Guide to the Jewish Labor Committee Records, 1934-1947 AIS.1993.11

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Jewish Labor Committee Records
Creator
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.).
Collection Number
AIS.1993.11
Date
1934-1947
Extent
1.0 microfilm reel
Abstract
The Jewish Labor Committee was founded in New York City in 1934 for the purpose of organizing opposition to nazism and fascism and providing assistance to the victims of fascist regimes. During World War II, the committee maintained close relations with European resistance movements and was able to rescue several thousand labor and socialist activists and their families. This collection reflects the activities of the Jewish Labor Committee in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. This collection is a microfilm copy of a small portion of the records located at the New York University Library. It includes correspondence, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.

Preferred Citation

Jewish Labor Committee Records, AIS.1993.11, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Jewish Labor Committee was founded in New York City in 1934 for the purpose of organizing opposition to nazism and fascism and providing assistance to the victims of fascist regimes. During World War II, the committee maintained close relations with European resistance movements and was able to rescue several thousand labor and socialist activists and their families.

After the war, the committee continued to provide relief to Holocaust survivors by shipping food, clothing, and medical supplies to Europe. It also cooperated with other Jewish agencies to help reunite families and organized a child adoption program. The committee contributed to the reconstruction of Jewish culture after 1945 by financing Yiddish libraries, schools, and cultural centers throughout Europe and Israel.

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Scope and Content

This collection is a microfilm copy of a small portion of the committee's records located at the New York University Library. It reflects the activities of the Jewish Labor Committee in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, mainly in the form of correspondence. Other forms of records include newsletters, newspaper clippings, and lists of names of European labor leaders and refugees that were seen as targets for persecution by the Nazis. While some of the information in these files are in English, the majority are written in Hebrew with a few also containing French and Russian.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

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

These records were microfilmed with the permission of the Jewish Labor Committee in February 1992.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jaime Hamel in October 2004.

Revision for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Andy Newman in September 2004 and Charles Stanford in December 2005. 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: 1487925

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.).

Subject(s)

  • Anti-fascist movements -- United States
  • Ethnic groups
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jewish labor unions -- United States
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Jews -- Persecutions
  • Jews -- United States
  • Political refugees
  • Refugees, Jewish
  • Social action
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue

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Previous Citation

Jewish Labor Committee Records, AIS.1993.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Jewish Labor Committee, ais 93:11, Records, 1934-1947, Archives of Industrial Society, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Philadelphia, PA, 1946-1947 371

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  Reel
Pittsburgh, PA, 1934-1937, 1940-1947 1

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  Reel
Scranton, PA, 1941-1946, 1945 1

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  Reel
Shamokin, PA, 1943 1

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  Reel
Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1941-1947 1

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  Reel
Tennessee, 1945 1

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  Reel
Chattanooga, TN, 1941-1947 1

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  Reel
Memphis, TN, 1941-1943, 1945-1947 1

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  Reel
Nashville, TN, 1941-1943 1946 1

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  Reel
Providence, RI, 1941-1946 1

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  Reel
South Carolina, 1946 1

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