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National Council of Jewish Women Charleston Section records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1038

Collection Overview

The collection consists of the records of the Charleston Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. A substantial portion of the collection documents the Charleston Section's fundraising activities, charitable and educational programs, membership events, and 100th anniversary celebration through photographs, printed matter, newspaper clippings, and other materials. The collection also includes administrative records containing bylaws and mission statement; minutes; membership rosters; assorted resources distributed by NCJW national to local sections; correspondence; and clippings. Minutes from 1906 to 1950 and addendums and motions are photocopies of originals held by the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA), on the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, while minutes from 1997 to 2010 consist of original typed and handwritten minutes. Also included is a small amount of financial materials consisting of several cashbooks recording deposits for membership and expenditures, financial statements, budget materials, and assorted publications including annuals and anniversary programs and newsletters. Two unbound scrapbooks containing photographs, clippings, correspondence, hand-drawn artwork and other ephemera document the history of the organization and its early activities.

Dates

  • 1906-2012

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research but has use restrictions. Please consult inventory or contact Special Collections at the College of Charleston Libraries for more information.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Historical Note

Founded in Chicago in 1893 by Hannah G. Solomon, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a national membership organization dedicated to religious, philanthropic, and educational endeavors. Rebecca O. Cohen, who also served as the Section's first president, organized the Charleston Section in 1906. NCJW's early volunteerism focused on assisting Eastern European immigrants and improving the lives of women, children, and families by offering vocational classes to teach job skills, providing public health services, supplying aid at home and abroad during World War I and II, and campaigning for social legislation regarding child labor, women's rights, and civil rights. The Charleston Section operated in the tri-county area of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. Revenues used to support events and programs were acquired through admission fees, annual dues, fund raising activities, and contributions. In recent years the Charleston Section has sponsored projects to promote women's reproductive freedom and combat domestic violence, notably an annual 5k Walk Against Domestic Violence.

Extent

4.25 linear feet (8 document boxes, 1 flat box)

Abstract

The collection consists of the records of the Charleston Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. A substantial portion of the collection documents the Charleston Section's fundraising activities, charitable and educational programs, membership events, and 100th anniversary celebration through photographs, printed matter, newspaper clippings, and other materials. Also included are materials documenting its administrative and financial activities and early history.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Administrative records, 1906-2011
  2. Financial records, 1934-2010
  3. Publications, 1912-2010
  4. Fundraisers, programs, and events, 1931-2012
  5. Scrapbooks, 1906-1996

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 1996, 2000, 2009, and 2012 by Jaclyn Berlinsky, Frances Halio, and Sandra Archambault.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the pamphlets The Sixtieth Anniversary of the Charleston Section, National Council of Jewish Women program, Monday, February 21, 1966; Bulletin: Charleston Section, National Council of Jewish Women; 100 Years of Service: 100th Anniversary, 1906-2006; and the publications Proceedings of the First Convention of the National Council of Jewish Women Held at New York, November 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19, 1896 by the National Council of Jewish Women; Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1993 by Faith Rogrow; A Book of Favorite Recipes by the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section, Career Branch, West Houston; Windows on Daycare: A Report on the Findings of Members of the National Council of Jewish Women on Daycare Needs and Services in Their Communities by Mary Dublin Keyserling; and The First Fifty Years: A History of the National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1943 by Monroe Campbell.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen O' Connor and Joshua Minor, October 2012.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the National Council of Jewish Women Charleston Section Records, 1906-2012
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Joshua Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
Date
2012
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections
College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424
(843) 953-8016
(843) 953-6319 (Fax)