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Fraternal organizations

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

Archives of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25443
Abstract

This collection contains the records of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, an organization founded in 1961, in New York City, by members of the Joseph Popper unit of B’nai B’rith, to foster and disseminate knowledge about the history and culture of Jews in the Czech and Slovak lands. Along with the Joseph Popper unit and, later, the Holocaust Survivors of Slovakia, the society sponsored an annual memorial service held in New York City to honor Czechoslovak Jews who perished in the Holocaust. A majority of the records are from the tenure of Rabbi Norman Patz as president (1994-2008). The materials primarily comprise correspondence, and items related to the annual memorial service, including texts of addresses, and yizkor memorial booklets. Also included are meeting minutes, letters to the membership, financial reports, writings, speeches, obituaries, clippings, photographs, and printed ephemera. The society's correspondence reflects its participation in cultural events related to Czech and Slovak Jewish history, as well as its relationship to the Jewish communities in the Czech Republic and, to a lesser extent, Slovakia; some correspondence with members contains genealogical information.

Dates: 1962-2010; Majority of material found within 1992-2010

Independent Order Bickur Cholem Ukadishu (Chicago, Ill.) records

 Collection
Identifier: I-60
Abstract

Collection contains financial reports and records (1913-18, 1922-28); accounts and records relating to individual members (1873-1925, 1936-40); correspondence (primarily 1917-1919), and miscellaneous documents relating to the Society's cemetery.

Dates: undated, 1902-19?

Records of the B'nai Brith Arnon Centennial Lodge #39

 Collection
Identifier: I-30
Abstract

Contains 2 items: a minutes book from 1908 and a membership book.

Dates: undated, 1908

Records of B'nai Brith Manhattan-Washington Lodge, No. 19

 Collection
Identifier: I-31
Abstract

This collection contains the minute books, financial records, and membership declaration books (1918-1931) for the lodge established in 1918 by a merger of two lodges, and similar records for the individual lodges prior to the merger: Washington Lodge (1903-1917) including the list of officers (1903-1915), and Manhattan Lodge (1871-1918) including a book of sick benefits and declaration books listing names of beneficiaries of individual members of the lodge in case of death (1871-1905). Also included are the minutes of Mt. Sinai Lodge No. 270 for the years 1882-1896 and a book of applications for initiation into the lodge, 1878-1903, with personal information about the applicants (See Box 13), as well as a declaration book of Washington Irving Lodge No. 312 listing the amount and names of beneficiaries of individual members of the lodge in case of death (See Box 13).

Dates: 1871-1931

David Trotsky (1904-1945) Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RG 235
Abstract

This collection contains materials collected by David Trotsky relating to the Jewish community of Belgium in the inter-war period. Materials include printed documents, posters, reports, meeting minutes, and newspaper clippings, mainly pertaining to the Jews of Brussels and Antwerp.

Dates: 1907-1940; Majority of material found within 1920-1938

Eduard Strauss Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7192
Abstract

This collection contains the writings and correspondence of Eduard Strauss. Strauss was a chemist and philosopher who taught at the Freies Juedisches Lehrhaus in Frankfurt am Main and later immigrated to New York, where he helped establish a new Lehrhaus.

Dates: 1854-1988; Majority of material found within 1891-1952

Fellman Taranto Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ASF AR-70
Abstract

The collection documents the lives of the Fellman and Taranto families of Long Beach, New York, and Washington, D.C., particularly Rosalind Fellman; her father, Sidney Fellman, who was a dentist and the longtime president of the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation; her mother, Suzanne Taranto Fellman; her grandparents, Harry and Pauline Fellman and Isaac and Alegra Taranto; and her uncles, Milton Fellman and Maurice Taranto. There is also information about the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation, with which the Taranto family in particular was closely involved.

Dates: 1899-2014

Freedom Benevolent Society Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 11099
Abstract

The Freedom Benevolent Society was a mutual aid and fraternal organization founded by Jewish immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1882, on the Lower East Side of New York City. Originally known as the Erster Kaiser Franz Josef Kranken Unterstützungs–Verein, or the First Franz Joseph Sick and Benevolent Society, it was incorporated in 1883. Its main purpose was to provide its members with sick benefits, and relief in times of need, as well as fellowship and entertainment. Eventually it also functioned as a burial society, and maintained cemetery plots. The collection documents the society's activities over more than a century, from 1884 until its initiation of dissolution proceedings, in 1991. It includes membership applications from the early decades of the society's history (1884-1927), anniversary programs spanning fifty years (1932-1982), and a visitors' register for the 1500th meeting, in 1950, as well as account books, meeting notices, and two cemetery plans, one of which relates to the Franz Joseph Ladies Sick and Benevolent Society.

Dates: 1884-1991

Grossloge fuer Deutschland

 Collection
Identifier: AR 4087
Abstract

This collection contains materials, primarily correspondence and by laws, relating to chapters of the Jewish fraternal benevolent society B’nai B’rith that were founded in German-speaking central Europe beginning in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Dates: 1907-1939; Majority of material found within 1921-1937

Independent Order of the Sons of Benjamin collection

 Collection
Identifier: I-370
Abstract

This collection contains correspondence that describe appeals for aid, a directory of lodges and membership, list of names, and convention proceedings.

Dates: 1898-1905

Joseph A. Rosen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: RG 358
Abstract

Joseph A. Rosen was an agronomist and official of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In the 1920s and 1930s he organized and coordinated relief activities for impoverished Jews in the Soviet Union. Joseph A. Rosen was a director of the American Jewish Joint Agricultural Corporation (Agro-Joint) that tried to develop Jewish settlements and assisted with organization of Jewish factories, cooperatives, schools, and health care facilities. All these subjects are covered in this collection. These are the papers of Joseph A. Rosen in his official capacity as a Director of the Agro-Joint. The collection contains agreements between Agro-Joint and the Soviet government, reports, and field observations of the agronomists and officials of the relief organizations, particularly of the Agro-Joint, technical reports and documentation necessary for development and financial sustainability of the Jewish settlements. Maps and landscape plans are also part of this collection.

Dates: 1911-1943; Majority of material found within 1922-1938

Joseph Isaac Bluestone (1860-1934) Collection

 Collection
Identifier: P-323
Abstract

Contains the memoirs and scrapbooks of Bluestone, concerning his numerous communal activities, especially those in the Zionist movement. A description of the collection was published by Hyman B. Grinstein in Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, no. 35 (1939), and a detailed inventory was prepared by Harry Bluestone (n.d.).

Dates: undated, 1875-1991

Kesher Shel Barzel Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-28
Abstract

This collection contains manuscript guidebooks in German and English for the ceremonial procedures, and a description of the duties of the officials of the order. Also included are published copies of the by-laws of the Jonathan Lodge (1871) and the reports of the Convention of District Grand Lodge No. 1 (1904).

Dates: 186?-1904

Collection of King Solomon's Lodge #279 (New York, N.Y.)

 Collection — Consolidated Box I1, Folder: Collection I-39
Identifier: I-39
Abstract

This collection contains printed materials including reports in German and English, a program for the year 1902, and a membership directory for the year 1922.

Dates: 1878-1933

Noah Benevolent Society Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-186
Abstract

The Noah Benevolent Society (1849-1980), named after Judge Mordechai M. Noah, provided mutual relief for members, their wives and orphans, and helped with internment costs and burial plots at Cypress Hills and other New York cemeteries. The Society also provided relief for Jews in Morocco and Jerusalem and donated funds to several Jewish charitable institutions as well as the Association for the Advancement of Blind Children. The Society disbanded in 1980 due to dwindling membership. The records of the Noah Benevolent Society contain membership minutes and books, donation and financial records, constitutions and by-laws, newsletters, memorabilia, and photographs.

Dates: undated, 1852-1979

New York (County) Hall of Records selected incorporation papers

 Collection
Identifier: I-154
Abstract

This collection consists of microfilm, and bound photocopies of incorporation papers for all Jewish or Jewish-related organizations incorporated in New York City, 1848-1920. The types of organizations included are fraternal societies, political clubs, professional associations, synagogues, landsmanshaften, benevolent organizations, and social clubs. The entire collection has been indexed by name of the organization and, in some cases, by the European town from which the incorporators came, or by general type of organizations.

Dates: 1848-1920

New York (County) selected briefs

 Collection
Identifier: I-49
Abstract

Collection contains the surviving briefs (cases and points) of the City Court (until 1883, the Marine Court) of the City of New York, a statutory court of inferior civil jurisdiction within the County of New York and with limited maritime jurisdiction. The briefs were randomly selected from archives which were subsequently destroyed and represent primarily 1872-1881, 1884-1901, and 1904-1907, with some examples 1860-1871 and 1882. A sampling suggests that Jews were involved in 20-30 percent of these cases.

Dates: 1860-1907

Philadelphia city bonds collection

 Collection
Identifier: P-699
Abstract

The collection consists of cancelled city bonds issued to various individuals and groups in varying amounts and for varying terms. Of the total number, 25 bonds were issued to Jewish organizations, 12 to individuals positively identified as Jews, and the rest to individuals or organizations not identifiable as Jewish. The former are: Samuel Marx Etting, Elizabeth A. Gratz, Abraham Hart, Hannah Levy Florance and Washington Z. Florance for Abraham Minis and Maria Minis, E.A. Moses, Nathan Nathans, and Philip Nathans; Elim Lodge No. 36, Har Moriah Lodge No. 10, Har Nevoh Lodge No. 12, Har Sinai Lodge No. 8, and Isaac Leeser Lodge No. 109, I.O.B.B.; Ezra Lodge No. 7, United Order True Sisters of Israel; Jewish Foster Home Society; Jewish Hospital Association of Philadelphia; and the United Hebrew Beneficient Society, Philadelphia.

Dates: 1854-1881

Poland (Vilna) Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RG 28
Abstract

The Poland (Vilna Archives) Collection is comprised of documents that were amassed at the YIVO in Vilna (Vilnius), mainly as a result of collecting work by the volunteer YIVO “zamlers” (collectors). The bulk of the collection relates to Jewish communities in over 260 cities and towns in interwar Poland (1919-1939). Documents of earlier years are also included.

Dates: 1845-1939; Majority of material found within 1919-1939

Progressive Order of the West collection

 Collection
Identifier: I-399
Abstract

This collection is comprised of an address by the Grand Master and a report from the Grand Secretary for the Thirtieth convention. Also included is a directory of lodges.

Dates: 1935-1937

Records of the Bronx Bakers Mutual Aid Association

 Collection
Identifier: RG 1627
Abstract

The Bronx Bakers Mutual Aid Association was founded “by bakers and for bakers” in 1913. It provided financial support to sick or unemployed members, helped cover burial experiences for members who passed away, and held social events. The records primarily contain financial records, including dues books and ledgers of benefits paid, but also include minute books detailing the meetings that took place and the constitutions that established the rules and operations of the association.

Dates: 1924-1982

Records of the Farband fun di Yidishe Studentn Fareynen in Daytshland (Verband Jüdischer Studentenvereine in Deutschland; Union of Jewish Student Associations in Germany)

 Collection
Identifier: RG 18
Abstract

This collection contains the records of the Union of Jewish Student Associations in Germany (Yiddish: Farband fun di Yidishe Studentn Fareynen in Daytshland; German: Verband Jüdischer Studentenvereine in Deutschland), an umbrella organization of associations of East European Jewish students who were pursuing their education in cities throughout Germany in the 1920s. Along with the Union's records are the records of two of its affiliate associations, the Jewish Student Association in Berlin and the Jewish Student Association in Jena. The student associations and the umbrella organization that they founded aimed to further Jewish cultural life among members; to provide material assistance to members in need; and to advocate for the interests of members vis-à-vis state and academic authorities. Included are administrative records such as bylaws, minutes, and announcements; materials documenting membership meetings of the Berlin association and conferences of the umbrella organization; petitions and correspondence from members concerning financial aid; materials documenting libraries maintained by the students, and other activities; and general correspondence. Among the correspondents are Jewish charitable and social-welfare organizations that contributed to the support of East European Jewish students through the student associations, including the Yidishe Velt-Hilfs-Konferents (Conférence Universelle Juive de Secours, Paris), the Verband der Russischen Juden, the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden, and the Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Deutschen Juden, as well as the Jewish Community of Berlin, and Jewish communities in other cities in Germany. The collection also includes a relatively small amount of materials of mixed provenance documenting the activities of other associations and umbrella organizations of East European Jewish students, both in Eastern Europe and the West, the greatest portion related to interwar Poland, especially Vilna.

Dates: 1913-1917, 1920-1939; Majority of material found within 1920-1930

Records of the Independent Order Ahawas Israel, United Brethren Lodge (No. 139) (Sag Harbor, N.Y.)

 Collection
Identifier: I-100
Abstract

This collection contains 3 ledger books and records, primarily financial, for the years 1906, 1911-1914, 1918-1920, pertaining to the activities of the Lodge, which also functioned as a synagogue. Also contains a folder of correspondence of Rabbi S. Gershon Levi relating to the history of Sag Harbor.

Dates: 1906-1920

Records of the Independent Order of Brith Abraham, Sag Harbor Lodge (No. 297)

 Collection
Identifier: I-99
Abstract

This collection contains the minute book for the period 1909-1920 (through 1913 in German; from 1912 in Yiddish), pertaining to the affairs of the Lodge.

Dates: 1909-1920

Records of the Independent Slonimer Benevolent Society (New York, N.Y.)

 Collection
Identifier: I-126
Abstract

This collection includes ledgers consisting of two types; those arranged chronologically (1934-36, 1939-42) and those arranged alphabetically by member (1925-27, 1929, 1932-7, 1942-47). The records also include periodic reports of the society's finances. Of special interest are the accounts of sickness and death benefits provided, payments to doctors, operating expenses, savings and investments, and salaries of the society's officials.

Dates: undated, 1925-1947

Records of the ORT Society, Vilna

 Collection
Identifier: RG 47
Abstract

The Society for Handicraft and Agricultural Work among the Jews of Russia, known by its Russian acronym, "ORT," was founded in St. Petersburg, in the Russian Empire, in 1880. Its aim was the promotion and development of skilled trades and agriculture among Jews, especially through support of vocational and agricultural training. At first operating only as a provisional committee, it received legal recognition in Russia in 1906, and subsequently established local divisions in various cities within Russia and, after the First World War, in Poland, Lithuania, and other countries. An ORT committee was formed in Vilna in February 1919; the ORT Society in Vilna helped found an international umbrella organization, the World ORT Union, in 1921, with headquarters in Berlin (until 1933) and, later, Paris. The collection comprises records of the ORT Society in Vilna that, despite their fragmentary nature, broadly reflect the society's activities from its beginnings until its dissolution by the authorities in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, in 1940. The collection contains administrative records, such as bylaws, minutes, reports, membership records, and financial records; outgoing and incoming correspondence, with correspondents including the ORT Central Committee in Poland, Warsaw (founded 1923); records pertaining to the administration of the society's vocational programs, including its Crafts School, which trained Jewish youth as artisans in the fields of carpentry and locksmithing, and various professional advancement courses for adults, in fields such as electrical installation and tailoring (cutting); records concerning activities related to agriculture in the period 1920 to 1923, apparently reflecting the work of an ORT regional committee based in Vilna (loan applications and questionnaires about Jewish families working on farms, in most cases pertaining to localities in the western part of present-day Belarus); and a few items documenting a credit cooperative society founded by the Vilna ORT Society. Also included is a small amount of ephemera, and two small groupings of ORT-related records with no apparent relationship to the society in Vilna: correspondence of the Arbeterheym (Workers' Home), Riga, Latvia, in 1923, including letters from the Jewish People's Relief Committee, New York, which became affiliated with the American ORT; and correspondence addressed to J. Capitanchik, London, in 1924, from the ORT Society in London, in part concerning his effort to organize an ORT committee in the city's East End.

Dates: 1898, 1912, 1919-1940; Majority of material found within 1919-1940

Records of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America

 Collection
Identifier: ASF AR-33
Abstract

This collection contains the institutional records of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, a fraternal organization founded in New York in 1921 to serve and unify the American Sephardic Jewish community. These records primarily pertain to issues of membership, including mortuary and sick benefits, scholarships and access to charitable funds, as well as information about community receptions and various other cultural activities.

Dates: 1913-2004; Majority of material found within 1940-2000

Records of the Source of Life Benevolent Society

 Collection
Identifier: ASF AR-69
Abstract

This collection contains the institutional records of the Source of Life Benevolent Society, a fraternal organization founded in New York in 1911. These records primarily relate to mortuary benefits.

Dates: 1911, 1945-2011; Majority of material found within 1994-2005

Records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America

 Collection
Identifier: ASF AR-11
Abstract

This collection contains the minutes, correspondence and financial records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America, an organization that aims to provide cultural enrichment and financial support to Jews of Yemenite heritage living in Israel and the United States. There is also a fair amount of information about grants that the Federation sought, their scholarship program and various fundraisers and events that the YJFA sponsored or participated in.

Dates: 1939, 1961-2009

Rudolf Freudenberger Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6324 / MF 591
Abstract

Personal papers and photos of Rudolf Freudenberger, including diplomas, materials relating to World War I, VEDA fraternity, role in Bergen-Enkheim, emigration documents.

Dates: 1911-1960s