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Guide to the Jewish Labor Committee Records, Part III WAG.025.003

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Collection processed by Craig Savino and Joanna Blokker, 2004-2007; Rachel Menyuk, 2009-2010; Gail Malmgreen, 2011-2012; and Rachel Schimke, 2013-2014 (with assistance from Stephen Sutton and Giana Ricci)

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.)
Source: Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.)
Title: Jewish Labor Committee Records, Part III
Dates [inclusive]: 1903-2009
Dates [bulk]: 1960-1999
Abstract: The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) is an umbrella group of Jewish trade unions and fraternal organizations. Founded in 1934, the JLC's initial goals were to organize opposition to Nazism and provide assistance to the victims of Nazi persecution. As the immediate need for relief passed, the JLC turned its energies toward various civil, human, and trade union rights causes. Though largely focused on issues of domestic social and economic justice after the 1950s, the JLC continued to campaign on international matters, particularly the support of the State of Israel and the opposition of discrimination against Soviet Jews. Part III of the JLC Records focus primarily on the JLC's post-war activities, though some materials from its relief and rescue period are also present. The records in Part III, which date mostly from the 1960s to the 1990s, reflect the diversity of the JLC's interests and areas of advocacy and the JLC's role as a liaison between the Jewish community and organized labor.
Quantity: 418 Linear Feet in 394 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 24 card file boxes, 12 oversize flat boxes, and 1 folder in a shared oversize flat box
Location: Most materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are primarily in English, though a significant amount of material is in Yiddish. To a lesser extent, the collection includes materials in Arabic as well as in French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and other Indo-European languages.
Call Phrase: WAG.025.003
Sponsor: Processing and description work on this collection was made possible by a grant from the Atran Foundation, Inc.

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Historical Note

The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC), an umbrella group of Jewish trade unions and fraternal organizations, was founded on February 25, 1934, largely to lobby for the American labor movement's support against the growing threat of Nazism. The JLC's first president, Baruch Charney Vladeck, was active in the Jewish Labor Bund, one of the JLC's founding organizations. Leaders of the Workmen's Circle, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), and the Jewish Daily Forward also cofounded the JLC. A Canadian branch of the JLC was formed two years later, with a similar mission as the U.S. JLC.

The JLC's initial goals were to organize opposition to Nazism and provide assistance to the victims of Nazi persecution. By working with European resistance movements, the JLC was able to aid the rescue of several thousand labor and socialist activists and their families. One of the many relief efforts the JLC organized was a child "adoption" program, whereby unions and other organizations and individuals served as "parent" sponsors to children orphaned or otherwise affected by the Holocaust. Sponsors gave the children financial support to be put toward food, clothing, school materials, and other items. The JLC also provided immigration assistance and offered help with employment and housing for refugees who came to the United States.

After World War II, the JLC continued its relief programs for Holocaust victims. As the immediate need for aid started to decline, the JLC shifted much of its attention to supporting the U.S. labor movement and raising awareness about issues of concern to the American Jewish community. In a departure from its earlier anti-Zionist stance, the JLC helped mobilize the labor movement's support for the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. In the decades that followed, the JLC would continue its efforts to garner support for Israel and its trade union principles.

From the 1950s onward, the JLC increasingly focused its energies on encouraging support for the labor movement's issues within the Jewish community, and vice versa. The JLC thus solidified its role as a link between the labor movement and the organized Jewish community in the latter half of the twentieth century. It campaigned on a variety of issues related to civil rights, human rights, and trade union rights. Though mostly concerned with domestic matters, the JLC also continued to be active in foreign affairs.

The JLC's concern with the spread of Nazi propaganda during World War II foretold its involvement in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The National Trade Union Council for Human Rights (NTUC) was founded by the JLC in response to the growth of anti-Semitic and anti-African American groups. Through the efforts of the NTUC and the wider JLC, the JLC combatted discrimination in the workplace, in education, and in society at large by supporting civil rights legislation, working with U.S. and Canadian unions to establish local committees, and participating in civil rights marches and the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights.

The JLC was also one of the earliest advocates for the Jewish population living in the Soviet Union. The organization raised awareness among the labor community about the widespread oppression of the Jewish community under the Communist governments, which limited their right to religious expression even more so than other religious groups. In 1963, the JLC was one of the founding members of the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry (later the National Conference on Soviet Jewry), an organization that would play an important role in the Soviet Jewry movement.

The Canadian branch of the JLC ceased its operations in the 1970s, but the U.S. JLC continued to be active on the home front and internationally. Trade union seminars in Israel, organized by the JLC, educated a new generation of emerging American labor leaders about the development of the State of Israel and its relationship to the U.S. labor movement.

In the 1980s, the JLC took a strong stance on workers' rights, supporting the fights to stop plant closings, increase the minimum wage, and prevent the reintroduction of industrial homework. Holocaust education was also a top priority during this period, with the JLC Educators' Chapter playing a key role in the formation of the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program. The program, led by JLC vice president Vladka Meed, sent thirty secondary teachers to Israel and Poland in the summer of 1985 to visit memorials and historic sites and receive instruction from local historians and academics. The mid 1980s also saw the JLC heighten its awareness of its relationship to other ethnicities and cultures, as evidenced by the formation of the Ethnic Labor Coalition (ELC). The ELC works to strengthen support for the labor movement in the Italian, African American, Hispanic, and Jewish communities, as well as improve relations between these different ethnic groups.

Internationally, the JLC remained committed to the Soviet Jewry movement, cofounding the Trade Union Council for Soviet Jewry with the AFL-CIO in the late 1980s. The JLC also created the Labor for a Secure Israel program, which mobilizes support for Israel in U.S. states with small Jewish populations. In 1988, the JLC made a presentation before the Office of the United States Trade Representative in defense of Israel against allegations that Palestinian workers were being mistreated.

In addition to its many ongoing programs, the JLC continues to campaign for issues of concern to the labor community. The JLC is a member of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (formerly the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council) and works with the AFL-CIO and other Jewish and labor organizations to further its mission. Recently, the JLC has advocated on behalf of agricultural and sweatshop workers and hosted local Labor Seders. With many local chapters located through the country and an active national leadership, the JLC continues to be an influential presence in both the Jewish and labor communities.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) Records throughly document the entire history of the organization, from its founding in 1934 up to the 2000s. The records trace the evolution of the JLC from a rescue-and-relief organization during the World War II era to its role as a liaison between the Jewish and labor communities in the latter half of the twentieth century. Though earlier material is present, the majority of the records in Part III of the collection date from the 1960s to the 1990s. Researchers interested in earlier material should also consult Part I (WAG 025.001) and Part II (WAG 025.002) of the collection, located at this repository. The first five series in Part III document the activities of the JLC in the United States, while the last series documents the JLC's Canadian branch.

Approximately one-third of the collection is comprised of the general subject and programming files maintained by various members of the JLC staff, starting in the post-war era as the JLC broadened its agenda. These files reflect the range of the JLC's interests and activities and contain material produced by the JLC and by the many organizations it worked with or researched. Though mostly focused on domestic activities, the materials reflect the overlap between issues at home and abroad. For instance, the JLC was dedicated to combatting discrimination of all forms, actively involved in the civil rights movement in the United States while at the same time working to raise awareness about the oppression of Soviet Jews. The materials reflect the JLC's close relationships with other national labor and Jewish organizations.

The records of the JLC's Anti-Discrimination Department also make up a significant portion of the collection. Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, these records detail the JLC's efforts to end discrimination through lobbying and collaboration with various labor, Jewish, and/or civil rights groups. Other divisions represented in the collection illuminate some of the JLC's other areas of prioritization from the 1950s onward, while personal papers of prominent leaders within the JLC reflect the areas of interest for each individual.

To a lesser extent, files related to the administration of the JLC at the national level, including the records of its national conferences, governing bodies, and fundraising efforts, signify what the JLC deemed its greatest accomplishments and what its most pressing needs were moving forward. The records of the JLC's field offices and regional chapters provide insight into how the JLC exerted influence at the local level and reveal the issues of concern to the labor and Jewish communities in specific regions. A small amount of material also documents the now defunct Canadian JLC, a group that often mirrored the U.S. JLC in its goals and activities, particularly regarding anti-discrimination campaigns.


The collection is arranged into ten series:

Series I: National Administration

Series II: Operations and Subject Files

Series III: Officers and Staff Members
Subseries A: Lasar Epstein
Subseries B: Samuel Estrin
Subseries C: Martin Lapan
Subseries D: Vladka Meed
Subseries E: Benjamin Tabachinsky
Subseries F: Michael Perry
Subseries G: Other Officers and Staff Members

Series IV: Regional Offices and Local Chapters

Series V: Departments, Chapters, and Divisions
Subseries A: Anti-Discrimination Department
Subseries B: National Trade Union Council (NTUC)
Subseries C: Women's Division
Subseries D: Yiddish Department
Subseries E: Educators' Chapter

Series VI: Jewish Labour Committee, Canada

Series VII: Microfilm

Series VIII: Tamiment Library Collection of Jewish Labor Committee Records

Series IX: Archived Website

Series X: Media and Graphics

Part III of the Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) collection is organized into 8 series, with a number of sub-series, as follows:

Missing Title

  1. I. Minutes, 1957-1989.
  2. II. General Files, 1955-1993.
  3. III. Field Office Files, 1944-1978.
  4. IV. Jewish Labor Committee of Canada, 1957-1978.
  5. V. Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1952-1964.
  6. VI. Officers' and Staff Files, 1952-1984.
  7. VII. JLC Relations with Welfare Funds and Local Federations, 1939-1983.
  8. VIII. Departments and Divisions of the JLC, 1945-1969.

All series are arranged alphabetically, except for Series V and Series VIII:A which are arranged chronologically by year and then alphabetically within years.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Estrin, Samuel
  • Miller, Lenore
  • Tabachinsky, Benjamin
  • Pat, Jacob, 1890-1966.
  • Muravchik, Emanuel, d. 2007
  • Miedzyrzecki, Feigele Peltel.
  • Taylor, Betty Kaye, d. 2011
  • Bykofsky, Sydney
  • Greenberg, Paul
  • Lapan, Martin, d. 2008
  • Perry, Michael S.
  • DiLorenzo, Jeanette
  • Cohen, Florence R.
  • Magidson, Herb
  • Epstein, Lasar
  • Held, Adolph, 1885-1969.

