Guide to the Records of Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, MA), undated, 1923, 1930-1964, 1988, 1991-1992
 
*I-455

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 2010. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on September 3, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, MA)
Title: Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, MA), records
Dates:undated, 1923, 1930-1964, 1988, 1991-1992
Abstract: In 1916, the Jewish community of Boston established Beth Israel Hospital on Townsend Street in Roxbury to provide health care to immigrants in the area. Although accessible to everyone, the hospital provided Yiddish-speaking services for Eastern European Jewish immigrants and served kosher food, as well as conducted Jewish religious services. In 1928 the hospital entered into a teaching agreement with Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Simmons College. Shortly thereafter, the hospital moved to its current location in the Longwood area of Boston and expanded to a 220-bed operation. During 1935-1936, at the height of the Depression, Beth Israel spent 1.5 million dollars in free patient care and was only one of two local hospitals to offer health care to people on welfare. In 1996, Beth Israel Hospital merged with Deaconess Medical Center and became Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This collection contains reports, pamphlets and hospital publications.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: I-455
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location:Located in AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Historical Note1

Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

In 1916, the Jewish community of Boston established Beth Israel Hospital on Townsend Street in Roxbury to provide health care to immigrants in the area. Although accessible to everyone, the hospital provided Yiddish-speaking services for Eastern European Jewish immigrants and served kosher food, as well as conducted Jewish religious services. The 45-bed hospital had several departments, including Medical Services, Surgical Services and Special Services, which encompassed laryngology, neurology, genitourinary surgery, gynecology, ophthalmologic surgery, pathology, serology-bacteriology, dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology and dental surgery. A school of nursing opened in 1918 to encourage Jewish women to enter the profession, and was later followed by a social services department in 1920. The hospital also opened and administered outpatient clinics for the treatment of diabetes and tuberculosis, and care of babies.

In 1928 the hospital entered into a teaching agreement with Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Simmons College. Shortly thereafter, the hospital moved to its current location in the Longwood area of Boston and expanded to a 220-bed operation. During 1935-1936, at the height of the Depression, Beth Israel spent 1.5 million dollars in free patient care and was only one of two local hospitals to offer health care to people on welfare.

In 1996, Beth Israel Hospital merged with Deaconess Medical Center and became Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Chronology

1915Certificate of Incorporation issued to charter members of Beth Israel Hospital.
1916Beth Israel is established.
1918Beth Israel opens its nursing school.
1920The social services department is created.
1928Beth Israel enters into teaching agreements with Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Simmons College.
1928Beth Israel moves to the Longwood area of Boston. Eleven outpatient clinics are in operation at this time.
1930Beth Israel has 28 outpatient clinics.
1935-1936Beth Israel spends 1.5 million dollars in free patient care.
1936Beth Israel is one of only two Boston hospitals to accept patients on welfare.
1996Beth Israel and Deaconess Medical Center merge to become Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


Footnote
1 Information for this historical sketch is from the following resources:

"The History of BIDMC." Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. August 9, 2010
(http://www.bidmc.org/AboutBIDMC/TheHistoryofBIDMC.aspx)

Materials from the collection.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of annual reports, bi-annual reports, pamphlets, a menu and a bound edition of reprinted articles and studies by the staff of Beth Israel Hospital. Also included are the following publications: Beth Israel News, The Record, and Wellbeing. This collection contains records prior to the merger with Deaconess Medical Center. For more complete records and documentation, please contact the archives at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (http://lib.harvard.edu/archives/0012.html).

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series as follows:

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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 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Beth Israel Hospital Archives, http://lib.harvard.edu/archives/0012.html

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, MA), records; I-455; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

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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.

 

Series I: General, 1930-1938, 1950, 1988

English.
Box 1, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder with a program from the Women's Auxiliary Luncheon, fundraising material, histories of the hospital and a menu with kosher options for patients.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Miscellaneous Materials 1930-1938, 1950, 1988
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Series II: Governance, 1935-1947, 1954-1959, 1964

English.
Box 1, Folders 2-5.
Scope and Content:

This series contains annual reports and bi-annual reports from the hospital.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 2-4 Annual Reports 1935-1944, 1954-1959, 1964
1 5 Bi-Annual Reports 1946-1947
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Series III: Publications, 1923, [1940-1941], 1951, 1991-1992

English.
Box 1, Folders 6-9.
Scope and Content:

This series contains hospital publications, including Beth Israel News, The Record, and Wellbeing. Also included is a bound volume of reprints from articles published by medical staff at the hospital.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 6 Beth Israel News 1923
1 7 The Record 1951
1 8 Reprints of the Beth Israel Hospital [1940-1941]
1 9 Wellbeing 1991-1992
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