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Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1925-1989
Physical Description
31.8 m of textual records
319 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada was established in 1920 by the newly-formed Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). A Toronto branch was established in a storefront office on Spadina Avenue, but the organization was rudimentary. As the enthusiasm that spurred the founding of CJC died out, JIAS soon faltered. Then in 1922 it was taken over and reactivated under the cooperative support of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto, B'nai B'rith, and the Council of Jewish Women. JIAS was legally incorporated on 30 August 1922. It also operated under the moniker of the Emergency Jewish Immigrant Aid Committee, and it changed its name to Jewish Immigrant Aid Services in 1954.
Charged with organizing emergency relief for European Jews in distress, JIAS became the central agency of the Jewish community to facilitate the lawful entry of Jewish immigrants into Canada, and provided them with welfare services, transportation, and assistance with accommodation and employment after their arrival. In addition, JIAS offered consultation services for sponsors of potential immigrants, ran a competitive foreign remittance service, and campaigned to counter the activities of unscrupulous steamboat agents, lawyers, and influence peddlers, or “shtadlanim,” who often victimized immigrants and sponsors alike.
In conjunction with similar efforts by the CJC, JIAS was also actively engaged in negotiating for the increased admission of Jewish immigrants to Canada. In 1923, the federal government instituted a permit-based immigration program and JIAS competed with travel agents and solicitors in the private sector for these limited quota permits. After combating the anti-immigration policies of the Depression era, the outbreak of war in 1939 virtually closed the already limited avenues for immigration.
JIAS Canada was organized into a national office in Montreal and regional offices in Winnipeg (Western Region), Toronto (Central Region), and Halifax (Eastern Region). The Central Region covered Ontario, and established a full-time head office in 1935 at 399 Spadina Avenue in Toronto (hence the Central Region was sometimes called simply the Toronto Office). The office later moved to 265 Spadina Avenue. JIAS Toronto’s board of directors met on a regular basis at different locations in Toronto, including 206 Beverley Street and in the Talmud Torah building at 9 Brunswick Avenue. The first JIAS Toronto board included notable Toronto residents such as Henry Dworkin, Mrs. Draiman, Mr. Kronick, Dr. Brodey and Mrs. Willinsky. The role of the board was to oversee the operations of the Central Region. It rendered decisions on issues relating to finances, procedures and policies, negotiations with the federal Immigration Branch, as well as individual cases that required their attention.
General meetings of the Central Region membership were held annually. The 1943 JIAS constitution states that regional annual meetings were to be held for “receiving and considering reports,” holding nominations and elections for the executive, and discussing JIAS’s program and policies.
In the post-war era, JIAS shifted its focus to renewed efforts on behalf of individual claimants and community support, while the focus for lobbying for a reversal of Canada's immigration policy fell increasingly under the jurisdiction of the CJC. A boom in immigration between 1947 and 1952 saw the arrival of large numbers of Jewish immigrants to all parts of Canada and the Toronto Office of JIAS renewed its efforts to meet the needs of this new influx. Major world events also sparked other waves of immigration from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, North Africa, and Russia, to which JIAS responded in turn. JIAS worked in conjunction with other immigrant aid societies such as HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in the United States, to facilitate immigration to the United States, and later to Israel, where many of the immigrants and refugees coming to Canada had family and ultimately settled.
Custodial History
Custody of these records was transferred to the Ontario Jewish Archives by JIAS in 1983, as preparations were under way for the move to a new facility in North York. Much of the material was in four-cubic-foot boxes and in file cabinets.
The accession was divided into three sections: files which were at the JIAS office and had been retained in their original order; files which had been retrieved from a flood in the basement of 152 Beverley St. and consequently had been thrown into dry boxes without regard to order; files discovered in the furnace rooms at 150 and 152 Beverley St., intact but covered in coal dust. The bulk of the records were stored off-site, with dirty files being isolated from the rest.
The dust-covered materials were cleaned at an off-site location, placed in temporary boxes and transferred to the Archives and restored, as far as was possible, to their original order.
