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Name File Records in the Hadassah Archives

Identifier: I-578/RG 10

Scope and Content Note

Individuals whose files are found in this record group include speakers at Hadassah events, American and Israeli politicians, writers, members of the clergy, and other individuals with a connection to Hadassah other than as a leader in the national office.

Both series contain the same types of documents and are organized in a similar alphabetical fashion. They differ only in their alphabetical and chronological ranges: Series I represents the entire alphabet, A-Z, from 1918-2007, while Series II reflects only J-Z from 1928-1948.

Researchers using this collection should be aware that many of the same individuals and corporate names appear in both Series I and Series II. When attempting to search, we recommend using a 'Find' function in order to search the entire finding aid.


  • 1918-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1990


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in English, with some documents in Hebrew, French, and German.

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 their fragility.

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


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The bulk of this collection (Series I) consists of photocopies of documents whose originals are elsewhere in Hadassah’s records. The record group was transferred as a whole from Hadassah’s central filing department to the archives and serves as a source of information on specific individuals and organizations deemed by Hadassah to be important.

The purpose of Series II's separate arrangement is unknown but is maintained here.


19.25 Linear Feet (38 manuscript boxes and 1 half-manuscript box)


The Name File record group is a collection of documents representing various individuals, corporations, and non-profit groups who were affiliated with Hadassah. These files were originally arranged alphabetically by the organization's central filing department as a ready reference source on leaders, doctors, speakers, donors, and religious figures associated with Hadassah's many projects. This collection includes correspondence, clippings, newsletters, and other ephemeral documents.


This collection is organized into two series. Due to the unknown intent behind the organization of the documents that now comprise Series II, it was decided that they should remain together and form their own series.

The current arrangement differs very little from its original order. Small changes include more detailed alphabetizing, alterations to date ranges, and detailed inventories for folders that contain a range of miscellaneous names.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

The Hadassah Archives, of which the Name File Records (RG 10) are a part, are on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society

Related Material

The Guide to the Hadassah Archives on Long-term Deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society, which describes the entire collection, can found here:

Processing Information

Original folders and folder titles were reused whenever possible. When re-housing was required, all folder notations were transferred to folder-level scope notes for reference.

In the 1990s, the records of national board members were transferred to RG 12 and the files of doctors affiliated with Hadassah Hospital were transferred to RG 2.

Folders that contain a broad range of names (Wi-Wy, for example) and folders that are labeled as 'Miscellaneous' are not separated out into individual name folders. For greater searchability, the individual names are indexed in folder-level scope notes. Several of these name range folders were incorporated together when appropriate for space and ease of use.

One manuscript box of materials from RG 4: Zionist Political History in the Hadassah Archives relating to Eleanor Roosevelt's involvement in Hadassah was added to Series I. This box contains correspondence and press clippings highlighting her patronage in Youth Aliyah, her death, her memorial foundation, and various posthumous scholarships.

Guide to the Name File Records in the Hadassah Archives 1918-2007 I-578/RG 10
The finding aid was prepared by Janine Veazue
© 2012
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Description is in English.
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

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States