Guide to the Records of the Progress Lodge #38 Brith Abraham (Progressive Welfare Society)
RG 1718

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Progress Lodge #38 Brith Abraham (Progressive Welfare Society) (N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of the Progress Lodge #38 Brith Abraham (Progressive Welfare Society)
Abstract: These are the records of the Progress Lodge #38 Brith Abraham (Progressive Welfare Society), a landmanshaft or benevolent association. Upon the dissolution of the society, the records were collected by the New York State Department of Insurance. Although many of these societies were founded around the turn of the twentieth century, the records collected in this way primarily date from the second half of the century (1950-2000). The landsmanshaftn collections generally include constitutions, by-laws, minutes, correspondence with members, financial ledgers, deeds to graves, cemetery maps, and membership lists. For details on this particular collection, see the scope and content note.
Language of Materials: English, German
Physical Description: 1.46 linear feet
Identification: RG 1718
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Founded in 1890 in New York by German-speaking immigrants.  The name was originally the Progressive Welfare Society; it merged with the Progress Lodge #38 Brith Abraham and took the latter's name in 1939.  The society provided illness and death benefits as well as subsidized burial at the Mt. Hebron and Beth David cemeteries.

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Scope and Contents

This finding aid is a collection-level record. Box and folder list, if any, are found here in the scope and content note.

Box 1:  Constitution and merger between the Progressive Welfare Society and the Progress Lodge #38 Brith Abraham, 1933-1939. Membership applications, 1955-1975.  Correspondence about benefit payments, 1943-1978.  Correspondence about dues, 1933-1978.  Correspondence about illness, 1967-1977.  Dues invoices, 1971-1976.  Correspondence about burial, 1929-1978.  Correspondence about monuments, 1965-1979.  Petty cash ledger, 1964-1968.  Petty cash ledger, 1968-1975.  Petty cash ledger, 1975-1979.  Box 2:  Dissolution papers, 1976-1977.  Death certificates, 1968-1978.  Bills, 1971-1978.  Annual statements, 1951-1977.  Annual statements, 1952-1977.  Burial receipts.  Cancelled checks.  Check stubs.  Bank books and bylaws of Progress Lodge #38.  Deeds to graves.  Box 3:  Membership records, 1962-1976.  General Ledger, 1948-1957.  Box 4:  Financial Ledger, 1960-1967.  Financial Ledger, 1973-1977.  Financial Ledger, 1967-1973.  Box 5:  Financial Ledger, 1946-1972.  Membership records.

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Access Points

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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