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Workmen's Circle Records

Identifier: LR000048

Scope and Content

Materials include correspondence, clippings, flyers, nursery school announcements and descriptions, meeting agenda, conference programs, reports, meeting announcements, memos, handwritten notes, newsletters, and programs for events.


  • 1984 - 2014
  • Majority of material found within 1985 - 2000


Language of Materials

Material mostly in English, including some material in Yiddish.


Collection is open for research.


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The Workmen's Circle, or Der Arbeter Ring, is a Jewish nonprofit organization, which promotes social and economic justice, Jewish community and education. The Workmen's Circle began in 1900 and reached its peak in membership in the 1920s, with roughly 84,000 members nationwide. While New York City is the base location of the organization, hundreds of branches have spread across the United States, at one point reaching 700 in the U.S and Canada. Membership declined after World War II, however, and took an even greater dive after the implementation of the federal Medicare program in 1966. Today, Workmen's Circle continues to operate its summer camp, sponsor holiday and community events, manage its branches around the country and partner with Jewish school programs. The Circle also continues to push its social justice activism. The Workmen's Circle placed itself as a front in social justice issues, such as separation of church and state, elderly and eldercare rights, union and wage labor rights, U.S.-Israeli relations, and a number of humanitarian and environmental rights.


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The Workmen's Circle is a Jewish nonprofit organization based heavily in New York City, with a number of branch organizations around the country, including Detroit, Michigan. Workmen's Circle, today, focuses on social justice activism and the promotion of Yiddish culture and education.


Folders in this series are simply listed by their location within the box.


Materials were deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by Selma Goode on September 16, 2015.

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Julius Bernstein Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Mark Prindiville on March 22, 2018.


Guide to the Workmen's Circle Records
Processed by Mark Prindiville.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA