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Amy Schlagel Federman and Joseph Federman Collection on Tourism in Israel

Identifier: MSS 0420

Scope and Content

The majority of the items in the collection, brochures, travel guides, tourist maps, museum guides, and magazines, pertains to Jewish sites and Israeli history, culture, and geography. They were mainly produced by or in association with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and local municipalities. Only a small segment relates to Christian and Muslim sites in Israel. In addition, a smaller portion of the items in the collection is specific to the Federmans’ travels from 1974 and 1978: Federman family travel documents, itineraries, photographs, handwritten notes, correspondence, and hotel receipts. Many of the non-personal documents in the collection have handwritten notes, presumably from the Federmans. A humorous poem reveals that shopping was an important part of the tourist group’s experience: aside from Saturday, when the tour was halted, they had a very tight schedule, which allowed them little time to buy souvenirs. Lastly, there are items that pertain to tourist-oriented locations and franchises throughout Israel, such as a postcard collection and a Dan Hotels stationary collection. They relate directly to the collection’s theme of tourism in Israel.

The documents span from the year 1951 to 2012, however a majority of the documents are from the period of 1970 to 1978, which includes the years when the Federmans toured Israel.


  • Creation: 1951-2012
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1974-1978


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English, Spanish, Hebrew, French, German, Arabic, Russian, Yiddish, and Italian.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The collection was compiled over years mainly through the Federman family's travels to Israel. The Federmans, Bernard, Norma, Charles, and Joseph, whose future wife, Amy, donated the collection to the Price Library, first visited in Israel from July 16, 1974 until August 1, 1974. They returned to Israel again for a trip between May 11 and 29, 1978, which was organized by the American Jewish Congress. However, there are items in the collection, dating from before the Federman's Israel tours, which, along with various items from the seventies that relate to the history and cultures of Israel, suggest that the family had a broader interest in Israel's history.

The tours were assumedly a pleasant social experience as well, illustrated by a humorous poem and personal letter from friends addressed to the Federmans.

The collection is dedicated to the memories of the Schlagel and Federman families.


.58 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)


The collection includes various materials that relate to tourism in Israel in general and specifically pertain to the Federman family's travels in Israel in the 1970s and another visit to Israel in 2012.


This collection is arranged topically and in chronological order.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Amy Schlagel Federman in December 2016.



A Guide to the Amy Schlagel Federman and Joseph Federman Collection on Tourism in Israel
Finding aid created by Hope Scheff and Katalin Franciska Rac
March 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America