Guide to the Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze (1916-2011) Papers
undated, 1809-2009
bulk 1979-1999

P-933

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in March 2012. Description is in English.
March 2012 Revision: Finding aid was updated with addendum. Digitized photograph was added to related materials and to the biographical note. November 2013 Revision: Finding aid was updated with second addendum. March 2014 Revision: Finding aid was updated with third addendum. August 2014 Revision: Items returned to collection from conservation.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pomrenze, Seymour J.
Title: Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze Papers
Dates:undated, 1809-2009
Dates:bulk 1979-1999
Abstract: The papers of Colonel Seymour Jacob Pomrenze (1916-2011) contain materials relating to his role as the first director of the Offenbach Archival Depot (OAD) in early 1946, as well as documentation of his career as a records management and archives consultant for the American Jewish cultural sector. It also includes a small amount of biographical material.
Languages: The collection is in English, with a small amount of Dutch, German, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Quantity: 15.2 linear feet (23 manuscript boxes, 1 OS 1 box, and 2 OS 4 boxes). Box 1, Folder 1 to Box 21, Folder 8; Box 22 (OS 4) to Box 23 (OS 4); Box 24, Folders 1-14; Box 25, Folders 1-10; Box 26 (OS 1).
Identification: P-933
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
 Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze (1946)

Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze (1946)

Sholom (Seymour) Jacob Pomrenze (1916-2011) was born in Brusilov, Ukraine to Jacob Pomrenze and Eva née Malaretsky. His father was killed during the 1919 pogroms, after which Pomrenze, his mother, and his older brother Chaim undertook a three-year journey to the United States. In 1922, they arrived in Chicago, where many extended family members had settled. The family decided that Pomrenze was to be raised by his father’s sister Dina and her husband, Shalom Zeldich. Chicago had a very concentrated Jewish population on the West Side, and Pomrenze grew up attending a Hasidic synagogue and attending both secular and Hebrew school. After high school, he attended the Lewis Institute and the University of Chicago, earning a Masters degree and working toward a doctorate in Jewish history. While doing research in Washington, DC, in 1939, his money ran out, and he took job at the National Archives, the predecessor to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

In April 1942, Pomrenze joined the United States Army. After basic training, he attended officer school and was commissioned a second lieutenant in April 1943. During the war he was stationed in Columbus, Ohio and Leavenworth, Kansas, and also traveled to Burma, China, and India for the OSS.

In December 1945, the Archivist of the United States asked Pomrenze to go to Europe and reorganize German archives. At the recommendation of the JDC's representative in Germany, Koppel Pinson, he was appointed as the first head of the Offenbach Archival Depot (OAD), the central collection point for cultural materials looted from throughout Nazi-occupied Europe by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR). From late February to May 1946, Pomrenze set up an organizational and restitution plan, and began working on returning books and religious artifacts. Among the millions of items the depot handled between 1946 and 1949 were the Library Rosenthaliana, which was returned to the Netherlands, and the YIVO collection, which Pomrenze, as a representative of the Library of Congress, helped ensure was transferred to YIVO in the United States instead of back to Lithuania in 1947.

Pomrenze returned to Washington, DC after his discharge from the Army in June 1946. He worked for the National Archives (1947-1949), for which he documented the Truman inauguration, and for the Army (1950-1977) as a records manager. He travelled to Army installations all over the world conducting records management training, including to Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star for his training efforts during the war. Although a civilian for most his army career, he returned to active duty when he visited Vietnam in 1970-1971. When Pomrenze retired, he was a colonel and Archivist of the Army.

Pomrenze was also a records management consultant, primarily to Jewish organizations, starting with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in 1949. After his retirement from the army in 1977, he became a full-time consultant. His clients included the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB), Federation Employment Guidance Services (FEGS), the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and the UJA-Federation of New York (UJA). He also founded the records management program at American University, and published articles about records and archives management. His contributions in the field were recognized by awards and honors from the Army and from organizations such as the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Pomrenze was widely known by his nickname, “The Colonel.”

Pomrenze was married to Brondell Kaganoff for 66 years. Their children are Hava, Jacob (“Jay”) Lev, Debra, Haya, and Davida.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection comprises the papers of Colonel Sholom (Seymour) Jacob Pomrenze (1916-2011). It contains materials relating to Pomrenze’s role as the first director of the Offenbach Archival Depot (OAD) in early 1946, as well as documentation of his career as a records management and archives consultant for the American Jewish cultural sector. It also includes some biographical material.

The Offenbach Archival Depot (OAD) was the United States Army’s collection point for cultural materials that had been looted by the Nazi unit Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR). Pomrenze was the first leader of the OAD. Materials found here are originals and photocopies of documentation created at the OAD. A highlight is two three-inch binders entitled "Library Markings found among the looted books in the archival depot." Prepared under the direction of the depot's second leader, Captain Bencowitz, the binders contain thousands of photographs of ex libris and library markings found in the books processed by the OAD. Photocopies of other OAD materials, such as correspondence, monthly reports, and photograph albums, are also found here. Other materials concern Pomrenze’s subsequent engagement with the scholarly community studying the OAD and similar restitution issues, as well as his own recounting of the story of the depot in lectures, writings, and an oral history. Also found here is a small book of Exodus in Hebrew, published in Paris in 1809.

