June 20, 2014

Board minutes available online!

Filed under: audio-visual material, interesting or noteworthy archival material — thiscangobacktothearchives @ 12:05 pm

Earlier this year, we employed Hudson Microimaging to create digitized copies of Board minutes from the microfilm that UJA-Federation created in the mid-1990s. The digitized minutes are now available online through the Center’s Digital Collections and hyperlinks to the digital objects will be created in the finding aid for the collection for these Board minutes (in addition to hyperlinks for all of the other wonderful archival material that we have digitized for the project). The range of the minutes include:

  • Board of Trustees Minutes, 1916-1986
  • Board of Directors Minutes, 1986-1992
  • Executive Committee Minutes 1973-1986

This coverage will provide researchers a nearly complete picture of the Board of the Federation, from its organization to its merger with United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, 8 years of minutes on the activities of the merged Board, and 14 years of information on the Executive Committee, from the beginning of the Joint Campaign to the merger. All that was microfilmed by UJA-Federation and, then, deeded to the American Jewish Historical Society has been digitized. Because very few files from Officers and Board members were retained or deposited into storage, the Board minutes provide an important resource on Board activities, resolutions and discussion on various issues. If a researcher is aware of the date of an event or issue, the minutes can offer a way to find a starting point for locating information about that event or issue. Since the files were scanned using optical character recognition software and stored as portable document format (PDF) files, each set of minutes is keyword searchable. For assistance with a global keyword search through the entire set of Board minutes (1916-1986), please contact us at

The Board minutes have also been collected online and are available here. A nice substitute until the finding aid for the collection is available online!


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