Personal Papers and Special Collections of Influential Executives, Volunteers, and Individuals Associated with Hadassah in the Hadassah Archives
Scope and Content Note
This record group consists of nine separate collections documenting people who were influential to Hadassah and their Zionist-related activities. Section 1 contains collections documenting Hadassah members. Section 2 contains collections documenting non-Hadassah members. The scope and content of each collection, as well as biographical information for each person, can be found in the collection-level description for each individual.
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 1980
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (Organization)
Language of Materials
This collection is primarily in English with some material in Hebrew, French, and German.
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.
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 record group was compiled and collected by or donated to Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. It documents individuals who influenced or were important to Hadassah: some were Hadassah members, some were not. Biographical information for each person documented in this record group can be found in the corresponding collection for each individual.
23.25 Linear Feet (42 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, and 1 oversized folder)
This record group contains personal papers and special collections documenting individuals, both Hadassah members and non-Hadassah members, who were important to Hadassah. Much of the material forming the collections in this record group came from the administrative files of the national office of Hadassah, though some of the material was donated to Hadassah. Key individuals represented within this record group include Hadassah national board members Anna Tulin Elyachar, Bertha S. Schoolman, and Denise Tourover Ezekiel, as well as Jesse Zel Lurie who served as the first professional editor of Hadassah Magazine (originally Hadassah Newsletter) from 1947 to 1980.
This record group in arranged into two sections—Section 1: Prominent Hadassah Executives and Volunteers and Section 2: Persons of Influence on Hadassah. Arrangement within each section is alphabetical by the last name of the person.
- Section 1: Prominent Hadassah Executives and Volunteers, 1915-2001
- Lillian Schwartz Brodkey Papers, 1938-1956
- Anna Tulin Elyachar Papers, 1915-2001
- Series 1: Correspondence, Memorandums, Minutes, and Reports, circa 1930-1990
- Series 2: Publications, Printed ephemera, and Clippings, 1915-1993
- Series 3: Speaking engagements and speeches, circa 1940-1990
- Series 4: Subject files, 1917-2001
- Series 5: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the American Technion Society, 1978-1981
- Denise Tourover Ezekiel Papers, 1930-1981
- Series 1: Correspondence, reports, and speeches, 1936-1981
- Series 2: Activities, 1950-1977
- Series 3: Subject files, 1930-1980
- Martha Grossman Papers, 1919-1955
- Bertha Schoolman Papers, 1941-1980
- Section 2: Persons of Influence on Hadassah, 1910-2003
- Collection on Louis D. Brandeis, 1915-1943, 1991
- Jesse Zel Lurie Papers, 1946-2003
- Collection on Golda Meir, 1953-1984
- Abraham Tulin Papers, 1910-1989
Located in AJHS New York, NY
Previous Finding Aids and Concordance
The printed guide (finding aid) to the Denise Tourover Ezekiel Papers dating from 1984 provides a wealth of information that may of interest to researchers. It can be found here: http://digital.cjh.org/3795213. Please note that the arrangement is no longer valid.
Concordances linking former box and folder numbers from previous finding aids and inventories to the newly assigned box and folder numbers in this finding aid were created for five of the collections in this record group. The concordances are provided for reference and can be used to track previous citations of material found in the collections of this record group. The concordance can be found here: http://digital.cjh.org/3795212.
The Hadassah Archives, of which the Personal Papers and Special Collections of Influential Executives, Volunteers, and Individuals Associated with Hadassah (I-578/RG 7) is part, are on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society. The Lillian Schwartz Brodkey Papers were donated by Lillian Brodkey in 2012 (accession 2012.019).
Oversized material was separated and stored in an oversized box with other oversized Hadassah Archives material (OS1F Box 1, Folder 1). Folder-level notes connecting the items to their original folders and context were added when items were separated.
In December 1999, Hadassah and the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) entered 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. In 2014, under a new agreement between Hadassah and AJHS, the Hadassah Archives were placed on long-term deposit at AJHS.
In 2016, the nine collections that comprise RG 7 were processed or reprocessed. Description from a previous finding aid published in 1984 ("The Papers of Denise Tourover Ezekiel, 1936-1981, in the Hadassah Archives") and other unpublished inventories and scope and content notes was reused and/or revised and incorporated into the 2016 finding aid as much as possible. Biographical notes were added and collection-level notes pertaining to scope and content, acquisition, processing, access and use, separations, microfilm, preferred citation, previous finding aids and concordance, and related material were added as well. Many folder titles and dates were revised to be compliant with the archival descriptive standard, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).
The boxes were consolidated to save space and reduce damage to the material (slumping) and most plastic paper clips were removed. Boxes and folders were renumbered to create uniform numbering across the entire record group and a concordance was created linking the previous box and folder numbers to the new numbers. Some boxes were replaced and many of the folders were also replaced. Unprocessed materials were also incorporated into the collections.
A notebook of field reports in the Lillian Schwartz Brodkey Papers was sent for conservation treatment for inactive mold to the Center for Jewish History's Werner J. and Gisella Levi Cahnman Preservation Laboratory. Treatment was completed in August 2016.
- American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service
- American Relief Administration
- Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923
- Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941
- Brodkey, Lillian Schwartz, 1917-2017
- Civilian relief
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Elyachar, Anna Tulin, 1903-2001
- Ezekiel, Denise Tourover, 1903-1980
- Food for Freedom, Inc
- Food relief
- Grossman, Martha
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
- Jewish journalists
- Jewish lawyers
- Jewish women--United States--Societies and clubs
- Junior Hadassah (Organization : U.S.)
- Lurie, Jesse Zel, 1913-2017
- Meir, Golda, 1898-1978
- Minutes (administrative records)
- New York (N.Y.)
- Publications (documents)
- Schoolman, Bertha S.
- Speeches (documents)
- Tulin, Abraham, 1882-1973
- United States
- United States. Agency for International Development
- Women in nonprofit organizations
- Guide to the Personal Papers and Special Collections of Influential Executives, Volunteers, and Individuals Associated with Hadassah in the Hadassah Archives 1910-2003 I-578/RG 7
- The finding aid was prepared by Patricia Glowinski in 2016
- © 2012
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.