Materials from Pomrenze’s second career, as a records management and archives consultant after his retirement from the Army in 1977, make up the bulk of this collection. These include files from his extensive roster of clients, primarily Jewish non-profit organizations. The largest volume of papers concerns his work for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Council of Jewish Federations, and the United Jewish Appeal. He also worked for dozens of other organizations, such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and its Mordecai Kaplan Archives. The types of documents found include correspondence, memos, notes, records management plans, research requests, sample records handling forms, box and folder lists, surveys, organizational charts, and consulting agreements. Pomrenze often arranged for Jewish cultural organizations to transfer their records of enduring historical value to an appropriate archival repository, such as the American Jewish Archives (AJA), the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), and YIVO, and that is reflected in these files. Also found here are records management materials that are not client-specific, such as policies from various clients on access of materials to outside researchers; teaching materials from Pomrenze's tenure as a professor of records management at American University; and general records management documents. Also included are what appear to be Pomrenze's general correspondence files, which contain correspondence with researchers, various records management clients and archives, ARMA, SAA, and students, as well as some clippings and business cards. Pomrenze was assigned by the National Archives in 1949 to document President Truman's inauguration and inaugural gala, and programs, a clipping, and a manual about records of inaugural committees can also be found here. This collection also contains Pomrenze's published writings on records management, as well as his alphabetical subject files. The materials are primarily related to records management -- clippings, manuals, catalogs, vendor correspondence, sample forms, retention schedules, and the like. There are also materials relating to Offenbach and restitution of books, including items about the Jewish materials still in Lithuania. Additional documents relating to specific clients of Pomrenze's, such as records surveys and manuals, are also found in the subject files.

The collection also contains some personal materials, including awards and associated correspondence, and biographical and informational documents such as Who's Who entries, clippings of articles about Pomrenze (mostly photocopies), some military records, and CVs.

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Arrangement

This collection was arranged into three main series based on topic: Personal and Biographical, Offenbach Archival Depot, and Records Management. Within each series, subseries, and section, folders are arranged alphabetically by title.

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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.

Pomrenze's hat and pin from Post 550 of the Jewish War Veterans (folders 9-10, box 19) are restricted.

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

New York Public Library holds an oral history conducted with Pomrenze, collected by the American Jewish Committee in 1989 (call number **P-Oral Histories, Box 60 no. 1).

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) holds the official records of the Offenbach Archival Depot, as part of Record Group 260: Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II, 1923 – 1972.

Pomrenze worked with many organizations whose records are now held by AJHS and YIVO. These include multiple collections from HIAS and the Federation, which may be found by querying the Center for Jewish History's search portal.

A photograph of Pomrenze at the Offenbach Archival Depot, with two French officers, has been digitized.

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Separated Material

Two books were removed to the AJHS library collection:

General printed material (books, journals) about records management was removed and discarded. A list of discarded materials is found in folder 16, box 12.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Colonel Seymour J. Pomrenze Papers; P-933; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to AJHS by Davida Pomrenze Stein in January 2012. Additional materials were donated by Jay Pomrenze in March 2012. A second addendum was donated by Jay Pomrenze and Davida Pomrenze Stein in November 2013. A third addendum was donated by Davida Pomrenze Stein in March 2014.

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Processing Information

Personal and religious materials were removed and returned to the Pomrenze family. Binder covers, envelopes, original folders, and duplicates beyond the third copy were discarded. Folders with writing beyond a title were photocopied before being discarded. Photographs were rehoused. Folder titles are supplied, except for the Subject Files in series III, subseries 4. The two Library Markings binders in series II, subseries 1, are housed in individual boxes.

Folders were generally left intact as found, while unfoldered material was re-arranged and either added to an existing relevant folder or given a new folder. Some original folders with closely related material were combined. Empty folders were discarded.

Additional materials donated by Jay Pomrenze were integrated intellectually into the collection, and are physically found in box 24. Stick flags in Box 24, folder 6 were replaced with plastic clips.

During preparation for digitization in November 2012, a few pages in the binder "Library Markings found among the looted books in the archival depot, Volume II: Western" were re-ordered behind the correct country tabs.

A second addendum, donated by Jay Pomrenze and Davida Pomrenze Stein, was integrated intellectually into the collection description. The materials are physically found in boxes 25 and 26.

A third addendum, donated by Davida Pomrenze Stein, was integrated intellectually into the collection description. The materials are physically found in box 25, folders 9 and 10. The items were originally taped to acidic scrapbook paper, but removed by the CJH conservator in 2014.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Personal and Biographical, Undated, 1938-2008

This series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 1-6, Box 24, Folders 1-2, Box 25, Folders 1-2, and Box 26 (OS 1). 2.2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This series contains personal materials of and biographical information about Seymour J. Pomrenze. This series contains awards, plaques, and associated correspondence from American University, the Dutch Freemasons, the Federal Records Management Officers, the Society of American Archivists, and the United States Army. Also included are biographical and informational documents, such as Who's Who entries, clippings of articles about Pomrenze (mostly photocopies), and a letter granting Pomrenze admission to a doctoral program at the University of Chicago, a University of Chicago graduation program, some military records, and CVs, as well as a signed, dedicated copy of "The Scholarship of Dr. Samuel Belkin," by Sidney B. Hoenig.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Awards1970-2000
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241AwardsUndated, 1975-1976
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251Awards1970-2007
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12Clippings1970-2008
13CVsUndated, 1976-1993
14Military records1970-1992
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26 (OS 1)Plaques1963-1977
BoxFolderTitleDate
15"The Scholarship of Dr. Samuel Belkin" by Sidney B. Hoenig1977
  

Contains dedication from author

 
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242University of Chicago1940
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252University of Chicago1938
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16Who's Who entries1980-1996
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Series II: Offenbach Archival Depot, Undated, 1809, 1945-2009

This series is in English, with some German and a small amount of Dutch, Hebrew, and Yiddish. The Library Markings binders contain Hebrew, Latin, and many modern European languages.
Box 1, Folder 7 – Box 6, Folder 8, Box 24, Folders 3-6, Box 25, Folders 3-5 and 9-10, and Box 22 (OS 4) and Box 23 (OS 4). 4.6 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This series is divided into two subseries, Original Materials (subseries 1) and Research and Historiography (subseries 2).

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials relating to the Offenbach Archival Depot (OAD). The OAD was one of the United States Army’s collection points for cultural material that had been looted by the Nazis, primarily goods stolen from throughout Nazi-occupied Europe by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR). It specialized in Jewish books, archival materials, and religious items. The first subseries, Original Materials, contains originals and photocopies of documentation from the OAD. The second subseries, Research and Historiography, contains materials about Pomrenze’s involvement with the history of the OAD.

Even before the war was over, it became clear that cultural materials from all over Europe were at risk. In 1945, the US military government formed depots to collect, identify, and return looted materials. Pomrenze was the first leader of the depot in Offenbach, outside Frankfurt am Main, from late February until May 1946. He set up an organizational and restitution plan, and immediately began working on returning books and religious artifacts. Pomrenze ensured that the emphasis was on efficiently processing the masses of material, rather than focusing on detailed cataloging, and he hired over a hundred German workers to help sort and organize the millions of books and other items.

When Pomrenze was decommissioned, Captain Isaac Bencowitz took over the OAD’s activities. As of January 1947, the OAD was placed under civilian leadership, and by 1949 it was shut down. Among the millions of items the depot handled between 1946 and 1949 were the Library Rosenthaliana, which was returned to the Netherlands, and the YIVO collection, which Pomrenze helped ensure was transferred to YIVO in the United States instead of back to Lithuania.

For more information about the activities of the OAD, see F. J. Hoogewoud’s “The Nazi Looting of Books and Its American ‘Antithesis’. Selected Pictures from the Offenbach Archival Depot’s Photographic History and Its Supplements,” Studia Rosenthalia, Vol. 26 No. 1/2 (1992), pp. 158-183 (found in box 4, folder 7). Pomrenze described his role in detail in an oral history with the American Jewish Committee (transcript in box 5, folder 2) and in “The Restitution of Jewish Cultural Treasures After the Holocaust: The Offenbach Archival Depot’s Role in the Fulfillment of U.S. International and Moral Obligations (A First Hand Account),” Proceedings of the 37th Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries, Denver, Colorado, 2002 (box 6, folder 3).

Subseries 1: Original Materials, 1809, 1945-1949

This subseries is in English, with some German and Yiddish. The Library Markings binders contain Hebrew, Latin, and many modern European languages.
Box 1, Folder 7 – Box 3, Folder 5, Box 24, Folders 3-4, Box 25, Folders 9-10, Box 22 (OS 4) and Box 23 (OS 4). 2.9 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains material from the Offenbach Archival Depot. It consists of primarily photocopies, with the exception of the two library markings binders, the unidentified loot album, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Documents folders. Note that subseries 2 also contains photocopies of some original materials, mixed with Pomrenze's notes and other materials.

This subseries includes two three-inch binders entitled "Library Markings found among the looted books in the archival depot." Prepared under the direction of the depot's second leader, Captain Bencowitz, to aid the German workers in identifying books, they contain thousands of photographs of ex libris and library markings found in the books processed by the OAD. The markings are organized by country, city, or library. Volume I: Eastern, contains markings from Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kovno, Latvia, Lithuania [tab empty], Poland, Russland (Russia), White Russland (Belarus), Wilno (Vilna), Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. Volume II: Western contains markings from Austria, Argentina, America, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Palestine, Switzerland, and Spain, as well as tabs labeled Stamps, Monograms, and small collections of markings labeled YIVO, Strashun, Maph, and Yishivas. There is also an unlabeled section containing hundreds of Hebrew markings. The individual markings are numbered, but an index is not found in this collection. If an index exists, it is probably in the US Army's Offenbach records, which are found in NARA Record Group 260.

The Documents folder contains original documents, clippings, and a telegraph. The two documents are an undated, typed organizational chart of the OAD, with Pomrenze's handwritten annotations noting who occupied each position, and an unsigned, typewritten copy of the February 27, 1946 military order establishing the OAD. Five clippings, from Stars and Stripes, the Yiddish paper Der Tag, and the JTA newswire, ranging from December 18, 1945 to May 17, 1946, concern the discovery of Nazi-looted materials and efforts to return them. The folder also contains an undated telegraph from YIVO research director Max Weinreich, thanking the recipient (likely Pomrenze) for the information about the YIVO library, and noting that directions to Pinson will follow by letter.

