Guide to the Records of the National Refugee Service, undated, 1935-1947, 1953

*I-92

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:National Refugee Service
Title:National Refugee Service, records
Dates:undated, 1935-1947, 1953
Abstract:Contains the correspondence and published materials of the NRS for the years 1935-1947. The manuscript material contains correspondence pertaining to various aspects of the immigration problem and quota correspondence with primarily Jewish institutions in cities throughout many of the states, as well as correspondence of several of the Divisions of the NRS. Of special interest is the correspondence dealing with the Shomre Hadath (employment service for religious immigrants), correspondence with President Truman, Secy. of State Dean Acheson, and Attorney General Francis B. Biddle. This latter correspondence deals with Ellis Island, the plan to resettle immigrants in Oswego, New York, and concerning the refugee ship, the St. Louis.
Languages:The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3 linear feet (6 manuscript boxes)
Identification:I-92
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Scope and Content Note

Contains the correspondence and published materials of the NRS for the years 1935-1947. The manuscript material contains correspondence pertaining to various aspects of the immigration problem and quota correspondence with primarily Jewish institutions in cities throughout many of the states, as well as correspondence of several of the Divisions of the NRS. Of special interest is the correspondence dealing with the Shomre Hadath (employment service for religious immigrants), correspondence with President Truman, Secy. of State Dean Acheson, and Attorney General Francis B. Biddle. This latter correspondence deals with Ellis Island, the plan to resettle immigrants in Oswego, New York, and concerning the refugee ship, the St. Louis.

The collection also contains the following published material: Annual Reports (1939- ... ), Report of the Executive Director (1939-1941), various periodical publications issued by the NRS; as well as other printed material and promotional literature.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single 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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); National Refugee Service, records; I-92; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Container List

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

 

