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HIAS Pennsylvania Records

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Series 1: Steamship ticket purchase ledgers, 1890-circa 1950s 
Series 2: Arrival records and port of entry card files, 1884-circa 1950s
Series 3: Naturalization forms and service card files, circa 1914-1952
Series 4: Administrative files, 1927-1998, undated (bulk 1952-1986) (Portions restricted)
 

Collection Inventory: Series 1-4

Series 1: Steamship ticket purchase ledgers, 1890-circa 1950s
Series 1 contains ledgers created by immigrant banks and steamship ticket agents that served the Philadelphia immigrant community.  These ledgers document the purchase of tickets for passage to and from America mostly for the purposes of immigration, but also for leisure and vacation travel. Although the steamship agents represented here predominantly arranged passage for Eastern European Jews, other immigrant communities utilized their services and are represented in these ledgers.  HIAS Pennsylvania acquired these ledgers in the 1940s in order to search records of arrivals for clients.  The steamship ticket purchase ledgers typically include information such as purchaser name, passenger name and age, ship name, ports of origin and arrival, and dates and ticket number.  This series is arranged into four subseries: Subseries 1.1: M.L. Blitzstein and Co. ledgers and index; Subseries 1.2: Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trusts ledgers; Subseries 1.3: M. Rosenbaum and Co. ledgers; and Subseries 1.4: Rosenbluth Brothers ledgers.  The bulk of the ledgers have been digitized and are available on the Libraries’ website: http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16002coll16.
 
 
Subseries 1.1: M. L. Blitzstein and Co. ledgers and index, 1899-circa 1950s
Subseries 1.1 contains steamship ticket purchase ledgers from M.L. Blitzstein and Co., a private bank founded in 1889 by immigrants Anna (Hannah) and Marcus (Moishe) Blitzstein.  The bank offered a range of financial services including saving and checking accounts, international money transfers, and the arrangement and sale of steamship tickets.  The bank closed in December 1930 after a high number of withdrawals from panicked depositors forced the bank’s closure.  The Blitzstein steamship ticket purchase ledgers include the following information: ticket number, price, and date of purchase; purchaser name and address; passenger name and age; steamship line and steamer name; and ports of departure and arrival.  This subseries also includes a card file index to the ledgers.  Information on the cards includes passenger name, the ledger volume and page number of the entry, and in some cases, the entry number.  The index card file is arranged alphabetically by passenger’s last name.  The steamship ledgers are arranged numerically by volume.
 
Box      Description
1          Volume 2          June 1899-April 1902
1          Volume 3          April 1902-December 1903
2          Volume 4          December 1903-November 1904
2          Volume 5          November 1904- January 1906
3          Volume 6          January-August 1906
3          Volume 7          August 1906-October 1907
4          Volume 8          October 1907-December 1909
4          Volume 9          December 1909-January 1911
5          Volume 10          June 1911-January 1913
5          Volume 11          January 1913-February 1914
6          Volume 12          February 1914- December 1921
6          Volume 13          December 1921-December 1930
7          Index: Aaninberg-Bereiderman          circa 1950s
8          Index: Berekan-Bulger          circa 1950s
9          Index: Bulishnik-Drubitzkie          circa 1950s
10          Index: Drubitzky-Freeman          circa 1950s
11          Index: Freese-Goldenzwag          circa 1950s
12          Index: Golder-Heller          circa 1950s
13          Index: Hellner-Kasper          circa 1950s
14          Index: Kasperska-Krakowski          circa 1950s
15          Index: Krakowskie-Levy          circa 1950s
16          Index: Lew-Mazirok          circa 1950s
17          Index: Mazirow-Oleinik          circa 1950s
18          Index: Olenberg-Rabinowici          circa 1950s
19          Index: Rabinowitz-Rudoi          circa 1950s
20          Index: Rudoschewsky-Schparber          circa 1950s
21          Index: Schperling-Snyder          circa 1950s
22          Index: Snyderman-Titiewsky          circa 1950s
23          Index: Titman-Werker          circa 1950s
24          Index: Werlinsky-Zwonetsky          circa 1950s
            
          
Subseries 1.2: Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trusts ledgers, 1906-1948
Subseries 1.2 contains steamship ticket purchase ledgers that were created by a banking concern that changed hands many times over the course of its existence.  Most of the ledgers were filled out at the bank’s 7th and Girard Avenues branch—an office location that remained throughout the bank’s many mergers.  The earliest ledgers in this subseries were created by Lipshutz & Wurzel, a railroad and steamship travel ticket agency.  In 1915, the company converted to the banking business and was renamed People’s Bank.  In 1923, they merged with the People’s Trust Company.  Shortly thereafter, in 1927, People’s Bank and Trust merged with the Colonial Trust Company and took its name.  In 1930, the Colonial Trust Company merged with The Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on Lives and Granting Annuities, which became The Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trusts by 1947.  Each entry contains the ticket purchaser’s name and address; the passenger’s name, age, and address; steamship line and steamer name; departure and landing locations; ticket price and number; and the date of purchase.  The early ledgers are prefaced by an index that includes a list of names and the page number or the related entry.  This subseries is arranged chronologically by ticket purchase date.  Please note that some ledgers dating from 1906 to 1923 are available only in a PDF file, on microfilm, or a print out from microfilm in the repository.  
 
Box       Description
25          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #101-870 (PDF file, microfilm copy, or print out from microfilm)          October 1906-October 1907
25          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #1-120 (PDF file, microfilm copy, print out from microfilm)          November 1909-November 1910
25          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #4161-5382 (print out from microfilm)          June 1910-February 1911
26          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #5383-7436 (PDF file, microfilm copy, or print out from microfilm)          February 1911-May 1912
26          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #7437-11637 (PDF file, microfilm copy, or print out from microfilm)          May 1912-August 1913
26          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #11638-13197 (print out from microfilm)          August 1913-February 1914
26          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #13198-16023 (print out from microfilm)          February 1914-May 1920
26          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #15992-17795(print out from microfilm)          March 1920-May 1923
26          Steamship ticket purchase ledger: Order #1-1099 (print out from microfilm)          April 1919-June 1923
27          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          May 1923-December 1924
28          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          February 1924-December 1926
29          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          January 1927-December 1928
30          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          January 1929-December 1931
31          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          January 1932-December 1936
32          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          January 1937-December 1938
33          Steamship ticket purchase ledger          January 1939-December 1948
 
 
Subseries 1.3: M. Rosenbaum and Co. ledgers, 1890-1934           
Subseries 1.3 contains steamship ticket purchase ledgers created by M. Rosenbaum and Co., a private banking firm established in 1885 by Morris Rosenbaum, an Austro-Hungarian immigrant, and his wife, Hannah.  Rosenbaum and Co. was located at 603 South 3rd Street and provided foreign exchange services and sold steamship and railroad tickets. In 1930, Morris retired from the private bank, turning operations over to Alexander S. Berkowitz.  On December 27, 1934, M. Rosenbaum and Co. was taken over by the State Banking Department after an examination revealed that the bank failed to comply with certain conditions set by the state.  The ledger entries contain the ticket number, price, and date of purchase; departure and landing locations; and passenger name.  Some entries contain additional information, including the ticket purchaser’s name and address.  The ledgers also contain passenger indexes that can be found in various locations within the ledgers.  The steamship ledgers are arranged numerically by volume. 
 
Box       Description
34          Volume 1 (includes loose materials removed from ledgers)          May 1890-April 1893
35          Volume 2          April-December 1893
35          Volume 3          January-December 1894
36          Volume 4          January-December 1895
36          Volume 5          January-December 1896
36          Volume 6          January-December 1897
37          Volume 7          January-December 1898
37          Volume 8          January-December 1899
37          Volume 9          August-December, 1900    
38          Volume 10          January-August, 1900    
38          Volume 11          January-October, 1901    
38          Volume 12          January-October, 1902    
39          Volume 13          January-November, 1903    
39          Volume 14          January-September, 1904    
40          Volume 15          January-December, 1905    
41          Volume 16          September-December 1904, January, 1906    
41          Volume 17          January-September 1906
42          Volume 18          September 1906-December 1907
43          Volume 19          December 1907, January 1908-December 1909    
44          Volume 20          January 1910-December 1911
45          Volume 21          January 1912-December 1913
46          Volume 22          January 1914-May 1924
47          Volume 23          June 1924-November 1934
47          Volume 24          October-December 1901, November-December 1902, November-December 1903    
              
        
Subseries 1.4: Rosenbluth Brothers ledgers, 1906-1948           
Subseries 1.4 contains steamship ticket purchase ledgers created by Rosenbluth Brothers travel agency.  The company was founded in 1892 and initially sold passage between New York and Philadelphia before expanding to include corporate and leisure travel arrangements.  The ledgers contain information such as: name and address of the ticket purchaser; date of purchase and ticket price; name, age, and address of the passenger; the booked from and to, steamer line and ship name; date of departure; and ports of departure and arrival.  Each ledger is prefaced by an index that includes a list of names and the page number or the related entry.  The ledgers are arranged chronologically. Please note that two of the ledgers are available only on microfilm or as print outs from microfilm.
 
Box     Folder     Description
48                      Steamship ticket purchase ledger          May 1907-April 1910
49          1          Steamship ticket purchase ledger (microfilm copy or print out from microfilm)          April 1922-December 1931
49          2          Steamship ticket purchase ledger (microfilm copy or print out from microfilm)          January 1932-March 1950
49          3          Index          1907-1910
49          4          Index          1922-1950
 
 
Series 2: Arrival records and port of entry card files, 1884-circa 1950s
Series 2 contains ships passenger list ledgers and index card files that record information on Jewish immigrants who arrived at the Philadelphia port from 1884-1945.   These records were produced both by HIAS and the National Council of Jewish Women.  Importantly, this series also includes an index of all immigrants whose arrival was recorded by HIAS.  Series 2 is organized into six subseries: Subseries 2.1: Arrival records for the years 1884-1952; Subseries 2.2: Ship passenger list ledgers; Subseries 2.3: HIAS port of entry card files, Subseries 2.4: National Council of Jewish Women port of entry card files, Subseries 2.5: Detainee card files, and Subseries 2.6: Landing verification cards.
 
Subseries 2.1: Compiled arrival records for the years 1884-1952, circa 1950s              
Subseries 2.1 contains an index of the HIAS’s accumulated immigrant arrival records.  The indexes include information such as: immigrant name, age, gender, nationality, date of immigration, and ship name.  Some listings also include notes on the immigrant’s final destination.  Most of the copies are oversize ledgers, though some letters are printouts from microfilm.  Within each index, entries are listed first chronologically by date of arrival, and then alphabetically by immigrant’s last name.  The arrival record indexes are arranged alphabetically.
 
Box       Description
50          A          circa 1950s
51          B          circa 1950s          
52          C-D          circa 1950s          
53          E-F          circa 1950s          
54          G          circa 1950s          
55          H,I,J          circa 1950s          
56          K,L,M          circa 1950s         
57          N,O,P,Q          circa 1950s         
58          R          circa 1950s          
59          S-Z          circa 1950s          
 
 
Subseries 2.2: Ship passenger list ledgers, 1884-1921
Subseries 2.2 contains fifteen ledgers kept by HIAS, first as the Association of Jewish Immigrants, and later as the Association for the Protection of Jewish Immigrants.   The ledgers record the arrival of Jewish immigrants into the Philadelphia port between 1884-1921.  The bulk of the ledgers contain some or all of the following information: passenger name, age, gender, nationality, and occupation; date of arrival and ship name; and final destination.  Some ledgers include notes on financial assistance given to the immigrant.  The first ledger in this subseries is unique in that it records information on immigrants who made use of the association’s temporary lodging house, including the number of meals consumed and nights stayed.   The second ledger contains notes for a report to the board of directors written by Moses Klein, the association’s port representative.  Although the ledgers extend to 1921, researchers interested in post-1914 arrival records are encouraged to check Subseries 2.3: HIAS port of entry card files, for more complete records.  The ledgers in this subseries are arranged chronologically.     
Box       Description
60          Volume 1 (Lodging)          November 1884-March 1887
61          Volume 2 (includes board reports)          November 1886-October 1887
62          Volume 3          November 1887-June 1891
63          Volume 4          June 1891-February 1892
64          Volume 5          March 1892-August 1893
65          Volume 6          August 1893-December 1894
66          Volume 7          January 1895-April 1898
67          Volume 8          April 1898-July 1901
68          Volume 9          August 1901-May 1903
69          Volume 10          May 1903-April 1905
70          Volume 11 (includes loose materials removed from ledgers)          April 1905-September 1909
71          Volume 12          October 1909-March 1912
72          Volume 13 (includes loose materials removed from ledgers)          April 1912-September 1913
73          Volume 14          January-June 1913
73          Volume 15          July-December 1913, January 1915-August 1921    
 
 
Subseries 2.3: HIAS port of entry card files, circa 1913-1945
Subseries 2.3 contains HIAS’s records on arriving immigrants.  The card files represent a continuation of ship passenger list ledgers.  Though most cards were created when an immigrant arrived in Philadelphia, there are some records that were created by HIAS in New York.  Information recorded on the cards includes the immigrant’s name, age, and occupation; last permanent residence and final destination; steamer name, date of arrival, and the number of people in their party.  The cards also indicate an immigrant’s financial situation and literacy skills.  The cards are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the immigrant.  Please note that the cards have been maintained in their original order and may not be strictly alphabetized.  Port cards with limited information, as well as carbon copies of original cards, can be found at the end of the series.  
 
Box       Description
74          Abramson-Burgin          circa 1913-1945
75          Burland-Fcheles          circa 1913-1945
76          Feder-Golar          circa 1913-1945
77          Gold-Irsshanskaja          circa 1913-1945
78          Isaacstein-Klotz          circa 1913-1945
79          Klugfeld-Leyman          circa 1913-1945
80          Liachowitzki-Myackin          circa 1913-1945
81          Myamacher-Rabuchima          circa 1913-1945
82          Rachek-Scheines          circa 1913-1945
83          Scheinfeld-Sokolinsky          circa 1913-1945
84          Sokolovsky-Wattman          circa 1913-1945
85          Watsarman-Zywica          circa 1913-1945
85          General, no date or ship          circa 1913-1945          
87          General, no date or ship          circa 1913-1945          
86          Carbon copies          circa 1913-1945
 
 
Subseries 2.4: National Council of Jewish Women port of entry and face card files, circa 1911-1947
Subseries 2.4 contains the council’s records on Jewish immigrants arriving in Philadelphia.  Many of these card files were created at the Philadelphia office, though if an immigrant arrived at the New York port, the record was created by the New York branch and sent down.  In these cases, the Philadelphia branch of the council’s Bureau of Service to Foreign Born was responsible for paying a “welcome call” on the new residents.  The NCJW port of entry card files differ from those created by HIAS in that many are face cards, a common 1920s social service method for recording summary information about clients.  As a result, in addition to the standard arrival information, the face cards also include narrative information about the agency’s interaction with the client. Cards are arranged alphabetically by immigrant’s last name.  Please note that the cards have been maintained in their original order and may not be strictly alphabetized. 
 
Box       Description
87          Aptekir-Brody          circa 1911-1947
88          Brojdo-Gitonirskaya          circa 1911-1947
89          Ghitmad-Laska          circa 1911-1947
90          Laskowa-Primus          circa 1911-1947
91          Pronman-Sommerfeld          circa 1911-1947
92          Sonerfeld-Zywica          circa 1911-1947
 
 
Subseries 2.5: Detainee card files, 1913-1943
Subseries 2.5 contains one box of index cards that document cases of immigrants detained at the Philadelphia port.  The cards contain such information as: immigrant name, date or arrival, destination, reason for detention, and case resolution.   As noted on the cards, immigrants were detained for many reasons, including sickness, insufficient funds, and because they were not claimed by an American sponsor at the port.  Immigrants were also sometimes detained on suspicion of mental illness or illiteracy, and were listed as liable to become a public charge (LPC).  Though most of the cases in this subseries were resolved and the immigrant released, there are some instances of deportation.  The cards do not contain narrative information, but rather include brief notes on the detention case.  The cards are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the detainee.
 
Box       Description
93          Detainee card files          1913-1943
 
 
Subseries 2.6: Landing verification cards, 1913-1921
Subseries 2.6 contains information gathered in order to verify an immigrant’s arrival in the United States.  Information collected on the cards includes the immigrant’s name, address, nationality, date of arrival, port of debarkation, and steamer name.  The information on the cards was then sent to the HIAS branch affiliate closest to the port of debarkation for verification.  Some cards note whether arrival could be verified.  The cards are arranged alphabetically by immigrant’s last name.
 
Box       Description
94          Landing verification cards          1913-1921
 
 
Series 3: Naturalization forms and service card files, circa 1914-1952
Series 3 contains files on clients who requested naturalization assistance from HIAS and the National Council of Jewish Women.  The series contains client card files, naturalization applications, naturalization service forms, client name change reports, and petition cards.  This series has been organized into six subseries: Subseries 3.1: HIAS naturalization service card files; Subseries 3.2: National Council of Jewish Women naturalization service card files; Subseries 3.3: Naturalization applications, Subseries 3.4: Naturalization and record of arrival service forms; Subseries 3.5: Name change reports for naturalization services; and Subseries 3.6: Petition card files.
 
Subseries 3.1: HIAS naturalization service card files, circa 1914-1952
Subseries 3.1 contains HIAS’s records on clients who utilized their services in the naturalization process.  Each index card contains narrative information that may include the immigrant’s current name, former name, and address; names of parents and children, birth dates, children’s birth dates, wedding date, hometown, and date of application.  The cards are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the client.  Please note that if an immigrant changed his or her last name, the files are alphabetized according to the chosen name.  
 
Box       Description
95          Aaron-Berezovsky          circa 1914-1939
96          Berg-Cartun          circa 1914-1939
97          Caselman-Dezure          circa 1914-1939
98          Diamond-Fleischman          circa 1914-1939
99          Fleisher-Gnepp          circa 1914-1939
100          Goald-Gruber          circa 1914-1939
101          Gruberg-Katransky          circa 1914-1939
102          Katz-Kupelnik          circa 1914-1939
103          Kuperman-Logvinsky          circa 1914-1939
104          Loheit-Mortin          circa 1914-1939
105          Morton-Podolnick          circa 1914-1939
106          Podolsky-Rosenthal          circa 1914-1939
107          Rosenzweig-Sefres          circa 1914-1939
108          Segal-Sinetsky          circa 1914-1939
109          Singer-Stuckenman          circa 1914-1939
110          Stucker-Weinstein          circa 1914-1939
111          Weinstock-Zyla          circa 1914-1939
112          First papers, A-Z          1940-1952
112          Second Papers A-H          1940-1952
113          Second papers I-Z          1940-1952
 
 
Subseries 3.2: National Council of Jewish Women naturalization service card files, circa 1939-1951
Subseries 3.2 contains the council’s files on immigrants who utilized their assistance throughout the naturalization process.  Information on the cards includes the client’s current name as well as name upon arrival; steamer name, port name, and date of arrival; current address, occupation, birth date, birthplace, parents’ names, and spouse and children’s names.  The cards also indicate which action the client is taking in the two-step naturalization process; filing either “first” papers, the declaration of intent to naturalize, or “second” papers, the formal naturalization petition.  The cards are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the client.
 
Box       Description
114          Aaron-Bryer          circa 1939-1951
115          Buchak-Fischhof          circa 1939-1951
116          Fischl-Gwiszcz          circa 1939-1951
117          Haas-Keyser          circa 1939-1951
118          Kiefsky-Manus          circa 1939-1951
119          Marcus-Philipp          circa 1939-1951
120          Pia-Schloss          circa 1939-1951
121          Schmerling-Strauss          circa 1939-1951
122          Streichers-Zwicker          circa 1939-1951
 
 
Subseries 3.3: Naturalization applications, circa 1931-1942
Subseries 3.3 contains forms that represent the first step in applying for citizenship.  Entitled the “Application for a Certificate of Arrival and Preliminary Form for Petition for Citizenship,” the form provides information necessary to filing a petition for naturalization.  Interspersed in this series are related forms, such as applications for derivative citizenship, alien registration, re-entry permits, and an application to replace a lost or stolen naturalization form.  This series is arranged alphabetically by immigrant’s last name.
 
Box     Folder     Description                
123          1          A          1932-1939
123          2          Bae-Bau          1932-1939
123          3          Bea-Bet          1931-1939
123          4          Bi-Bl          1934-1938
123          5          Bob-Bor          1933-1939
123          6          Bra-Bro          1932-1939
123          7          Bu          1931-1939
123          8          Ca-Cl          1932-1939
123          9          Co-Cu          1932-1939
123          10          Da-Dl          1931-1939
123          11          Do-Dz          1932-1939
123          12          E          1932-1940
123          13          Fa-Fi          1932-1940             
124          1          Fl-Fr          1931-1939
124          2          Ga-Gi          1932-1939
124          3          Gla-Gol          1932-1939
124          4          Gom-Got          1931-1939
124          5          Gr-Gu          1932-1939
124          6          Ha-He          1933-1939
124          7          Hi-Hy          1933-1939
124          8          I          1932-1939
124          9          J          1932-1938
124          10          Kah-Kas          1931-1938
124          11          Kat-Kis          1932-1939
124          12          Kl-Kop          1932-1939               
125          1          Kor-Ku          1931-1939
125          2          La          1933-1939
125          3          Le          1932-1939
125          4          Li-Lo          1931-1939
125          5          Lu-Ly          1933-1939
125          6          Ma          1932-1940
125          7          Mc          1932-1939
125          8          Me-Mi          1931-1939
125          9          Mo-My          1931-1938
125          10          Na-Nj          1932-1939
125          11          O          1934-1939
125          12          Pa-Pe          1932-1939
125          13          Ph-Pu          1931-1939               
126          1          Ra-Ri          1932-1939
126          2          Rob-Ros          1931-1939
126          3          Rot-Ru          1932-1938
126          4          Sa-Sca          1931-1939
126          5          Sch-Sh          1931-1940
126          6          Se-Sr          1931-1939
126          7          Sta-V          1931-1940              
127          1          W          1931-1942
127          2          X-Z          1932-1939
 
