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J.B. Salsberg fonds
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- Salsberg, Joseph Baruch
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3.9 m of textual records and other material
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Name of creator
Joseph Baruch Salsberg (1902-1998) was a politician, an activist, and an active member in Toronto's Jewish community. He was born in Lagow, Poland, and later emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1913. Salsberg served on the Labour Zionist executive, and he worked as a union organizer, and a Communist Party union strategist. He was elected alderman for Ward 4 in Toronto in 1938 and again in 1943. He was also elected to the Ontario Legislature from 1943 to 1955 as a member of the Labour Progressive Party, formerly the Communist Party. Throughout his life, he was a regular columnist for a variety of publications, including Fraternally Yours, the Canadian Jewish News and the Canadian Tribune. He was an activist for Israel and its security, the Yiddish culture, and the integrity of the Jewish people around the world. A medical centre in Kiryat Yam, Israel, bears Salsberg's name. Salsberg was predeceased by his wife, Dora Wilensky (1902-1959).
These records were stored at the home of Prof. Adam Fuerstenberg for one year prior to arrival at the Archives. During this time, a student amalgamated some loose materials into files and produced a preliminary box list. The second and third accruals were files that had been removed and retained by Prof. Fuerstenberg for further study prior to the original donation.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of correspondence and subject files relating to various matters during Salsberg's term as an alderman and as a member of the Ontario Legislature. Also included are correspondence and research notes relating to many topics pertaining to the Jewish communities in Canada and around the world. There are also copies of Salsberg's articles written for the Canadian Jewish News and other publications. Personal photos and some of Dora's files can also be found in this fonds. This fonds contains the following series: Politics (1937-1957), Judaica (1906-1995), Writings (1949-1993) and Personal records ([190-]-[199-]).
Some material was water-damaged and mouldy.
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by the Estate of Joseph B. Salsberg (2002), and Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin (2013, 2015).
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MI 80.1-MI 80.2
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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright is held by the Estate of Joseph B. Salsberg. Permission must be obtained in writing before any original documents may be published
See also the J.B. Salsberg collection.
No further accruals are expected