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Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society Records

Collection ID

SCRC 180

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Collection Summary 
 
Title
Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society Records
 
Dates
1881-2015
 
Collection ID
SCRC 180
 
Creator
Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Quantity
3.30 linear feet (3 boxes + 2 map folders)
 
Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
 
Language
Most material in English; some material in German and Yiddish.
 
 
Detailed Collection Information 
 
Historical Note
The Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society is the merged organization of two Jewish beneficial associations: the Krakauer Beneficial Society and the Yampoler Beneficial Association.  The Krakauer Beneficial Society was founded in 1876 by a group of Jewish immigrants from Krakow, Poland.  Some of the members were also instrumental in establishing the Beth Elohim Synagogue at 510 South 5th Street.  In 1882, they officially incorporated as the Krakauer Beth Elohim Beneficial Society.  A Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1931.  In 1947, the society changed its name to the Krakauer Beneficial Society.  The society participated in Jewish sports leagues, donated to charitable organizations, sponsored social events and activities, and opened a credit union for members.  Over the years, they owned plots at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Roosevelt Memorial Park, and Mount Sharon Cemetery.  In 1997, the Society merged with the Yampoler Beneficial Association, a similar organization founded in 1925 by immigrants from Yampol, Ukraine.  The merged organization was renamed the Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society.
 
Description of Collection 
This collection contains the records of the Krakauer Beneficial Society and the Yampoler Beneficial Association, as well as records of the merged organization.  Materials include meeting minutes, financial ledgers, membership logs, and some correspondence.
 
Organization and Arrangement 
 
The collection is arranged into 3 series as follows:
 
Series 1: Krakauer Beneficial Society, 1881-1997, undated
Series 2: Yampoler Beneficial Association, circa 1921-1992, undated
Series 3: Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society, 1997-2015
 
Series 1: Krakauer Beneficial Society, 1881-1997, undated, contains the society’s meeting minutes and membership logs, as well as some correspondence, newsletters, and printed materials from events and anniversary celebrations.  Until 1947, the society was called the Krakauer Beth Elohim Beneficial Society.  Please note that meeting minutes kept prior to 1905 are written in German.  Materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
Series 2: Yampoler Beneficial Association, circa 1921-1992, undated, contains the association’s meeting minutes, financial ledgers, membership logs, and some general correspondence.  This series also contains the constitution of the Zwenigorodker Beneficial Association, a related beneficial organization.  Please note that the early meeting minutes are in Yiddish.  Materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
Series 3: Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society, 1997-2015, contains newsletters, annual banquet invitations, and the constitution and bylaws of the merged society.  The series is organized 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=b5856883~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. 
 
Accruals
Additions to this collection are expected. For information on material that may have been added since the last finding aid update, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.
 
Publication and Copyright Information
The Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society Records are 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], Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society Records, SCRC 180, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
 
 
Administrative Information 
 
Acquisition Information
Collection donated by the Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society in 1981, 1994, 1997, 1999, and 2002.  Some materials placed on permanent deposit by the Krakauer Beneficial Society in 1990.
 
Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
 
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in August 2015 by Jenna Marrone, 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: 
Krakauer Beneficial Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Krakauer Beth Elohim Beneficial Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Yampoler Beneficial Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Subjects: 
Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Jews -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia – Societies, etc.
 
Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.) 
 
Material Types: 
Administrative records
Articles of incorporation
Bylaws (administrative records)
Charters 
Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Ledgers (account books)
Legal documents
Logs 
Manuscripts
Membership lists
Minutes
Newsletters
Souvenir programs
 
 
Inventory
 
Series 1: Krakauer Beneficial Society, 1881-1997, undated
Series 1: Krakauer Beneficial Society, 1881-1997, undated, contains the society’s meeting minutes and membership logs, as well as some correspondence, newsletters, and printed materials from events and anniversary celebrations.  Until 1947, the society was called the Krakauer Beth Elohim Beneficial Society.  Please note that meeting minutes kept prior to 1905 are written in German.  Materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
Box   Folder    Description
1          1          Amendment regarding name change 1947
1          2          Anniversary celebrations: invitations, programs, and planning materials          1916, 1966-1985
1          3          By-laws and membership directories          1949-1981
M1          D          Charter (copies)          1882
1          4          Correspondence, general          1907-1926
1          5          Correspondence regarding charitable donations          1991-1992
1          6          Flier, membership event          1955
1          7          General ledger          1979-1985
1          8          Health examination results          1888
1          9          Initiation ledger          1881-1908
1          10          “Krakauer News” newsletter          1952-1960
1          11          “Krakauer Menorah” newsletter          1995-1997 
1          12          “Krakauer News” newsletter          1982, 1984-1995                        
1          13          Ladies Auxiliary anniversary speech and invitation          1980s
1          14          Ladies Auxiliary meeting minutes          1932-1938
1          15          Lists of members, leadership, and foundations          undated
1          16          Meeting minutes          1895-1902
1          17          Meeting minutes          1905-1907
1          18          Meeting minutes          1917-1918
1          19          Meeting minutes          1919-1927
1          20          Meeting minutes          1926-1935
2          1          Meeting minutes          1935-1943
2          2          Meeting minutes          1943-1948
2          3          Meeting minutes          1949-1956
2          4          Meeting minutes          1956-1964
2          5          Meeting minutes          1964-1971
2          6          Meeting minutes          1971-1980
2          7          Membership book          1888-1907
2          8          Membership book          1907-1917
2          9          “Menorah” newsletter          1939-1940
2          10          Tombstone deposits          1946-1947
2          11          Resolution regarding World War I          1917          
2          12          News clippings (copies)           1897, 1976     
2          13          Secretary's reports          1914-1917
2          14          Treasurer's ledger book          1949-1958
     
                        
Series 2: Yampoler Beneficial Society, circa 1921-1992, undated
Series 2: Yampoler Beneficial Association, circa 1921-1992, undated, contains the association’s meeting minutes, financial ledgers, membership logs, and some general correspondence.  This series also contains the constitution of the Zwenigorodker Beneficial Association, a related beneficial organization.  Please note that the early meeting minutes are in Yiddish.  Materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
Box   Folder      Description
2          15          Bylaws          circa 1925
M1          D          Charter          1925
2          16          Correspondence, general          1961-1978
2          17          Financial ledger          1958-1962
2          18          Financial ledger          1963-1966
3          1          Financial ledger          1974-1980
3          2          Financial statements          1967-1992
3          3          Meeting minutes          1925-1934
3          4          Meeting minutes          1935-1949
3          5          Meeting minutes          1958-1961
3          6          Meeting minutes          1961-1968
3          7          Meeting minutes          1962-1963
3          8          Meeting minutes          1964-1975
3          9          Meeting minutes          1969-1976
3          10          Membership ledger          1925-1956
3          11-13          Membership ledger          1958-1983
3          14          Memorial service script          undated
3          15          Zwenigorodker Beneficial Association constitution          circa 1921
 
          
Series 3: Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society, 1997-2015
Series 3: Krakauer-Yampoler Beneficial Society, 1997-2015, contains newsletters, annual banquet invitations, and the constitution and bylaws of the merged society.  The series is organized alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.    
 
Box   Folder      Description
3          16          Annual Banquet invitations          2013-2015
3          17          Constitution and bylaws          1997
3          18          “Menorah News” newsletter          1997-2010
3          19          “Menorah News” newsletter          2011-2015