Guide to the Records of the Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service, undated, 1941-1956, 1961
 
*I-8

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service (New York, N.Y.)
Title: Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service (New York, N.Y.) Records
Dates:undated, 1941-1956, 1961
Abstract: The Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service trained graduate social workers for positions in Jewish welfare agencies from 1947-1951. The collection includes correspondence, reports, minutes, and publicity files on the organization. It also includes materials on the course including curricula, syllabi, lecture outlines, student records (some restricted), and evaluation materials.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 7 linear feet (14 manuscript boxes)
Identification: I-8
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note1

The Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service trained graduate social workers for positions in Jewish welfare agencies from 1947-1951. Five agencies collaborated to initially create the TBJCS: the American Association for Jewish Education, the National Community Relations Advisory Council, the National Jewish Welfare Board, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.2 During its tenure, it focused on training experienced social workers with degrees to advance their careers in Jewish agencies. Students split their time between classroom work (over two summers) and a field assignment, usually at the agency that had sponsored their entrance to the school. Costs were subsidized by the agencies that recommended students (generally from among their employees) and from other contributions. It also ran a number of shorter institutes and seminars for Jewish social workers. However, reduced funding from charitable organizations forced the TBJCS to close in 1951.

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Scope and Content Note

The material in the collection spans not only the period of the TBJCS existence, but addresses its creation and legacy. Material extensively explores the reasons that the school was started, particularly the Jewish social work community's need for individuals with post-graduate specifically Jewish training. Throughout the collection, the TBJCS’s interactions with other organizations are evident. Through correspondence, reports, minutes and publicity files, the collection addresses the state of Jewish communal service in the late 1940s.

The collection also includes extensive curriculum materials, both on the overall course and for individual classes. The material includes curricula, syllabi, lecture outlines, student records (many of which are restricted), and evaluation materials (for students and for the course). The courses themselves cover diverse topics including American Jewish history and culture, Jewish agencies, non-profit administration, social welfare, and fund raising.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 13 series as follows:

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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

P-58, George W. Rabinoff Papers, undated, 1912-1971

I-7, Graduate School for Jewish Social Work (New York, N.Y.) Records, undated, 1925-1950

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service (New York, N.Y.) Records; I-8; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information for primary collection is unknown. The final series was received from the National Jewish Welfare Board in 1969.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Historical Documentation, Early Organizational Materials, and Correspondence, Undated, 1944-1951

English.
Box 1, Folders 1-17.
Arrangement:

Arranged by type of material.

Scope and Content:

The series contains materials on the founding of the TBJCS and its early organization. Also includes folders on the preparation of an overall history of the organization. The first folder includes an index of numbered documents, some of which appear throughout the collection. The series includes correspondence from foundation and through the TBJCS's tenure.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Chronologies for History Report Preparation 1948, 1951
1 2 Weekly Bulletins and Calendars 1947-1949
1 3 Progress Reports and Associated Correspondence 1947-1950
1 4 Graduate School for Jewish Social Work Transfer of Assets; Minutes and Correspondence 1948
1 5 Committee on Training for Jewish Social Work; Foundational Correspondence 1944-1945
1 6 Committee on Training for Jewish Social Work; Foundational Correspondence 1946
1 7 Committee on Training for Jewish Social Work; Foundational Correspondence 1946-1947
1 8 Space Rental and Purchase; Correspondence 1947-1950
1 9 General Correspondence 1947-1950
1 10 Officer Correspondence; Miscellaneous 1948-1951
1 11 New York State Board of Regents 1948-1949
1 12 Studies of Jewish Service Personnel availability and Background 1947-1949
1 13 Graduate School and TBJCS Proposals and Studies; Correspondence 1949-1951
1 14 General Announcements; Bulletins and Brochures 1947-1950
1 15 Staff Correspondence and Staff meeting Reports [RESTRICTED] 1947-1951
1 16 By-Laws; Drafts and Final Resolutions 1947-1949
1 17 Miscellaneous Undated
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Series II: Minutes, 1945-1951

