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Accession number UR001726
Object Name Manuscript
Title The Jewish Community Council Records
Collection Jewish Community Council Records
Date 1937-1984
Scope & Content *This collection is housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

This file contains documents of relevance to the operation of the organization including pamphlets, publications, correspondence, calendars, memos and newsletters. It contains a significant amount of literature generated by other organizations as well. The
collection contains, among other things, anti-Semitic literature disseminated during the nineteen thirties and forties by men like Gerald K. Smith and Fr. Charles Coughlin. Issues, which concerned the Council and its committees, are well documented.

The collection consists of 8 Series, the first being the largest. Throughout its existence the Jewish Community Council used a numeric filing system to organizations its files. That numeric system serves as the basis for Series I with 10 sub-series. Each
sub-series emphasizes a different area of Council concern.

Series I consists of materials filed numerically. It has been identified as the Executive Director materials.

Series II consists of documents relevant to the operation of the Jewish Community Council which were not filed numerically. In some instances there may be duplication, but that does not normally appear to be so.

Series III contains materials related to Culture and Programming, not filed numerically, an area of major concern throughout the Council’s history.

Series IV contains materials related to Discrimination, including, but not limited to employment, housing and public accommodation. This series also contains material related to anti-Semitism as well as racial bigotry.

Series V contains materials related to the committee on Church and State as well as those pertaining to concerns on schools and education.

Series VI holds the materials generated and received by the Mass Media committee and its branches.

Series VII contains materials related to the organizations with which the Council has been involved either as a supportive mechanism or as a vocal opponent.

Series VIII contains material identified as addenda. Materials in this series relate to those in another series. Be sure to pay attention to the see references appended to the
description of each boxes content. Items in this series can be linked to all other series.

Admin/Biographical History On January 27, 1935 the Jewish Welfare Federation convened a meeting, the Conference of Jewish Organizations including representatives of the landsmanshaften, other Yiddish speaking groups and of many secular, social, fraternal, charitable, labor, religious and Zionist groups. The purpose of that meeting was to enlist the support of these elements in a community wide campaign for funds to build a new Jewish Old Folk’s Home, as it was then called. A by-product of that meeting was an expressed insistence on the part of those convened for a greater voice and degree of participation in
the affairs of the Jewish community.

The 1935 meeting authorized creation of the Committee of Twenty-One headed by Myron Keys. The committee maintained a liaison with the Federation with regard to the campaign for the home. Its agenda included the creation in Detroit of a Jewish Community Council (JCC).

The Jewish Community Council was established September 29, 1937 after two years of organizational effort as two hundred representatives from 155 Detroit Jewish organizations convened at the first delegate assembly.
Extent of Description 356 linear feet (680 MB, 15 SB, 1 OS)
Credit line Jewish Community Council Records, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Jewish Community Council
Jewish Community Relations Council
Subjects Anti-Semitism
Social Action
Community Relations
Finding Aid Click here to view Finding Aid.