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Machine-readable finding aid created by Jeana Barry in February 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in March 2019. Description is in English.
Evening of Music program from March 20, 1955.
The Jewish Women’s College Club, founded in 1921, provided scholarships and funding to young Jewish women entering a college or university in the Boston area. The organization was founded by prominent Jewish women with the purpose of bringing self-expression and self-realization to Jewish women, financial service to undergraduates, and the promotion of education and culture in the Jewish community. Meetings were held at the historic Statler Hotel, the Bellevue Hotel on Boston’s Beacon Street, and various homes of the members on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, with membership requiring a college degree from a recognized college or university. Notable club members and volunteers include founding member Matilda Wolfe, Ruth Shapiro of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, and other successful women from a variety of professional backgrounds.
Throughout its history, the club organized numerous events in the community, including events called the Sunday Evening Musicale and the Evening of Music. The musical events featuring vocalists and concert musicians served as the club’s largest fundraiser for scholarship funding. In addition to concerts, the Jewish Women’s College Club also held monthly book review meetings, banquets, and panels with notable guests and speakers, such as Judge Jennie Loitman Barron, in attendance.
The Jewish Women’s College Club was a part of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies conglomerate and received support from other scholarship associations. such as the Shapiro Foundation and the Women’s Scholarship Association. On February 18, 2005, club president Selma Lief Maltzman announced the disbandment of the organization after 84 years due to low funding and difficulty in retaining active membership. Throughout its history, the Jewish Women’s College Club is estimated to have provided more than 2,000 women with scholarships to further their education.
Materials from this collection
Gass, Minnie. “The Jewish Women's College Club.” Jewish Advocate. (1909-1990), May 04, 1944, p. 5, Proquest. Web. 22 Feb. 2019.
"Jewish Women's College Club." Jewish Advocate (1909-1990), Nov 09, 1922. https://search.proquest.com/docview/868505309?accountid=35480.
"JEWISH WOMEN'S COLLEGE CLUB TO GIVE THREE PLAYS." Boston Daily Globe (1923-1927), Mar 30, 1923. https://search.proquest.com/docview/497185149?accountid=35480.
Rirchie, Logan C. "Women's Club faces closure 84 years: historical Jewish resources to shut." Jewish Advocate. February 18, 2005, Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 26 Feb. 2019 http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A204207470/STND?u=mlin_b_nenghist&sid=STND
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains formal invitations to the Jewish Women’s College Club’s Evening of Music held at the Boston Conservatory dated 1955 and 1956. This collection also contains concert programs from 1951-1956 for the Jewish Women’s College Club’s annual Sunday Evening Musicale concerts, as well as miscellaneous documents, including an invitation to the club’s Opening Meeting of the Season with Guest of Honor and Speaker Judge Jennie Loitman Barron dated 1952 and a program featuring concert pianist Harold Rubens hosted by the club in tandem with the Women’s Republican in 1947.
The collection is arranged into a a single series as follows:
- Series I: Jewish Women’s College Club (Boston, Mass), Records, 1947-1956
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Cambridge Hebrew Women’s Aid Society Records, I-113
Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-220 and I-220A
Jennie Loitman Barron Papers, P-547
Women’s Scholarship Association of Greater Boston Records, I-583
Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Women's College Club (Boston, Mass.) Records; JHCI-0005; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.
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This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
- Associated Jewish Philanthropies (Boston, Mass.)
- Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
- Jewish Women's College Club (Boston, Mass.)
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series I: Jewish Women's College Club (Boston, Mass.) Records, 1947-1956
Scope and Content:
See Collection Scope and Content Note.