Finding Aids

Finding Aid

Example of a Finding Aid.

A finding aid is like a book jacket outlining an archivist's painstaking work organizing and describing historical records to let you know what is inside a collection. A finding aid serves two purposes: to provide context with the historical background of original materials, and to provide a table of contents for the collection.

What is a finding aid? A finding aid is a document that explains...

  • What is in the collection
  • Who created the collection
  • Who has owned the collection
  • How to use the collection
  • Where to look for materials within the collection

Finding Aid

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AJHS Finding Aids

I-71: Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, undated, 1920, 1928-1983 (bulk 1943-1976) [Posted 2015-01-09]

The records chronicle the ideology behind the Reconstructionist movement, the founding and activities of the Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, and its growth and transformation from an ideology and movement into an established American Jewish denomination, Reconstructionist Judaism. The records also document two seminal figures in Reconstructionist Judaism, Mordecai Menahem Kaplan and Ira Eisenstein. Included in the collection are the administrative records of the Foundation (minutes, financial records, bylaws), publications produced by the Foundation including manuscript submissions for the influential publication The Reconstructionist, correspondence, sermons, prayer books produced by the Foundation, syllabi, sheet music, photographs, and speeches, among other material. In the correspondence are letters from Martin Buber, J. Edgar Hoover, and Albert Schweitzer.

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I-371: Institute of Jewish Affairs Collection, undated, 1941-1971 [Posted 2015-01-09]

The Institute of Jewish Affairs was a scientific and research organization attached to the World Jewish Congress. The collection consists of brochures, reports, surveys and other research publications. The materials address the plans, goals and activities of the organization as well as containing studies of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, Jewish life in the postwar era in various countries and political events influencing Jewry and anti-Semitism. The collection also includes analyses of international legislation on questions which were influencing the Jewish situation within the spheres of human rights, minorities and migration at the time.

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I-413: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, 1979-1996 [Posted 2015-01-09]

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was created to advance and disseminate knowledge about the Holocaust, to document and interpret Holocaust history, and to serve as the nation's permanent living memorial to the Holocaust. The collection includes newsletters, Days of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust publications and printed matter, photographs, press releases, conference material, teaching guides and curricula, and fundraising and membership material.

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P-125: Asher Levy Papers, 1807 [Posted 2015-1-12]

An entry of merchandise imported by Asher Levy from Surinam to New York in 1807.

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P-214: Touro family (Newport, R.I.) Papers, late 1700s-1849 [Posted 2015-1-12]

The collection contains correspondence, personal, and business papers of the following members of the Touro family: Abraham (1777/78-1822), Judah (1775-1854), and Rebecca (1779-1833) Touro of Newport, Rhode Island. Documents include an insurance policy, correspondence, and wills.

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I-189: Jewish Peace Fellowship Records, 1942-2010 [Posted 2015-1-12]

The collection includes materials documenting the work of the Jewish Peace Fellowship in supporting Jewish resistance to conscription and subsequent draft, opposition to arms race, Israeli politics on the disputed territories, and American armed interventions and consists of by-laws, correspondence, financial statements, individual files of Jewish conscientious objectors, lists, membership information, manuscripts and other materials intended for publication in JFP’s publications, minutes, questionnaires, printed materials, such as mailings, leaflets, and magazines, and reports.

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P-990: Leon Kronish Papers, 1932-1997 [Posted 2015-2-3]

The Leon Kronish Papers incorporate the personal and professional papers of Rabbi Leon Kronish with the organizational records of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, Florida, where he served as spiritual leader for over fifty years. Included are sermons, correspondence, memorandums, newsletters, worship service manuals, programs, pamphlets, greeting cards, administrative records, financial records, notes, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and sound recordings.

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I-520: Hebrew National Orphan Home Alumni Association Records, undated, 1925-2010, 2014 (bulk 1957-1997) [Posted 2015-02-23]

The Hebrew National Orphan Home Alumni Association Records document the activities from the establishment of the association in 1925 until its demise 2011. The records consist primarily of the Association's newsletter, The Alumnus, programs of reunion events, meeting minutes of both the general meetings and the association advisory board, newspaper and magazine clippings, oral histories on audiocassettes and videotapes, alumni writings, scrapbooks, correspondence, and a few photographs.

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P-992: Meta Joy Jacoby Papers, 1983-1990 [Posted 2015-23-03]

Personal collection of Soviet Jewry Movement activist Meta Joy Jacoby who chaired the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA. The Committee provided moral support to Soviet Jewish families through the mailing of letters and telegrams, placing phone calls, and sending Jewish cultural materials to the Soviet Union. Meta Joy Jacoby repeatedly traveled to the Soviet Union to meet with and deliver aid to the Refuseniks. The collection includes memos, correspondence, newsletters, brochures, and clippings.

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P-993: Barry Marks Papers, 1966, 1983-1987 [Posted 2015-23-3]

Personal papers of the Soviet Jewry Movement activist Rabbi Barry Marks, a spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Springfield, IL and a founder of the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association. The collection reflects Rabbi Marks' and the Springfield, IL Jewish community's involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement. The materials include clippings, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, and speeches.

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I-563: Interfor Club, Lynn (Mass.) Records, undated, 1932-2000 [Posted 2015-01-06]

The Interfor Club of the North Shore was originally founded in 1930 by David L Winer, a Boston University Law School graduate, as the Brandeis Associates. Initially having twenty-two members who just graduated high school, the Interfor Club, which stands for Inter Collegiate Forum Club, began meeting at the Young Men’s Hebrew Association in Lynn. The collection is comprised of revisions to constitutions, event programs, financial records, photographs, scholarship information, member lists, and detailed meeting minutes which outline the club’s daily activities.

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I-564: Jecomen Club Records, undated, 1925-1945 [Posted 2015-01-06]

The Jecomen Club was a fraternal organization established in 1925 and based in Lynn, Massachusetts. Men over the age of twenty-one with a college degree were eligible to apply for membership. The group hosted both social and philanthropic events, including an annual fundraising theatrical production for the Jecomen scholarship fund. The material in the collection describing the club’s operations includes meeting minutes, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and program books.

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P-988: Louis Winer Papers, undated, circa 1919-1985 [Posted 2015-01-06]

Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, Louis Winer received both his undergraduate and law degree from Boston University. Admitted to the bar in 1916, the outbreak of World War I interrupted his law career, as Winer served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France. This collection includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards and an American Legion military cap and medal.

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P-685: Evelyn B. and Janot S. Roskin Collection, undated, circa 1903-1989 [Posted 2015-01-08]

The Evelyn B. and Janot S. Roskin collection contains items relating to the Roskin, Borofsky, and Grosbayne families, with special focus on the musical contributions of Evelyn B. (née Borofsky) and Janot S. Roskin, which make up the bulk of the collection. A smaller portion of the collection comes from the Borofsky and Grosbayne families, including Jacob and Ida Borofsky, Evelyn's sister, Edith Borofsky and her husband, Mitchell Grosbayne and his brother, Benjamin. The collection includes publicity photographs, clippings, sheet music, sound recordings, and musical compositions.

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P-989: Philip Epstein Papers, undated, circa 1951-1994 [Posted 2015-01-08]

Philip D. Epstein was a trial attorney from 1941 to 1999 and a veteran of World War II. He was active in the Jewish community of Marblehead, Massachusetts and worked with a number of veterans support organizations, such as the National Jewish Welfare Board and Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. He served two terms as Commander of JWV Post 656 Marblehead-Swampscott. The material in the collection includes correspondence, announcements, meeting minutes, membership rosters, and publications primarily concerning his tenure as JMV commander.

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I-568: Congregation Ahabot Sholom Records, undated, 1982-2001 [Posted 2015-01-08]

Incorporated in 1901, Congregation Ahabat Sholom constructed a German Romanesque synagogue on Church Street, which was dedicated in 1905 during a ceremony lead by the congregation's first cantor, Benjamin Gordon. The congregation was one of Lynn’s several Jewish Orthodox congregations in the early 1900s. This collection contains administrative records, photographs, scrapbooks, and programmatic materials.

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P-519: Bromberg Family Papers, undated, circa 1886-1977 [Posted 2015-2-3]

The Bromberg Family papers relate primarily to the political and social activities of Edward J. Bromberg (a lawyer and politician and the first Jewish person elected to the Massachusetts State Senate) and some members of his family. A scrapbook contains items regarding Edward’s sons, Justine and Bertram, and his daughter, Pauline. Other Bromberg family members in the collection are Lev, Henrietta Livingston, Anna Insoft, and Alice Goldstein. The collection includes clippings, programs, and photographs.

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I-220 and I-220A: Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston, MA) Records, undated, 1865-1989 and undated, 1900-2006 [Posted 2015-2-3]

The Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest federated Jewish philanthropy in the United States. The current incarnation of CJP was formed in 1960, when two separate federated philanthropies – the Combined Jewish Appeal and Associated Jewish Philanthropies – merged to create a single organization dedicated to serving the needs of Boston’s Jewish community. CJP’s records contain the history of several other organizations, from the forerunners of the current Federation to the Jewish institutions supported by CJP. Their beginnings can be traced to the founding of the United Hebrew Benevolent Association (UHBA) in 1864 at the Pleasant Street Synagogue (now Temple Israel). This collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, financial documents and ledgers, appeal information, publicity, programs, brochures and other written documents relating CJP’s history.

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I-317: Jewish Community Center (Fitchburg, Mass.) Records, 1947-1955, 1959-1964 [Posted 2015-2-9]

The Jewish Community Center of Fitchburg, Massachusetts was founded in 1947. Not much else is known about the Center. This collection contains Bulletins from the founding of the Center to 1964.

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P-157: Rabbi Ber Boruchoff Papers, undated, 1906-1939; [Posted 2015/03/42]

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff was the first and longest serving rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, Massachusetts. This collection contains ledgers with records of marriages performed in the Greater Boston area during the years 1906-1938, as well as some photographs and biographical information.

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