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JCA: Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002790
Part 1: The Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah Records document the history of the organization in the Detroit Metropolitan area. It is particularly comprehensive from the 1950s through 1990. Significant elements of the collection include administrative and fundraising records, newspaper clippings, and photographs and scrapbooks. The collection is divided into two parts:

This part includes 8 series: Series 1: Administration; Series 2: Clippings; Series 3: Correspondence; Series 4: Events; Series 5: Financials; Series 6: History; Series 7: Photographs; Series 8: Publications.

The materials include documents pertaining to the formation of the chapter, pamphlets and articles, correspondence to and from Hadassah, brochures and flyers advertising events, financial reports and tax returns, documentation of chapter history, photographs, and publications.
Part 2: This part consists of additional materials donated by Hadassah after the completion of Part 1. Most of the boxes contain administrative records, including correspondence and publications. Four oversized boxes mainly contain scrapbooks and photograph proof shoots.
Part 3: This part contains DVDs, photographic negatives and a CD. This material was transferred to the Reuther A-V Department.

Dates

  • 1916 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1990

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

17 Linear Feet (18 MB, 4 OS)

Abstract

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold in New York City with a mission to provide health care to the people living in Palestine. In 1916, Szold visited Detroit and helped start a local Hadassah chapter. Through its fundraising efforts Hadassah supports local, charitable projects as well as healthcare, research, education and social services programs in Israel.

History

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold in New York City with a mission to provide health care to the people living in Palestine. In 1916, Szold visited Detroit and helped start a local Hadassah chapter.

At first members gathered in women's homes, but by 1927, membership had reached 1,000 women. During the 1930s, Hadassah opened an office above the Linwood Post Office in Detroit. The group raised money through sewing groups, luncheons and lectures. By 1944, the group had grown so large that it was no longer feasible to operate as a single chapter, and geographic groups were formed across the region.

In 2017, the Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah celebrated its 100th anniversary. Through its fundraising efforts, Hadassah supports local, charitable projects as well as healthcare, research, education and social services programs in Israel.

Arrangement

Part 1: Arranged in 8 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Box 2), Series 3 (Boxes 2-3), Series 4 (Boxes 3-5), Series 5 (Box 5), Series 6 (Box 6), Series 7 (Boxes 7-9), and Series 8 (Boxes 9-13). Folders are arranged chronologically where possible.
Part 2: Boxes 14-21. Folders are arranged chronologically where possible, and listed in the order in which they appear.
Part 3: Material is arranged in a single box, box 22.

Acquisition

The records were originally deposited at the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives of Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI, in 2005 and 2007. Hadassah leadership decided to move the collection to the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, Bloomfield Hills, MI, in 2017. Deposited at the Reuther Library, 2018.

Related Materials

Collections in the Jewish Community Archives, particularly the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records.

Transfers

Part 3, box 22 was transferred ot the Reuther Audio-Visual department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives on March 22, 2018. Revised by Aimee Ergas, November 2018.
Title
Guide to the JCA: Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives.
Date
2018-11-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA