Guide to the Records of the Quincentennial Foundation
1990-1994; bulk 1991-1992

ASF AR-5

Processed by Stanislav Pejša

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 294-8350

Fax: (212) 294-8348

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Center for Jewish History, Publisher
Machine-readable finding aid created by Stanislav Pejša as quincentennial_foundation.doc in Microsoft Windows 2000 in August 2002 . Electronic finding aid converted to EAD 1.0 by Stanislav Pejša in November 2002 . Description is in English.
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Quincentennial Foundation (U.S.A)
Title: The Records of the Quincentennial Foundation
Dates:1990-1994
Abstract: The Records of the Quincentennial Foundation contain the agenda of the office set up to coordinate activities related to the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the coming of Jewish people to the Ottoman Empire in 1492. The Quincentennial Foundation supported a number of cultural and educational events and attempted to disseminate knowledge about the Jewish people in Turkey. In order to effectively target a broad audience the Foundation cooperated with a public relations agency and the correspondence with this company constitutes a great deal of the collection. Most of the documents are correspondence and various reports.
Languages:The collection is in English, although there are a few items in Turkish as well.
Quantity: 1 box, and 1 MS box; 1.4 linear feet
Identification:ASF AR-5
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
Repository:American Sephardi Federation
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Historical Note

The Quincentennial Foundation of Istanbul (QFoI) was established in 1989 by a group of Turkish citizens seeking to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the welcoming of the Jewish people to the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. The Quincentennial Foundation was originally founded and headquartered in Istanbul, but a branch was opened shortly thereafter in New York. The latter office cooperated closely with the American Sephardi Federation and the American Association of Jewish Friends of Turkey. Later, the New York branch operated as the Quincentennial Foundation (QF).

The major goals of the Foundation were the promotion of tourism in Turkey and the spreading of knowledge about the life and traditions of the Jewish people in that region. In order to reach out to the public in the United States, the Foundation cooperated with a public relations company called the GCI Group which monitored and commissioned articles on Jewish life and culture in Turkey in various periodicals. The Foundation planned a "three-year cultural and academic program designed to bring the diverse and rich legacy to a greater audience", as it stands in the press release of the Quincentennial Foundation of Istanbul (U.S.A.). In general, the correspondence was addressed and produced on the part of the QF by the Co-Chairmen Ahmet Ertegun, Leon Levy, the President Ivan Schick, and the Executive Director Edward Alcosser.

One of the social highlights of the activities organized by the QF was a Gala dinner at the Plaza Hotel on April 27, 1992. The dinner was attended by many prominent personalities of Turkish, Jewish, and American communities. This included the President of the Republic of Turkey Turgut Ozal, Henry Kissinger, a number of members of the US Senate and Congress, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives of various Jewish organizations.

The Quincentennial Foundation closed its office in 1994.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection of the Quincentennial Foundation (QF) contains its administrative and financial correspondence as well as documents related to its various activities. The most prominent among these include the organization of tourist trips to Turkey, work with various media, visits of various Jewish dignitaries from Turkey, and the organization of the gala dinner. The collection also contains lists of various dignitaries and supporters of the QF.

Series I: The bulk of the documents consists of correspondence with the GCI Group that provided media and public relations service for the Quincentennial Foundations. The collection contains both the communications between the QF and GCI and materials created by the company. The status reports provide a remarkable amount of information on various aspects of Jewish life and culture in Turkey compiled by the GCI group. The creators and the major recipients of the correspondence were the Co-Chairmen of the QF Ahmet Ertegun, Leon Levy, the President Ivan Schick, and the Executive Director Edward Alcosser.

Series II: The documents related to the gala dinner provide insight into the logistics of a social event attended by prominent figures such as the President of the Republic of Turkey: Turgut Ozal. This part of the collection consists mainly of communications between the QF and the GCI Group requesting clarification of various details and supplying the Foundation with various suggestions and memos. A substantial portion of this series deals with financial issues, i.e. covering the expenses and costs of the Gala dinner.

Although the QF issued publications, sponsored exhibitions, and was involved in preservation and conservation of the Jewish sites in Turkey, little is to be found on these issues in the collection besides the status reports and memos of the GCI Group.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two thematically distinctive series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact
American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: ASFinquiries@cjh.org

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Related Material

The Records of the American Sephardi Federation in possession of the Archive of the American Sephardi Federation.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Records of the Quincentennial Foundation; box number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Container List

 

Series I: Administrative Records, 1990-1994

1.0 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically. Individual documents within folders are arranged chronologically in reverse order from the most recent to the oldest .

Scope and Content:

The series contains administrative correspondence related to the daily business of the QF, mainly dealing with the organization of tourist trips to Turkey, work with various media, and meetings with Jewish representatives from Turkey. It also contains lists of the Honorary Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee. The majority of the material was produced by the staff of the Quincentennial Foundation and by the media advisory company GCI. A letter by Edward Alccosser to the editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times, David Holzel, dated November 12, 1991 explains the relationship between the ASF and the QF. It is filed in the folder General Agenda, 1991 Nov.-1991 Dec..

Box TitleDate
1 1991 Year-end Report and Action Plan for 19921991
1 Advisory Committee 1991
1 Contact list1991
1 Executive Committee 1990-1991
1 General Agenda 1989-1991 Jun.
1  General Agenda1991 Jul.-1991 Aug.
1 General Agenda1991 Sept.
1 General Agenda1991 Oct.
1 General Agenda1991 Nov.-1991 Dec.
1 General Agenda1992 Jan.-1992 Mar.
1 General Agenda1992 Apr.-1992 May
1 General Agenda1992 Jun.-1992 Aug.
1 General Agenda1992 Sept.-1992 Dec.
1  General Agenda1993
1  General Agenda- Closing QF Office1994
1 Grant for Ahrida Synagogue Restoration1992
1 Grant for Monument of Honor project1992-1994
1 Honorary Board of Directors 1990-1991
1 Press Release 1990?
1 Status Report by GCI for QF1990 Mar.-1991 Mar.
1  Status Report by GCI for QF1991 Apr.-1991 May
1 Status Report by GCI for QF1991 May
1 Status Report by GCI for QF 1991 Aug.
1 Status Report by GCI for QF1991 Dec.
1  Status Report by GCI for QF1992 Jan.
1 Status Report by GCI for QF1992 Jun.
1 Status Report by GCI for QF1992 Jul.
1 Status Report by GCI for QF 1992 Aug.
1 Status Report by GCI for QF - European Status1992 May
1 Tax Returns1991-1992
1 Tax Returns1992-1993
1 Tax Returns - Correspondence with IRS1990-1994
1 Tax Returns - Financial Summary1992-1994
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Series II: Gala Dinner New York, 1991-1993

0.4 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically. Individual documents within the folders are arranged chronologically in reverse order from the most recent to the oldest.

Scope and Content:

This series reflects the preparations for the Gala dinner on April 27, 1992 organized by the QF. The bulk of the collection consists of communication with GCI Group, the planning company Loving and Weintraub, and other caterers and vendors. It also contains the financial documentation for the whole enterprise.

Box TitleDate
2  Brochures and Invitation Published on Occasion of the Gala Dinner1992
2 Dinner - Preparations 1991 Jun.-1992 Feb.
2  Dinner - Preparations March1992
2 Dinner - Preparations1992 Apr. 1-1992 Apr. 19
2 Dinner - Preparations1992 Apr. 20-1992 May
2 Dinner - Final Balances 1992 May-1993
2  Response Cards for QF Gala Dinner1992
2 Thanks and Acknowledgements1992
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