Records of the American Jewish Public Relations Society
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains internal memoranda, issues of The Handout and The AJPRS Reporter newsletters, remarks made by I.B. Singer upon his receipt of the Maggid Award, photographs of events and board members, United Jewish Appeal campaign materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, memoirs about the society’s founding, publicity materials, and newspaper clippings.
Language of Materials
The collection is in English.
The collection is open to the public. Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained in writing from the YIVO Archives.
Conditions governing use:
There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection.
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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Center for Jewish History
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New York, NY 10011
The Jewish Publicity Directors Council, a precursor organization, was founded in 1940 to serve the needs of those professionally employed as public relations specialists by Jewish organizations. In 1956 the JPDC was reorganized as the American Jewish Public Relations Society (AJPRS), aiming to advance the professional status of public relations professionals who were either employed by Jewish organizations or who represented Jewish clients, services, or products. In pursuit of this, the organization developed a professional code of ethics and standards for those in the Jewish public relations field and for those who worked with Jewish affairs in the United States and abroad, provided continuing education and networking opportunities, advertised employment opportunities, exchanged professional information and ideas, and published monthly, later seasonal, newsletters. The organization also presented awards for professional excellence, including the Maggid Award for an outstanding achievement that enhances Jewish life. The 1974 recipient of this award was Sam Levenson, the humorist and television personality, and the 1975 recipient was I.B. Singer.
0.83 Linear Feet
2 Manuscript Boxes
This collection contains the records of the American Jewish Public Relations Society (AJPRS), the professional association of publicists in the Jewish communal field. It contains correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, society publications, memoirs about the society’s founding, photographs, publicity materials, and newspaper clippings.
The collection is arranged alphabetically in one series. Correspondence files of board members are alphabetized by individual’s last name and often contain other types of materials in addition to correspondence.
The Archives Committee of the AJPRS donated the materials to YIVO in 1995-1998.
There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.
Processed by Rachel S. Harrison in October 2013, made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History."
- Guide to the Records of the American Jewish Public Relations Society 1947-1998 RG 1378
- Processed by Rachel S. Harrison in 2013, made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History."
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- Description is in English.