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  • Historical Note
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  • Title: Sino-Judaic Institute records
    Date (inclusive): 1910-2012
    Collection Number: 93031
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Material: In English, Chinese, Russian, Polish, and other languages.
    Physical Description: 34 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box (14.7 linear feet)
    Abstract: Memoirs, letters, personal identification documents, financial reports, bylaws, printed matter, photographs, and audiovisual material relating to Russian, Polish, 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
    Creator: Sino-Judaic Institute.


    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, with increments received in 2013 and 2014.


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    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, open current exhibits on the Kaifeng Jews to the public, and promote Sino-Judaic relations. In keeping with these goals, the Sino-Judaic Institute has supported scholarly research and conferences, as well as tourism and travel to various locations in China.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The Biographical Files contain memoirs, writings, identification documents, letters, drawings, photographs, school records, serials, clippings, and an oral history documenting Jewish communities in China, mainly in Shanghai, but also in Dalian, Harbin, and Kaifeng.
    Research Materials consist of collected articles, letters, conference materials, brochures, lists, photographs, programs, reports, and a bibliography on Jews in China. Printed Matter consists of serial issues, pamphlets, and a directory. The Oversized File contains an album, lists, serials, and a register of Polish citizens in China. Videorecordings consists of videorecordings on VHS and DVD.
    The 2013 Incremental Materials consist of printed matter, correspondence, institutional records, and exhibit records. Articles and printed matter include serials and scholarly articles by various authors, arranged alphabetically by author's surname or article title. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. Institutional records of the Sino-Judaic Institute, focusing on the years 1985 to 2007, but also including materials dating back to 1964, include board meeting minutes, founding documentation, institutional correspondence, proposals, and other 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.
    Chinese names have been indexed as spelled, with the family name preceding the given name and no comma used.

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Shanghai (China)