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American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. (New York, NY 10017-4014)
Linda G. Levi (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Preservation Assessment of the JDC Archives Artifacts and Ephemera Collection

A preservation assessment of the artifacts and ephemera collection of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives, along with purchase of preservation supplies. The collection comprises 600 lithographs, prints, textiles, correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, posters, maps, and other items documenting the work of the JDC from its founding in 1914 to the present. Highlights include crafts made by Jewish children in orphanages in Poland sponsored by the JDC during the 1920s, as well as scrapbooks chronicling the development of an agricultural settlement for Jewish refugees in the Dominican Republic established during World War II. The assessment would be conducted by a preservation professional, joined by a graduate student in library and museum conservation.

The JDC Archives is the institutional repository of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian relief organization, founded in 1914. The JDC Archives requests NEH funds to provide expert consultation to assess the preservation needs of select items in JDC’s Artifacts and Ephemera Collection. This newly catalogued collection offers a remarkable and vital perspective on JDC’s global relief efforts, over the last century, in over 90 countries. This project will focus on a review of selected items of diverse media, especially paper-based items, which are demonstrably fragile and require expert advice to ensure their stability and accessibility for future generations of researchers. After the consultant’s recommendations have been reviewed by Archives staff, appropriate storage and preservation supplies will be purchased for the re-housing of select items.

Project fields:
European History; Jewish Studies; Near and Middle Eastern History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$7,000 (approved)
$7,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019