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Memorandums.
  • Newsletters.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Reports.
  • Card files.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Notes.
  • Speeches.

Subject Organizations

  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  • Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.)
  • National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (U.S.)
  • National Conference on Soviet Jewry (U.S.)
  • Jewish Labor Committee (Canada)
  • Histadrut ha-kelalit shel ha-ʻovdim be-Erets-Yiśraʼel
  • Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.). Anti-Discrimination Dept.
  • Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Jews -- United States -- Attitudes toward Israel.
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jews -- Soviet Union -- Social conditions.
  • Civil rights -- United States.
  • Jewish refugees.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue.
  • Jews -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Antisemitism.
  • Anti-fascist movements -- United States.
  • Jewish labor unions.
  • Jewish-Arab relations
  • Labor -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.

Subject Places

  • Germany.
  • Israel.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
  • Middle East.
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Canada.
  • Poland.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The archived website was migrated from the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service to the Internet Archive's Archive-It Service in November 2015. The link to California Digital Library was removed in October 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the Jewish Labor Committee was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Jewish Labor Committee Records, Part III; WAG 025.003; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

The following Jewish Labor Committee materials are located at this repository:
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Records, Part I (WAG 025.001)
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Records, Part II (WAG 025.002)
Jewish Labor Committee, Boston Records (WAG 159)
Jewish Labor Committee, Chicago Records (WAG 160)
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Oral History Collection (OH 027)
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Photograph Collection (PHOTOS 048)
Jewish Labor Committee Ephemera (EPHEMERA 003)
Issues of the  JLC Review
Issues of  JLC Outlook
Issues of the  JLC Civil Rights Newsletter
JLC Biennial Convention Journals

The following related archival collections are also located at the Tamiment Library:
Ad Hoc Committee on the Human Rights and Genocide Treaties Records (WAG 037)
Julius Bernstein Papers (WAG 116)
Edward S. Goldstein: Jewish Labor Committee Research Files (WAG 232)
Isaiah Minkoff Papers (WAG 086)
Jacob Pat Papers (WAG 127)
Baruch Charney Vladeck Papers (TAM 037)

The records of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry and the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council are located at the Center for Jewish History's American Jewish Historical Society in New York City.

Separated Materials

During the processing work that occurred after 1985 through 2012, some materials from the Jewish Labor Committee Records were separated to other Tamiment Library collections. Photographs and other graphic material were separated to the partially processed Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.) Photographs (PHOTOS 048). Posters, artwork, artifacts, and other ephemera were separated to the unprocessed Jewish Labor Committee Ephemera (EPHEMERA 003) collection.

Also during this period, certain materials were separated to external institutions. A portion of materials from the JLC Records at the Tamiment Library were donated to the Center for Jewish History's American Jewish Historical Society in 1997. Throughout the 1990s, Tamiment donated approximately 300 audio tapes, mostly recordings of the JLC's radio broadcasts or of various JLC events, to the Center for Jewish History's YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. In 2009, Tamiment also donated to YIVO approximately 4 linear feet of Yiddish transcripts of the JLC's radio program, as well as family photographs of Martin Lapan, former Executive Director of the JLC. Eight volumes of Holocaust survivor lists, which were duplicated in the JLC records at Tamiment, were donated to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in 1990.

During the processing work that occurred in 2013 and 2014, significant runs of the JLC's publications and the publications of other organizations collected by the JLC were separated for library cataloging. These publications are accessible via NYU's online catalog, BobCat.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series VII contains microfilm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The first shipment of the Jewish Labor Committee Records arrived at the Tamiment Library in 1984. The accession numbers associated with these donations are 1984.002 and 1984.006. A number of addition donations to the collection have been made by the JLC and its individual members over the years. The majority of materials that comprise Part III of the collection were likely donated throughout the 2000s, including a donation by Florence Cohen in 2007 and presumably by the JLC as a whole in 2011. Some of the accession numbers associated with the Part III donations include 2008.014 and 2011.131.

Four audiocassette tapes from National Alumni Conferences, a scrapbook of news clippings on Nazism, the materials that comprise Series VIII were found in the repository and added to the collection in May 2014. The accession numbers associated with the audiotapes is 2014.098. The accession number associated with the scrapbook is 2014.136. The accession number associated with Series VIII is 2014.113.

Processing Information

After 1985 through 2012, Boxes 118 through 365 of the JLC Records, Part III (WAG 025.003), as well as the materials that comprise Part I (WAG 025.001) and Part II (WAG 025.002), were rehoused and described by multiple Tamiment archivists. Between September 2013 and February 2014, an addendum of unprocessed JLC records was incorporated into the existing finding aid for the JLC Records, Part III (WAG 025.003). The addendum was previously known as the JLC Records, Part IV (WAG 025.004), and though some processing work had been done on the collection and a partial inventory existed, no description of these materials was made public. Part IV of the collection was eliminated after these materials were incorporated into Part III. Parts I (WAG 025.001) and II (WAG 025.002), which are available on microfilm, remain unchanged.

