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Records of the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations

Identifier: I-208

Scope and Content Note

The collection of the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations (originally the Federation of Sisterhoods) contains material pertaining to the founding, history and activities of this organization. The collection includes the organization's constitution, newsletters, awards and citations (plaques and certificates), photographs, program conventions, newspapers clippings, correspondence, and minutes of meetings.

The collection is valuable to researchers studying Jewish women's organizations in the twentieth century, especially Jewish women's benevolent activities, including the Sisterhoods of Personal Service.


  • undated, 1912-1986


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

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Historical Note

The Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations was founded as the Federation of Sisterhoods in 1896, bringing together 14 New York City Sisterhoods of Personal Service which had been organizing relief activities among the city's Jewish poor. The organization changed its name in 1920, when social and welfare groups were admitted to the Federation.

In 1982, the Federation included groups of women who "serve actively in the fields of education, health, religion, social welfare and general philanthropy."


3 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials




This collection contains incomplete annual convention programs (1922-1986), organizational minutes (1912-1973), newsletters (1967-1981), constitution and by-laws, plaques, awards and citations. Also contains newspaper articles about the Federation and correspondence with affiliated organizations and hospitals.


The collection is organized into a single series.

Acquisition Note

Gift of the Federation, 1983.

Guide to the Records of the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations, undated, 1912-1986
Processed by Felicia Herman, reprocessed by Marvin Rusinek
© 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2021: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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