Guide to the Records of the Grand Street Boys' Association, undated, 1907-1968


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Original inventory created by members of the AJHS staff. Finding aid formally created as an MS-Word document by Adina Anflick. September 5, 2001. Machine-readable finding aid coverted to a PDF file by Adina Anflick. December 18, 2001. Electronic finding aid converted to EAD 2002 by Tanya Elder. September 2003. Description is in English.
May 2005. Finding aid was updated and reconverted in order to match other online finding aids by Dianne Ritchey Oummia. January 2006. Entities removed from EAD finding aid.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grand Street Boys' Association
Title: Grand Street Boys' Association Records
Dates:undated, 1907-1968
Abstract: Founded by men who had moved from their old Lower East Side neighborhood in New York, the Grand Street Boys' Association began as a reunion and grew into an active men's club. Initially membership was confined to those born on Grand Street but expanded to all men regardless of religion, race, or class. Membership included such prominent names as Irving Berlin, Albert Einstein, Jonah Goldstein, and Nelson Rockefeller. The Association promoted welfare projects, acts of fellowship and tolerance, school scholarships, summer youth employment, war efforts, and the elimination of discrimination in sports, among other projects. The association is still active at 71 W. 23rd Street in New York. The collection contains a representative example of the Association's activities and includes correspondence, financial records, clippings, programs, publications, yearbooks, speeches, a musical score, negatives, and photographs.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet plus one MAP folder (3 manuscript boxes, 3 oversized folders, 1 MAP folder)
Identification: I-312
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

Grand Street Boys' Association

Grand Street in the early 1900s was the center of a large immigrant neighborhood in the Lower East Side of New York. Many of the first generation immigrant families later moved upward into more mobile areas of the city. In 1919 a group of men organized a reunion of Old East Siders that evolved a year later into a men's club called the Grand Street Boys' Association. At first only men who grew up on Grand Street were eligible to enroll, however; this restriction was soon removed and membership became open to all regardless of religion, race, or class. Membership spanned all sectors of social class and occupations, and included prominent names such as Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, Albert Einstein, Jonah Goldstein, Herbert H. Lehman, Nelson Rockefeller, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Describing themselves as the "headquarters of those who really love New York," Grand Street Boys' in the early and mid 1900s were involved in civic and patriotic work, welfare projects, war efforts, and acts of good fellowship and tolerance. Their projects included financing college and graduate level scholarships; assisting needy families with course tuition, school supplies, and other items; coordinating a "Hobbies for All Ages" program that supplied raw materials to elderly homes and underprivileged children; offering a fresh air camp and summer employment for youth; hosting a boy scouts troop in the clubhouse; and providing loans to recently released prisoners. Grand Street Boys' was devoted to eliminating discrimination in sports, and organized sports competitions on national and inter-scholastic levels. Grand Street Boys offered high school excellency awards, sponsored an annual high school essay contest, supported the Grand Street Post 1025 of the American Legion, and opened a recuperation center in Britain during World War II. The clubhouse also hosted several social activities, including an annual dinner for couples married fifty years or more.

Grand Street Boys Association is currently still in existence and is located in the Chelsea neighborhood (71 West 23rd Street at 6th Avenue) in Manhattan.


Compiled from the Records of the Grand Street Boys' Association, I-312.

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Scope and Content Note

Although the records of the Grand Street Boys' Association do not comprise all the documents of the organization, they are representative of the organization's activities between 1907 and 1968. Materials include financial records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, publications, yearbooks, speeches, an article, a musical score, negatives, and photographs.

Of interest is correspondence regarding a screenplay written about Grand Street Boys that never took off the ground, an Irving Caesar musical score titled "The Grand Street Boys," correspondence relating to organizing an American team to the 4th Maccabiah Games in Israel, case studies of scholarships and awards, and letters concerning fundraising. Among the correspondents are Jonah J. Goldstein, John D. Rockefeller, Sir Louis Sterling, and Leon Lowenstein.

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The records are organized into one series in alphabetical order by material title. Oversized items are located in Oversized Materials, with one map of London located in the Map collection.

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Access and Use

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 Executive Director 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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Grand Street Boys' Association Records; I-312; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Collection Box List, undated, 1907-1968

The collection is in English.
1.5 linear feet.

The folders comprising the entirety of the Grand Street Boys Association's records are organized alphabetically into one general series. Negatives in the collection appear in Box 3, Folder 34.

Scope and Content:

This series encompasses a variety of the organization's activities involving charity, scholarships, social events, sports, youth, and the London World War II recuperation center. Material contained in this series include financial records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, publications, yearbooks, speeches, an article, a musical score, negatives, and photographs. Please note that the oversized materials are primarily located in the AJHS branch in Newton Centre, MA.

11Allocationsundated, 1936-1966
12 Amateur Athletic Union Correspondenceundated, 1946-1955
13 Athleticsundated, 1939-1962
14Foundation Investments
[See also OS 2F]
undated, 1951-1957
15Fundraising Campaignsundated, 1937-1966
1 6General Correspondenceundated, 1936-1967
17London Administration
[See also OS - Map 1]
18London Newspaper Clippings
[See also OS 1F]
undated, 1942
19London Photographs undated, 1944
110 Lou Freedman Newspaper Clippings1923-1956
111Membershipundated, 1958
112Membership Correspondence undated, 1936-1968
113Miscellaneous Publicationsundated, 1907-1941
114New Year's Greetings
[See also OS 1]
1 15Newspaper Clippings1943-1958
116Nursing Scholarships undated, 1954-1965
117Photographsundated, 1940-1953
118 Photographscirca 1956
119"Roast" for Bert Satz and Louis Freeman1924
120Scholarships and Awards Correspondenceundated, 1936-1967
221Speeches and Dinner Programsundated, 1945-1959
22220th Century Fox Correspondenceundated, 1942-1943
224 Wuxtra 1941-1945
225 Wuxtra 1946-1949
226Wuxtra 1950-1953
227 Wuxtra 1954-1957
328Wuxtra 1958-1961
329 Wuxtra 1962-1965
330Wuxtra 1966-1967
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Separated Oversized Materials, undated, 1941-1942, 1956-1957

The collection is in English.
3 oversized folders and one MAP folder.

The materials reflect items from the collection that are housed separately from the main collection due to their size.

Scope and Content:

The following materials are located in OS1, OS2 and MAP1.

OS 1F1London Newspaper Clippings1942
OS 1F2New Year's Greetings1941
OS 2F1Foundation Investmentsundated, 1956-1957
MAP 1 1London Miscellaneousundated
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