Fonds MG2053 - Abraham de Sola and Evelyn Miller Fonds

Montreal Star Article - 125th anniversary of Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue Correspondence Clara de la Penha (Finances) Correspondence, Abraham de Sola Documents, Correspondence de Sola Family de Sola family and business correspondence David Aaron de Sola - Rev. David Aaron de Sola of London, England David Aaron de Sola (small photo) Rev. Samuel de Sola (of London) youngest son of Rev D.A. de Sola - Sermons by D.A. de Sola, Meldola de Sola & Others

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Abraham de Sola and Evelyn Miller Fonds

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  • 1784-1996 (Collection)
    Miller, Evelyn 1916-1996
  • 1784-1996 (Creation)
    Sola, Abraham de, 1825-1882

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1.3 m of textual records
180 photographs

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Abraham de Sola was born in 1825 In London to David Aaron de Sola, Cantor in the Bevis-Marks Synagogue, and Rica Meldola, daughter of prominent publisher and scholar, Raphael Meldola. Abraham de Sola moved to Montreal in 1847 upon accepting the position of Reverend of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (Shearith Israel), Canada's oldest synagogue. Over the ensuing fifty-seven years, de Sola carved out a career and reputation as a leading scholar and leader of the Jewish community; not only in Canada but also in the United States.

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The records were created and collected by Evelyn Miller and remained in her custody until her death In 1996. At this date they were transferred to her estate under the care of her family in Montreal. Previous to this, Miller had agreed to have selections of the de Sola materials microfilmed at the McGill University Archives in 1973 in conjunction with the production of a finding aid for the microfilm. The fonds, including both her research papers and the original de Sola materials, were donated to the McGill University Archives in November 2002.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, research and genealogical notes, articles produced by Evelyn Miller's activities as a researcher, historian, writer and archivist. There is also a considerable amount of primary source material collected by Evelyn Miller on her family; particularly correspondence, sermons and articles relating predominately to Abraham de Sola but also to David Aaron de Sola (Abraham's father), Aaron David Meldola de Sola, Clarence Isaac de Sola and the Hart family. The fonds have a vast amount of photographs mostly of the de Sola Family, but also the David, Hart and Joseph families. The fonds is composed of the following series:

  1. Original Historical Records (de Sola, Hart, Joseph) Documents
  2. Research and Professional Activities

Although there are two separate series, it must be noted that some information contained in the series files are often relevant to more than that area of activity. This is especially true of correspondence files.

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The documents are presented In their original order as received by McGill University Archives.
Containers 1-4 (textual material)
Containers 5-6 (photographic material)
Containers 7-8 (oversized material)

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  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew

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English, French, and Hebrew. File titles are in English.

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PDF finding aid also available: Finding aid is organized Iito two major sections: 1) a file listing by container and 2) a fle listing by series. Prepared by the staff of the McGill University Archives between May and October 2004. Final editing of the finding aid was completed by Johanne Pelletier, Director and University Archivist, and Shannon Hodge, Contract Archivist. Assistance regarding the translation and interpretation of Hebrew texts was provided by Deborah Abecassls (McGill University Department of Jewish Studies) and Bonnie Goodman, Contract Archivist.

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Proper names assigned to persons based on file content and references in the Encyclopedia Judaica and Jewish Encyclopedia.

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Jewish Encyclopedia. The Kopelman Foundation. 2002.
Encyclopedia Judaica. Judaica Multimedia. CD-ROM Edition. 1997.

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