Guide to the Samuel G. Ziger Collectionca. 1900-ca.1950s MG 1574

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Arrangement
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Samuel Ziger childhood and young adult photographs

Series 2: Cohen family photographs

Series 3: Samuel and Leah Ziger family photographs

Series 4: Assorted family related documents and memorabilia

Series 5: Original drawings by Samuel Ziger ca. 1900-1916


Guide to the Samuel G. Ziger Collection
ca. 1900-ca.1950s
MG 1574
MG 1574

The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
Phone: (973) 596-8500 x249
Email: library@jerseyhistory.org
URL: http://www.jerseyhistory.org
© 2005 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Paulette Singer.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Samuel G. Ziger
Title: Samuel G. Ziger Collection
Dates ca. 1900-ca.1950s
Abstract: Consists mainly of photographs depicting Newark, N.J. based artist Samuel Ziger, wife Leah (Cohen) Ziger, and their children, Gertrude and Jerome Ziger, spanning the first half of the 20th century. Also included are original drawings and color sketches by Samuel G. Ziger.
Quantity: .66 linear feet + 1 oversize box
Collection Number: MG 1574

Biographical Note

Samuel George Ziger was born in Austria in 1891(?). He emigrated with his family in about 1896 and settled in Newark. His first known address was 125 Peshine Avenue and later lived at 39 Ridgewood Avenue. As a child he exhibited a remarkable natural talent in art. Throughout his youth he drew independently and made copies in numerous sketchbooks. In approximately 1907 he enrolled in the Newark Free Drawing School, located in Academy Street . He studied there for a number of years, eventually becoming a teacher in the same institution. In 1913 he married Leah Cohen, daughter of Newark Rabbi A.A. Cohen. Sam and Leah had 2 children: Gertrude Sarah born March 25, 1914, and Jerome A., born March 25, 1919. In 1940 the family moved to 251 Dorer Avenue, Hillside. Samuel Ziger worked most of his life for Aetna Photo and Engraving, NYC. He also illustrated medical and dental books, painted portraits, designed calendars, drew and painted landscapes in and around Newark. He died at home, at age 70, May 3, 1962.

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Scope and Content Note

Consists of photographs of Samuel Ziger and his family of origin, photographs of the family of his wife Leah (Cohen) Ziger and photographs of the family of Samuel and Leah Ziger, including their children, Gertrude and Jerome. Also included are a wedding invitiation, bar-mitzvah business card, entrance cards for a Hahne & Co. artistic contest, and photocopies of newspaper articles mentioning the artistic work of Samuel Ziger. There are also original drawings by Samuel Ziger, made while he was either a student or teacher at the Newark Free Drawing School.

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Arrangement

The papers are organized into five series:

Series 1: Samuel Ziger childhood and young adult photographs

Series 2: Cohen family photographs

Series 3: Samuel and Leah Ziger family photographs

Series 4: Assorted family related documents

Series 5: Original drawings by Samuel Ziger, ca. 1900-1916.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Cohen, A.A., Rabbi.
Ziger, Gertrude.
Ziger, Leah.
Ziger, Samuel G.
Subject Organizations:
Aetna Photo and Engraving (New York, N.Y.)
Newark Free Drawing School (Newark, N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Artists–New Jersey–Newark.
Jews–New Jersey–Newark.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Drawings.
Invitations.
Menus.
Photographs.
Subject Occupations
Artists.

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Related Material

For materials related to topics documented in this collection, see:

Manuscript Group 1082, Jack C. Richer Papers.


Manuscript Group 1350, Solomon Foster (b. 1878) Papers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1574, Samuel G. Ziger Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by granddaughter Paulette F. Singer

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Samuel Ziger childhood and young adult photographs

Scope and Content:

These photographs depict the childhood and young adult lives of Samuel Ziger, and his brother Albert (Al) Ziger and other family members, including sister Sally Ziger.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 #1. B&W photograph, Sam Ziger ca. 1905 ca. 1905
1 1 #2. B&W photograph, Sam Ziger at the wheel,
brothers Abram Albert Ziger, left, known as
Al or Albert, and Joseph, center.
ca. 1908
1 1 #3. Sepia tone photograph, Sam Ziger,
verso stamped, S. Leiboff, 120 Springfield Ave.
ca. 1908
1 1 #4. B&W photograph, Samuel G. Ziger. In costume
for Artists and Models Ball?
ca. 1914
1 1 #5. Sepia tone Post Card photograph, Ziger family
back row l to r; Joseph, Pincus, Pearl, Samuel,
middle row l to r; Anna, next two obscured,
front row l to r; ??????
ca. 1914
1 1 #6 Sepia tone photograph, Al Ziger, in high school
“Letter” sweater
ca. 1918
1 1 #7. Joseph Ziger, brother of Samuel G. Ziger, and his
children.
ca. 1918
1 1 #8. Sepia tone Post Card photograph, Al Ziger 1918
1 1 #9. Sepia tone photograph, back row; Sally Ziger,
youngest sister of Samuel G. Ziger and middle row,
left; Gertrude Sarah Ziger, daughter.
ca. 1919
1 1 #10. Sepia tone photograph, Al Ziger, in uniform ca. 1919
1 1 #11. B&W photograph, Al Ziger, possibly Bradley
Beach
ca. 1919
1 1 #12. B&W photograph, Anna Ziger, younger sister of Samuel G. Ziger ca. 1920s
1 1 #13. Sepia tone photograph, Samuel G. Ziger ca. 1924

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Series 2: Cohen family photographs

Scope and Content:

These photographs depict the Cohen family, Leah Ziger’s family of origin. Included is a photographs of Leah’s parents Rabbi A.A. Cohen and Cerile Cohen, and Leah’s sisters Mollie, Minnie and Fannie.

Box Folder Title Date
1 2 #14. Sepia tone photograph, Samuel G. Ziger ca. 1924
1 2 #15. B&W photograph, Cohen sisters, left to right,
Fannie, Minnie, Mollie, Leah
ca. 1910
1 2 #16. B&W photograph, graduating class Morton St. x
School, June, 1910, Leah Cohen, 1st row, 3rd
from left.
ca. 1908
1 2 #17. B&W Post Card photograph, Joseph Blumenfeld
and Molly Blumenfeld, ne: Cohen, sister of Leah
Leah Ziger, brother and sister-in-law of Samuel
G. Ziger
ca. 1914
1 2 #18. Sepia tone photograph, Joseph Blumenfeld,
brother-in-law, Samuel G. Ziger
ca. 1914
1 2 #19. Sepia tone Post Card photograph, children of
Fanny B. Zemel (Mrs. Meyer Zemel) sister of
Leah Ziger. Jewish New Year’s card. Text in
Hebrew on face “I lift up the cup of salvation,
and call upon the name of the Lord.” (ps.116,13)
ca. 1914-1918
1 2 #20. Photographic Jewish New Year’s card, with
sepia tone photograph, Rose???? Pensky and
brother
ca. 1918
1 2 #21. B&W photograph, Rabbi A. A. Cohen, Newark,
father of Leah Ziger, nee: Cohen.
ca. 1920
1 2 #22. Sepia tone photograph, Cerile Cohen, mother of
Leah Ziger, nee: Cohen, Bradley Beach, NJ
ca. 1923
1 2 #23. Sepia tone Post Card photograph, Molly Blumenfeld,
nee: Cohen, sister of Leah Ziger, and her sons.
ca. 1924
1 2 #24. B&W photograph, contemporary copy, in folder,
formal portrait of Cohen family
n.d.

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Series 3: Samuel and Leah Ziger family photographs

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of Samuel and Leah’s children Gertrude and Jerome as well as photos of Samuel and Leah in their later years.

