Guide to the Hebrew Free Loan Society (Boston, MA) Records
undated, 1912-1974

I-115

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Electronic finding aid was encoded by Stephanie Call in May 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston
Title: Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston Records
Dates:undated, 1912-1974
Abstract: The Hebrew Free Loan Society was organized in 1912 to assist those in need of temporary financial relief. Formed in the wake of increasing immigration from Eastern Europe and the proliferation of urban poverty, the Society also became a constituent of the Federation of Jewish Charities. These records document the Society’s major operations and include administrative articles, in meeting minutes, and financial reports and statements.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .75 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-115
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Account book for the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston, undated.

The Hebrew Free Loan Society was organized in 1912 to provide temporary financial assistance to those in need, regardless of religion, race, or nationality, as stated in their Constitution. Establishment of the Society was primarily motivated “for the purpose of preventing pauperism by promoting and encouraging thrift and self-support among those who are in impoverished circumstances and by assisting them to establish themselves in life.” Formed in the wake of increasing immigration from Eastern Europe and the proliferation of urban poverty, the Society received personal contributions in its first year of $25,000 from Nathan Pinanski (the organization’s first president), Albert Ginzberg, Oscar Grosberg, and Lassor Agos. As a result, that year they underwrote 192 interest free loans. Forty years later, in 1952, the Society had given a total of 47,262 loans, amounting to $6,011,850. The Society became a constituent of the Federation of Jewish Charities (later, Combined Jewish Philanthropies).

References

Materials from the collection.

Sarna, Jonathan D., Ellen Smith, and Scott-Martin Kosofsky. The Jews of Boston. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.

Hebrew Free Loan Society, Boston, Mass.

1912First organizational meeting.
1913Organization incorporated.
1937Name changed to “Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston."
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the records of the Hebrew Free Loan Society’s major operations. Documents primarily describe the governing principles of the Society in logistical and administrative articles, the activities of directors in meeting minutes, and the distribution of the budgets in financial reports and statements. Also included, in a shared oversized box, is a folder with incorporation certificates dated 1913 and 1937.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into a single series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Combined Jewish Philanthropies, I-220

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, I-96

Immigrants Mutual Aid Society, I-109

Hebrew Free Loan Association (Pittsfield, MA), I-205

Wyner Family Papers, P-803

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston Records; I-115; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston in October 1975 with additional materials donated by Rosalind Gerter in May 2001.

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Access Points

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Container List

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Series I: Hebrew Free Loan Society of Boston records,  undated, 1912-1974

In English.
Boxes 1-2, 1 oversized folder. (.75 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Annual Meeting—Program and Proxy Certificate 1969request_box
12Board of Directors—Financial Reports and Meeting Minutes 1937-1940request_box
13Board of Directors—Financial Reports and Meeting Minutes 1940-1944request_box
14Board of Directors—Financial Reports and Meeting Minutes 1942-1951request_box
15Board of Directors—Financial Reports and Meeting Minutes 1944-1949request_box
16Board of Directors—Financial Reports and Meeting Minutes 1952-1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1Incorporation Certificates 1913, 1937request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Incorporation, Constitution, and Bylaws 1912, 1955, 1956request_box
22Financial Statements—Reports of Examination 1967-1974request_box
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