Guide to the Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records
1950-2005
bulk 1970-2000

I-577

Janine Veazue

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 294-6160

Fax: (212) 294-6161

Email: reference@ajhs.org

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© 2017, American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY. All Rights Reserved.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Janine Veazue in December 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rosen, Harry R.
Title: Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records
Dates:1950-2005
Dates:bulk 1970-2000
Abstract: The Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records consist of photographs, research, and administrative documentation by and for the dozens of Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in the United States, Canada, and Israel that Harry R. Rosen and his firm helped develop from the 1970s to the early 2000s.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 7.25 linear feet (14 manuscript boxes + 1 half-manuscript box + 1 oversized box)
Identification: I-577
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
Portrait of Harry R. Rosen

Portrait of Harry R. Rosen

The Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants company was a firm dedicated to the building and renovation of community centers across the globe. The firm, led by Harry R. Rosen, specialized in consulting with Jewish Community Campuses and Centers (JCCs) and aiding their successful partnerships with regional Jewish Federations. Along with frequently consulting with the centers' physical constructions, the Rosen's firm was also heavily involved in supporting the day-to-day business structures of the centers. The services of Rosen's consulting firm included not just assistance with architecture and interiors, but also staff development and training, promoting community awareness for the values of Jewish Community Centers, providing techniques for both internal and external Center fundraising, and preparing budget and needs assessments for future growth and expansions.

Rosen was personally an active member of many Jewish community organizations, such as Chairman of the National Jewish Committee of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as Executive Director of Jewish Community Centers in Norfolk, VA, Toledo, and Philadelphia for several years, as well as Executive Vice President of the Jewish community center of Dallas for fourteen years. He served as National President of the Association of Jewish Center Professionals, as well as Regional President for both the American Camping Association and the National Association of Social Workers. This dedication to improving Jewish life both with physical building creation and with personal community enrichment can be seen not only through these personal pursuits, but the attention to detail in these records.

Because of his extensive knowledge in community building consulting, Rosen was occasionally featured as a trainer at JCC Board Institutes and as a lecturer on group social work at several colleges, including the University of Toledo. His book, The Complete Guide for Building Your New Jewish Community Center, was published by the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) in 1983.

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Scope and Content Note

The Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records represent research and deliverable documentation relating to both the creation of new Jewish Community Centers and the improvement of existing Jewish Community Centers across the United States, Canada, and Israel. In all, Rosen consulted on 103 JCCs in the United States, 10 in Canada and Mexico, 3 in England and France, and 18 in Israel.

Series I contains photographs of existing Jewish Community Centers and photographs of architectural drawings of prospective centers. This series also includes slides and negatives of existing centers. The bulk of Series II contains documentation on conducting focus groups, assessment data on community needs and space allotments, as well as workbooks and manuals for Jewish Community Centers to use in the processes of staff training, fundraising, and outreach. Also included in this series are administrative materials related to the interior and exterior furnishings of centers and research into purchasing those furnishings, as well as oversized architectural blueprints of specific JCCs around the United States and Canada.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series. The arrangement is based on the original filing system of both the photographs and the administrative files, with alterations and folder title clarifications for ease of use. Any loose items (not in folders) were incorporated with similar items.

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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

Jewish Community Center of Dallas collection undated, 1977-1996; I-320; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

National Jewish Welfare Board Records; I-298; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Separated Material

This collection contained a significant number of mail-order catalogs, ranging from furniture to greenhouse sales. The catalogs were discarded.

A VHS tape titled "2002 JCC MACCABI GAMES Highlight Video/Omaha" has been separated to the AV collection for proper storage.

The two manuscript boxes containing photographic materials have been moved to photographic storage.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records; I-577; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Gift of Harry R. Rosen in 2008 and 2009.

This collection is a combination of two separate accessions; one from 2008 and another from 2009. The 2008 accession included most of the photographs, the blueprints, and spiral-bound needs assessment reports. The 2009 accession contained primarily administrative documents and files relating to space design, forms, studies, workbooks for community center fundraising and staff training, as well as additional annual needs-assessment reports.

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Processing Information

Photographs, slides, and negatives were placed into new folders and re-housed in new archival sleeves and boxes. Due to the quantity of photographic materials, these items have been removed into the AJHS photo collection for storage.

The folders containing administrative documents were roughly organized before processing. Much of the collection's original filing system has been maintained throughout processing. Those documents that were unfiled (loose) have been incorporated with similar subject items.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Photographic Materials, undated, 1975-1996

This series is in English.
Boxes 1-2 (1 linear foot)
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically by type: Photographs, negatives, and slides. Photographs are arranged according to original 3-ring binder organization (by subject).

Processing Information:

All photographs, slides, and negatives were removed from their original 3-ring binders and placed into archival sleeves and envelopes. Loose original order of photographs was based on location. Slides and negatives remain in exact original order.

Scope and Content:

This series includes detailed photographic documentation of both internal and external building structures of Jewish Community Centers, general fitness centers, memorials, signage, schools, and senior housing around the US, Canada, as well as Henry R. Rosen's trip to Israel to study and consult with Jewish community centers in need.

Photographs, undated, 1983-1996

This subseries is in English.
Box 1; Box 2, folders 1-10 (.75 linear feet)
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 (PHOTOS)1COMPUVID screensundatedrequest_box
1 (PHOTOS)2JCC Buildings and Facilities—Atlanta-Phoenixundated, 1988request_box
1 (PHOTOS)3JCC Buildings and Facilities—Building exteriors—Pittsburgh-Seattleundated, 1988-1996request_box
1 (PHOTOS)4JCC Buildings and Facilities—Building exteriors—South Miami-Yorkundated, 1983request_box
1 (PHOTOS)5JCC Buildings and Facilities—Fitness Equipmentundatedrequest_box
1 (PHOTOS)6JCC Buildings and Facilities—Food services, booths, gift shopsundatedrequest_box
1 (PHOTOS)7JCC Buildings and Facilities—Gyms/Racquetball/Tennisundatedrequest_box
1 (PHOTOS)8JCC Buildings and Facilities—Holocaust Monumentsundatedrequest_box
1 (PHOTOS)9JCC Buildings and Facilities—Librariesundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 (PHOTOS)1JCC Buildings and Facilities—Lobbiesundatedrequest_box
2 (PHOTOS)2JCC Buildings and Facilities—Locker roomsundated, 1996request_box
2 (PHOTOS)3JCC Buildings and Facilities—Meeting rooms/Interiorsundatedrequest_box
2 (PHOTOS)4JCC Buildings and Facilities—Memorials/Honorariumsundatedrequest_box
2 (PHOTOS)5JCC Buildings and Facilities—Office Areasundatedrequest_box
2 (PHOTOS)6JCC Buildings and Facilities—Poolsundated, 1996request_box
2 (PHOTOS)7JCC Buildings and Facilities—Pre-schoolsundated, 1994request_box
2 (PHOTOS)8JCC Buildings and Facilities—Senior housingundatedrequest_box
2 (PHOTOS)9JCC Buildings and Facilities—Signs/Graphicsundated, 1985request_box
2 (PHOTOS)10Miscellaneousundatedrequest_box

Negatives, circa 1970s- 1990s

This subseries is in English.
Box 2, folder 11
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 (PHOTOS)11Negatives undatedrequest_box

Slides, undated, 1975-1990

This subseries is in English.
Box 2, folders 12-14 (.25 linear feet)
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 (PHOTOS)12Israelundated, 1975request_box
2 (PHOTOS)13JCC Buildings and Facilitiesundated, 1990request_box
2 (PHOTOS)14Miscellaneousundated, 1977-1988request_box
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Series II: Administrative Materials , undated, 1950-2005

This series is in English.
Boxes 3-15 (6.5 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Processing Information:

Prior to processing, the bulk of this series had been roughly organized presumably by the creator according to subject. Original folder titles and organization were maintained as closely as possible. A considerable percentage of this series arrived in the form of unfiled documents. These items have been re-filed according to their subject matter. In a few instances additional folders have been created to house items that did not fit into existing folders.

Scope and Content:

This series contains research, documentation, and planning conducted for the several dozen Jewish community centers the Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants worked on during the latter half of the 20th century. Included in this series are documents relating to budgetary concerns, building maintenance and construction, fundraising ideas and executions, manuals on leadership, and studies on existing Jewish community centers and Jewish community activities.

