Guide to the Hadassah Archives
on Long-term Deposit
at the American Jewish Historical Society
undated, 1875, 1877, 1894, 1910-2015
bulk 1920-2010

I-578

2015-2016 processing by Andrey Filimonov, Patricia Glowinski, Nicole Greenhouse, Rachel Harrison, and Janine Veazue. Previous processing and collection management by Susan Woodland and Hadassah staff.

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Initial master finding aid created March 2015 by Kevin Schlottmann. Description is in English.
April 2015 Initial master record posted.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
Title: Hadassah Archives on Long-term Deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society
Dates:undated, 1875, 1877, 1894, 1910-2015
Bulk dates:bulk 1920-2010
Abstract: The Hadassah Archives documents the activities of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Founded in 1912, the organization engaged hundreds of thousands of American Jewish women in the Zionist project. Materials include extensive records of its social welfare projects in Palestine and later Israel, such as Youth Aliyah and the Hadassah Medical Organization. Administrative records document the organization's governance, operations, and functions. The collection also includes the papers of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, as well as the organization's national presidents, executive directors, and other important individuals. Additional materials also document Hadassah's organizational activity in the United States, such as annual and midwinter conventions and the dozens of active local chapters from all over the United States. Hadassah maintained an active publishing schedule, and the records include hundreds of published newsletters, flyers, and magazines. Other materials include thousands of photographs, extensive audiovisual material, and hundreds of artifacts.
Languages:The Hadassah Archives are primarily in English, with small amounts of German and Hebrew. Other European languages appear very infrequently.
Quantity: 1246.3 linear feet
Identification:I-578
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, at home in Jerusalem (circa 1922)

Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, at home in Jerusalem (circa 1922)

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. Born in 1860, the eldest of five daughters of a Baltimore rabbi, Szold began teaching and writing after her graduation from high school in 1878. She became the secretary and editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America in Philadelphia, and held this position for many years. Eventually Szold moved to New York to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Throughout her studies she also led a small women’s Zionist study group that gradually grew in membership over time. After her first trip to Palestine in 1909, she saw an urgent need for modern, western health care in Palestine, and set about transforming her study group into a fundraising group that also valued learning and Zionism. Hadassah’s work focused on five major projects in Israel, the Hadassah Medical Organization, Youth Aliyah, Education and Vocational Training in Israel, Young Judaea, and the Jewish National Fund. Besides its efforts in Israel, Hadassah also had the mandate “to foster Zionist ideals in America” and developed programming to meet this goal and the needs of Jewish American women.

Hadassah’s primary activities can be broken down into six major parts: the Hadassah Medical Organization, Youth Aliyah, Educational and Vocational Training in Israel, Jewish National Fund, Young Judaea, Hadassah in the United States.

Hadassah Medical Organization

Materials related to the HMO can be found primarily in RG 2.

In its first year, Hadassah had 700 members but had managed to raise enough by 1913 to send two American nurses to Jerusalem, Rachel (Rae) Landy and Rose Kaplan. After Landy and Kaplan returned to the United States, Hadassah assisted in the fundraising effort to send the American Zionist Medical Unit (AZMU) to Palestine in 1918. In 1921, the AZMU became known as the Hadassah Medical Organization. The HMO grew into a network of hospitals, clinics, health stations, public health initiatives, and school-based programs that represented key segments of Israel's health care system.

In 1939, the HMO opened the Rothschild Hadassah University Hospital (RHUH) and the Henrietta Szold School of Nursing on Mount Scopus. During the 1948 War, a convoy of medical personnel and Hebrew University staff was ambushed on the road leading to the Mount Scopus medical center. In this attack, 77 people were killed, including the director of the hospital Dr. Haim Yassky. Hadassah then lost access to the hospital, nursing school, and unopened Nathan Ratnoff School of Medicine on Mount Scopus.

Eventually, the Mount Scopus hospital was abandoned to United Nations forces, and the hospital, nursing school, and medical school were relocated to five temporary buildings in Jerusalem. In the 1950s, the decision was made to build a new Medical Center on the opposite side of the city from Mount Scopus above the village of Ein Kerem. The Ein Kerem Hospital was opened in 1961.

