26 July 2009

Philly 2009: Resource Room adds more records

UPDATE: Corrections re PJAC address, hours, ID and access, microfilms and copying and provided by Sarah Sherman, in bold below.

We are only a week away from Philly 2009 and, even now, additional resources are being added to aid conference attendees.

Note the following information will be on hand in the conference Resource Room, through an arrangement with the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC):

- All Philadelphia Jewish Ethnic Bank records.

The indices to these records are online: Blitzstein Bank, Lipshutz Bank, and the Rosenbaum Bank.

Save time by checking the index, create your list and bring it to Philly to see the actual records.

If you won't be at the conference, request records from the PJAC at their new address:

Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center
Temple University Urban Archives
Samuel Paley Library
1210 West Berks St
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6088

NOTE: Sarah writes that for those conference attendees planning to visit the archives, the resources will be in the Lecture Hall in the Paley Library, which is the university's main library. Both the Lecture Hall and Urban Archives (the PJAC's new administrative home) are in the Library's basement.

- HIAS records in the Resource Room will include:

HIAS Passenger Lists 1884 - 1892
HIAS Arrival Records by Ship
HIAS Naturalization Cards
HIAS Port Cards
HIAS Immigration Records
- WPA - Jewish Congregation Survey - 1930s

UPDATE NOTES: Conference attendees planning to visit the PJAC should pay careful attention to this updated information, as communicated by Sarah Sherman:

1. HOURS: Conference attendees may visit PJAC personally from 1-5pm, Tuesday Thursday, August 4-6, (not on Monday) to access the records below:

2. USE INFO: Each visitor will need a photo ID card (e.g. driver's license) to enter Paley Library to use materials. Inform entrance attendants at Paley Library that you want to go to Urban Archives. You will be asked to show ID and sign-in.

3. MICROFILM: can be used one reel at a time, after giving Urban Archives Personnel your photo ID.

4. SEARCHING: Urban Archives Personnel will search the cards for relevant names.

5. COPIES: Copying will be done by Urban Archives personnel.

6. RECORDS at PJAC include:

Neighborhood Centre records: Regarding aid to families in crisis or with special needs.

National Council of Jewish Women records: Cards created when aiding immigrants in the naturalization process. They sometimes contain more information than the naturalization documents.

The Resource Room at the conference venue is always a busy place, but this year may be even busier with so many records and indexes available.

Tracing the Tribe plans to be there looking for records of the TALALAY family who became FEINSTEIN (taking the name of the four brothers' sister's husband after he helped bring them to Philadelphia).

See you in Philly!

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