Blueprints, undated, 1981-1998

This subseries is in English.
Box 16 (OS1), folders 1-3
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged according to original order.

Processing Information:

This subseries includes conceptual and enacted floor plans as well as architectural landscape designs for Jewish Community Centers around the US and Canada. Cities included: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham (AL), Boca Raton, Calgary (Canada), Dallas, Harrisburg, Hollywood (FL), Houston, Jacksonville (FL), Marin County (CA), Miami Beach, Omaha, Phoenix, Rochester, San Antonio, Seattle, Scottsdale, St. Petersburg (FL), Syracuse, Teaneck, Toledo, Trenton, Tucson, and Wayne.

Scope and Content:

Folders containing floor plans A to L and M to Z were re-housed into folders from their original 3-ring binders. Original order was maintained. Blueprints in distress are interleaved with acid-free paper. All items in this subseries are housed in an OS box.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16 (OS1)1Architectural plans A to Lundated, 1986-1998request_box
16 (OS1)2Architectural plans M to Zundated, 1981-1988request_box
16 (OS1)3Conceptual blueprints—Miscellaneousundated, 2002request_box

Budgets, undated, 1981-2005

This subseries is in English.
Box 3, folders 1-4 (.25 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document subject.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials relating to existing Jewish community center general operating budgets and budgets for smaller projects, such as construction.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Capital1981-1987request_box
32Construction1986-1988request_box
33Miami Beach proposed budget2005request_box
34Operating Budgets1988-1996request_box

Buildings, undated, 1973-1995

This subseries is in English.
Box 3, folders 5-9; Box 4; Box 5, 1-5 (1 linear foot)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document subject. Folder contents are arranged close to original order.

Processing Information:

Several mail-order catalogs were deaccessioned from this subseries.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains documentation on Jewish community center building concerns and plans, such as campus management, maintenance, landscaping, memorials, parking lots, and the creation of research into building amenities such as summer camps and fitness and media centers.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
35Architectsundated, 1992-1995request_box
36Building designundated, 1973-1977request_box
37Campus managementundated, 1983-1991request_box
38Campus surveys1989request_box
39Ceremonies 1975-1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Constructionundated, 1991request_box
42Dallas, Texas1973-1978request_box
43Fitness Center/Pools1986-1990request_box
44Furnishings1978request_box
45Holocaust memorialsundatedrequest_box
46Landscaping1977-1988request_box
47Maintenanceundated, 1989request_box
48Media centerundatedrequest_box
49Memorials1981-1991request_box
  

Contains photographs.

 
410Parking lots1976request_box
411Physical Education1987request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
51Purchasing/Leasingundated, 1976request_box
52New building processesundatedrequest_box
53Remodeling1976-1989request_box
54Signs/Displaysundated, 1978request_box
55Summer camps1986-2004request_box

Forms, undated, 1959-1991

This subseries is in English.
Box 5, folders 6-9; Box 6, folders 1-2 (.5 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document type.

Processing Information:

Much of this subseries’ contents were found loose. They have been incorporated with similar items for ease of use.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes forms created by Henry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants to use in Jewish Community Centers to record data on needs assessments, task forces, and personnel qualifications, among others.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
56Blank forms1959-1982request_box
57Job descriptionsundated, 1985request_box
58Needs Assessmentsundatedrequest_box
59Needs Assessments—Planningundated, 1990-1996request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61Personnelundated, 1991request_box
62Task forcesundated, 1987-1989request_box

Fundraising, undated, 1980-2002

This subseries is in English.
Box 6, folders 3-4; Box 7; Box 8, folders 1-2 (1 linear foot)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document type.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes documentation and printed examples of fundraising campaigns, guidelines on gifts and endowments, and ideas for community programs to encourage both external and internal funding.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
63Campaign materials (1 of 2)1971-2002request_box
64Campaign materials (2 of 2)1986-2002request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
71Counsel and Consultantsundatedrequest_box
72Endowmentsundated, 1990-1992request_box
73The Fund-Raiser's Guide'1980-1982request_box
74Gift guidelines1987-1992request_box
75Income sources1980-1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81Projects/Ideas1981-1983request_box
82VCR tapes1988-1990request_box

Internal, undated, 1950-2004

This subseries is in English.
Box 8, 3-7; Box 9 (.75 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document type.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes documents promoting Henry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants services, correspondence relating to Henry R. Rosen’s consulting visit to Israel, and public relations material on the client JCCs. Also included is a copy of Harry R. Rosen’s publication The Complete Guide for Building Your New Jewish Community Center (1983).