 
Subseries 3.4: Naturalization and record of arrival service forms, 1937-1952
Subseries 3.4 includes internal forms filled out in the course of providing naturalization services.  Clients inquired after the status of their naturalization application or requested the agency’s assistance in obtaining copies of birth records and marriage certificates, as well as record of arrival information.  This subseries is arranged chronologically by date of the form, and then alphabetically by client’s last name.  
 
Box     Folder     Description
127          3          A-F          1937-1938
127          4          G-O          1937-1938
127          5          P-Z          1937-1938
127          6          A-Z          1949
127          7          A-Z          1950              
128          1          A-H          1951
128          2          K-R          1951
128          3          S-Z          1951
128          4          A-J          1952
128          5          K-R          1952
128          6          S-Z          1952
 
 
Subseries 3.5: Name change reports for naturalization services, 1939
Subseries 3.5 contains print-out files on clients whose names had changed since entering the United States.  The files contain information that is not contextualized although some are interspersed with service applications.  This series is arranged alphabetically by the client’s most recent last name.
 
Box     Folder     Decription
128          7          A-B          1939
128          8          C-E          1939
128          9          F-H          1939              
129          1          J-L          1939
129          2          M-R          1939
129          3          S          1939
129          4          T-Z          1939
129          5          General: derivative citizenship, 1939
 
 
Subseries 3.6: Petition card files, circa 1924-1937
Subseries 3.6 contains index card files recording information about naturalized citizens who petition for family members to be allowed legally to immigrate to the United States.  The cards include the petitioner’s name and address, as well as the potential immigrant’s name, age, location, and relationship to the petitioner.  The cards also include the petitioner’s naturalization number, as well as the date and location of naturalization.  The cards are arranged alphabetically by petitioner’s last name.
 
Box       Description
130          Petition card files          circa 1924-1937
 
Series 4: Administrative files (Portions restricted), 1927-1998, undated (bulk 1952-1986)
Series 4 contains the organizational records of HIAS and Council Migration Services.  Materials include correspondence, financial reports, fundraising files, meeting minutes, and project files.  Almost all of the materials post-date the 1952 merger of HIAS and the Philadelphia branch of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Bureau of Service to Foreign Born.  This series has been further divided into nine subseries: Subseries 4.1: Annual Meeting and special events files; Subseries 4.2: Board of directors and committee meeting files; Subseries 4.3: Cooperating agencies; Subseries 4.4: Correspondence; Subseries 4.5: Financial files (Portions restricted); Subseries 4.6: Fundraising and membership files (Bulk restricted); Subseries 4.7: Monthly case lists and arrival records (Restricted); Subseries 4.8: Office files; and Subseries 4.9: Statistical reports.   
 
Subseries 4.1: Annual Meeting and special events files, 1952-1995
Subseries 4.1 contains materials relating to HIAS Pennsylvania’s annual luncheon meetings, fundraisers, and gala events.  Materials include correspondence, invitation lists, and related planning materials, as well as material from the events, including lists of attendees, programs, and speech transcripts.  This subseries is organized alphabetically by event title, and then chronologically.
 
Box     Folder     Description
131          1          100th Anniversary Gala          1982
131          2          100th Anniversary Gala          1982
131          3          Annual Meeting          1952
131          4          Annual Meeting          1954
131          5          Annual Meeting          1955
131          6          Annual Meeting          1956
131          7          Annual Meeting          1957
131          8          Annual Meeting          1958
131          9          Annual Meeting          1961
131          10          Annual Meeting          1963
131          11          Annual Meeting          1973
131          12          Annual Meeting          1975
131          13          Annual Meeting          1976
131          14          Annual Meeting          1977
131          15          Annual Meeting          1978
131          16          Annual Meeting          1979
131          17          Annual Meeting          1980
131          18          Annual Meeting          1981
131          19          Annual Meeting          1983
131          20          Annual Meeting          1984
131          21          Annual Meeting          1985
132          1          Annual Meeting          1986
132          2          Annual Meeting          1987
132          3          Annual Meeting          1991
132          4          Annual Meeting          1995
132          5          Benefit Concert          1979
132          6          Naturalization ceremonies          1985-1986
132          7          Thanksgiving Cocktail Reception Fundraiser          1977
 
Subseries 4.2: Board of directors and committee meeting files, 1952-1998
Subseries 4.2 contains correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports generated by HIAS and Council Migration Services’s committees.  In addition to the board of directors, this subseries also includes materials from committees such as the Case Committee, the Executive Committee, the Legislative Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Program Committee.  This subseries is arranged alphabetically by committee name, and then chronologically.
 
