Congregation Gates of Prayer records Edit


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 676


  • 1850-2009 (label)
  • Date acquired: 11/30/1982 (Other)


  • 8.00 boxes (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    The Congregation Gates of Prayer was organized in the "Old Lafayette" area of New Orleans in 1849 and incorporated in 1850. The Congregation later moved to Jefferson Parish and established a new synagogue in Metairie. It followed the Orthodox tradition and services were conducted by a cantor for many years. At the turn of the century, the influence of the Reform movement was felt, and in 1906 the first rabbi was engaged.

    The collection consists of the Congregation Gates of Prayer's by-laws, constitutions, financial and property records, correspondence, pamphlets, charter amendments, congregation history, minute books, programs, telegrams, bulletins, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks were created by Daniel B. Alexander of New Orleans, Louisiana, during his service as Secretary of the Congregation. They include information about the history of the congregation and include newspaper clippings, congregation bulletins, programs, photographs, and other items. They also contain materials concerning Alexander's personal interests, American-Israeli relations and Jewish history in particular.

  • Arrangement Note

    The collection is arranged by topic as follows: congregation by-laws, constitutions, financial, and property records; history, programs, minutes, and other records; correspondence, programs, photographs, and clippings; nursery school and bulletins; printed material, including loose items from scrapbooks 1980-1995; choral material; printed material 1996-1997; printed material 2000s; minute books; and scrapbooks. The collection is made up of eight boxes and fifty volumes.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Congregation The Gates of Prayer

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    multi-part note content

  • Related Materials

    LaRC vertical (ephemera) files contain an 1878 copy of the Charter, Constitution and By-laws in German and English.

  • Preferred Citation

    Congregation Gates of Prayer records, Manuscripts Collection 676, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    OCLC Number: 785898937

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed in 1983.