The accession consists of two volumes of poetry that were produced by Moses Borshay during and immediately after the Second World War. The poems were written in Yiddish and document stories and issues from the news that were of concern to him. There are also poems that examine the seeasons, the sun or other themes that are not political. Some of these poems were read aloud at meetings that he attended at the Minsk Farbund and Agudas Hamishpocha.
Moses Borshay was born in Minsk, Russia in 1876. He came to Canada around 1900. He was married to Fanny Soloway and had approximately 8 children. He worked as a fruit and vegetable wholesaler and had a stall at the St. Lawrence Market. He passed away in 1951.