English.
Box 2, Folders 1-7.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Includes minutes, agenda, and memorandum on the following committees and meetings: Committee of Five; Subcommittee on Organization of the Committee for Training Jewish Communal Workers; Steering Committee; Personnel Advisory Board; Admissions Committee; Subcommittee on (Structure and) Permanent Organization; Interim Committee; Executive Committee; Board of Governors (which became the Board of Trustees); Committee on Course and Scope; Nominating Committee; Reorganization Committee; National Agency Representatives; Large City and Agency Executives; Intermediate City Executives; Staff Meetings.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Meeting Minutes 1945-1947
2 2 Meeting Minutes 1947
2 3 Meeting Minutes 1948
2 4 Meeting Minutes 1949
2 5 Meeting Minutes 1950
2 6 Meeting Minutes 1951
2 7 Staff Meeting Minutes 1948-1950
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Series III: Financial Records, 1947-1951

English.
Box 2, Folders 8-10.
Arrangement:

Arranged by type of material.

Scope and Content:

Includes financial reports, records and correspondence.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 8 Reports, Correspondence and Budget Reports 1947-1951
2 9 Financial Correspondence 1947-1951
2 10 Cash Account Summaries 1947
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Series IV: Publicity Records, 1947-1949

English.
Box 2, Folders 11-14.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically and by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series includes clippings, photos and press releases, and some correspondence on publicity issues. It also includes photographs from various events including graduation ceremonies.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 11 News Clippings, News Releases, Correspondence 1947
2 12 News Clippings, News Releases, Correspondence 1948
2 13 News Clippings, News Releases, Correspondence 1949
2 14 Photographs Undated, 1948-1949
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Series V: Committees and Annual Meeting, 1946-1951

English.
Box 3, Folders 1-13.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically/alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports on committees of the TBJCS. See also Series II for minutes of these committees and select folders of Series XIII.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Admissions Committee and Sub-Committee on Admission Criteria undated, 1947-1949
3 2 Annual Meetings 1948-1950
3 3 Board of Governors 1947-1951
3 4 Budget and Finance Committee 1947-1948
3 5 Course and Scope Committee 1948-1949
3 6 Course and Scope Committee 1950
3 7 Executive Committee 1948-1949
3 8 Interim Committee 1947-1948
3 9 Nominating Committee 1948-1949
3 10 Personnel Advisory Board 1947, 1951
3 11 Reorganization committee 1950
3 12 Scholarship Committee 1947
3 13 Steering Committee 1946-1947
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Series VI: Reports on Field Trips, 1848-1951

English.
Box 3-4, Folders 14, 1-2.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes documentation on regional trips taken by staff of the TBJCS to discuss Jewish social work education and employment with local and national organizations.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 14 Reports on Field Trips 1948
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 Reports on Field Trips 1949
4 2 Reports on Field Trips 1950-1951
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Series VII: Special Programs, 1948-1951

English.
Box 4-5, Folders 3-13, 1.
Arrangement:

Arranged by topic.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, and programs on a variety of conferences and institutes organized by the TBJCS.

Subseries A: In-service Institutes, 1984-1951

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by city.

BoxFolderTitleDate
4 3 Cincinnati 1949-1951
4 4 Dallas 1949-1950
4 5 Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago 1949-1951
4 6 New York (and General Data) 1948-1951
4 7 Toronto and Western States 1949

Subseries B: Conferences and Institutes, 1948-1951

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetical.

BoxFolderTitleDate
4 8 Career Counseling 1949-1950
4 9 Community Relations Council Institute 1950
4 10 Executive Institutes 1948-1951
4 11 National Jewish Youth Conference 1950
4 12 Proposed NY Extension Course 1948-1949
4 13 Staff Training of other National Organizations 1947-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Supplementary Courses for other Schools of Social Work 1948-1950
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Series VIII: Inter-Organizational Relations, 1946-1952

English.
Box 5, Folders 2-11.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports related to organizations that employed Jewish social workers, sponsored students, or trained social workers.

