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Michelle Campos’s Research Collection on Zionist Women Organizations

Identifier: MSS 0574

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection document the activities of the Verband jüdischer Frauen für Palästina (Jewish Women’s Association for Palestine), the Verbandes jüdischer Frauen für Kulturarbeit in Palästina (Jewish Women’s Association for Cultural Work in Palestine), and other Zionist organizations and leaders, such as Arthur Ruppin (1876–1943), with which these organizations were in contact and cooperated. The bulk of the documents were written between 1908 and 1920 and the photocopies of various periodicals, such as the publications of the Jewish Women’s Association for Palestine and newspapers like Die Welt and Hapoel Hatzair, are dated from 1897 through 1922. Most of the correspondence was written in German, part of the letters were typed, and part were handwritten in various locales in Germany: Berlin, Cologne, and Königsberg. Part of the letters were written in Palestine, before and after Ottoman rule was replaced with the British Mandate there in 1918. These letters were written in various different settlements of the early Yishuv: the agricultural farm Kinneret, Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem.


  • 1997


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English, Hebrew, German, and Italian.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Michelle Campos (1971–), historian of the modern Ottoman Empire, was a faculty member at the University of Florida's Department of History between 2007 and 2020. She created this research collection during her graduate studies at Stanford University.


.82 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


The collection includes documents collected and photocopied at the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem in fall of 1997. They pertain to the early 20th-century history of Zionist women, mostly from Germany and include correspondence, protocols, newspaper clippings, and excerpts from published books.


The materials in this collection were originally arranged in four binders. Box 1, Folders 1-3 hold the materials in original binder 1; folders 4-7 hold the materials in original binder 2, in Box 2, folders 1-4 the materials in original binder 3 are arranged, and folders 5-8 include the materials in original binder 4. The folders are thematically populated, following the original arrangement of the documents.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Michelle Campos donated this collection to the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.

Processing Information

The following materials were removed from the collection. The first three are available to UF patrons to borrow.

Margarit Shilo, "The women's farm at Kinneret, 1911-1917 : a solution to the problem of the working woman in the Second Aliyah," in Pioneers and homemakers : Jewish women in pre-state Israel, 119-143, edited by Deborah S. Bernstein; Albany : State University of New York, c1992.

Margarit Shilo, "The Women's Agricultural Training Farm At Kinneret, 1911-1917" in Cathedra: For the History of Eretz Israel and Its Yishuv, n14 (19800101): 81-112.

Michael Berkowitz, "Transcending 'Tzimmes and Sweetness': Recovering the History of Zionist Women in Central and Western Europe, 1897-1933," in Active voices : women in Jewish culture, 41-62, edited by Maurie Sacks, Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1995.

M. Celka K. Straughn, "Eretz Israel – Constructions of a National Identity in the Photographic Works of Nachum Tim Gidal," MA Report Courtauld Institute of Art University of London, June 1996

A Guide to Michelle Campos’s Research Collection on Zionist Women Organizations
Finding aid created by Katalin Franciska Rac
January 2021
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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