Clips were removed and replaced as appropriate with archivally acceptable ones. All materials were transferred to acid-free folders and boxes.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains the records of the Toronto Office (Central region) of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada. The fonds consists primarily of textual records: minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, immigration files, naturalization case files, social service case files and the records of attempts to trace missing individuals. There are also photographs of special events, speakers and arriving immigrants.
The fonds represents an important resource for the study of Canadian Jewry, especially when taken in conjunction with the JIAS National Office records at the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives in Montreal, and those of the Western Office at the Library and Archives of Canada. It documents the means by which a particular Canadian ethnic community has dealt with the problems of rescue, settlement and government relations. These records also offer insight into the relationship between the Toronto Office and the other branches of JIAS, and invite comparison with similar agencies in the United States, as well as those of other ethnic groups in Canada.
The material collected includes information about the countries of origin, transportation routes, settlement and employment patterns of Jewish immigrants to Canada in the twentieth century. The documents also touch upon important related issues such as advocacy, sponsorship, admission processes, health and social problems.
These records cover several waves of immigration following the Second World War: Holocaust survivors in the late 1940s, Sephardic (North African) and Hungarian Jews in the 1950s, Russian and Czechoslovakian Jews in the 1960s, and additional Russians in the 1970s.
The records also contain significant information for those researchers looking to conduct genealogical research into Jewish immigrants and their descendents.
The fonds has been arranged with one sous-fonds, which contains the records of the National JIAS office in Montreal. In total there are 17 series. The Toronto office (main fonds) series are: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Committee Minutes; 2. Annual meeting proceedings; 3. Reports; 4. Legal ; 5. Administration; 6. JIAS Committees; 7. External committees; 8. Financial ; 9. Arrivals; 10. Immigration case files; 11. Social service assistance case files; 12. Photographs; 13. Miscellaneous. The National Office sous-fonds is divided into the following series: 1. National executive meeting minutes; 2. National annual meeting proceedings; 3. National annual reports; 4. Publications; and Photographs.
Notes
Physical description note: Physical extent is based on fully processed records. Additional accessions are not included (see Related Material note below).
Associated material note: The CJC National Archive, in Montreal, has additional JIAS records from 1920-1989 including 275 m of textual records and graphic materials (3250 photos): collection number I0037; alpha-numeric designation MA 4. The National Archives of Canada, Manitoba branch, in Winnipeg, has Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada JIAS textual records from 1923-1950 on 18 microfilm reels: Former archival reference number MG28-V114 (no replacement listed). The originals of these records are maintained by the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
Other OJA records relating to JIAS may be found in the following accessions: 1979-9-5; 1988-5-2; 1991-10-5; 2006-3-11.
Creator
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Accession Number
1983-8-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Sous-fonds
ID
Fonds 9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Sous-fonds
Fonds
9-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926-1982
Physical Description
51 cm of textual records
14 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada was organized into a national office in Montreal and regional offices in Winnipeg (Western Region), Toronto (Central Region) and Halifax (Eastern Region). The national office was responsible for directing and managing all the affairs of the organization, including defining national and international policy; administration of regional offices; national budget; fundraising; external relations with other organizations, such as the United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) and Jewish Family & Child Services (JF&CS); and publicity. It also organized the annual meeting, special events and conventions.
Membership in JIAS was open to individuals, organizations or companies who paid an annual fee. General meetings of the membership were held at least once every two years, where reports were presented and considered, nominations and elections held for national officers and the national executive committee, policies, programs and problems discussed, and decisions taken.
The National Executive Committee of JIAS was composed of the following members: national president; three vice-presidents (the presidents of the Western, Central and Eastern regions), with the addition in the 1950s of a vice-president at large; three regional treasurers, eventually reduced to one national treasurer; secretary; and twelve members comprising four representatives from each region. In 1929 the ‘executive secretary’ position was renamed ‘executive director.’ According to the 1943 constitution, the executive was required to hold meetings at least three times a year, in alternate cities. In 1954 this was amended to twice a year.
