Mel Wacks papers relating to Gerta Ries Wiener and the Jewish-American Hall of Fame

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.wackmel
Creators:
Wacks, Mel
Dates:
1970-1996
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters; sketches (mostly photocopies) of medals; photographs; an interview on DVD, and medals concerning Wacks' involvement in the work of medalist Gerta Ries Wiener for the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, a project and institution created by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, Calif.
Scope and Contents
Letters, circa 100, from Wiener to Wacks concerning commemorative medals created by Wiener and commissioned by Wacks for the Judah L. Magnes Museum, from Emma Lazarus, Adolph Ochs, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Béla Schick, Ernestine L. Rose, Gertrude Stein, Louis D. Brandeis, Gershom Mendes Seixas, Henrietta Szold, Golda Meir, Gershom Mendes Seixas, and Jascha Heifetz (medal not made). Photographs are of medals and subjects used for medals. Interview on DVD is of Wiener conducted by Wacks, December 30, 1994. Five commemorative medals are by Wiener of Schick, Ochs, Brandeis, Rose, and Rebecca Gratz.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mel Wacks (b. 1938) is Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, Woodland Hills, Calif. The Jewish-American Hall of Fame was a project of the Judah L. Magnes Museum from 1969 through 2001 and is currently a division of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2007 and 2009 by Mel Wacks, director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Medals Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women medalists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wiener, Gerta Ries, 1898-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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