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JCA: Benyas Photographic Negatives

 Collection
Identifier: UR001749
Bob Benyas's photographs, here in negative form, document the activities of the Detroit-area Jewish community, primarily the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and its many divisions and committees, including events such as annual meetings, campaign events, dignitary visits, and the Jewish Book Fair. Among the organizations included are the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Home for the Aged, Jewish Community Council, Jewish Vocational Service, Hebrew Free Loan, American Jewish Committee, American Friends of Hebrew University, JARC and the National Council of Jewish Women.

Dates

  • 1950 - 1996

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must contact the Jewish Community Archivist for permission to use/duplicate.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.
Researcher must contact the Jewish Community Archivist for permission to use/duplicate.

Extent

16.5 Linear Feet (33 OS)

Abstract

The Benyas Photographic Negative Collection was donated to the JFMD Jewish Community Archives by photographer Bob Benyas in 1991. Benyas's photographs, here in negative form, document the activities of the Detroit area Jewish community, primarily the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and its many divisions and committees, including events such as annual meetings, campaign events, dignitary visits, and the Jewish Book Fair. Among the organizations included are the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Home for the Aged, Jewish Community Council, Jewish Vocational Service, Hebrew Free Loan, American Jewish Committee, American Friends of Hebrew University, JARC and National Council of Jewish Women.

History

Robert (Bob) Benyas was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1923. His family soon moved to Detroit where he grew up and spent his entire adult life and career. He attended Wayne University for one year before being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Benyas served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater, processing film documentation of bombing runs. After the war, he continued his education at the Institute of Design in Chicago and then returned to Detroit to have a prominent career as a photographer until his death in 2014. In 1951, Benyas established the Benyas-Kaufman Photography Studio in Detroit with his colleague Jack Kaufman. He often worked as a free-lancer for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. During his career, he documented many important local events and people from around the world, including presidents and politicians, musicians and entertainers. Benyas was often the official photographer for events in the Jewish community of metropolitan Detroit and as such documented much of the history of that community in the second half of the 20th century.

Arrangement

Negatives are arranged approximately in chronological order. Any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Community Archives

Related Materials

Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, especially Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records, Parts 1, 2 and 3. Also Jewish Home for the Aged Records, JARC Records, Jewish Community Center Records, Jewish Community Council Records, and others. Max M. Fisher Papers.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.

Creator

Title
Guide to the JCA Benyas Photographic Negatives
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
Revised December 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016-12-13: Revised and expanded by Aimee Ergas

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA