Over the last few months, we have discussed methods for sharing our discoveries, interesting pieces of early history, and the identification of noteworthy archival documents as part of the on-going American Jewish Historical Society project to process the organizational papers of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, United Jewish Appeal of New York, and, after 1986, the merged organization United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York.
Collectively, we had decided that blogging about the project would be an exquisitely wonderful method for sharing our discoveries within the collection with researchers, with the historically minded, with fellow archivists, the curious, the tenacious, as well as the staff and volunteers of United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York. We are especially excited to be cooperating with a vibrant, living philanthropic organization, since in many instances, archivists process, arrange, and describe archival material from organizations that are no longer operational.
The name for the blog comes from a Post-it note that Susan discovered attached to a folder found within the UJA-Federation merger material that she was processing. As far as naming goes, “This can go back to the archives” seems suitably appropriate and sufficiently self-referential. In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to sharing, discussing, and publicizing portions of the collection as we process the archival material.
Susan, Vital, Marvin, and Eric
UJA-Federation of New York archival processing project team