Mount Scopus was inaccessible until the 6-Day War in 1967, when Israel regained access to Mount Scopus along with East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Hebrew University decided to resume use of their campus on Mount Scopus, and Hadassah decided to rebuild as well. The hospital on Mount Scopus was rededicated in 1975.

Youth Aliyah

Materials related to Youth Aliyah can be found primarily in RG 1.

Youth Aliyah was founded in 1933 by Recha Freier, and one year later it became a project of Hadassah. Henrietta Szold, then living in Jerusalem, had been asked to be director of Youth Aliyah, at the age of 73, and convinced then Hadassah national president Rose Jacobs to take it on as a fundraising project.

Freier's initial concept was to establish a collaborative of Zionist organizations to pool their resources in order to relocate German Jewish children to Palestine pending resolution of the political situation. However, as the Nazi resolve to eradicate the Jewish population became a systemic function, Youth Aliyah became a full-fledged child rescue effort. From 1933-1945, this "coalition" rescued 11,000 Jewish children relocating them to Palestine. After World War II, Youth Aliyah developed educational, training, and vocational programs, as well as continuing immigration and refugee efforts with children from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union.

Educational and Vocational Training in Israel

Materials related to Educational and Vocational Training in Israel can be found primarily in RG 5.

Hadassah's involvement in the area of education grew out of its medical activities in Palestine. From its inception in Palestine in 1913, Hadassah's medical work exhibited an instructional component whereby health workers taught sound hygiene and nutritional practices in Hadassah facilities while staff traveled to underserved communities. Hadassah-funded programs such as School Luncheons and Recreations (which included playgrounds and camping), were designed as pedagogical opportunities as well as for more practical purposes of feeding under-nourished children and offering safe environments in which to play. These programs were managed by the Palestine Council of Hadassah, which later became the Hadassah Youth Services. After the devolution of the Hadassah Youth Services' school luncheon and playgrounds programs in Israel, it changed its name again to the Hadassah Vocational Education Services.

Following the death of Hadassah National President Alice L. Seligsberg in 1940, Hadassah leadership set up an endowment in memory of Seligsberg. This led to the opening of Alice L. Seligsberg Trade School for Girls in 1942, which took up the recently vacated old Rothschild Hospital building. The Seligsberg School shared premises with the already established Judge Julian W. Mack Workshops and School. The compound became known as the Louis D. Brandeis Vocational Center. The Louis D. Brandeis Apprentice Workshops and Hadassah Vocational Guidance Bureau opened in 1944, followed by the Apprentice School of Printing in 1946, the short-lived Hadassah Fashion Institute in 1949, and the Hotel Management Institute in 1950. The Hadassah Community College opened next door to the Seligsberg High School in Jerusalem on November 8, 1970. Hadassah Vocational Education Services (later Hadassah Israel Education Services) managed these institutions until Hadassah dissolved it in 2001.

Jewish National Fund

Materials related to JNF can be found primarily in RG 9.

The Jewish National Fund (also known as Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael) has partnered with Hadassah since 1926, and was Hadassah’s second project in Palestine. The JNF was founded in 1901 by Theodor Herzl to secure ownership of land in Palestine for the Jewish people from the Ottoman Empire. The JNF’s goal was to buy land in Palestine and improve it by draining swamps, irrigating desert regions, and making it possible for new immigrants to grow crops. The JNF also supported initiatives to assist displaced persons, to provide respite for children affected by war in the form of summer camps, to improve water conservation efforts through the creation of dams and artificial bodies of water, and to continue to create forests.

Young Judaea

Materials related to Young Judaea can be found primarily in RG 8.

Young Judaea is the oldest Zionist youth organization in the United States. It is non-partisan and non-denominational, embracing and recruiting Jewish youth from all backgrounds. Young Judaea was formed after a call by the Federation of American Zionists to hold a junior Zionist convention to be attended by delegates from the expanded constituency of Zionist youth societies. It was formally established at this convention in New York on June 10th and 11th, 1909. Initially, Young Judaea provided Zionist social clubs for Jewish youth. Over time, this expanded to summer camps, a gap year program in Israel for recent high school graduates, and kibbutzim. Young Judaea’s association with Hadassah began in 1936, when its national convention approved an annual subsidy of $2,500. In 1967, Hadassah took over sole sponsorship of Young Judaea. In 2012, Young Judaea became an independent organization from Hadassah.

