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

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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.

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

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Meeting Minutes 1945-1947 request_box
2 2 Meeting Minutes 1947 request_box
2 3 Meeting Minutes 1948 request_box
2 4 Meeting Minutes 1949 request_box
2 5 Meeting Minutes 1950 request_box
2 6 Meeting Minutes 1951 request_box
2 7 Staff Meeting Minutes 1948-1950 request_box
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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.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 8 Reports, Correspondence and Budget Reports 1947-1951 request_box
2 9 Financial Correspondence 1947-1951 request_box
2 10 Cash Account Summaries 1947 request_box
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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.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 11 News Clippings, News Releases, Correspondence 1947 request_box
2 12 News Clippings, News Releases, Correspondence 1948 request_box
2 13 News Clippings, News Releases, Correspondence 1949 request_box
2 14 Photographs Undated, 1948-1949 request_box
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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.

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

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 14 Reports on Field Trips 1948 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1 Reports on Field Trips 1949 request_box
4 2 Reports on Field Trips 1950-1951 request_box
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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.

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

Subseries B: Conferences and Institutes, 1948-1951

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetical.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 8 Career Counseling 1949-1950 request_box
4 9 Community Relations Council Institute 1950 request_box
4 10 Executive Institutes 1948-1951 request_box
4 11 National Jewish Youth Conference 1950 request_box
4 12 Proposed NY Extension Course 1948-1949 request_box
4 13 Staff Training of other National Organizations 1947-1950 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1 Supplementary Courses for other Schools of Social Work 1948-1950 request_box
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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.

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

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

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

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

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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

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

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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

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

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

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

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

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
10 9 Summer 1950 Program 1950 request_box
10 10 Proposed Summer 1950 Course 1950 request_box
10 11 Proposed Summer 1951 Program 1950-1951 request_box
10 12 Proposed Course for 1950-1951 1949-1950 request_box
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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.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
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 request_box
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 request_box
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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.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11 1 United Jewish Appeal Staff Training Institute (1 of 2) 1947-1948 request_box
11 2 United Jewish Appeal Staff Training Institute (2 of 2) 1947-1948 request_box
11 3 The Jew and the Jewish Community in the Contemporary Scene-Spring 1949 (1 of 3) 1948-1949 request_box
11 4 The Jew and the Jewish Community in the Contemporary Scene-Spring 1949 (2 of 3) 1949 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12 1 The Jew and the Jewish Community in the Contemporary Scene-Spring 1949 (3 of 3) 1949 request_box
12 2 The American Jew and the American-Jewish Community--Backgrounds for Jewish Social Work (1 of 2) 1950 request_box
12 3 The American Jew and the American-Jewish Community--Backgrounds for Jewish Social Work (2 of 2) 1950 request_box
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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.

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