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Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association Records

Collection ID

SCRC 182

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Description

Collection Summary 
 
Title
Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association Records
 
Dates
1894-1967
 
Collection ID
SCRC 182
 
Creator
Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Quantity
3.04 linear feet (5 boxes)
 
Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
 
Language
Materials in English, with some items in Yiddish.
 
 
Detailed Collection Information 
 
Historical Note
The Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association was organized in September 1889 by immigrants from the modern day Belarusian shtetls of Pruzhany and Shereshov.  Initially founded to assist new immigrants, the association grew to offer sick and death benefits and cemetery plots.  A Ladies Auxiliary was organized in 1930.  The association owned burial grounds in Har Nebo, Roosevelt Memorial, Mt. Jacob, and King David cemeteries.  In the 1980s, Prushin-Shershow transitioned to become predominately a social organization.        
 
Description of Collection 
The Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association Records contain the organization’s meeting minutes, membership files, financial ledgers, and correspondence.  Early meeting minutes are written in Yiddish.  This collection also contains a photograph collage of members.  
 
Organization and Arrangement 
The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then chronologically.
 
 
Patron Information 
 
Alternate Form Available
A photograph from this collection has been digitized and is available online on the Temple University Digital Collections website:  http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15037coll15
 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5856888~S30
 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
 
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
 
Publication and Copyright Information
The Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association 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], Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association Records, SCRC 182, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
 
 
Administrative Information 
 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association in 1988.
 
Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
 
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in September 2015 by Jenna Marrone, Project Archivist, Special Collections Research Center. 
 
 
Index Terms
 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
 
Corporate Names:
Prushin-Shershow Beneficial Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Subjects: 
Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jews -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia – Societies, etc.
 
Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.) 
 
Material Types: 
Administrative records
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Financial records
Ledgers (account books)
Logs
Manuscripts
Membership lists
Minutes
Newsletters
Photographs
 
 
Inventory
 
Box   Folder    Description
1          1          Address book, members          undated
1          2          Constitution and bylaws          circa 1928
1          3          Correspondence, general          1947-1967
1          4          Correspondence regarding bylaws          1954-1955
1          5          Correspondence regarding cemetery plot reservations and death benefits, A-H          1948-1967
1          6          Correspondence regarding cemetery plot reservations and death benefits, L-T          1936-1965
1          7          Correspondence regarding cemetery plot reservations and death benefits, W-Z          1937-1965
1          8          Correspondence regarding member sick benefits, A-K          1956-1966
1          9          Correspondence regarding member sick benefits, L-P          1956-1966
1          10          Correspondence regarding member sick benefits, R-W          1956-1966
1          11          Correspondence regarding membership, A-G          1952-1966
1          12          Correspondence regarding membership, H-N          1952-1966
1          13          Correspondence regarding membership, O-Z          1944-1966
1          14          Finance reports          1944-1967
3          2          Financial ledger          1934-1939
1          15          Financial ledger          1936-1939
3          3          Financial ledger          1939-1946
1          16          Financial ledger          1943-1947
3          4          Financial ledger          1946-1955
2          1          Financial ledger          1955-1960
2          2          Legal agreement regarding release of benefit funds          1901
2          3          Meeting minutes and general ledger          1894-1899
2          4          Meeting minutes and general ledger          1902-1910
2          5          Meeting minutes and general ledger          1910-1916
2          6          Meeting minutes and general ledger          1923-1927
2          7          Meeting minutes and general ledger          1927-1931
2          8          Membership applications          1930, 1935
2          9          Membership dues ledger          1921-1923
2          10          Membership dues ledger          1921-1923
2          11          Membership dues ledger          1924-1926
2          12          Membership dues ledger          1924-1926
2          13          Membership dues ledger          1927-1929
2          14          Membership dues ledger          1927-1929
4          1          Membership ledger          1923-1934
4          2          Membership ledger          1935-1946
3          1          Photograph: collage of members          undated
2          15          Proof of age questionnaire, A-L          1956
2          16          Proof of age questionnaire, M-Z          1956
2          17          "P-S News" newsletter          May 1966
4          3          Roll book          1931-1933
4          4          Roll book          1934-1936
5          1          Roll book          1937-1939
5          2          Roll book          1943-1945
5          3          Roll book          1946-1951
5          4          Roll book          1956-1959