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Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 102
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
102
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1902-2002
Physical Description
90 cm of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
Saul Cowan (1910-2002) was the seventh of nine children born to Zvi Hirsh (Harris) Cohen (1872-1954) and Chana Leah (Annie) (née Gollom) Cohen (1873-1960). His siblings were Woolf Cowan (Colvin) (1896-1987), Kate Cowan (b.1898) (m. Wener), Jack Cowan (1900-1992), Rivka (Reva) Cowan (1902-ca.2002) (m. Lieberman), Moe Cowan (b.1904), Jeanne Cowan (b.1906) (m. Kallman), Norman Cowan (b. 1909) and Miriam Cowan (b. 1919) (m. Rose).
The Cowan family immigrated to Toronto from England with their six oldest children circa 1908. Harris worked as a tailor in England and as an operator in men's clothing factory Tip Top Tailors in Toronto.
Saul graduated from the University of Toronto in 1931 in honours philosophy.
In 1932, Cowan married Lillian Rosenthal (1910-1978), the daughter of Morris (1883-1967) and Nessie (Celia) (née Soren) Rosenthal (1881-1969). Together, they had two children, Michael (b. 1939) and Trudy (b. 1941). The Rosenthal family ran a boarding house on Hanlan's Point and had a place at Belle Ewart. In 1945, Morris and Celia purchased Wapaska Lodge on Muskoka Bay just outside Gravenhurst and ran it as a family resort from 1948-1965.
Lillian, who was a public school teacher, passed away in 1978 and the following year Saul married Libbie Aiken (d. 2006). Libbie had been the head physiotherapist at the Toronto General Hospital during the late 1940s.
Saul pursued a career with the North York Board of Education serving as both trustee and chairman from 1958 to 1976. He was also very involved with the Jewish community and the growing North York community. He was also involved with organizations such as B'nai Brith, Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (CPPNW), and the North York Social Planning Committee. He was a founder of the York Finch General Hospital.
Trudy studied physical and occupational therapy at the University of Toronto but changed career direction when she moved to Calgary in 1969 and became involved in historical organizations such as the Glenbow Museum, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, and the Lougheed House Conservation Society. She married Leonid Luker (b. 1937) in 1982.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the Cowan (Cohen) family and their connected branches including the Rosenthal, Soren, Gollom, Aiken, and Altshuller families. The records originated from Saul Cowan, his first and second wives, Lillian Rosenthal and Libbie Aiken, and his daughter, Trudy Cowan Luker. Records include photographs of family members at graduations, weddings, school, religious events, camping activities, and milestone celebrations. Textual records include traditional and email correspondence, marriage certificates, passports, immigration documents, family histories, theatre and concert programmes, and newspaper clippings. Many of the records document Saul Cowan's personal and professional activities. The majority of the material relates to the Cowan and Rosenthal families.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Includes 386 photographs, 2 audiotapes, and 6 objects.
Four books from the collection have been removed and integrated into the OJA's library holdings. These include titles Have I Ever lied To You Before? by Jerry Goodis, My Outlook by Jack Cowan, When Partners Become Parents by Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan, and Front Page Challenge: History of a Television Legend by Alex Barris.
Name Access
Cowan (family)
Subjects
Families
Accession Number
2008-6-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
51
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916-[ca.1997]
Physical Description
11 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of the nine Cowan (Cohen) siblings from childhood to senior adulthood. Their spouses are included in many of the images, and the children and grandchildren of Norman Cowan in one group picture. Highlights include studio portraits of five of the siblings in 1916, a family seder on Henry Street in the 1930s, and Saul Cowan and his sisters Rivka and Jean in Florida in the late 1990s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 55
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
55
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[195-]-1990
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 10 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Bernard Cowan was the only child of Jack Cowan (the third of the nine Cowan siblings). Bernard predeceased both his parents, passing away at 68 years of age. He had a notable career in radio and television and was well known as the announcer on CBC's "Front Page Challenge". He was also a founding member of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists).
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Bernard Cowan in the 1950s and 1970s, and with his wife and children in the 1950s or 1960s, as well as a newspaper clipping about his career, obituaries, and a funeral card from Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 57
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
57
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1949-[197-]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 9 cm and 9 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Moe Cowan was the fifth of the nine Cowan siblngs and the third boy.
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Moe and Eunice Cowan's daughter Pearl at Wapaska Lodge in 1949 for the anniversary of her grandparents, and a photograph taken in the 1970s of Moe and Eunice with their three children Don, Pearl, amd Joan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 63
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
63
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1944-2001
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 8 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of miscellaneous Cowan family correspondence including a copy of a handwritten letter from the patriarch Harris Cohen to his children and grandchildren, and correspondence to and from the extended family in Canada, United States, and Britain. There is also a note to Trudy Cowan and her husband Leonid from Shelley Wolkin, the daughter of Saul's second wife Libbie, with a photo of Shelley's baby son Jay.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 64
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
64
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1975?]-[1995?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of miscellaneous undated correspondence between Cowan family members, relatives and friends. Included are Christmas, Hanukkah, and sympathy cards, a birthday poem for Saul Cowan, a valedictory speech written as a Yiddish poem, and a letter in Hebrew sent from Israel to Rivka Lieberman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
68
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1972-2001
Physical Description
5 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm and 9 x 13 cm and 8 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a portrait of Mark Samuels, a group photo of Cowan and Rose cousins including Trudy Cowan, a photo of Jules and Pat Ross, a photo of Trudy and a few relatives at a simcha, and a photo of Trudy, two cousins, and her aunt Miriam Rose on the deck of an indoor swimming pool in New Jersey. The group had gathered to celebrate the 99th birthday of Rivka Lieberman in 2001.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 83
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
83
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca. 1910]-1990
Physical Description
73 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an album of photographs and some textual material. Photographs are black and white and colour and feature a number of generations of the Cowan extended family in multiple locations. Textual material includes a letter from the Lawrence Heights Medical Centre of which Saul Cowan was a member of the Board of Directors, a York-Finch Hospital publication, two CPPNW newsletters (Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), and a Manor-Metropolitan Lodge of B'nai Brith publication "Harmony".
Physical Condition
Material is on sticky pages in album.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 91
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
91
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1956-1989
Physical Description
1 scrapbook ; 32 x 31 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a scrapbook documenting the participation of Trudy Cowan, her brother Michael Cowan, and cousin Phil Cowan in dramatic productions in high school, university, and beyond. Included are events staged by the drama group at Bathurst Heights Collegiate, B'nai Brith Youth, Simpson's Collegiate Drama Festival, the Ontario One Act Play Festival, and the Univerity College Follies at Hart House, University of Toronto. Trudy played leading roles in many of the productions and Michael acted as musical director and played piano at rehearsals. Memorabilia in the scrapbook includes tickets, programmes, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence. The last event is a 1989 production at Heritage Park Calgary in which Trudy Cowan portrayed Nellie McClung as well as producing the event.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 62
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
62
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-2005
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Max Altshuller was the great-grandfather of Saul Cowan's first wife Lillian Rosenthal.
Scope and Content
File consists of corrspondence between family members concerning reminiscences and genealogy, a family tree of Saul Cowan's parents Harris and Annie Cohen, two descendant family trees of Mayer Gollom (father of Annie Gollom Cohen), and a memoir titled "Altshuller Family Tree". Included in this document are photocopies of photographs, maps, a report on a 2005 reunion in Pontypool, Ontario, and a memoir of Belle Ewart by Al Sherman, which mentions the activities of the Rosenthal, Altshuller, Goldman, and Aiken families, as well as a 24-page descendant family tree of Max Altshuller.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
53
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918-[ca.198-]
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w and col. ; 14 x 9 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Kate Cowan was the second child (and first daughter) of the nine Cohen (Cowan) siblings.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Kate Cowan and her husband Joe Wener, and their oldest daughter Ruth and her husband Mickey Bush.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 58
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
58
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w and col. ; 15 x 10 cm and 14 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Jeanne Kallman was the sixth of nine Cowan siblings and the third girl.
Scope and Content
File includes family correspondence, two copies of Jeanne's "Memoirs of the Past", a newspaper biography of Jeanne from a Pinellas County Florida publication, and an article in an Orange County Florida Fire Safety Education Bulletin written by her grandson Lieutenant Clay Kallman. In addition, there are photographs of Jeanne and a friend as young girls about 1918, and of Jeanne at about 94 years of age with a corsage and a bouquet of flowers, honouring her participation in a musical event and giving a book review.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 59
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
59
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[194-]-1989
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
8 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 15 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Norman Cowan was the eighth of the nine Cowan siblings and the fifth boy. He worked as an estate planner with Imperial Life.
Scope and Content
File consists of family correspondence and photographs of Norman Cowan and his wife Bertha from the 1940s to the 1980s in locations such as Wapaska Lodge, Gravenhurst, and Heritage Park, Calgary, as well as a photo of their son Phil as a young man. There are three greeting cards decorated with photographs of Norman's photography and Bertha's paintings, a speech delivered by Norman to the Toronto Jewish Historical Society on Ward 4 (Kensington) in Toronto during the depression years, and an article from the Canadian Jewish News about the presentation, as well as newspaper clippings about the couple's retirement activities, and an advertisement for an exhibit of their art at the Koffler Gallery in Toronto. Finally, there is a sympathy acknowledgement card for a donation to Baycrest written by Saul Cowan following the passing of his brother Norman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 60
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
60
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Philip Cowan is the only child of Norman and Bertha Cowan. Both he and his wife Carolyn are clinical psychologists in California.
Scope and Content
File consists of a review of an academic book on an aspect of clinical psychology by Phillip, a newsletter with family updates, and wedding invitations for Philip and Carolyn's three children.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
65
Material Format
textual record
Date
1995-2001
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of email correspondence between Cowan relatives, mainly Trudy Cowan Luker and her brother Michael Cowan. These messages deal with the health and financial issues of their father Saul Cowan, in a care facility in Montreal. In addition, there are emails to and from other relatives, friends, and business associates.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 66
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
66
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]-1961
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm on matte 27 x 20 cm and 9 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ruth Bush was the daughter of Kate Cowan Wener, the eldest sister of Saul Cowan. Trudy Cowan was a bridesmaid at the Firestone-Weintraub wedding.
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of an unidentified elderly couple, a photograph of Ruth Bush in London, England, and a 1961 wedding portrait of Phyllis Firestone and Allan Weintraub.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 67
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
67
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-]-[199-]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and col. (1 photocopy) ; 16 x 14 cm and 12 x 6 cm and 10 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of an unidentified photograph of a teenage girl, of a young woman and baby taken at Hanukkah 1988 at 46 Braemar, and a photocopy of a couple holding wine glasses.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 82
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
82
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]-[ca. 1946]
Physical Description
32 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph album with pictures of Michael and Trudy Cowan as babies and young children with their parents, grandparents, and other relatives. Many were taken at the family resort Wapaska Lodge. Identification is provided on stick-it notes.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
28
Material Format
textual record
Date
2000-2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of email correspondence between Trudy Cowan and her brother Michael Cowan concerning their father's illness, financial issues, funeral arrangements and death on May 11, 2001.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Jack Leve was born in Russia. In 1904, after his brother was murdered in a pogrom, his parents put Jack—who was only nine at the time—on a ship to Montreal, where he lived with relatives. He did very well at Hebrew school, but one day he dipped a snowball in water to freeze it and hit the rabbi with it on his walk home, knocking him out. When he was caught, he decided to move to New York City and found a factory job, skinning skunks for fur coats.
After serving with the Canadian forces in the First World War, Jack decided to trade furs, working in James Bay. He spent most of his time with First Nations individuals, making many connections and even befriending Grey Owl. In 1938, Jack married Sarah Rives. When Judy was born in Montreal, the family had to send out a dog sled to notify Jack, who was in an igloo on Baffin Island.
Jack eventually settled in Sudbury around 1944. He had a base office just above Wolfe's book store where he kept two baby bears which he fed with baby bottles. He spent a great deal of time in the bush where he met with First Nations individuals, trapped, hunted, fished and purchased furs. Despite his rugged lifestyle, he was a staunch Zionist. In 1948, he relied on his contacts and skills as a fur trader to ship bullets hidden in mink, muskrat and otter furs to Israel to help the cause during the War of Independence. He was also an active member of the Jewish community in Sudbury. His wife kept a Kosher home and Jack served on the executive of the synagogue and B'nai Brith.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of Jack Leve (right), of Sudbury, Ontario, seated in the wilderness under a canvas lean-to, with an Indigenous family.
Name Access
Leve, Jack
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
1981-3-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[199-?]
Physical Description
3 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of 420 Vaughan Road, where Saul Cowan and his family lived from 1943-1946, and 268 Wychwood, the family home from 1946-1951. The third photograph is of a small apartment building at 425 Crawford Street where Celia and Morris Rosenthal (in-laws of Saul Cowan) lived in the 1940s and 1950s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 43
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
43
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of the exterior of Lillian and Saul Cowan's family home at 39 Brucewood in North York, Ontario.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 45
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
45
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-]-1992
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 13 cm and 12 x 8 cm and 8 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Libbie Aiken's family. Included is a photo of her brother Dr. Sidney Aiken in the 1930s, a photograph of Libbie Aiken as a physiotherapist at the Toronto General Hospital in the 1950s, and a group photo of Libbie and Saul with Libbie's children and grandchildren at a formal event in 1992.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 56
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
56
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Date
[195-]-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 9 x 13 cm or smaller
1 audiotape
Admin History/Bio
Rivka (Reva) Cowan Lieberman was the fourth child (and second girl) of the nine Cowan siblings.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Rivka with her daughter Ruth, with her husband Frank Lieberman, and of herself in later years. As well, there is family correspondence, two copies of her 1997 memoir, an invitation to her 90th birthday hosted by her family, an undated audiotape of an interview with her, and material pertaining to her son David's career as a psychologist at a university in Scotland.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 89
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
89
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1905]-[ca. 1946]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and sepia with hand tinting ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of a group photograph of members of the Soren and Rosenthal families taken early in the twentieth century, a photo of Lillian Rosenthal Cowan with her baby son Michael and the two grandmothers Celia Soren Rosenthal and Annie Harris Cohen, and a photograph of Lillian Cowan and her children Michael and Trudy with the same grandmothers about seven years later.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1928]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
The business pictured is Merchants Clothing Co., 131 Queen St. West. Prices for the artciles of clothing are clearly visble on the signs behind the figure of Jack. A variety of hats are on display in the front window.
Name Access
Kamarner, Jack
Merchants Clothing Co.
Subjects
Storefronts
Physical Condition
There is some blurring of the image and discoloration on this print, especially towards the lower right corner.
Places
Queen Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 102; File 89; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
102
File
89
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1939?]
Physical Description
1 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lillian "Lil" Cowan with her maternal grandmother, maternal great-grandmother, and two children. From left to right: Trudy Cowan, Nessie Soren (née Altshuler), Lillian "Lil" Cowan (née Rosenthal), Celia Rosenthal (née Soren), and Michael Cowan.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
37
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1958]-2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of material documenting the life of Trudy Cowan from high school in Toronto to retirement in Calgary. Included are programs for a high school drama performance and a Historic Sites and Monuments Board Canada event honouring explorer Alexander Henry, membership cards for the Canadian Club and Hadassah-Wizo, a Canadian passport, a high school alumni bulletin, a Father's Day card written by Trudy to her father Saul Cowan, and a speech she delivered at a Hadassah-Wizo annual meeting. In addition, there is email correspondences and newspaper clippings related to Trudy's association with historical organizations such as the Lougheed House Conservation Society, the Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, and the Jewish Historical Society Calgary.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
50
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca.1976]-[ca.1996]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Rebecca Cowan is the daughter of Saul Cowan's son Michael and his wife Nancy.
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Rebecca as an infant and a programme of a concert titled "Musica Orbium Requiem op. 9", in which she sung as a soprano.
Subjects
Sopranos (Singers)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2002-10-46
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-46
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 trophy
Date
1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an Arts Theatre Club Trophy. This trophy has a wood base, on the left are theatrical masks in gold, on the right is a taller wood block with a plaque on the front, on top is a silver statue. This item has been deaccessioned and removed (11/24/15)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between Jan. and May 1953]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 8 cm and 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
Norman Cowan was the B'nai Brith's Toronto Lodge President in 1947.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Norman Cowan.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Related Material
See Fonds 17: 2: 1309, and Fonds 28 : 6 : 307.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 11; File 1; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rebecca Kamarner fonds
Family photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
11
File
1
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
The photograph is of seven members of the Kamarner family. They are outside, in fornt of a tree, perhaps in a residential backyard. The grandmother is seated on a chair and the boys are seated in front. Everybody else is standing
First row from left: [unknown], Jack.
Second row: Bessie Kamarner Robins, Chava Kamarner, [unknown].
Back row: Anne Kamarner Grainer (?), [unknown].
The two unidentified women might be Florence and Gussie Kamarner. The unidentified boy might be their brother Abe. They are the children of Nutta Kamarner.
Notes
Reference to an "identification copy" on the original accession list, currently missing?
Physical Condition
Photo is torn and discoloured in the upper left hand corner.
Accession Number
1986-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
46
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of handwritten correspondence between Saul, Libbie and Trudy Cowan and between Saul and Libbie Cowan and Saul's sister Jean Kalman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 102; File 89; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
102
File
89
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1939?]
Physical Description
1 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lillian "Lil" Cowan with her maternal grandmother, maternal great-grandmother, and two children. From left to right: Trudy Cowan, Nessie Soren (née Altshuler), Lillian "Lil" Cowan (née Rosenthal), Celia Rosenthal (née Soren), and Michael Cowan.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
27
Material Format
textual record
Date
1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a diary handwritten by Saul Cowan's daughter Trudy, from January 27, 1999 to February 8, 1999 while visiting Toronto from her home in Calgary. She relates his physical and mental struggles.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4514
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4514
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 28 x 36 cm on matte 51 x 40 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original portrait of Jack Shindman, former president of the Toronto Hebrew Free Loan Association, as well as Jewish Immigrant Aid Services.
