Guide to the Records of AMIT, undated, 1933-2005
 
*I-521

Processed by Eric Fritzler, Susan Woodland, and Vital Zajka

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Susan Woodland as MS Word document, October 2011. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on November 18, 2011. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: AMIT
Title: AMIT, records
Dates:undated, 1933-2005
Abstract: The AMIT records contain correspondence, periodicals, program, project, and subject files, films, reports, convention and chapter material and photographs that document the organizational activities, educational and humanitarian achievements in Israel, and fundraising efforts of this American Jewish Zionist volunteer organization from 1933-2005. The AMIT Records were donated to the American Jewish Historical Society in 2010. The donation, while incomplete, represents the most complete set of documents, to date, related to the projects and achievements of AMIT and its history as the American Mizrachi Women's Organization.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew.
Quantity: 74 linear feet (69 Bankers boxes (11" x 13" x 16"), 6 oversized boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-521
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

AMIT (abbreviation אמי״ת of the Hebrew name ארגון מתנדבות למען ישראל ותורתה, Association of Volunteers for Israel and Torah) is a non-profit membership organization devoted to the support and maintenance of a network of on-going projects in Israel in the field of youth education and child care. Based in New York City, AMIT is an American organization with members and chapters throughout the United States, and also includes some international members in a few chapters outside the United States. The projects it funds include schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs, with 25,000 youngsters in 98 facilities throughout Israel in 2011. It is considered to be the most effective and representative organization of modern Orthodox Jewish women with a Zionist orientation. At its peak in the 1980s, it had about 425 regional chapters in the world, representing 80,000 member volunteers. As of 2010 there were about 229 chapters and 40,000 members, which makes AMIT the largest women's religious Zionist organization in the world. AMIT has Boards of Directors in New York and in Israel and a sister organization in Britain, AMIT UK. AMIT is a member of the World Zionist Organization and its national president belongs to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. In addition, AMIT offers public programming on matters of interest to the Jewish community at large and addresses issues confronting Jewish women in the twenty-first century. The organization also publishes the quarterly The AMIT Woman magazine, which covers Jewish and Israel-oriented topics.

The organization was founded in 1925 as a religious Zionist women's off-shoot of the Mizrachi Organization of America at the Mizrachi Convention in Cleveland. This group of religious women believed that they should support and administer their own projects. At that time scattered women's groups worked as auxiliaries for the Mizrachi Organization, but their financing depended on the men's Mizrachi chapters and their work was restricted in its scope. As a result of the initiative, regional women's groups formed their own national association which was called Mizrachi Women's Organization of America (MWOA), later American Mizrachi Women (AMW) and finally AMIT Women, Inc. It began to act independently, and was incorporated in 1933.

Among the co-founders of MWOA were Bessie (Batya) Gotsfeld (1888-1962) of the New York Mizrachi and businesswoman Adela Goldstein, who became, respectively, the national secretary and national president. In 1926, Bessie Gotsfeld left for Palestine to survey conditions on the ground and look for a possible project the organization could undertake. She was instrumental in laying out the main directions of the MWOA/ AMIT work in Israel, and later became an "honorary president" of the organization.

The activists organized local chapters and raised funds for the organization, which saw its mission in promoting youth vocational education and child care for the Jewish population of Palestine in the time of the British Mandate. By WWII it included the child restoration project, aimed at helping European Jewish children to immigrate to the land of Israel. The term "child restoration" was coined to describe the physical and spiritual rehabilitation of young refugees from Hitler's Europe.

MWOA established a threefold set of goals, which included assistance to Jewish youth and child immigration to Palestine, vocational training and education, and social services and adult welfare. The first project of MWOA was Beit Zeirot Mizrachi (BZM), a vocational school for girls in Jerusalem, which was opened in October 1933. It was soon followed by the second Beit Zeirot school in Tel Aviv (1938). The schools were provided with dormitory facilities and taught subjects like knitting, sewing, cooking, nursing and clerical work. Among the first students of the schools were Jewish refugee children from Germany, who came to Palestine as part of the Youth Aliyah (youth immigration) movement. MWOA/ AMIT was one of the movement's co-founders. As Nazism continued to engulf Europe, Youth Aliyah intensified its work, and Beit Zeirot dormitories were filled to capacity with refugee children. MWOA representatives attended the 21st Zionist Congress in Geneva in 1939 to discuss the ways to fight the British White Paper which severely curtailed immigration to Palestine, just when persecuted Jews most needed a safe haven. The Congress condemned the British policy and large number of delegates, including those from MWOA, expressed their support of illegal European Jewish immigration to Palestine. With the increasing influx of refugees, including Polish Jews who had left the Soviet Union during the war, and survivors from Europe after the war, MWOA established a number of child-care facilities. It created two youth villages, Mossad Aliyah in Petah Tikvah (1944) and Kfar Batya (named after Bessie Gotsfeld) in Ra'anana (1947).

With the creation of the State of Israel, MWOA intensified its work to mobilize the American Jewish community to support its projects in Israel. It had already established a number of schools, kindergartens, and orphanages. All MWOA institutions expanded their facilities to help newly arriving Jews from Eastern Europe, Yemen, Iraq, North Africa and Central Asia to receive basic financial assistance and housing, and in adapting to Israeli society. In the 1950s through 1970s, the organization, now called American Mizrachi Women (AMW), added schools for technology and three teachers' seminaries to their list of projects, accompanied by new libraries, dormitories, gyms, swimming pools, and cultural centers. The subjects offered were expanded to include electronics, computer science, fashion design, and graphic arts along with the more traditional vocational and religious topics. These institutions employed American educational techniques, ideas, and practices.

At the National Convention in 1983, the organization changed its name to "AMIT Women" in order to stress its non-political character and to avoid confusion with the Mizrachi political party in Israel. In the early 1980s, the schools funded by AMIT became part of the Israeli government's network of religious, technical educational institutions (Reshet) and, in the same decade, introduced a number of surrogate family units to provide care for youngsters from dysfunctional homes. Consequently, AMIT has a voice in all Israeli Ministry of Education decisions in educational matters related to religious secondary schools. Among other programs are the Beersheva Vocational School for Girls, Gush Dan Religious Technological High School, Beit Hayeled Child Haven (Jerusalem), Bakka Settlement House and Youth Center-Jerusalem, Haifa Community Center, Motza Children's Home (Jerusalem), Mosadot, Chugim, T'chiya, Meshek ha-Poelot, and more.

AMIT maintains educational projects from kindergarten through pre-army service religious studies programs and junior college. The major funding for the operation of the organization and its projects comes from the U.S. membership and fundraising, but the Israeli AMIT members determine the methods to assure that the projects are properly run.

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Scope and Content Note

The AMIT records contain correspondence, periodicals, program, project, and subject files, films, reports, convention and chapter material and photographs that document the organizational activities, educational and humanitarian achievements in Israel, and fundraising efforts of this American Jewish Zionist volunteer organization from 1933-2005.

The AMIT Records were donated to the American Jewish Historical Society in 2010. The donation, while incomplete, represents the most complete set of documents, to date, related to the projects and achievements of AMIT and its history as the American Mizrachi Women's Organization.

The American Jewish Historical Society welcomes comments from researchers that will provide more detailed information and insight into the contents of the collection; this information could be of value to the research community when added to the descriptive information in this finding aid. Please contact reference@ajhs.org with comments and information.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into eight 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

American Zionist Council records, circa 1940-1969 (I-284)
Religious Zionists of America collection, undated, 1932-1989 (I-400)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); AMIT, records; I-521; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The AMIT records were donated to the American Jewish Historical Society by deed of gift in 2010.

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Processing Information

The AMIT records have been processed according to the principles of MPLP, More Product Less Process. The goal was to create access to the collection and post a finding aid within a few weeks rather than a few months.

Minimally processed means that only some of the bindings (paper clips, rubber bands, etc.) were removed, most (not all) legal-sized and oversized material were unfolded and flattened and loose material was foldered. Where there was an original order to the files, it has been followed. Files are grouped into series, either by the department from which they originally came or by their format, and then arranged intellectually and physically within the series into a hierarchical structure of Subseries. Folders and folder titles were retained where applicable. Arrangement of documents that had no order or were found loose, were filed where logic dictated. Some oversized documents and all other oversized materials (including scrapbooks, ephemera, oversized film cans and the oversized periodicals) have been transferred to oversized storage boxes.

The project focused on the following: creating a logical arrangement for the files, improving accessibility, stabilizing fragile materials with better housing and writing a finding aid at the box level instead of the more detailed folder level. Therefore, some of the more detailed or specific processing activities were considered more appropriate for a second processing phase, should the funds be designated.

Because the collection is listed at the box level rather than at the folder level, more work may be required from the researcher to find appropriate materials. Folders that have not been replaced do not include complete titles - in most cases they carry just the title of the folder itself. In such cases, please refer to the box labels for complete information on the series or subseries. It may also be necessary to request an entire series or subseries in order to find folders on specific topics.

In addition, the Fundraising folders cannot be released at this time due to privacy issues. The boxes are labeled "Restricted" until more work can be done with these files.

Very little processing has been done with the photographs housed in 23 Bankers boxes. Some preliminary steps have been taken to better facilitate research, namely, large groups of non-photographic files were transferred from the photograph collection and integrated into appropriate series elsewhere in the collection. Many photograph folders in the photograph collection use a cataloging system of "L" numbers in the folder title. An attempt was made to transfer photograph folders with this same system found throughout the collection to the Photograph series. There is currently no discernible order to these numbers. Photographs without the "L" numbers found elsewhere in the collection, mostly in the Public Relations and Magazine series, were left in place in order to retain a sense of provenance.

The audio-visual materials for the most part are not currently accessible for viewing, as formats are varied and condition is unknown. Digitization from various film and video formats can be done when funding allows.

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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: Corporate Governance, undated, 1933-2002

Arrangement:

Arranged into three subseries: National Board Materials, Israel Committee, and Legal and Financial.

Scope and Content:

Series I: Corporate Governance contains documents relating to the national board of AMIT and to the work and governance of the organization.

Subseries A: National Board Materials, 1958-1986

Arrangement:

Within Subseries A, National Board Minutes are arranged chronologically and National Board Subjects are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

Subseries A: National Board Materials, 1958-1986, is arranged into two sub-subseries, Minutes and Subjects. The minutes of the national board meetings cover every major issue, event and project that came before the board in the years contained in this series, including budgetary issues, fundraising, specific projects, missions and other AMIT membership and programming issues. There are scattered minutes of other boards, including AMIT regional boards and national AMIT committees, most of which appear to have been circulated to the AMIT board attached to a particular set of national board minutes. The subject files include lists of board members and their positions on the board, lists of national presidents, and folders about or by specific individuals, most of whom were national presidents. Chief among these individuals is AMIT founder Bessie Gotsfeld.

Subsubseries a: Minutes, 1958-1986

Box 1.
Box TitleDate
1   Minutes 1958-1986

Subsubseries b: Subjects, 1958-1986

Boxes 1-2.
Box TitleDate
1   Subjects, Bylaws/Constitution to Individuals (Bessie Gotsfeld/Memorials)
Box TitleDate
2   Subjects, Individuals (Bessie Gotsfeld/Memorials) to Presidents (Greetings)

Subseries B: Israel Committee, undated, 1941-1997

Boxes 2-5.
Arrangement:

Arranged into two Sub-subseries, Subsubseries a: Subjects, undated, 1950-1997; and Subsubseries b: Projects, undated, 1941-1944, 1947-1950, 1962, 1967-1970, 1978-1997.

Scope and Content:

The materials in this subseries were created by the Israel Committee of the AMIT national board in New York; the committee formed a governing structure which monitored AMIT projects in Israel and made decisions related to AMIT activities in Israel, including financing the projects there, executive personnel questions, real estate transactions and other issues.

