The names and various other pieces of information about each new arrival to the Shelter were recorded by hand in a series of Registers. As each Register was filled, another was started. The entries were kept fairly systematically, and these Registers are the source of the data in the Database. There are altogether some 25 "main" volumes and five "supplementary" volumes.
Entries from the first 13 main Registers, numbered 1 to 13, which were in use during the period 1896 to 1914, have been captured into the Poor Jews' Temporary Shelter Database at the University of Leicester, under the direction of Prof. Aubrey Newman. The total number of persons covered in the Database exceeds 43,000.
The series of Registers continues on into the 1980’s, with Registers numbered 14 - 25, but the interest of the University of Leicester research project ends with the commencement of the First World War in 1914. Throughout that period the Shelter was located in Leman Street, London.
There are four gaps in the record due to missing register volumes which are presumed to have been lost in Mansell Street when the building in which they were stored was bombed during World War II. One of these gaps - from 24 June 1905 to 28 November 1907 - falls in the period covered by the Poor Jews’ Temporary Shelter Database.
Table 1 below shows the periods covered by each of the 13 Registers in the Database.
|Table 1||Periods covered by the Register Volumes|
|1||29 May 1896||9 Jul 1897|
|2||12 Jul 1897||21 Apr 1899|
|3||21 Apr 1899||28 Jun 1900|
|4||29 Jun 1900||31 Oct 1901|
|5||1 Nov 1901||19 Dec 1902|
|6||19 Dec 1902||30 Oct 1903|
|7||1 Nov 1903||30 Oct 1904|
|8||14 Aug 1904||26 Dec 1904|
|9||27 Dec 1904||23 Jun 1905|
|10||29 Nov 1907||28 Sep 1909|
|11||28 Sep 1909||5 Sep 1910|
|12||5 Sep 1910||27 Nov 1911|
|13||31 Jul 1913||11 Sep 1914|
In addition to the 13 main Registers, five so-called supplementary registers have been found which, for unknown reasons, duplicate or partially duplicate some of the entries in the main registers. These supplementary registers have been numbered 2a, 3a,...,6a.
Dr. Smith is studying the occurrence of these duplications and trying to understand why these supplementary registers were kept. Table 2 shows the periods covered by the supplementary registers.
|Table 2||Periods covered by the Supplementary Register Volumes|
|2a||1 Nov 1897||13 Dec 1898|
|3a||13 Dec 1898||1 Dec 1899|
|4a||1 Dec 1899||7 Jul 1900|
|5a||1 Jul 1902||10 Oct 1902|
|6a||1 Jan 1903||24 Feb 1903|
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