Guide to the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation Records
undated, 1933-2013

I-551

Processed by Lindsay Sprechman

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD by Lindsay Sprechman in July 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation
Title: Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation Records
Dates:undated, 1933-2013
Abstract: The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation is an organization that grants non-interest loans to young Jewish women in the Greater Boston Area who need financial help in receiving an education or vocation. This collection includes administrative records of the Foundation, including Board of Trustees meeting minutes and Max Rosenfeld's will, in which he detailed the purpose and establishment of the Foundation, as well as materials relating to the application process and recipients of loans. Many items are restricted.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (1 document box, 1 half-manuscript box)
Identification: I-551
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note
An undated promotional brochure from The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation

An undated promotional brochure from The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation.

The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation is an organization that grants non-interest loans to young Jewish women in the Boston area who need financial help in receiving an education or vocation. The Foundation was established by the will of Max C. Rosenfeld, a Boston bottle supply dealer and owner of the M.C. Rosenfeld Company. In his will, dated September 25, 1923 and attested to in the Suffolk Probate Court on June 12, 1933, Rosenfeld left over $200,000 of his estate to charities (both Jewish and non-Jewish) and created the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation. He described the Foundation as “for the benefit of needy Jewish women living in the City of Boston or its suburbs. It is my desire in making this bequest to relieve a situation which my observations leads me to believe exists, the result largely of the inability of young Jewish women to secure adequate training or education to enable themselves to be self-supporting.”

He named Louis E. Kirstein, Lee M. Friedman, Louis Baer, Harry Liebmann, Carl Dreyfus, and Edward S. Goulston, all of Boston, and Ludwig Eisemann, of Swampscott, as the trustees of the Foundation.

Rosenfeld died on February 9, 1925, and the Foundation’s first loans were granted in 1935. Initially, the loans were granted exclusively for vocational training, rather than academic schooling, but the rules were eventually relaxed to include loans for undergraduate and graduate studies. In 1947, the administration of the scholarship fund was turned over to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Boston, but the trustees still had final say over all dispersed funds.

Applicants were eligible for loans if they were young Jewish women living in the Greater Boston Area, could prove their need for financial assistance in order to commence or continue education or vocational training, demonstrated their ability and aptitude (through grades and other school records) to likely succeed in their educational endeavors, and agreed to repay the loan when self-supporting. Typically, applicants filled out an application and met with a scholarship counselor, who then wrote an assessment with such notes as family history, counselor’s impressions, student expenses and income, and a recommended loan amount. After the application process, the trustees made decisions on all loans.

In 2014, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston took over all remaining management duties of the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation. Eligible applicants may receive up to $4,000 per year to pursue their education. In 2013, the Foundation loaned more than $50,000 to over 80 women.

References

Material from the collection.

"Helping Jewish Women Maximize Potential Earnings." Jewish Family and Children's Service (Accessed July 15, 2015), <http://www.jfcsboston.org/Blog/PostId/410/helping-jewish-women-maximize-potential-earnings>.

Chronology of the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation

September 25, 1923Max C. Rosenfeld signs his will, in which he established the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation.
February 9, 1925Max C. Rosenfeld dies.
1935The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation begins granting its first loans.
1947The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation turns over the adminstration of its scholarship funs to the Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS) of Greater Boston.
2014JF&CS takes over remaining management duties of the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation.
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Scope and Content Note

The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation Records contains adminstrative records including financial and legal documents, as well as materials documenting its loan application process and the young Jewish women who were granted such loans. Many of these items are restricted.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two 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

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (Boston, MA) Records, I-218

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation Records; I-551; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Ruth Nemzoff in April 2014.

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Access Points

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Container List

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Series I: Administrative Materials, undated, 1933-2013

In English.
Box 1.
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically and in subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series contains administrative materials of the Max C. Rosenfield Foundation. It includes financial materials, such as loan repayment schedules, budgets and treasurer's reports, as well as correspondence relating to the Foundation's loan disbursements, investments, and invoices. This series also contains Board of Trustees members and meeting minutes, as well as legal documents, including probate court documents and a copy of the will of Max C. Rosenfeld, in which he left money for the establishment of the Foundation and in which he detailed the purposes and goals of the Foundation.

