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New Century Club (Boston, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-95

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of documents concerning the governance of the New Century Club, and correspondence between the Club and its members. The collection also includes programs, flyers, and information about their various events, as well as newspaper articles concerning the club or its members. Also included are financial records from club activities and events.

Dates

  • 1900-1982

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Historical Note

On January 1, 1900, a group of lawyers and doctors gathered at a meeting called by Jacob J. Silverman to discuss the advantages of living in Boston with its many surrounding institutions of higher learning, and how they could increase their cultural knowledge. They also wanted to learn from each other the basic principals of their various professions. The members of the club eventually consisted of lawyers, optometrists, physicians, scientists, and members of a variety of other professions as well. The club entertained its members and guests by hosting speakers and events: in particular, their Ladies' Night and Chanukah festivals were some of their most well-known and well-attended events.

For the celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary, the club established loan funds at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1946, the club became the first to establish funds at Brandeis University. In 1948, the club invested in student aid funds to help worthy students in the Boston area. The funds came from a portion of the yearly dues and from donations made specifically to the fund. The trustees also helped students by recommending them to other sources of educational funds.

References

  1. Material from the collection.

Chronology

1900
Club founded.
1925
25th Anniversary.
1925
Loan funds were established.
1946
Fund established at Brandeis University.
1948
Student Aid Fund established.
1950
50th Anniversary.

Extent

1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)

Abstract

On January 1, 1900, a group of lawyers and doctors gathered at a meeting called by Jacob J. Silverman to discuss the advantages of living in Boston with its many surrounding institutions of higher learning, and how they could increase their cultural knowledge. They also wanted to learn from each other the basic principals of their various professions. The members of the club eventually consisted of lawyers, optometrists, physicians, scientists, and members of a variety of other professions as well. This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings and correspondence.

Physical Location

Located at Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Alexander A. Levi, 1973.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Amy Horton, 2011
Title
Guide to the New Century Club (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-95
Author
Reprocessed by Amy Horton
Date
2011

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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