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American Jewish Committee, Office of War. Records, 1918-1921.

11 linear ft. Ref. # I-9
During World War I, the American Jewish Committee, one of the major Jewish communal organizations, attempted to document Jewish participation in the armed services by sending out questionnaires to soldiers believed to be Jewish. The collection includes the completed questionnaires and correspondence regarding the project.


Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum. Records, 1878-2008.

7.60 linear ft. Ref # I-230
Established in 1878, the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum changed its name to the Jewish Youth Services of Brooklyn in 1954. The agency merged with the Jewish Child Care Association in 1960. Records encompass histories of the asylum, constitution and by-laws, certificates of incorporation, Board of Trustee meeting minutes, information on the cornerstone laying, correspondence, annual reports, plaques and awards, publications, scrapbooks, and admission and discharge ledgers (1879-1953). Information concerning the Women's Auxiliary and Alumni Society also forms part of the collection.

Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York. Records, n.d., 1855-1985.

73.5 linear ft. and 1 map folder Ref. # I-42
The collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, student ledgers, admission and discharge records, and applications for admission to the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York, as well as souvenir journals of the Seligman Solomon Society. This database indexes names recorded in a ledger titled "Index of Children, 1860-1900." The ledger is located in Box 73. The page numbers shown in the database table are listed in the ledger, however; they may or may not correspond to other ledgers located in the collection.

Industrial Removal Office. Records, n.d., 1899-1922.

72.3 linear ft. and 1 oversized folder Ref. # I-91
The Industrial Removal Office was created as part of the Jewish Agricultural Society to assimilate immigrants into American Society, both economically and culturally. It worked to employ all Jewish immigrants. The collection contains administrative and financial records, immigrants' removal records, and correspondence.


Jewish Immigration Information Bureau, Galveston Immigration Plan. Records, n.d., 1901-1920.

2.5 linear ft. and 2 oversized folders Ref. # I-90
The Jewish Immigrant Information Bureau (JIIB), organized primarily by the Industrial Removal Office, operated at the Port of Galveston, Texas from 1907 to 1914. The bulk of the material of the Galveston Immigration Plan records is correspondence between members of the Bureau, national Jewish organizations, and international Jewish organizations.