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JCA: Jewish Family Service Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002349

Scope and Content

Jewish Family Service Records are made up of a variety of materials documenting the many projects and internal operations of JFS. Series 1 (Photographs) and Series 2 (Major Services and Programs) reflect the organization's special events and campaigns. The Committees and Manuals series along with Inter-Agency Material series provide a window into the internal operations and day-to-day work of JFS through correspondence, staff training booklets and meeting records. Scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings and photographs, highlight the notable accomplishments and prominent members of JFS. The Architectural Records series contains oversized blueprints and drawings of several facilities constructed to expand the operations of JFS.

Important Subjects: Community service Detroit (Mich.) Family services Holocaust survivors Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Jewish refugees Jews -- Charities Older People Philanthropy

Dates

  • 1918 - 2000

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.

History

Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit (JFS) is a social service for the Detroit area Jewish community. Founded in 1928, the organization was created from the joining of the Hebrew Ladies Sewing Circle and the Self Help Circle. JFS mostly aided Jewish families new to America until the aftermath of the WWII, when it worked toward the resettlement of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees displaced by the Soviet Union. Today, JFS performs a variety of social services for the greater southeast Michigan community.

Extent

22.5 Linear Feet (19 MB, 3 SB, 6 OS)

Abstract

Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit (JFS) is a social service organization for the Detroit area Jewish community. Founded in 1928, the organization was created from the joining of the Hebrew Ladies Sewing Circle and the Self Help Circle. JFS mostly aided Jewish families new to America until the aftermath of the WWII. After the war, JFS worked towards the resettlement of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees displaced by the Soviet Union. Today, JFS performs a variety of social services for the greater southeast Michigan community. These records are made up of a variety of materials documenting the many projects and internal operations of JFS. The Photographic Materials series and the Major Services and Programs series reflect the organization's special events and campaigns. The Committees and Manuals series along with Inter-Agency Material series provide a window into the internal operations and day-to-day work of JFS through correspondence, staff training booklets and meeting records. Scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings and photographs, highlight the notable accomplishments and prominent members of JFS. The Architectural Records series contains oversized blueprints and drawings of several facilities constructed to expand the operations of JFS.

Arrangement of the Jewish Family Service Records

Arranged in 6 series: Series 1-Photographs, 1955-1999 (Boxes 1-3). Series 2-Major Services and Programs, 1918-1990 (Boxes 4-9). Series 3-Committees and Manuals, 1943-1995 (Boxes 10-13). Series 4-Inter-Agency Material, including posters, photos, awards, 1925-2008 (Boxes 14-22). Series 5-Photos, Scrapbooks, Photo Albums, 1930-2000 (Boxes 22-25). Series 6-Architectural Records, 1957-1977 (Boxes 26-28).

Acquisition

Deposited at the Reuther Library on July 27, 2012, by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit as part of the Jewish Community Archives.

Related Material

Jewish Community Archives collections at the Reuther Library, including Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records, Jewish Home for the Aged Records, Jewish Apartments and Services Records and Jewish Community Council Records.

Processing History

Finding aid written by staff at the Jewish Community Archives; edited by Gavin Strassel on September 3, 2014.

Creator

Title
Guide to the JCA: Jewish Family Service Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by staff at the Jewish Community Archives; encoded by Gavin Strassel.
Date
2014-09-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA