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Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia (Pa.) Records: Series 5, 6, and 7

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Series 5: Subject files and books, 1802-1988, bulk 1864-1963
Series 6: Photographs, 1916-1992, bulk 1938-1969
Series 7: Memorabilia, 1862-1988, bulk 1920-1940 
 
 
Series 5: Subject files and books, 1802-1988, bulk 1864-1963 
Series 5 is arranged chronologically and dates from 1802 to 1988, with the bulk of the records dating from 1864 to 1963. The series includes a collection of books and research files, mostly regarding the Jewish faith, as well as some that were published or written by Hebrew Sunday School Society members. These books and research files may have been used to enhance the education of students of the Sunday schools, as there are prayer books, books geared specifically towards instruction, curriculum guides from other organizations, children’s bibles, and even material in Braille and lists of Braille publications. There is a book included, identified as a Hebrew prayer book for fast days, that was owned and used by Rebecca Gratz, as well as “Flowers of the Holy Land,” a visually stunning book bound in wood and containing pressed flowers, which would be perfect for exhibition. Some of these books are in Hebrew and have not had their titles or contents translated. One text, “Recollections of my Aunt, Rebecca Gratz,” was written by Sarah Ann Hayes Mordecai, a niece, and provides an account of Rebecca Gratz and her life. Researchers will find source texts for instruction in this series.
 
