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Memorabilia, 1920-1989

Identifier: D
Series I. primarily contains Rabbi Porrath's biographical files, including his photographs, professional profiles, and family files from different areas, as well as clippings that he collected from a variety of sources.

Series II. comprises Rabbi Porrath's writings as a spiritual leader, language researcher, traveler, and rabbi. Many historical events affect these writings - including the Great Depression, Anti-Semitism, World War II, the Nuremburg Trials, the birth of the State of Israel, the Yom Kippur War, the Civil Rights Movement, and JFK's assassination - as well as various social issues from civil liberties with respect to gender and religion, economic problems, educational matters, immigration and diaspora issues, political affairs, and freedom of speech. Since many of the original files and papers were undated, and mixed with many different topics and times, the subject files are first sorted by activities (arranged alphabetically by topic), then by chronological order. Those writings can be retrieved from Subseries C, E, and F of the series as well as Subseries A of Series III. In addition to his materials relating to Shabbat and Jewish holiday talks and sermons, which are usually found in Subseries E and F by subject or place, a researcher looking for Rosh Hashanah service sermons might find some under "H" for High Holiday or "R" for Rosh Hashanah in Subseries E, and in various files in Subseries F. Multiple research approaches are necessary to locate a specific item, as original order has been maintained as much as possible.

Series III. houses clean drafts or books of Porrath's manuscripts "Comfort in Death: A Rabbi's Personal Statement," "Life Beyond the Final Curtain," and "You Are Not Getting Married...Your Mother Is." His articles for the Buffalo News, Niagara Falls Gazette, and Buffalo Jewish Review are in this series. His collected newspaper clippings and other temple publications are also stored in this series. Series I, II, and III contain editorial suggestions and comments by Rabbi Porrath's wife, "Tibey" (Theresa), interspersed throughout his papers.

Series IV. documents administrative and curricular files of the Institute of Transportation, Travel and Tourism at Niagara University (during Porrath's directorship from 1964-1979), which includes correspondence among affiliate schools and government branches. Significant information in Niagara community development and plans for Niagara Falls international Airport are housed in this series as well.

Series V. includes papers of Samuel Porrath's father, Rabbi Israel Porath (1886-1974) collected by Samuel around 1975 after his father's death. It also contains significant combined files of Israel and Samuel, most of which are written in Hebrew and Yiddish. Father (Israel) and son (Samuel) have slightly different spellings of their common last name (single "r" and double "rr").


  • 1920-1989

Terms of Access and Use

The personal papers of Rabbi Samuel Porrath Papers, 1863-1992 (bulk 1920-1989), are open for research. There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this collection.


From the Collection: 13.5 Linear Feet (9 carton boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize folder)


Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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