700 East Alumni Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Collection
700 East Alumni Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Collection
700 East Alumni Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)
1.4 linear feet (2 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English.
Detailed Collection Information
In the summer of 1974, former residents of the Association for Jewish Children, an institutional foster home, child care, and adoption placement agency previously known as the Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans and located at 700 East Church Lane in the Germantown section of Philadelphia organized the 700 East Alumni Association. The association organized day trips, brunches, and an annual “Pop” Weiser dinner dance and reunion, which commemorated the late shoemaker who worked at the foster home. Association members were often referred to as “home guys” or “home kids.” During its tenure, the association published The Caribou, a quarterly newsletter named for the wrought-iron reindeer that once stood in front of foster home, as a means of sharing memories and maintaining contact with other alumni.
Description of Collection
The collection consists of materials gathered by alumni of the Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans and Association for Jewish Children including film footage of activities in the 1930s and early 1940s at the foster home’s property. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of residents, staff, and the grounds of the foster home primarily from the 1940s and 1950s as well as photographs of alumni reunions and gatherings. Also included is the alumni association newsletter, The Caribou, obituaries for former residents, newspaper clippings, and correspondence between alumni association members, most notably Ed and Annabelle Friedman and Alfred and Miriam Greenstein.
Organization and Arrangement
The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991037040995203811
Collection is open for research.
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Publication and Copyright Information
The 700 East Alumni Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creators/donors have not assigned their rights to Temple University Libraries. Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], 700 East Alumni Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Collection, SCRC 213, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Association for Jewish Children (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, SCRC 37, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Donated by the 700 East Alumni Association and association members Alfred Greenstein, Sam Freeman, and Annabelle Friedman between 1985 and 2015. A portion of this collection was previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Collection inventoried by Victoria Nichols, student assistant, and finding aid prepared in April 2019 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist.
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Association for Jewish Children (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Group homes for children -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jewish children -- Institutional care -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jewish orphanages -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Jews -- Societies, etc.
Box Folder Description
1 1 Alumni correspondence, A 1949, 2007
1 2 Alumni correspondence, B 1998-2014
1 3 Alumni correspondence, C 1996-1998, 2008
1 4 Alumni correspondence, D 1999-2005
1 5 Alumni correspondence, F 1996-1999
1 6 Alumni correspondence, G 1997-2013
1 7 Alumni correspondence, K 1998-2014
1 8 Alumni correspondence, L 1998-2015
1 9 Alumni correspondence, M 2007, 2010
1 10 Alumni correspondence, R 1998, 2001, 2006
1 11 Alumni correspondence, S 1957, 1998-2013
1 12 Alumni correspondence, T 2006
1 13 Alumni correspondence, W 1999-2002
1 14 The Caribou October 1995-2001
1 15 The Caribou March 2002-Fall 2008
1 16 Caribou mailing list 1989-2003
2 1 Film footage of 1930s-1941 activities at Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans, VHS and DVD access copy 2015, undated
2 2 General correspondence, clippings, and other records 1942-2007
2 3 Juniors 2002-2004
2 4 Photograph album (1 of 2) 1930-2010
2 5 Photograph album (2 of 2) 1930-2010
2 6 Photographs: Jewish Foster Home building, 700 East Church Lane circa 1980
2 7 Photographs: Pop Weiser luncheon, Bensalem, PA and other events on CD 2003, 2006
2 8 Photographs: residents and staff of Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans 1922-1941
2 9 Photographs: residents and staff of Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans 1937-1945
2 10 Photographs: reunions circa 1978-1985
2 11 Photographs: Ritz brothers at Foster Home for Hebrew Orphans 1938