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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
47
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1951, 1963-1964
Physical Description
1.18 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In late 1947 and early 1948 representatives of the Canadian garment industry organized what became known as the Tailor Project, an immigration program planned to select more than 2,200 skilled tailors from the Displaced Person camps of Europe, facilitate their immigration, and give them jobs in the garment trade and housing in Canada. The Tailor Project was based on similar schemes that had alleviated labour shortages in the logging and mining industries. Canadian Jewish Congress, eager to rescue Holocaust survivors from the DP camps, knew the government would approve a plan to bring in skilled workers to fill a shortage in the garment trades. Recognizing the plan had to come from within the garment industry itself, Congress provided guidance from behind the scenes.
The Tailor Project was the first program that permitted large numbers of Jewish adults to immigrate to Canada following the Second World War. More than half of the immigrants were Jewish. Max E. Enkin (men's clothing), Max Federman (fur workers), Joe Mack and others were sent by the Commission to Europe as part of the selection team. Provided they had the requisite skills, both single and married displaced persons were eligible to come to Canada.
Hundreds of tailoring firms in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver were canvassed and many agreed to hire DP workers on 12-month contracts. The Canadian Overseas Commission, the industry's co-coordinating body, had to ensure proper housing for the expected workers. In response to Max Enkin's emphasis on providing accommodation, many individuals and community organizations reached out to those in need. Under the direction of the United Jewish Relief Agency, the office of the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission attended to the many and varying needs of the immigrant tailors, both Jewish and non-Jewish. In addition to providing financial assistance, the Commission gave attention to problems of landlord-tenant relationships, hospital, medical and dental care, gave direction and made referrals to other agencies for specialized services and co-operated with other organizations in their programs for immigrants.
The Tailor Project became the template for the Furrier Project that followed and spurred the formation in 1947 of the Jewish Vocational Service of Toronto, the original purpose of which was to help survivors of the Holocaust find employment.
Scope and Content
Series consists of the operational records of the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission. Records include agreements between garment industry manufacturers (employers) and employees, immigration records and passenger lists, general correspondence relating to the operation of the program, financial records, employee payroll records, contact and membership lists, the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission Toronto program report, statistical summaries, employee certificates of merit, discharge certificates, meeting minutes of the Toronto Program Steering Committee, employee worker cards and employee housing records. Also included is a hand drawn map locating the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada at 455 Spadina Ave., Toronto, circa 1947.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG291.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employment agreements and payroll deductions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-3
File
19
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains executed agreements and payroll deduction records for employers beginning with the letter O.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
16 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of correspondence and employee personnel files. Files include forms capturing the employee name, date of contact with employee and remarks about the individual's situation both financial and personal. Financial remarks relate to weekly earnings, payroll deductions and requests for assistance in the form of loans. Personal remarks relate to family situations regarding the health and welfare of spouses, children, and relatives. Correspondence includes letters from the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission to employees regarding updated contact information, financial assistance, notification to appear in person, and matters related to government services such as Family Allowance, immigration and issuance of employee certificates of merit.
Files are arranged alphabetically by employee last name and religion and are grouped by Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Physical Condition
Records are extremely fragile, careful handling of documents should be observed
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
19
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
21
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1957
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of the financial records of the Canadian Jewish Congress Committee for Refugees. Records provide lists of refugee assistance accounts, including farm, urban and internee accounts that were written off by instruction of the United Jewish Relief Committee, loan receipt forms, petty cash vouchers, goods and service invoices and general ledgers.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1951
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records of refugee assistance accounts as well as farm and urban loan accounts.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Folder consists a general ledger, section A-L. Also included is a Jewish Family and Child Service business card and advertisement from a Montreal Yiddish newpaper referring to the sailing of the "Columbus" from Bremen, Germany to New York.
Notes
The original general ledger was found in to be in poor condition and was divided into 2 folders, A-L and M-Z.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Folder consists of a general ledger section M-Z.
Notes
The original general ledger was found in to be in poor condition and was divided into 2 folders, A-L and M-Z.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Administration sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Administration sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
47-7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1940-1950
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission Toronto program report, payroll deduction report, form letters, the Association of Clothing Manufacturers membership list and a statistical summary of immigrant tailors received in Toronto up to and including March 31, 1949.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca.1940]-1950
Physical Description
16 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of material relating to certificates of merit and the discharge of immigrant tailors. Included is a copy of the manuscript used in the recorded message of Mr. A. McNamara, Deputy Minister of Labour in connection with the presentation of certificates, meeting minutes of the Toronto Program Steering Committee, correspondence relating to issuance of certificates of merit, the permit for use of the Central High School of Commerce as the location for the certificate ceremony, an invitation to the ceremony, a ceremony attendee list, newspaper clippings of ceremony highlights, a ceremony agenda, a presentation list of DP certificates and DP discharge cards.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Administration sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-7; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Administration sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-7
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1940-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains the association of clothing manufacturers membership list.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence relating to the formal presentation of release certificates awarded to displaced persons upon completion of their one-year employment contract. Included is a letter requesting the presence of A. MacNamara, Deputy Minister of Labour at the presentation ceremony, a letter to W.W. Dawson, of Immigration and Farm placements regarding the distribution of certificates, and an article from the Montreal Gazette describing the highly successful presentation ceremony.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of letters regarding the presentation of certificates of merit for displaced persons employed in the garment industry. Included are lists of workers recommended, eligible and ineligible for certificates. Worker lists are organized by date of arrival in Toronto from June 1948 to June 1949, name of immigrant, number of family members and boat name. Boat arrivals were Marine Marlin, Marine Falcon, General Black, Ernie Pyle, General Sturgis, General Stewart, General Heintzelman, S.S. Samaria, General Langfitt, Nea Hellas, S.S. Scythia, Marine Shark.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of discharge certificates issued by the Department of Labour to immigrant tailors upon completion of the undertaking made with the Government of Canada to remain in specified employment for a fixed period of time upon admission to Canada. Also included with each certificate is an accompanying letter from Deputy Minister of Labour, A. MacNamara thanking workers for their contribution to Canadian economic life.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper notices found in the "Zwiazkowiec", the "Ukrainian Toiler", and the "Canadian" publicizing the presentation ceremony. Also included is a "Telegram" article entitled "DP couple prospers here, Nazi camp memories fade." The article highlights the story of the Bermanski's," immigrant tailors, who arrived in Canada as part of the garment commission's immigration plan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
23
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
25
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-4; File 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Employee case files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-4
File
24
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1948-Oct 1948, 1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of petty cash vouchers for expenses relating to the DP tailor project.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folders of textual records
Scope and Content
Folder consists of invoices, ledger sheet entries for the United Jewish Relief Agency and the Canadian Jewish Committee for Refugees and a list of furrier loans receivable.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-5; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Financial records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-5
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Folder consists of a general ledger.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of discharge certificates issued by the Department of Labour to immigrant tailors upon completion of their one-year contract with the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of discharge certificates issued by the Department of Labour to immigrant tailors upon completion of their one-year contract with the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of discharge certificates issued by the Department of Labour to immigrant tailors upon completion of their one-year contract with the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of discharge certificates issued by the Department of Labour to immigrant tailors upon completion of their one-year contract with the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-8; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Discharge records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-8
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of discharge certificates issued by the Department of Labour to immigrant tailors upon completion of their one-year contract with the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
Series
Fonds
64
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
Date
1859-1980
Physical Description
35 cm of textual records
10 photographs
41 architectural drawings
Scope and Content
Series contains reference materials created by and written about the synagogues. Primary records include commemorative booklets, a small number of newsletters, brochures, and programs from special events. There are also newspaper clippings and copied articles providing histories of synagogues. There is a small number of photograph prints and negatives, but many of the files also include photographs from books, magazines or photocopies. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by city, then by synagogue. Not every synagogue the project team researched has a reference file, and there may be reference files for shuls for which no photographs survive.
