Guide to the Mollie Harris Jewish Community Center Collection

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2011-09-13
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San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
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Guide to the Mollie Harris Jewish Community Center Collection

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Mollie Harris Jewish Community Center Collection
Identification: MS-0483
Creator: Harris, Mollie
Physical Description: 6.25 linear ft
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

In 1957 the Jewish Community Center moved from its original location, a storefront on El Cajon Blvd and 30th St. in North Park, to 54th St. between El Cajon Blvd. and University Ave. Joseph Astor, when he became the director of the new JCC, moved the Center’s library of 538 volumes to the art gallery, and engaged Mollie Harris, a professional librarian. Over the years, she and Joseph Astor developed a Jewish community library at the JCC.
In 1970 the Astor Family provided funds for a library facility which was named the Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library, in memory of the Astor Family parents. The Astor Family also established a memorial fund for books on Israel, in memory of Tillie Lawrence Omens, mother of M. Larry Lawrence, chief benefactor of the library. The library was dedicated by Dr. Jacob Bronowski and ten years later, in 1980 there were over 5,800 volumes in the library. In that year, the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego first met in the library. The library was the center of Jewish literary life until 1996 when the library was moved to the Lawrence Family JCC in University City. The 54th St. JCC closed in 1998.
Mollie Harris was librarian at the library in the 54th St. JCC, from the early 1960’s until 1996. During her tenure as librarian, she built the library from a very small collection to almost 20,000 volumes. She initiated and organized an annual Jewish book fair, held regular book reviews with the help of Ida Nasatir and engaged notable Jewish literary speakers, such as I.B. Singer and Elie Wiesel.

Administrative Information

Custodial History:

The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2001 by Mollie Harris and her son Andrew (JHSSD #2001.08.) It was transferred to the Library and Information Access August 23, 2011.

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Mollie Harris Jewish Community Center Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Mollie Harris Jewish Community Center Collection  consists of Harris's working papers from the library regarding staff, long range planning, budgeting, publicity and working documents for programs. It includes detailed information about events and speakers, including guest registers, newspaper clippings and press releases. General program information, staff minutes, policies and documents regarding the functions of the overall JCC are also present.
The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2001 by Mollie Harris and her son Andrew (JHSSD #2001.08.) It was transferred to the Library and Information Access August 23, 2011.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

"Jewish Vienna" Press Release

Box 1, Folder 2

"Jewish Vienna" Notes

Box 1, Folder 3

"Jewish Vienna" Invitations

Box 1, Folder 4

"Jewish Vienna" Correspondence"

Box 1, Folder 5

"Jewish Vienna" Receipts

Box 1, Folder 6

"Lodz Ghetto" Film

Box 1, Folder 7

"Charlotte" Exhibit Publicity

Box 1, Folder 8

"Charlotte" Exhibit Notes

Box 1, Folder 9

"Charlotte" Phtocopies of Book

Box 1, Folder 10

Holocaust Programs

Box 1, Folder 11

Holocaust Conference

Box 1, Folder 12

Holocaust Remembrance Week

Box 1, Folder 13

"Yom Hashhoah" Day of Remembrance

Box 1, Folder 14

Days of Remembrance Press Release

Box 1, Folder 15

Remembrance Week

Box 1, Folder 16

Holocaust Booklists

Box 1, Folder 17

"Safe Haven"

Box 1, Folder 18

US Holocaust Memorial Council

Box 1, Folder 19

"Abandonment of Jews" David Wyman, author

Box 1, Folder 20

"Abandonment of Jews" David Wyman, author

Box 1, Folder 21

"War on Terrorism" Jonathan Freeman

Box 1, Folder 22

Raoul Wallenberg Pictures

Box 1, Folder 23

Kristallnacht Anniversary

Box 1, Folder 24

Jewish Community Center Holocaust Collection Meeting Notes

Box 1, Folder 25

Holocaust Miscellaneous

Box 1, Folder 26

Oversized

Box 1, Folder 27

Jewish Community Center Teen Scrapbook 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 28

Jewish Community Center Teen Scrapbook 1967

Box 1, Folder 29

Jewish Community Center Teen Scrapbook 1967-1968

Box 1, Folder 30

Jewish Community Center Teen Scrapbook 1968

Box 2, Folder 1

Staff Meeting Minutes

Box 2, Folder 2

Library Committee Agendas & Minutes

Box 2, Folder 3

Library Committee Organization Papers

Box 2, Folder 4

Library Staff

Box 2, Folder 5

Library Committee Rosters / List

Box 2, Folder 6

Rosters and Mailing Lists

Box 2, Folder 7

Rosters and Mailing Lists

Box 2, Folder 8

Staff Memorandums

Box 2, Folder 9

Blank Forms

Box 2, Folder 10

Library Furniture Inventory

Box 2, Folder 11

Time Sheets

Box 2, Folder 12

Receipts for Library Purchases

Box 2, Folder 13

Library Budget

Box 2, Folder 14

Friends of Astor Judaica Library

Box 2, Folder 15

Library Publicity and Accomplishments - 1

Box 2, Folder 16

Library Publicity and Accomplishments - 2

Box 2, Folder 17

Library Associations

Box 2, Folder 18

Walter Ferguson - Israeli Artist

Box 2, Folder 19

Association of Jewish Center Workers - AJCW

Box 2, Folder 20

Membership Materials

Box 2, Folder 21

Jewish Film and Arts Festivals

Box 2, Folder 22

Newsletter for Russian Jews

Box 2, Folder 23

Correspondence

Box 2, Folder 24

Correspondence Continued

Box 2, Folder 25

Publicity

Box 2, Folder 26

Publicity Continued

Box 2, Folder 27

Newspaper Articles about Jewish Community Center

Box 2, Folder 28

Daniel Harris - Psychologist

Box 2, Folder 29

Astor Judaica Library Newspaper Articles Photocopied 1960-79

Box 2, Folder 30

Mollie Harris - Recipes

Box 2, Folder 31

Astor Judaica Library Newspaper Articles Photocopied 1980-89

Box 2, Folder 32

Newspaper Articles Photocopied 1990-2000

Box 2, Folder 33

Astor Library of Jewish Community Center Newspaper Articles Photocopied

Box 2, Folder 34

Joseph Astor Photo

Box 2, Folder 35

Plaques

Box 2, Folder 36

Oversized

Box 3, Folder 1

Jewish Community Center Programs

Box 3, Folder 2

"Front and Center" Program Guides

Box 3, Folder 3

Other Programs

Box 3, Folder 4

Other Events Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 5

Jewish Community Center North County

Box 3, Folder 6

Jewish Community Center East County

Box 3, Folder 7

M. Larry Lawrence Jewish Community Center

Box 3, Folder 8

Jewish Community Center Annual Reports

Box 3, Folder 9

Calendars Lists of Events

Box 3, Folder 10

Standardized Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparatory Class

Box 3, Folder 11

Institute of Reading Development (IRD) Speed Reading

Box 3, Folder 12

Camp Jaycee

Box 3, Folder 13

Lecture Dr. Leonard Schlain

Box 3, Folder 14

Lecture Dr. Ruth Gruber

Box 3, Folder 15

Class "Conflicts in Middle East"

Box 3, Folder 16

Cooperative Nursery School

Box 3, Folder 17

Jews of East Europe

Box 3, Folder 18

Anne Frank Exhibition

Box 3, Folder 19

Lecture Maurice Friedman

Box 3, Folder 20

Speaker Faye Moskowitz

Box 3, Folder 21

Speaker Ida Nasatir

Box 3, Folder 22

Lecture Leo Rosten

Box 3, Folder 23

"Pioneer Jews - A New Life in the Far West"

Box 3, Folder 24

Mollie Harris Presentation National Jewish Libraries

Box 3, Folder 25

Elie Wiesel Annual Dinner

Box 3, Folder 26

Appointment Books

Box 3, Folder 27

Jewish Community Center Transition East County - Lawrence

Box 3, Folder 28

Jewish Community Center Fall Programs 1975, '76, '77

Box 3, Folder 29

Jewish Community Center Master Calendars 1980, '81, 1992

Box 3, Folder 30

"Plagues of Egypt" Script

Box 3, Folder 31

Jewish Community Center - Seder Haggadah

Box 3, Folder 32

Jewish Community Center - Seder Haggadah

Box 3, Folder 33

Astor Library Guest Book 1976-78

Box 3, Folder 34

Astor Library Guest Book 1978-1980

Box 3, Folder 35

Astor Library Guest Register

Box 3, Folder 36

Astor Library Guest Register 1983-1988

Box 3, Folder 37

News Releases

Box 3, Folder 38

Oversized - Miscellaneous

Box 4, Folder 1

Image Before My Eyes Movie

Box 4, Folder 2

Mordechai Rosenstein Gallery Invoices

Box 4, Folder 3

Mordechai Rosenstein Gallery Planning

Box 4, Folder 4

Mordechai Rosenstein Gallery Artwork

Box 4, Folder 5

"The Little People of San Bernardi"

Box 4, Folder 6

Nomi Klein Exhibit

Box 4, Folder 7

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" - Play

Box 4, Folder 8

Book Discussion Club

Box 4, Folder 9

JCC Book Club Publicity

Box 4, Folder 10

Book Fair Receipts

Box 4, Folder 11

Book Fair Promo

Box 4, Folder 12

Book Fair Lists

Box 4, Folder 13

Book Fair Planning

Box 4, Folder 14

Publisher's Promotion

Box 4, Folder 15

Miscellaneous Photocopies

Box 4, Folder 16

Mollie Harris Picture

Box 4, Folder 17

Mollie Harris Personal Notes #1

Box 4, Folder 18

Mollie Harris Personal Notes #2

Box 4, Folder 19

Mollie Harris Personal Notes #3

Box 4, Folder 20

Mollie Harris Personal Notes #4

Box 4, Folder 21

Mollie Harris Personal Notes #5

Box 4, Folder 22

Mollie Harris Personal Notes #6

Box 4, Folder 23

Miscellaneous

Box 4, Folder 24

Jewish Orgs Contact Lists

Box 4, Folder 25

Bios/ C.V.'s

Box 4, Folder 26

Mollie Personal Info

Box 4, Folder 27

Mollie Harris Employment

Box 4, Folder 28

Mollie Harris Award

Box 4, Folder 29

National Conference on Christians and Jews

Box 4, Folder 30

Zionist Organization of America

Box 4, Folder 31

Rabbai Penner

Box 4, Folder 32

Publicity and Ads

Box 4, Folder 33

JCC Planning Committee

Box 4, Folder 34

JCC Dedication

Box 4, Folder 35

Radio Spots

Box 4, Folder 36

Miscellaneous Papers

Box 4, Folder 37

Isaac Bashevis - Singer

Box 4, Folder 38

Oversized

Box 4, Folder 39

Oversized II

Box 5, Folder 1

JCC Library

Box 5, Folder 2

Library Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 3

Correspondence - Classification Systems

Box 5, Folder 4

Astor Library Events

Box 5, Folder 5

Library Committee Meetings

Box 5, Folder 6

Library Committee Duties

Box 5, Folder 7

Library Employment

Box 5, Folder 8

Personnel, Policies

Box 5, Folder 9

Staff Evaluations

Box 5, Folder 10

Library Job Descriptions

Box 5, Folder 11

Angels and Friends of the Library

Box 5, Folder 12

Association of Jewish Libraries Conventions

Box 5, Folder 13

Library Institute Classes

Box 5, Folder 14

Booksale, Guest Authors

Box 5, Folder 15

Used Book Store

Box 5, Folder 16

Library Miscellaneous

Box 5, Folder 17

Tribute to Ida Nasatir

Box 5, Folder 18

Correspondence - Ida Nasatir

Box 5, Folder 19

Ida Nasatir Book Reviews

Box 5, Folder 20

Ida Nasatir - Publicity for Book Reviews

Box 5, Folder 21

Ida Nasatir - Atricles and Press Releases 1

Box 5, Folder 22

Ida Nasatir - Articles and Press Releases 2

Box 5, Folder 23

Ida Nasatir - Artilces and Press Releases 3

Box 5, Folder 24

Re: Dr. Bruno Bettelheim

Box 5, Folder 25

Library Development

Box 5, Folder 26

JCC Contract/ Project Paperwork

Box 5, Folder 27

Library Media Resource Expansion Project

Box 5, Folder 28

JCC Multi-Service projects - 1

Box 5, Folder 29

JCC Multi-Service projects - 2

Box 5, Folder 30

Library Services - Community Outreach Expansion Project

Box 5, Folder 31

JCC Staff Roster

Box 5, Folder 32

Staff Minutes, Agendas, Memos

Box 5, Folder 33

Staff Memos

Box 5, Folder 34

JCC Staff Meeting Minutes

Box 5, Folder 35

JCC Events

Box 5, Folder 36

JCC Directory

Box 5, Folder 37

JCC Long Range Planning

Box 5, Folder 38

JCC Annual Report

Box 5, Folder 39

Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes

Box 5, Folder 40

JCC Departmental Objectives

Box 5, Folder 41

JCC Financial and Compliance Audit

Box 5, Folder 42

JCC Gift Shop

Box 5, Folder 43

JCC Israel Project

Box 5, Folder 44

JCC Miscellaneous

Box 5, Folder 45

Library - Oversized

Box 5, Folder 46

JCC - Oversized

Box 5, Folder 47

Miscellaneous - Oversized