shanghai and Israel, as
well as some print materials related to Levoff's life in Shanghai.
Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930 in Shanghai, China. His father was born in
Manchuria, and his mother came from Siberia, Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's
French Concession, and went to the Shanghai Jewish School. He was also part of the
Jewish Club and the Foreign YMCA. The latter was where he spent most of his
recreactional time socializing and participating in numerous sporting events.
In 1949, Levoff and his family left Shanghai for Israel. In Israel, Levoff served in the
air force for three years before being honorably discharged. He worked for a company
called Mittwoch & Sons, who were agents for the National Cash Register Co. After
leaving Israel in 1964, he moved to Los Angeles, California and became involved with the
restaurant business. Levoff also became involved with the American Far Eastern Society,
which consisted of former residents of China, like himself. He was president of this
group for nearly ten years until he decided to move back to Israel. Levoff currently
resides in Los Angeles.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Tim Kaufler, 2012
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Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
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Scope and Contents
The Joseph Levoff Collection consists mostly of photograph albums documenting Levoff and
his family's experiences in Shanghai, Israel and abroad from the 1930s to the
1960s. Photographs relate to his social life, family, and military experience. In
addition to photographs, the collection includes numerous newspaper clippings
documenting Levoff's participation in Foreign YMCA sporting activities, a radiogram
sent to the Levoff's aboard the SS
General Gordon, an
essay written by Levoff describing his life in Shanghai, and a map of Old Shanghai.
Box 1, Item 1
Photograph Album - Shanghai and United States,
Box 2, Item 1
Photograph Album - Leaving Shanghai; Traveling to Haifa, Israel; Shanghai
Box 3, Item 1
Photograph Album - Family and Military Photos,
ca. 1940-ca. 1969
Box 4, Folder 1
ca. 1930-ca. 1959
Box 4, Folder 2
ca. 1990-ca. 1999
Box 4, Folder 3
Photograph: Founding Committee of the First Jewish Club in
Box 4, Folder 4
Photograph: Shanghai Jewish School - Form IV,
Box 4, Folder 5
Girls' Name Card from Jean Holo House, Shanghai
Box 4, Folder 6
Newspaper Clippings on Sporting Events in Shanghai,
Box 4, Folder 7
Shore to Ship Radiogram Sent to Levoffs,
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1
Map of Old Shanghai - by Albert Jouravel, revised by Joe
Digital Box 5, Item 1
Essay Written by Joseph Levoff Describing His Life Story in