In Her Own Right

Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia Records

Date created 1802-2002 (bulk 1888-1980)
Creators Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia
Abstract These records are important for the history of Jewish institution building in Philadelphia, but they have less to say about the history of women's rights, although the very existence of the school reflects Rebecca Gratz's dedicated activism. Later remembrances of Gratz included in this collection do include some biographical information about her, but they shed more light on how she functioned as a symbol than on who she was as a person or activist.
Description The pre-1920 materials in this collection shed significant light on the operations of the school. Minutes and annual reports describe academic activities and procedural matters, and there is also some insight into the school's educational philosophy. Students were to be as quiet as possible, stay in their desks, and repeat their teachers' words, and teachers were to be "kind" but "strict." Also of interest are materials produced about students. For the school's 75th anniversary in 1889, administrators solicited notes from former students listing their dates of attendance. A list of those who responded appears in the event's program. The Northern School's record of pupils is also extant between 1890 and 1903. It includes students' names, ages, and addresses, as well as their fathers' (occasionally mothers') names and occupations, pointing to class and residential patterns.
Research interest These records are important for the history of Jewish institution building in Philadelphia, but they have less to say about the history of women's rights, although the very existence of the school reflects Rebecca Gratz's dedicated activism. Later remembrances of Gratz included in this collection do include some biographical information about her, but they shed more light on how she functioned as a symbol than on who she was as a person or activist.
Size 35 lf
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