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Young Men’s Hebrew Association and Young Women’s Hebrew Association (New Bedford, Mass.) records

Identifier: MC-071

Scope and Contents

Divided into 3 series, the collection consists of joint YMHA/YWHA materials such as photographs, a convention program, notes, and newspaper clippings (Series I). Items which are specific to the YMHA include cancelled checks and a speech and comprise Series II. Items specific to the YWHA include a photograph, two checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, suppliers’ receipts, correspondence, and newspaper clippings and comprise Series III.


  • Records, 1914 – 1988 (bulk 1922 – 1926)
  • Majority of material found within 1922 - 1926

Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

The Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) was first organized in Baltimore in 1854; the Young Women’s Hebrew Association (YWHA) was organized as an annex to the New York YMHA in 1888. These associations began with the mission to provide assistance to Jewish immigrants, along with cultural, educational, and social activities. On a national level, in 1917, the YMHA and the YWHA merged and became known as the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB). The JWB chapters were later renamed as Jewish Community Centers, though some retained the YMHA/YWHA designation. The exact beginnings of the New Bedford chapter of the YMHA are not known, though in 1911, the New England chapter of YMHA formed and by 1922 consisted of 50 local organizations throughout the area, including the New Bedford chapter. The New Bedford chapter of the YWHA got its start in 1909, when twelve girls banded together and called themselves The Clover Leaf Club. The club grew in size and eventually became affiliated with the New England chapter of YWHA, which had been formed in 1913.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of various individuals including Shirley Cohen, Edith and Nathan Dondis, Sybil Jackson, Gertrude Gollis.

Processing Information

Maura McGurk ’07, June 2006

MC 71, Young Men’s Hebrew Association and Young Women’s Hebrew Association (New Bedford, Mass.) records
Maura McGurk
June 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA