Guide to the Records of New Century Club, 1900-1982
 
I-95

Reprocessed by Amy Horton

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Amy Horton as MS Word document, November 2007. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on January 13, 2011. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Levi, Alexander, Dr.
Title: The New Century Club
Dates:1900-1982
Abstract: On January 1, 1900, a group of lawyers and doctors gathered at a meeting called by Jacob J. Silverman to discuss the advantages of living in Boston with its many surrounding institutions of higher learning, and how they could increase their cultural knowledge. They also wanted to learn from each other the basic principals of their various professions. The members of the club eventually consisted of lawyers, optometrists, physicians, scientists, and members of a variety of other professions as well. This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings and correspondence.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-95
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Historical Note1

The New Century Club - Boston, MA

On January 1, 1900, a group of lawyers and doctors gathered at a meeting called by Jacob J. Silverman to discuss the advantages of living in Boston with its many surrounding institutions of higher learning, and how they could increase their cultural knowledge. They also wanted to learn from each other the basic principals of their various professions. The members of the club eventually consisted of lawyers, optometrists, physicians, scientists, and members of a variety of other professions as well. The club entertained its members and guests by hosting speakers and events: in particular, their Ladies' Night and Chanukah festivals were some of their most well-known and well-attended events.

For the celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary, the club established loan funds at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1946, the club became the first to establish funds at Brandeis University. In 1948, the club invested in student aid funds to help worthy students in the Boston area. The funds came from a portion of the yearly dues and from donations made specifically to the fund. The trustees also helped students by recommending them to other sources of educational funds.

Chronology

1900Club founded.
192525th Anniversary.
1925Loan funds were established.
1946Fund established at Brandeis University.
1948Student Aid Fund established.
195050th Anniversary.

1 Information for this historical note is from the following resources:
Material from the collection.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of documents concerning the governance of the New Century Club, and correspondence between the Club and its members. The collection also includes programs, flyers, and information about their various events, as well as newspaper articles concerning the club or its members. Also included are financial records from club activities and events.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four 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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); The New Century Club; I-95; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to AJHS in 1973 by Dr. Alexander A. Levi.

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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: Governance, 1914-1969

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 1-4.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of meeting minutes, membership applications, membership lists, and brief histories of the club, the constitution, by-laws, by-law revisions and amendments. The series also includes officer lists and nominations. In addition, recruitment and donation letters are also included.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Membership 1914-1969 request_box
1 2 Constitution 1926-1964 request_box
1 3 Executive Committee Minutes 1956-1963 request_box
1 4 Honorary Membership Committee 1963-1969 request_box
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Series II: Financial Records, 1948-1963

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folder 5.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of scholarship applications, lists of loans granted, student aid fund reports, statements of cash receipts and disbursements, analysis of dinner costs, and letters regarding scholarships, loans and finances. Some of these items may be restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 5 Loan and Grant Material (some items restricted) 1948-1963 request_box
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Series III: Correspondence, 1953-1968

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 6-12.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of correspondence concerning the speakers Dr. Paul Mather, President of the University of Massachusetts; Drew Pearson, the author of The Famed Column; Semah Cecil Hyman, the Consul General of Israel in New York; Dr. Selman A. Wakeman, internationally noted scholar, teacher, investigator and Nobel Prize winner in Medicine and Physiology; Dr. Dwight E. Harken, world renowned cardiac surgeon; Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, the nationally known Rabbi, Zionist leader, and author of "Where Judaism Differed:' and Dr. Salo W. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Jewish History, Literature, and Institutions at Columbia University.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 6 Dr. Paul Mather 1953-1957 request_box
1 7 Drew Pearson 1956-1957 request_box
1 8 Semah Cecil Hyman 1956-1957 request_box
1 9 Dr. Selman A. Wakeman 1956-1957 request_box
1 10 Dr. Dwight E. Harken 1956-1957 request_box
1 11 Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver 1956-1957 request_box
1 12 Dr. Salo W. Baron 1967-1968 request_box
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Series IV: General, 1900-1982

The Series is in English.
Box 2, Folders 1-5.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of Anniversary materials, news articles, photographs or club members, programs for events and speakers, and a scrapbook.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Anniversary Materials 1900-1950 request_box
2 2 News Articles and Photographs 1924-1981 request_box
2 3 Programs 1942-1982 request_box
2 4-5 Dr. Alexander Levi’s Scrapbook 1945-1958 request_box
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