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Executive Functions Records in the Hadassah Archives

 Collection
Identifier: I-578/RG 13

Scope and Content Note

Series I contains the materials related to the Executive Directors of Hadassah.

The role of the executive directors of Hadassah was to implement strategic plans and projects for the organization, in the United States and in Israel, raise funds, oversee day-to-day operation, manage staff and volunteers, organize conventions and conferences, and coordinate Hadassah’s regional chapters.



Names of the executive directos—Years in the office:
Series II contains the materials related to the national presidents of Hadassah.

National presidents were top leaders of Hadassah who shaped the organization's mission, and developed the policies, practices and procedures that governed the organization's operations. The series includes papers of Henrietta Szold, a prominent Zionist leader and founder of Hadassah, who served two terms as the organization's national president.



Names of the national presidents—Years of presidency:

Dates

  • 1875, 1877-2011, 2015
  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is predominantly in English with some material in German, Hebrew and French.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to fragility or as required by the agreement between Hadassah and AJHS.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

email: reference@ajhs.org

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The role of the executive directors of Hadassah was to implement strategic plans and projects for the organization, in the United States and in Israel, raise funds, oversee day-to-day operation, manage staff and volunteers, organize conventions and conferences, and coordinate Hadassah’s regional chapters.

National presidents were top leaders of Hadassah who shaped the organization's mission, and developed the policies, practices and procedures that governed the organization's operations. The series includes papers of Henrietta Szold, a prominent Zionist leader and founder of Hadassah, who served two terms as the organization's national president.

Extent

127.95 Linear Feet (250 manuscript boxes, 3 half manuscript boxes and 1 OS box)

Abstract

This record group includes documents created and maintained by the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Director and the Chair of the Division Coordinators/Directors Committee. Prominent is the Henrietta Szold series, containing correspondence by and to Szold as well as printed materials written by and about her. The files in this record group were created by a national president or executive director, or for their use, or maintained in their office during their years in office. Included are correspondence, minutes, memos, publications, reports and subject files on topics with which these individuals were involved.

Arrangement

The Executive Functions Records in the Hadassah Archives are arranged into two series as follows:
  1. Series I: Hadassah Executive Directors, 1940-2010
  2. Subseries 1: Jeanette Leibel Lourie, 1943-1987, 2005
  3. Subseries 2: Hannah Goldberg, 1946-1987
  4. Subseries 3: Aline Kaplan, 1940-1984
  5. Subseries 4: Judith Manelis, 1984-1985
  6. Subseries 5: Zmira Goodman, 1981-1987
  7. Subseries 6: Aileen Novick, 1973, 1981-1990, 2001-2007
  8. Subseries 7: Beth Wohlgelernter, 1987-1997
  9. Subseries 8: Laura Schor, 1986, 1990-2001
  10. Subseries 9: Ellen Marson, undated, 1997-2003
  11. Subseries 10: Morlie Levin, 1996-2010
  12. Series II: Hadassah National Presidents, undated, 1875, 1877-2009, 2011, 2015
  13. Subseries 1: Judith Epstein, 1926-1989
  14. Subseries 2: Nancy Falchuk, 1989-1991, 2005-2009
  15. Subseries 3: Miriam Freund-Rosenthal, 1879, 1907, 1928, 1931, 1934-1992
  16. Subseries 4: Rose Halprin, 1918, 1930-1987, 2003
  17. Subseries 5: Rose Jacobs, 1910-1941, 1946-1948, 1958-1968, 1975, 1982, 1999
  18. Subseries 6: Charlotte Jacobson, 1945, 1951, 1965-1998, 2002, 2008
  19. Subseries 7: Carmela Kalmanson, 1980-1996
  20. Subseries 8: Deborah Kaplan, 1921, 1949-2002
  21. Subseries 9: Lola Kramarsky, 1944-1948, 1957-1997
  22. Subseries 10: Frieda Lewis, 1959, 1977-1990, 1996
  23. Subseries 11: Irma Lindheim, 1927-1993, 1998
  24. Subseries 12: Bonnie Lipton, 1923, 1927, 1929, 1963, 1979-2005, 2007-2008
  25. Subseries 13: Rose Matzkin, 1972-1989, 2002
  26. Subseries 14: Marcie Natan, 2011
  27. Subseries 15: Tamar de Sola Pool, 1924-1981, 1986
  28. Subseries 16: Ruth Popkin, 1965-1998, 2002, 2007, 2015
  29. Subseries 17: Marlene Post, 1954-2010
  30. Subseries 18: Etta Rosensohn, 1939-1960
  31. Subseries 19: Faye Schenk, 1931-2005
  32. Subseries 20: Alice Seligsberg, undated, 1935, 1944-1945
  33. Subseries 21: Rebecca Shulman, 1945-1996, 2003-2007
  34. Subseries 22: Henrietta Szold, 1875, 1877-2004
  35. Subsubseries 1: Biographical, 1875, 1877, 1888, 1893-2000
  36. Subsubseries 2: Correspondence, 1866, 1879, 1883, 1893-2004
  37. Subsubseries 3: Speeches, Addresses and Writings, 1878-1945
  38. Subsubseries 4: Printed Material, 1914-1992
  39. Subseries 23: Zip Szold, 1944-1980
  40. Subseries 24: Bernice Tannenbaum, 1962-2007
  41. Subseries 25: June Walker, 1991-1998, 2000-2008

