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Series VIII. Philanthropic Activities, 1901-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

Series VIII contains materials on the Pittsburgh Sections philanthropic activities. To implement the goal of philanthropy the NCJW Pittsburgh Section involved itself in numerous activities. A Personal Service Committee, formed in 1895 performed traditional acts of charity, including visiting the poor and sick, donating food and clothing, and providing medical care. The Personal Service Committee was disbanded in 1912 with the establishment of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

Another early interest of Section's was to aid immigrants, which developed from informal relationships based on involvement in settlement work to a full-fledged department with a professional at its head. The Pittsburgh Section was also interested in working with girls, often immigrants, and helping them to find housing, employment, and recreation. In 1946 the NCJW's Service for Foreign Born merged with the National Refugee Service into the United Service for New Americans (USNA). However, the committees for Service to Foreign Born continued functioning at the section level. In 1954 the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and the refugee services of the Joint Distribution Committee joined the USNA to form a unified agency, United HIAS Service, Inc. In the Foreign Born subseries there is information on activities relating to the immigration and rescue efforts in Europe, as well as other functions for new citizens.

This series also contains materials relating to the Section's work with the handicapped. Their activities led to the establishment of many programs, such as the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, the Industrial League (for the sale of items made by handicapped people), and the Bertha F. Rauh Nursery School for the Deaf. Many of the projects initiated by the Section were taken over by other agencies, became independent, or disappeared when the need for them was gone.


Box 18
Folder 1 Rules for the Guidance of Personal Service Workers, 1901
Folder 2 Report to Immigrant Aid Committee, 1906
Folder 3 Reports and correspondence, Penal Work Committee, 1920-1921
Folder 4 Statement, summer camp for working girls, 1921
Folder 5 Reports, Department of Social Services 1920s-1930s
Folder 6 Reports, employment, 1933-1935
Folder 7 Report, Girls Bureau, 1937
Folder 8 Handicapped, Work for the blind, 1932-1975
Folder 9 Handicapped, Work for deaf and hard of hearing, 1930s-1962
Folder 10-13 Handicapped, Industrial League, 1928-1956
Folder 14 Handicapped, Cerebral Palsy program, 1949-1964
Folder 15 Handicapped, Committee for the handicapped, 1951-195(?)
Folder 16-19 Handicapped, Bertha F. Rauh Nursery School for the Deaf, 1952-1958
Folder Handicapped, Reports, history, and correspondence, Recreation Bureau, 1932-1935

Box 19
Folder 1-2 Minutes, Grants, Scholarships, and loans to Jewish students, and Student Aid Committee 1949-1965
Folder 3-5 Treasurer reports, 1949-1965
Folder 6-8 Correspondence, contributions, and Senatorial scholarships, 1934-1971
Folder 9 Relationship with United Vocational Employment Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Center, 1952-1969
Folder 10-14 Student Aid Committee members and recipients, 1929-1959 (some undated)
Box 20 Student Aid recipients, A-K
Box 21 Student Aid recipients, L-Z

Box 22
Folder 1-5 Council House for working girls, 1923-1932

Section: Foreign Born Files

Folder 6-9 Minutes, Committee of Service to Foreign Born, 1939-1946
Folder 10 Reports, 1932-1961
Folder 11 Committee members and correspondence, 1940-1953
Folder 12 Relief campaign for Jews in Germany, 1933
Folder 13-17 German Jewish Children's Aid Committee, 1934-1936
Folder 18 Rescue Children, Inc., 1946
Folder 19 Emergency supplies for new Americans, 1949-1950

Box 23
Folder 1 Citizen's Committee on Displaced Persons, 1946-1950
Folder 2-4 Visiting Committee on Service to Foreign Born, 1948-1954
Folder 5-7 Immigration and nationality laws, 1952-1953
Folder 8-9 Committee on Immigration and Naturalization of Allegheny County, 1955-1958
Folder 10 Joint Committee on service to new immigrants, 1955-1958
Folder 11-15 United Service for new Americans, 1949-1954
Folder 16-19 American Service Institute, 1947-1958
Folder 20 Friendship Club, 1950-1964
Folder 21 Russian Resettlement Party, 1957
Folder 22-23 Country Club luncheon and Invisible Port and Dock luncheon, 1940-1941