There are two documents found in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee folder. The first is an April 27, 1946 letter from Koppel Pinson to Pomrenze, thanking him for his work at Offenbach. A handwritten note dated April 29, 1946, from Pomrenze to his "Darling," extends thanks to her for her encouragement of his OAD work. The second is a typewritten copy of a March 3, 1946 receipt for the loan of 1400 books from the OAD to the JDC. The receipt is unsigned.

Also found in this subseries is a small (6'' x 4'') book of Exodus in Hebrew (Ḥamišah ḥumse Torah [2. Šemot]), edited by Isaac Dualabrigua, published in Paris in 1809. It is the second volume of a five-part copytext for the production of a sefer torah. The Offenbach Archival Depot stamp is found on the front inside cover. A barely legible Yiddish inscription on the first page indicates that the book was purchased by Moshe in 1818.

Other materials in this subseries include four photograph albums. The only original album is entitled "Unidentifiable loot from Jewish synagogues collected at the Offenbach Archival Depot." This album contains photographs of Jewish religious items and Masonic paraphernalia. The individual items in this album are numbered, but an index is not found in this collection. If an index exists, it is probably in the US Army's Offenbach records, which are found in NARA Record Group 260. "The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) of which the Offenbach Archival Depot has become the antithesis" is a copy of a photo album of ERR activities through Europe. "Photographic History" and "Photographic History" Vol. II are copies of photo albums that show offices and personnel at the OAD.

This subseries also contains photocopies of the detailed monthly reports on the OAD activities, prepared by the successive heads of the depot. The reports are complete from March 1946 to August 1947, and continue with gaps through October 1948. They chronicle the initial organization of the depot by Pomrenze, including operational charts; the sorting and cataloging activities that continued under Captain Bencowitz and his successors; and the return of materials to their countries and institutions of origin.

Additional materials include a photograph of Chinese bronze; 8x10 copy print photographs of Pomrenze in Offenbach with materials and people from Belgium, France, and the Netherlands; a "Festschrift aus Anlass des Einjährigen Bestehens," a set of poems prepared by German OAD employees in celebration of the depot's first anniversary; a rare book list; a set of receipts for items transferred from the OAD to the Library of Congress; and photocopies of additional OAD documents, primarily correspondence.

BoxFolderTitleDate
259American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee1946 March - April
2510Documentsundated, 1945 December - 1946 May
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17"The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) of which the Offenbach Archival Depot has become the antithesis"1946 April – December
  

Photocopy

 
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18"Festschrift aus Anlass des Einjährigen Bestehens"1947 March
  

Photocopy

 
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243Hamišah humse Torah [2. Šemot]1809
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22 (OS 4)"Library Markings found among the looted books in the archival depot, Volume I: Eastern"1946
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23 (OS 4)"Library Markings found among the looted books in the archival depot, Volume II: Western"1946
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21Monthly Reports1946 March – April
  

Photocopies

 
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22Monthly Reports1946 May - June
  

Photocopies

 
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23Monthly Reports1946 July – October
  

Photocopies

 
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24Monthly Reports1946 November – 1947 January
  

Photocopies

 
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25Monthly Reports1947 February – August
  

Photocopies

 
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26Monthly Reports1947 December – 1948 October
  

Photocopies

 
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27"Photographic History"1946 April
  

Photocopy

 
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28"Photographic History" Vol. II1946 May – December
  

Photocopy

 
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244Photograph1946
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31Photographs1946
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32Rare book list1946
  

Photocopy

 
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33Receipts1946-1949
  

Photocopy

 
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34"Unidentifiable loot from Jewish synagogues collected at the Offenbach Archival Depot"1946
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35Various1946-1947
  

Photocopy

 
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Subseries 2: Research and Historiography, Undated, 1946-2009

This subseries is in English, with some Dutch, German, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Box 3, Folder 6 – Box 6, Folder 8, Box 24, Folders 5-6, and Box 25, Folders 3-5. 1.7 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials that reflect Pomrenze's continued engagement, in particular in the 1990s and 2000s, with his role as the first leader of the Offenbach Archival Depot, which was responsible for returning Nazi-looted books and other materials to their countries and institutions of origin. Note that Series III, Subseries 4: Subject Files, contains similar material about the Offenbach Archival Depot.

The subseries contains handwritten and typed lecture notes and underlying research for talks delivered in the 1990s and 2000s by Pomrenze at the Association for Jewish Libraries conference, the Return of Looted Collections symposium in Amsterdam, the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, and YIVO. It also includes correspondence with librarians, archivists, and scholars concerned with Nazi cultural looting, such as Zachary Baker, Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, F. J. Hoogewoud, Leslie Poste, and Robert Waite. These and other scholars often sent Pomrenze pre-prints, off-prints, or dedicated copies of their works about book and archive restitution to Pomrenze, some of which are found here. Also found in this subseries are materials relating to the Monuments Men Foundation, a group dedicated to preserving the legacy of American army officers in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section who helped recover stolen art and other cultural materials in the wake of World War Two. Correspondence, the group's newsletter, and a signed photo of the Monuments Men with President George W. Bush are included. The YIVO folders primarily concern Pomrenze's oversight of the shipment of the YIVO archives to New York in 1947 (he was specially tasked by the Library of Congress to assist in the return), and a lecture he delivered on that topic in 2002. In this subseries there are also photocopies of the extensive correspondence and documentation surrounding the return of the materials to YIVO.

