Jewish Children's Home records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Board of Directors Papers

Board of Directors Papers

General Policy Papers

General Policy Papers

General Policy Papers

General Policy Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Fundraising Papers

Restricted Papers

Restricted Papers

Restricted Papers

Restricted Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Legal and Financial Papers

Printed Material

Printed Material

Printed Material

Printed Materials

Trust Fund Correspondence

Trust Fund Correspondence: Financial Reports

Trust Funds: Broker's Confirmation and other papers

Trust Funds: Cancelled Checks and other papers

Alumni Association Materials

Alumni Association Materials

Alumni Association Materials

Alumni Association Materials

Other Jewish Childrens Home Material

Other Materials

Other Materials

Other Financial Papers

Other Jewish Childrens Home Material

Other Jewish Childrens Home Material

Other Related Papers

Other Materials

Other Materials

Board of Director's Minute Books

Board of Director's Minute Books

Board of Director's Minute Books

Professional Advisory Committee Minutes

Committee on Organization of Group Foster Home Minutes

"Past and Present Wards - Whence Admitted. Children's Records No 1."

In Memoriam Book. Death entries

Records of Publicity Cuts Used

Joint Institutions Appeal, mailings and publicity

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Cash Books

Ledger

[information restricted]

"Golden City Messenger: Official Organ of the Jewish Children's Home."

[information restricted]

[information restricted]

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Reports of Orphan Asylum



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Jewish Children's Home records, 1870-1981 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Jazmin Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Jewish Children's Home records, 1870-1981

Predominant Dates:1940-1953

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 180

Primary Creator: Jewish Children's Home (New Orleans, La.)

Extent: 55.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 55 boxes and 27 volumes. It is 37.5 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1966

Subjects: Child care services -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History., Group homes for children -- Louisiana -- New Orleans., Jewish Children's Home (New Orleans, La.), Jewish children -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.., Jewish children -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century., Jewish orphanages -- United States -- History., Louisiana -- Social conditions., New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions., Orphanages -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is currently being re-processed and some boxes may not be immediately available to the public.

This collection consists of the financial and legal records of the Jewish Children's Home of New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as correspondence, printed material, reports, Alumni Association documents, video and audio tapes. Included are issues of Golden City messenger, called the "official organ of the Jewish Children's Home."

Founding records (1855-1939) were sent in 1948 by the by the directors and board of the Jewish Childrens Home to the American Jewish Archives. Early materials remaining in the Tulane Archives are: Some death records, some printed materials date back to 1871, including specifications for the Saint Charles Street Building; Annual Reports date back to 1871; Dedication of the Isidore Newman Manual Training School; some financial materials.

Biographical Note

In the 1840s and 1850s a series of yellow fever epidemics in New Orleans brought forth a need for homes for destitute widows and children. During this period private and religious groups established a number of orphanages and asylums. In 1855 the Jewish community of New Orleans organized the “Jewish Orphans’ Home,” as a part of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, and on march 14, 1855, the state granted a charter to the institution. The original Home was on Chippewah Street, but in 1887 it moved to a new building at 5342 St. Charles Avenue.

The name of the organization has changed several times: from April 6, 1880 to February 28, 1905, it was “The Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows & Orphans,” from February 28, 1905, to February 4, 1924, “The Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows & Orphans of New Orleans,” and after February 4, 1924, the “Jewish Children’s Home.” While the legal name remains the Jewish Children’s Home, the organization has operated as the Jewish Children’s Home Service since April 1958.

A Charter amendment in 1890 limited admissions to “Abandoned Children” and a 1940 amendment provided for the care of children in their own homes and in foster homes. In 1904, the Isidore Newman Manual Training School was opened for the education and training of the children of the Home. After 1946, the Jewish Children’s Home ceased to offer institutional care in New Orleans and became a regional children’s service.

An important part of the history of the organization has been its association with the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, District #7. By an amendment to its Constitution in 1875, the Home agreed to extend its services to the region covered by District #7; the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. In return, the District Lodge of B’nai B’rith agreed to help finance the Home on a per capita membership basis. This formal contractual relationship with B’nai B’rith was continued, with some changes, until 1947, after which date contributions from B’nai B’rith were made on a voluntary basis. To help solicit funds in District #7 for the Jewish Children’s Home in New Orleans (as well as the Home for the Aged at Memphis and the Leo N. Levi Memorial Hospital), the Joint Institutions Appeal was established by the B’nai B’rith District Grand Lodge in April, 1942. This organization was dissolved on July 1, 1949.

The management and investment of the Trust Funds of the Home is in the hands of the Board of Trustees made up of the President, Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and three Trustees who cannot be members of the Board of Directors.

In 1941, the Board of Directors, recognizing that the needs of the children of the region had changed greatly since the establishment of the Home, appointed a special committee to investigate the possibility of updating the services of the Home. At the suggestion of this Committee, the Board employed the child Welfare Leauge of America and the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds to make a detailed study of the Home and its functions and to offer appropriate recommendations. The results of this Study were published in June 1942, and using the guidelines set forth by the Study, the Home began a reorganization of its services.

On November 1, 1946, the Jewish Children’s Home ceased to provide institutional care in New Orleans and the organization became a center for regional child care service. The St. Charles Street property was sold to the Jewish Community Center in July 1948. From 1946 to 1951, the Home went through a period of change and transition. With the dissolution of the JIA, and without a formal commitment from B’nai B’rith, it was necessary for the Board to undertake its own fund raising. After a long period of negotiations with Bellefaire in Cleveland, the Board contracted with Bellefaire to provide institutional care, when needed, for District #7 children. Finally, in 1951, the Home emerged a s an autonomous child care service, with a regional Board of Directors, composed of 43 members, 30 of whom were nominated by Federations throughout the seven state area.

In recent years, the Service has sponsored several new projects. One, the New Orleans Group house, was organized in 1955 as a joint effort by the Jewish Children’s Home Service and the Institute of Mental Health of New Orleans. It was designed as a treatment center for emotionally disturbed pre-adolescent boys and was closed in June, 1959 upon completion of the demonstration period. And, in May, 1963, a Department of Planning and Education was instituted to offer additional consultation services to social agencies.

Subject/Index Terms

Child care services -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.
Group homes for children -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jewish Children's Home (New Orleans, La.)
Jewish children -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century..
Jewish children -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Jewish orphanages -- United States -- History.
Louisiana -- Social conditions.
New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions.
Orphanages -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 37.5 linear feet

Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently being re-processed and some boxes may not be immediately available to the public.

Collection is open to the public. However, for the protection of privacy, photocopying or photographing the contents of Boxes 15-18 is not allowed. Researchers may not reveal the names of residents or recipients of care, and must sign a confidentiality agreement prior to accessing the collection.

Researchers should note that some of the administrative correspondence and board minutes in "unrestricted boxes" still contains confidential information, and the rules agreed to for use of the restricted boxes applies to confidential material found elsewhere in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Jewish Children's Home Service

Preferred Citation: Jewish Children's Home records, Manuscripts Collection 180, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Other Note: OCLC Number: 423803779


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Board of Directors Papers, 1880-1967],
[Box 2: Board of Directors Papers, 1936-1963],
[Box 3: General Policy Papers, 1937-1947],
[Box 4: General Policy Papers, 1948-1949],
[Box 5: General Policy Papers, 1950-1953],
[Box 6: General Policy Papers, 1954-1967 and unknown],
[Box 7: Fundraising Papers, 1945-1949],
[Box 8: Fundraising Papers, 1950],
[Box 9: Fundraising Papers, January-August 1951],
[Box 10: Fundraising Papers, September 1951-August 1952],
[Box 11: Fundraising Papers, September 1952-1953],
[Box 12: Fundraising Papers, 1954],
[Box 13: Fundraising Papers],
[Box 14: Fundraising Papers, 1956-1964 and unknown],
[Box 15: Restricted Papers],
[Box 16: Restricted Papers, 1945-1952],
[Box 17: Restricted Papers, 1953-1959],
[Box 18: Restricted Papers, 1938-1957],
[Box 19: Legal and Financial Papers, 1900-1967],
[Box 20: Legal and Financial Papers, 1931, 1937-1942],
[Box 21: Legal and Financial Papers, 1945-1961],
[Box 22: Legal and Financial Papers, 1929-1942],
[Box 23: Legal and Financial Papers, 1929-1942],
[Box 24: Legal and Financial Papers, 1929-1947],
[Box 25: Legal and Financial Papers, 1924-1939],
[Box 26: Legal and Financial Papers, 1940-1949],
[Box 27: Legal and Financial Papers, 1950-1954],
[Box 28: Legal and Financial Papers, 1948-1957],
[Box 29: Legal and Financial Papers, 1950, 1955, 1958-1962],
[Box 30: Legal and Financial Papers, 1958-1963],
[Box 31: Legal and Financial Papers],
[Box 32: Legal and Financial Papers],
[Box 33: Printed Material, 1871-1900],
[Box 34: Printed Material, 1901-1922],
[Box 35: Printed Material],
[Box 36: Printed Materials, 1921-1956],
[Box 37: Trust Fund Correspondence, 1911- December 1936],
[Box 38: Trust Fund Correspondence: Financial Reports, 1925-1936],
[Box 39: Trust Funds: Broker's Confirmation and other papers, 1920-1936],
[Box 40: Trust Funds: Cancelled Checks and other papers, 1923-1937],
[Box 41: Alumni Association Materials, 1959-1960],
[Box 42: Alumni Association Materials],
[Box 43: Alumni Association Materials],
[Box 44: Alumni Association Materials],
[Box 46: Other Jewish Childrens Home Material, 1946-1958],
[Box 48: Other Materials, 1912-1967],
[Box 49: Other Materials, 1886, 1941-1973],
[Box 50: Other Financial Papers, 1946-1979],
[Box 51: Other Jewish Childrens Home Material, 1925-1978],
[Box 52: Other Jewish Childrens Home Material, 1945-1977],
[Box 53: Other Related Papers, 1907-1968],
[Box 54: Other Materials, 1935-1981],
[Box 55: Other Materials, 1945-1976],
[Volume 1: Board of Director's Minute Books, January 1940-December 1941],
[Volume 2: Board of Director's Minute Books, January 1942-December 1943],
[Volume 3: Board of Director's Minute Books, January 1944-December 1945],
[Volume 4: Professional Advisory Committee Minutes, 1947, 1948],
[Volume 5: Committee on Organization of Group Foster Home Minutes, 1955],
[Volume 6: "Past and Present Wards - Whence Admitted. Children's Records No 1.", 1855-1960],
[Volume 7: In Memoriam Book. Death entries, 1843-1960],
[Volume 8: Records of Publicity Cuts Used],
[Volume 9: Joint Institutions Appeal, mailings and publicity, 1943-1947],
[Volume 10: Cash Books, September 30, 1929-January 1932],
[Volume 11: Cash Books, February 1932-May 1934],
[Volume 12: Cash Books, June 1934-August 1936],
[Volume 13: Cash Books, September 1936-September 1938],
[Volume 14: Cash Books, October 1938-December 1939],
[Volume 15: Cash Books, January 1940-December 1940],
[Volume 16: Cash Books, January 1941-December 1941],
[Volume 17: Cash Books, January 1942-January 1943],
[Volume 18: Cash Books, February 1943-January 1944],
[Volume 19: Cash Books, February 1944-January 1945],
[Volume 20: Cash Books, February 1945-June 1946],
[Volume 21: Ledger, 1936-1947],
[[information restricted]],
[Volume 23: "Golden City Messenger: Official Organ of the Jewish Children's Home.", April 1923-27],
[[information restricted]],
[[information restricted]],
[[information restricted]],
[Volume 27: Reports of Orphan Asylum, July 1, 1893-July 1, 1898],
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Box 35: Printed Material
Other printed materials.
Folder 1: Specifications for St. Charles Street Building, 188-
with additional scrapbook items
Folder 2: "Program of Exercises Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of the Founding of the Assosication for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Orphans, also the Dedication of the Isidore Newman Manual Training School and the Conference of Southern Rabbis,", 1905
Folder 3: Jewish Children's Home "Tell-A-Vision", 1940
Folder 4: "Report of Survey of Jewish Children's Home, New Orleans" made by Child Welfare League of America and Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, 1942
For related materials see Report of Special Committee on Survey, Box 1, folder 25, also Board reports, Box 1, folder 26.
Folder 5: "Century of Progress in Child Care." Jewish Children's Home, 1955
Folder 6: Other Printed Materials-Jewish Children's Home
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings-Jewish Children's Home
Folder 8: President's Message to District Grand Lodge #7 B'nai B'rith, 1949
Folder 9: CJF & WF - Regional Executive Committee Meeting, 1949
Folder 10: Bellefaire - Catalog of Service, Brochure, unknown
Folder 11: Be11efaire - Catalogue of Serviees, unknown
Folder 12: Brochure - New Orleans Group Home, unknown