Hadassah in the United States

Materials related to Hadassah in the United States can be found primarily in RG 15.

In addition to sponsoring projects in Israel, Hadassah also sought to foster Zionist ideals and worked to promote issues important to women and the Jewish community in the United States. Hadassah established national committees to meet the demands of their membership and chapters, beginning with committees on Finance, Organization, Membership, Cultural Work, Fundraising, Publicity and Publications, a Speakers’ Bureau, the Jewish National Fund, Relations with other organizations, Zionist Inter-relations, and Palestine. By World War II, these committees led to the creation of robust, autonomous departments under the national operations of Hadassah, including the Education, Organization, Membership, Promotion, and Publicity Departments. These departments all served Hadassah membership through educational programs on Zionism and political issues that affected women and World Jewry; provided social activities through speaking tours, fundraising events, and other programming; and sought out ways to maintain and build their membership.

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Scope and Content Note

The Hadassah Archives documents the activities of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Founded in 1912, the organization engaged hundreds of thousands of American Jewish women in the Zionist project.

The collection includes extensive records of Hadassah's social welfare projects in Palestine and later Israel. The Files of Youth Aliyah (RG 1) document Hadassah's work with multiple international organizations to rescue Jewish children from continental Europe to Palestine from 1933-1945. The collection also documents Hadassah's involvement with Youth Aliyah since 1946 in providing residential, educational, vocational, rehabilitative and therapeutic care for displaced and at-risk youth from around the world. The Hadassah Medical Organization Papers (RG 2) document Hadassah's work in providing health care resources in Palestine since 1918. The activities documented revolved around the development of the Hadassah Hospital, health centers, dental centers, occupational and rehabilitative services, medical, nursing, dental and pharmacy schools as well as myriad educative and preventive projects, especially those aimed at infant care. The documents also reflect the history of the Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel from a unique perspective. Similar documents are found in Zionist Political History (RG 4). Other documented projects included Hadassah Council in Israel and the Hadassah Youth Services Records (RG 5) and Young Judaea (RG 8).

Administrative records document the organization's governance, operations, and functions (RG 12, RG 15). The collection also includes the papers of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, as well as the organization's national presidents, executive directors (RG 13), and other important individuals (RG 7). Additional materials also document Hadassah's organizational activity in the United States, such as annual and midwinter conventions (RG 3) and the dozens of active local chapters from all over the United States (RG 24). Hadassah maintained an active publishing schedule, and the records include hundreds of published newsletters, flyers, and magazines (RG 17). Other materials include thousands of photographs and extensive audiovisual material (RG 18), as well as hundreds of artifacts (RG 22).

The collection contains many different types of records, such as correspondence, reports, minutes, publicity and fund-raising related materials, newspaper clippings and articles, printed material, personal accounts, financial records, statistical reports, photographs, audio recordings, and artifacts.

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Arrangement

The Hadassah Archives were originally arranged into 23 record groups, numbered 1-23. Three removed record groups are listed under "Former Record Groups," and individually described below. One new record group, RG 24 (Chapters) was added in fall 2015.

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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 fragility or as required by the agreement between Hadassah and AJHS.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at reference@ajhs.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

Use restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives 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. E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Materials

Hadassah was involved in many aspects of American Jewish life over the last century, and AJHS holds related archival collections. Materials with connections to particular record groups are listed below and in the finding aids for those record groups.

The Hadassah website is periodically captured by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and as of 2015 includes snapshots from 1997 to 2015. The snapshots can be viewed here: https://web.archive.org/web/*/hadassah.org. Please note that the Wayback Machine may not render the website exactly as it appeared on the live web at the time, and that AJHS has no control over how often the site was crawled or how it displays now.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Hadassah Archives on Long-term Deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society; I-578; Record Group (RG) title and number; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Donations

If you have Hadassah-related materials you would like to donate, please contact reference@ajhs.org.

