Guide to the Papers and Memorabilia of New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, undated, 1970-1975
 
*I-237

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, November 12, 2007. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on November 13, 2007. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry
Title: New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry papers and memorabilia
Dates:undated, 1970-1975
Abstract: This collection consists of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry's correspondence, articles, public awareness materials, membership lists and financial statements from 1970-1975. Included are letters to and from government officials and Rabbis who supported the cause. Notices and flyers are comprised of membership meetings, protests, and lectures. Memorabilia, such as bumper stickers and a protest flag (made of paper) are also included in the collection.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: I-237
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Historical Note

The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry began in April 1964, when a meeting was held with college students from Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Columbia University and Queens College to discuss the plight of Soviet Jews. The meeting was the starting point for a grassroots movement led by Jacob Birnbaum, a British man whose family escaped Nazi Germany, to put pressure on the United States government to condemn the Soviet government's treatment of Soviet Jewry. Numerous college students were engaged in the movement, including those in the New England area. Limited information is available on the New England movement's history, but it began sometime in the mid-1960s and was active in the community throughout the early and mid-1970s.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry's correspondence, articles, public awareness materials, membership lists and financial statements from 1970-1975. Included are letters to and from government officials and Rabbis who supported the cause. Notices and flyers are comprised of membership meetings, protests, and lectures. Memorabilia, such as bumper stickers and a protest flag (made of paper) are also included in the collection.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Birnbaum collection at the Mendel Gottsman Library at Yeshiva University, Wilf Campus, New York, NY, the Jewish Community Relations Council Collection (I-123), the Wyner Collection (P-803) at the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61), at the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, NY.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry papers and memorabilia; I-237; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to AJHS in 1977 in regards to an agreement between Bernie Wax and Maury Shapira.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Papers and Memorabilia of New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, undated, 1970-1975

English.
.25 linear feet. Box 1
Arrangement:

The folders are arranged by topic.

Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Correspondence undated, 1970-1975
1 2 Programs, Notices, Newsletters undated, 1970-1975
1 3 Programs, Notices, Newsletters undated
1 4 Reprints of Articles 1971-1975
1 5 Bumper Stickers, Flags, etc. undated
1 6 Public Relations Material undated
1 7 Paid Bills 1971
1 8 Membership Lists undated
1 9 Financial Records, Membership Lists undated
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