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Board of Directors Papers, 1880-1967],
[Box 2: Board of Directors Papers, 1936-1963],
[Box 3: General Policy Papers, 1937-1947],
[Box 4: General Policy Papers, 1948-1949],
[Box 5: General Policy Papers, 1950-1953],
[Box 6: General Policy Papers, 1954-1967 and unknown],
[Box 7: Fundraising Papers, 1945-1949],
[Box 8: Fundraising Papers, 1950],
[Box 9: Fundraising Papers, January-August 1951],
[Box 10: Fundraising Papers, September 1951-August 1952],
[Box 11: Fundraising Papers, September 1952-1953],
[Box 12: Fundraising Papers, 1954],
[Box 13: Fundraising Papers],
[Box 14: Fundraising Papers, 1956-1964 and unknown],
[Box 15: Restricted Papers],
[Box 16: Restricted Papers, 1945-1952],
[Box 17: Restricted Papers, 1953-1959],
[Box 18: Restricted Papers, 1938-1957],
[Box 19: Legal and Financial Papers, 1900-1967],
[Box 20: Legal and Financial Papers, 1931, 1937-1942],
[Box 21: Legal and Financial Papers, 1945-1961],
[Box 22: Legal and Financial Papers, 1929-1942],
[Box 23: Legal and Financial Papers, 1929-1942],
[Box 24: Legal and Financial Papers, 1929-1947],
[Box 25: Legal and Financial Papers, 1924-1939],
[Box 26: Legal and Financial Papers, 1940-1949],
[Box 27: Legal and Financial Papers, 1950-1954],
[Box 28: Legal and Financial Papers, 1948-1957],
[Box 29: Legal and Financial Papers, 1950, 1955, 1958-1962],
[Box 30: Legal and Financial Papers, 1958-1963],
[Box 31: Legal and Financial Papers],
[Box 32: Legal and Financial Papers],
[Box 33: Printed Material, 1871-1900],
[Box 34: Printed Material, 1901-1922],
[Box 35: Printed Material],
[Box 36: Printed Materials, 1921-1956],
[Box 37: Trust Fund Correspondence, 1911- December 1936],
[Box 38: Trust Fund Correspondence: Financial Reports, 1925-1936],
[Box 39: Trust Funds: Broker's Confirmation and other papers, 1920-1936],
[Box 40: Trust Funds: Cancelled Checks and other papers, 1923-1937],
[Box 41: Alumni Association Materials, 1959-1960],
[Box 42: Alumni Association Materials],
[Box 43: Alumni Association Materials],
[Box 44: Alumni Association Materials],
[Box 46: Other Jewish Childrens Home Material, 1946-1958],
[Box 48: Other Materials, 1912-1967],
[Box 49: Other Materials, 1886, 1941-1973],
[Box 50: Other Financial Papers, 1946-1979],
[Box 51: Other Jewish Childrens Home Material, 1925-1978],
[Box 52: Other Jewish Childrens Home Material, 1945-1977],
[Box 53: Other Related Papers, 1907-1968],
[Box 54: Other Materials, 1935-1981],
[Box 55: Other Materials, 1945-1976],
[Volume 1: Board of Director's Minute Books, January 1940-December 1941],
[Volume 2: Board of Director's Minute Books, January 1942-December 1943],
[Volume 3: Board of Director's Minute Books, January 1944-December 1945],
[Volume 4: Professional Advisory Committee Minutes, 1947, 1948],
[Volume 5: Committee on Organization of Group Foster Home Minutes, 1955],
[Volume 6: "Past and Present Wards - Whence Admitted. Children's Records No 1.", 1855-1960],
[Volume 7: In Memoriam Book. Death entries, 1843-1960],
[Volume 8: Records of Publicity Cuts Used],
[Volume 9: Joint Institutions Appeal, mailings and publicity, 1943-1947],
[Volume 10: Cash Books, September 30, 1929-January 1932],
[Volume 11: Cash Books, February 1932-May 1934],
[Volume 12: Cash Books, June 1934-August 1936],
[Volume 13: Cash Books, September 1936-September 1938],
[Volume 14: Cash Books, October 1938-December 1939],
[Volume 15: Cash Books, January 1940-December 1940],
[Volume 16: Cash Books, January 1941-December 1941],
[Volume 17: Cash Books, January 1942-January 1943],
[Volume 18: Cash Books, February 1943-January 1944],
[Volume 19: Cash Books, February 1944-January 1945],
[Volume 20: Cash Books, February 1945-June 1946],
[Volume 21: Ledger, 1936-1947],
[[information restricted]],
[Volume 23: "Golden City Messenger: Official Organ of the Jewish Children's Home.", April 1923-27],
[[information restricted]],
[[information restricted]],
[[information restricted]],
[Volume 27: Reports of Orphan Asylum, July 1, 1893-July 1, 1898],
[All]


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