During the early stages of JIAS's operations, it had to face the difficulty of being overstretched financially, as it sought to respond to and to change the often oppressive living conditions of new immigrants and the situation of those held in federal detention centres. The organization’s principled approach to immigrant welfare won JIAS much of its early success, as it became the preferred contact for government officials who had formerly dealt with numerous independent agencies, many of which had profited from the exploitation of desperate immigrants. This situation also profited the government, however, as the responsibility for establishing the priority of applications reverted increasingly to JIAS as it had to limit its appeals by the quotas imposed by the federal government.
JIAS was one of the founding organizations responsible for the establishment of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) in 1978, which has since operated as a non-profit umbrella organization to coordinate the efforts of immigrant and refugee advocacy groups. JIAS continues to operate offices across Canada in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor and Winnipeg. The JIAS National Office moved from Montreal to Toronto in 1989, with the appointment of Susan Davis to National Director, and is now located at 4580 Dufferin St., Suite 306, Toronto, Ontario.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of National Office records retained by the Toronto JIAS office as reference copies. Records include meeting minutes, speeches and reports from annual meetings, and the published annual reports produced from the annual meetings. The sous-fonds covers the years 1926 to 1982 and is divided into the following series: 1. National Executive meeting minutes; 2. National annual meeting proceedings; 3. National annual reports; 4. Publications; and 5. Photographs.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada (creator)
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
42
Material Format
textual record
Date
May 1976-Aug. 1976, Sept. 1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 43
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
43
Material Format
textual record
Date
Oct. 1976-Nov. 1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 44
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
44
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1976-Dec. 1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 45
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
45
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1977-Apr. 1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
37
Material Format
textual record
Date
[June 1974?]-July 1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
38
Material Format
textual record
Date
[June 1974?]-Sept. 1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
46
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1977-Dec. 1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 47
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
47
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1977-Jan. 1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 48
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
48
Material Format
textual record
Date
Dec. 1977-Feb. 1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
49
Material Format
textual record
Date
Apr. 1978-July 1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
50
Material Format
textual record
Date
Sept. 1978-Dec. 1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
51
Material Format
textual record
Date
Dec. 1978-Jan. 1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 52
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
52
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1979-June 1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
53
Material Format
textual record
Date
July 1979-Dec. 1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 54
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
54
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1980-Oct. 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 197
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
197
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 198
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
198
Material Format
textual record
Date
Apr. 1963-Dec. 1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 199
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
199
Material Format
textual record
Date
1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 200
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
200
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1965-Aug. 1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 201
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
201
Material Format
textual record
Date
Sept. 1965-Dec. 1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 202
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
202
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 203
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
203
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1967-Oct. 1969
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 204
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
204
Material Format
textual record
Date
Oct. 1969-May 1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 205
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
205
Material Format
textual record
Date
May 1970-Jan. 1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 206
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
206
Material Format
textual record
Date
Aug. 1973-June 1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 207
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
207
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 208
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
208
Material Format
textual record
Date
Dec. 1975-Mar. 1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 209
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
209
Material Format
textual record
Date
Mar. 1976-Jan. 1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 210
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
210
Material Format
textual record
Date
Feb. 1977-Jan. 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 211
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
211
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1980-May 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 212
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
212
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1980-Nov. 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 213
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
213
Material Format
textual record
Date
Dec. 1980-Oct. 1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 214
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
214
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1981-May 1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 215
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
215
Material Format
textual record
Date
May 1981-May 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains clients' sworn declarations regarding responsibility for visiting relatives or as sponsors, proof of relationship, proof of age, power of attorney, and educational and occupational background declarations.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1927-1988
Physical Description
2.6 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created and maintained by JIAS Toronto in the course of carrying out its core functions and operational activities. The records give evidence of the operation of JIAS programs and services, its relations with other JIAS offices and other immigrant organizations, and with immigrants themselves. The records include correspondence, immigrant lists, memoranda, case sheets, statistics logs, reports, identification documents, and subject files. The series is arranged into three sub-series: Programs and services, Correspondence, and Subject files.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the Archivist prior to accessing some of the records.