Box      Folder      Description
74          17          "A Compendious Hebrew Lexicon, Adapted to the English Language," by Samuel Pike          1802
74          18          "Elements of the Jewish Faith, Translated from the Hebrew" by Rabbi S I Cohen          1817
75          1          "Alexander's Hebrew Ritual and Doctrinal Explanation of the Whole Ceremonial Law" by L Alexander          1819
75          2          "Damascus and Palmyra: A Journey to the East" by Charles G Addison, volume 2 of 2          1838
75          3          "Catechism for Younger Children" by Isaac Leeser          1839
75          4          "Elementary Introduction to the Scriptures, for the Use of Hebrew Children" by Simha C. Peixotto          circa 1840
75          5          "Scriptural Questions for the Use of Sunday Schools for the Instruction of Israelites" compiled by Bye. Pyke          1854
75          6          "Thoughts Suggested by Bible Texts," books published by Hebrew Sunday School Society          1860, 1869
76          1          "Meditations and Prayers for Every Situation and Occasion in Life" by Hester Rothschild          1864
76          2          "The Spirit of Judaism" by Grace Aguilar          1864
76          3          Sabbath readings and reflections          1865-1866, undated
76          4          Editions of The Occident and The Hebrew Watchword          1867, 1897-1898
76          5          "The Law of Moses" by the Reverend A P Mendes          1870
76          6          "Hymns for Divine Service in the Temple Emanu-el"          1871
77          1          "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll          1877
77          2          "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland" by Mary Mapes Dodge          1879
77          3          Russian Hebrew text          1879
77          4          "Elementary Introduction to the Scriptures, for the Use of Hebrew Children" by Simha C. Peixotto          1882
77          5          "Elementary Introduction to the Scriptures" Part III          circa 1882
77          6          "Recollections of my Aunt, Rebecca Gratz" by "one of her nieces" (Sarah Ann Hayes Mordecai)          1893
78          1          "The Religion of Israel" by Julius H. Greenstone          circa 1901
78          2          "Dedication of the New Synagogue of the Congregation Mikve Israel at Broad and York Streets on September 14, 1909 Elul 29 5669" booklet          1909
78          3          Hebrew reading aid, prayer cards, "Selected Hymns for Hebrew Sunday Schools" song book          1909, 1955, undated
78          4          "The Child's First Bible" by F de Sola Mendes          1912, 1915
78          5          "A Jewish Child's Book" by Katherine Myrtilla Cohen          1913
78          6          "Selected Hymns for Hebrew Sunday Schools"          1913
92          1          "Hymns for Jewish Religious Schools" song book          1916
78          7          "The Religion of Israel" by Rabbi Julius H Greenstone          1922
78          8          History curricula from other religious schools          1927-1934, undated
78          9          "Service for the First Two Nights of Passover" book          1928
78          10          "The Religion of Israel," by Julius H Greenstone          1929
78          11          "Selected Hymns for Jewish Religious Schools"          1929
78          12          Selected hymns in Braille          1930
79          1          "An Uncompleted Story by Pauline Lagarori," in Braille          1930
79          2          "Peter Krasirovo by Joseph Gaer," in Braille          circa 1930
79          3          "The Religion of Israel" by Rabbi Julius H Greenstone          1931
79          4          "Stories from Young Israel in the City of Wonders: Stars and Brickbats by Eugene Zak," in Braille          1931
79          5          "Stories from Young Israel by Different Authors," in Braille          1931
79          6          Hebrew primer          1939
79          7          Hillel Herald          1939-1940
79          8          "Jewish Contributions to American Democracy" address by Calvin Coolidge, 1925 reprint          1940
79          9          "The Book of Psalms"          1943
80          1          "Israel Speaks for Democracy" by Abraham H Israelitan          1943
80          2          "The Religion of Israel" by Rabbi Julius H Greenstone          1943
80          4          "An Outline of Functions of a Central Community Agency of Jewish Education" report          circa 1943
80          3          Copy of The Jewish Braille Review, letter and clipping regarding Bar and Bas of the blind          1943, 1966
80          5          "In Jewish Bookland: Newsletters of the Jewish Book Council of America"          1947-1948
80          6          Jewish Book Council of America: Pamphlets of religious books in libraries, Jewish Book Month          1947-1950, undated
80          7          Jewish Book Council of America: Pamphlets on Jewish Book Month, meeting minutes          September 30, 1948, undated
80          8          The Jewish Braille Review          April 1948
80          9          The Jewish Braille Review and letter regarding copies of publication          1948, 1951
80          10          "Chats:" A bulletin for teachers in Philadelphia Jewish schools          1948-1955
80          11          Jewish Exponent: Clippings and note          1949, 1950, undated
80          12          Labor Zionist Organization: Publications and related letters and programs          1949-1950
80          13          Codes of practice from other organizations          1959-1963
80          14          Issues of The JPS Bookmark newsletter, invitation to "A Day of Dedication," in honor of new translation of The Torah          1960, 1961, 1963, 1966
80          15          "The Book of Psalms"          1963
81          1          American Association for Jewish Education: Letters, pamphlets, publication lists          1964-1967, 1971
81          2          American Jewish Committee: Papers, reviews, and publication lists          1969-1971
81          3          Copy of 1952 "Philadelphia Self-Study of Jewish Education" and letter regarding new study          1978, undated
81          4          "Philadelphia: Portrait of a Jewish Heritage City" report by Anna Glassman          November 12, 1987
81          5          "Sesquicentennial of Service 1838-1988" by Ruth Braude Sarner booklet presented to Miriam Schneilov, President, Federation of Jewish Agencies          1988
81          6          American Jewish Archives pamphlet          undated
81          7          "Bible Workbook and Primer"          undated
81          8          "The Ceremonies of the Jews" book          undated
81          9          Curriculum guides from other organizations          undated
81          10          "Elements of Jewish Faith" by Rabbi S I Cohen (book)          undated
81          11          "Flowers of the Holy Land" book bound in wood cover and containing pressed flowers          undated
92          2          Hand-written hymn song book          undated
82          1          Hebrew prayer book for fast days, owned and used by Rebecca Gratz          undated
82          2          "The Songs of Solomon" book          undated
 
 
Series 6: Photographs, 1916-1992, bulk 1938-1969
Series 6 is arranged chronologically and dates from 1916 to 1992, with the bulk of the records dating from 1938 to 1969. The records include images of many of the events that took place at the schools, such as anniversary celebrations and graduations, summer training school and activities, annual luncheons, schools and their students, and board members, such as Executive Director Jennie Sichel and Mrs. Evelyn Margolis. Some of these photographs have annotations written on the back that may be helpful to researchers, but are not always reflected in the folder titles. Additionally, some of the unidentified photographs may include duplicates of identified photographs.
 
Box      Folder      Description
82          3          Photographs of 1916 Rodeph Sholem graduation, and other graduations and events          1916, 1963, 1969, undated
82          4          Photographs          1924-1930, 1935
82          5          Negative of photographs of "Gates of Israel School, Infant Class," and unidentified group at Hospital Israelite Meyer Rothschild          circa 1925
82          6          Photographs of various activities and groups          1929, 1943, 1945, 1948, undated
87          3          Photographs, Minnie Mayer High School and unknown luncheon          1932, circa 1972
82          7          Photographs of 100th Anniversary celebration          February 1938
82          8          Photographs of Anniversary celebrations and other unidentified events          1938, 1971, 1988, undated
93          2          Photographs          1938-1971, undated
82          9          Photographs and negative of Summer Training Schools various classes and activities          1940, 1941, undated
82          10          Photographs and negatives of scouting activities          circa 1940
82          11          Photographs and photocopy of students at summer school and activities          circa 1940, undated
82          12          Photographs and negative of classes and activities of summer training schools          1941, 1942, undated
82          13          Photographs of students at summer school          circa 1942
82          14          Photographs of various classes and activities          circa 1942, undated
82          15          Photographs of Kerem Israel students, classes, and unknown event          1942-1944, undated
83          1          Photographs of "Queen Esther and her court" and Irving M Guenther          June 24, 1943, February 25, 1945
83          2          Photographs of Tifareth classes and groups          1943-1949
83          3          Photographs of Beth Uziel school classes, groups, and activities          1945, 1949-1951
93          3          Photographs of various events and meetings, photographs of paintings of Rebecca Gratz          1945, 1962, 1963, 1987, undated
83          4          Photographs and negative of group with former Executive Director Jennie Sichel, photograph of unknown event          circa 1945, circa 1963, undated
83          5          Photograph of S. Melnick and Mrs. Phillip Margolis          circa 1957
93          4          Photographs          1958-1971, undated
93          5          Photographs, probably for publicity          1958-1973
83          6          Photographs          1961, 1969, 1987, 1991, undated
83          7          Photographs of various graduation ceremonies, meetings, and events, and photocopies and negatives of first site of school          1961-1965, 1968, undated
83          8          Photographs, slides, and negatives of Purim celebrations and other unknown events, letter describing Purim class project          1962, 1978, 1979, undated
83          9          Photographs and negative of 125th Anniversary exhibit at Philadelphia National Bank          September 29, 1963
83          10          Photograph of 125th Anniversary pilgrimage to Rebecca Gratz's grave, negative of photograph of portrait of Rebecca Gratz          October 16, 1963, undated
83          11          Photograph of Mayor James H Tate presenting certification for 130th Anniversary          1964
83          12          Photographs of group with Hebrew Education Society building cornerstone and first school location, negatives of photographs of 1891 and 1892 letters regarding first school location          1964, undated
83          13          Photographs          1965-1972, undated
83          14          Photographs of Purim carnival          1968
83          15          Photographs          1969-1993
83          16          Photographs of graduates and principals          circa 1970
83          17          Photographs and negative of 10th annual Evelyn A. Margolis lecture at Rodeph Sholem          circa 1970, undated
83          18          Photographs          circa 1971
83          19          Photographs and negatives          1971-1975
83          20          Photographs of Passover at Elwyn School          1973
84          1          Photograph negatives, "Purim '73 Elwyn, HSSS"          circa 1973
84          2          Photograph of Board of Managers          June 13, 1978
84          3          Photographs          circa 1980, undated
84          4          Photographs          1980s
84          5          Photograph albums, unknown events          circa 1990
84          6          Photographs of negatives          1992, undated
85          1          Duplicate photographs          undated
85          2          Photographs, 140th Anniversary luncheon          June 13 1978, undated
85          3          Photographs and negatives of portraits of Rebecca Gratz          undated
85          4          Photograph of portrait of Sabato Marais          undated
85          5          Photograph of Gratz College annual staff conference          undated
85          6          Photograph of group at "Elwyn School for the Mentally Retarded"          undated
85          7          Photograph of painting of Rebecca Gratz          undated
85          8          Photograph of plaque of Hebrew Day Nursery          undated
85          9          Prints and negative of 1926 graduating class of Minnie Mayer School          undated
85          10          Unidentified negatives          undated
 
