Additional Resources

On this page we have listed a number of historical societies, community organizations, museums, and archives which have archival resources on American Jewish history. The list was compiled by the Feinstein Center, and we thank them for letting us share selected portions of it here. To view their longer list, which includes descriptions of some important collections in general-topic repositories, visit their website

This list is by no means comprehensive, and focuses on societies with a web presence. When doing research in AJH, make sure to consider local resources. Many synagogues, Jewish community centers, and Jewish charities preserve their own records. Jewish regional historical societies abound; many are independent while others are associated with universities, libraries, or other community institutions. Ask local librarians, teachers, and community activists for advice and suggestions.

Another vital part of American Jewish history research involves searching non-Jewish specialty archives. Many large research institutions will have Judaica collections. Consider looking at labor, immigration, business, urban, and philanthropic archives, all of which may have Jewish contents. Also search general topic archives for the papers of notable Jews and Jewish organizations. Consider local university libraries, general historical societies, national and state archives, presidential libraries, public research libraries, and local synagogue archives.

Consider the list below a useful starting place. Each title links to the site of the institution with open archival records. Each website should have contact information and usually information how you can see materials or use them for research.

  • 92nd Street Y Archives

    Materials include: Administrative records, personal papers, printed materials, photos, recordings, artifacts, memorabilia, membership records & participant files of the Y & affiliated organizations. Young Men's Hebrew Association, Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, Young Women's Hebrew Association, Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls, Surprise Lake Camp of the Educational Alliance. History of modern dance in America, amateur and professional Jewish athletes, women's studies, immigration history, performers.

    1395 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10128

  • American Jewish Archives at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center

    Specialty topics include: Jewish history in the Western Hemisphere, primarily the United States. Anti Semitism, civil rights, immigration, & social welfare. Personal papers, organizational records, Yiddish plays in manuscript, memoirs, diaries, genealogical data, photographs & oral history recordings.

    3101 Clifton Ave.
    Cincinnati, OH 45220-2488
    513 221-1875 ext. 304

  • American Jewish Committee

    Specialty topics include: Philadelphia. General Correspondence by subject: 1906-1932; Chronological file 1906-1945; Cyrus Adler 1906-1935; Louis Marshall 1929-1939; Mayer Sulzberger 1907-1912.

    165 East 56th Street
    New York, NY 10022


  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

    The JDC Archives houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization, which has served as the rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community since its founding in 1914, the Archives holds over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a collection of 2,500 videos.

    Specialty topics include: overseas Jewish communities, Jewish humanitarian assistance in the 20th century, refugees and emigration, among others. The JDC Archives website provides access to its collections database of digitized documents and photographs as well as a Names Index containing 500,000 names.

    New York, NY

  • American Sephardi Federation

    Materials include: Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo Papers: customs of Sephardic Jews, Hazanut, philanthropy, and Congregation Shearith Israel. American Sephardi Federation Records: daily functioning, annual conventions, finances, events, and activities of the ASF. Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America Records: Communityactivities in social service, religious education, philanthropy and the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Woman's Division. Walter P. Zenner Papers: customs of Sephardic Jews with Syrian roots. Quincentennial Foundation Records: 500th Anniversary of the Jewish people coming to the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in 1492. Union of Sephardic Congregations Records: Dr. David de Sola Pool, Dr. Solomon Gaon, Sephardic prayer books, national and international Sephardic communities, relief efforts for refugees and disadvantaged communities, and employment of Sephardic rabbis and cantors. World Sephardi Federation Records: educational and social needs of Sephardim in Israel and the Diaspora, cultural traditions of Sephardim in the Diaspora, and their political and social standing in contemporary Israel.

    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011

  • Archives of the Jewish Federation of Nashville

    Specialty topics include: Jewish community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Photos, documents of individuals, families, organizations from 1850s. Oral history collections: Individuals who grew up in Nashville, Holocaust refugees, liberators, survivors. The Observer, the local Jewish newspaper (1934 to date) and its predecessor, the YMHA News (1915-1920). The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom, whose cemetery has been accepted to the National Register of Historic Places.

    801 Percy Warner Boulevard
    Nashville, TN 37205

  • Berman Jewish Policy Archive

    Primary focus: Jewish communal life, education, identity, religion and spirituality, social activism, demographic trends, leadership, and organizational development. Sample Subjects: Immigration of Levantine Jews into the United States 1914, Juvenile Court and the Jewish Community 1916, A Truly Jewish Home for Working Girls 1915, Hillel Brochure 1945, Labor-Management Relations in Jewish Communal Agencies 1949, Jewish Agricultural and Industrial Aid Society, New York 1902, Judaism and Hyphenism 1916, The Jewish Student in America 1937

    Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
    New York University
    295 Lafayette St. 2nd Floor, #3013
    New York, NY 10012

  • Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives

    Materials include: Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome and Cong. Beth Ahabah ; genealogies, family histories, photos; Beth Ahabah Sisterhood, Brotherhood & Religious School; Jewish organizations in Richmond: Nat'l Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation, Jefferson Lakeside Country Club; oral histories; artifacts & ceremonial objects.

    1109 West Franklin Street
    Richmond, VA 23220

  • B'nai Brith Philip Lax Archive

    The archives are primarily devoted to the history of B'nai B'rith since its founding in 1843. Minutes of national, regional, and international meetings cover moments in Jewish history as far back as 1700. The Archive includes manuscripts, charters, medals, letters, memorabilia, and Holocaust-Related Materials.

    Klutznick National Jewish Museum
    2020 K Street NW 7th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006

  • Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives

    Specialty topics include: Jews-Quebec, Jews-Canada, anti-Semitism, community organization, Zionism, oppressed Jewry in other countries, education, literature, genealogy. Interpretive Guide to the United Restitution Organization Claims Files documents to obtain compensation from German government after World War II. Canadian Jewish Congress records on minority & human rights, immigration, demographics, and political & social impact of Jews in Canada. Philanthropic, social service, Zionist, religious, & cultural organizational records: Jewish Colonization Association, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, United Jewish Relief Agencies, United Restitution Organization. Individuals: Jewish community leaders, politicians, Holocaust survivors.

    1590 Docteur Penfield Avenue
    Montreal, Quebec H3G 1C5 Canada
    514-931-7531 x2

  • Caspe Heritage Gallery of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society

    Specialty topics include: Communal Life: Jewish organizational papers, artifacts and photographs;synagogues, sisterhoods, men's and young peoples' clubs; synagogue artifacts: Beth El Synagogue in Fort Dodge, and Children of Israel, which was in Des Moines. Personal and Family Artifacts – photographs, books, personal papers, clothing- items from their lives. Business Memorabilia; Holocaust Memorabilia

    33158 Ute Avenue
    Waukee, IA

  • Chicago Jewish Archives at the Asher Library at Spertus

    Specialty topics include: ADL-Midwest, AJC, Michael Reese Hospital, Jewish Federation of Chicago, Max and Robert Adler, Alfred Alschuler, Rose Haas Alschuler, Jerzy Kosinski. Collections document Chicago Jewish history. Records of Jewish organizations, Midwest offices of the ADL and AJC, Michael Reese Hospital, synagogue records, personal & family papers, oral histories, photos.

    Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
    618 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60605

  • Dallas Holocaust Museum

    The holdings consist of personal papers, oral histories, and artifacts given to the Museum by Holocaust survivors and liberators from the Dallas area.

    211 N. Record Street, Suite 100
    Dallas, TX 75202-3361
    214-741-7500 x107

  • Dallas Jewish Historical Society

    The Society collects material on the history of the greater Dallas Jewish community. Papers, photos, oral histories, & artifacts. Unprocessed records & personal papers in an offsite climate-controlled storage facility. Organizational records: National Council of Jewish Women, Vogel Alcove/Dallas Coalition for the Homeless, Hebrew Free Loan, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, United Hebrew School, Jewish War Veterans, Jonathan Club, Ladies Auxiliary/First Roumanian Austrian Congregation, Lone Star Lodge, Pioneer Women, B'nai Brith, President's Council of Jewish Women's Organizations, Sanger Brothers. Personal & family papers: Ruth Kahn, Rabbi Abramowitz, Rabbi Levi Olan, Jennie Blumenthal. Oral histories: Jennie Blumenthal, Mrs. Fred Florence, Judge Irving Goldberg, Adlene Harrison, Leon Harris, Jr., Ruth Kahn, Sam Kessner, Harold Kleinman, David Lefkowitz, Stanley & Minnie Marcus, Marcus Henry Miller, Jr., Mrs. Henry Miller, Sr., Frances Mossiker, Simon Sargon, Fannie Schaenen, Sid Stahl, Louis Tobian, Andrea Weinstein, Sarah Yarrin, Rose Zale, Morris Zale.

    7900 Northaven Road
    Dallas, TX 75230

  • Gratz College, Tuttleman Library

    Specialty topics include: Biblical studies, Jewish history, Israeli studies, Hebrew language & literature, Jewish music. Bachman Rare Book Collection: limited &facsimile editions of rare books, manuscripts, art books, archival materials, & Haggadah collection. Schreiber Jewish Music Library: books, scores, records, tapes & compact discs in Jewish liturgy, Yiddish Theater, Ashkenazic hazzanut, Sephardic chants, popular music from America, Europe, & Israel. Cook Reference Collection: current newspapers & journals.

    Rare Book Room
    7605 Old York Road
    Melrose Park, PA 19027
    215-635-7300 ext. 169

  • Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc.

    Materials include: Over 2,000 oral histories of survivors, liberators and rescuers and other eyewitnesses to the Nazi Holocaust are in the collection including memorabilia, books, films and educational resource materials.

    13899 Biscayne Blvd. #404
    North Miami Beach, FL 33179

  • Holocaust Memorial Center

    Specialty topics include: Holocaust, European Jewish history, Jewish-Christian relations. Archives, artifacts, memorial & yizkor books, periodicals, maps, photos, postcards, posters, a/v materials, Jewish communities in Europe. American Red Cross. Holocaust & War Victims Tracing & Information Center. Bedzin, Poland Ghetto Photo ID's, Bonn Citizens killed by Nazis. Braham, Randolf. Hungarian Jews. Brzesc (Brest-Litovsk) Ghetto Internees List, Concentration Camp Records, Jews in Berlin Document Center. Reichssicherheitshauptamt. Bundesarchiv. Germany. Grunberg-Neusalz Death March to Volary & Bergen Belsen list of Prisoners. Edward Glazek (Chief Welfare Officer, Upper Austria). U.S. Displaced Persons Commission visa applications of persons who settled in Detroit area. Jewish Agency for Palestine. Jewish Displaced Persons Periodicals, Jewish Federation of Detroit. Jewish Family Service. Survivor Files. Jewish News. Index of Jews whose German nationality was annulled by Nazi Regime. Mauthausen Death Books. Polish holocaust survivors. 'Schindler's List' movie Documentation, Schwieger Family Tree (from Uhersky Brod, Czechoslovakia), Sharfman Soviet Jewry (refusenik) Files.

    28123 Orchard Lake Road
    Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738

  • Holocaust Museum & Learning Center

    The museum's exhibition provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to St. Louis. Photographs, artifacts, text panels, and audio-visual displays guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust between 1933-1945, and post-war events including the Nuremberg Trials and Jewish life after the Holocaust.

    12 Millstone Campus Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63146

  • Ida Pearle & Joseph Cuba Community Archives

    Specialty topics include: Georgia-Jewish life, cemeteries, synagogues, oral history, communal organizations. Archival collections include Georgia Jewish history, individual and family papers, organizational, synagogue and business records, newspapers, oral histories, genealogy, Holocaust survivors who have made their homes in Georgia, cemetery records, family histories, synagogue membership records, and population studies. l records including diaries, minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, recordings, oral histories and extensive newspaper collections.

    William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
    1440 Spring Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Ira & Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives

    Materials include: Library, diaries, & correspondence of Mordecai M. Kaplan; Kaplan & Eisenstein family photo collections; Judith & Ira Eisenstein papers; materials on Reconstructionist movement.

    1299 Church Road
    Wyncote, PA 19095
    215-576-0800 x258

  • Israel C. Carmel Archive of the Congregation Albert

    Specialty topics include: Albuquerque-New Mexico, Jewish community-New Mexico. Records, photos, of Congregation Albert. Jewish community in Albuquerque beginning in the 1880s. Dr. Henry Tobias's notes. Photos of confirmation classes, Rabbis, presidents from 1897. Video entitled 'Congregation Albert: One Hundred Years of Community.'

    3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87110

  • Jewish Archives & Historical Society of Edmonton & Northern Alberta

    Specialty topics include: Canadian Jewish History, particularly Northern Alberta. Records of Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Edmonton United Jewish Appeal, Beth Israel Synagogue, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Temple Beth Ora, Camp B'nai Brith, Edmonton Jewish Community Centre, Edmonton Hadassah-WIZO, Edmonton ORT,Jewish Senior's Drop-in Centre. Family records: Abraham Shnitka, King's Printer, only Yiddish printer in Western Canada; Elchanan Hanson, the Jewish Jack London, Morris 'Two-Gun' Cohen; Jewish fur traders Abe Aaron & Sam Kushner; Peter Owen, (only Jewish child allowed to immigrate alone to Canada during Holocaust); Fred Katz photos of Jewish simchas from 1985; Sigma Alpha Mu Jewish Fraternity at the University of Alberta; Joe Shoctor, founder of Citadel Theatre; Cecil 'Tiger' Goldstick, Edmonton sports legend; Hyman Goldstick, Edmonton's first Rabbi. Photos, audio & video tapes, films, books, historical artifacts, fonds level descriptions in online database, digitized photos online, digitized documents.

    7200 - 156 Street
    Edmonton, AB T5R 1X3

  • Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota & the Dakotas

    Specialty topics include: Holocaust, oral histories. Interviews from the archive of Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Includes 14 liberators (12 former US servicemen, 1 Army nurse, 1 Special Services entertainer), 44 survivors, & 2 Righteous Gentiles. Complete transcripts on file. These interviews were conducted in the 1980s for the Holocaust Oral History Taping Project of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League of Minnesota & the Dakotas. Some narrators belonged to the first Allied forces to reach concentration camps at the end of World War II; others saw the camps within days of their liberation. Each interview in this collection includes biographical information about the narrator and a description of subjects discussed.

    12 N. 12th Street, Suite 480
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

    Specialty topics include: Yiddish, synagogues. History & development of Western Canada Jewish community. Taped interviews with summary transcripts: Early Pioneers, Holocaust, World War II, Business, Arts, & Sports. Archival documents, family trees & histories, clippings & miscellaneous materials. Back issues of Local Jewish Newspapers to the 1910's & index of articles. Photos of most cemetery stones & burial listings from Manitoba Jewish cemeteries. Artifacts & objects. Computer Database index of Winnipeg Jewish newspaper articless, (the Israelite Press, the Jewish Post) from the early 1900s; Manitoba Jewish Cemetery burial listing.

    C116 - 123 Doncaster Street
    Winnipeg, MB R3N 2B2 Canada

  • Jewish Heritage Collection

    The collection documents the southern Jewish experience: Jewish Heritage Collection, (South Carolina Jewry); Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Records: Charleston, first reform synagogue in the United States; Holocaust Archives: experiences of survivors and liberators residing in South Carolina. There are family collections, business and organizational records, and oral histories on growing up Jewish in the South.

