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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

History

Legal Documents

Officers

Correspondence

Committees

Meeting Groups

Printed Material

Projects

Programs

Conferences

Scrapbooks and news clippings

Photographic, Sound and Audiovisual Materials

Ephemera

Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization Printed Materials

University of Texas San Antonio

Guide to The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah Records, 1921-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator: San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah
Title: The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah Records
Dates: 1921-2010
Creator Abstract: The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah is a non-profit Zionist organization supporting the improvement of health services in the Jewish homeland of Israel. The San Antonio organization also seeks to educate Americans on Jewish traditions and culture.
Content Abstract: The collection contains histories, minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, yearbooks, newsletters, scrapbooks, photographs, and sound recordings. Together, the records document the local chapter's organizational history.
Identification: MS 4
Extent: 10.75 linear feet (15 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah is a non-profit Zionist organization supporting the improvement of health services in the Jewish homeland of Israel. The San Antonio organization also seeks to educate Americans on Jewish traditions and culture. Henrietta Szold (1860-1945), founder of the national organization of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, was the guest of honor at a preliminary meeting to organize the San Antonio Chapter in 1920. Szold, a Jewish American dedicated to the Zionist movement, forged a strong identity for American Jewish women as the providers of health care and social services in Israel. The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah was formally organized April 9, 1921, with a charter membership of 20 women and Mrs. Max Goot (Leah) elected as the first President. Mrs. Goot remained President for the next 10 years.

A primary function of the San Antonio Chapter is raising money to support the Hadassah Medical Organization and Medical Center in Jerusalem. During the first fund-raiser in 1921, women went door to door around San Antonio and stood on street corners with tin cans to collect change. The women also held 'linen showers' to collect sheets and towels for the hospital. Later, the San Antonio organization started the annual Donor Dinner, which quickly became a popular event in the community and was the largest fund-raiser of the San Antonio Chapter. Fund-raisers in later decades included special beauty clinics and fashion shows in San Antonio. During World War II, the San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah rolled bandages, saved tin cans, and helped the Jewish Welfare Board with their projects for Jewish soldiers. Rose Treiman became a prominent member for her work during that time.

The San Antonio Chapter also raised money locally for Youth Aliyah, a program originally for the rescue of Jewish children in Germany during the World War II era. Youth Aliyah evolved into sponsoring disadvantaged youth in Israel by raising funds to provide these youth with food, clothes, and education. One fund-raiser involved selling napkins for a dollar, on which the buyers' names were embroidered. All the napkins were sewn together into a tablecloth that was used at meetings and events of the organization for many years. The Silver Tea is an annual fund-raiser of Youth Aliyah.

The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah is committed to a dynamic program of Jewish education and guidance of Jewish American youth. Junior Hadassah was started for the younger generation of women in Hadassah, and a business and professionals group was organized for working women. The San Antonio Chapter also sponsors the Young Judaea Camp in Wimberly, Texas, for children from eight years old to high school age. Oneg Shabbat, a monthly meeting of study and discussion to celebrate the holidays and review Jewish culture and literature, is another educational effort of the San Antonio Chapter.

The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah is composed of three meeting groups: Aviva, Leah Goot, and Rose Treiman, totaling 685 members as of 1987. The San Antonio Chapter publishes an annual yearbook and regularly issues a newsletter of the latest news and events in Israel and America.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains histories, minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, and sound recordings. Together, the records document the local chapter's organizational beginnings and structure, membership, functions, projects, programs, growth, presence in the community, and relations with the state and national organizations. The collection is particularly strong in documenting membership and the Donor Dinners that raised money to support the Hadassah Medical Organization and the Medical Center in Kerem, Jerusalem.

Of the collection's 14 series, the strongest document the organization's History, Meeting Groups, Printed Material, Projects, Programs, and Scrapbooks. The first series, History, documents the beginning of the national and Texas organizations, and the San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah. Also well documented in this series is information on the national organization's founder, Henrietta Szold.

The organization's membership and functions are conveyed through several series. Meeting Groups contains minutes providing helpful insight into the group's activities and planning during 1977-1991. This series also covers a few events of the Eleanor Roosevelt Group in the 1960s. The Committees and Printed Material series offer a wealth of information tracing the Chapter's membership. Donor Dinners, the organization's main fund-raising event, is prominently documented in Projects and Scrapbooks. Also found in Projects are records on the Silver Tea sponsored by Youth Aliyah. Lacking is information on projects related to the war effort during World War II. The bulk of Programs offers an idea of the type of presentations and their content that Hadassah organized for its members at various public meetings.

