Guide to the Papers of Raphael Family, undated, 1916-1950 (bulk 1920-1930)
 
P-1029

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kristiana Weseloh as MS Word document, April 24, 2017. Finding aid was encoded by Kristiana Weseloh on April 24, 2017. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Raphael, Aaron
Title: Raphael Family Papers
Dates:Undated, 1916-1950
Dates: Bulk Dates 1920-1930
Abstract: This collection contains photographs and personal items of the Rafalowsky family as well as memorabilia and photographs of the Bialystoker Somech Noflim (Mutual Aid Society). Aaron Raphael was an active member in the Bialystoker Somech Noflim which operated in New York City in the early twentieth century. The Bialystoker groups were some of the most active Landmanshaftn or hometown organizations.
Languages: The collection is in English, Hebrew.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half manuscript box and 1 OS1 folder)
Identification: P-1029
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
Aaron's Membership Certificate

Workmen's Circle Membership Certificate

Aaron Rafalowsky was born in Russia in 1883 and came to the United States in 1902 with his wife, Ida Rafalowsky. They had three children, Julius (1905), Israel (1908) and Joseph (1916).

Aaron Rafalowsky later Raphael, was an active member in the Bialystoker Somech Noflim (or Mutual Aid Society) which operated in New York City in the early twentieth century. Starting in the late nineteenth century, over forty organizations sprang up in the U.S. whose roots originated in Bialystok. During the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, Bialystok was a part of the Russian Empire, but in 1919 became a part of Poland. The Bialystoker groups were some of the most active Landmanshaftn or hometown organizations. These organizations were set up to help service the social and financial needs of their community. They also sent delegates back to Bialystok with relief aid. Aaron was one of the delegates to travel back to Bialystok.

In 1921 the Bialystoker Center became the umbrella organization that oversaw all the Bialystok groups. The Center was also a physical space located at 228 East Broadway in Manhattan. During the 1920s the Center’s focus shifted to assisting the New York Jewish community. This included creating a home for the aging population. The home operated from 1929 to 2011.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs and personal items of the Raphael family as well as memorabilia and photographs of the Bialystoker Somech Noflim (Mutual Aid Society). The family items consist of personal photographs, correspondence, telegrams, a dozen debenture bonds from 1927, a 1920 stock certificate and legal documents. The Bialystoker memorabilia includes a program from 1936, leaflets in Hebrew, photos of organizational gatherings including three large size photographs of Bialystoker anniversary banquets from 1930-1950.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one 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

I-332 Guide to the Landsmanshaftn Collection, undated, 1899-1971, 1991

I-154 New York (County) Hall of Records selected incorporation papers, 1848-1920

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Raphael Family Papers; P-1029; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Raphael, 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.

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Series: Raphael Family Papers, undated, 1916-1950

English, Hebrew
Box 1, Folders 1-2. OSF1
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Bialystoker Organizational Materials and Photographs 1916-1950request_box
12Personal Family Photographs and Memorabilia 1916-1950request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OSF1OSF1Bialystoker Anniversary Banquets (Three Photographs)1933-1950request_box
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