BoxFolderTitleDate
5 2 Amercian Association of Schools of Social Work 1948-1950
5 3 Brandeis University 1950-1951
5 4 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds 1947-1951
5 5 Dropsie College 1948-1951
5 6 Editorial Board of the Jewish Social Service Quarterly 1950
5 7 Jewish Welfare Board 1947-1952
5 8 Rabbinical Correspondence 1948-1951
5 9 Steering Committee on the Jewish Component in Case Work 1948-1951
5 10 Yeshiva University 1948-1951
5 11 Miscellaneous Agencies 1946-1950
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Series IX: Student Records, 1947-1951, 1961

English.
Box 6, Folders 1-16.
Arrangement:

Arranged by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials on students, testing, admissions, recruitment, and financial aid. The folders include biographies on students [RESTRICTED], admissions forms, student admission packets [RESTRICTED], preliminary tests, and international student correspondence. Much of the series is restricted as it contains confidential information on individual students.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Biographies of Students [RESTRICTED] 1947-1950
6 2 General Recruitment and Admission Forms 1947-1950
6 3 Admission Prospect Correspondence [RESTRICTED] 1947-1950
6 4 Alumni Exchange Newsletter and Alumni Seminar 1949-1951, 1961
6 5 Tests, Blank and Keys 1947-1950
6 6 Test Results [RESTRICTED] 1947
6 7 Evaluations of Students [RESTRICTED] 1947-1950
6 8 Announcements to Students 1947-1950
6 9 Scholarships, Grants [RESTRICTED] 1947-1949
6 10 Scholarships; Correspondence and Reports 1947-1948
6 11 Individual Student Records, A-E [RESTRICTED] 1947-1949
6 12 Individual Student Records, F-L [RESTRICTED] 1947-1949
6 13 Individual Student Records, M-R [RESTRICTED] 1947-1949
6 14 Individual Student Records, S-Z [RESTRICTED] 1947-1949
6 15 International Students 1949-1950
6 16 Miscellaneous 1947-1951
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Series X: Courses, 1947-1951

English.
Boxes 7-8, Folders 1-8, 1-9.
Arrangement:

Arranged by course and by class year, chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Materials related to the curriculum of the TBJCS. Subseries A includes correspondence, commentary (and reports) on curriculum, meeting minutes, course and program outlines, memoranda, student evaluations of courses and the overall curriculum, course schedules, and reports on curriculum evaluation. Subseries B, C, and D includes lecture notes for classes, readings, syllabi, and other class-specific documentation. Subseries E includes proposals for potential classes.

Subseries A: Basic Courses, 1947-1951

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Curriculum Planning and Evaluation (1 of 2) 1947-1948
7 2 Curriculum Planning and Evaluation (2 of 2) 1947-1948
7 3 Curriculum Planning and Evaluation (1 of 2) 1949-1951
7 4 Curriculum Planning and Evaluation (2 of 2) 1949-1951
7 5 Correspondence 1947-1948
7 6 Correspondence 1949-1950
7 7 Field Placements 1947-1949
7 8 Field Placements (Individual Records) [RESTRICTED] 1947-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Plans for Publication of Syllabi, Correspondence 1947-1950

Subseries B: Curriculum; Class of 1947-1948, 1947-1948

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

BoxFolderTitleDate
8 2 Course I Lectures 1947
8 3 Course II Lectures 1947
8 4 Course III Lectures (1 of 2) 1947
8 5 Course III Lectures (2 of 2) 1947
8 6 Final Semester 1948
8 7 Miscellaneous; Correspondence, Workshops, and Resources 1947
8 8 A Basic Bibliography of Books in Jewish Background for the Communal Worker by Abraham Duker 1947
8 9 Calendars of Activities 1947-1948

Subseries C: Curriculum; Class of 1948-1949, 1948-1949

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

BoxFolderTitleDate
8 10 Course I Syllabi and Readings 1948-1949
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 Course II Syllabi and Lecture Outlines 1948-1949
9 2 Course III Syllabi and Lecture Outlines (1 of 3) 1948-1949
9 3 Course III Syllabi and Lecture Outlines (2 of 3) 1948-1949
9 4 Course III Syllabi and Lecture Outlines (3 of 3) 1948-1949
9 5 Final Semester (1 of 2) 1948-1949
9 6 Final Semester (2 of 2) 1948-1949
9 7 Miscellaneous; Reports, Correspondence and Outlines 1948

