Guide to the Records of the Young Friends Pleasure and Benefit Society

RG 1975

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Young Friends Pleasure and Benefit Society (N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of the Young Friends Pleasure and Benefit Society
Abstract: These are the records of the Young Friends Pleasure and Benefit Society, 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: 2.92
Identification: RG 1975
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Mutual aid society founded in 1892.  The society conducted charitable and social activities and subsidized burial at the Mount Zion, Beth Israel, 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: Membership files, 1933-1991.  Box 2:  Constitutions and drafts of bylaws, 1927-1940.  Meeting minutes, 1979-1984.  Meeting minutes, 1984-1993.  Dues Ledger, 1944-1985.  Correspondence with Mount Zion cemetery, 1929-1990.  Correspondence with Beth Israel cemetery, 1949-1980. Box 3:  Financial statements, 1982, 1991.  Correspondence with memorial chapels, 1966-1984.  Printing bills, 1977-1991.  Correspondence about death benefits, 1925-1940.  Liquidation papers, 1991.  Meeting minutes, 1960-1969.  Correspondence about monuments (includes cemetery maps), 1931-1987. Box 4: General ledger, 1953-1957 and Dues ledger, 1954-1958 (single folder).  Dues ledger, 1959-1973, 1992.  Meeting minutes and correspondence about meetings, 1969-1979.  Correspondence with Beth David cemetery, 1923-1994. Box 5: Constitution pamphlets, 1919-1943.  Certifications and cemetery maps, 1904-1924.  General correspondence, 1924-1943.  Membership list and blank forms, 1983.  Correspondence with charities, 1960-1972.  Tax returns, 1977-1992.  Revised constitution, 1980.  Box 6:  Financial ledger, 1962-1991.  Financial ledger, 1966-1993.  Financial Ledger, 1947-1965.

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Related Materials

This collection was separated from RG 1717, the Young Friends Association on 9/6/2012.

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Access Points

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

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