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Access Points

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Description of Individual Record Groups

 

RG 1—Youth Aliyah Records, 1928-2009, bulk 1935-1998

System number for staff use: 000395969

This record group is predominantly in English with some material in German and Hebrew.
50.2 linear feet (93 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box, and 1 oversized folder)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=5009892.

Processing Information:

This record group was originally arranged and described in 1983. A printed finding aid was prepared at that time. In 2010, folder lists were prepared for two unprocessed addenda and a new finding aid was created based upon the 1983 finding aid. In 2015, the record group was reprocessed, incorporating the unprocessed addenda and other unprocessed material, and a new finding aid was created.

Related Material:

Within the Hadassah Archives Youth Aliyah material can be found several groups such as; RG 6 Hadassah Education in Israel; RG 7 Special Collections/People (Bertha S. Schoolman series; Denise Tourover Ezekiel series); RG 17 Printed Materials; RG 18 Audiovisual Materials; and RG 22 Artifacts and Memorabilia.

Several partners at the Center for Jewish History holds related material:

The American Jewish Historical Society holds the Schoolman Family Papers (P-716).

The Leo Baeck Institute holds the Georg Landauer Collection (AR 6007).

Scope and Content:

The Files of Youth Aliyah in the Hadassah Archives document Hadassah's work with multiple international organizations to rescue Jewish children from continental Europe to Palestine from 1933-1945. The collection also documents Hadassah's involvement with Youth Aliyah since 1946 in providing residential, educational, vocational, rehabilitative and therapeutic care for displaced and at-risk youth from around the world.

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RG 2—Hadassah Medical Organization Records, 1918-2011, bulk 1940-1990

System number for staff use: 000393072

This record group is predominantly in English with some material in German, Hebrew, and French. Some Hebrew documents have English language annotations and/or translations.
87.75 linear feet (171 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, and 3 oversized folders)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=826508.

Processing Information:

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, original boxes 1-111 were originally arranged and described in 1984 by Ira Daly and a typewritten finding aid was produced. This material was arranged in Series 1 through Series 66.

Original boxes 112-190 were added since 1984 in periodic transfers from Hadassah's Central Files department. They existed in two series labeled: "Series 67 Addendum I (Boxes 112-146)" and "Series 68 Addendum II (Boxes 147-190)".

In 2015-2016, the collection was intellectually rearranged, and additional unprocessed materials were integrated.

Related Material:

Related archival materials at AJHS include:

Schoolman Family Papers P-716

Adolph Hubbard papers P-647

Dr. E. M. Bluestone papers P-362

Lt. Col. Rae Landy papers P-785

Louis Ungar, P-137

Scope and Content:

The Hadassah Medical Organization Records in the Hadassah Archives document Hadassah's work in providing health care resources in Palestine/Israel since 1918. The activities documented revolve around the development of the Hadassah Hospital; health centers; dental centers; occupational and rehabilitative services; medical, nursing, dental, and pharmacy schools; as well as numerous educative and preventive projects, especially those aimed at infant care. The documents also reflect the history of the Yishuv (Jewish settlement in Palestine) and the establishment of the State of Israel. The record group contains articles, clippings, correspondence, financial records, fundraising material, minutes, personal accounts, press releases, publicity material, reports, and statistical reports.

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RG 3—Annual and Midwinter National Conventions, 1914-2011

System number for staff use: 000395938

This collection is predominantly in English with some material in German, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Romanian, and Hungarian, mainly in newspaper clippings.
40 linear feet (79 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, 1 OS1 box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3896961.

Scope and Content:

Hadassah’s full national board meets twice annually, immediately preceding the annual national convention (referred to as the pre-convention meetings) and at the midwinter meetings of the national board. The annual convention is attended by national, regional and local leadership, and these official delegates vote at the national business session at convention. This record group contains the files of these board meetings and of the conventions themselves, including convention and meeting planning and programming, speaker reports and departmental annual reports, annual financial and budgetary reports, policy statements and other items discussed or voted upon at these meetings. The official minutes of the meetings can be found in RG12/Corporate Governance, Documentation and Structure.