Subseries 1: Financial Documents, undated, 1962-2013

In English.
Box 1, Folders 1-11.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes financial documents related to the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation, including budget and treasurer's reports, correspondendence regarding the Foundation's investments, billings and loan disbursements, and schedules of loan repayments. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Budgets (contents in white folder are restricted)1982-2013request_box
12Correspondence—Billing and Invoicing1982-2000request_box
13Correspondence—Investments (restricted)1988-2000request_box
14Correspondence—Loan Disbursements (restricted)1985-2013request_box
15Repayment Cards [1 of 3] (restricted)undated, 1962-1996request_box
16Repayment Cards [2 of 3] (restricted)undated, 1962-1996request_box
17Repayment Cards [3 of 3] (restricted)undated, 1962-1996request_box
18Repayment Records (restricted)1976-1985request_box
19Repayment Records (restricted)1981-2004request_box
110Scholarship Counselor's Reports1983-1984, 2007-2013request_box
111Treasurer's Reports2004-2013request_box

Subseries 2: General, undated, 1943-2013

In English.
Box 1, Folders 1-17; AV storage.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains general adminstrative materials including Board of Trustee meeting minutes, list of Board members, general correspondence between the public and the Foundation, a history of the Foundation, and a list of other local Boston scholarship opportunities. Some files in the folders of this series are restricted. Also restricted is a VHS tape of a second grade classroom, submitted in support of a scholarship application.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
112Board of Trusteesundated, 1943-2002request_box
113Board of Trustees—Minutes (restricted)1964-2013request_box
114Correspondence—Blank Formsundated, 1982request_box
115Correspondence—Inquiries1972-1985request_box
116General Informationundated, 1965-2001request_box
117List of Other Scholarshipsundated, 1974request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
AVStorageRochelle Steinberg's Class Grade 2 VHS Tape (restricted)May 10, 2001request_box

Subseries 3: Legal Documents, 1933-2012

In English.
Box 1, Folders 18-20.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains legal documents related to the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation, including legal correspondence and probate court documents. It also includes a copy of the will of Max C. Rosenfeld, in which he leaves part of his estate to create the Foundation, explains the purposes and goals of the Foundation, and names the Board of Trustees.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
118Legal Correspondence1988-2012request_box
119Max C. Rosenfeld Will (Copy)1933, 1935request_box
120Probate Court Documents1958, 1986, 2000-2012request_box
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Series II: Loans, undated, 1973-1991

In English.
Boxes 1 and 2.
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically and into two subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series contains documents relating to the scholarships and loans granted by the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation, including application materials, as well as files on many of the women who received loans. Many folders in this series are restricted.

Subseries 1: Application, undated, 1973-1985

In English.
Box 1, Folders 21-24.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains documents relating to the application process of the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation. Included are application procedures describing the application process, sample applications forms, as well as an agreement to repay and a promissory note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121Application Formsundatedrequest_box
122Application Procedure1973, 1980request_box
123Agreement to Repayundatedrequest_box
124Promissory Noteundatedrequest_box

Subseries 2: Recipients, undated, 1980-2000s

In English.
Box 1, Folders 25-31; Box 2, Folders 1-3.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes documentation of many of the women who received loans from the Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation. This includes a list of recipients, as well as files on many of the recipients, which include applications, repayment schedules, and correspondence. These folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
125Correspondence from Recipients (restricted)undated, 1983request_box
126Files on Recipients [1 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 27Files on Recipients [2 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
128Files on Recipients [3 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
129Files on Recipients [4 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
130Files on Recipients [5 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
131Files on Recipients [6 of 8](restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Files on Recipients [7 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
22Files on Recipients [8 of 8] (restricted)undated, 1980s-2000srequest_box
23List of Recipients (restricted)1980-1985, 1991request_box
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