Guide to the Records of the Independent Brotherhood of Yonkers

RG 1836

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Independent Brotherhood of Yonkers (N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of the Independent Brotherhood of Yonkers
Abstract: These are the records of the Independent Brotherhood of Yonkers, 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
Physical Description: 0.83 Linear Feet
Identification: RG 1836
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Founded in Yonkers, N.Y., sometime before 1934, for the purpose of mutual aid, and to promote friendship and brotherly love among its members. An initiation ritual is included in the constitution and by-laws. The Brotherhood purchased graves and functioned as a burial society, provided sick and death benefits, and retained a physician. It used three cemeteries: King David, Mount Hope, and Ferncliff. Dissolved around 1978.

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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 By-Laws, 1958. Cemetery deed, 1959. Insurance policies, 1963-1975. Membership mailing list, 1976. Member files, including applications for membership, beneficiary designations, and death certificates, 1945-1978. Cashbook, 1973-1978. Box 2: Grave reservations card file, ca. 1960-1977. Correspondence concerning graves (at time of dissolution), 1977-1978. Meeting notices and letters to membership, 1974-1978. Other correspondence, 1962, 1978. Blank forms. Dissolution ballots, 1978. Financial reports, 1971-1976. Bankbook, 1934-1962. Cancelled checks, 1974-1977. Paid invoices for funeral expenses, 1972-1977. Other paid invoices, 1972-1978.

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Related Materials

Cemetery maps for the Independent Brotherhood of Yonkers are located in RG 123, file 405.

The Independent Brotherhood of Yonkers is distinct from the Independent Israelites of Yonkers, whose records are found in RG 1746.

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Access Points

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

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