Constitution (original & photocopies, 1892, y) and 1892 charters. By-laws. Minutes (1941-1979 with gaps, y). Minutes (1978-1989 with gaps, e). Financial statements (1936-1938, 1946-1978 with gaps, 1966-1986 with gaps). Membership lists (1925-1933, y; 1936-1938, e; 1988). Cemetery plot sales and deeds (1923-1978) and lists of reserved HSBA cemetery plots. Cemetery account book (1927-1950). Account book. Registers of deaths (1943-88). Books of forms filled out on aid recipients (1892-1945, y). Baron de Hirsch Cemetery Inc. Investment Committee & Budget Committee minutes. Correspondence and documentation (mostly 1980s). Notes of the Joint Cemetery Committee, the Cemetery Perpetual Fund Corporation, and the Perpetual Maintenance Fund meetings. De la Savanne Cemetery maps. Papers relating to the dissolution of the HSBA (1989). Jewish Convalescent Hospital information. Souvenir programs. Certificates, plaques, badges. Mounted photos (not with main collection). Clippings. Addition 1996: Membership books 1901-1905, 1917-1925, 1913-1916; personal payments book 1955; Histadrut Chanukah concert program books, 1962.
History / Biographical
Founded in Montreal in 1892, the Association was the first mutual aid group of its kind in the city. Its aims were to provide free medical care, invalid pensions, mortuary benefits and cemetery plots. Its members also provided visits to the sick, help to the bereaved, and donations to various charities (both local and for Israel). The HSBA was made redundant by Medicare, pensions, etc., and ceased its active work in 1989.
P86/06, P86/12, P87/20, P90/07, P96/07.Most of the early material is in Yiddish.Several panels of mounted photographs.