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RG 4—Zionist Political History, 1894-2003, bulk 1925-1985

System number for staff use: 000395939

This collection is primarily in English with some material in Hebrew.
24.25 linear feet (44 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, and 1 oversized folder)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3619618.

Scope and Content:

The material in this record group was culled from Hadassah's Central Files in Israel in the early 1980s to document Hadassah's role in Zionist history. Originally formed from a Zionist women's study group, the first Hadassah chapter in New York had a strong relationship with the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA; then known as the Federation of American Zionists). The material in this record group documents Hadassah's relationship to the ZOA and to other Zionist organizations in the United States, Europe, and Palestine/Israel, particularly in the years leading up to Israeli statehood in 1948. Other subjects addressed in this record group include the founding of Hadassah; World War Two, particularly relating to Jewish emigration and refugees; the founding of the United Nations and the debate over recognition of a Jewish state; the partition of Palestine; and Arab-Jewish relations. Included are articles, clippings, convention resolutions, correspondence, diary extracts, memorandums, minutes, press releases, printed ephemera, publications, reports, and speeches.

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RG 5—Hadassah Council in Israel and the Hadassah Youth Services Records, 1927-2007, bulk 1927-1991

System number for staff use: 000395940

The collection is mostly in English with some Hebrew.
33 linear feet (66 manuscript boxes and 4 oversized folders)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=5009893.

Scope and Content:

This record group contains meeting minutes, correspondence and reports of the Hadassah Council in Israel (originally the Hadassah Emergency Services and the Hadassah Council in Palestine), the Hadassah Youth Services (originally the Palestine Council of Hadassah) and the Hadassah Youth Services (HYS) successor organizations, Hadassah Vocational Education Services (HVES) and Hadassah Israel Education Services (HIES). The records represent the activities of Hadassah's representatives in Palestine/Israel, from 1927 to the 1990s. The Hadassah Youth Services focused on providing services to underserved youth in Palestine/Israel, most notably with their school luncheon and Guggenheimer playground programs. After HYS changed its working name to HVES in 1952, it began to focus on vocational education projects in Israel. Legally, however, the name of the organization in Israel remained Hadassah Youth Services. The Hadassah Council in Israel acted as an advisor and liaison between Hadassah's American offices and Hadassah's Israel projects, including the Hadassah Medical Organization, Youth Aliyah, and Hadassah Youth Services.

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OBSOLETE RECORD GROUP -- Hadassah Education in Israel (RG 6)

Processing Information:

In August 2015, archivists determined that RG 5 and RG 6 shared an institutional history as well as an overlap of materials. Original RG 6 was therefore incorporated into RG 5 and then reprocessed and described as Subgroup III therein. See the processing note in the finding aid for RG 5 for a detailed explanation and links to legacy description.

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RG 7—Personal Papers and Special Collections of Influential Executives, Volunteers, and Individuals Associated with Hadassah, 1910-2003, bulk 1930-1980

System number for staff use: 000395941

This collection is primarily in English with some material in Hebrew, French, and German.
23.25 linear feet (42 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, and 1 oversized folder)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3826423.

Scope and Content:

This record group contains personal papers and special collections documenting individuals, both Hadassah members and non-Hadassah members, who were important to Hadassah. Much of the material forming the collections in this record group came from the administrative files of the national office of Hadassah, though some of the material was donated to Hadassah. Key individuals represented within this record group include Hadassah national board members Anna Tulin Elyachar, Bertha S. Schoolman, and Denise Tourover Ezekiel, as well as Jesse Zel Lurie who served as the first professional editor of Hadassah Magazine (originally Hadassah Newsletter) from 1947 to 1980.

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RG 8—Young Judaea Records, 1911-2006, bulk 1960s-1990s

System number for staff use: 000395942

The records are is mostly in English with some material in Hebrew.
22.75 linear feet (45 manuscript boxes and 1 half manuscript box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3465265.

Scope and Content:

This record group consists of correspondence, office memos, educational program material, meeting minutes of various committees, manuals, newsletters, news clippings, pamphlets and brochures, financial and legal materials, song books, yearbooks, and official constitutions and bylaws. The topics covered include clubs, camps, Israel programs and Hadassah’s relationship with the Zionist Organization of America and local Zionist Youth Commissions that at various times sponsored and funded various Young Judaea clubs and camps.

