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Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Newspaper clippings on Kaplan & Sprachman projects series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Newspaper clippings on Kaplan & Sprachman projects series
Level
Series
Fonds
27
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1931-1962
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The series consists of articles cut from newspapers and trade papers which mention Kaplan & Sprachman projects. The clippings range from classified-ad sized announcements from building trade papers of project plans or construction tendering, to newspaper feature articles on the openings of new or renovated movie theatres in various Ontario cities and towns. Handwriting on some of the clippings suggest that the clipping was done by Kaplan himself. The bulk of the material dates from the 1930s and 1940s. The clippings have not been placed in any order.
Name Access
Kaplan, Harold S., 1895-1973
Physical Condition
The newspaper clippings are in poor condition.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1981-1-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-1-9
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 button : metal ; 3 cm in diam.
Date
[19--]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a button featuring a religious scene. A bearded man is standing with his arms outstretched and an individual is kneeling before him. This is possibly a scene from the Book of Esther (Purim). Surrounding the image is either Hebrew or Yiddish text.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 899
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
899
Material Format
graphic material
Responsibility
Duke Studios
Date
1976
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of a streetscape of Government Road in Kirkland Lake, featuring several buildings original built by the Kaplan brothers in the 1930s. The store currently in use as a broadloom store, was the Kaplan brothers' original general store. The Royal Bank building was built by the Kaplans and the adjacent building housed Bill Jacks and his family. Jacks was the Kirkland Lake Chazan and unofficial Rabbi. He was also a furrier by trade.
Name Access
Kaplan
Subjects
Architecture
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1992 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-18; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1992 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-18
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1992
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains textual records relating to the design and procurement of the buttons and hats that were giveaways at the 1992 Walk. The records include memos (faxes), design mock-ups and logos, and price lists.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1991-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-6-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of Nana's Memoirs, a book by Mina Sprachman (1900-1991) transcribed from audio tape recordings made between approximately 1978 and 1986 and a Sprachman family tree compiled by Carol Bleiwas.
Use Conditions
See donation record
Name Access
Sprachman, Mina
Bliewas, Carol
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-8-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-8-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 9 cm
1 photographic printing plate : b&w ; 8 x 5 cm
Date
1893-1962
Scope and Content
Accession includes a photostat of Sprachman's Polish birth certificate, a letter in Polish dating from 1893, Sprachman's public school diploma and school attendance certificate, a letter from Sprachman's public school principal attesting to his good character, membership certificates from architects' professional associations, a programme for a Beth Tzedec reception (3 Oct. 1961) honouring Sprachman and Abraham Ginsburg, a signed copy of the 1962 partnership agreement between Harold Kaplan and Abraham Sprachman, Kaplan & Sprachman business cards, and a photograph of Kaplan and Sprachman taken at their office at 46 Yorkville Ave. in Toronto. In addition there is a photographic printing plate of a portrait of Abraham Sprachman.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1987-3-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1987-3-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1918
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a certificate that the Toronto Board of Education presented to Katie Sprachman of Lansdowne School in Toronto for her patriotic work during the First World War to increase farm and garden produce.
Name Access
Sprachman, Katie
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (2 negatives)
Date
[ca. 1904]-1916
Scope and Content
The accession consists of two photographs. The first is a portrait of the Sprachman family taken around 1900 at Price's Lane, Toronto. The second is a wedding photograph of Hyman James and Gussie Rumm, taken on 22 February 1916 at the University Avenue Synagogue.
The Sprachman photograph includes the following family members from left to right and top to bottom: Hyman Sprachman, Sheindel Sprachman, Beckie Sprachman (?), unknown, unknown, Fanny Sprachman, Lena Sprachman, Abe Sprachman and Jacob Sprachman.
The second photograph include the newly married couple in the middle with the top hat and large white hat.
Administrative History
Hyman (Chaim) Sprachman (b. 1856) arrived in Toronto at the end of the nineteenth century with his eldest son Benjamin (b. 1877), who was twenty at the time. They both worked as peddlers and resided in a boarding home for a while. Hyman sent for his family in Austria and they arrived in 1904. His family included his wife Sheindel and children Rebecca (b. 1887), Lena (b. 1891), Fanny (b. 1892) and Abraham (b. 1894). The family originally lived at 30 Gerrard and then relocated to 123 Baldwin around 1914. Abraham became a prominent architect and married his cousin Mina Sprachman (b. 1900) in 1921. They had two children: Mendel and Sheila. Mandel followed in his father's footsteps and also became a nationally recognized and acclaimed architect. Both specialized in theatre design and renovations.
Hyman James ran a successful company called Men's Clothing Manufacturing Company. The company was later renamed to H. James Co. He married Gussie Rumm, who was 15 years his junior, on 22 February 1916 at the University Avenue Synagogue.
Subjects
Families
Portraits
Weddings
Places
Price's Lane (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1978 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1978 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-4
Material Format
object
Date
1978
Physical Description
1 button ; 55 mm in diameter
Scope and Content
Item is a button for the Walk. It is blue and white with orange footprints going across it, and it says "United Jewish Appeal: Celebrate 30 Years with 30 kilometres. Walk for Israel, Sunday May 28, 1978."
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1980 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1980 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-6
Material Format
object
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 button ; 55 mm in diameter
Scope and Content
Item is a button that reads "Walk for the Youth of Israel, Sunday May 25, 1980" and pictures a red running shoe with wings against a blue background.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1981 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1981 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-7
Material Format
object
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 button ; 55 mm in diameter
Scope and Content
Item is a button that reads, "Walk for the Youth of Israel, Sunday May 3, 1981" and features a red running shoe with wings against a blue background.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1982 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1982 sub-sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-8
Material Format
object
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 button ; 55 mm in diameter
Scope and Content
Item is a button that features a red running shoe with wings on a blue background, and says "UJA Walkathon celebrates its bar mitzvah, May 2, 1982."
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 115
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
115
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Al Kaplan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 117
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
117
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph 1762/594 from the Keren Hayesod collection. The photograph is of of Eliezer Kaplan.
Name Access
Eliezer Kaplan
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 118
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
118
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-?]
Physical Description
1 embossed print ; 5 x 8 cm
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 119
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
119
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Ralph Kaplan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2009-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-6-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph: b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
Date
1923, 1932, 1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the naturalization certificate of Harold Kaplan, a souvenir program from his stag party, and an original photograph of New Year's Eve 1959–1960 at the Primrose Club.
Administrative History
Harold Solomon Kaplan (1895–1973) was a Toronto-based architect who, in partnership with Abraham Sprachman in the firm Kaplan & Sprachman, was well-known for the design of art deco and art moderne movie theatres in the 1930s and 1940s and for designing buildings for Jewish communities across Canada from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Descriptive Notes
Photograph #6561 is a copy of this original.
Related records may be found in the Harold S. Kaplan fonds 27.
Name Access
Kaplan, Harold, 1895-1973
Primrose Club (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Bros.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Bros.
Page Number
358
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Max
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Max
Page Number
280
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Michal
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Michal
Page Number
637
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, N.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, N.
Page Number
354
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Sure
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Sure
Page Number
359
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 78; File 3; Item 41
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
78
File
3
Item
41
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish services building was first established in 1907 and was located on St. George Street, between Colborne & Dalhousie.
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of the location of the first Jewish services building in Brantford, Ontario. The photograph shows the block of business that occupied the area in the 1970s, including the Wool Centre.
Subjects
Architecture
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
1978-11-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-1
Material Format
textual record
textual record (electronic)
graphic material
Physical Description
2 textual records
2 textual records (digital)
24 photographs: b&w ; 19 x 24 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1913]-1967
Scope and Content
Accession includes two passports that belonged to Mina and Abraham Sprachman. It also consists of a scanned images of the wedding invitation for the Fanny Sprachman and Jacob Caller nuptuals and 24 photographs documenting the Sprachman family. Finally, it incliudes a letter written by Chester Sprachman, the son of Lena and Jake Sprachman, to his cousin in Chicago.
Administrative History
Hyman (Chaim) Sprachman (b. 1856) arrived in Toronto at the end of the nineteenth century with his eldest son Benjamin (b. 1877), who was twenty at the time. They both worked as peddlars and resided in a boarding home for a while. Hyman sent for his family in Austria and they arrived in 1904. His family included his wife Sheindel and children Rebecca (b. 1887), Lena (b. 1891), Fanny (b. 1892) and Abraham (b. 1894). The family originally lived at 30 Gerrard and then relocated to 123 Baldwin around 1914. Abraham became a prominent architect and married his cousin Mina Sprachman (b. 1900) in 1921. They had two children: Mendel and Sheila. Mandel followed in his father's footsteps and also became a nationally recognized and acclaimed architect. Both specialized in theatre design and renovations.
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: See see accession 1979-4/2 for an early photograph of the Sprachman family.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3431
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3431
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[before 1910]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Sprachman family
Subjects
Children
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-7-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 85
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
85
Material Format
object
Date
[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Toronto Hadassah-WIZO fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 71
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Toronto Hadassah-WIZO fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
71
Material Format
object
Date
[1982]
Physical Description
1 button ; 75 mm in diameter
Scope and Content
Item is a large red and white button with the CHW logo, a happy face and the words "Happiness is Helping!" in white lettering. A sticker on the back of the button says "Convention '82."
Creator
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 869
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
869
Material Format
graphic material
Responsibility
Duke Studio
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of the exterior of the Greenberg's first apartment building in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, which was adjoined to their cleaning business. The Greenbergs never lived in any of their buildings, rather their home was located above their shop. This photograph was taken from across the street.
Name Access
Greenberg
Subjects
Architecture
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Jewish military portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 2; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Jewish military portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
2
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Jan. 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 9 cm and 11 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Dr. Ira Kaplan was a Toronto dentist and a Captain in the Canadian Army Dental Corps during the Second World War.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Dr. Ira Kaplan.
Subjects
Dentists
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 116
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
116
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of Captain Ariel Kaplan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Chaia Hena
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Chaia Hena
Page Number
637
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Louis & Chiel
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Louis & Chiel
Page Number
532
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The property that Clanton Park bought was greater than needed for construction of the synagogue and they sold the excess land to Sam Smith Quality Homes.
Scope and Content
File consists of the agreement of purchase and sale between Clanton Park synagogue and Sam Smith Quality Homes. The file also contains lawyers' correspondence relating to the discharge of the mortgage and the closing of the transaction.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Adas Israel Synagogue series
Building sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 4; Series 5-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Adas Israel Synagogue series
Building sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
4
Series
5-1
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1958-1961
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of material relating to the construction of Adas Israel synagogue's new building at 125 Cline Ave. South. This includes publicity brochures and financial records about the building campaign and correspondence, programmes, and a film of the turning of the sod. As well there is correspondence, programmes, photographs and audio recordings of the laying of the cornerstone and dedication of the synagogue. There is also a key to the synagogue which was presented at the dedication ceremony.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 27 photographs, 14 architectural drawings, 3 audio reels, 1 film reel, and 1 key.
Name Access
Adas Israel Congregation (Hamilton, Ont.)
