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Accession number UR002521
Object Name Manuscript
Title Auxiliary for Jewish Home and Aging Services Records
Collection Auxiliary for Jewish Home and Aging Services Records
Date 1930s-2007 (bulk 1950s-1990s)
Scope & Content *This collection is housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

This collection, which dates from the 1930s, is divided into three series. Series 1includes administrative proceedings of the officers, various documents and correspondence, individual presidents’ record books, memorabilia of various programs and events, as well as photographs of residents and activities. Series 2 includes photographs and two scrapbooks. Series 3 is made up of oversize containers with scrapbooks and three quilts made by residents and staff of senior residence facilities in various years, including an 80th anniversary quilt dated from 1987. Note that several of the scrapbooks in Series 2 and 3 are in fragile condition. These records were initially arranged by a committee of the Jewish Home and Aging Services and finalized by volunteers at the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives and the Collections Archivist for Jewish Detroit at the Reuther Library.
Admin/Biographical History The Auxiliary for the Jewish Home and Aging Services (formerly the Jewish Home for the Aged) was established along with the incorporation of the first Jewish Old Folks Home in Detroit in 1907. This organization has also been know as the Jewish Home for the Aged Auxiliary and is most recently known as Jewish Senior Life Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is an independent agency that receives funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. It was primarily a women’s service organization until the mid-1930s, when it formally became the Auxiliary. Its mission is to render services to and enhance the lives of residents of the various senior homes and facilities of the Jewish community. Volunteers have always played an important role in the Auxiliary, being actively involved in programming and fundraising to support the services of the Jewish Home and Aging Services.
Extent of Description 7.5 linear feet (1 SB, 7 MB, 4 OS)
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Subjects Community-based social services
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Senior citizens
Volunteer workers in social services
Finding Aid Click here to view Finding Aid.
System of arrangement The collection is arranged into three series.
Series 1: Documents and scrapbooks, 1930s-2007, boxes 1-6
Series 2: Photographs, 1950s-2000, boxes 7-8
Series 3: Oversize boxes: scrapbooks and textiles, 1930s-1987, boxes 9-12

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not
arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each
Other Creators Jewish Home and Aging Services, formerly Jewish Home for the
Aged, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit