Guide to the Records of the Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton, undated, circa 1927-1983 (bulk 1927-1961)
 
I-268

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton
Title: Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton Records
Dates:Undated, circa 1927-1983 (bulk 1927-1961)
Abstract: The Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton was established in the mid-1920s as the governing body of the Labor Lyceum building in Brockton, Massachusetts. Labor lyceums were often centers for Yiddish culture and socialist values where members could gather for socializing, and they also acted as headquarters for labor unions and other political and social groups. The collection consists of two books containing minutes from the weekly meetings of the association’s Board of Directors, along with a small group of notes, receipts, and newspaper clippings.
Languages: The collection is in Yiddish and English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half manuscript box)
Identification: I-268
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Note from the Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton, 1958.

The Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton was established in the mid-1920s as the governing body of the Labor Lyceum building in Brockton, Massachusetts. Brockton was an industrial center of shoe manufacturing in the late 19th and 20th centuries, earning the title of “Shoe City.” Jewish laborers and craftsmen, many from Eastern Europe, settled in the area to work in the shoemaking industry.

Labor lyceums were established around the country, many times in close association with the Workmen’s Circle ("Arbeter Ring," in Yiddish), a Jewish mutual aid society begun in New York City in 1900. They were often centers for Yiddish culture and socialist values where members could gather for socializing or host meetings, dances, and other events. Labor lyceums also acted as headquarters for labor unions and other political and social groups.

References

Material from the collection.

“About Brockton.” City of Brockton, Massachusetts, accessed December 3, 2016, <http://www.brockton.ma.us/Community/AboutBrockton.aspx>

“Brockton, Massachusetts, USA.” JewishGen KehilaLinks, accessed December 3, 2016, <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Brockton/Brockton.htm>

Finkel, Ken. “The Labor Lyceum Movement in Philadelphia.” The PhillyHistory Blog, accessed December 3, 2016, <http://www.phillyhistory.org/blog/index.php/2014/06/the-labor-lyceum-movement-in-philadelphia/>

“Labor Papers,” JewishGen Kehila Links, accessed December 3, 2016, <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Brockton/Laborpapers.htm>

Pollak, Oliver B. “The Workmen’s Circle and Labor Lyceum in Omaha, 1907-1977.” Nebraska History 76 (1995): 30-42.

Weber, Laura. "Labor Lyceum and Workmen’s Circle." MNopedia, Minnesota Historical Society, accessed December 3, 2016, <http://www.mnopedia.org/group/labor-lyceum-and-workmen-s-circle>

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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Labor Lyceum of Brockton consist of two books containing minutes from the weekly meetings of the association’s Board of Directors, along with a small group of notes, receipts, and newspaper clippings that were placed in the larger of the two books. The records are primarily written in Yiddish, with a section of minutes between February 5, 1948 and March 4, 1954 written in English, and all of the entries run from right to left in the book, regardless of language.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one series as follows:

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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 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Boston Workmen’s Circle (Brookline, MA) Records, undated, 1927-1999

Labor League (Brockton, Mass.) Records, undated, 1914-1922

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Separated Material

High school diploma of Reuben Goodman removed from collection and is now in the oversized subject files collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton Records; I-268; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Israel Levine, 1990 and Jodi A. Greenburg, 2009.

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Access Points

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

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Container List

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

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Series I: Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton, undated, circa 1927-1983 (bulk 1927-1961)

Yiddish and English.
Box 1, Folders 1-3.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Record Book1927-1931request_box
12Record Book1931-1961request_box
13Records and Articlesundated, 1949-1983request_box
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