American Jewish Historical Society

The American Jewish Historical Society provides access to more than 20 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present. Among the treasures of this heritage are the first American book published in Hebrew; the handwritten original of Emma Lazarus' The New Colossus, which graces the Statue of Liberty; records of the nation's leading Jewish communal organizations and important collections in the fields of education, philanthropy, science, sports, business and the arts. Founded in 1892, AJHS is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the nation. AJHS is one of five partner organizations at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan and has a branch in Boston.

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and special collections in the United States. As the primary center of special collections within the library system at Berkeley, Bancroft supports major research and reference activities and plays a leading role in the development of research collections. Bancroft holdings include over 500,000 volumes, 55,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 8 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 72,000 microforms, 23,000 maps, and over 12.5 terabytes of digital collections. In addition to its already strong holdings of Jewish collections focused on the history of the American West, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was incorporated in 2010 at The Bancroft Library after the transfer of the collections of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to its archival collections, the Magnes Collection includes art, museum objects, texts, and music about the cultures of the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.

The Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History unites under one roof collections that represent centuries of Jewish life--defining one people and many cultures. We are home to five preeminent Jewish institutions dedicated to history, culture and art: The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), The American Sephardi Federation (ASF), The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI), The Yeshiva University Museum (YUM), and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO). The Center's mission is to preserve, research and educate. Our partners' collections are internationally recognized as some of the most important resources for exploring and documenting all aspects of Jewish experience and identity.

Collections include old and rare books, periodical collections, photos, memoirs, official decrees, personal letters, contemporary publications and more. Art collections include posters, paintings, sculptures, archeological artifacts, historical textiles, ceremon