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
83The Connection2004request_box
84Daily agendas2001-2007request_box
85The Complete Guide for Building Your New Jewish Community Center1983request_box
  

Sprial-bound, second printing.

 
86Corporate paperworkundated, 1992request_box
87Group work1950-1967request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
91Israel1979-2005request_box
  

Contains a small, color poster.

 
92Logosundatedrequest_box
93Miscellaneous1989request_box
94Personnel1987-1994request_box
95Public relations (Jacksonville, FL)undated, 1987-1989request_box
96Public relations undated, 1990-1992request_box
97Public relations (JCC brochures)1998-2007request_box

Leadership, undated, 1963-1993

This subseries is in English.
Box 10; Box 11, folders 1-2 (.75 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document type.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes documentation on expected roles of board members, committee members, and trustees of Jewish Community Centers based on regulations set forth by governing Jewish federations. Also included are training handbooks and manuals to help facilitate the best possible leadership teams. Also included are articles and essays on how to encourage leadership roles and the benefits of certain leadership styles.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
101AJCW (Association of Jewish Center Workers) membership directory and handbook1974request_box
102Board Institute training1963-1990request_box
103Committeesundatedrequest_box
104Constitutions undated, 1983request_box
105Jewish federations1976-1993request_box
106Ottawa JCC1985request_box
107Training (1 of 2)undated, 1989request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111Training (2 of 2)undatedrequest_box
112Trustees1989-1993request_box

Studies, undated, 1954-2001

This subseries is in English.
Box 11, folders 3-7; Boxes 12-15 (2.5 linear feet)
Arrangement:

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by document type.

Processing Information:

A collection of needs assessments, space program assessments, and revision proposal report covers for existing Jewish Community Centers in the US and Canada from 1982-1993 were re-housed from a 3-ring binder and grouped together by location. Cities represented in this binder include: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Harrisburg, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pinellas County, Rochester (Camp Seneca Lake), San Antonio, Savannah, Syracuse, San Antonio, San Jose, Toledo, Tucson, Virginia, West Palm Beach, and Winnipeg.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes needs assessment reports for Jewish Community Centers in the United States, Canada, and Israel, documentation and examples of successful membership campaigns, completed community survey questionnaires, guidelines for presenting at town meetings and to community focus groups, and articles and reports on evolving Jewish values and populations. Also included are reports on site visits, examples of award-winning community center programming, and articles outlining the benefits of early childhood education in a community setting.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
113Award winning programs2000request_box
114Award winning programs2001request_box
115Early childhood educationundatedrequest_box
116Focus groupsundatedrequest_box
117Jewish populations (articles)undated, 1987-1991request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121Jewish populations (reports)1983-1990request_box
122Jewish values1954-1990request_box
123Membership1987-1991request_box
124Membership brochuresundatedrequest_box
125Membership projections-Ottawaundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131Needs Assessmentsundated, 1991-1993request_box
132Needs Assessments—Boca Raton1988request_box
133Needs Assessments—Birmingham1991request_box
134Needs Assessments—Miami Beach2001request_box
135Needs Assessments—Ottawa1996request_box
136Needs Assessments—Phoenix1988request_box
137Needs Assessments—Pinellas County 1989request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
141Needs Assessments—San Antonio1995request_box
142Needs Assessments—San Jose1992request_box
143Organizational chartsundatedrequest_box
144Presentation notes1988-1993request_box
145Programs—Miscellaneousundated, 1989-1993request_box
146Program Projections—Miami Beach2001request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
151Space Projections—Long Beach1990request_box
152Space Projections—Miami Beachundatedrequest_box
153Study covers1983-1991request_box
154Survey questionnaires undated, 1990-1996request_box
155Town meetings1986-1992request_box
156Visitsundated, 1981-1982request_box
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