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Jewish Historical Committee (Boston, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-137

Scope and Content Note

The material documents the first meetings of the Committee, at which its purpose and future plans were set out. The primary goal was to collect materials pertaining to the first hundred years of Jewish life in Greater Boston, while also accepting any other material which might be offered to it. Further, the Committee hoped to document current Jewish history by collecting the yearbooks put out by local Jewish organizations. Committee members also discussed the possible use of microfilm and a union catalogue, to provide access to additional materials. The minutes also document the committee members' concern that their activities might be limited by the sponsorship of the Associated Synagogues; they planned to request the Rabbinical Association to serve as sponsor.

Dates

  • 1947

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.

Biographical Note

The Jewish Historical Committee (originally called the Committee on Archives) was sponsored by the Associated Synagogues of Greater Boston, and was intended to collect and preserve material related to the Jewish communal life of Greater Boston. The idea of the committee was first conceived at a meeting of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Boston. The objectives of the committee were:

1. To collect, catalogue and conserve documents and materials relating to the history of the Jewish Community of Greater Boston and of its agencies and institutions;

2. To establish and maintain in the City of Boston a central archives for the care and preservation of communal and other documents and publications of Jewish historical import;

3. To establish and maintain a Union Catalogue as an index to source material relating to the foregoing;

4. To provoke and foster among individuals and Jewish agencies in the community an interest in Jewish historical data, and the stimulating of research in that field;

5. To publish from time to time monographs and papers on matters of Jewish historical interest; and

6. To cooperate with educational institutions and historical societies in furtherance of the foregoing objects.

Extent

0.25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)

Abstract

The Jewish Historical Committee (originally called the Committee on Archives) was sponsored by the Associated Synagogues of Greater Boston, and was intended to collect and preserve material related to the Jewish communal life of Greater Boston. The idea of the committee was first conceived at a meeting of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Boston. This collection contains minutes from the first three meetings.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Rabbi Samuel Korff in 1975.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Susan Earle, 2011
Title
Guide to the Jewish Historical Committee (Boston, Mass) Records, I-137
Author
Reprocessed by Susan Earle
Date
2011

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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