Subsubseries a: Subjects, undated, 1950-1997

Boxes 2-4.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject. Subjects with multiple folders have their own alphabetical order within a group.

Scope and Content:

Subjects contains materials that reflect the activities of the Israel Committee, namely correspondence, excerpts of meeting minutes, financial and fundraising documents, and files on various topics related to the Committee's work.

Box TitleDate
2   Subjects, Architects to Computers undated, 1950, 1963-1964, 1977-1980
Box TitleDate
3   Subjects, Condolences to Finance-Statement of reserve fund accounts undated, 1973-1997
Box TitleDate
4   Subjects, Government of Israel's officials to Zionist Congress elections undated, 1956-1960, 1964-1966, 1969, 1974-1983

Subsubseries b: Projects, undated, 1941-1944, 1947-1950, 1962, 1967-1970, 1978-1997

Box 5.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by project name.

Scope and Content:

Projects contains documents related to particular AMIT projects in Israel. Included are large projects, such as vocational schools Beit Zeirot Mizrachi in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Kfar Batya village with educational and dormitory facilities; and smaller projects, like Ulpanat Amit, a Hebrew-learning course for immigrants, or traditional Passover relief campaign Maot Chitim. The materials include reports, memoranda and correspondence. Some files include oversized architectural blueprints in folded form, and photographs.

Box TitleDate
5   Projects, American Mizrachi Women early projects to Ulpanat Amit undated, 1941-1944, 1947-1950, 1962, 1967-1970, 1978-1997

Subseries C: Legal and Financial, 1952-1997

Box 6.
Scope and Content:

Subseries C: Legal and Financial, 1952-1997, contains spreadsheets and memos covering chapter quotas, budgets, agreements and other legal matters.

Box TitleDate
6   Balance Sheets (1979) to Tax Laws 1952-1997
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Series II: Chapters, undated, 1933-1994

Boxes 7-10.
Arrangement:

The folders are arranged alphabetically by state, and then alphabetized by chapter name within each state. Correspondence on prospective chapters is placed at the very beginning of the series in Box 1. Materials on foreign chapters are placed at the end of the series.

Scope and Content:

Women's auxiliary chapters and independent Mizrachi women's groups actually preceded the creation of MWOA and initiated its formation as a separate women's entity within the American Mizrachi movement at its Convention in 1925. At that time MWOA became a de facto federation of Mizrachi women's groups and then, after the official incorporation of MWOA in 1933-1934, each chapter was incorporated by MWOA (later AMW, AMIT) as a constituent organization. The local chapters, often carrying Israel- or Bible-themed names, bore the brunt of AMIT fundraising for the organization's Israel projects and operational needs. At their peak in mid-1980s, the number of chapters across the U.S. reached 475 in 38 states, with a national membership of about 80,000 women. There were also several foreign chapters of AMIT in Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. Some U.S chapters had Junior Mizrachi Women sections, designed to attract a younger generation of volunteers. These documents are usually included in the main body of the chapter's materials.

The materials in this series include reports from the chapters on their events and fundraising, lists of chapter officers, certificates of incorporation, memoranda, correspondence, event invitations, annual journals, and some photographs.

Box TitleDate
7   Prospective chapters
7   Chapters, Arizona-District of Columbia undated, 1933-1994
Box TitleDate
8   Chapters, Florida-Missouri undated, 1938-1983
Box TitleDate
9   Chapters, Nebraska-Pennsylvania undated, 1938-1987
Box TitleDate
10   Chapters, Pennsylvania-Wisconsin; Foreign chapters undated, 1933-1981
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Series III: Conventions, undated, 1935, 1963-1985, 1993, 1996-2003

Boxes 11-16.
Arrangement:

Series III: Conventions is arranged in chronological order by year and within each year alphabetically by subject. The material found in the series is mostly in English with some Hebrew.

Scope and Content:

Series III: Conventions contains material related to the planning and execution of the national conventions of American Mizrachi Women's Organization and, later, AMIT Women, including programs and convention kits, promotional material, correspondence with chapters and conference speakers, greetings from political figures and officials, resolutions and election nominations, arrangement and program development correspondence, and transcripts of speeches. The series also has material related to the Jubilee Celebration of the American Mizrachi Women's Organization in 1975 including documentation of events in addition to the national convention, and the American Mizrachi Women's Organization Convention in Israel in 1981. The documentation associated with the conventions is much more limited after 1985, but contains some information on these later conventions, retreats, and events.

In addition to the convention related material, the series has correspondence, photographs, and notes on the American Mizrachi Women's Organization fashion shows, which often premiered at the national conventions, featuring clothing designed and created by students attending the educational or vocational institutions funded by the organization.

Box TitleDate
11   Conventions circa 1935, 1963-1971
Box TitleDate
12   Conventions 1971-1978
Box TitleDate
13   Conventions 1977-1978
Box TitleDate
14   Conventions 1977-1979
Box TitleDate
15   Conventions 1979-1981
Box TitleDate
16   Conventions 1981-1985, 1993, 1996-2003
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Series IV: Fundraising, undated, 1950-1951, 1956, 1972-2003

Boxes 17-18.
Arrangement:

The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or name.

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Fundraising has material generated by the AMIT Fundraising (also referred to as Development) Department and includes alphabetized files which contain correspondence, donor lists, sample letters, thank you notes, event invitations and journals. Some folders in the series are restricted due to privacy issues; these files therefore cannot be released for research until they have undergone additional processing.

Box TitleDate
17   Fundraising, A to Journals (RESTRICTED) undated, 1983-2003
Box TitleDate
18   Fundraising, K to Zipkowitz (RESTRICTED) undated, 1950-1951, 1956, 1972-2003
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Series V: Magazine, undated, 1939-2000

Boxes 19-22, oversized OS1 boxes 70-72.
Arrangement:

Magazine is arranged into three subseries: Subseries A: Administrative Files, Subseries B: Subjects, and Subseries C: Periodicals. The first two subseries, Administrative Files and Subjects, are arranged alphabetically. Subseries C: Periodicals is arranged chronologically, with some material housed separately with the oversized material. There are also select periodicals from National Council of Junior Mizrachi Women, namely Junior News Letter and Junior Mizrachi Women's News, that are arranged chronologically with the other organizational periodicals. For organizational periodicals published from 1966 to 1978, American Mizrachi Woman was produced in a newspaper-sized format. These issues are arranged chronologically and housed in three oversized boxes; please see OS Boxes 3-5. The material in Subseries C: Periodicals is in English, with some Hebrew and some early issues published partially in Yiddish.

Scope and Content:

AMIT has published a periodical for distribution to their membership from 1933 through the present. At some point in the organization's development a department was created to develop content, oversee the publication and distribution, and to maintain nearly a full run of the magazine.

Subseries A: Administrative Files, 1980-2000

Box 19.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Subseries A: Administrative Files contains information on such administrative issues as the solicitation of content, the development of featured columns and communication with printers.

Box TitleDate
19   Columns to Schedules 1980-2000

Subseries B: Subjects, 1980-1998

Boxes 19-20.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Subseries B: Subjects contains files on topics covered in past issues, topics covered on a regular basis such as holidays and AMIT's conventions, and ideas for future articles. Many of these files contain photographs that should be part of any future survey of AMIT photographs, for possible transfer to the Photograph series.

Box TitleDate
19   Aliyah to Miscellaneous (includes correspondence, printed materials and photographs)
Box TitleDate
20   Miscellaneous (WZPS photos) to White House

Subseries C: Periodicals, 1939-1950, 1953, 1956-1958, 1962-1963, 1966, 1968-1999

English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Boxes 20-22, oversized OS1 boxes 70-72.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Subseries C: Periodicals contains the periodicals produced by the organization to notify its members of regional, national, and international fundraising and activities, with the periodicals especially highlighting educational and humanitarian achievements in Palestine and later Israel. As the organization evolved and grew, this growth was reflected in the magazine through the content, the magazine's change in name and its physical appearance. Ranging from 1939 to 1999, the periodicals within the collection include Mizrachi Women's News, Mizrachi Women's News Letter, Mizrachi Women News Bulletin, The Mizrachi Woman, Mizrachi Regionews, Mizrachi Women's Bulletin, and The American Mizrachi Woman. In December 1983, The American Mizrachi Woman changed its name to The Amit Woman to coordinate with the change in the name of the organization.

Box TitleDate
20   Periodicals 1939-1950, 1953, 1956-1958, 1962-1963, 1966
Box TitleDate
21   Periodicals 1978-1988
Box TitleDate
22   Periodicals 1988-1999
Box TitleDate
70 (OS1)  American Mizrachi Woman 1966, 1969-1971
Box TitleDate
71 (OS1)  American Mizrachi Woman 1972-1974
Box TitleDate
72 (OS1)  American Mizrachi Woman 1975-1978
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Series VI: Public Relations and Program Department, 1950-1996

Boxes 23-28.
Arrangement:

Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

The Public Relations Department appears to have worked closely with the Program Department throughout AMIT's history. In many cases they may have shared departmental files, or retained files with similar contents, making it logical to combine these departments into one series. Dominant portions of this series are the numerous "History" and "Background" folders, combined here under "History". They contain historical information on AMIT's projects in Palestine/Israel, original reports, working files for various updates of AMIT's official chronology, as well as correspondence and memos. In the absence of a formal institutional archive, these folders contained easily accessible, reliable historical information that could be used and reused in press releases, educational and program materials for membership publications, pamphlets and brochures, and other circulated material.

Additional material contained in this series are folders on AMIT's films, which will be of value when surveying the films; press releases and the "stories" that were released by the Public Relations department to publicize AMIT's projects; printed manuals for volunteer leadership; and a large group of folders containing correspondence with the various printers of AMIT's pamphlets, certificates and greeting cards that document various organizational activities. Please refer to the Conventions series for additional pamphlets and printed materials in the "Convention Kits". Also of interest are a collection of radio and other scripts dating from the 1950s and 1960s.

Box TitleDate
23   Action Update to Films ("Award")
Box TitleDate
24   Films ("Award") to History #12/Facts about projects
Box TitleDate
25   History #13/Histories and Reports to Press Releases and Stories ("Social Education - Inspiration for Success")
Box TitleDate
26   Press Releases and Stories (Success stories - AMW graduates) to Printed Materials/Brochures (J.J. Gross, 1983)
Box TitleDate
27   Printed Materials/Brochures (J.J. Gross, 1984) to Quotations
Box TitleDate
28   Regional Advertising to Women of Valor
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Series VII: Audio-Visual Material, undated, 1952, 1962, 1984-1986, 1982-2005

English and Hebrew.
Boxes 29-46, oversized OS7 box 73.
Arrangement:

Arranged into two subseries: Subseries A: Film and Subseries B: Audio recordings and Videocassettes.

Scope and Content:

Series VII: Audio-Visual Material contains promotional and informational films, audio recordings, and video recordings. The video recordings capture footage of organizational events as well as professional documentaries on the organization and their educational and humanitarian achievements in Israel. It is likely that many of the films or recordings were distributed to chapters or shown at organizational events for the purposes of fundraising and disseminating information to members. However, some of the film footage may have been used for educational purposes in the organizational villages, schools, or homes. Additional information on the audio-visual material can be found in Series VI: Public Relations and Program Department.

Series VII: Audio-Visual Material consists of two related Subseries. Based on pre-existing labeling of the physical items, Subseries A: Film is arranged alphabetically and Subseries B: Audio recordings and Videocassettes is arranged chronologically by format. Much of the audio-visual material in the series has insufficient information to determine the title or date of the recording, but many of the recordings are available in multiple formats. Labeling on the audio-visual material is mostly in English with some handwritten labels in Hebrew. The audio-visual materials, in particular the films, are not currently accessible for viewing. Reformatting from various film and video formats to digital can be done when funding allows.

Subseries A: Film, undated, 1952, 1962, 1985-1986

Box TitleDate
29   Abba Eban undated
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, sample print (2 films) 1985
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #2 1985
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #4 undated
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #5 undated
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #8 undated
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #11 undated
29   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #12 undated
Box TitleDate
30   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #14 1985
30   American Mizrachi Women-Leading the Way, print #15 1985
30   Award to a Great Lady undated
30   Bet Rimon Dedication Ceremony undated
30   Building Today for Tomorrow, original print A undated
30   Children's Valley (2 films) undated
30   Day by Day, print #14 undated
30   Doorway to the future, print #18 undated
Box TitleDate
31   Gate of Hope, print #1 undated
31   Golda Meir Presentation undated
31   Golda Meir Presentation, print #3 undated
31   Golda Meir Presentation, print #4 undated
31   Heart to Heart, print #1 December 1986
31   Heart to Heart, print #2 December 1986
31   Heart to Heart, print #3 undated
31   How to Become a Miracle Worker (4 small films) undated
31   How to Become a Miracle Worker undated
Box TitleDate
32   The Jackson Story (6 small films) undated
32   Marching toward Tomorrow undated
32   Marching toward Tomorrow undated
32   A Pair of Shoes, print #1 undated
32   A Pair of Shoes, print #3 undated
32   A Pair of Shoes, print #7 undated
32   A Pair of Shoes, print #8 undated
32   A Pair of Shoes, Yiddish version undated
Box TitleDate
33   A Place called Gilo undated
33   The Prime Minister Speaks undated
33   The Prime Minister Speaks, print #4 undated
33   Shalosh Means Three, sample print undated
33   Shalosh Means Three, print #2 undated
33   Shalosh Means Three, print #4 undated
33   Shalosh Means Three, print #6 undated
33   Shalosh Means Three, print #7 undated
Box TitleDate
34   Shalosh Means Three, print #11 undated
34   Shalosh Means Three, print #12 undated
34   Shalosh Means Three, print #16 undated
34   Shalosh Means Three, print #19 undated
34   Side by Side undated
34   Story of Ben Ami, print #1 undated
34   Story of Ben Ami, print #4 undated
34   Story of Ben Ami, print #5 undated
Box TitleDate
35   Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem undated
35   Torah and Technology, master print 1985
35   Torah and Technology, print #2 1984
35   Torah and Technology, print #6 undated
35   Torah and Technology, print #7 undated
35   Torah and Technology, print #9 undated
35   Vision of Chaim Weitzman, print #3 undated
35   Vision of Chaim Weitzman, print #4 undated
Box TitleDate
36   Western Wall undated
36   Window on Jerusalem, sample print undated
36   Window on Jerusalem, print #17 undated
36   Window on Jerusalem, print #19 (Yiddish) undated
36   World Jewish Child's Day for Israel (11 small films) March 1952
Box TitleDate
73 (OS7)   Hands of the Builders, print #5 undated
73 (OS7)   Hands of the Builders, print #7 undated
73 (OS7)   Our Believing World circa 1962
73 (OS7)   Rendezvous with Freedom, part I undated
73 (OS7)   Rendezvous with Freedom, part II undated

