Binders were in considerable use by the Office of Management and Budget in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Binders made it easy for the Budget Department staff to file and organize material in a quick and easy fashion. Examples of materials kept in the binders include letters of allotment, grants awarded to UJA-Federation agencies, grants awarded by the Distribution Committee, reserves, chronological correspondence, transfers of capital campaign funds, manuals, and transportation study reports. Some of the binders contain little material and take minimal time to process and transfer to acid-free folders, while the majority of binders are the 5-inch D-ring type full of paper and therefore take more time to process. By organizing the binders in chronological order, we have identified some gaps in the material. We are removing these binders in order to reduce the amount of space this material takes up, and the physical rehousing will be better over the long-term for the documents themselves. The folders are also much lighter in weight than these huge 5” binders. Of the various kinds of files removed from the binders, it may be the chronological correspondence collected by Budget Director Steven Rosenbloom that will be of most interest to researchers, because they touch on such a multitude of topics in the Subject Files.
Pictured below is a huge binder, full of reserves from 1988 to 1989.