Subjects
Building
Synagogues
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
30
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963-1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence, building plans, rental information, and house rules.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Men's Clothing Manufacturers' Association of Ontario fonds
Parliamentary briefs, submissions, reports and correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
31
Series
11
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Accession Number
2008-12-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
27
Material Format
multiple media
Date
[ca.1910]-1968
Physical Description
345 architectural drawings and other material
Admin History/Bio
Harold Solomon Kaplan (1895-1973) was a Toronto-based architect who, in partnership with Abraham Sprachman in the firm Kaplan & Sprachman, was well-known for the design of Art deco and Art moderne movie theatres in the 1930s and 1940s and for designing buildings for Jewish communities across Canada from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Kaplan was born 10 Sept. 1895, in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of three, he and his widowed mother, Tillie Hohan, moved to London, England, and in 1902 they moved to Toronto where his mother subsequently married Frank Kaplan. While in his teens, Kaplan spent time in Philadelphia living with an uncle and studying draftsmanship. Upon returning to Toronto, Kaplan attended Toronto Technical School where he took courses in architecture and building construction. He also served an apprenticeship with the architect Henry Simpson. In 1919-1920, Kaplan worked for the firm of Page & Warrington, before establishing Kaplan & Sprachman with Abraham Sprachman in 1922. In 1923, he married Dorothy Spain. They had two daughters, Phyllis (Pepper) and Ruthetta (Reiss).
Kaplan & Sprachman were best known for their more than 300 movie theatre projects completed from the 1920s to the 1960s, designing and renovating theatres across Canada in progressive "modern" styles and using innovative building materials. In 1937, they were awarded the bronze medal in the Sixth Biennial Toronto Exhibition for their interiors to the Eglinton Theatre (400 Eglinton Ave. W.) in Toronto, considered to be the finest example of their Art deco design work.
Over the course of their careers, they designed many synagogues for the Jewish community, such as the Anshei Minsk and Shaarei Shomayim synagogues in Toronto, Beth Israel Synagogue, Edmonton, and Beth Israel Synagogue in Vancouver. They also designed the new Mount Sinai Hospital, the Oakdale Golf & Country Club, the Jewish Home for the Aged (Baycrest), and the Jewish Community Centres of Toronto and Hamilton. Their design for the Oakdale Golf & Country Club was chosen as a Canadian entrant in the Arts Competition of the 14th Olympic Games in London, 1948.
In addition to the projects already mentioned, Kaplan & Sprachman worked on retail stores, warehouses and factories, apartment buildings, and single family residences. Their partnership continued until 1965, when the firm of Kaplan & Sprachman was dissolved as of 30 October 1965. Kaplan continued to work as an architectural consultant for several years after this date. Harold Kaplan died 1 April 1973 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Kaplan was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ontario Association of Architects, and the Province of Quebec Association of Architects. Kaplan & Sprachman's contribution to the architecture profession was recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects when both Kaplan's and Abraham Sprachman's names were entered on the Honor Roll for prominent members of the profession, established by the association in 1989.
Scope and Content
The fonds documents Kaplan's work as an architect from the 1930s to the 1960s with Kaplan & Sprachman and some of the consulting work he undertook after the dissolution of the partnership in 1965, primarily through architectural drawings and photographs. The preponderance of the materials relates to a series of renovations of Loew's Yonge Street Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto, now the Elgin Theatre) and the Uptown Theatre (764 Yonge St., Toronto, just South of Bloor St.) between the 1930s and 1960s, and Kaplan & Sprachman's design of the Primrose Club (Russell Hill Rd at St. Clair Ave., Toronto) in 1958-1959. There is also a large number of photographs by commercial photographers of movie theatres designed or renovated by Kaplan & Sprachman.
Project records are arranged chronologically, with sub-sub-series defined for successive projects at the same site. Some of the materials document project proposals which were not carried out (e.g., proposed renovations of the Winter Garden Theatre).
Other series in the fonds contain business correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning Kaplan & Sprachman projects, and a small amount of personal material such as family photographs, awards Kaplan received over the years for his design work and a colour photocopy of the invitation to Kaplan's stag party in 1923.
Notes
Includes: 132 photographs (131 b&w, including 8 negatives; 1 col.), 8 cm of textual records, and 1 bronze medal.
