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United Order True Sisters Noemi #11 Records

Identifier: I-58

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this material pertains to the routine governance of Noemi #11, mainly the handwritten ledgers of meeting minutes from the Executive Board, Planning Board, Noemi Juniors, and regular meetings. Material regarding Noemi members' philanthropic donations to Children's Hospital, Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital are included. Of special interest are a personal history of the Noemi#11 lodge, written by one of the members, and programs and memorabilia from many of Noemi's charitable events.


  • undated, 1883-1989


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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Historical Note

The United Order True Sisters was organized under the name of Unabhangiger Orden Trueue Schwestern, on April 21, 1846, by a group of Jewish German-American women, in order to provide material support and mental and social stimulation of its members. In 1917 the use of the German language was abolished and the English language was adopted; the name was changed to the United Order True Sisters (UOTS). During the latter part of the nineteenth century, the Order extended its activities by embracing philanthropy throughout the country. In 1947 it organized the United Order True Sisters, Inc. National Cancer Service, which was renamed United Order True Sisters Cancer Services in 1956.

UOTS was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, January 22, 1922, and was known as a national organization doing non-sectarian work.

The Order consists of a Grand Lodge, designated as United Order True Sisters, Inc. Grand Lodge, NY, and of constituent Lodges designated by "United Order True Sisters, Inc." followed by individual names and numbers, in order of admission, and geographical locality.

Noemi#11 was the Boston, Massachusetts chapter of UOTS, and was established in 1878. The chapter was particularly dedicated to the philanthropic cause of disabled children, and had a strong association with Children's Hospital, Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital.


United Order True Sisters formed in New York
Noemi #11 lodge established in Boston
Aid to Crippled Children Fund established
National Cancer Service established
United Order True Sisters, Inc. cited by Gov. Mario Cuomo for philanthropic contributions
Noemi #11 dissolved


11 linear feet (22 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized folders)


Noemi #11 was an organizational branch of the charitable organization United Order True Sisters. The members of Noemi #11 were particularly dedicated to the philanthropic cause of aid to disabled children, and had a strong association with Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The collection includes meeting minutes, personal histories of the lodge, programs, photographs and correspondence.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Kay W. Jaffe, Clara Gnerre and Ruth Weisberg, 1990-1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Whiteside, 2009.

Guide to the United Order True Sisters Noemi #11 Records, I-58
Processed by Margaret Whiteside
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Processed by Margaret Whiteside, Schilder Assistant Archivist, made possible by a grant from the Schilder Family Fund. This collection has been digitized, made possible by a grant from the Trustees u/w of Herman Dana.

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at American Ancestors Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States