History of the Center movement
Scope and Contents
The records of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo consist primarily of administrative records and material on community programs.
Early Federation records, constitution and by-laws, financial reports, building and housing information, yearbooks, fund campaign information, correspondence and miscellaneous photographs are located in Series I.
The records of Jewish Family Service (Series II) includes some records of the Jewish Welfare Society, the predecessor to the Jewish Family Service, most records relate to the departments of Child Care Services, Health and Dental, Family Life, and Elder Care.
The records of The Jewish Community Center (Series III) document the beginning of the center, construction plans, finances, various services and programs and the Center's expansion with a new facility in the Buffalo suburb of Getzville, NY.
Documentation of the Buffalo Jewish Camps including budget reports, committee minutes, attendance records, constitution and by-laws, personnel matters, and publicity material is located in Series IV.
V contains material on Jewish education in Buffalo and the Bureau of Jewish Education's role in it: history of the Bureau, constitution and by-laws, committee/board minutes, surveys, enrollment figures, Hebrew instruction material, essay contest, school curriculum evaluations, and correspondence.
Records of the Kadimah School of Buffalo consists of records of the School's beginning, and includes some photographs, clippings, and yearbooks, correspondence with the Jewish Federation of Buffalo and committee minutes are located in Series VI.
The records of the Rose Coplon Jewish Home and Infirmary (Series VII) consists of constitution and by-laws, property deeds, building information, newsletters, personnel records, and Board of Directors minutes.
The majority of the scrapbooks in Series VIII document the Federation's annual United Jewish Fund Campaign, covering the years 1926, 1936-1939, 1941-1942, and 1946-1975. Other scrapbooks document Camp Lakeland, the Federation's Fiftieth Anniversary, and Yom Hashoah material.
- Majority of material found within 1930-1975
- From the Collection: Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo (Organization)
Terms of Access
The Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo Records, 1902-1979, are open for research.
Access to portions of Series II. Jewish Family Service is restricted. Records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. These records are closed for 50 years after the date of death. If date of death is unknown, records are closed for 100 years from date of creation. Researchers may contact the University Archives' staff for further information or assistance with these materials.
From the Collection: 29.25 Linear Feet (18 cartons, 10 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
From the Series: English