Guide to the United Jewish Appeal--Federation of New York collection, 1909-2004.

*I-433

This is a temporary finding aid for I-433 at the collection level. When the collection is fully processed, finding aids for each of the 5 subgroups within this collection will be linked below. See below for details on what is currently complete and accessible.

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 294-6160

Fax: (212) 294-6161

Email: reference@ajhs.org

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Machine-readable finding aid was converted from a MARC record with marc2ead_ajhs.xsl in 2013. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:United Jewish Appeal--Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York
Title:United Jewish Appeal--Federation of New York collection
Dates:1909-2004
Abstract:United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community since 1917. More than 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world. Projects relate to health and human services, aging and vulnerable populations, Jewish education, and disaster relief.
Languages:English
Quantity:Roughly 3200 boxes, prior to being archivally processed; Approximately 2500 linear feet once processed.
Identification:I-433
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society Archives
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Scope and Content Note

United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community since 1917. Today more than 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world. Projects relate to health and human services, aging and vulnerable populations, Jewish education, and disaster relief.

When completed, the United Jewish Appeal--Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York collection will include, in five subgroups: the files of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York (FJP) and its predecessor organizations, the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies and the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities, 1909-1986; surviving files of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (UJA), c1930s-1986; the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Joint Campaign, c1972-1986; United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York (UJF), 1986-2000; and the Oral History Project.

Approximately half of the collection is comprised of the records of FJP; survival of hundreds of feet of files may be attributed to the records management acumen of Seymour J. Pomrenze, who worked as a consultant for FJP for several decades. The records of UJA from before the 1986 merger with FJP are scarce, but a snapshot of some departments will be found here. Between about 1974 and 1986 FJP and UJA held joint campaigns; some records related to fundraising and the projects that were funded by the joint campaigns survive in the Joint Campaign subgroup. Files for the merged organization that exists today, UJA-Federation of New York, exist from the time of the merger in 1986 through about 2000, the current end date for this project. Files more recent than 2000 are considered active and continue to be held by UJA-Federation.

Once processing is completed, an outline to the collection will be linked here, to aid the researcher in understanding the context of the collection as a whole and in navigating to the subgroups, series and subseries of interest to their research.

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Arrangement

The UJA-Federation of New York collection is very large, and is arranged hierarchically. The outline below shows the 5 subgroups that are part of this collection. Once the entire collection is processed there will be 5 finding aids, one for each subgroup, linked to this collection-level finding aid. The individual subgroup finding aids will explain in detail the arrangement of each subgroup, will include detailed descriptions of the series and subseries, and will contain the box and folder lists. Please note that the finding aid linked to Subgroup I below is only one Subsubseries and will grow as processing of the subgroup is completed.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Once processed, the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York collection will represent the single largest archival collection on the philanthropic organization and its historic impact on the health and human services, vulnerable populations, education, and disaster relief in metropolitan New York and in Israel. This collection will be generally unavailable for public use until 2015. However, the finding aids representing parts of the collection that are processed and available for research are linked within this record. Please be aware that they do not necessarily represent complete subgroups, and may describe very specific groups of records within one of the main subgroups. The finding aids will be completed for the various subgroups and will be made available online as processing is completed. Permission may be obtained to view series as they are processed; please contact reference@ajhs.org for access.

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This collection will be generally unavailable for public use until 2015. More groups of records will become available online as processing is completed. Permission may be obtained to view series as they are processed but before the finding aid is updated; please contact reference@ajhs.org for additional information and access.

Given the size of the archival collection, a significant portion of the collection is being housed at an off-site storage location, within a climate and humidity controlled environment. Please be advised that you will need to request this material at least two (2) business days in advance to use the collection in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please email reference@ajhs.org.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); United Jewish Appeal--Federation of New York collection; I-433; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Note

United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. Donation through deed of gift 2011 3200 Bankers boxes

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Processing Information

Processing of this collection is expected to be completed in 2015. Until project completion, Subgroup V is the only complete finding aid; other finding aids that are linked above are incomplete and contain only those series, subseries and subsubseries that have been completely processed.

Each box is identified by bar code number. Please use the bar code number when requesting boxes for research. Upon completion of the project, each box will be assigned a number within the collection, rather than continuing to use the bar code number. Researchers are advised to retain notes containing the bar code number for future use as the bar code number will always be connected to box number assigned.

The United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection has been minimally processed at the folder level, which means that folder titles are listed and searchable, but have not been weeded in depth or arranged in chronological order. In the interest of making this large collection available to researchers in a timely manner, archival material may not have been refoldered and metal fasteners (particularly staples) may not have been removed. Original folder titles have been maintained as often as possible while imposing overall order, clarity and accessibility to the collection. Researchers are invited to contact reference@ajhs.org with further questions regarding the collection; the reference staff of the American Jewish Historical Society should be able to direct researchers to the likely location of relevant archival material.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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