Records of the National Refugee Service, undated, 1935-1947, 1953

English.
Boxes 1-6.
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 German Department of the Jewish Social Service Association 1935-1938
1 2 Ellis Island, General 1938-1939
1 3 National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Emigrants coming from Germany, Proceedings of Conference September 17, 1938
1 4 Deportation 1938-1940, 1943, 1945-1946
1 5 National Coordinating Committee and cooperating agencies throughout the U.S. February 1938
1 6 Jewish Social Service Agency Agreement March 21, 1938
1 7 Shomre Hadath, Employment service for religious immigrants 1939
1 8 Ethical Culture Society 1938-1939
1 9 Affidavit Policy 1938-1941
1 10 National Coordinating Committee Fund December 2, 1938
1 11 Ellis Island 1939
1 12 Ellis Island, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Dept. of Immigration and Natural Service 1938-1939
1 13 NRS 1939 office and staff responsibilities 1939
1 14 NRS National Coordinating Committee Fund 1939
1 15 Report of the Division for Social and Cultural Adjustment 1939, 1942-1943
1 16 Deportation Immigration, Psychopathic Inferiors 1939, 1944
1 17 NRS 1939, correspondence NCCF 1939
1 18 National Refugee Consultative Council 1939
1 19 Budget Committee re: The Good Neighbor League 1939
1 20 William Rosenwald, Cecilia Razovsky, Affidavit policy June 27, 1939
1 21 Refugee Consultative Council, minutes of meetings October 17 and November 14, 1939
1 22 German Jewish Children’s Aid 1934, 1939, 1941-1943
1 23 Consultative Council Minutes 1939-1941
1 24 NRS Affidavit Policy 1939-1940, 1942
1 25 NRS Telegrams and cables 1940
1 26 NRS Interoffice memos re: Cases of SS St. Louis March 7, 1940
1 27 Affiant study – Board participation October 14, 1940
1 28 American Friends Service Committee 1940
1 29 Boston Committee on Medical Emigres 1940
1 30 Placement Committee for German and Austrian musicians 1940
1 31 The American Hebrew, “The Refugee Farmer” September 30, 1940
1 32 Trends in local community Refugee programs 1940
1 33 Meeting of NRS Representative with Émigré Group October-November 1940
1 34 History of National Refugee Service January 10, 1940
1 35 “The New Homeland,” by Frederica Rubin 1940
1 36 National Council of Jewish Women 1940
1 37 National Conference of Jewish Social Work: memo on transportation problems 1940
1 38 Work Relief Project 1940-1941
1 39 Memphis, Tennessee: Abe Waldauer 1940
1 40 Affidavit Policy 1940
1 41 Pittsburgh Meeting Tri State Coordinating Bureau 1940
1 42 Pittsburgh Conference 1940
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 SS St. Louis cases, NRS 1940
2 2 Annual Report Migration Department 1940
2 3 Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of NYC 1940-1942
2 4 Case Work Service to Refugee Children in Reception Care 1940-1941
2 5 Report of the Field Work of the National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians 1939-1941
2 6 Pittsburgh Dental School 1941
2 7 Dr. Maurice Taylor, Pittsburgh 1941
2 8 Rhode Island 1940-1941
2 9 Problems in the distribution of the Jewish refugee population in the U.S. 1941
2 10 Department Head’s Meeting 1941-1942, 1944-1946
2 11 Migration cases 1941
2 12 Transportation cases 1941
2 13 National Refugee Service: Affidavits 1941
2 14 NRS Migration Department 1941-1944
2 15 Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars and Medical Scientists January 6, 1941
2 16 Selfhelp 1941, 1944-1945
2 17 German Jewish Children’s Aid 1941
2 18 NRS Job Analysis in the Housing Department 1941-1942
2 19 NRS Social Adjustment Division 1941-1942, 1944
2 20 U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children 1941
2 21 Jewish Population Statistics 1941-1943
2 22 NRS Furniture Plan 1941
2 23 Historical Report of the German Jewish Children’s Aid, Inc. 1941
2 24 NRS May 1, 1941
2 25 Resettlement meetings 1938, 1940-1942
2 26 NRS Visa Division 1941-1942
2 27 Dept. of Economic Adjustment 1942
2 28 NRS Retraining Committee 1942
2 29 “A Day in Migration,” stories by Clara Friedman 1942
2 30 NRS Technical Advisory Committee 1942
2 31 Physicians’ problems in Ohio September-October 1942
2 32 National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians August 28, 1942
2 33 Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars and Medical Scientists 1942
2 34 Meeting of Refugee Physicians called by the Federation of Jews from Central Europe July 6, 1942
2 35 Selective Service 1942
2 36 Field Report on Dallas, Texas 1942
2 37 Letter of Internee Fred Kappel to Hon. Francis K. Biddle, U.S. Attorney General 1942
2 38 Internees: Illinois 1942
2 39 Report on Service to Refugees in Local Family Agencies December 1942
2 40 Recommendations of Technical Advisory Committee to NRS re: New York-National Responsibility May 14, 1943
2 41 Internee Problem – Alien registration 1943
2 42 Arrangements with American Committee for Christian Refugees 1941, 1943
2 43 Sheltered Workshop Activity 1943
2 44 NRS Deportation case A27631, Schimko, Regina and Richard April 27, 1944
2 45 Committee on Resettlement of Japanese Americans 1944
2 46 Joseph Markfeld case: Deportation proceedings 1944
2 47 NRS Fact Finding Company 1943
2 48 Central Index, notes on meeting held by Chamberlain September 20, 1943
2 49 Search Centers: Prof. Joseph Chamberlain 1943
2 50 Community Relations Department: Report of Activities July 1, 1943-June 30, 1944
2 51 Message of the NRS President January 23, 1943
2 52 Family Service Committee 1943, 1947
2 53 How do refugees look at NRS? Foreign Born non-casework relationship to organizations 1943
2 54 Analysis of relationship of NRS to National Council of Jewish Women 1939-1941, 1943-1944
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Quota Correspondence: South Carolina 1940-1942
3 2 Quota Correspondence: Columbia, South Carolina 1945
3 3 Quota Correspondence: Florence, South Carolina 1945
3 4 Quota Correspondence: Greenwood, South Carolina 1945-1946
3 5 Quota Correspondence: Spartanburg, South Carolina 1945
3 6 Quota Correspondence: Sumter, South Carolina 1945
3 7 Quota Correspondence: South Dakota 1945-1946
3 8 Quota Correspondence: Tennessee 1941
3 9 The Observer Nashville, Tennessee 1941
3 10 Quota Correspondence: Tennessee 1942
3 11 Quota Correspondence: Chattanooga and other cities, Tennessee 1945
3 12 Quota Correspondence: Tennessee, General and Nashville 1943
3 13 Quota Correspondence: Memphis, Tennessee 1945-1946
3 14 Quota Correspondence: Tennessee 1945-1957
3 15 Quota Correspondence: Nashville, Tennessee 1945-1946
3 16 Quota Correspondence: Texas undated, 1940
3 17 Quota Correspondence: Texas 1941
3 18 Quota Correspondence: Texas 1942
3 19 Quota Correspondence: Texas 1943
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York 1943
4 2 NRS: National-Local Responsibility October 12, 1943
4 3 NRS Deportation Case: Merkin, Fanny #93406 August 4, 1944
4 4 War Refugee Board 1944
4 5 Community Relations Department 1944
4 6 Emergency Refugee Shelters 1944
4 7 Physicians and Medical Scientists Committees 1944
4 8 Report on Physicians Committee May 1944
4 9 National Coordinating Committee 1938-1939, 1944
4 10 Seamen’s regulations 1944
4 11 Repayment of physicians’ maintenance accounts 1944
4 12 Deportation – Fraudulent entry cases 1944-1945
4 13 Jewish Family Welfare Society 1944
4 14 Preparations of the exceptions to the findings of fact and conclusions of law in Deportation Cases 1944
4 15 Report on the Emergency Refugee Shelter by Louise Brandeis August 30, 1944
4 16 Visa Division 1944
4 17 Regulations for outgoing international correspondence of Internees at large 1944
4 18 Central Location Service 1943-1946
4 19 Central and South American Internees 1944-1946
4 20 NRS association with HIAS Dock Services, procedure for reception of new immigrants initial disposition 1944, 1946
4 21 The program of European Jewish Children’s Aid 1944, 1946
4 22 NRS interoffice memo August 21, 1945
4 23 NRS Oswego, Mr. Bernard Dubin to Dr. Ruth Gruber, May 8, 1945 and other
4 24 Oswego 1945
4 25 Committee for the study of recent immigration from Europe, activity report July 1945
4 26 Reading, Pennsylvania 1945
4 27 Central Location Index, minutes, Board of Directors 1945
4 28 Correspondence with Dean Acheson re enemy aliens 1945
4 29 Rhode Island 1944-1946
4 30 Scranton, Pennsylvania 1945
4 31 Siegfried (Fred) Pordes case, deportation proceedings 1944-1945
4 32 York, Pennsylvania UJA 1945
4 33 Tri-State Pittsburgh area 1944-1945, 1947
4 34 Migration Department 1945
4 35 HIAS merger with NRS 1945
4 36 Community Centers for Refugee Organizations 1945
4 37 National Refugee Service Social Adjustment Division 1945
4 38 The Emergency Committee in aid of displaced foreign scholars 1945
4 39 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1945
4 40 Publicity Department report December 17, 1945
4 41 American Consulate General, London, England 1945
4 42 Elfriede Klarberg deportation case 1945
4 43 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1945
4 44 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1945-1947
4 45 Rhode Island 1945-1946
4 46 South Carolina 1945-1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 NRS Program report, Charles A. Riegelman 1946
5 2 Central Location Index 1946
5 3 Sailing of SS Marine Perch and Marine Flasher, Miriam Semel case 1946
5 4 Report on the settlement of NRS of Oswego refugees 1946
5 5 NRS Special Resettlement Project 1946
5 6 Latin American Internees 1946
5 7 Promissory Notes 1946
5 8 Coordinating Committee for Fort Ontario Oswego 1945-1946
5 9 Memos to Migration Department, Deportation 1945-1946
5 10 Oswego refugees 1945-1946
5 11 Letter to the President of the U.S. re: Oswego, October 22, 1945; correspondence with Secretary Interior and Attorney General Biddle 1945
5 12 NRS, 1938-1946; subject files classification as of June 1953
5 13 NRS Miscellaneous form letters 1939-1946
5 14 NRS Executive office memorandum no. 19 August 31, 1939
5 15 Statement of methods used by professional workers for the purpose of interpreting responsibility of affidavit makers July 11, 1939
5 16 Survey of case worker contacts with affiants and relatives of all cases in the relief and service department September 7, 1940
5 17 Third World Country booklets, refugee enterprises 1939-1940
5 18 Refugee enterprises November 12, 1940
5 19 NRS Division for Social and Cultural Adjustment report of the first year’s activities February 6, 1939-February 6, 1940
5 20 NRS Affidavits 1939, 1941, 1945
5 21 NRS New visa regulations July 24, 1941
5 22 NRS Summary of Proceedings at Conference of Professional Workers held in conjunction with the meeting of the Board of Directors, Cleveland, OH January 18, 1941
5 23 NRS Manual: Resettlement and Field Service Department June 10, 1941
5 24 NRS Community Cues for Newcomers; Division for Social and Cultural Adjustment, no. 6 January 1941
5 25 Summer placement for refugee children 1940-1942
5 26 NRS Resettlement policies June 6, 1942
5 27 NRS Outline of Social Adjustment Services May 19, 1942
5 28 NRS Joint Distribution Committee October 1942
5 29 NRS Family Service Meeting October 29, 1942
5 30 Retraining program of NRS, February 17, 1942; employment of NRS clients after retraining March 16, 1942
5 31 NRS Internees 1942-1943, 1945-1946
5 32 Retraining program of the NRS October 22, 1942
5 33 NRS Migration 1942, 1944
5 34 Report of NRS Community Relations Program Fall 1941-Spring 1942, October 1, 1942-June 30, 1943
5 35 NRS Work Relief Procedure 1940-1942
5 36 NRS Migration News Letter 1942
5 37 NRS Report of the Experiment in Protected Work December 18, 1942
5 38 NRS Medical Scientists Committee 1942-1943
5 39 Draft statement on national and local responsibility for refugee service October 18, 1943
5 40 Referrals to sheltered workshop, January 11, 1943; suspension of sheltered workshop activity July 8, 1943
5 41 Social Adjustment Committee report of American resources available for refugees in NYC in the area of social adjustment February 1943
5 42 Report of Joint Supervisory Group on collection of monies dispersed to clients by NRS September 1943
5 43 Results of NRS retraining study of 410 retrainees 9-12 months after completion of school May 27, 1943
5 44 Types of relationships between NRS and Federation Agencies April 23, 1943
5 45 Summary of the survey of the Westchester Coordinating Committee for Emigres December 17, 1943
5 46 NRS Social Adjustment Committee, 1942-1943; conclusions on refugee needs April 29, 1943
5 47 Minutes of Joint Supervisor Group meeting January 5 and 7, 1943
5 48 NRS Report of Executive Director to Executive Committee 1943-1944
5 49 NRS Annual meeting of Members and Board of Directors, New York January 15-16, 1944
5 50 NRS Special Information Bulletin 1941-1945
BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Report of the staff of National Refugee Service by Joseph Beck, Executive Director May 26, 1944
6 2 NRS Field program, statement presented to Technical Advisory Committee by Ephraim Gomberg, Director of Community Relations June 15, 1944
6 3 NRS Executive office memorandum no. 141 August 8, 1944
6 4 NRS Retraining Committee meeting 1942-1943
6 5 Local Organization for Resettlement January 11, 1939
6 6 Resettling New Americans, by William Haber August 1940
6 7 NRS Message of the President January 23, 1943
6 8 Promotional and miscellaneous materials undated, 1939, 1941
6 9 Information Bulletin 1939-1940
6 10 Annual Reports 1939-1941, 1945
6 11 Reports of the Executive Director 1939-1942
6 12 NCC Bulletin 1938
6 13 Community Service Release 1940
6 14 Community Bulletin 1940-1945
6 15 NRS Handbooks and Manuals 1940, 1942
6 16 Migration 1941
6 17 NRS News 1942-1943
6 18 They Can Aid America: A Survey of Alien Specialized Personnel 1943
6 19 Board of Directors meetings, officers’ report and agenda, Cleveland, OH January 18-19, 1941
6 20 NRS Needs in 1945
6 21 Pilgrims in Our Time 1946
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