Joel Wolff photograph and film collection, circa 1890s-1980s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Wolff, Joel
Joel Wolff photograph and film collection
circa 1890s-1980s (inclusive)
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
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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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

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 1 circa 1890s
1 2 circa 1903
1 3 circa 1904
1 4 circa 1904
1 5 circa 1910
1 6
 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
circa 1980s
1 7 circa 1980s
1 8
 Jesse Epstein (1910-1989)
Note on back of photo: Jesse's 80th birthday in the park
circa 1980s
1 9 circa 1980s
Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
VC36 10
 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
circa 1930

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  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs