Broida Family (Click for Family Tree)
Today is a good opportunity to thank the individuals and organizations who so generously share their resources with others. The above obituaries are available as part of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project found at http://digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu/pjn/index.jsp.
Although these periodicals are no longer published, these articles are still under copyright, since they were published after 1923. A reply to my email to Carnegie Mellon University concerning permission to publish let me know that CMU just ‘facilitate[s] electronic access’, and she forwarded information about Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, the copyright holder. Their archivist thanked me for asking permission- we all know so many do not- and gave me the right to publish these newspaper clips to help tell the story of our family. She also said,
“We would like as many people as possible to discover, as you have, this rich resource, which includes information applicable to areas way beyond Western PA.”
(She did ask me to cite the articles with at least the name of the project and link as above, which many genealogists do not, sadly.)
What a wonderful mission for an organization! Knowledge should be free for all. While I do recognize the costs of archiving, digitizing, developing and maintaining websites, etc., and thus do not mind paying for a website to aggregate large amounts of data for easy searching, such as Ancestry.com, free use of old material is a refreshing concept. It will help us learn more about our past, and thus help us navigate our future.
Thank you, Rodef Shalom Congregation, CMU, and all the other organizations who freely share their treasures!
Notes, Sources, and References:
1) See citation on image.
2) Email correspondence 04/02/2015 and 04/07/2015.
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