Finding Aid

Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee Records

UPC 503

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Joseph-James Ahern
Preparation date
June 2011
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1914-2005
Date [inclusive]
1909-2005
Extent
2.25 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

The Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee Records was received in two donations. The first group of records was donated to the University Archives in June 2011 by Christine Hilke (Accession: 2011: 037); and the second group of records was donated in May 2012 by Doddie Barker (Accession: 2012: 024).

ARRANGEMENT

The Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee Records first accession of records are arranged by type of record, in chronological order. The second accession or records are organized by decade and arranged alphabetically.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee was chartered in 1914 by the wives of physicians at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to support the staff and patients during the holiday seasons. The organization was named in honor of Oscar Abrahamsohn, a German immigrant who supported himself by teaching German to the University of Pennsylvania medical students. Abrahamsohn became a volunteer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and by the mid-1880s had begun his charitable work of decorating the children’s wards during Christmas and Easter. By 1906 the Board of Women Visitors had established the Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee as a sub-committee. The efforts of the Committee were supported through membership dues, annual appeals, and an annual charity ball; which went to providing holiday festivities to those at the Hospital at Christmas and Easter.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee Records document the activities of the volunteer organization from its founding in 1914 through to 2005. Records include membership lists, meeting minutes, treasurer’s reports, correspondence and photographs.

Inventory

 

Charter 

Box

Folder

1914 

 OS 1

 

 

Financial Ledger 

Box

Folder

1951-1965 

1

1

 

Meeting Minute Book 

Box

Folder

1915-1953 

1

2

1954-1962 

1

3

1954-1967 

1

4

1977-1984 (1) 

1

5

1977-1984 (2) 

1

6

 

Records 

Box

Folder

 1912-1929 

2

1

Annual Reports of the Board of Managers of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (photocopies) 1940-1948 

2

2

Meeting Minutes (photocopies) 1940-1949 

2

3

1950s 

Annual Reports of the Board of Managesr of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (photocopies) 1950-1959 

2

4

By-Laws and Meeting Notes (photocopies) 1939-1959 

2

5

Meeting Minutes (photocopies) 1950-1959 

2

6

Meeting Notes 1954-1959 

2

7

Membership List 1955-1956 

2

8

Report of the Treasurer 1951-1959 

2

9

1960s 

By-Laws and Meeting Minutes 1960-1969 

2

10

Meeting Minutes 

 1966-1967 

2

11

 1967-1968 

2

12

 1968-1969 

2

13

 1969-1970 

2

14

Records 1960-1967 

2

15

Report of the Treasurer 1960-1966 

2

16

1970s 

 1970-1980 

2

17

Board of Managers Minutes Excerpts 1970-1980 

2

18

Christmas Trees Committee 1971-1979 

2

19

Finalized Meeting Minutes 1977-1979 

2

20

Gifts 1978-1980 

2

21

Lobby Decorations 1970-1978 

2

22

Meeting Minutes 

 1970-1971 

2

23

 1971-1972 

2

24

 1972-1973 

2

25

 1973-1974 

2

26

 1974-1975 

2

27

 1975-1976 

2

28

 1976-1977 

2

29

 1977-1978 

2

30

 1978-1979 

2

31

 1979-1980 

2

32

Reports 

 1970 

2

33

 1971 

2

34

 1972-1973 

2

35

 1973 

2

36

 1974 

2

37

 1975 

2

38

 1976 

2

39

 1977 

2

40

 1978 

2

41

 1979-1980 

2

42

Rough Meeting Minutes 1972-1979 

2

43

1980s 

Folder 1 1980-1989 

2

44

Folder 2 1980-1989 

2

45

Folder 3 1980-1989 

2

46

Folder 4 1980-1989 

2

47

Folder 5 1980-1989 

2

48

Kaplan, Frederick S. 1986 

2

49

Logs 

 1980-1981 

2

50

 1981-1982 

2

51

 1982-1983 

2

52

 1983-1984 

2

53

 1984-1985 

2

54

 1985-1986 

2

55

 1986-1987 

2

56

 1987-1988 

2

57

 1988-1989 

2

58

 1989-1990 

2

59

Membership Lists 1980-1989 

2

60

Miscellaneous Items 1988 

2

61

Photographs 1985 

2

62

Photographs 1987 

2

63

Photographs 1988-1989 

2

64

Photographs 1989 

2

65

1990s 

 1990-1999 

3

1

By-Laws 1996 

3

2

Committee Reports 

 1990-1991 

3

3

 1991-1992 

3

4

 1992-1993 

3

5

 1996-1997 

3

6

 1997-1998 

3

7

 1998-1999 

3

8

 1999-2000 

3

9

Correspondence 1996-1999 

3

10

Meeting Minutes 1996-2001 

3

11

Meeting Minutes 1997-1999 

3

12

Miscellaneous 1990-1998 

3

13

Photographs 1990 

3

14

Reports 1997 

3

15

Thank You Notes 1990 

3

16

2000s 

Board of Women Visitor’s Reports 2000-2007 

3

17

Chairman’s Copies 2002-2006 

3

18

Committee Reports 

 2000-2001 

3

19

 2001-2002 

3

20

 2002-2003 

3

21

 2003-2004 

3

22

 2004-2005 

3

23

 2005-2006 

3

24

Minutes 2000-2005 

3

25

Miscellaneous 2000-2005 

3

26

Photographs 2002 

3

27

Photographs 2003 

3

28

Photographs 2005 

3

29

 

Miscellaneous 

Box

Folder

Documents 1909-1972 

3

30

Historical Notes, n.d. 

3

31

Many Hands, Happy Work: A History of the Abrahamson Christmas and Easter Committee, 1903-2012 2012 

3

32

Photographs 1987-1993 

3

33

Scrapbook (Photocopies of original Layout) 1971-1984 

3

34

Scrapbook (Original Documents) 1971-1984 

3

35

History of the Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee of the University of Pennsylvania, 1903-2010 2011 

3

36

 

Videos 

Box

Folder

“Carolling at UPMC” KYW-TV (VHS) 1996 

 3

 

“Holiday Trees” WPVI-TV (VHS) 1996 

3