In Her Own Right

Jewish Ys and Centers of Greater Philadelphia, Neighborhood Centre Branch records: Series 1

Date range 1891 – 1969
Abstract The Jewish Ys and Centers of Greater Philadelphia, Neighborhood Centre Branch Records, document the organization's activities as a social welfare organization, settlement house, educational facility, and recreational community center. The collection contains administrative and financial records, correspondence, child care case files, self-studies and surveys, population statistics, and programming documentation from the primary branch, satellite branches, and day camps operated by the Neighborhood Centre. The collection provides details about the planning and implementation of services at the center, designed to aid and improve the lives of the Jewish immigrant community in twentieth century Philadelphia.
Description Records related to the pre-1920 era, for most of which the organization was named the Young Women's Union, are scarce. The charter, constitution, and annual reports provide insight into the services the YWU provided for its neighbors, including a day nursery and shelter, kindergarten, gymnasium, library, sewing school, evening classes and clubs, and more. Annual reports also shed some light on how the YWU negotiated its relationship to mainstream American culture, including Americanization. Finally, papers document the YWU's connection to other Progressive institutions, especially the Children's Bureau.
Research interest Much of the scholarly work on settlement houses has focused on those established by elite Protestant women for immigrant communities who were largely Catholic and Jewish, investigating the power dynamics between these two very different groups. Less work has been done on activists who shared cultural points of reference with those they aimed to help, although historians have found that African American women who aimed to help other members of their community operated somewhat differently. These papers offer the opportunity to fill in another piece of this puzzle. Did a shared religion mitigate tensions between these two groups, and, if so, how does this relationship alter our understanding of Progressive reform more broadly?
Size 92 lf
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