Box Folder Title Date
1 3 #25. B&W photograph, Leah & Sam Ziger
verso stamped, The Unterman Studio,
120 Springfield Ave., Newark, N.J
1913
1 3 #26. B&W Post Card photograph, wedding Samuel
Ziger to Leah Cohen, Newark, June, 1913
Pencil notation, verso: Mrs. L. Ziger, 39
Ridgewood Ave.
1913
1 3 #27. Sepia tone photograph, mounted, Gertrude
Sarah Ziger, first child of Sam & Leah, age one
year, born March 25, 1914
1915
1 3 #28. Sepia tone photograph, mounted, Gertrude Sarah
Ziger
ca. 1917
1 3 #29. Sepia tone photograph, Jerome A.Ziger,
second child of Sam & Leah, born March 25, 1919.
1919
1 3 #30. Sepia tone photograph, mounted, Gertrude Sarah
Ziger, daughter Samuel G. Ziger
ca. 1919
1 3 #31. Sepia tone Post Card photograph, Jerome and
Gertrude Ziger
ca. 1922
1 3 #32. B&W photograph, back row, l to r; Molly
Blumenfeld, Cerile Cohen, Leah Ziger, middle row,
left; Gertrude Ziger, front row, right; Jerome Ziger.
Verso, in Leah Ziger’s hand, “Bradley” dddd
(Bradley Beach, NJ)
ca. 1923
1 3 #33. B&W photograph, Sam, Leah, Gertrude and
Jerome Ziger, Bradley Beach, NJ
ca. 1923
1 3 #34. B&W photograph, top to bottom; Leah, Gertrude
and Jerome Ziger
ca. 1926
1 3 #35. B&W photograph, l to r; Gertrude, Leah, Sam and
Jerome Ziger
ca. 1926
1 3 #36. B&W photograph, Jerome Ziger. Used for cover of
dinner menu, in honor of his Bar Mitzvah. Verso:
Blue Bird Studio, 70 Market Street, Newark, NJ 1932
ca. 1922
1 3 #37. B&W photograph, Jerome Ziger, dressed for
his Bar Mitzvah 1932
1932
1 3 #38. B&W photograph, Sam & Leah Ziger ca. 1930s
1 3 #39. B&W photograph, Jerome Ziger, high school
graduation
ca. 11937930s
1 3 #40. B&W photograph, Jerome Ziger, at family piano ca. 1937
1 3 #41. B&W photograph, Gertrude Ziger, Verso:
picturecredit, Bamberger’s, Newark, NJ
1940
1 3 #42. B&W photograph, Samuel G. Ziger and Gertrude
Ziger, 39 Ridgewood Avenue?
1940
1 3 #43. B&W photograph, Samuel G. Ziger, at home
39 Ridgewood Avenue?
1940
1 3 #44. Sepia tone photograph, Leah Ziger ca. 1940s
1 3 #45. B&W photograph, Samuel G. Ziger, left
verso: Astrose Photographer, newspaper credit
requested, S.G. Ziger
ca. 1950s
1 3 #46. B&W photograph, Dr. Robert Polashuk (sp?),
Newark physician and Ziger family friend
n.d.
1 3 #47. Samuel Ziger at work (?) n.d.
1 3 #48. Samuel and Leah Ziger in formal dress ca. 1950s
1 3 #49. Samuel and Leah Ziger, with daughter
Gertrude and other family members at an
outdoor picnic
ca. 1950s
1 3 #50. Samuel and Leah Ziger with grandchild(?)
at an outdoor picnic
ca. 1950s

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Series 4: Assorted family related documents and memorabilia

Scope and Content:

Includes a wedding invitation for the wedding of Samuel & Leah Ziger, a menu for the Bar-Mitzvah dinner of son Jerome Ziger, a business card, art contest entry cards, a copy of Samuel Ziger’s death certificate and obituary, and copies of newspaper articles relating to the artwork of Samuel Ziger.

Box Folder Title Date
1 4 #51. Newspaper fragment, The Sunday Call [?],
June 18, 1905, illustrating prize winning drawing
by Sam Ziger, to be sent to North American Turner
Bund, Indianapolis (Note: drawing in museum
collection, Assoc. W 2002.54.4
1905
1 4 #52. Newspaper article, The Sunday Call, January 9, 1908,
“Newark Drawing School Pupils in Competition
for Pin Design. Honorable mention to Sam G. Ziger
1908
1 4 #53. Newspaper page, The Sunday Call, January 31, 1909,
“Work of Sketch Class at Sara Fawcett Free Drawing
School.” Illustrated: “From the Porch of the Ranch,”
and “Revery,” by Samuel G. Ziger. (NOTE: drawings
in museum collection, Assoc. W 2002.54.10 and
W 2002.54.11 1909
1909
1 4 #54. 2 orange registration receipts, #75 and #82,
Hahne & Co.’s Contest, Oil and Water Color
Paintings, Sept, 1909. Accompanying note, written
by Leah Ziger to Gertrude Lasher, nee: Ziger, in early
1970s. (NOTE: painting of ship, woman and child in
museum collection, Assoc W 2002.54.3 and drawing
Assoc, W 2002.54.4)
1909
1 4 #55. Wedding invitation, Leah Cohen to Mr. Samuel
G. Ziger, Sunday, June 15, 1913, New Montgomery
Hall, Newark, N J.
1913
1 4 #56. Menu, Dinner in honor of Bar Mitzvah of Jerome
Ziger, Sunday, April 3, 1932, Schary Manor,
Newark, N J
1932
1 4 #57. Business card of Miss Gertrude Ziger, piano
instructor
n.d.
1 4 #58. Copy of death certificate of Samuel Ziger 1962
1 4 #59. Copy of obituary of Samuel Ziger from the
Newark Evening News
1962
1 4 #60. Yearbook, “The Pivot,” Central High School,
Newark, NJ, Class of June, 1932. (Gertrude Sarah
Ziger, page 48)
1932

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Series 5: Original drawings by Samuel Ziger

Scope and Content:

Consists of signed color and black and white drawings by Samuel Ziger.

