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Anshey Dowig Association (Boston, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-219

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains constitutional by-laws, minutes, financial records, government documents, and correspondence concerning activities of the landsmanshaft, mostly relating to its cemetery, as well as a fiftieth anniversary souvenir booklet with a membership list. Of interest is material pertaining to a legal dispute between the Association and the Congregation Beth Israel, the revival of the association, and documents regarding the sale of graves. Materials are organized chronologically.

Dates

  • 1887-1984

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 Anshey Dowig Association began in the last quarter of the 19th century, initially as informal meetings for Jews from the region of Dowig, Lithuania, living in the Boston area. Often collections were taken up to be sent back to family and friends still living in Dowig. In 1887 they sought official status as a landsmanshaften or immigrant benevolent society, and in 1888 they received their charter name of Anshey Dowig Association.

The association functioned as a benefit society for its members and in 1898, with the acquisition of burial plots in a cemetery in West Roxbury, it also established itself as a chevra kadisha or burial society. By the 1980s, as membership dropped, it began working towards reviving the organization as a cemetery corporation, its main function being to maintain and provide perpetual care for the graves in the Anshe Dowig Cemetery.

References

  1. Materials from the collection.
  2. International Jewish Cemetery Project-International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. "Daugai." 2010. 6 Dec. 2011. (http://www.iajgsjewishcemeteryproject.org/lithuania/daugai.html)

Chronology

1887
Constitution adopted.
1887
First minutes recorded.
1888
Charter obtained in the name of Anshey Dowig Association.
1898
Deed to a parcel of land in a cemetery located in West Roxbury is passed from Benjamin Miller to Anshey Dowig Association.
1927
A decision was made in arbitration in a dispute with Beth Israel over the right of way access road between their respective cemeteries.
1938
Celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Aperion Plaza in Roxbury, MA.
1947
Dissolved for not filing reports for 2 years, though still held meetings.
1981
Received certificate for revival of the corporation.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Abstract

The Anshey Dowig Association began in the last quarter of the 19th century, initially as informal meetings for Jews from the region of Dowig, Lithuania, living in the Boston area. The association functioned as a benefit society for its members and in 1898, with the acquisition of burial plots in a cemetery in West Roxbury, it also established itself as a chevra kadisha or burial society. By the 1980s, as membership dropped, it began working towards reviving the organization as a cemetery corporation, its main function being to maintain and provide perpetual care for the graves in the Anshe Dowig Cemetery. The collection includes the constitution and by-laws, minutes, financial records, government documents & correspondence concerning the activities of the landsmanshaft, mostly relating to its cemetery in Dedham, as well as a fiftieth anniversary souvenir booklet with a membership list.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bess Cutler, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelsey Sawyer, 2011.
Title
Guide to the Anshey Dowig Association (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-219
Author
Processed by Kelsey Sawyer
Date
2011
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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