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Hebrew Orphan Asylum (Founded 1822 As Hebrew Benevolent Soc., Various Name Changes Until 1906, , Merged 1940 Into Jewish Child Care Assoc.

Type / Call #INSTITUTION / I-042(Founded 1822 as the Hebrew Benevolent Society; underwent various
name changes until 1906; merged into the Jewish Child Care Center
in 1940)
Contains an incomplete set of annual reports 1863-1926;
copies of the charter and by-laws of 1867 and 1924;
correspondence, 1884-1934, dealing with general matters, the
Ladies Sewing Circle, the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society, and
the Federation for support of Jewish Philanthropies; includes
files on bequests to the Asylum arranged alphabetically; a
collection of unidentified photographs; a memorial to Emanuel
Lehman; testimonials from the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum
Society and United Hebrew Benevolent Association of Boston;
applications for admission, 1864-1915; discharges, 1899-1940;
admitting physician's reports, 1895-1903; list of children, 1874,
1876; medical records, 1935-1940; daily records of admissions and
discharges, 1900-1927; school records, 1884-1892; conduct books,
1862-1884; statistical data for the years 1862-1884; a register
of visitors to children, 1902-1906; minutes of the Boards;
membership books, 1881-1929; relief books, 1905-1907; a memorial
book; a listing of orphans' estates and life insurance,
1874-1904; records relating to Edenwald and Friendly Home,
1916-1941; records for the Emanuel Lehman Provident and
Industrial Trust Fund; membership lists of the Ladies Sewing
Circle, 1876-1882; donations; student savings accounts.
LocalityNY, NEW YORK
Size62 boxes, 35,000 items

All AJHS manuscript collections must be accessed in person on-site at the American Jewish Historical Society. For information on how to research the AJHS archival collections, essential information about their Reading Room and Regulations can be found at

The AJHS collections themselves are not available in any electronic form, on this website or elsewhere. The AJHS has been collecting this material for over 100 years, and preserves it in its archives in the original format, be it handwritten, typewritten, or printed. For more information on the AJHS' genealogical holdings see the article "Genealogical Resources at the American Jewish Historical Society".

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