Subjects
Synagogues
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 64
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
64
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1859-1980, predominant 1977-1979
Physical Description
ca. 5178 photographs and other material
Admin History/Bio
The “Shuls Project” was the work of three University of Toronto architecture students, who in 1977 wrote a research paper on the eight Toronto synagogues built before World War II. Concerned at the lack of resources on these synagogues, Sidney Tenenbaum, Lynn Milstone and Sheldon Levitt foresaw the loss of communities’ recorded history as membership dwindled and elders passed on. The students conceived a project that would photograph and document every synagogue in Canada, gathering visual evidence, memorabilia, plaques and stories before they disappeared and history was lost. The students’ goal was to document synagogues’ architecture, art, and historical development through research, interviews and site visits.
The students secured a large portion of the required funding for the project from the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation in Montreal, funding which was matched by the Canadian Jewish Congress. This financial support enabled Levitt, Milstone and Tenenbaum to begin their study, named “Shuls… A Study of Canadian Synagogue Architecture.” They began in the summer of 1977, traveling through the Western provinces. The next summer, they visited eight Maritime cities, Montreal and other Quebec communities. Financial support in the project’s second year was again provided by the Bronfman Family Foundation, along with the Canadian government and donations in kind from businesses, including Benjamin Photo Finishers in Toronto, and Polaroid. The summer of 1979 was spent in Ontario, with an added grant from Wintario. In total, the Shuls project team traveled over 24,000 kilometres, taking thousands of photographs and conducting several hundred interviews. Photographs were taken by Tenenbaum, with Levitt and Milstone assuming primary responsibility for researching synagogues’ history and gathering historic records. Interviews were conducted by all three researchers, in both English and Yiddish.
With no handy index of every shul in Canada, the researchers located small shuls by word of mouth. They spread word of their project and solicited assistance using press releases, letters to known communities, and slideshow presentations as they traveled. They would first examine a building to get an idea of a community’s character and heritage, then conduct interviews with designers, architects, rabbis and other prominent community members.
With the research and photographs created, the team compiled three catalogues of the Western, Eastern/Quebec, and Ontario phases of the project. These catalogues have entries on each synagogue that include historical summaries highlighting the founding, growth, mergers and decline of Jewish communities, their changing needs, changing architectural expressions and trends, and the evolving uses of synagogues over the course of the twentieth century. There are also building descriptions, some with critical comments by the authors, and lists of the photographs and slides produced.
The compilation of materials and preparation of these catalogues took place at the Project’s offices at 26 Ava Road in Toronto, and continued through the summer of 1980 when the Ontario catalogue was completed. In 1985, Tenenbaum, Milstone and Levitt published a book highlighting their work, called Treasures of a People: The Synagogues of Canada.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records created and collected by the team of students conducting the Shuls study from 1977 to 1980. The majority of the fonds is made up of graphic material, in the form of 35mm colour slides and black-and-white Polaroid prints and (print-size) negatives. There are approximately 5110 photographs in the fonds. Fonds also consists of notes and inventory forms of buildings' architectural features. There are no interview transcripts, but the fonds does include three audio cassettes with recorded interviews and shul tours. Reference materials used in researching the history of the shuls include dedication and anniversary commemorative books and programmes, newsletters, articles and newspaper clippings. In addition the fonds contains 47 blueprints, the majority from Montreal synagogues. The fonds is arranged in the following series: 1. Quebec synagogues; 2. Ontario synagogues; 3. Western Canada synagogues; 4. Eastern Canada synagogues; 5. Reference.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 92 cm of textual records, 42 architectural drawings, 3 audio cassettes, and 1 drawing.
Physical extent note: many of the slides were culled because they were felt to be reproductions. Some of the synagogue images in the research book may therefore not be included in the fonds.
Name Access
Shuls Project
Subjects
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Creator
Levitt, Sheldon
Milstone, Lynn
Tenenbaum, Sidney T.
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a photocopied article, "Brief History of the Belleville Jewish Community."
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a photocopy of the 1955 self-survey of the Jewish community of Cornwall, Ontario. Several self-surveys were conducted in the 1950s under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Cornwall (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a commemorative book for the Golden Jubilee of the Edmonton Hebrew Association (1956).
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Edmonton (Alta.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
89 records – page 1 of 2.

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