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  • Title: Sino-Judaic Institute collection
    Date (inclusive): 1910-2007
    Collection Number: 93031
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In English, Russian and Polish.
    Physical Description: 34 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box (14.7 linear feet)
    Abstract: Memoirs, letters, personal identification documents, financial reports, bylaws, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian, Polish and other European Jews, and Jewish communal organizations, in China, especially in Shanghai. Includes photocopy of a register of Polish citizens in China maintained by Polish consular officials from 1934 to 1942. Collected by the Sino-Judaic Institute.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives


    The collection is open for research
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sino-Judaic Institute Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1993


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Collections

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    Benjamin Michael Levaco Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Fred Marcus Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Matook Nissim Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Gerd Wallenstein Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical/Historical note

    Founded in 1985 in Palo Alto, the Sino-Judaic Institute has sought to study and promote the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, China and to assist the descendants in reconnecting with their Jewish heritage. They also have actively worked with Chinese authorities to promote tourism to Kaifeng and to open current exhibits on the Kaifeng Jews to the public, and have worked to promote Sino-Judaic relations. In keeping with these goals, the Institute has supported scholarly research, conferences, as well as tourism and travel to various locations in China.

    Scope and Contents note

    The biographical files contain memoirs, writings, identification documents, letters, drawings, photographs, school records, serials, clippings, and an oral history documenting Jewish communities mainly in Shanghai but also in Dalian, Harbin, and Kaifeng.
    The research materials contain collected articles, letters, conference materials, borchures, lists, photographs, programs, reports, and a bibliography on Jews in China. The Printed matter contains serial issues, pamphlets, and a directory. The oversized file contains an album, lists, serials, and a register of Polish citizens in China. The audiovisual file contains videorecordings on VHS and DVD.
    The 2013 incremental materials include the institutional records for the Sino-Judaic Institute, focusing on the years 1985-2007, but also including materials dating back to 1964. The additional materials contsist of articles and printed matter, which include serials and scholarly articles by various authors, arranged alphabetically by author's surname or article title. The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. The institutional records include board meeting mintues, founding documentation, institutional correspondence, proposals, and other institutional records. The exhibit records include records, notes, and correspondence regarding "The Jews of Kaifeng" traveling museum exhibit.
    The 2014 incremental materials include correspondence and institutional records arranged alphabetically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Shanghai (China)