Guide to the Records of the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore,
undated, circa 1870-2008
 
I-584

Processed by Shannon Struble

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Shannon Struble as MS Word document, January 16, 2016. Finding aid was encoded by Shannon Struble on February 27, 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore
Title: Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore Records
Dates:undated, circa 1870-2008
Abstract: The Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore (JHCNS) collected the records of the North Shore Jewish community and developed exhibits, cultural events, and publications to preserve and disseminate the history of the community. JHCNS’s records contain administrative documents, such as by-laws, deeds of gift, loan agreements, and fundraising paperwork, as well as documents related to exhibits put on between 1991 and 2002.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 2 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-584
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

(From left) Sylvia Gould, Lil Limon, Oscar Rosen, and Dorothy Frye Cohen photographed around the North Shore Jewish Historical Society table at the Temple Shalom Festival in 1988.

The Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore was founded in 1977 as the North Shore Jewish Historical Society (NSJHS) by Nathan and Sophie Gass. The couple had taken part in an evening of remembrances about Jewish life in Lynn, which was videotaped. The question of what to do with the tape led the Gasses to establish the NSJHS. The organization became an archival repository for the stories of the North Shore Jewish community and developed exhibits, cultural events, and publications to preserve and disseminate the history of the community. In 2001, the NSJHS changed its name to the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore, and in 2012, the organization reassessed and broadened its mission, changing its name to the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore (JHCNS) at that time. In 2013, the organization donated their archival collections to the American Jewish Historical Society-New England Archives.

Since its founding, the JHCNS has produced numerous exhibits and educational programs on such subjects as Jewish veterans, early Jewish families in Marblehead and Peabody, the history of the Jewish community in Salem, and the history of Temple Shalom of the Congregation Sons of Jacob on the occasion of the shul’s centenary. The JHCNS has also published two books, The Jewish Community of the North Shore in 2003 and A History of Boston’s Jewish North Shore in 2009.

References

Material from the collection.

“Our History and Mission,” Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, accessed January 16, 2016, <http://www.jhcns.org/History.html>

Chronology

1977The North Shore Jewish Historical Society is founded.
2001The organization name is changed to the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore.
2003The Jewish Community of the North Shore is published.
2009A History of Boston’s Jewish North Shore is published.
2012The organization name is changed to the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore.
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Scope and Content Note

The Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore collection consists of one manuscript box of administrative records, plus records from exhibits presented between 1991 and 2002. The focus of the administrative records is primarily on the documentation of loans and gifts to and from the organization. Folders containing correspondence and records documenting organizational events also reveal more about the public operations of the JHCNS. The exhibit records consist of information about the organization’s efforts during the planning process, as well as photographs, documents, and information highlighted in the exhibits themselves.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two 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

Jewish Federation of the North Shore Records, 1926-2007

Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Post 31 (Lynn, Mass.) Records, 1954-2000

Temple Shalom of the Congregation Sons of Jacob (Salem, MA) Records, 1910-2006

Richard Winer Family Papers, 1891-1999

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore Records; I-584; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, 2013.

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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.

Click the box in the request column to learn more about viewing materials at the New England Archives of AJHS.

 

Series I: Administrative Records, undated, circa 1982-2008

English.
Box 1, folders 1-10.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The administrative records include by-laws of the organization from 1988, correspondence mostly in the form of gift acknowledgements, loan agreements, deeds of gift, and documents related to various fundraising campaigns. One folder contains photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and information about events sponsored by the organization in the 1980s and 1990s.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11By-Laws1988request_box
12Correspondence1984-2001request_box
13Deeds of Giftundatedrequest_box
14Events1982-1996request_box
15Fundraisingundated, 1988, 1994request_box
16Fundraising—Charitable Campaign Coalition Grantundated, 1999-2001request_box
17Fundraising—Donations in Memory of Lillian Limon2002request_box
18Fundraising—Meeting the Challenge Campaignundated, 1999request_box
19Loan Agreements—Outstanding2003-2008request_box
110Loan Agreements—Returned2000-2007request_box
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Series II: Exhibits, undated, circa 1870-2003