 
 
Series 7: Memorabilia, 1862-1988, bulk 1920-1940            
Series 7 is arranged chronologically and dates from 1862 to 1988, with bulk dates from 1920 to 1940. The materials include items created for and by the Society, including anniversary pins, scrapbooks of clippings documenting the Society’s history, broadsides and banners, an embosser stamp with the HSSS seal, and certificates. There are also some notable historical artifacts, such as an embroidered bookmark created by Rebecca Gratz, a “testimonial plaque” given to Rebecca Gratz by teachers and students in 1862, and a pillow made by a student for the 150th Anniversary. Some of the items had previously been removed for exhibition, and some folders include exhibit cards as a result. The realia included in this series provides tactile and visually exciting material to add to the rich documentation included in the other series.
 
Box      Folder      Description
95                    "Testimonial plaque" given to Rebecca Gratz from teachers and students          March 4, 1862
85          11          75th Anniversary pin          1913
85          12          75th Anniversary pins          1913
85          12          Clippings scrapbook page          circa 1920s
85          14          Pages from scrapbook of clippings          circa 1920s
85          15          Scrapbook of clippings          circa 1920s
85          16          Pages from scrapbook of clippings          circa 1920s
85          17          Pages from scrapbook of clippings          1927, 1938-1940, undated
94          1          Pages from scrapbook of clippings (Volume 29, 1)          1928, undated
94          2          Certificates: Boy Scouts of America and City of Philadelphia 1930          1937, 1947, 1988
85          18          Shellac transcription records          circa 1930
94          3          Pages from scrapbook of clippings (Volume 29, 2)          1937
85          19          Pages from scrapbook of clippings (Volume 29, 3)          1940
94          4          Scrapbook of clippings          circa 1940s
85          20          Hebrew Sunday School Society commemorative pins          1953-1954, 1957, 1959
85          21          Hebrew Sunday School Society commemorative pins          1958
87          4          Tribute from the City of Philadelphia for 125th Anniversary          October 18, 1963
86          1          Certificates of appreciation and merit, reproduction of Hebrew Sunday School Society constitution          1973, undated
97                    Banners          undated
94          5          Broadsides          undated
86          2          Broadsides depicting Rebecca Gratz          undated
86          3          Embosser stamp          undated
86          4          Embroidered bookmark, greeting cards, prayer card          undated
94          6          Exhibition facsimile of Rebecca Gratz letter (1810)          undated
87          5          Hebrew Sunday School Society broadsides          undated
87          6          Hebrew Sunday School Society broadsides          undated
86          5          Hebrew Sunday School Society pennant          undated
98                    Matted photographs, reproductions, and posters for an exhibition          undated
94          7          Mockup for flyer of pamphlet          undated
86          6          Pillow made by student for 150th Anniversary          undated
86          7          Plaque depicting the Torah          undated
96          1          Reproduction of Rebecca Gratz portrait mounted on cardboard          undated
 
 
 
Finding Aid Links
Series 5: Subject files and books, 1802-1988, bulk 1864-1963
Series 6: Photographs, 1916-1992, bulk 1938-1969
Series 7: Memorabilia, 1862-1988, bulk 1920-1940