Scrapbooks is a colorful source spanning several decades and topics. Donor Dinners, and information on activities and events of the Leah Goot and Rose Treiman meeting groups are highlighted in these scrapbooks. Also included are News and Views newsletters, and some conference materials.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged as follows:
History
Legal Documents
Officers
Correspondence
Committees
Meeting Groups
Printed Material
Projects
Programs
Conferences
Scrapbooks
Photographic Materials and Sound Recordings
Ephemera
Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Records must be obtained from the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by staff when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

Persons
Szold, Henrietta.
Treiman, Rose.
Goot, Leah.
Organizations
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, San Antonio Chapter
Jewish Agency for Israel. Youth Aliyah Dept.
Topics
Zionism--Texas.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Jewish nationalism.
Jewish women--Texas.
Genres/formats
Photographs.
Sound recordings.
Correspondence.
Scrapbooks.
Local Subjects
Jewish Organizations
Women's Groups

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item],The San Antonio Chapter of Hadassah Records, MS 4, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Received as a gift to University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections in 1993, 1999, and 2011 (Accessions 1993-003, 1999-015, 2011-008).

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Jackson and Toni Jeske, January 1999. Additions processed and encoded by Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Curator, April 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

History

Consists of essays and a scrapbook documenting the founder of the national organization, as well as the beginnings of the Texas and San Antonio Chapters.
Box
1 San Antonio Chapter
Essays, undated [1970?]
Rose Treiman's notebooks and scrapbook, 1967
Hadassah in Texas, 1970s
Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization, Henrietta Szold, 1934-1936, 1964 and undated
General Zionist movement, undated
Box
OM1 Organizational recognition plaque, 1920

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Legal Documents

Contains by-laws of the San Antonio Chapter. A few model constitutions are also included, however, the organization's own constitution is not present.
Box
1 By-Laws and Model Constitutions, 1977 and undated

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Officers

This series is weak in its coverage in terms of date span and the number of officers documented. The series lacks explanation of officer roles and responsibilities. Included is brief and fragmentary correspondence, reports, and speeches of two past presidents of the organization, dating 1936-1969.
Box
1 Presidents
Bella Glasberg
Correspondence, 1936-1967 and undated
Reports, 1938
Speeches, undated
Etta Barenblat
Correspondence, 1969
Treasurer
Ledger, 1966-1981
Box
11 Ledger, 1966-1982
Box
1 Press, Radio and TV Chairman
Printed material, 1964-1982
Press releases, 1971-1982

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Correspondence

Correspondence is extremely fragmentary in its span of 19 years. Correspondents include Leah Goot and other officers of the organization concerning arrangements for events such as the Donor Dinner.
Box
1 Correspondence, 1965-1984 and undated

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Committees

This is a short series documenting a 12 year span of committee membership.
Box
1 Membership, 1972-1984

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Meeting Groups

These records contain a full run of executive and general meeting minutes for the years indicated of one of the meeting groups within the Chapter. No minutes exist in the collection for years prior to 1977 nor of any other meeting groups.
Box
1 Leah Goot Group
Executive Board Meeting Minutes
1977-1982
1982-1988
1988-1991
General Meeting Minutes
1977-1982
1982-1988
1988-1991
Eleanor Roosevelt Group
Bulletin, 1965-1969
Events 1960s
Formation of group

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Printed Material

Yearbooks date from 1928-1993, and provide a list of officers and members, a brief history of the organization, and short messages from the national and chapter presidents. Also included are bulletins.
Yearbooks
Box
2 Bound in two volumes, 1928-1946, 1946-1962
Box
3 1951-1952, 1954-1955
1957-1958, 1958-1959
1959-1960, 1960-1961
1962-1963
1963-1964
1964-1965, 1965-1966
1966-1967
1967-1968, 1968-1969
1969-1970, 1970-1971
1972-1973, 1974-1945
1976-1977, 1977-1978
1978-1979, 1981-1982
1986-1987, 1987-1988
1990-1991, 1991-1992
1992-1993
Box
11 2002
2005
Box
4 Bulletins
1944-1950
1953-1966
1967-1988

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Projects

Includes Donor Dinner programs, publicity, and invitations. Also included are newspaper clippings on Youth Aliyah's projects which encompasses the annual Silver Tea fund-raiser. Donor Dinner scrapbooks can be found in the Scrapbooks series.
Box
4 Donor Dinners
General Information
Programs
1940, 1947, 1949
1950-1952, 1954-1959
1960-1961, 1963-1964, 1966-1969
1970-1972, 1974-1979
1980-1984, 1986-1989
1991-1993, 1996
Publicity, 1969-1984
Newspaper clippings, 1954-1985
Invitations, 1959-1994 and undated
Box
5 Youth Aliyah
Silver Tea 1956-1972
Newspaper clippings, 1967-1980