Box Folder Title Date
OS 1 #61. Drawing, graphite and watercolor on paper, image:
American Revolutionary scene and 1902 calendar,
16 7/8″ x 14″
Docket
1902
OS 1 #62. Drawing, graphite and watercolor on paper, image:
cartoon in 5 panels, 11 3/8″ x 18″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #63. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: boxer Kid
Corbett (?), Title: “Corbett, Waiting the ‘Kid’s’
Attack.” Done By Samuel Ziger,
19 Rutger St., 16 7/8″ x 9″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #64. Drawing, charcoal on paper, image: jug and
2 pitchers, signed, Samuel Ziger, 11 7/8″ x 13 ¼.”
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #65. Drawing, charcoal on laid paper, image: student copy
of classical head, signed Samuel Ziger,
20 5/8″ x 14 ¾”
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #66. Drawing, charcoal on laid paper, image: two flowers,
signed, Samuel Ziger, 12 1/8″ x 7 ¾”
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #67. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: winter scene,
village, woods and lone walker, signed Samuel Ziger,
7 ¾” x 6 ½”
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #68. Drawing, charcoal on laid paper, mounted on paper,
image; Colonial men, signed S.G. Ziger, image size
10 ¾’ x 6 1/8″. Verso: graphite study, perspective
of small objects, matchbox, candle, etc.
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #69. Drawing, charcoal on paper, image: shopkeeper and
small girl, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17′ x 14″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #70. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: seated teacher
and student, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17′ x 11 ½”
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #71. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: teacher in
spectacles, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 12 5/8″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #72. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: man sitting and
smoking, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 12 7/8″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #73. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: head and torso
of a man smoking, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 13″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #74. Drawing, graphite on paper, woman standing,
wearing a large hat and holding gloves, signed Sam G.
Ziger, 18″ x 13″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #75. Drawing, charcoal on paper, image: woman seated, knee
up and wearing a hat, unsigned, 17″ x 14″ , Verso:
standing jester.
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #76. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: two soldiers,
unsigned, 16 6/8″ x 14″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #77. Drawing, charcoal on paper, image: standing figure,
boots and pointed armor-like helmet, signed Sam
G. Ziger, 17″ x 12″
ca. 1900-1910
OS 1 #78. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: head and torso
of a woman, notes in lower right corner, signed Sam
G. Ziger, 17″ x 13 ¾”
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #79. Drawing, graphite and watercolor on paper, image:
Standing man in mountaineering costume, signed
Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 9 ½”
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #80. Drawing, pastel on tan paper, image: head of a
woman in blue hat, blue dress and yellow curls,
unsigned, 22 ½” x 14 1/8″
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #81. Drawing, pastel on orange paper, mounted on
orange stock, image: cowboy in yellow hat,
unsigned, 21 ¾” x 15″
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #82. Drawing, charcoal and pastel on tan paper, image:
woman reading with up-swept hair and off-the-
shoulder dress, signed S.G. Ziger, 20″ x 12 ½”
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #83. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: man sitting and
smoking, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 12 7/8″
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #84. Drawing, pastel on light grey laid paper, watermark
MBM France Ingres d Arches, seated costumed man
with pipe and red slippers, notes in upper left corner,
signed, S. G. Ziger, 24 ½” x 18 ¾”
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #85. Drawing, charcoal and pastel on tan paper, image:
woman leaning in decorative head wear, signed
S. G. Ziger, 20″ x 12 ½”
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #86. Drawing, charcoal and pastel on greenish paper,
image: head of a woman with auburn hair and
decorative black head wear, signed S. G. Ziger,
20″ x 12 ½”
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #87. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: man sitting and
smoking, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 12 7/8″
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #88. Drawing, graphite on paper, image: man sitting and
smoking, signed Sam G. Ziger, 17″ x 12 7/8″
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #89. Drawing, pastel on brown paper, image: seated
woman with auburn hair, black dress and hat,
signed S.G. Ziger, 20 ¾” x 15 5/8″
ca. 1900-1915
OS 1 #90. Drawing, black ink and gauche on board, advertising
design for America’s Electrical Week, Dec 2 to 9,
1916, unsigned, 6 1/8″ x 4 5/16″
ca. 1916
OS 1 #91. Drawing, pen and black ink on board, image: animals
including elephant, and snake, signed Sam Ziger, (and
Sam G. Ziger in upper left), 11 ¾” x 6 6/8″
n.d

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