Architectural Records in the Hadassah Archives
Scope and Content Note
The materials in the record group mostly consist of reproductions of building and floor plans of the Hadassah hospitals on Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem from the 1920s to the 2000s. Materials range in size from 9" x 17" to 419.5" x 28." Other properties documented in the record group include buildings managed by Youth Aliyah, Hadassah Youth Services, Young Judaea, Hadassah Israel Education Services, the National Office, and the Hadassah Medical Organization. In addition to new building construction, the plans also document renovations and additions to existing buildings. More detail on the construction projects supported by Hadassah's fundraising efforts can be found in Series I.
The record group also contains booklets, correspondence, photographs, negatives, and other materials mostly documenting the prospective building projects. This material is in Series II.
These records document a core Hadassah function, the building of medical and social service facilities in Palestine/Israel.
- Creation: 1927-2009
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English, Hebrew, and French.
The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society.
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
Historical Note <extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Mount Scopus, 1939" href="http://digital.cjh.org/webclient/DeliveryManager?pid=3686813" show="embed" title="Mount Scopus, 1939"/>
This record group documents the history of the building projects sponsored by Hadassah in Israel. In 1925, the Hebrew University opened on Mount Scopus and partnered with the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) to build a hospital. Designed by architect Erich Mendelssohn, the Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus opened in 1939.
On April 13, 1948 a HMO medical convoy, consisting of doctors, nurses, hospital workers, Hebrew University personnel, and members of the Haganah (Jewish military organization formed in British Mandate Palestine), was attacked by Arabs while en route to the medical facilities on Mount Scopus. Seventy-nine people were killed during the day-long attack. Among those killed were HMO Director Dr. Haim Yassky, Dr. Leonid Doljansky, a noted cytologist, and Dr. Moshe Ben-David, who was to head the new medical school. After the ambush, the Mount Scopus medical complex was abandoned to United Nations forces. The complex included the Rothschild Hadassah University Hospital, the Henrietta Szold Hadassah School of Nursing (formerly the Nurses' Training School), and the unopened Nathan Ratnoff School of Medicine. After suffering the loss of its director, dozens of medical workers, as well as its hospital on Mount Scopus, Hadassah needed to galvanize itself and it quickly set up medical operations in makeshift quarters. Medical services were transferred to five temporary locations.
During that time, Hadassah began building a medical center at Ein Kerem. The Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem opened in 1961. It was designed to be a cutting-edge hospital with a full array of clinical and research laboratories and outpatient departments; facilities for schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy; and many patient amenities—plus room for expansion. Unable to find a single location to rebuild the medical center and the university campus, Hadassah and the Hebrew University had to part ways. Far removed from the city, Ein Kerem became the hub of an entirely new residential area, Kiryat Hadassah, with new roads to link it to Jerusalem.
The Hadassah buildings on Mount Scopus lay unused for 19 years until after the Six Day War in 1967. In 1976, the Hadassah University Hospital (rebuilt and expanded) reopened on Mount Scopus. The most recent building project documented in the record group is the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, which was completed in 2012 at the Ein Kerem hospital site.
Besides the hospital buildings at Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem, Hadassah also built youth villages, day centers, and educational facilities that were established for Youth Aliyah wards. By 1997, there were seventy youth villages and boarding schools, forty kibbutzim, and fifteen day centers connected to Youth Aliyah.
Hadassah also built schools through the Hadassah Israel Education Services (HIES) project. In August of 1940, Hadassah voted to memorialize Alice Seligsberg by establishing a school for girls in Jerusalem. The four-year school opened in 1942 in Hadassah's Rothschild Compound as the "Alice L. Seligsberg Trade School for Girls." Under the direction of Helen Kittner, the Seligsberg School taught sewing, handcrafts, cooking, secretarial skills and bookkeeping in addition to a general high school curriculum to young women from Jerusalem. The student body later became co-educational. In the 1950s, the school expanded its offerings to include four-year programs for dental assistants (1955) and laboratory assistants (1956). The school also offered evening classes, which later formed the genesis of the community college. Until the opening of the college, the Seligsberg School was Hadassah's primary educational project in Israel both in terms of budgetary commitment and enrollment. The Hadassah Community College opened next door to the Seligsberg High School in Jerusalem on November 8, 1970 as a two-year college, with Helen Kittner as its first director. It initially offered courses in medical records librarianship, computer technology, scientific photography, and electronics. The college experienced a number of name changes in English (the Hebrew name remained Michlelet Hadassah). Originally named "Hadassah Community College" when it opened in 1970, it was successively re-named "Hadassah College of Technology" and "Hadassah Institute of Technology" before becoming "Hadassah College Jerusalem" in 2003. As of this writing (2016), it is called the Hadassah Academic College.
14.5 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 5 oversized flat boxes, and five flat file drawers.)
The materials in the record group mostly consist of reproductions of building plans of the Hadassah hospitals on Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem from the 1920s to the 2000s. Other properties documented in the record group include buildings managed by Youth Aliyah, Hadassah Youth Services, Young Judaea, Hadassah Israel Education Services, the National Office, and the Hadassah Medical Organization. These records document a core Hadassah function, the building of medical and social service facilities in Palestine/Israel.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
The Hadassah Archives, of which the Hadassah Architectural Records (RG 21) are a part, are on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society.
In 2014, under a new agreement between Hadassah and AJHS, the Hadassah Archives were placed on long-term deposit at AJHS.
In 2015, a survey of the building plans and architectural records was completed by Nicole Greenhouse and Kat Fanning. During the survey, information describing the item, the date, size, and conservation concerns were recorded. Starting in 2016, Conservation and Archival Services at the Center for Jewish History began flattening and rehousing the approximately 500 individual building plans. Titles on items were transcribed verbatim in the inventory. Materials related to the building plans were arranged, described, and rehoused as Series II. In late 2016, OS 2, OS 6, and smalled flat file sized items were rehoused. In 2017, the flattening project was put on hold and architectural records were given box and folder numbers. Physical folder titles only are marked by the item number. Descriptions of the items are in the finding aid only. Duplicates of flattened items were discarded.
- Mendelsohn, Erich, 1887-1953 (Person)
- Neufeld, Josef, 1899-1980 (Person)
- Hadassah Medical Organization (Organization)
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (Organization)
- Universiṭah ha-ʻIvrit bi-Yerushalayim (Organization)
- Bet sefer le-aḥayot Hadasah (Jerusalem) (Organization)
- Ḳupat ḥolim (Organization : Israel) (Organization)
- Bet ha-ḥolim "Hadasah" (Jerusalem) (Organization)
- Hadassah Israel Education Services (Organization)
- Hadassah-Seligsberg-Brandeis Comprehensive School (Jerusalem) (Organization)
- Mikhlelet Hadasah Yerushalayim (Organization)
- Jewish Agency for Israel. Youth Aliyah Department (Organization)
- Young Judaea, Inc (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Guide to the Architectural Records in the Hadassah Archives 1927-2009 I-578/RG 21
- The finding aid was prepared by Nicole Greenhouse in 2016.
- © 2015
- 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