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Chevra Bikur Cholim (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

SCRC 397

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Collection Summary 
Chevra Bikur Cholim (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records
Collection ID
SCRC 397
Chevra Bikur Cholim (Philadelphia, Pa.)
0.4 linear feet (1 box + 1 map folder)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English
Detailed Collection Information 
Historical Note
The Chevra Bikur Cholim is a Philadelphia-based Jewish burial society responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery. They were founded in 1861 with the expressed purpose to visit the sick, care for the needy, to offer last rites, and bury the dead. The organization opened the Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery shortly after its founding. The society is comprised of members who pay reservation and maintenance fees so that they and their families will be buried according to Jewish tradition, and their grave sites will receive perpetual care. Not all society members are buried in the Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery. although all of those buried in the cemetery were society members.
Description of Collection 
Chevra Bikur Cholim Records consist of materials pertaining to the Chevra Bikur Cholim organization and its management of the Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery. Documents include plans for the Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery; index cards and photocopies of additional index cards tracking burials, dues, maintenance fees, and reservations; correspondence regarding organization business; several newsletters; two organizational histories; a short run of the Jewish Advancer newspaper from 1919-1920, which was published under the auspices of the Chevra Bikur Cholim and covered news for and about Jewish fraternal societies in the city; and a computer printout of a burial registry. Also included is a microfilm copy of a registry listing burials and plot reservations from 1864 to 1985. The registry itself was created in 1939 and maintained through 1985. Though all of the materials were created in the twentieth century, they include the historical record of the burial grounds dating from its opening through the 1980s.
Organization and Arrangement 
Collection is arranged alphabetically by material type.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036970508003811
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 Chevra Bikur Cholim (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The 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. 
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Chevra Bikur Cholim (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, SCRC 397, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Samuel Stillman, Chevra Bikur Cholim Historian, in 1987-1989 and Elaine Kolinsky in 1997. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Separated Material
A map of the Chodorkover Association’s burial plots in the Mt. Sharon Cemetery (Springfield, Pa.) was moved to the Vertical Files on the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia, SCRC 225. A program for the Krakauer Beneficial Society’s 90th anniversary was moved to the Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society Records SCRC 180, Series 1: Krakauer Beneficial Society.
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in December 2018 by Casey Babcock, Project Archivist. 
This collection is described at the folder level.
Index Terms 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Corporate Names:
Chevra Bikur Cholim (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jewish cemeteries--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Jews--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--Societies, etc.
Jews--United States--Social life and customs
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Material Types: 
Administrative records
Box      Folder    Description
1          1          Computer printout of burial registry, 1864-1970          1990s
1          2          Correspondence, newsletters, organizational histories, and lists          1942-1986
1          3          Index card photocopies and lists of burial lot records, 1864-1970          undated
1          4          Index cards of burial lot records, 1864-1970          1967-1970
M15          b          Newspaper, Jewish Advancer          March 1919-April 1920
M15          b          “Plan of the Chevra Bikur Cholim Cemetery” (2 copies)          1942 May
1          5          “Registry of Chevra Bikur Cemetery, 1864-1985” (microfilm)          1939-1985