Name Access
Kaplan, Harold S., 1895-1973
Kaplan & Sprachman (Firm)
Loew's Yonge Street Theatre (Toronto, Ont.)
Primrose Club (Toronto, Ont.)
Uptown Theatre (Toronto, Ont.)
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto, Ont.)
Physical Condition
Some of the blueprints and drawings are torn or water-damaged. All of the architectural drawings are currently stored in rolls.
Related Material
Accession 2003-7-1 contains additional photographs of buildings designed or renovated by Kaplan & Sprachman, as well as a copy of a published inventory of Kaplan & Sprachman movie theatre projects, compiled by Mandel Sprachman from Kaplan & Sprachman records
Mina Sprachman, widow of Abraham Sprachman, discusses Kaplan & Sprachman in oral history recording AC-142
Kaplan & Sprachman records can also be found in the Mandel Sprachman fonds, at the City of Toronto Archives
Creator
Kaplan, Harold S., 1895-1973
Accession Number
2003-6-1
2004-3-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Bros. Augusta Ave.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Kaplan, Bros. Augusta Ave.
Page Number
448
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Level
Item
ID
Item 1722
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1722
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1904]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
Hyman (Chaim) Sprachman (b. 1856) arrived in Toronto at the end of the nineteenth century with his eldest son Benjamin (b. 1877), who was twenty at the time. They both worked as peddlars and resided in a boarding home for a while. Hyman sent for his family in Austria and they arrived in 1904. His family included his wife Sheindel and children Rebecca (b. 1887), Lena (b. 1891), Fanny (b. 1892) and Abraham (b. 1897). The family originally lived at 30 Gerrard and then relocated to 123 Baldwin around 1914. Abraham became a prominent architect and married his cousin Mina Sprachman in 1921. They had two children: Mandel and Sheila. Mandel followed in his father's footsteps and also became a nationally recognized and acclaimed architect. Both specialized in theatre design and renovations.
Scope and Content
This photograph is a portrait of the Sprachman family taken around 1900 at Price's Lane, Toronto.
The Sprachman photograph includes the following family members from left to right and top to bottom: Hyman Sprachman, Sheindel Sprachman, Beckie Sprachman (?), unknown, unknown, Fanny Sprachman, Lena Sprachman, Abe Sprachman and Jacob Sprachman.
Name Access
Price's Lane
Sprachman, Abe
Sprachman, Beckie
Sprachman family
Sprachman, Fanny
Sprachman, Hyman
Sprachman, Jacob
Sprachman, Lena
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Price's Lane (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1979-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Mina Sprachman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
12 Dec. 1978
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Mina Sprachman
Number
OH 142
Subject
Architects
Buildings
Occupations
Interview Date
12 Dec. 1978
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
AC142: 31:34 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Abraham Sprachman (1896–1971) was as Toronto-based architect who, in partnership with Harold Kaplan in the firm Kaplan & Sprachman, was well-known for the design of art deco and art moderne movie theatres during the 1930s and 1940s and for designing buildings for Jewish communities across Canada from the 1930s to 1960s.
Abraham married his cousin Mina Sprachman in 1921. They had two children, Mandel and Sheila. Mandel followed in his father's footsteps and became a nationally-recognized and acclaimed architect. Both specialized in theatre design and renovations. Mandel became an architect best known for his restoration of the Elgin Wintergarden.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Kaplan & Sprachman
Kaplan, Harold
Sprachman, Abraham, 1896-1971
Speisman, Stephen
Sprachman, Mina
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Mina Sprachman discusses her husband's architectural firm of Kaplan and Sprachman, its Jewish clientele and the firm's commissions to design and renovate theatres, hospitals and synagogues across Canada.

Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1980 sub-sub-series
Walk for Israel event file
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-6
File
2
Date
25 May 1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of two men sitting on a bench smiling and wearing UJA Walk for Israel hats and buttons.
