Guide to the Records of the Eternal Benevolent Society
1895-1998(bulk 1895-1942, 1972-1998)
RG 1680

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Eternal Benevolent Society (N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of the Eternal Benevolent Society
Bulk Dates:1895-1942, 1972-1998
Abstract: These are the records of the Eternal Benevolent 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: 1.96 Linear Feet
Identification: RG 1680
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Founded in New York by immigrants who lived in Harlem, functioned as a charitable and burial society.  The original name, the Harlem Wohlthaetigkeit Verein, was changed to the present one in 1933.  The burial society used the Mt. Zion, Beth-El, Washington, and Riverside of New Jersey 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: Receipts, 1980-1986.  Receipts, 1986-1994.  Minute book, 1972-1984.  Minute Book, 1984-1998.  Box 2: Constitution and bylaws.  Printed membership lists, 1912-1991.  Cancelled checks.  Receipts.  Box 3: Legal Documents, 1885-1966, Minutes, 1989-1996, Flyers from meetings, Account Records, 1991-1998, Treasurers' reports, Grave reservations and locations, Dissolution Papers.  Box 4: Check receipts.  Treasurer's receipts.  Box 5: Cemetery Maps.  Box 6: Cemetery Maps.

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Access Points

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

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