Guide to the Records of Hebrew Teachers Association of Greater Boston, undated, 1934-1956 (1937-1939)

*I-119

Reprocessed by Margaret Whiteside

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

99-101 Newbury St.

Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: (617) 226-1245

Email: reference@ajhsboston.org

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Margaret Whiteside as MS Word document, August 25, 2009. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on November 29, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hebrew Teachers Association of Greater Boston
Title: Hebrew Teachers Association of Greater Boston, records
Dates:undated, 1934-1956 (bulk 1937-1939)
Abstract: The Hebrew Teachers Association of Greater Boston was founded in 1909. Its primary purpose was to unite qualified Jewish educators and to provide for their material and spiritual status. The Association first developed a curriculum based on the Bible, the Hebrew language and Jewish history in 1918. It was revised by a committee including the greater Boston Hebrew school principals, the Bureau of Jewish Education and prominent rabbis in 1922. The Association was also involved with Jewish cultural life.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Identification: I-119
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Historical Note

The Hebrew Teachers Association of Greater Boston was founded in 1909. Its primary purpose was to unite qualified Jewish educators and to provide for their material and spiritual status. The Association first developed a curriculum based on the Bible, the Hebrew language and Jewish history in 1918. It was revised by a committee including the greater Boston Hebrew school principals, the Bureau of Jewish Education and prominent rabbis in 1922. The Association was also involved with Jewish cultural life, including making regular contributions to the State of Israel.

Chronology

1909Association founded
1913Association library founded
1918Curriculum developed
1922Curriculum finalized
1939Association celebrates its thirtieth anniversary
1947Maurice Liberman elected President
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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of membership lists, meeting minutes, organization constitution and by-laws, correspondence, questionnaires, applications, announcements and other promotional material, and financial materials. Of special interest is the correspondence between then-Association President Joseph Diamond and Rabbi Joseph Shubow in 1937 and 1938, and the Association's constitution and by-laws.

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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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Related Material

Bureau of Jewish Education Records (I-120)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Hebrew Teachers Association of Greater Boston, records; I-119; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Accession 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.

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Series I: General, undated, 1934-1956

The Series is in English and Hebrew.
12 folders. Box 1.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

The series contains a list of addresses of Hebrew schools and synagogues, Association membership lists, material commemorating the organization's 25th and 30th anniversaries, correspondence with members and outside organizations, and questionnaires concerning salaries and teaching conditions. Of special interest is the anniversary material which details the Association's history and community involvement, and the correspondence detailing conflicts in the Hebrew teaching profession.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Addresses/Hebrew schools/Synagogues in Greater Boston 1939 request_box
1 2 Anniversaries/miscellaneous material 1934-1939 request_box
1 3 Announcements 1937-1938 request_box
1 4 Applications 1939-1956 request_box
1 5 Correspondence 1937-1948 request_box
1 6 Correspondence/Membership 1934-1943 request_box
1 7 Correspondence/Problems in Teacher Profession 1939-1943 request_box
1 8 Membership Lists 1937-1941 request_box
1 9 Officers/Principals of Hebrew Schools Greater Boston Area 1938 request_box
1 10 Officers/Principals of Hebrew Schools Around the United States undated request_box
1 11-12 Questionnaires 1937-1939 request_box
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Series II: Governance, 1937-1948

The Series is in English and Hebrew.
5 folders. Boxes 1 and 2.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

The series contains the constitution and by-laws of the Association, Association expenses, receipts and other financial materials, and meeting minutes. Of particular interest is the early constitution, written in Hebrew, and the Association meeting minutes.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 13 Constitution and By-laws circa 1940 request_box
1 14 Finances/Expenses and Teacher Salaries Various Schools 1937-1946 request_box
1 15 Miscellaneous Materials 1937-1949 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1-2 Meeting Minutes 1938-1948 request_box
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Series III: Relations with Other Organizations, 1937-1950

The Series is in English and Hebrew.
17 folders. Box 2.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

The series contains the correspondence between the Association and other educational organizations, mostly Hebrew schools and synagogues. Of particular interest is the correspondence between then-Association President Joseph Diamond and Rabbi Joseph Shubow in 1937, detailing a dispute about Temple B'nai Moshe's hiring policies, and in 1938, regarding an unnamed former Association member. The correspondence with the Bureau of Jewish Education regarding hiring policies is also of interest.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 3 American Federation of Teachers 1937 request_box
2 4 Brockton Hebrew School 1939 request_box
2 5 Bureau of Jewish Education 1937 request_box
2 6 Cambridge Hebrew School 1937-1939 request_box
2 7 Chelsea Hebrew School 1938-1940 request_box
2 8 Haverhill Hebrew School 1938-1940 request_box
2 9 Hebrew Educators Committee for Labor Palestine 1937-1941 request_box
2 10 Hebrew Teachers Federation of America 1938-1950 request_box
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