Arrangement
This series was created by the archivist from records originally part of series MG2 I1a K2 "Immigration Files - Administration, Projects." In the JIAS office, files were maintained in a central registry system of random numerical classification (these original numbers remain on the files). Some files were formerly a part of a series (MG2 I1a F) called "Executive Director's reference files," and have been re-assigned here to the appropriate sub-series.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a report of activities for the year 1941 presented at the annual meting held 25 January 1942.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1945?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains drafts of executive secretary Mandel Kraicer’s report to the executive and members at the 1944 annual meeting.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Related Material
The final version of the speech is published in the Annual Report of 1944 (file 23).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an annual report for 1926 as well as a Report of Applications with names, addresses and amount contributed by applicants to JIAS.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains six reports submitted to the Toronto executive at monthly meetings.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1927
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains eight reports submitted to the Toronto executive at monthly meetings.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942-1943
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926-1956
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of official (published) and unofficial reports the Toronto JIAS office produced between 1926 and 1952. Several different kinds of reports were produced over time: executive secretary reports were those presented to the Toronto JIAS executive at its monthly meetings. These are detailed reports that record the number of clients and describe the services offered by the Toronto office: information bureau, legal aid, location of relatives overseas, reception of newly-arrived immigrants, employment, detention work, United States visas, remittances, refugees and fundraising efforts. Unique cases are often described in detail. Executive secretary reports may correspond to extant executive meeting minutes in Series 1.
The reports after 1935 are more concise “Monthly Reports” and “Reports of Activities” that the regional offices were required to submit to the National Office. These record statistics for meeting immigrant trains, the legal aid department, international services, remittances, information bureau, correspondence department, parcels, naturalization, translations, visits, U.S. visas, deportation, immigrants arrived, and the employment bureau. The Monthly Report was a form shared by the Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver offices, though the reports in this series have only the Toronto numbers filled in.
Social Services reports from the 1950s give departmental statistics not included in the general JIAS monthly reports, including the total expenditure, the number of new applicants, the number assisted, the cases carried over from the previous month and to the next month, the total caseload and the number of cases closed.
In addition the series contains some year-in-review reports from the annual meetings of the executive and membership, and annual reports which include meeting proceedings. As well there is a small number of monthly cash statements.
Notes
This series is an amalgam of series formerly known as MG2 I1a B and MG2 I1a D.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Arrangement
Series has been compiled and arranged chronologically by the archivist.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1986
Physical Description
76 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series contains records of immigrant arrivals in Canada from 1949 through 1986. The "sailings" files are basically passenger lists from Atlantic voyages between 1949 and 1953 that brought immigrants to Canada. These lists are marked, showing which immigrants were sponsored by JIAS. Not all of the immigrants were Jews. Information included indicates the ship name; date and place of departure; date and place of arrival; names of passengers; their children and ages; sponsors and their address. Some lists include age, sex, occupation and destination information for sponsor or immigrant. The later "record of arrivals" files (1959 to 1986) contain lists, letters, telegrams and memoranda, as well as "agency notification cards" that list the immigrant arriving, citizenship and destination (sponsor) in Canada, and number of dependents. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Physical Condition
Records are foxed, some have rust or water stains.
Arrangement
Series has been arranged by the archivist in a combination of two previous series. The original "Sailings" series (MG2 I1a I) was arranged in two separate groups, the first of sailings for which JIAS had an official number (these numbers are still on the folders), and the second of those without a number. These two groups have been integrated into a single chronological series. The Record of Arrivals files were formerly part of the MG2 I1a K2 series, "Immigrant Files - Administration, Projects."
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
July 1949
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains record of the sailing of the SAMARIA, from Cuxhaven, 30 June 1949, due Quebec, 10 July 1949.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
July 1949
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains record of the sailing of the NEA HELLAS, from Naples, due Halifax, 22 July 1949.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
July 1949
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains record of the sailing of the SCYTHIA, from Cuxhaven, 14 July 1949, due Quebec, 24 July 1949.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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