The process of incorporating the addendum into the JLC Records, Part III (WAG 025.003) required revising the existing intellectual arrangement of Part III, though the physical arrangement of materials within Boxes 118 through 365 is unchanged. New finding aid notes were written and existing notes were revised to more accurately reflect the collection's content and processing history. The previously unprocessed materials, which now comprise Boxes 366 through 490 of Part III, were assessed for preservation needs. Some materials from these boxes were rehoused into archival quality boxes and folders. Original folders were retained whenever possible, but many materials required rehousing because the original folders had unclear titles, were unlabeled, or were damaging the materials. Original folder titles were also largely retained, and titles supplied by the archivist for the sake of clarity or for loose materials are indicated with square brackets on the folders. Before original folders were discarded, any significant annotations on the original folders were photocopied and placed in the new folders. Materials in untraditional housing, including binders of mimeographed mailings, photographs housed in small photograph books, and some scrapbooks, were also rehoused.

Select folders were removed by the archivists who processed the collection prior to 2013, and placeholder folder titles stating that "Folder [XX] has been deleted" were put in place of the removed folders. During the processing work that occurred in 2013 and 2014, the archivist removed references to these deleted folders from the container list; therefore, researchers may note that folders are occasionally missing from the container list.

In 2014, four audiocassette tapes from National Alumni Conferences, a scrapbook of news clippings on Nazism, and the materials that comprise Series VIII were discovered in the repository and added to the collection. Also in 2014, the archived website was added as Series IX.

Series X: Media and graphics added in 2018 as Accession 2018.023.


During the processing which occurred in 2013 and 2014, materials that document the JLC's processes and activities were retained, but individual examples of these processes and activities were weeded from the collection. For instance, copies of blank registration forms from the JLC's various conferences and lists of conference attendees were retained, but individual registration forms were not retained. Similarly, information about the JLC's internship program was maintained, but personnel files on interns (which also included Social Security numbers) were designated for disposal. Requests for reimbursement completed by conference attendees and the JLC's local chapters were discarded, but expense reports were retained.

Obvious duplicates within individual folders were sampled and the remainder of the duplicates discarded. Some administrative materials relating to the creation of the JLC's biennial convention journals, mainly pertaining to payment for advertisements in the journals, were also discarded. The archivist also discarded refund requests from individuals who did not ultimately attend the JLC's conferences, some materials relating to conference hotel arrangements, order forms for T-shirts, and individual checks.

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Container List

Series I: National Administration, 1934-2008

Scope and Content Note

Series I contains the records related to the administration of the JLC at the national level. The national bodies documented in the form of minutes, agendas, and memoranda, correspondence, and form mailings include the Executive Board/National Executive Board, the National Executive Committee, the Office Committee, the Administrative Committee, and others.

The JLC's fundraising efforts are documented in the allocations correspondence sent to local Jewish federations, national welfare funds, and other organizations, arranged chronologically, by city and/or region, and by the type of organization being solicited. The series also contains reports and mailings prepared by the JLC to the Large City Budgeting Conference (later the National Funding Councils) of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (renamed the Council of Jewish Federations in 1979) in support of its funding requests. These reports and mailings call out what the JLC perceived as the highlights of its activities during the represented years. Similarly, financial reports and ledgers, many compiled by Arthur Goldberg, document the JLC's expenses and track its attempts to solicit allocations from local welfare funds.

Records from the JLC biennial conventions reflect the evolution of the JLC's standpoints on various issues. Speeches and biographies of speakers, reports, publicity, lists of delegates, minutes and other material produced by various committees, correspondence, and other documents demonstrate the planning behind the conventions and the events that took place at each meeting. In particular, the resolutions drafted and approved at the conventions provide an apt summary of the issues that the JLC emphasized throughout the twentieth century and document the changes in its priorities. (Additional resolutions may be found in Series II.) There is also a small amount of administrative material related to the creation of the JLC's biennial convention journals. The journals themselves are cataloged separately and are searchable via NYU's online catalog, Bobcat.

A few files relate to the Atran Center's moves to new headquarters in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Materials in Box 441 are likely the office files of May "Mazie" Vladeck Bromberg, a member of the JLC staff and daughter of the JLC's founder, Baruch Charney Vladeck.