Historical Note:

Young Judaea is the oldest Zionist youth organization in the United States, established as a national organization in 1909 by the Federation of American Zionists. It was supported by Hadassah, including direct financial sponsorship from 1967-2011. The major aims of Young Judaea throughout its history have been to advance the cause of Zionism, to further the mental, moral, and physical development of Jewish youth, and to promote Jewish culture and ideals in accordance with Jewish traditions. Young Judaea has remained non-partisan and non-denominational, embracing and recruiting Jewish youth from all backgrounds.

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RG 9—Jewish National Fund Records, 1923-2004, bulk 1960-2000

System number for staff use: 000395943

This record group is in English.
3 linear feet (6 manuscript boxes)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3496773.

Scope and Content:

The Jewish National Fund records reflect the non-profit organization’s afforestation efforts in Israel in funding partnership with Hadassah. Included in this collection are personnel records, membership lists, and convention summaries, as well as correspondence, project documentation, and publications such as press releases, and magazines.

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RG 10—Name File Records, 1918-2007, bulk 1940-1990

System number for staff use: 000395944

Primarily in English with some material in Hebrew, French, and German.
19.25 linear feet (38 manuscript boxes and 1 half-manuscript box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3638682.

Scope and Content:

The Name File record group is a collection of documents representing various individuals, corporations, and non-profit groups who were affiliated with Hadassah. These files were originally arranged alphabetically by the organization's central filing department as a ready reference source on leaders, doctors, speakers, donors, and religious figures associated with Hadassah's many projects. This collection includes correspondence, clippings, newsletters, and other ephemeral documents.

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RG 11—Subject File Records, 1920-2006, bulk 1940-1990

System number for staff use: 000395945

The collection is in English with some Hebrew.
28 linear feet (56 manuscript boxes)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3703502.

Scope and Content:

The Hadassah subject file record group is a collection of files of organizations, events, and genre subjects originally arranged alphabetically by Hadassah’s central filing department. These files served and serve as a ready reference source that represents both the direct and indirect involvement of Hadassah in both national and international affairs. This collection includes correspondence, clippings, newsletters, photographs, and other ephemeral documents.

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RG 12—Hadassah Corporate Governance and Committees Records, 1921-2012

System number for staff use: 000395946

The record group is in English and some Hebrew.
45 linear feet (54 manuscript boxes, 5 photograph boxes, 103 bound volumes, and 1 oversized folder)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3418511.

Scope and Content:

This record group documents the work of the Hadassah national board through board and executive committee meeting minutes, board member subject files, correspondence and reports, as well as minutes and materials generated by Hadassah ad-hoc and non-Executive committees, from 1912-2012. This record group also includes files from milestone anniversaries of Hadassah and legal documents pertaining to its projects.

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RG 13—Executive Functions Records, 1875, 1877-2011, 2015, bulk 1910-2000

System number for staff use: 000395947

127.95 linear feet (250 manuscript boxes, 3 half manuscript boxes and 1 OS box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3418556.

Related Material:

The American Jewish Historical Society holds the Henrietta Szold letters (P-216) and Solis-Cohen Family Papers (P-642) which contain correspondence with Henrietta Szold.

Scope and Content:

This record group includes documents created and maintained by the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Director and the Chair of the Division Coordinators/Directors Committee. Prominent is the Henrietta Szold series, containing correspondence by and to Szold as well as printed materials written by and about her. The files in this record group were created by a national president or executive director, or for their use, or maintained in their office during their years in office. Included are correspondence, minutes, memos, publications, reports and subject files on topics with which these individuals were involved.

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OBSOLETE RECORD GROUP -- Finance and Treasury (RG 14)

Processing Information:

In the 2015-2016 processing, RG 14 was incorporated into RG 15.

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RG 15—Hadassah Functions and Operations Records, 1920-2011

System number for staff use: 000395960

The collection is in English, with some Hebrew, German, French, Russian, and Spanish.
157.25 linear feet (263 manuscript boxes, 17 oversized flat boxes, and 2 oversized folders)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3702227.

