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

*I-92

Processed by Marvin Rusinek

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 294-6160

Fax: (212) 294-6161

Email: reference@ajhs.org

URL: http://www.ajhs.org

© 2016, American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY. All Rights Reserved.
Machine-readable finding aid created by Marvin Rusinek as MS Word document, November 2007. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on July 2, 2009. Finding aid written in English.

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
Return to the Top of Page

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.

Return to the Top of Page

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

Return to the Top of Page

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

Return to the Top of Page

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.

Return to the Top of Page

Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Container List

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

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

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

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