This subseries also contains the transcript of an oral history with Pomrenze about his Offenbach experience, conducted by Grace Cohen Grossman of the Hebrew Union College in 1989. The interview contains detailed reminiscences that add to the more formal published material found in this collection. Additional materials include correspondence, photocopies of OAD material from the 1940s, material about Pomrenze's role in returning Masonic material to the Netherlands, photocopies and off-prints of articles, publications, and book chapters, and Pomrenze's handwritten research notes.

BoxFolderTitleDate
36Association of Jewish Libraries lecture, Denver, CO2002
37Baker, ZacharyUndated, 1952, 2002
  

Includes photocopies

 
38Baron, Salo - Jewish Cultural Reconstruction1946-1952, 1998
  

Includes photocopies

 
39Berge, Richard – Actual Films1998-2004
310Berlin Landesbibliothek2002
311BibliographyUndated
312"The Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana during the German occupation," H. F. Verwey2005
313Correspondence1996-2007
314Dawidowicz, Lucy1989
315Dicker, Herman1988
316Distribution of booksUndated, 1946-1952
  

Includes photocopies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
41Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR)Undated, 1979
42Farmer, Walter1993
43Graswinkel, D. P. M.1960, 1991
  

Includes photocopies

 
44Greenberg, Gershon2004
45Grimsted, Patricia1994-2005
BoxFolderTitleDate
253Hasavat Avedah, A History of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction2009
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46Hebrew University2002
47Hoogewoud, F. J.1991-2007
  

Contains photographs

 
48Hoogewoud, F. J.1996-2005
  

Contains photographs

 
49Hungen, Germany2004
410Jewish Cultural ReconstructionUndated, 1946-1987
  

Includes photocopies

 
411Keiler, Helmut1996-1997
412LC MissionUndated
413Loan to DP camps1946
  

Photocopy

 
414Masons – Netherlands1992-1996
  

Contains photographs

 
415Monuments Men2006-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
254Monuments Men2006-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
51Monuments Men Newsletter2007-2010
52Oral history1989-1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
245Oral history1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
255Oral history1989-1991
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53"Plunder and Restitution," Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States2000
54"Policies and Procedures for the Protection, Use, and Return of Captured German Records," S. J. Pomrenze1974
55Poste, Leslie1948-1958, 2002
56Poste, Leslie. "The Development of U.S. Protection of Libraries and Archives in Europe during World War II"1964
57Return of Looted Collections symposium, Amsterdam, Netherlands1996
58Return of Looted Collections symposium proceedings1997
59Society of American Archivists1948-2002
  

Includes photocopies

 
510Waite, Robert1946-1949, 1997-2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
61Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets1998
62Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets1998-1999
63VariousUndated, 1985-2006
64YIVO – Lecture1947-1948, 2002
  

Includes photocopies

 
65YIVO – Lecture2002
66YIVO – PhotographsCirca 1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
246YIVO – Pomrenze's roleUndated, 1948, 2002-2004
  

Includes photocopies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
67YIVO – Publications1996-2001
68Zingeris, Emanuel2000
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Series III: Records Management, Undated, 1942-2008, bulk 1979-1999

This series is in English, with a small amount of Dutch, German, and Hebrew.
Box 6, Folder 9 – Box 21, Folder 8, Box 24, Folder 7-12, and Box 25, Folders 6-8. 7.9 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This series is divided into four subseries: Clients, General, Publications, and Subject Files.

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials from Pomrenze’s second career, as a records management and archives consultant after his retirement from the Army in 1977. It includes files from his extensive roster of clients, primarily Jewish non-profit organizations. The largest volume of papers concerns his work for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Council of Jewish Federations, and the United Jewish Appeal. He also worked for dozens of other organizations, such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and its Mordecai Kaplan Archives. The types of documents found include correspondence, memos, notes, records management plans, research requests, sample records handling forms, box and folder lists, surveys, organizational charts, and consulting agreements. Pomrenze often arranged for Jewish cultural organizations to transfer their records of enduring historical value to an appropriate archival repository, such as the American Jewish Archives (AJA), the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), and YIVO, and that is reflected in these files.

The series also contains records management materials that are not client-specific. The items include policies from various clients on access of materials to outside researchers; a syllabus and other class materials from Pomrenze's tenure as a professor of records management at American University; a marked copy of Carol Barker's book "Classified Files: The Yellowing Pages"; review materials from records grants Pomrenze was asked to review, and general records management documents such as an ARMA flier, acronym list, a questionnaire for New York State records consultants, and the like. Also included are what appear to be Pomrenze's general correspondence files, which contain correspondence with researchers, various records management clients and archives, ARMA, SAA, and students, as well as some clippings and business cards. Pomrenze was assigned by the National Archives in 1949 to document President Truman's inauguration and inaugural gala, and programs, a clipping, and a manual about records of inaugural committees can also be found here. This series also contains Pomrenze's published writings on records management. Finally, his alphabetical subject files are also found in this series. The materials are primarily related to records management -- clippings, manuals, catalogs, vendor correspondence, sample forms, retention schedules, and the like. There are also materials relating to Offenbach and restitution of books, including items about the Jewish materials still in Lithuania. Some genealogical research is also found in this subseries. Documents relating to specific clients of Pomrenze's, such as records surveys and manuals, are also found here.

Subseries 1: Clients, Undated, 1942-2008, bulk 1979-1999

This subseries is in English.
Box 6, Folder 9 – Box 16, Folder 2, and Box 25, Folders 6-7. 4.8 linear feet.
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged into three sections based on the volume of records. The sections are Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Council of Jewish Federations and United Jewish Appeal, and Other Organizations.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains client files from Pomrenze's work as a records management consultant for a variety of organizations, primarily in the Jewish cultural sector. His consulting work began in the 1940s, and it became his fulltime job after his retirement from the Army in 1977. The types of documents found in this subseries include correspondence, memos, notes, records management plans, research requests, sample records handling forms, box and folder lists, surveys, organizational charts, and consulting agreements. He often arranged for Jewish cultural organizations to transfer their records of enduring historical value to an appropriate archival repository, such as the American Jewish Archives (AJA), the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), and YIVO.

Section 1 contains documents concerning Pomrenze's work as a records manager and archivist for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). HIAS had long transferred its historical materials to YIVO, and under Pomrenze's guidance embarked on a large, two-phase project in 1995 to catalog and preserve the materials. Most of the folders in this section contain Pomrenze's files about that HIAS-YIVO joint project. The types of materials include project proposals, progress reports, correspondence, draft and completed finding aids, research requests, notes, and printed material about the project. There are also some folders that relate to Pomrenze's records management work for HIAS, which contain correspondence, file surveys, records plans, box and folder lists, and the like.

Section 2, Council of Jewish Federations and United Jewish Appeal, concerns the consulting work Pomrenze performed for the Council of Jewish Federations, the United Jewish Appeal, and related organizations. Pomrenze began working independently for the Council of Jewish Federations and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NYC in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, the New York UJA and Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NYC become UJA-Federation of New York, and Pomrenze continued to work for this organization. Pomrenze also worked separately for the national UJA. His work with each specific organization is described below. Folders are arranged alphabetically by organization, and then alphabetically within each organization.

CJF: In 1982, Pomrenze was retained by the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) as a records management consultant. He examined active records, proposed records management systems and projects, and began a survey of records previously transferred to the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). He continued both the records management and archival work until at least the late 1990s. The files in this collection contain proposed records management plans; documents describing filing and numbering systems; staff and phone lists, organizational charts, and floor plans; records surveys and box and folder lists; Pomrenze's contracts; correspondence with records managers, executives, human resources, and researchers; records management guides, manuals, and circulars; and Pomrenze's notes and memos regarding his work, such as plans for transferring boxes from CJF to AJHS. The archives and records management materials are mixed in the general folders.

FEGS: In the 1990s, Pomrenze also served as a records management consultant for the Federation-supported Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS).

FJP: In 1978, Pomrenze drafted a proposal for an archives and records management plan for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies (FJP) of New York City. At the same time, he began records management consulting work for the UJA-Federation Joint Campaign (UFJC). In the mid-1980s, the New York UJA and Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NYC became the UJA-Federation of New York (UJAF), and Pomrenze continued to work for this organization. In 1997, toward the end of his work with both organizations, the national office of the UJA and the CJF formed a joint operating partnership. The general FJP files contain memos and correspondence about records management plans and activities, such as box destruction, budgets, and transfer to archives including the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) and YIVO; file plans and manuals, surveys, floor plans, and personnel lists; lists of file folder titles (LFFTs) and box lists; Pomrenze's notes and memos regarding his work; and correspondence with researchers. The archives log and box lists contain box number, title, date, and location information. The acronym project folder contains lists of acronyms used in the Federation context.

UJA: Pomrenze's work for the national office of the UJA seems to have been mostly archives-related. In 1975, he completed a lengthy preliminary inventory of the records at the national office, and thereafter was engaged as a consultant until at least 1992.

Section 3, Other Organizations, contains Pomrenze's files for the many other clients he worked with during his career as a records management consultant. He would typically survey an organization's records, propose and implement a records management plan, and sometimes also create an archives. Some arrangements were limited to one survey or records plan, while others were long-term consulting contracts. Examples of major clients include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and its Mordecai Kaplan Archives, and the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) - USA National Memorial Inc, which is now the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

Section 1: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

BoxFolderTitleDate
69File survey1987
610Holocaust Museum1998-1999
611Proposed Archives/Records Management Program1994
612Records management1989-1994
613Records management1992-1997
BoxFolderTitleDate
71Records management1994
72Records management1994-1996
73Warehouse index files1987
74YIVO – HICEM European Office Records finding aid1996
75YIVO – Inventory to the HIAS Board of Directors and Steering Committees1996
76YIVO – Phase I1995
77YIVO – Phase I1995-1998
78YIVO – Phase I1995-1996
79YIVO – Phase I1996-1997
710YIVO – Phase II1998-2001
711YIVO – Various1998-2008

Section 2: Council of Jewish Federations and United Jewish Appeal

BoxFolderTitleDate
81CJF1979-1987
82CJF1982-1996
83CJF1984-1986
84CJF1984-1998
85CJF1992-1999
86CJF – AJHS1986-1994
87CJF – AJHS LFFT 1-591980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
91CJF – AJHS LFFT 60-1191980s
92CJF – AJHS LFFT 120-1891980s
93CJF – AJHS LFFT 200-3491980s
94CJF – AJHS LFFT 350-4631980s
95CJF – Programs and Projects1986-1999
96CJF – Tapes1988-1990
97CJF – Toronto office1990
98FEGS – Accounting1995
99FEGS – Annual reports1984, 2006
910FEGS – Funding sources1996
911FEGS – Historical documents1942-1995
  

Includes photocopies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
101FEGS – Organization chart1999
102FEGS – Records management1986-1995
103FEGS – Retention schedules1983-1993
104FEGS – Retention schedules1996 -1998
105FEGS – Surveys1996
106FEGS – Surveys1996-1998
107FEGS – Surveys1996-2001
108FEGS – Surveys1996-2007
109FEGS – Training1988-1993
1010FJP1979-1983
1011FJP1984-1988
1012FJP1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
111FJP1989-2000
112FJP1990-1991
113FJP – Archives log1998
  

Boxes 3000-4094, 5000-8699

 
114FJP – Archives/Records Management Program1978-1979
115FJP – Acronym project1989-1991
116FJP – Box list1995
  

Boxes 6000-7524

 
117FJP – Box lists1978-1996
118FJP – Box lists1995
119FJP – Office survey1989
1110FJP – UFJC box list1985
  

Boxes 1-1816

 
1111FJP – UFJC-YIVO box list1985
  

Boxes 1-1690

 
1112FJP – UFJC office survey1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
121FJP – Various1988-2006
122UJA1976-1985
123UJA1986-1992
124UJA – Records Inventory1975

Section 3: Other Organizations

BoxFolderTitleDate
125Anti-Defamation League – Archives1983-1985
126Anti-Defamation League – Archives1986-1994
127Anti-Defamation League – Basic documents1983-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
131Anti-Defamation League – Briefing1983-1992
132Anti-Defamation League – Contract proposal1994
133Anti-Defamation League – Miami1983-1989
134Anti-Defamation League – National Commission Meetings1991
135Agreements1971-1994
136Agreements1988-2001
137Altro Health and Rehabilitation ServicesUndated, 1993-1999
138American Israel Public Affairs Committee1987-1991
139American Jewish Committee1982-1997
1310American Jewish Committee – Inventory1973-1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
256American Jewish Committee – Inventory1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
141American Jewish Historical Society1990-1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
247American Jewish Historical Society1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
142American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee1977-1987
143American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Field Offices1981-1985
144Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund1981-1987
145Associated Ys1991
146Bronx House1987
147Council on Social Work Education1966, 1986-1991
148Hebrew Union College1988-1989
149Jewish Association for Services for the AgedUndated
1410Jewish Communal Fund1986-1987
1411Jewish War Veterans1978-1990
1412Jewish Welfare Board1966-1994
BoxFolderTitleDate
151Jewish Theological Seminary – Survey1983
152Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture1972-1991
153Marshall, Bratter, Greene, Allison, and Tucker1977
154National Council of Jewish Women1984-1987
155National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council1993-1994
156Noshrim CommitteeUndated, 1999
157Phoenix House1993
158Reconstructionist Rabbinical College – Mordecai Kaplan Archives1981-1989
159Reconstructionist Rabbinical College – Mordecai Kaplan Archives1981-1989
1510School Construction Authority1992
1511Shereff, Friedman, Hoffman and Goodman1989-1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
161State of Israel Bonds1985-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
257State of Israel Bonds1991-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
162Weil, Gotshal, and MangesUndated

Subseries 2: General, Undated, 1949-2007

This subseries is in English, with a small amount of Hebrew.
Box 16, Folders 3-14, Box 24, Folders 8-11, and Box 25, Folder 8. 0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains Pomrenze's records management materials that are not client-specific. The items include policies from various clients on access of materials to outside researchers; a syllabus and other class materials from Pomrenze's tenure as a professor of records management at American University; a marked copy of Carol Barker's book "Classified Files: The Yellowing Pages"; review materials from records grants Pomrenze was asked to review for the NEH and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture; and some general records management documents such as an ARMA flier, an acronym list, a questionnaire for New York State records consultants, and the like. Also included are what appear to be some of Pomrenze's general correspondence files. These include correspondence with researchers, various records management clients and archives, ARMA, SAA, and students, as well as some clippings and business cards. There also three folders containing materials about Pomrenze's trips to Israel as a records consultant for various clients, including the ADL, AJC, American Bible Encyclopedia Society, CJF, JDC, JWB, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and UJA. Items include correspondence, notes, business cards, and a Hebrew-English-French records management glossary. The subseries also contains programs and invitatiosn for President Truman's inauguration and inaugural gala, a clipping, and a manual about records of inaugural committees. Pomrenze was assigned by the National Archives in 1949 to document the inauguration. Also found here are some Army records management correspondence, and documents relating to Pomrenze's naming as an honorary member of the Society of American Archivists in 2000. Printed material (books, journals) about records management generally, and not by Pomrenze, was removed and discarded. A list of those materials is found in box 16,folder 12.