Records of the JLC's governing bodies are listed first, and other materials are listed alphabetically. Materials in Box 441 remain in their original order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 118 Administrative Committee: Minutes
Box: 467 Administrative Committee
1947-1949, 1967, 1978, 1987-1995
Box: 118A Folder : 1-4 Executive Committee
Box: 467 Executive Committee
1978, 1990-2004
Box: 468 Executive Committee
Box: 468 Executive Committee: Emergency Meeting
Box: 468 Executive Committee: Minutes (Yiddish)
Box: 468 Executive Committee and Finance Committee
Box: 468 Executive Committee and National Board
Box: 118A Folder : 5 Executive Staff: Minutes
1958-1969, 1974-1978
Box: 118A Folder : 6-8 Interim Committee: Minutes
Box: 468 Interim Committee
Box: 468 Labor Cabinet
1990-1995, 1999-2000
Box: 468 National Board and National Executive Board
Box: 468 National Board
Box: 470 National Board
Box: 468 National Executive Board
Box: 470 National Executive Board
Box: 118A Folder : 9-13 National Executive Committee: Minutes
Box: 118A Folder : 14-16 Office Committee: Minutes
Box: 468 Office Committee
Box: 468 Office Reports (Yiddish)
Box: 468 Other Committees and Committee Meeting Fragments
1947-1949, 1964, 1968, 1981, undated
Box: 468 Planning/Strategic Planning Committee
1953, 1994-1997
Box: 465 Affiliates: Dues/Contributions
1990, 1998
Box: 478 Allocations: Chronological Files
Box: 251 Folder : 1-4 Allocations: General
1946-1960, 1979-1982
Box: 253 Allocations: City Files-- Aberdeen, WA — Benton Harbor, MI
1941-1979, undated
Box: 254 Allocations: City Files-- Bessemer, AL — Buffalo, NY
1939-1988, undated
Box: 255 Allocations: City Files-- Butler, PA — Chicago, IL
Box: 256 Allocations: City Files-- Chicago, IL — Corpus Christie, TX
Box: 257 Allocations: City Files-- Corsicana, TX — Detroit, MI
Box: 258 Allocations: City Files-- Detroit, MI — Glassport, PA
Box: 259 Allocations: City Files-- Gloversville, NY — Jackson, MS
Box: 260 Allocations: City Files-- Jacksonville, FL — Los Angeles, CA
Box: 260A Allocations: City Files-- Los Angeles, CA — Miami, FL
Box: 261 Allocations: City Files-- Miami, FL — Nashville, TN
Box: 262 Allocations: City Files-- Nashville, TN — Norfolk, VA
Box: 263 Allocations: City Files-- Norwalk, CT — Philadelphia, PA
Box: 264 Allocations: City Files-- Philadelphia, PA — Raleigh, NC
Box: 265 Allocations: City Files-- Raritan Valley, NJ — San Bernardino, CA
Box: 266 Allocations: City Files-- San Diego, CA — Seattle, WA
Box: 267 Allocations: City Files-- Sedalia, MO — Syracuse, NY
Box: 268 Allocations: City Files-- Syracuse, NY — Washington, DC
Box: 268A Allocations: City Files-- Washington, DC — Zanesville, OH
Box: 366 Allocations: City Files-- Allentown, PA — Cleveland, OH
Box: 367 Allocations: City Files-- Cleveland, OH — Louisville, KY
Box: 368 Allocations: City Files-- Madison, WI — Youngstown, OH
Box: 251 Folder : 5 Allocations: Reports
Box: 251 Folder : 6-7 Allocations: Requests
Box: 478 Allocations: Requests
Box: 251 Folder : 8 Allocations: Requests to Communities Not Sending Allocations
Box: 368 Allocations: Requests-- Federations
Box: 465 Allocations: Requests-- Federations
Box: 465 Allocations: Requests-- Unions
1983-1989, 1996-1998
Box: 251 Folder : 9 Annual Reports: Finances
Box: 469 Atran Center 25 E. 78th Street History
1952, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2006, undated
Box: 469 Atran House Moves
1964, 1973-1985
Box: 478 Atran Foundation Contributions
Box: 251 Folder : 10-13 Budget
1946-1957, 1968-1976, 1981-1984
Box: 251 Folder : 14 Budget: Guidelines
Box: 251 Folder : 15 Budget: Presentations
Box: 251 Folder : 16 Budget: Reports
1948-1949, 1953-1955
Box: 251 Folder : 17 City by City Listing
Box: 251 Folder : 18 Commission on Charitable Organizations: Pennsylvania
Box: 465 Contributions
Box: 478 Contributions: Affiliates
Box: 478 Contributions: General
Box: 478 Contributions: Thank You Letters
Box: 468 Conventions, 1955, 1965, 1979, and 1988
1955, 1965, 1979, 1988
Box: 129 Folder : 24-27 Conventions, 1957 and 1960
1957, 1960
Box: 130 Conventions, 1965-1969
Box: 131 Conventions, 1969-1975
Box: 131 Folder : 26 Convention, 1977: Delegates
Box: 131A Conventions, 1977-1986
Box: 131B Folder : 1 Convention, 1986: Resolutions
Box: 131B Folder : 2 Convention, 1986: Speeches
Box: 131B Folder : 3 Convention, 1986: Vladeck Exhibit
Box: 131B Folder : 4-8 Convention, 1988
Box: 468 Convention, 1990
Box: 471 Conventions, 1990-1995
Box: 470 Convention, 1998
Box: 251 Folder : 19-21 Correspondence
1939, 1944-1960, 1983
Box: 251 Folder : 22-28 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF)
Box: 252 Folder : 1-5 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF)/Council of Jewish Federations (CJF)
Box: 465 Council of Jewish Federations (CJF)
1993-1996, undated
Box: 465 Council of Jewish Federations (CJF): Allocation Hearing
Box: 252 Folder : 6 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF): Council Reports
Box: 252 Folder : 7 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF): Directory
Box: 252 Folder : 8-9 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF): General Assembly