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Programs

Contains program publicity materials, and scripts of presentations. Programs include dramas and Hanukkah events.
Box
5 Hanukkah
Publicity
Notebook of newspaper clippings, 1939-1940
Notebook of newspaper clippings, 1941-1954
Printed material, 1963-1993
Bible Study scripts, 1937
Presentation texts, 1968-1994 and undated
Dramatic Presentations
undated
"The Case of the New Member," undated

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Conferences

This series is fragmentary in its coverage of five Texas Southern Region of Hadassah conferences and one Greater Texas Region conference. Materials mainly consist of handouts and flyers received at the conferences. The series documents participation of the San Antonio Chapter and the content of the conferences. Additional conference materials are located in Scrapbooks series.
Box
5 Texas Southern Region of Hadassah
1956
1959-1962
Greater Texas Region
1989
Zionist Regional, 1940, 1943

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Scrapbooks and news clippings

Scrapbooks containing invitations, programs, publicity, newsclippings, and photographs documenting the organization's events and highlights of the year. Activities include installation of new officers, conferences, and Donor Dinners. Several scrapbooks focus on Donor Dinners, and the Leah Goot and Rose Treiman meeting groups.
Box
OM3 1957-1960
Box
OM1 1961-1965
Box
OM3 Texas Southern Region of Hadassah 12th Annual Conference, 1962
1962-1966
Box
9 1967-1968
Box
6 1987-1989
Box
7 1988-1989
Box
6 1989-1990
1990-1991
Box
7 1992-1993
1994-1995
Box
6 National Convention, 1995-1996
Box
OM5 2001-2002
Colors of Hadassah, 2005
Box
OM6 Hadassah for all Seasons, 2005-2006
Box
7 Donor Dinner
1947-1977
1979
1983
1988-1989
Leah Goot Group
Box
8 1977-1980
1989-1990
1990-1991
1992-1993
1993-1994
Box
5 1994-1995
Box
9 1996
1996-1997
Box
11 September 2005-April 2006
Box
9 Rose Treiman Group
1984-1986
1992-1993
Box
OM2 2003-2005
2009-2010
Box
OM6 2010-2011
Box
4 Newspaper Clippings
Events, 1938, 1956-1986 and undated
Individuals, 1964-1984 and undated
Stationery
Memorial Cards and Gift Acknowledgments
Certificates
Box
11 General publicity, 1939-1940
General publicity, 1941-1954
Box
1 Clippings from San Antonio newspapers [from the San Antonio Public Library], 1888, 1918-1945, 1987-1999

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Photographic, Sound and Audiovisual Materials

Contains negatives of photos from the Donor Dinner in 1966, photographs of ceremonies at the Medical Center at Mt. Scopus Jerusalem, and a ceremony honoring Itamar Ben Ami. Additional photographs document local Hadassah events. Also included are two audio tapes labelled 'Hadassah President to President' and 'Russia-Zinna, Hilla, & Fiena', and three videotapes of National Hadassah Updates.
Box
10 Prints and negatives, 1966 and undated
Box
1 Camp Young Judaea photographs, undated
55th Annual Donor Dinner and Myrtle Awards, January 27, 2002
Box
OM1 Photograph likely documenting the opening night banquet of the 1925 Hadassah convention in San Antonio, undated
Enlarged photographic reproductions of 2 unidentified women, undated
Box
10 Audio Tapes
"Hadassah President to President"
"Russia-Zinna, Hilla, & Fiena"
Video Tapes of National Hadassah Updates

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Ephemera

This scattered series contains Israeli stamps, and memorabilia from regional and national conferences.
Box
10 Israeli stamps
Box
OM3 New Member Total Membership Wood ornaments
Conference Award Buttons and Ribbons, 1986-1987
Box
OM4 Fundraising Award Hanging, 1969-1970
Handbag from 53rd Annual National Convention, 1967

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Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization Printed Materials

The records provide information on the national organization and are limited to print materials and a bulletin. Included is Hadassah Magazine, 60th Anniversary Issue that highlights the history and significant accomplishments of the organization.
Box
5 Hadassah Magazine, 60th Anniversary Issue, 1972
Bulletin, Hadassah Headlines, 1980-1981

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