Box     Folder     Description
132          8          Arrangements Committee: meeting minutes and member lists          1957-1967
132          9          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1952-1959
132          10        Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1960-1970
132          11        Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1960-1970
132          12        Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1974-1975
132          13        Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1976-1977
133          1          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1977-1978
133          2          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1978-1979
133          3          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1979-1980
133          4          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1980-1981
133          5          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1981-1982
133          6          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1982-1983
133          7          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1983-1984
133          8          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1984-1985
133          9          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1984-1985
133          10          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1986-1987
134          1          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1987-1988
134          2          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1988-1989
134          3          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1989-1990
134          4          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1990-1991
134          5          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1991-1992
134          6          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1992-1993
134          7          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1993-1994
134          8          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1994-1995
134          9          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1995-1996
134          10          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1996-1997
134          11          Board of directors: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1997-1998
134          12          Board of directors: lists of members and officers          1955-1967
134          13          Board of directors: lists of members and officers          1968-1975
134          14          Board of directors: lists of members and officers          1976-1986, undated    
134          15          Board of directors: new board orientation packets          1977-1983
135          1          Budget Committee: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1983-1985
135          2          By-Laws Committee: correspondence          1982-1984, 1991    
135          3          Case Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1958-1964
135          4          Case Committee: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1974-1981
135          5          Case Committee: correspondence and reports          1983-1985
135          6          Citizenship Committee: correspondence          1983
135          7          Executive Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1954-1970
135          8          Executive Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1975-1984
135          9          Fee Charging Committee: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1956-1963
135          10          Finance Committee: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1957-1962
136          1          Fundraising Committee: correspondence          1993
136          2          House Committee: correspondence and reports          1963-1967
136          3          Legal Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1958-1962
136          4          Legislative Committee: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports              1960, 1976-1982    
136          5          Membership Committee: member lists          1964-1967
136          6          Nominating Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1954-1969
136          7          Nominating Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1976-1982
136          8          Nominating Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1983-1985
136          9          Office Property Committee: correspondence and reports          1959-1960
136          10          Oral History Committee: correspondence          1985
136          11          Orientation and Integration Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1964-1970
136          12          Personnel Committee: correspondence          1958-1985
136          13          Planning Committee: correspondence          1983
136          14          Program Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1976-1985
136          15          Public Relations Committee: correspondence          1966-1969, 1983-1986    
136          16          Reception Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1976
136          17          Search Committee: agenda, correspondence, and notes          1982
136          18          Southeast Asian Committee: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1983-1988
136          19          Synagogue Appeal Committee: correspondence          1958-1963
136          20          Volunteer Services Committee: reports          1956-1967
136          21          Ways and Means Committee: correspondence and meeting minutes          1964-1968
136          22          General: lists of committee members          circa 1979-1985
136          23          General: lists of committee members          circa 1979-1985
 
 
Subseries 4.3: Cooperating agencies and task force files, 1976-1986, undated
Subseries 4.3 includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and planning materials from HIAS and Council Migration Service’s involvement with similar organizations.  HIAS also participated in special meetings and task forces organized to discuss Philadelphia’s immigrant communities.  In addition to the national HIAS organization, this subseries also includes material from the Association of Jewish Agency Executives, the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia Task Force on Resettlement, the Golden Slipper Club, and the Southeast Asian Refugee Task Force of Greater Philadelphia, among others.  This subseries is arranged alphabetically by agency name, and then chronologically.
 
Box     Folder     Description
137          1          Association of Jewish Agency Executives: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1983-1986
137          2          Association of Jewish Agency Executives: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1983-1986
137          3          Cooperating agencies: Cooperative Agreement          1984-1985
137          4          Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, Task Force on Resettlement: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1979-1982
137          5          Golden Slipper Club: Operation Russian Relocation (ORR)          1982
137          6          HIAS (National): correspondence and reports          1983-1985
137          7          HIAS (National): correspondence and reports          1983-1985
137          8          HIAS (National) committees: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1978-1979
137          9          HIAS (National) committees: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1980-1981
138          1          Jewish Employment and Vocational Services (JEVS) contact information          undated
138          2          Jewish Family Service (JFS): agenda, correspondence, and meeting minutes          1976
138          3          Refugee Assistance Program (RAP): correspondence and reports          1980-1982
138          4          Refugee Assistance Program (RAP): forms          1982
138          5          Refugee Services Consortium: memoranda and research files          circa 1982
138          6          Refugee Task Force: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1983
138          7          Southeast Asian Refugee Task Force of Greater Philadelphia: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1978-1982
138          8          Southeast Asian Refugee Task Force of Greater Philadelphia: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1978-1982
138          9          Special Meeting on Indochinese Naturalization: meeting minutes and reports          1979-1980
138          10          Special Meeting on Loans and Grants to Soviet Immigrants: correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports          1976
 
 
Subseries 4.4: Correspondence, 1950-1987
Subseries 4.4 contains general correspondence, as well as staff memoranda and correspondence with board presidents Ken Kaiserman and Sonnie Crane.  This subseries is arranged alphabetically by the type of correspondence, and then chronologically.
 
Box     Folder     Description
138          11          Cables regarding ship arrivals and passenger lists          1951
138          12          Correspondence, general          1950-1969
139          1          Correspondence, general          1976
139          2          Correspondence, general          1977
139          3          Correspondence, general          1982
139          4          Correspondence, general          1983
139          5          Correspondence, general          1983
139          6          Correspondence, general          1984
139          7          Correspondence, general          1985
139          8          Correspondence regarding office lease, 1510 Chestnut Street          1977-1982
139          9          Correspondence regarding Soviet Jewish resettlement quota          1977-1978
139          10          Correspondence with Crane, Sonnie          1984-1987
139          11          Correspondence with Kaiserman, Kenneth          1976-1977
139          12          Staff memoranda          1972
 