1972-1973, 1980-1984
Box: 252 Folder : 10 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF): Special Conferences
Box: 252 Folder : 11 Dues from Affiliates
Box: 252 Folder : 12 Dues: General
Box: 465 Estates, Wills, Bequests
Box: 252 Folder : 13 Federations: Correspondence
Box: 368 Federations: General
circa 1987-1988
Box: 252 Folder : 14-17 Federations: Various
Box: 252 Folder : 18 Financial Crisis
Box: 252 Folder : 19 Financial Statements
Box: 509 Financial Statements (Bound)
Box: 478 Foundations: Ben and Mary Parker, Sady Stark Memorial Fund
Box: 529 "Friends of the Jewish Labor Committee" Contributions (Card Files)
circa 1950-1959
Box: 466 Fundraising
circa 1977-1989
Box: 465 Fundraising: Unions
Box: 252 Folder : 20 Held, Adolph
Box: 252 Folder : 21 Jacobs, Sara: Memos
1947, 1950-1957
Box: 252 Folder : 22 Jewish Community Federation of Metropolitan New Jersey
Box: 252 Folder : 23 Jewish Teachers Community Chest
Box: 481 Journals, 1973-1974 to 2008
1973-2008, undated
Box: 465 Labor Cabinet: Fund Requests-- Unions
Box: 252 Folder : 24-29 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC)
Box: 440 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC)
Box: 466 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC)
1987-1995, undated
Box: 252A Folder : 1-5 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC)
Box: 440 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC): Hearings
1977-1981, undated
Box: 252A Folder : 6 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC): Hearing (Chicago)
Box: 252A Folder : 7 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC): Memos
Box: 505 Large City Budgeting Conference (LCBC): Special Commendation (Oversize)
Box: 465 Large City Budgeting Conference/Council of Jewish Federations: City by City Federation Allocations and Budgets/Programming
Box: 496 Ledgers
Box: 504 Ledgers (Oversize)
Box: 505 Ledgers (Oversize)
Box: 509 Ledger (Oversize)
Box: 252A Folder : 8-9 Mailings re: Welfare Funds
1953-1957, 1975-1976
Box: 252A Folder : 10 Meeting: Council of Jewish Welfare Federations and Jewish Labor Committee
May 14, 1949
Box: 531 Membership (Card Files)
circa 1934-1969
Box: 532 Membership (Card Files)
circa 1934-1989
Box: 533 Membership (Card Files)
circa 1934-1949
Box: 465 Membership: California
Box: 252A Folder : 11-12 Memos re: Welfare Funds
Box: 252A Folder : 13 Muravchick, Emanuel
1952, 1977
Box: 478 National Funding Councils Report
Box: 252A Folder : 14-16 Reports
1954-1963, 1976
Box: 252A Folder : 17 Reports and Statements
Box: 252A Folder : 18 Resolutions
Box: 252A Folder : 19 Southern Trips (B. Seligman)
Box: 465 Special Gifts Club
Box: 465 Trade Union Contributions to JLC
Box: 252A Folder : 20 United Jewish Appeal
Box: 252A Folder : 21 Unrealized Funds
Box: 252A Folder : 22 Visits to Communities
Box: 252A Folder : 23 Visits to Communities: Seligman Reports
Box: 252A Folder : 24-29 Welfare Funds
1944-1957, 1983
Box: 478 Welfare Funds
1955, 1960-1962, 1999
Box: 252A Folder : 30 Welfare Funds: Committees, New Jersey
Box: 269 Welfare Funds: Contributions (Card Files)
Box: 252A Folder : 31 Welfare Funds: Directory
Box: 252A Folder : 32 Welfare Funds: JLC Staff Position
Box: 252A Folder : 33 Welfare Funds: Reports
Box: 252A Folder : 34 Welfare Funds: Table of Allocations
Box: 528 Workmen's Circle Branches (Card Files)
circa 1970-1979
Box: 529 Workmen's Circle Branches (Card Files)
circa 1940-1949
Box: 527 Workmen's Circle Branches 1 to 1023 (Card Files)
circa 1940-1949
Box: 514 Workmen's Circle Branches: Dues (Card Files)
circa 1935-1956
Box: 441 May V. Bromberg: Staff Memos
Box: 441 May V. Bromberg: General Correspondence
Box: 441 May V. Bromberg: Personal File
Box: 441 May V. Bromberg: Name and Address File
Box: 441 National Executive Board Meeting Notices and Agendas
Box: 441 National Executive Committee Nominations
Box: 441 Nominations Committee
Box: 441 Executive Director's Report
Box: 441 Tickler File
Box: 441 Dr. Emanuel Scherer re: Minutes of Administrative and Office Committees
Box: 441 Mazie's Rough Drafts
Box: 441 Administrative, National Executive Committee, and Office Committee Correspondence
Box: 441 Administrative Committee
Box: 441 National Executive Committee Minutes
1968, undated
Box: 441 National Executive Committee
1967-1977, 1982, undated
Box: 441 Office Committee
Box: 441 Office Committee: Agendas
Box: 441 Office Committee: Correspondence
Box: 441 Office Committee: Decisions
Box: 441 Administrative Committee Meeting, March 18, 1968
Box: 441 Administrative Committee, December 16, 1968
Box: 441 Administrative Committee Meeting, January 15, 1968
Box: 441 Administrative Committee, April 21, 1968
Box: 441 Administrative Committee, March 17, 1969
Box: 441 Staff Meetings Minutes
Box: 441 National Trade Union Council Minutes
Box: 441 Administrative Committee Women's Division New York Jewish Labor Committee Minutes
Box: 441 National Executive Committee
Box: 441 Administrative Committee, June 16, 1969
Box: 441 Administrative Committee, September 15, 1969
Box: 441 Executive Committee Meeting Notes/Mailings/Agendas/Decisions

