The Jewish Children's Home Papers

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Jewish Children's Home papers
Creator: Jewish Children's Home (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.67
Dates: 1914-1949
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 3 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Financial records
Series II: Administrative records
Series III: Admissions and donations
Series IV: Mizrachi Zionist and Jewish National Fund, 1948-1966
Collection Overview
Title: Jewish Children's Home papers
Creator: Jewish Children's Home (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.67
Dates: 1914-1949
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 3 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The Jewish Children's Home in Rochester, New York, was founded in 1912 to serve as an orphanage for children of Orthodox Jewish faith so that they could be raised in a setting appropriate to their religious beliefs. As early as 1877 the Jewish Orphan Asylum of Western New York, located in Rochester on North St. Paul Street, provided shelter and upbringing for the orphans of Jewish parents. But the growing numbers of the Orthodox community in the city and their increasing independence from the German-Jewish Reform community made it desirable to provide an Orthodox setting for the raising of orphans. The founding president of the Jewish Children's Home, Alfred Hart, argued that Orthodox orphans should have the opportunity to be raised "as their parents would have done if they lived with all the sacred customs that were so dear to them." The Jewish Children's Home opened its doors at 27 Gorham Street in 1914, and continued in operation until 1948.

Scope and Content
The Jewish Children's Home Papers are comprised of five boxes containing mostly budgets, record and account books kept for the institution and its charges in the 1900s. There is a large bound volume which records all 341 admissions to the home between 1914 and 1947. It contains background information on each child admitted, their progress at the home, and the circumstances of their discharge. Most of the records were kept by the institution's superintendent, Jacob.S. Hollander, who served in that capacity from 1919 to 1948. Box 4 of the collection contains correspondence, budgets, and printed material he kept from involvement with Rochester chapters of the Jewish National Fund and the Mizrachi Zionist organization during the late 1930s and 1940s.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Children--Institutional care
Jews
Orphanages
Orphans
Zionism
Records (Documents)
Vital statistics
Jewish Children's Home (Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was the gift of Abraham Karp, January 11, 1976. Further accruals are not expected.Access
The Jewish Children's Home papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Jewish Children's Home papers, D.67, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Other materials in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the Jewish Children's Home Papers are: Howard Goldstein, The Home on Gorham Street and the voices of its children (University of Alabama Press, 1996). Stuart E. Rosenberg, The Jewish Community in Rochester, 1843-1925 (Columbia University Press, 1954).

Other materials outside the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the Jewish Children's Home Papers are:

Ida Klein Richardson, "A Study in Insitutional and Foster Home Care for Dependent Children," MA thesis, University of Rochester (1938)


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Series I: Financial records
Box 1, Folder 1Ledger, 1924-1938
Box 1, Folder 2Ledger, 1924-1947
Box 2, Folder 1Record book of insurance, 1944-1947
Box 2, Folder 5Savings account book, ephemera, 1938-1948
Box 2, Folder 6Financial reports, 1940-1948
Box 5, Volume 3Record book of operating, building, scholarship, and endowment funds, 1943-1948
Series II: Administrative records
Box 2, Folder 2List of Board of directors, Home Review, alumni dues, scholarship fund
Box 2, Folder 3Alumni meeting minutes, 1935-1942
Box 2, Folder 4Alumni dues, alumni annual banquet, Home Review
Box 5, Folder 1Home News, volume 1, number 2, July 4, 1927
Box 5, Folder 2Home News of J.C.H., August-December 1927
Box 5, Folder 3Home Review, volume 22, numbers 4-5, December 1927-April/May, 1928
Series III: Admissions and donations
Box 3, Folder 1Admissions index cards, 1914-1917
Box 3, Folder 2Donations index cards, 1920-1940
Box 5, Volume 1Admissions book, 1914-1947
Box 5, Volume 2Record book of donations received, 1945-1949
Series IV: Mizrachi Zionist and Jewish National Fund, 1948-1966
Box 4, Folder 1Ledger, 1949-1954
Box 4, Folder 2Loose documents removed from ledger, 1949-1954
Box 4, Folder 3Mizrachi Zionist ledger, 1949-1957
Box 4, Folder 4-5Jewish National Fund
Box 4, Folder 6Folder containing Mizrachi Zionist organization papers
Box 4, Folder 7Hebrew newspaper clippings, 1948-1949
Box 4, Folder 8Newspaper clippings and printed ephemera, 1955-1956


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