Accession consists of textual records documenting Dr. Stephen Speisman's research and writing activities roughly between 1968 and 1970. Included are copies of newsclippings and research articles relating to the early history of Toronto and its Jewish community, copies of Holy Blossom Temple correspondence from the late 1800s, copies of early maps of Toronto, and bibliographies and research notes compiled by Speisman. Of particular note is a file containing a handwritten paper by Speisman entitled, "Some Aspects of Jewry in Nineteenth Century Toronto," which is accompanied by the comments and corrections of his supervising professor, as well as another file containing a draft of Speisman's paper "Jewish Residential Area of Toronto 1911." Speisman's research material primarily relates to the late 1800s and early 1900s and documents topics related to the Jewish community of Toronto, including, religion in schools, early synagogues, charities and immigration.
Finally, accession also contains a Congregation B'nai Torah dedication program (1970), a Toronto Jewish Teacher's Seminary graduation invitation (1970), and a Holy Blossom Temple program for its celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Jewish community of Toronto (1969).
The records were in the possession of B. Marly, a family friend of Mrs. Speisman. After recently helping Mrs. Speisman sort through boxes of material at her home she decided to bring this material to the OJA with Mrs. Speisman's consent.