Guide to the Records of the First Zaslawer Benevolent Association

RG 1833

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: First Zaslawer Benevolent Association (New York, N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of the First Zaslawer Benevolent Association
Abstract: These are the records of the First Zaslawer Benevolent Association, a landsmanshaft 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, Yiddish
Physical Description: 0.83 Linear Feet
Identification: RG 1833
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Organized in New York on July 1, 1896 by immigrants from Zaslaw (Izyaslav, Izyaslavl, Zaslav, Zaslov) in the Russian Empire (today, Ukraine). In the Association’s records, the adjective in its name referring to the hometown is sometimes spelled: Zaslower. The Association provided sick and death benefits, purchased graves, and functioned as a burial society. It used Mount Zion and Beth Israel Cemeteries. Dissolved around 1987.

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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: Minutes, in English and Yiddish, 1940-1984 (minutes are in Yiddish through December 4, 1949 and in English thereafter). Membership dues ledgers, 1952-1986. Cashbook, 1955-1967.  Box 2: Grave reservations notebook. Burial permit stubs, 1911-1979. Other burial society records, 1932, 1959-1981. Cemetery map (Mount Zion). Constitution, typescripts, 1976. Doctors’ notes, 1956, 1975. Correspondence with members, 1946-1979. Letters to membership concerning dissolution, 1985, 1986. Membership address book. Miscellaneous correspondence and receipts, 1972-1985. Check stubs, 1962-1986. Cancelled checks, 1976-1986.

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Access Points

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

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