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Workmen's Circle of Montreal Fonds

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Collection
Workmen's Circle of Montreal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4 m of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 10 series containing the operating records of the Workmen's Circle, its committees, branches, choir and school program. Series I РCommittees Series II РBranches Series III РHis tory and Organizational Papers Series IV РPublications Series V РAbra…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Workmen's Circle of Montreal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4 m of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 10 series containing the operating records of the Workmen's Circle, its committees, branches, choir and school program. Series I – Committees Series II – Branches Series III – His tory and Organizational Papers Series IV – Publications Series V – Abraham Reisen Schools Series VI – Workmen’s Circle Loan Syndicate Series VII – Workmen’s Circle Choir Series VIII – Workmen’s Circle, New York Series IX – Correspondence Series X – Scrapbooks and Artefacts
Date
1908-current
Storage Location
Bay 6
Creator
Workmen's Circle
Physical Condition
Excellent.
History Biographical
The Workmen’s Circle (Arbeter Ring) of Montreal (now Worker’s Circle) celebrated its 100th Anniversary in the city in 2007. The organization, which was originally founded in New York in 1892 by mainly Russian Jewish immigrants fleeing Czarist pogroms, conducted itself as an “irretrievable part of the radical labour movement.” An advocate for change, the Workmen’s Circle also provided education, enlightenment, health benefits, open forums, a library, clubs and cemetery plots for its members. The work of the group extended to emergencies such as operating a soup kitchen during the Depression or organizing the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry in the late-1980s and early 1990s to aid immigration. Their involvement in politics saw support for the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and candidates such as A.M. Klein, David Lewis and Kalman Kaplansky. In 1940, two Workmen’s Circle members from Branch 151 were elected to the Montreal municipal council, Michael Rubenstein and Albert Eaton. The first Workmen’s Circle building was completed in 1936 after several years of planning and a hold due to the Depression. The building was located at 4848 St. Laurent and served the Workmen’s Circle’s business and social activities as well as one of the schools. Like most other Jewish organizations, the Workmen’s Circle moved from the once-traditionally Jewish Main area and re-located to Isabella closer to the Jewish community campus. The Worker’s Circle is still housed there although the organization is shrinking and serves an aging population.
Language
Yiddish, English, Russian
Acquisition Source
Workmen's Circle of Montreal
Custodial History
Transferred directly from the Workmen's Circle, first date of transfer unknown, accural of new materials in November 2007.
Arrangement
Current arrangement based on an older system of description used by the JPL-A during the 1970s and 1980s. The finding aid was up-dated to RAD standards in March 2008.
Related Material
Jewish Labour Committee Fonds
Name Access
Workmen's Circle, Montreal
Subjects
Workmen's Circle Schools (Montreal, Quebec)
Labour and labouring classes
Workmen's Circle - Eugene Debs Branch no. 204
Workmen's Circle - Meyer London Branch no. 151
Workmen's Circle - Moishe Lewis Branch
Workmen's Circle, New York
Workmen's Circle - Vladeck Branch
Workmen's Loan Syndicate (Montreal)
Labour movement
Labour unions
Women in the labour movement - Canada
Workmen's Circle - Ladies' Vladeck Branch
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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