ORT Society, Vilna. Records.
Initials of the Russian 'Obshchestvo Rasprostraneniya Truda Sredi Yevreyev (Society for the Spreading of Vocational Work Among Jews). An organization for the promotion and development, through vocational training, of skilled trades and agriculture among Jews. Founded in 1880 in Russia, ORT operated voctional and agricultural schools, as well as agricultural colonies and factories. At first ORT functioned only in Russia, but later extended its activities to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Bessarabia, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Hungary and Rumania. Extensive assistance programs were also set up in Africa, Asia, South America and Israel.
The ORT Society in Vilna was established after World War I. It provided vocational, agricultural and handicraft training courses and supported Jewish agricultural cooperatives in and near Vilna.
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The collection consists of minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, circulars, financial records, miscellaneous teaching materials, lists, relating to the administration and activities of the ORT Society in Vilna, 1920-1940.
Administration records. Minutes of meetings of the executive committee, 1922-1939. Financial reports, 1922-1937. Contracts, reports, memoranda to Soviet authorities in Vilna, 1940. Correspondence: Central Committee of the ORT Society in Poland; District School Board in Vilna; Jewish Teachers' Union, Vilna; Jewish Community Board, Vilna; ORT Union offices in Berlin, Paris; ORT offices in Bialystok, Lodz, Rovno, Kaunas, Riga, London, New York.
Records relating to schools and courses of the ORT Society in Vilna. Curricula, class schedules, financial records, correspondence, minutes of meetings, and other papers of the Trade School and Vocational School, as well as other schools.
Records relating to agricultural colonies and loan societies: loan applications, statistical questionnaires about Jewish families working on farms in various localities.