English.
Boxes 2-4; 1 oversized folder.
Scope and Content:

This series contains documents related to exhibits developed by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore. It is divided into three subseries as follows: the Jewish Veterans exhibits put on between 1991 and 1997, “The Jews of Marblehead: the First One Hundred Years,” which was displayed in 1994, and “Peabody: Memories of a Jewish Community,” shown in 2002.

Subseries A: Jewish Veterans, undated, circa 1913-1999

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Between 1991 and 1997, the JHCNS produced several exhibits with the topic of Jewish war veterans, and this subseries contains information and photographs of veterans from the Revolution through the first Gulf War reused in those exhibits. The records related to the Jewish veterans exhibits consist primarily of research into local Jewish servicemen and women, primarily carried out by Arlene Lewis Kaufman, photographs and captions that were included in the exhibits, and exhibit publicity. The exhibit materials are subdivided by the major U.S. wars. There is also a folder about the North Shore Jewish War Veterans posts, including Posts 220, 656, and 31. An oversized folder contains additional photographs and information from the exhibit.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Exhibit Publicityundated, 1991-1997request_box
22Gulf Warundated, 1991request_box
23Jewish War Veteransundated, 1952-1997request_box
24Korean Warundated, 1945-1956request_box
25Listsundated, 1946-1999request_box
26Miscellaneousundated, 1918-1995request_box
27Vietnamundated, 1970-1971request_box
28World War Iundated, 1913-1923request_box
29World War II—Generalundated, 1941-1943request_box
210World War II—Profilesundated, 1941-1995request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1World War II—Profiles1919-1990request_box

Subseries B: Jews of Marblehead, undated, circa 1870-2000

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Records related to “The Jews of Marblehead: the First One Hundred Years” exhibit include administrative documents, such as grant applications, mailing lists, fliers, background research, and publicity about the exhibit. The remainder of this sub-series consists of photographs and histories of the families featured in the exhibit.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Administrative Recordsundated, 1994, 2000request_box
32Exhibit Materialsundatedrequest_box
33Publicityundated, 1993-1994request_box
34Families—Agoosundated, 1921, 1993-1994request_box
35Families—Buildersundatedrequest_box
36Families—Fliegelundated, 1930-2000request_box
37Families—Hillsonundated, 1870-1956request_box
38Families—Kemelmanundated, 1883request_box
39Families—Lintzundated, 1932request_box
310Families—Rosenthalundated, 1993request_box
311Families—Sacksundated, 1918-2000request_box
312Families—Sevinorundated, 1942-2000request_box
313Families—Shubeundated, 1993request_box
314Families—Skloverundated, 1993-1994request_box
315Families—Abraham Solomonundated, 1977, 1983request_box
316Families—Vernerundated, 1994request_box
317Marblehead Informationundatedrequest_box
318Storiesundated, 1968-1998request_box

Subseries C: Peabody, undated, circa 2001-2003

English.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The records associated with the “Peabody: Memories of a Jewish Community” exhibit mostly document the administrative and background details of the exhibit: accounts payable, donations and correspondence to donors, mailing lists, and meeting minutes. Some folders contain information about the exhibit itself, such as research into Peabody, fliers, and photographs of the displays. A final folder contains publicity about the exhibit.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Accountsundated, 2001-2002request_box
42Correspondenceundated, 2002-2003request_box
43Donationsundated, 2002request_box
44Exhibit Materialsundated, 2002-2003request_box
45Mailing List2002request_box
46Meeting Minutes2001request_box
47Memory Book2002request_box
48Photographs2002request_box
49Photograph Identificationsundatedrequest_box
410Publicityundated, 2002request_box
411Researchundatedrequest_box
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