Subseries D: Curriculum; Class of 1949-1950, 1948-1950

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

BoxFolderTitleDate
9 8 First Semester; Case Material, Calendars and Workshops 1948-1949
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Course I, Curriculum and Syllabi 1948-1950
10 2 Course II, Syllabi and Lecture Outlines 1949-1950
10 3 Course III (1 of 2) 1949-1950
10 4 Course III (2 of 2) 1949-1950
10 5 Course IV 1949-1950
10 6 Course V and Course VI 1949-1950
10 7 Final Semester 1949-1950
10 8 Miscellaneous; Overall Curriculum, Institutes, and Report 1948-1950

Subseries E: Curriculum and Proposals; for 1950-1951, 1949-1951

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

BoxFolderTitleDate
10 9 Summer 1950 Program 1950
10 10 Proposed Summer 1950 Course 1950
10 11 Proposed Summer 1951 Program 1950-1951
10 12 Proposed Course for 1950-1951 1949-1950
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Series XI: The Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service: A Report Prepared Under the Auspices of the Continuing Committee of the Board of Trustees of the TBJCS by Michael Freund, 1956

English.
Box 11, Volumes 1 and 2.
Scope and Content:

This two part report primarily addresses the origins, history, and curriculum of the Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 Volume The Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service: A Report Prepared Under the Auspices of the Continuing Committee of the Board of Trustees of the TBJCS Part I by Michael Freund 1956
11 Volume The Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service: A Report Prepared Under the Auspices of the Continuing Committee of the Board of Trustees of the TBJCS Part II by Michael Freund 1956
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Series XII: Seminars for Jewish Social Work Practitioners in New York Agencies, 1947-1950

English.
Box 11-12, Folders 1-4, 1-3.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials on special seminars and institutes held for current Jewish social work employees in New York. The two UJA folders include schedules, reports, outlines, tests, and resources on the institute. The other folders primarily hold similar curriculum materials.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 United Jewish Appeal Staff Training Institute (1 of 2) 1947-1948
11 2 United Jewish Appeal Staff Training Institute (2 of 2) 1947-1948
11 3 The Jew and the Jewish Community in the Contemporary Scene-Spring 1949 (1 of 3) 1948-1949
11 4 The Jew and the Jewish Community in the Contemporary Scene-Spring 1949 (2 of 3) 1949
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 The Jew and the Jewish Community in the Contemporary Scene-Spring 1949 (3 of 3) 1949
12 2 The American Jew and the American-Jewish Community--Backgrounds for Jewish Social Work (1 of 2) 1950
12 3 The American Jew and the American-Jewish Community--Backgrounds for Jewish Social Work (2 of 2) 1950
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Series XIII: Supplementary Materials from the National Jewish Welfare Board, 1941-1951, 1955

English.
Box 12-14, Folders 4-8, 1-8, 1-4.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and by type of material.

Scope and Content:

The series includes materials similar to those found throughout the rest of the collection. These materials were collected by the National Jewish Welfare Board and so were maintained separately from other materials; see also references point to relevant parts of the collection. Materials include minutes and reports from committees, correspondence and clippings.

BoxFolderTitleDate
12 4 Admissions Committee [Student Material is Removed] See also Box 3, Folder 1 1947-1948
12 5 Admissions Committee (Student Material) [RESTRICTED] 1947-1948
12 6 Community Relations Council Agenda Committee, Correspondence 1949-1950
12 7 Board of Governors Selection and Financial Records 1946-1949
12 8 Board of Governors (1 of 3) See also Box 3, Folder 3 1949-1950
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 Board of Governors (2 of 3) See also Box 3, Folder 3 1949
13 2 Board of Governors (3 of 3) See also Box 3, Folder 3 1948-1949
13 3 Interim Committee See also Box 3, Folder 8 1946-1948
13 4 Steering Committee See also Box 3, Folder 13 1946-1947
13 5 Board of Trustees Minutes 1951
13 6 Bibliographies, References, and Papers 1941-1952
13 7 General Correspondence 1949-1950
13 8 General Correspondence 1948
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 General Correspondence 1946-1947
14 2 General Correspondence 1947-1950, 1955
14 3 Curriculum and Activities 1947-1949
14 4 Publicity and Reports See also Series IV 1947-1951
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