Notes
Title based on content of photograph
Photograph by Graphic Artist Photographers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1; File 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Level
File
Fonds
27
Series
1
File
36
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Folks Farein fonds
Building and operations series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 105; Series 6; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Folks Farein fonds
Building and operations series
Level
File
Fonds
105
Series
6
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1943-1947
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence relating to the renovation of the building at 37 Cecil St.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Folks Farein fonds
Building and operations series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 105; Series 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Folks Farein fonds
Building and operations series
Level
Series
Fonds
105
Series
6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1937-1977
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
3 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence and legal documents relating to the building and operations of the Folks Farein. Of note is the offer to purchase the Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home, a letter regarding the merger of the Folks Farein and the Chaplaincy division of the Canadian Jewish Congress and a copy of the motion of Kirshenbaum vs Green.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 11; File 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
11
File
49
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Zionist Centre cornerstone ceremony series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 3; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Zionist Centre cornerstone ceremony series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
3
Item
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1962
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Name Access
Gilbert, Al, 1922-
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Zionist Centre cornerstone ceremony series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 3; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Zionist Centre cornerstone ceremony series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
3
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1962
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Name Access
Gilbert, Al, 1922-
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family Welfare Bureau fonds
Clothing Centre series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 87; Series 9; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family Welfare Bureau fonds
Clothing Centre series
Level
File
Fonds
87
Series
9
File
1
Material Format
textual record
architectural drawing
Date
1934-1936
Physical Description
2 folders of textual records
1 architectural drawing : blueprint, ms. annotations ; 39 x 48 cm
Admin History/Bio
The architectural firm Kaplan & Sprachman was established by Harold S. Kaplan and Abraham Sprachman in 1922. Kaplan & Sprachman were best known for their more than 300 movie theatre projects completed from the 1920s to the 1960s, designing and renovating theatres across Canada in progressive "modern" styles and using innovative building materials. In 1937, they were awarded the bronze medal in the Sixth Biennial Toronto Exhibition for their interiors to the Eglinton Theatre (400 Eglinton Ave. W.) in Toronto, considered to be the finest example of their Art deco design work.
Over the course of their careers, they designed many synagogues for the Jewish community, such as the Anshei Minsk and Shaarei Shomayim synagogues in Toronto, Beth Israel Synagogue, Edmonton, and Beth Israel Synagogue in Vancouver. They also designed the new Mount Sinai Hospital, the Oakdale Golf & Country Club, the Jewish Home for the Aged (Baycrest), and the Jewish Community Centres of Toronto and Hamilton. Their design for the Oakdale Golf & Country Club was chosen as a Canadian entrant in the Arts Competition of the 14th Olympic Games in London, 1948.
In addition to the projects already mentioned, Kaplan & Sprachman worked on retail stores, warehouses and factories, apartment buildings, and single family residences. Their partnership continued until 1965, when the firm of Kaplan & Sprachman was dissolved as of 30 October 1965. Kaplan continued to work as an architectural consultant for several years after this date.
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records and one architectual drawing documenting the renovations to the Clothing Centre, which was located at 55 Baldwin Street. Included is one blueprint and a building alteration proposal by Kaplan & Sprachman Registered Architects, correspondence and job quotes.
Name Access
Clothing Centre
Kaplan & Sprachman Registered Architects
Related Material
See also Harold S. Kaplan fonds 27.
Places
Baldwin Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Kulanu Toronto fonds
Pride series
Pride 2015 sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 124; Series 1-8; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Kulanu Toronto fonds
Pride series
Pride 2015 sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
124
Series
1-8
File
5
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
Date
2015
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records (electronic)
Scope and Content
File consists of volunteer package for the flaot build, which took place at the Metropolitan United Church on 27 June 2015.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Toronto Zionist Council sous-fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-2; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Toronto Zionist Council sous-fonds
Level
File
Fonds
28-2
File
21
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence and inter-office memoranda concerning the manintenance of the Zionist Centre.
Source
Archival Descriptions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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