Guide to the Friendship Club Records, 1935-1976 AIS.1976.31

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Friendship Club Records
Creator
Friendship Club of Pittsburgh (Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1976.31
Date
1935-1976
Extent
3.75 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract
The Friendship Club of Pittsburgh is a German-Jewish immigrant organization founded in 1936 to aid German-Jewish refugees. The records of the Friendship Club include: charter, constitution and by-laws, board meetings, membership lists, minutes, reports, elections, case files, correspondence, publications, clippings, speeches, photographs, questionnaires, social calendars, memorials, financial records, and miscellany.

Preferred Citation note

Friendship Club Records, 1935-1976, AIS.1976.31, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Friendship Club of Pittsburgh is a German-Jewish immigrant organization founded in 1936 to aid German-Jewish refugees. The goal of the Friendship Club was "to help provide for persons of the Jewish faith coming to the United States and settling in Pittsburgh or its surroundings, opportunities of a social, educational, and spiritual nature; to help them become adjusted to their new surroundings; to foster civic spirit; to encourage them to become citizens as soon as possible; to provide a meeting place for the accomplishment of these purposes; and to co-operate with charitable fundraising campaigns in the city." The first headquarters of the Friendship Club was at 5824 Forbes Ave. in Oakland.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Friendship Club Records span the years 1935-1976 with the bulk of the material being within the years 1950-1965. The records of the Friendship Club include: a charter, constitution and by-laws, board meetings, membership lists, minutes, reports, elections, case files, correspondence, publications, clippings, speeches, photographs, questionnaires, social calenders, memorials, financial records, and miscellany. There are thirteen series within the collection. The collection covers Friendship Club administrative notes, to include meeting minutes, election records, reports, case files, correspondence, and financial records. Also included are the speeches and correspondence of Alfred Markus, charter member and later president of the Friendship Club. The Club also collected magazines and journals dedicated to Jewish heritage and that is contained in the final series. Also in the last series is the Friendship Club's own publication known as the Friendship Club Gossip from 1953-1957 and as the  Friendship Club Recorder from 1958-1962.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, September 1977

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Revision Description

 Description of oversize material added to the finding aid. November 2010

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Alfred Markus in the name of the Friendship Club, November, 1976.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in September, 1977.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Lawrence T. Greene in May, 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1408027

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Friendship Club of Pittsburgh (Pa.).

Subject(s)

  • Associations
  • Clubs -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Ethnic groups
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Societies

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Previous Citation

Friendship Club Records, 1935-1976, AIS.1976.31, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Friendship Club Records, AIS 76:31, 1935-1976, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh Libraries

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Organizational History 

  BoxFolder
Charter 1933 11
  Folder
Constitution, By-laws undated 2
  Folder
Membership lists 1972, 1977 3

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Series  II. Board Meetings 

  Folder
 1959-1972, intermittent 4

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Series  III. Minutes 

  Folder
 1935-1971 5
  Folder
Nomination Committee 1958-1959, 1970-1971 6

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Series  IV. Reports 

  Folder
 1954, 1962, undated 7

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Series  V. Elections 

  Folder
Nominations for offices 1957-1962 8
  Folder
Ballots 1953-1972, undated 9

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Series  VI. Case Files 

  Folder
 1956-1969, undated 10

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Series  VII. Correspondence 

  BoxFolder
Outgoing 1951-1974, undated 211-28
  Folder
Incoming 1939-1975, undated 29-30
  BoxFolder
Incoming 1939-1975, undated 331-56

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Series  VIII. Financial Records 

  BoxFolder
"Copy of Resolutions", v. 1-10, 1951 457
  Folder
General Balance Sheets, 1954-1955, 1956-1957, 1970-1971 58
  Folder
Treasurer's Reports, 1954-1957 59
  Volume
Ledger, 1944-1962, undated 1-7
  Volume
Ledger, 1962-1968 8-10
  Folder
Erwin Polltzer Memorial Fund, 1953-1960 60-62

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Series  IX. Speeches, Alfred Markus 

  BoxFolder
Speeches 1956-1976 563
  Folder
Correspondence relating to, 1941-1960 64
  Folder
Materials relating to, 1943-1971 65

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Series  X. Events 

  Folder
Questionnaires for Immigrants undated 66
  Folder
Social Calendars, 1936 67
  Folder
Memorials to Members, 1933-1945, 1967 68
  Folder
Newspaper Clippings 1952-1976, undated 69
  Folder
Photographs, unidentified 1962, undated 70
  Folder
Miscellany undated 71

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Series  XI. Publications 

  Folder
Jewish National Bulletin October 1961-December 1962 72
  Folder
Jewish Community Relations Council Bulletin, incomplete August 1957-May 1962, 73
  Folder
Mitteilungsblaith, incomplete June 1957-April 1958 74
  Folder
Miscellaneous 1957-1972 75
  Folder
Friendship Club Recorder 1953-1957 76-80

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Series  XII. Oversize Material 

Scope and Content Notes

This material was added to the finding aid in November 2010.

  Map-caseDrawer
 1. Tree Fund Certificate, 1962 73

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