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United Order of True Sisters, Heritage #53 Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-571

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records of the United Order True Sisters Heritage #53, including one document from 1948 and the rest spanning 1990-2005. Materials consist of a certificate of life membership, programs from the Annual Luncheon, and correspondence from Sylvia Shapiro to various officers of the UOTS.

Dates

  • 1948, 1990-2005

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

The United Order of True Sisters was initially established at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, and claims to be the “first independent national women’s organization in the United States.” Although a charitable organization, the UOTS also had political goals. Originally titled “Unabhangiger Order Trueue Schwestern,” the organization was made up of mostly middle-class, German Jewish women. Meetings were conducted in German until the end of the First World War.

In 1947, UOTS founded the United Order of True Sisters, Inc. National Cancer Service, which was renamed the United Order of True Sisters Cancer Services in 1956. The UOTS Heritage #53 was a chapter of this organization, and their main goal was to raise funds to support oncology centers, including purchasing medical equipment, laptops, and books for hospitals in Massachusetts.

References

  1. Materials from the collection.
  2. “First Meeting of the United Order of True Sisters.” Jewish Women’s Archive (Accessed February 13, 2015), http://jwa.org/thisweek/apr/25/1846/uots>.

Chronology

1846
United Order of True Sisters formed in New York.
1947
Formation of United Order of True Sisters, Inc. National Cancer Service.
1956
Institution renamed United Order of True Sisters Cancer Services.

Extent

0.25 linear feet

Abstract

Founded in 1846, the United Order of True Sisters (UOTS) originated in New York with the intent of increasing philanthropy and providing an outlet for women. In 1947, the United Order of True Sisters Cancer Services was founded to raise funds to support oncology centers. The material in this collection includes event programs, a certificate of life membership, and the correspondence of Sylvia Shapiro, vice-president of the UOTS.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Angelica, 2015
Title
Guide to the United Order of True Sisters. Heritage #53 Records, I-571
Author
Processed by Kathryn Angelica
Date
2015
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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

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