Name Access
Toronto Jewish Free Loan Association
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This file consists of one photograph of Jack Blank (also spelled Jack Blanc). There is a crest and ribbon attached to the lapel of his suit.
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
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
Item
23
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1960
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
This photograph consists of one portrait photograph of Jack Geddes, wearing a Russian shirt.
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
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
Item
24
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
This file consists of one portrait photograph of Jack Gelman.
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
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Advocacy, General sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-9
File
95
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence from an d to Jack Geller on various subjects
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Advocacy, General sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-9
File
106
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence from and to Jack Geller, as well as associated newspaper clippings.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2017-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-10-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
15 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Date
1991-1995
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs taken by Jack Kohane of three events: the walking of the Torah on Kenilworth Ave. in Toronto to celebrate the new Torah at the Beach Hebrew Institute on 25 June 1995 featuring Barbara Hall (Mayor of Toronto), Howard Moscoe (City Councillor) and Arie Newman (President); an open house at the Jewish Library in the Lipa Green Building in June 1991; and an anti-racism forum held in Nov. 1992 featuring Hari Lalla, the then curriculum advisor for race relations and multiculturalism with the Toronto Board of Education. These photos were taken for he Canadian Jewish News.
Administrative History
Jack Kohane is a retired freelance photographer.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Name Access
Beach Hebrew Institute (Toronto, Ont.)
Jewish Public Library (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Date
1978-1994
Scope and Content
Accession consists of various newsclippings and letters written by Jacobson in response to the editors of various Toronto-based publications, individuals and rabbis, related to issues of Jewish identity, Rabbi Meir Kahane, and the Israeli-Lebanese conflict in 1978. Of particular note is a complaint against the Toronto Star filed with the Ontario Press Council by Jacobson surrounding a series of news articles on Dr. Christopher Giannou; a complaint that was upheld by the council.
Administrative History
Jack Jacobson (1920-2007) was born in Toronto in 1920. As a youth, he belonged to Hashomer Hatzair. He was married to Lillian Jacobson.
Descriptive Notes
Related Material note: See accession 2018-5-5.
Name Access
Jacobson, Jack, 1920-2007
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-5-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Date
1978-1987
Scope and Content
Accession consists of various newsclippings and letters written by Jacobson in response to the editors of various Toronto-based publications and individuals, related to issues of Jewish identity, Orthodox Judaism, and the Israeli-Lebanese conflict in 1978. Of particular note is a letter written by June Callwood to Jacobson defending her stance on recent strikes in Toronto by doctors and meatpackers; and a copy of an open letter by Holocaust-denier, Ernst Zundel.
Administrative History
Jack Jacobson (1920-2007) was born in Toronto in 1920. As a youth, he belonged to Hashomer Hatzair. He was married to Lillian Jacobson.
Descriptive Notes
Related Material note: See accession 2018-4-7.
Subjects
Antisemitism
Name Access
Jacobson, Jack, 1920-2007
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 7; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
7
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1925
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Jack Thuna wearing a tuxedo. The photograph was taken at a studio in Toronto and was likely a portrait taken for his wedding to Anne Levine.
Notes
Photographer: Simpson Brothers, 357 1/2 Yonge St., Toronto
Name Access
Thuna, Jack
Subjects
Portraits
Weddings
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.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 300
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
300
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 44
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
44
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Jack Slan was born in 1918, in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Russian immigrant parents, Joseph and Sophie Slan. He had two brothers, Robert and Leon (Lennie Stein, Canadian Amateur Heavyweight Champion, 1935-1937, and Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame inductee). In 1922, the family moved to Toronto. Jack later met and married his first wife, Jerry Slan, and his second wife, Pearl (née Potash).
In 1945, Jack and his two brothers founded Dominion Luggage in Toronto's garment district. Jack was the designer and creative force behind the company, while his brothers handled the business aspects and the sales. The company was later sold in 1972 to Warrington Products. Jack passed away on 28 September 2002.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Jack Slan.
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 154
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
154
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1942
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
1 embossed print ; 7 x 9 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 189
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
189
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1949-1961
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 30 cm and 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of portrait photographs of Jack Pearlstein.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1981-3-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-3-13
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
20 photographs : b&w
Date
1919-1956
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of Jack Leve in Biscotasing and Sudbury, a Young Judaea convention for Northern Ontario in Sudbury, ca. 1955-56, a Purim play, and the Jewish Community Centre in Sudbury, ca. 1949-50.
Source
Archival Accessions
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