BoxFolderTitleDate
163Access policiesUndated, 1972-1984
164American UniversityUndated, 1976
BoxFolderTitleDate
258American University1978
BoxFolderTitleDate
165Barker, Carol M. "Classified Files: The Yellowing Pages"1972
166Correspondence1986-1991
167Correspondence1990-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
248Correspondence1972, 1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
168Grant reviews1993-2001
169Israel trip1983-1987
1610Israel trip1987-1989
1611Israel trip1989-1990
1612List of removed records management materials
1613Records managementUndated, 1950-1991
  

Includes photocopies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
249Society of American Archivists2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
1614Truman inauguration1949, 1960
BoxFolderTitleDate
2410Truman inauguration1949
2411United States Army1969-1977

Subseries 3: Publications, Undated, 1952-1982

This subseries is in English.
Box 17, Folders 1-11, Box 24, Folders 12-14. 0.6 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains Pomrenze's writings on records management. It includes off-prints, photocopies, typed copies, and full publications.

BoxFolderTitleDate
171Army Records: How records management works1976
172Aspects of the Historical Development of the Army Records Administration Program1952
BoxFolderTitleDate
2412Aspects of the Historical Development of the Army Records Administration Program1952
BoxFolderTitleDate
173Department of the Army Records Management Conference Proceedings1964
174Guide to Civil Affairs and Military Government Records1952
175Involvement in Other Administrative Management Functions in USARPACUndated
176New Trends in Records Management1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
2413Policies and Procedures for the Protection, Return, and Use of Captured German Records1974
BoxFolderTitleDate
177Records Disposition ManagementUndated
178Records Management Essentials for Jewish Organizations1982
179Records Management Bibliography1966
BoxFolderTitleDate
2414Review: Filing Systems as an Administrative Service1979
BoxFolderTitleDate
1710Selected Readings in Records Management, Vol. I1966
1711Selected Readings in Records Management, Vol. II1966

Subseries 4: Subject Files, Undated, 1946-2005

This subseries is in English, with some Dutch, German, and Hebrew.
Box 18, Folder 1 – Box 21, Folder 8. 2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by folder title.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains Pomrenze's alphabetical subject files. A partial index, prepared by Pomrenze, is found in the first folder. Note that the files for U-Z are not found in this collection.

Materials found here are primarily related to records management -- clippings, manuals, catalogs, vendor correspondence, sample forms, retention schedules, and the like. There are also materials relating to Offenbach and restitution of books, including items about the Jewish materials still in Lithuania. Some genealogical research is also found in this subseries.

Documents relating to specific clients of Pomrenze's, such as records surveys and manuals, are also found here. The clients include the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund, Council on Social Work Education, Federation Education and Guidance Service, Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Jewish Federation Council of Los Angeles, Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, Jewish Theological Seminary, Joint Distribution Council, National Jewish Welfare Board, Jewish War Veterans, United Jewish Appeal – Federation joint campaign, and YIVO.

BoxFolderTitleDate
181IndexesUndated
182Acid Free1991
183AcronymsUndated, 1992
184AJC Briefing – Vilna1996-1997
185American UniversityUndated
186Appraisals1989
187Archives / Records Management1989
188ARMA-NY1991-1993
189Army Records Program Regulation1976
1810Belgium Restitution1997
1811Boxes / Movers1988-1996
1812Brusilov1997
1813Chanes, Jerome1996
1814Commission on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction1946, 1996
  

Includes photocopies

 
1815Conservation1993
1816CSWE Manual1985
1817Dataport1990
1818Electronic Records1990-1994
1819Electronic Records / Digital Imaging1993-1994
1820Equipment1965
1821Film1990
1822Fishman – Vilna1996
1823Folder titles1970
1824FormsUndated
1825Genealogists1994-1996
1826Genieva, E.Undated
1827Genizah1997
1828Gifts of recordsUndated
1829Glick, Carl1999
1830Grunberger, Michael1997
1831Harris, David1995-1997
1832Hasidim Project1999
1833History2004
1834History Channel2000
1835Holocaust EducationUndated
BoxFolderTitleDate
191Ideas – Articles1988
192JDC Manual1982
193Jewish Cultural Assets1996-1999
194Jewish Cultural Holocaust1946-2005
  

Includes photocopies

 
195Jewish Documentary Sources1996
196Jewish Libraries in the Third ReichUndated
197Jews in Wars – Statistics1990
198JWV Post 5501988-1989
199JWV Post 550 – HatUndated
  

Restricted

 
1910JWV Post 550 – PinUndated
  

Restricted

 
1911Left side – Right side1971
1912Manuals1979-1990
1913Manuals – Other firms1985
1914Micrographics Fundamentals1989
1915Move – Checklist1972-1985
1916NARA – General Records Schedules1988-1995
1917Noshrim1988
1918Office space costs1963-1983
1919Oral History1989
1920Photographic Records1991
1921PLO Covenant1969
1922Preservation1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
201Records Management Journal indexes1974-1975
202Record storage facilities1989
203Retention schedules1979-1984
204Retention schedules1993
205SAA certification1995-1996
206Salary survey1987
207Spoils of War1995
208Spoils of War Journals1995-1996
209Spoils of War Journals1997
2010Spoils of War Journals1998-2000
2011Standards – Destruction of records1949-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
211Surveys1964-1983
212Survey reports1970-1982
213Survey reports1971
214Society of American Archivists1989-1992
215StatisticsUndated, 1967-1969
216Staff manual1988
217Sutter, SemUndated
218TrainingUndated, 1989
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