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National Jewish Welfare Board, Army-Navy Division records

 Collection
Identifier: I-180

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of minutes, surveys, reports, photographs, and correspondence of JWB personnel and U.S. military chaplains; directed towards or concerning Jewish men in the Armed Forces.

The material contained in this collection covers such topics as: arrangements for holidays (primarily the High Holy Days and Passover)--special food needs, services, furloughs, and prayerbooks; budgeting and staffing; registration and marking of Jewish graves; anti-Semitism in the military; the general problems of Kashruth; communication between the men and their families; and general recreation and entertainment.

LEFT OFF

Also found in the collection are 2 boxes containing several speeches and miscellaneous files of Judge Irving Lehman, president of JWB, 1921-1940, and 18 boxes of Col. Harry Cutler, chairman of JWB, 1917-1921. 23 boxes contain the working papers for The JWB survey (New York; 1948) by Oscar I. Janowsky. 15 boxes contain various statistical compilations on Jewish communal organizations, and questionnaires with accompanying statistics based on surveys conducted by the JWB Statistics Dept. (1928-1943) on the services and personnel in Jewish community centers, nursery schools and summer camps.

A detailed outline accompanies the collection.

Dates

  • undated, 1917-1955, 1969, 1974

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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

email: reference@ajhs.org

Biographical Note

Army-Navy Division is the branch of the JWB that intercedes for the needs and interests of Jewish military personnel; name officially introduced in 1941.

Extent

171.5 Linear Feet (343 manuscript boxes)

Abstract

The collection consists mainly of minutes, surveys, reports, photographs, and correspondence of both JWB personnel and U.S. military chaplains, directed toward or concerned with the Jewish men in the Armed Forces.

The material in this collection covers such topics as: holiday arrangements (primarily the High Holy Days and Passover), food needs, religious services, furloughs, prayerbooks; budgeting and staffing; registration and marking of Jewish graves; anti-Semitism in the military; the general problems of Kashruth; communication between the men and their families; and general recreation and entertainment.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY.

Acquisition Information

National Jewish Welfare Board, date unknown.

Digitization Note

Boxes 188-204 in Series VI: Overseas, by country, correspondent, and subject were digitized in their entirety.
Title
Guide to the Records of the National Jewish Welfare Board, Army-Navy Division, undated, 1917-1955, 1969, 197 I-180
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Marvin Rusinek and Simon Bitton
Date
© 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Digitization of select materials made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • June 2015: Digitization note added by Leanora Lange.
  • June 2016: Added dao links by Eric Fritzler.
  • July 2016: Oversized item notes added by Leanora Lange.
  • April 2021: EH-post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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