 
Subseries 4.5: Financial files, 1955-1996 (Portions restricted), undated
Subseries 4.5 contains materials related to HIAS and Council’s yearly budget, as well as financial reports, operating statements, and general ledgers.  Some materials are restricted for a period of 75 years from the date of creation due to the presence of employee files and donation information.  This subseries is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
Box     Folder     Description
140          1          Allied Jewish Appeal contributions (RESTRICTED)          1983-1983
140          2          Balance sheets          1981-1982
140          3          Bequests          1955-1980
140          4          Block Grant: budget          1982
140          5          Block Grant: correspondence          1978-1982
140          6          Block Grant: correspondence          1978-1982
140          7          Block Grant: employee activity reports (RESTRICTED)          1983
140          8          Block Grant: expenses (RESTRICTED)          1978-1980
140          9          Block Grant: forms          undated
140          10          Block Grant: monthly expenditure reports          1978-1982
140          11          Block Grant: quarterly program reports          1978-1986
140          12          Bookkeeping information          undated
141          1          Budget          1965-1970
141          2          Budget          1970-1971
141          3          Budget          1971-1972
141          4          Budget          1972-1973
141          5          Budget          1973-1974
141          6          Budget          1974-1975
141          7          Budget          1975-1976
141          8          Budget          1976-1977
141          9          Budget          1977-1978
141          10          Budget          1978-1979
141          11          Budget          1979-1980
142          1          Budget          1980-1981
142          2          Budget          1981-1982
142          3          Budget          1982-1983
142          4          Budget          1983-1984
142          5          Budget          1983-1984
142          6          Budget          1984-1985
143          1          Budget          1985-1986
143          2          Budget          1985-1986
143          3          Business Development in Refugee Communities Grant: correspondence and research materials          1982
160          6          Cash receipts and disbursements          1973-1975          
160          5          Cash receipts and disbursements          1993-1994
143          4          Contributions (RESTRICTED)          1967-1984
143          5          Contributions (RESTRICTED)          1967-1984
143          6          Contributions (RESTRICTED)          1985-1990
143          7          Contributions: Soviet Resettlement Program (RESTRICTED)          1981-1982
143          8          Federation of Jewish Agencies (FJA) allocations          1975, 1986-1989    
160          4          Federation of Jewish Agencies (FJA) prospect record          1982
143          9          Fee scales          1975-1982
144          1          Financial reports          1989
144          2          Financial reports          1990
144          3          Financial reports          1991
144          4          Financial statements          1971-1977
144          5          Financial statements          1978-1983
144          6          Financial statements          1984-1990
144          7          General ledger          January-August 1978
144          8          General ledger          1978-1979
144          9          General ledger          September-December 1979
145          1          General ledger          1981-1982
145          2          General ledger          1981-1982
145          3          General ledger          1981-1982
145          4          General ledger          1982-1983
145          5          General ledger          1982-1983
146          1          General ledger          1983-1984
146          2          General ledger          1983-1984
146          3          General ledger          1984-1985
146          4          General ledger          1985-1986
147          1          General ledger          1986-1987
147          2          General ledger, month-to-date          December 1989
147          3          General ledger, month-to-date          January 1991
147          4          General ledger, month-to-date          March 1991
147          5          General ledger, year-to-date          August 1987
147          6          General ledger, year-to-date          March 1988
147          7          General ledger, year-to-date          August 1989
147          8          General ledger, year-to-date          August 1990
147          9          General ledger, year-to-date          July 1991
147          10          General ledger, year-to-date          August 1992
147          11          Ledger: income from fees, contributions, and interest (RESTRICTED)          1973-1980
147          12          Matching Grant report forms          1987
147          13          Memoranda regarding emergency maintenance assistance funds (RESTRICTED)          1990
147          14          Memoranda regarding maintenance assistance for refugee resettlement (RESTRICTED)          1994
148          1          Memoranda regarding maintenance assistance for refugee resettlement (RESTRICTED)          1995
148          2          Memoranda regarding maintenance assistance for refugee resettlement (RESTRICTED)          1996
148          3          Monthly financial reports          1975-1979
148          4          Operating statements          1982
148          5           Project Workup        : correspondence and budget          1980
148          6          Quarterly budget reports          1981-1986
148          7          Reception and placement grants correspondence          1988
148          8          Revolving account          1982
148          9          Revolving fund ledger (RESTRICTED)          1977-1980
148          10          Soviet Jewish Self Help Project grant: correspondence and research material          1981-1982
149          1          Tax audits          1983-1989
149          2          Tax returns          1973-1985
149          3          United Way contributions (RESTRICTED)          1983-1988
 
 
Subseries 4.6: Fundraising and membership files (Portions restricted), 1971-1992, undated
Subseries 4.6 contains materials created for HIAS and Council’s fundraising efforts.  In addition to fundraising campaign letters, it also contains donor lists and correspondence related to membership in both HIAS and Council and the National HIAS organization.  Some materials are restricted for a period of 75 years from the date of creation due to the presence of donation information.  This subseries is organized alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
Box     Folder     Description               
149          4          Audiocassette tape, fundraising message          1983
160          8          Board “In & Out” report (RESTRICTED)          1987-1988
149          5          Donor lists (RESTRICTED)          1990-1992
149          6          Fundraising campaign: Passport to Freedom (RESTRICTED)          1980
149          7          Fundraising letter and fact sheet          undated
149          8          Fundraising mail campaign (RESTRICTED)          1976
149          9          Fundraising mail campaign (RESTRICTED)          1977
149          10          Fundraising mailing lists (RESTRICTED)          1970s-1980s
150          1          HIAS (National) annual membership campaign (RESTRICTED)          1971-1978
150          2          Membership dues (RESTRICTED)          1974-1975
 
Subseries 4.7: Monthly case lists and arrival records (Restricted), 1966-1988
Subseries 4.7 contains HIAS and Council Migration Services’ summary records of client interaction.  Monthly case lists include intake information, such as client name, country of origin, and the service requested. The arrival records list the names of immigrants arriving in Philadelphia, the number of people in their family, and nationality.  This subseries also includes the itineraries of arriving immigrants, including the name, ages and relationship of the arriving immigrants, the name and address of the sponsoring family member, and the time and place the family is meeting.  This series is restricted for a period of 75 years from the date of creation due to the presence of personally identifiable information and sensitive immigration records.  This subseries is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically. 
 
