Guide to the Records of Congregation Bnai Peiser
RG 1690

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Congregation Bnai Peiser (N.Y.)
Collection Title: Records of Congregation Bnai Peiser
Abstract: These are the records of Congregation Bnai Peiser, 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, Yiddish
Physical Description: 1.71 Linear Feet
Identification: RG 1690
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Administrative History

Founded in 1871 by immigrants from Peiser (Pyzdry, Peisern, 56 km ESE of Poznan in Poland).  The organization managed a synagogue on the Lower East Side until 1914, and conducted charitable and mutual aid activities until WWII.  In its later years the organization primarily functioned as a burial society, using the Acacia, Bayside, 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: Financial Ledger, 1959-1975.  Dues Ledger, 1960-1984.  Expense Voucher Book, 1958-1970.  Membership Ledger, 1950-1972.  Check receipts.  Box 2:  General Correspondence, 1968-1997.  Grave Purchases (Indentures and Deeds), 1935, 1960-1985.  Receipt Book.  Cemetery Maps.  Box 3:  Correspondence about Dues, 1952-1992.  Correspondence about Ownership of Graves, 1955-1993.  Correspondence about Cemetery Care, 1956-1991.  Authorizations of Internment, 1950-1987.  Correspondence about Monuments, 1950-1997.  Correspondence about Meetings and Amended Constitution, 1945.  Cemetery Correspondence, 1959-1997.  Box 4:  Bills, 1962-1968.  Banking Records, 1953-1994.  Membership Contact Information, 1969.  Correspondence Expelling Members, 1950-1968.  Letters of Condolence, 1950-1985.  Acknowledgment of Donations, 1950-1967.  Financial Reports, 1960-1967.  General Correspondence, 1950-1961. Legal Correspondence about Cemetery Matters, 1965-1967.  Membership Rosters.  Addendum: Photocopy of Minute Books, 1925-1974.  Ann Mitchell's analysis of the minute books, 2004.

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Access Points

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

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