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Abraham I. Shumiatcher fonds

1890-1989, predominant 1928-1972

Physical Description:
9.29 m of textual records. -- ca. 205 photographs

Abraham Isaac Shumiatcher, 1890-1974, was born in Gomel City, Russia. The family emigrated to Alberta in 1911 and took out a homestead near Rumsey, but soon moved to Calgary. Shumiatcher studied law at the University of Alberta. He was called to the Bar in 1930 and practiced law in Calgary for over 40 years. In 1940 he was made a Kings Counsel. In 1913, Shumiatcher married Luba Lubinsky, originally from Poland, and they had two children, Minuetta (Kessler), 1914-2002, and Morris, 1916-2004. Shumiatcher played a major role in the establishment of many Calgary Jewish organizations. He served on the executives of the House of Jacob, I.L. Peretz School, Calgary Hebrew School, Canadian Jewish Congress, B'nai B'rith, Histadrut, House of Israel Association and Federation of Young Judea of Canada, among others. See also "My Years in Russia: Some Memories" Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, December, 1970, p. 1-6.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal and family correspondence, speeches, lectures, newsclippings, programs, photographs and tax returns; legal client files; and minutes, correspondence and business papers of the many organizations in which he was active.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS, AND FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST: William Aberhart, Amalgamated House of Israel, American ORT Federation, Rabbi Barenholtz, Lt. S. Buchwold, Calgary Jewish Welfare Fund, Calgary Women's Musical Club, Doukhobors, Hadassah Chapter of Calgary, Saul Hayes, House of Jacob, Shaie Jaffe, Minuetta Kessler, Ida Nelson, L. Pearlman, Louis Rosenberg, Shaarey Tzedec Congregation, Aaron Sholomenko, Jesse Shumiatcher, Morris Shumiatcher, Morris Smith, Peter P. Verigin, and Zionist Organization of Canada.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Dr. Morris Shumiatcher and Mrs. J. Shumiatcher, 1976-2010.

The material is primarily in English, with some records in Yiddish, German, Polish and Russian.

Some legal files are restricted for a prescibed period. See inventory for details.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

An interview of Morris Shumiatcher is at RCT-819.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1107, M-8686, M-9217, PA-2043, PA-2957, PB-446, PB-614, PB-955, NA-3493, NA-3886, NA-5151

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