Box     Folder     Description
150          3          Monthly arrival lists (RESTRICTED)          1980-1982
150          4          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-April 1980
150          5          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         May-July 1980
150          6          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         August-October 1980
150          7          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         November-December 1980
151          1          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-March 1981
151          2          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         April-June 1981
151          3          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-September 1981
151          4          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         October-December 1981
151          5          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-March 1982
151          6          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         April-June 1982
151          7          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-September 1982
151          8          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         October-December 1982
151          9          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-March 1983
151          10          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         April-June 1983
152          1          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-September 1983
152          2          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         October-December 1983
152          3          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-March 1984
152          4          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         April-June 1984
152          5          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-September 1984
152          6          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         October-December 1984
152          7          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-March 1985
152          8          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         April-June 1985
153          1          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-September 1985
153          2          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         October-December 1985
153          3          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-March 1986
153          4          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         April-June 1986
153          5          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-September 1986
153          6          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         October-December 1986
153          7          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         January-June 1987
153          8          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         July-December 1987
154          1          Monthly case lists (RESTRICTED)         1988
154          2          New arrival lists (RESTRICTED)         1966-1976
154          3          New arrivals: itineraries (RESTRICTED)         1975-1977
154          4          New arrivals: itineraries (RESTRICTED)         1978-1979
154          5          New arrivals: itineraries (RESTRICTED)         1980-1981
154          6          New arrivals: itineraries (RESTRICTED)         1982-1987
 
Subseries 4.8: Office files, 1927-1988
Subseries 4.8 contains the organization’s basic administrative records, such as charitable organization registrations, lease information, public relations files, personnel guidelines, forms, and internal reports. This subseries also contains some special project planning files.  An item of note included in this subseries is a self-study of HIAS conducted in 1958.  This subseries is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically. 
 
Box     Folder     Description
M1          D              100th Anniversary poster          circa 1982
154          7          By-laws          undated
154          8          Charitable organization annual registration          1978-1987
M1          D              Charter, Association for the Protection of Jewish Immigrants          1927
154          9          Citizenship Project: Ezrach Tov          1982
155          1          Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA): correspondence and invoices          1980
155          2          Constitution of the Association for the Protection of Jewish Immigrants          undated
155          3          Decennial Report of Continued Existence          1980
155          4          Fact sheet and summary of policies          undated
155          5          Forms (blank)          undated
155          6          History of HIAS (National)          undated
155          7          Immigration legislation          1985
155          8          Lease agreement, 1315 Walnut Street          1983-1988
155          9          Lease agreement, 1315 Walnut Street          1983-1988
155          10          Long range planning          1981-1982
155          11          Personnel codes          1964-1983
155          12          Project on professional licenses and physician training program for Soviet immigrants          1979-1982
155          13          Project on regionalization of Soviet Jewish resettlement          1976-1977
155          14          Public assistance for immigrants          1978-1979
155          15          Public relations: correspondence, news clippings, photographs, press releases, and publications          1977-1980
156          1          Renewal forms, Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act          1971-1976
156          2          Reports and studies, general          1952-1975
156          3          Resettlement guidelines          1978
156          4          Self-Study of the HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia          1958
156          5          Speeches, general          1976-1980
156          6          Survey and record of discussion regarding merger between HIAS and the Council of Jewish Women          1939-1944
156          7          Union organization          1980
156          8          Young observers of Leadership Development Committee          1972-1978
 
 
Subseries 4.9: Statistical reports, 1964-1986
Subseries 4.9 consists mostly of monthly statistical reports, used for both internal purposes and for submission to Philadelphia’s Health and Welfare Council.  Statistics include such information as the number of clients, types of services utilized, case workers’ caseloads, and clients’ biographical information.  This subseries is organized alphabetically by type of report, and then chronologically.  
 
Box     Folder     Description
156          9          Monthly statistical reports          January-June 1976
156          10          Monthly statistical reports          July-December 1976
157          1          Monthly statistical reports          January-June 1977
157          2          Monthly statistical reports          July-December 1977
157          3          Monthly statistical reports          January-June 1978
157          4          Monthly statistical reports          July-December 1978
157          5          Monthly statistical reports          January-June 1979
158          1          Monthly statistical reports          July-December 1979
158          2          Monthly statistical reports          1980
158          3          Monthly statistical reports          1981
158          4          Monthly statistical reports          1982
158          5          Monthly statistical reports          1983
159          1          Monthly statistical reports          1984
159          2          Monthly statistical reports          1985
159          3          Monthly statistical reports          1986
159          4          Statistical data          1964-1975
159          5          Statistical data: Soviet Program          circa 1980-1982
 
Finding Aid Links
Series 1: Steamship ticket purchase ledgers, 1890-circa 1950s 
Series 2: Arrival records and port of entry card files, 1884-circa 1950s
Series 3: Naturalization forms and service card files, circa 1914-1952
Series 4: Administrative files, 1927-1998, undated (bulk 1952-1986) (Portions restricted)