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Series II: Operations and Subject Files, 1903-2007

Scope and Content Note

Series II consists of subject and programming files relating to a variety of organizations, individuals, events, locations, and topics. The general files reflect the range of the JLC's areas of interest and advocacy and how the organization's goals and values have changed from the 1940s through the 2000s, though the records primarily begin in the 1960s. Genres of documents included in this series primarily include correspondence and memoranda; news clippings and scrapbooks; reports; notes; legal and government documents; and poster, flyers, pamphlets, newsletters, and other forms of circulars or printed ephemera. The series demonstrates the extent of the JLC's collaboration with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO), the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (earlier known as the National Community Relations Advisory Council and renamed the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in 1997), and other organizations in the Jewish community, labor movement, and other fields.

Many materials are the records of specific JLC programs and activities. The JLC's wartime child "adoption" program is well-represented, particularly in the form of card files on the children who were recipients of the program and the groups or individuals who sponsored them. Records on some of the children adoptees in the card files can also be found in Part II of the JLC collection. Subject files on Middle Eastern countries were likely compiled as research for the JLC's annual report, "Critique of Trade Union Rights in Countries Affiliated with League of Arab States." The records of the JLC's Labor for a Secure Israel program (LFSI) include files on pro-Israel activity within specific states, as well as more general programming planning and subject files. Materials related to the JLC's study tours in Europe and its New York Legislative Committee's conferences in Albany are also included.

Additionally, the series contains materials produced for the Office of the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) investigation of Israel due to allegations of the government's mistreatment of Palestinian workers. The JLC made a presentation before the USTR defending Israel and urging the General Services Subcommittee of the USTR to reject the petition to remove Israel from the Generalized System of Preferences program. Pre- and post-hearing briefs, correspondence, and research files document the JLC's preparation for their presentation and the USTR hearing itself, as well as support for Israel within the AFL-CIO and other labor organizations.

More generally, the JLC's subject files reflect the JLC's involvement or interest in various domestic and international issues. The most heavily documented issues include anti-Semitism; civil rights; Soviet Jewry; alternative energy sources; relations between different races and ethnicities, particularly between the Jewish population and African Americans; trade unionism in Israel; education about and commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto; Holocaust education and the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Museum; religion in schools; and the eradication of sweatshops and industrial homework.

The series also includes a number of scrapbooks and clippings files (some compiled from the English-language press and some from the Yiddish-language press). The clippings document JLC activities across the country, as well as labor movement news and news of individuals connected to the JLC (including obituaries, anniversaries, and other news items).Provided by a clipping service, the clippings are taken from a wide range of local newspapers. The Yiddish clippings are mostly from the Jewish Daily Forward, but there are also examples from the Communist Party's  Morgen Freiheit and several mainstream Yiddish papers. One scrapbook is devoted to a single subject, the JLC's opposition to George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party.

Chronological files, mailings, materials labeled as the "original" drafts by the JLC, and materials that were mimeographed for distribution, both internally and externally, extensively document the JLC's activities within the given years. "Originals," mailings, materials in the mimeograph books, and chronological files may be duplicated within the subject or programming files in this series.


Materials in Boxes 119 to 176 are arranged alphabetically.

Materials that were processed in 2013 and 2014 (Box 369 and onward) are generally arranged alphabetically, as originally intended by the JLC, but Boxes 369, 370, 371, 372, 425, and 426 retain their original order due to the relationship between the materials within these boxes. Additionally, the arrangement of like topics grouped together by the JLC has been maintained (i.e. materials on the "Leadership Conference on Civil Rights" are arranged with other materials on "Civil Rights"). However, researchers should note that like topics were not always grouped together by the JLC; for example, materials on the U.S. Holocaust Museum may be found in both the "H" and "U" subject files.

Clipping files in Boxes 205 to 220 are arranged alphabetically by topic within each year, as originally filed by the JLC.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 119 Folder : 1-2 A. Philip Randolph Institute
Box: 119 Folder : 3 Ab. Cahan Fund
Box: 119 Folder : 4 Abortion Rights: JLC Position
Box: 119 Folder : 5 Abramovitch, Raphael
1961, 1965
Box: 119 Folder : 6 Abzug, Bella
Box: 119 Folder : 7 Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights and Genocide Treaties
Box: 119 Folder : 8 Administrative Committee (JLC)
Box: 119 Folder : 9-10 Affidavits
Box: 119 Folder : 11 Affirmative Action
Box: 119 Folder : 11A Affirmative Action: Joint Black-Jewish Statement
Box: 119 Folder : 12 Affirmative Action: Weber vs. Kaiser Aluminum
Box: 119 Folder : 13 Africa
Box: 119 Folder : 14 African American Labor Center
Box: 119 Folder : 15 Aging
Box: 119 Folder : 16 Aid to Education Bill
Box: 119 Folder : 17 Air France
Box: 119 Folder : 18 Airlines
Box: 119 Folder : 19 Akron, OH
Box: 119 Folder : 20 Alabama
Box: 119 Folder : 21-23 Albany, NY
Box: 119 Folder : 24 Algeria
Box: 119 Folder : 25 Allocations
1967-1969, 1974-1976
Box: 119 Folder : 26 Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
Box: 119 Folder : 27 American Association for Jewish Education
Box: 119 Folder : 28 American Civil Liberties Union
Box: 119 Folder : 29 American Committee on Africa
Box: 119 Folder : 30 American Ethical Union
Box: 119 Folder : 31-34 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
1963-1977, 1981
Box: 119 Folder : 35 AFL-CIO: Civil Rights Department
Box: 119 Folder : 36 AFL-CIO: Community Services Department
Box: 119 Folder : 37 AFL-CIO: Industrial Union Department Contribution
Box: 119 Folder : 38 American Federation of Musicians: Integration of Locals
Box: 119 Folder : 39 American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Box: 119 Folder : 40 American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Box: 119 Folder : 41 American Friends of the Middle East
Box: 119 Folder : 42 American Immigration and Citizenship Conference
Box: 119 Folder : 43 American Income Life Insurance Company
Box: 120 Folder : 1 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Box: 120 Folder : 2-4 American Jewish Committee
1958, 1964-1974
Box: 120 Folder : 5-6 American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry
Box: 120 Folder : 7-10 American Jewish Congress
1959, 1962-1974
Box: 120 Folder : 11 American Jewish Congress: Metropolitan Council
Box: 120 Folder : 12 American Jewish Historical Society
Box: 120 Folder : 13 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Box: 120 Folder : 14 American Labor Committee for Equality in the Middle East
Box: 120 Folder : 15 American Professors for Peace in the Middle East
Box: 120 Folder : 16 American School Board Journal
Box: 120 Folder : 17 American Security Council
Box: 120 Folder : 18 American Veterans' Committee
Box: 120 Folder : 19 American Zionist Council
Box: 120 Folder : 20-21 Americans for Democratic Action
1966-1967, 1971-1972
Box: 120 Folder : 22 Americans for Democratic Action: Congressional Reform Committee
Box: 120 Folder : 23 Americans for Justice on the Job
Box: 120 Folder : 24 Anniversary Journal
Box: 120 Folder : 25-26 Anti-Defamation League (B'nai B'rith)
Box: 120 Folder : 27 Anti-Riot Bill
Box: 120 Folder : 28 Anti-Semitism
Box: 120 Folder : 29 Anti-Semitism among African-Americans
Box: 120 Folder : 30 Anti-Semitism among Russian-Americans
Box: 120 Folder : 31 Anti-Semitism: Arab
Box: 120 Folder : 32 Anti-Semitism: Eastern Europe
Box: 120 Folder : 33 Apartheid (South Africa)
Box: 120 Folder : 34 Appleton, Shelly
Box: 120 Folder : 35 Apprenticeship
Box: 121 Folder : 1-4 Apprenticeship
Box: 121 Folder : 5 Apprenticeship: Job Training
Box: 121 Folder : 6 Arab Assault on Civil Rights (Fact Sheet)
Box: 121 Folder : 7-8 Arab Boycott
1958, 1976-1977
Box: 121 Folder : 9 Arab Confederation of Trade Unions
Box: 121 Folder : 10 Arab Jewish Tensions
Box: 121 Folder : 11-13 Arab Refugees
Box: 121 Folder : 14 Archives (JLC)
Box: 121 Folder : 15 Archives and History Committee (JLC)
Box: 121 Folder : 16-21 Argentina
Box: 121 Folder : 22 Arizona
Box: 121 Folder : 23 Art Sales
Box: 121 Folder : 24-25 Association of Jewish Community Relations Workers
Box: 121 Folder : 26 Association of Jewish Community Relations Workers: Jules Cohen Memorial
Box: 121 Folder : 27 Association of Jewish Community Relations Workers: Luncheon
Box: 121 Folder : 28 Astor, Eleanor
Box: 121 Folder : 29-30 Atlanta, GA
Box: 122 Folder : 1-2 Atlanta, GA
Box: 122 Folder : 3-5 Atran Center for Jewish Culture
1952, 1959-1969
Box: 122 Folder : 6 Atran Foundation
1959, 1964-1977
Box: 122 Folder : 7 Atran House
Box: 122 Folder : 8 Atran House: Mail
Box: 122 Folder : 9 Atran House: Restaurant
Box: 122 Folder : 10 Attorney General's Committee on Human Relations
Box: 122 Folder : 11 Aufbau
Box: 122 Folder : 12-13 Australia
Box: 122 Folder : 14-15 Austria
1957-1969, 1979
Box: 122 Folder : 16 Austria: Kreisky Affair
Box: 122 Folder : 17 Austria: Schoenau Castle
Box: 122 Folder : 18 Austrian Socialist Party
Box: 122 Folder : 19 Automation Lectures
Box: 122 Folder : 20 Awner, Max
Box: 122 Folder : 21 Awner, Max: Opposition to Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam War
Box: 122 Folder : 22 Baha'is
Box: 122 Folder : 23