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

The Hadassah Archives, of which the Executive Functions Records (RG 13) are part of, are on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society.

Microfilm

The Hadassah Archives include RG 19—Microforms. The record group includes the microfilmed papers of two national presidents of Hadassah—Alice L. Seligsberg and Rose G. Jacobs. The materials on microfilm are copies of the original documents found in the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem. In her later years, Rose Jacobs willed her papers to the State of Israel. The Jacobs and Seligsberg collections are grouped together because at the time of her death in 1940 Alice Seligsberg left her papers to Rose Jacobs—her closest friend and pupil. Alice Seligsberg and Rose Jacobs were early presidents of Hadassah and their papers are of major significance to the history of Hadassah and Zionism. The Department of Archives and Research at Hadassah approached the executor of the Jacobs estate with a request for permission to film these papers in order to retain one copy in the United States for scholarly use. Permission was granted with the agreement of the Jewish Agency for Israel—who handled the transfer of the collection to Israel—to microfilm papers located at the Zionist Archives in New York City, in December 1982. Since the papers were willed to the Zionist Archives in Jerusalem to be arranged and classified by that institution under the direction of Dr. Michael Heymann, and because the time alloted to Hadassah to film the documents was short, the papers were microfilmed in the state of the original arrangement given them by Mrs. Jacobs herself.

Separated Material

Materials in certain formats were removed from RG 13 and placed into the following record groups: RG 17—Printed Materials and Publications; RG 18—Photographs; RG 25—Audio and Moving Images Materials; RG 21—Architectural Materials; and RG 22—Artifacts and Memorabilia.

Bibliography

Books and other material related to Henrietta Szold and other prominent national presidents of Hadassah can be found by searching the catalog of the Center for Jewish History http://search.cjh.org.

Processing Information

Various parts of the Executive Functions Records in the Hadassah Archives were initially processed, or partially processed separately, starting in the 1980s by Dr. Lawrence Geller and Ira Daly who worked for Hadassah as Archivist and Assistant Archivist, respectively. Printed guides were created for the Henrietta Szold subseries and for the microfilmed portions of the Alice Seligsberg and Rose Jacobs papers.

In December 1999, Hadassah and the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) entered into an agreement placing the Hadassah Archives on deposit at AJHS for its safekeeping and maintenance. In November 2000, the Hadassah Archives were moved to AJHS under the management of the Director of the Hadassah Archives, Susan Woodland. During the decade of the 2000s Woodland—with intermittent help from the Assistant Archivists Angie Park and Jeanne Swadosh, and several volunteers, created additional updated folder lists for the majority of the materials in the record group. In 2014, under a new agreement between Hadassah and AJHS, the Hadassah Archives were placed on long-term deposit at AJHS.

In 2015, various aspects of the Executive Functions Records (RG 13) were intellectually rearranged into a single finding aid. Approximately 8 linear feet of the unprocessed accretions were incorporated into the new arrangement. Previously existing box lists were reused and incorporated into the 2015 finding aid as much as possible. Series and subseries description were added and collection-level notes pertaining to acquisition, processing, access and use, and related material were added as well. Some folder titles were revised.

The Henrietta Szold subseries that was originally arranged into 13 parts, including a sizeable subgroup titled "Miscellaneous," was intellectually rearranged into 4 subsubseries. The materials from the miscellaneous boxes were intellectually incorporated into the appropriate subsubseries.

Boxes and folders were renumbered to create uniform numbering across the entire record group.
Title
Guide to the Executive Functions Records in the Hadassah Archives 1875, 1877-2011, 2015 I-578/RG 13
Status
In Progress
Author
The finding aid was prepared by Andrey Filimonov in 2015. It is partially based on the finding aids by Dr. Lawrence D. Geller and Ira Daly published in 1986, and a number of box lists prepared by Susan Woodland in 1998-2008.
Date
and#xA9; 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States