Guide to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee collection, undated, 1914-1922, 1926, 1929, 1933, 1935-1936, 1938, 1941-1985, 1988

*I-345

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Title:American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, collection
Dates:undated, 1914-1922, 1926, 1929, 1933, 1935-1936, 1938, 1941-1985, 1988
Abstract:This collection is comprised of annual reports, budget reports, cables, calendars of events, catalogs, correspondence, minutes, memorandum, lists of Board of Director members, photographs of speakers, and a chart of the organization’s Geneva Headquarters. The documents in this collection describe the many and varied activities of the committee such as fundraising, relief distribution, general information concerning Russian farm colonies and immigration. Also included are cables of congratulation on JDC’s 33rd anniversary. The collection also includes a bound volume of the financial, statistical and general data relating to the committee's activities since its inception which is located at the end of the Miscellaneous Collections.
Languages:The collection is in English.
Quantity: 2.2 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversized box)
Identification:I-345
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The American Joint Distribution Committee was founded on November 27, 1914 when the American Jewish Relief Committee (AJRC) and the Central Committee for the Relief of Jews (CCRJ) joined forces under the name of the Joint Distribution Committee of American Funds for the Relief of Jewish War Sufferers. Although JDC reflected the diversity of the American Jewish Community, the Reform-oriented American Jewish Committee faction dominated its early leadership. Conceived as a temporary agency to relieve suffering during the war, it developed more fully and complexly in the period of postwar reconstruction. In 1931 the organization changed its name to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, becoming a much-needed and permanent agency. Throughout the 1930s the organization became the relief center for Jews fleeing Nazi oppression, and in the late 1940s it conducted efforts to get oppressed Jews to Israel. In addition to its concern for, and activities in Israel, the JDC developed projects for oppressed and needy Jews throughout the world.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of annual reports, budget reports, cables, calendars of events, catalogs, correspondence, minutes, memorandum, lists of Board of Director members, photographs of speakers, and a chart of the organization’s Geneva Headquarters. The documents in this collection describe the many and varied activities of the committee such as fundraising, relief distribution, general information concerning Russian farm colonies and immigration. Also included are cables of congratulation on JDC’s 33rd anniversary. The collection also includes a bound volume of the financial, statistical and general data relating to the committee's activities since its inception which is located at the end of the Miscellaneous Collections.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into a single series.

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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); American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, collection; I-345; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Note

Unknown.

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Note

Note

Old call#: MS-NAT.A45

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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.

 

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Collection, undated, 1914-1922, 1926, 1929, 1933, 1935-1936, 1938, 1941-1985, 1988

English.
Boxes 1 and 2.
Scope and Content:

See Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Correspondence/photographs (speakers) undated, 1922, 1933, 1935-1936, 1938, 1941, 1945, 1955-1956, 1961, 1967, 1970, 1977, 1985
1 2 Annual Meeting/Program 1950
1 3 Annual Meeting/Workbook (contains photograph) 1967
1 4 Annual Report 1988
1 5 Board of Directors/Table of Organization 1974-1976
1 6 Budget Information 1942-1984 (incomplete)
1 7 Cables- Incoming: Concerning Russian Jewish Farming/Agrojoint Colonies (fragile) 1926
  

(contains restricted material)

 
1 8 Cables- Incoming: General and Congratulatory, 33rd Anniversary 1947-1948
1 9 Cables- Outgoing 1947-1948
1 10 Calendar of Events 1984-1985
1 11 Information on JDC from Other Organizations 1929, 1946, 1964, 1968
1 12 Minutes/ Various Committee Meetings 1942, 1955
1 13 Catalogue of the Archives 1914-1918
1 14 Catalogue of the Archives 1919-1921
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 (OS1) Financial, Statistical, and General Data Relating to Its Activities since Inception (bound) October 1935
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