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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1889-1991

Creator:  Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed (H.G.H) Society (Savannah, Ga.)

Summary/Abstract:  Documents and ledger books relating to the Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed, or “H.G.H. Society,” a social, fraternal, and benevolent society for Jewish men in Savannah, Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description:  9.6 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 340, Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed (H.G.H.) Society Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition:  Gift of Jewish Educational Alliance, 1996; Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed Society, 1996, 1997; Elizabeth Bernstein, 1997; Harold Black, 1999; Julian Friedman, 2001; Barbara Meyer, 2006.

Custodial History:  The H.G.H. Society Records are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Separated Material:  Oversize Materials, artifacts

Processed by:  Valerie Frey (2000), Lynette Stoudt (2015), and Lindsay Resnick (2015)

Arrangement: The collection is organized into five series- 1. Organization, formation and history, 2. Membership and leadership, 3. General administrative files, 4. Minutes, and 5. Financial records. Undated materials are located at the ends of their respective folders.

Biographical/Historical Note:  The Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed (H.G.H.) Society, the Society for Doing Good Deeds, is a fraternal philanthropic society that was organized in 1888 (5648) and chartered in 1889 in Savannah, Georgia, to carry out the principle beliefs of the Jewish religion, tzedaka, charity, and justice.  The Society, which in times past was also known as Chevra Gemileth Chased or Gemiloth Chesed, was created as an economic and social support system for early Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, helping them gain independence and become active members of their new community.  Interest-free loans were made to members, allowing them to start businesses and bring over family members that had been left behind in the Old Country.  Other membership assistance included sick and death benefits.  Towards the end of the twentieth century, membership benefits became primarily social rather than financial.  Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed, however, continues its mission as a philanthropic society by continuing to contribute to various charities and community organizations.

Scope and Content:  The Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed Society records date from 1889 to 1991, with the bulk dating between 1924 and 1975.  Most of the documents are written in English, but one early ledger (1903-1914), as well as some early copies of the constitution, are written in Yiddish/Germanic Hebrew.  The collection includes the original charter as well as various versions of the constitution and by-laws, membership applications, acceptance letters, files dealing with member benefits, documents pertaining to those members who served on the Executive Council, newsletters, clippings, meeting notices, meeting minutes, and documents pertaining to the upkeep of the Society as well as the monetary aspects of member benefits.

Collection Inventory

Series I: Organization, formation, and history, 1889-1991

Box

File

Description

Date

1

1

Organizational History

1991

1

2

Charter/incorporation papers

1889-1929

1

3

Constitution and by-laws

1896-1958

1

4

Savannah Jewish Council

1968-1986

 

Series II: Membership and Leadership, 1920s-1986

 

1

5

Applications for Membership: A-H

1920s-1970s

1

6

Applications for Membership: I-Q

1920s-1970s

1

7

Applications for Membership: R-Z

1920s-1970s

1

8

Membership letters

1946-1973

1

9

Membership lists

1930-1970

1

10

Membership lists

undated

1

11

Membership dues ledger

1969-1986

1

12

Membership dues ledger

1969-1986

1

13

Withdrawn memberships

1924-1967

1

14

Membership Benefit Changes

1977-1979

 

Box

File

Description

Date

2

1

Member illness reports

1963-1973

2

2

Member death resolutions and survivor correspondence

1918-1979

2

3

Member deaths – obituaries

1950-1975

2

4

Memorial tablets

1949-1985

2

5

Leadership

1945-1974

2

6

Executive Committee Ballots

1953-1976

 

Series III: General administrative files, 1944-1986

 

2

7

HGH News (newsletter)

1958

2

8

Clippings

1930-1986

2

9

Banquet and meeting notices

1949-1974

2

10

Holiday peace proclamations

1968-1976

2

11

Miscellaneous correspondence

1944-1958

2

12

Photograph (photocopy)

undated

2

13

Speeches, notes, and inspirational literature

1957-1966

2

14

Miscellaneous

1965-1970

 

Series IV: Minutes, 1924-1975

 

Box

File

Description

Date

3

1

Minutes

1924

3

2

Minutes

1925

3

3

Minutes

1926

3

4

Minutes

1927

3

5

Minutes

1928

3

6

Minutes

1929

3

7

Minutes

1930

3

8

Minutes

1931

3

9

Minutes

1932

3

10

Minutes

1933

3

11

Minutes

1934

 

4

1

Minutes

1935

4

2

Minutes

1936

4

3

Minutes

1937

4

4

Minutes

1938

4

5

Minutes

1939

4

6

Minutes

1956

4

7

Minutes

1957

4

8

Minutes

1958

4

9

Minutes

1959

4

10

Minutes

1960

4

11

Minutes

1961

4

12

Minutes

1962

4

13

Minutes

1963

4

14

Minutes

1964

4

15

Minutes

1965

4

16

Minutes

1966-1968

4

17

Minutes

1969-1970

4

18

Minutes

1971-1972

4

19

Minutes

1973-1974

4

20

Minutes

1975

 

SERIES V: Financial records, 1903-1986

 

5

1

Annual reports

1954-1956

5

2

Annual reports notes

1952-1974

5

3

Auditing results

1938-1972

5

4

Bank documents

1962-1983

5

5

Cash receipts

1927-1937

5

6

Charity support

1947-1986

5

7

Check and deposit

1965-1973

5

8

Corporation annual registration

1950-1977

5

9

Correspondence

1057-1967

5

10

Financial Reports

1937-1975

5

11

Ledger pages

1953-1972

5

12

Loan applications

1966-1974

5

13

Loan correspondence

1944-1947

5

14

Loan records

1953-1973

5

15

Miscellaneous

1950-1974

5

16

Notes

1961-1975

5

17

Receipts

1934-1935

5

18

Receipt book stubs

1955-1971

5

19

Supply orders and utility bills

1970-1976

5

20

Voucher ledger

1971-1976

 

6

1

Cash book (written in Yiddish and English)

1903-1914

 

7

1

Cash receipt book

1912-1920

7

2

Cash receipt book

1927-1937

 

 

8

1

Cash book

1937-1951

8

2

Cash book

1951-1986

 

 

9

1

Disbursements

1952-1976

9

2

Receipt book

1952-1977

 

10

1

Membership dues ledger (written in Yiddish and English)

1918-1922

 

11

1

Cash book

1920-1935

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