Congregation Mikveh Israel
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Documents from Congregation Mikveh Israel
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About Congregation Mikveh Israel
Congregation Mikveh Israel (officially Kahal Kadosh Mikveh Israel) is also known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution." The oldest Congregation in Philadelphia, Mikveh Israel was informally established by religious-minded Jews in British America during the 1740s, and has become the second-oldest surviving Congregation in the United States. In Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular, Jews found an environment of tolerance for their religious beliefs and traditions made possible by William Penn's "great experiment." By 1775 a community of 300 strong existed in a city of 35,000. Among items in the archives of Congregation Mikveh Israel are letters written by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and a public subscription list for the 1782 building signed by Benjamin Franklin, David Rittenhouse, and other civic leaders.
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Image standards and specifications
The materials from Congregation Mikveh Israel on OPenn were scanned as part of a CLIR-funded project to digitize the early records of Philadelphia’s oldest congregations. Materials were digitized at the Regional Digital Imaging Center of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Archival masters are at least 300 ppi 24-bit color uncompressed TIFF images. Most images are scanned at 600 ppi. Archival images have been cropped and rotated, but have not been sharpened or color adjusted. The images use the AdobeRGB profile.
Imaging and processing equipment
Book Scanner: BookEye 4 V1A Professional
- Maximum scan size: 25 x 33.5 inches.
- Maximum resolutions: 600 dpi
- Scanner has a V-cradle for open volumes, as well as a glass plate to hold originals flat. Depending on the original item, one of these features may be used to complete the scan.
- Scanner provides automatic page splitting and cropping
Overhead Scanner: Cruse CS 220 ST
- Scan bed / size: 48 x 72 inches magnetic platform with vacuum table
- Focus system: Autofocus - Scanner: 24 or 48 bit color
- Maximum scan size: 14.4k x 26.64k pixels
- PPI: 48 x 72 inches at 300 ppi ; 23 x 45 inches at 600 ppi
- Maximum file size: 1.1 GB, 3x8 bit
- Lighting: High frequency cold-cathode, 4 x 55 Watts with texture lighting effect
The documents on OPenn
Register of births, 1843-1886
(United States, Between 1843 and 1886)