Guttmacher, Eliyahu (1796-1874). Papers.
Organization: Boxes 1-16 are arranged alphabetically by first letter of towns
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 3 series: I) Kvitlekh (boxes 1-17); II) Correspondence (18-20); III) Financial Documents (21)
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The bulk of the collection consists of several thousand kvitlekh (written requests to a rabbi asking for a blessing or advice), arranged in alphabetical order by name of town or city. The kvitlekh were received from Jews residing in Poland and other, mostly European, countries. They reflect the social history of European Jews in the mid- 19th century and relate to financial, medical and family problems.
In addition, the collection includes the following: General correspondence, including inquiries relating to religious matters. Family correspondence, legal documents such as court and government papers, bills. Certifications by unidentified authors. Discussions on Jewish law by unknown authors. Amulet. Business documents. Receipts for contributions to charitable institutions in Palestine.