Guide to the Records of the West End Society
1926-1995

RG 1798

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: West End Society (New York, N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of the West End Society
Dates:1926-1995
Abstract: These are the records of the West End 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
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet
Identification: RG 1798
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Incorporated on August 27, 1918 in the state of New York. The society provided sick and death benefits, paid funeral expenses, and purchased graves. It used Mount Lebanon and New Montefiore Cemeteries.  Sick members were visited by a hospitaler appointed by the Society. Dissolved January 1995.

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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: Minute book, board of directors, 1974-1988. Minute book, membership meetings, 1978-1988, including list of members’ death dates and burial sites, 1977-1991. Sick benefits ledger, ca. 1926-1987. Membership dues ledger, 1968-1992.  Box 2: Cashbooks, 1977-1985. Memorial book (specially designed volume listing names of deceased members). Deeds to graves, Mount Lebanon Cemetery, 1991-1993. Deeds to graves, New Montefiore Cemetery, 1977, 1988, 1991-1993. Lists of reserved graves. Cemetery maps. Box 3: Constitution and bylaws (two printed copies, ca. 1950, including officers and membership list; and one typescript of a later amended version). Minutes of meetings, 1990-1994. Membership rosters, 1994. Ballots and tally of vote on dissolution, 1994. Correspondence with members related to dissolution, 1993-1994. Petition for dissolution (photocopy), 1995. Financial statements for years 1976, 1981. West End Bulletin (newsletter), 1963. Miscellaneous invoices, cancelled checks, 1993-1995. Check stubs, 1981-1991.

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Access Points

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