Joel Wolff photograph and film collection, circa 1890s-1980s PDF
- Wolff, Joel
- Joel Wolff photograph and film collection
- circa 1890s-1980s (inclusive)18901989
- 9 photographs (1 folder) ; various sizes
1 film reel (8 minutes, 200 feet) : silent, B&W ; 16mm
- Collection Number
- Photographs and film of Jewish life in Aberdeen, Washington
- University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top
George J. Wolff (1870-1931) was born in Kempen, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1888. He settled in Olympia, Washington, and worked with I. Harris & Sons Dry Goods. Wolff opened a branch store in Aberdeen in 1897 and launched his own dry goods store several years later in Aberdeen. George Wolff led the Grays Harbor Jewish congregation and was pivotal in establishing Temple Beth Israel.
George and his wife Bertha Staadecker Wolff raised two children, Sylvia (1905-1992) and Joel (1908-2004), who managed the Wolff store after his father's death. The family lived at 408 E. First St. in Aberdeen and later built a home at 102 W. 11th St., where they kept chickens, a vegetable garden, two horses and a carriage with a fringe on top.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Photographs of George J. Wolff and family members. The film records aspects of Jewish life in Aberdeen, Washington.
Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top
Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.
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Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.
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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
PhotographsReturn to Top
Jesse Epstein, son-in-law of George Wolff
Jesse Epstein, a graduate of University of Washington Law School, served as the first director of the Seattle Housing Authority
Jesse Epstein (1910-1989)
Note on back of photo: Jesse's 80th birthday in the park
FilmReturn to Top
Jewish life in Aberdeen, Washington
Film shows aspects of Jewish life in Aberdeen, Washington, including a Purim play; laying the cornerstone of Beth Israel Congregation in Aberdeen; and dedication of temple in Chehalis, WA.
Original: 1 film reel (200 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
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