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Manuscript Collection No. 316
The New York Branch of the Jewish Welfare Board was formed shortly after the United States entered World War I to promote the social and religious welfare of transient Jewish soldiers, sailors and marines. Early in the summer of 1918, Leon L. Watters was elected chairman of the reorganization committee. By the end of 1918 the organization had established 5 canteens and 3 dormitories and were sponsoring dances and other activities for the servicemen. After the Armistice was signed but prior to the return of soldiers from Europe, Mortimer Schiff traveled to France in December, 1918, to deliver cards of the New York Board with addresses of all the canteens and dormitories to be distributed on homecoming troop transports. All of the canteens and dormitories operated by the New York Branch of the Jewish Welfare Board were closed by the fall of 1919.
Correspondence, diaries of daily activities of administration, address cards given to servicemen, programs and informational literature.
Terms of Access and Use
The Jewish Welfare Board Records are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Leon L. Watters, by the act of donating the Jewish Welfare Board Records to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Jewish Welfare Board. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Jewish Welfare Board Records and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-316. Jewish Welfare Board Records. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Jewish Welfare Board Records were received from Leon L. Watters, New York, New York.
Processed by American Jewish Archives staff.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Jewish Welfare Board -- New York Branch -- New York (N.Y.) -- Archives
War relief -- Europe
Watters, Leon Laizer -- 1877-1967
World War, 1914-1918