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American Hebrew Society Collection

Collection ID

SCRC 184

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Collection Summary 
American Hebrew Society Collection
1906-1983, bulk 1928-1983
Collection ID
SCRC 184
American Hebrew Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2.35 linear feet (4 boxes + 4 map folders)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials primarily in English with some materials in Yiddish.
Detailed Collection Information 
Historical Note
The American Hebrew Society was founded in 1901 as the Roumanian Workingmen’s Beneficial Association.  The association initially provided Romanian Jewish immigrants with integration assistance, but grew to offer its members social events, sick benefits, and internment planning.  After realizing that the association’s name did not identify the organization as Jewish, the group was renamed the Roumanian Hebrew Beneficial Association.  In 1965, the association changed its name once again to the American Hebrew Society.  
Description of Collection 
This collection contains the correspondence, financial statements, meeting minutes, and membership files of the American Hebrew Society.  It also includes cemetery records for the association’s reserved plots in Har Jehuda, Har Nebo, and Mt. Sharon cemeteries.     
Organization and Arrangement 
The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5857961~S30
Research Access 
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. 
Publication and Copyright Information
The American Hebrew Society Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors 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.
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], American Hebrew Society Collection, SCRC 184, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Collection materials donated by the following donors: Mildred Berdrick, 1986; Dora Gottenberg in 1976 and 1997, David Doret in 1996, and Rose LeSavoy and James Robb in 1994 and 1995.
Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in September 2015 by Jenna Marrone, Project Archivist, Special Collections Research Center. 
Index Terms
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Corporate Names:
American Hebrew Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Har Jehuda Cemetery (Upper Darby, Pa.)
Har Nebo Cemetery (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Mt. Sharon Cemetery (Springfield, Pa.)
Roumanian Hebrew Beneficial Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Roumanian Workingmen’s Beneficial Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) 
Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Societies, etc.
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Material Types: 
Administrative records
Financial records
Ledgers (account books)
Membership lists
Souvenir programs
Box   Folder    Description
1          1          Anniversary program          1906
1          2          Anniversary programs          1951-1953
1          3          Anniversary programs          1955, 1958, 1960
1          4          Benefit register          1926-1967
M1          D          Charter          1902
1          5          Correspondence, general (some photocopies)          1945-1983
1          6          Correspondence, general          1954-1966
1          7          Correspondence, meeting minutes, and amendment regarding organization name change          1965
1          8          Correspondence regarding cemetery plots          1928, 1954-1965
1          9          Correspondence regarding cemetery plots (some photocopies)          1931-1978
1          10          Dues receipt book          1952-1968
1          11          Dues receipt book          1966-1967
1          12          Dues receipt book          1969-1971
1          13          Dues receipt book          1971-1973
1          14          Dues receipt book          1973-1976
1          15          Dues receipt book          1976-1980
M1          D          Financial statement          1901
1          16          Financial statements          1968-1981, undated
1          17          Financial statements, Special Fund          1969-1980
4                        Gavel          undated
M1          D          Har Jehuda Cemetery grave maps          circa 1960s
1          18          Har Jehuda Cemetery permits          1928-1971
1          19          Har Nebo Cemetery permits          1928-1966
3          1          Meeting minutes          1943-1963
1          20          Meeting minutes          1948-1966
2          1          Meeting minutes          1949-1966
2          2          Meeting minutes          1956-1966
1          21          Mt. Sharon Cemetery permits          1958-1972
1          22          Mt. Sharon Cemetery plot reservation notebooks and grave certificates          1941-1968, undated
1          23          News clippings (photocopies)          circa 1960s
M1          D          Sketch plans for bronze plaque          1968