Scope and Content:

Hadassah Functions and Operations Records represent the bulk of aid and services provided to Hadassah's membership, from the 1920s to 2011. Materials found in the record group include correspondence, clippings, press releases, manuals and kits for chapters and members to implement programming and chapter structure, fundraising campaigns, scripts, study guides, programming for local and national meetings, biographical files, and training documentation. Departments documented in the record group include Public Affairs, Education, Women's Health, American Affairs, Zionist and International Affairs, Speakers Bureau, Fundraising, Program, Organization, Outreach and Tourism Departments. Materials related to the general administration of Hadassah are also in the record group; these materials include research and development of projects, archives department correspondence and other materials, Hadassah House administration, and strategic planning. The record group also documents Hadassah's efforts to expand membership outside of the United States, by the development of Hadassah International.

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OBSOLETE RECORD GROUP -- Other Committees (RG 16)

Processing Information:

In October 2015, RG 16 (Other Committees) was added to RG 12, where it was combined with non-executive committees materials in the original surveys series as Series IV.

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RG 17—Printed Materials and Publications, 1911-2011

System number for staff use: 000395962

The collection is mostly in English and Hebrew with some Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Yiddish, and German.
72.2 linear feet (68 manuscript boxes, 18 oversized flat boxes, 96 bound volumes, and 1 oversized folder.)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3810590.

Scope and Content:

This record group consists of printed materials and publications, produced by Hadassah projects and departments, Young Judaea, and other Zionist organizations from 1911-2011. Materials in the record group include periodicals, newsletters, greeting cards, certificates, invitations, brochures, pamphlets, catalogs, and other professionally produced printed materials. Besides Young Judaea, projects documented include Hadassah Magazine, the Hadassah Medical Organization, Youth Aliyah, the Jewish National Fund, and Hadassah Israel Education Services.

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RG 18—Photographs, 1860-2009

System number for staff use: 000395963

This collection is in English.
144 linear feet (257 manuscript boxes, 9 oversized boxes, 1 MAP folder)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=4248914.

Scope and Content:

The materials in this record group document the entirety of Hadassah’s history and work in Israel and the United States in photographs—prints, slides, glass lantern plates, and digital images.

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RG 19—Microforms, 1914-2009

System number for staff use: 000395964

The collection is in English.
5 linear feet (4 bankers boxes, 2 manuscript boxes, 201 reels)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3910551.

Scope and Content:

Materials that were microfilmed and then discarded, or microfilmed for preservation and back-up purposes. Included are issues of the Hadassah Newsletter from the 1940s-1950s which are too brittle to access in print; chapter history documentation that was discarded after microfilming in the 1980s; and files of early national presidents Rose Jacobs and Alice Seligsberg that are physically housed in Israel.

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RG 20—Oral Histories, 1927-2002, bulk 1980-1990

System number for staff use: 000395965

The collection is in English with some Hebrew.
2.25 linear feet (2 audio cassette boxes; 1 manuscript box; 1 half-manuscript box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3825062.

Scope and Content:

The Hadassah Oral Histories consist of audio cassette recordings and typed transcripts of oral history interviews as well as related correspondence and research documents. Interviewees include notable members of Hadassah’s National Board, the Honorary Council, Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), Youth Aliyah, Machon Szold, and Hebrew University, among others. Discussions cover such topics as Hadassah roles and achievements, Jewish upbringings, education, and family.

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RG 21—Architectural Materials, 1927-2009

System number for staff use: 000395966
As of April 2016, materials in the Quarantine Room are available by advance request only. Please contact reference@ajhs.org for more information.

The collection is in English, Hebrew, and French.
14.5 linear feet (10 manuscript boxes, 5 oversized flat boxes, and five flat file drawers).
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3687877.

Scope and Content:

The materials in the record group mostly consist of reproductions of building plans of the Hadassah hospitals on Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem from the 1920s to the 2000s. Other properties documented in the record group include buildings managed by Youth Aliyah, Hadassah Youth Services, Young Judaea, Hadassah Israel Education Services, the National Office, and the Hadassah Medical Organization. These records document a core Hadassah function, the building of medical and social service facilities in Palestine/Israel.

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RG 22—Artifacts and Memorabilia, 1910s-2010s

System number for staff use: 000395967

This collection is in English.
103 linear feet (60 manuscript boxes, 4 half manuscript boxes, 6 SB1 boxes, 28 OS1 boxes, 8 OS6 boxes, 2 MAP Folders.)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3849091.

Scope and Content:

This record group contains three-dimensional objects and printed materials that relate to the history of Hadassah. A bulk of this record group consists of promotional and commemorative objects and awards created by Hadassah for its Annual and Midwinter National Conventions, and for Young Judaea events. Examples of such items include t-shirts, hats, bags, buttons, stationery and keychains. Artifacts created by local Hadassah chapters and regions, as well as awards received by local and national Hadassah leaders from other organizations, are also included. Of a particular interest is the bronze death mask of Henrietta Szold.

Restrictions:

Please note that artifacts from this record group are not circulated to the reading room. Materials in this record group are available for viewing by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact an AJHS archivist at: American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011, email: reference@ajhs.org. Qualified museums interested in materials for exhibit should contact: Susan Malbin, Director of Library and Archives, American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011 email: smalbin@ajhs.org.

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RG 23—Collection Management, circa 1914-2016, bulk 1996-2011

System number for staff use: 004615778

This collection is in English.
15.25 linear feet (31 manuscript boxes); 602 MB (343 files); 14,013 emails.
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=4401768.

Processing Information:

This record group documents the creation, management, and use of the Hadassah Archives and provides valuable contextual information for researchers, current managers, and future managers of the Hadassah Archives. As an organization, Hadassah created active records of business that were housed in its Central Files department. In the 1950s, Hadassah began the process of creating an official archives, precipitated by a project to locate and compile sources for a biography of Hadassah founder, Henrietta Szold, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth. This record group documents three specific periods of custodianship—the 1980s, 1996-2011, and 2015-2016—and the various archivists who managed and shaped the archives during those years. RG 23 includes born digital, digitized, and paper material.

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RG 24—Chapters, Regions, Co-ops and Junior Hadassah, 1902-2015, bulk 1950-2000

System number for staff use: 004611344

This collection is in English.
204 linear feet (246 manuscript boxes, 3 half manuscript boxes, 53 OS1 boxes, 1 OS6 box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=3825061.

Processing Information:

In fall 2015, archivists processing RG 15 separated chapter and regional materials to their own record group.

Scope and Content:

This record group contains materials related to the local units of Hadassah—groups, chapters, regions, and co-ops—as well as Junior Hadassah, a youth organization that functioned as a group within the Hadassah Chapter structure. The record group documents over one hundred years of Hadassah’s growth, and illuminates a century of American Jewish communal life, particularly that of Jewish women, across the United States. The record group reflects the formation, administration and activities of the individual groups, chapters, co-ops and regions, and contains information on local events and programs organized around fundraising, Zionism, Jewish heritage, religion and holidays celebration, the study of Hebrew and Yiddish, women's issues, fashion, health, technology and many other topics.

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RG 25—Audio and Moving Images Materials, 1920s-2010, bulk 1945-2010

The collection is in English and Hebrew.
26.2 linear feet (19 audiocassette boxes, 7 record cartons, 4 11 inch boxes, 4 manuscript boxes, 2 SB1 boxes, 2 LS boxes, 2 OS5 boxes, 1 OS2 box, and 1 LP box)
Other Finding Aid:

A complete finding aid with folder-level container list can be found at http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=4095145.

Processing Information:

In spring 2016, archivists processing RG 18 decided to separate audiovisual materials to their own record group.

Scope and Content:

This record group is made up of mostly audio and moving images materials, including ¼-inch open audio reels, 16mm film, filmstrips, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, LPs, 3.5 inch floppy disks, and other media, dating from the 1920s up to 2010. The films and audio recordings document Hadassah's efforts to publicize themselves to their members and those outside of Hadassah, by raising awareness of their history, fundraising efforts, and projects in United States and Israel, especially the Hadassah Medical Organization and Youth Aliyah projects and programs. Hadassah also used recordings to document important proceedings, including departmental and board meetings, Midwinter Conferences, and National Conventions.

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