Subseries B: Audio recordings and Videocassettes, undated, 1979, 1982-2005

Box TitleDate
37   Audio reel, AMIT Last cue, undated
½ track mono, 15 ips, no noise reduction, tails out
Audio reel, AMIT, undated
15 ips, tails out
Videocassettes, Betacam, 1990-1991, 1998, 2003; AMIT-SAV, undated
Formats: BCT-30M, BCT-20MA, B-10M BQ, B-20MA, B-30MA, B-30M BQ
undated
Box TitleDate
38   Videocassettes, Betacam, numbered, undated; unlabeled, undated (Formats: BCT-30M, BCT-30MA, B-30M BQ, BCT-5MA) undated
Box TitleDate
39   Videocassettes, Betacam, AMIT-REM (Formats: B-60ML BQ, BCT-90MLA) undated, 2000
Box TitleDate
40   Videocassettes, U-matic, AMIT-THIS (Formats: KCA-30X BR, KCA-30, SPA-30) undated
Box TitleDate
41   Videocassettes, U-matic, numbered (Formats: KCS-20X BR) undated
Box TitleDate
42   Videocassettes, VHS tapes 1982-1999
Box TitleDate
43   Videocassettes, VHS tapes, 1999-2005; ACCO-CON, undated undated, 1999-2005
Box TitleDate
44   Videocassettes, VHS tapes, CON- NEH undated
Box TitleDate
45   Videocassettes, VHS tapes, PET-WE, undated; numbered/unlabeled, undated undated
Box TitleDate
46   Videocassettes, miscellaneous formats (Formats: KCA-60, KCA-60K, KCA-10, KCA-20, BCS-20, UCA-30, UCA-20) undated, 1979, 1985-1986, 1988-1989
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Series VIII: Photographs, undated, circa 1940s-1990s

Boxes 47-69.
Arrangement:

No arrangement has been imposed on the photographs, which exist as they were received from AMIT in 2010. Please refer to the Processing note for additional information about the photograph collection. Access is limited until it is possible to survey this series and impose some order on the photographs.

Scope and Content:

Covering at least the 1940s through the 1990s, this collection of photographs contains extensive pictorial documentation of AMIT's history, including AMIT's projects in Palestine/Israel and AMIT's annual conventions and periodic missions to Israel. Some files hold photographs from photo services which may have been used primarily in the magazine, and which do not document the work of the organization.

Box TitleDate
47-69   Miscellaneous photographs undated, circa 1940s-1990s
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Oversized material and ephemera, undated, 1943-1978, 1994-1997

Oversized OS1 boxes 70-74, oversized OS2 box 75, OS1F Folder 1.

Oversized periodicals

Series VII: Magazine, Subseries C: Periodicals - American Mizrachi Woman,  1966, 1969-1971

Box TitleDate
70 (OS1)  Series VII: Magazine, Subseries C: Periodicals - American Mizrachi Woman 1966, 1969-1971

Series VII: Magazine, Subseries C: Periodicals - American Mizrachi Woman,  1972-1974

Box TitleDate
71 (OS1)  Series VII: Magazine, Subseries C: Periodicals - American Mizrachi Woman 1972-1974

Series VII: Magazine, Subseries C: Periodicals - American Mizrachi Woman,  1975-1978

Box TitleDate
72 (OS1)  Series VII: Magazine, Subseries C: Periodicals - American Mizrachi Woman 1975-1978

Oversized films

Box TitleDate
73 (OS1)   Hands of the Builders, print #5 undated
73 (OS1)   Hands of the Builders, print #7 undated
73 (OS1)   Our Believing World circa 1962
73 (OS1)   Rendezvous with Freedom, part I undated
73 (OS1)   Rendezvous with Freedom, part II undated
Box TitleDate
74 (OS1)   Scrapbook, Denver Chapter 1950-1961
74 (OS1)   Scrapbook, Denver Chapter 1962-1971
Box TitleDate
75 (OS2)   Proclamations and plans, Child and Youth Aliyah undated, 1959, 1965
75 (OS2)   Quota figures and assignments 1994-1997
75 (OS2)   Scrapbook, Junior Mizrachi Women of Denver 1943-1949

Ephemera

Box TitleDate
75 (OS2)   AMIT Convention bag undated
75 (OS2)   AMIT Women vinyl case, compliments of Bank Leumi undated
75 (OS2)   Binder, History of Junior Mizrachi Women undated
75 (OS2)   Vinyl binder 1969
Box TitleDate
OS1F   Proclamations (Hebrew) circa 1959
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