    Special Collections Dept.
    Addlestone Library
    College of Charleston
    66 George Street
    Charleston, SC 29424

  • Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey

    Specialty topics include New Jersey. Materials include: Organization documents, congregational artifacts, historical records, photographs, tapes of oral histories, unusual memorabilia concerning our Jewish area, and several area Jewish newspapers. The research library contains an extensive collection of books and pamphlets on subjects pertaining to the Jewish-American experience.

    222 Livingston Avenue
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901

  • Jewish Historical Society of Delaware

    Specialty topics include: Delaware, Jewish life, settlement, Harry Bluestone, David Geffen, Mollye Sklut. Photos, documents, oral histories, a/v materials, private papers, newspapers, memorabilia & artifacts of the Delaware Jewish community. Wilmington JCC records, Jewish Federations of Delaware, Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Congregation. Papers of William Penn Frank, the Greenbaum family, Montefiore Mutual Benefit Society records, Vaad Hakashruth records, Holocaust related materials.

    Archives and Research Library
    Historical Society of Delaware
    505 Market Street Mall
    Wilmington, DE 19801

  • Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

    Specialty topics include: Greater Hartford, history, settlement, Jews. Collection includes local individuals, businesses, institutions, etc. Archives contain photos, memorabilia, and oral histories of Greater Hartford Jewish life.

    335 Bloomfield Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117

  • Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven

    Specialty topics include: Greater New Haven, History, Jews. Archives, manuscripts, photos, oral histories, sound & video recordings, artifacts & publications documenting New Haven area Jewish community history from 1700's - present.

    270 Fitch Street
    New Haven, CT 06515

  • Jewish Historical Society of Metrowest

    The Society documents the history of the greater Jewish community of Essex, Morris, Sussex & northern Union counties of New Jersey, including photographs, documents, oral histories, audio-visual materials, private papers, newspapers, memorabilia & artifacts. Administrative records of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest (the Federation) & beneficiary agencies, historical materials from synagogues, sick benefits societies & other organizations, and private papers of individuals & families.

    901 Route 10 East
    Whippany, NJ 07981

  • Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

    Founded in 1959, the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan documents over 240 years of heritage in Michigan Jewish History, the longest continuously published journal of local Jewish history in North America.

    6600 West Maple Road
    West Bloomfield, MI 48322-3003

  • Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore

    Materials include: Photographs, ephemera, documents & artifacts from synagogues, civic, social & philanthropic organizations, business information on individuals, family stories &family-published genealogies. 'Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Jews in the Shoe Trades in Lynn, MA 1885-1945', records of the first Jewish Boy Scout Troop in America (Troop4) and video tapes. Photographs from the archives, 'The Jewish Community of the North Shore'.

    Two East India Square
    Ste 200
    Salem, MA 01970
    978 564-0741

  • Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta (JHSSA)

    The focus of the Jay and Barbara Joffe Archives is material relating to individual Jews and to communal organizations in southern Alberta. JHSSA holdings include photograph collection, cemetery records with gravestone photos, local Jewish press collection and oral histories. Special material includes Jewish homesteading colonies and local Jewish participation in the military.

    1607 90 Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB
    T2V 4V7

  • Jewish Historical Society of Southern California

    The society collects community records in Jewish History from Southern California including artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, books and oral history tapes.

    6505 Wilshire Blvd.
    Suite 370
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

  • Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, Administered by Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia

    Materials include: British Columbia Jewish Community organizational records, personal & business archives. Photos: Frank-Landauer BC's economic & social growth c. 1896-1982, Schiffer, Jewish Western Bulletin. Oral History Collection, approximately 375 interviews c. 1971-2001, JHS Photos of individuals, families & community events c. 1858-2001, organizational minute books, administrative & project files, memorabilia. National Council of Jewish Women, Histadrut, Canadian Zionist Federation, B'nai B'rith, Canadian Jewish Congress, Hadassah-WIZO Council of Vancouver, Hillel Foundation of Vancouver. Personal archives: Cyril E. Leonoff, Irene Dodek, Tracey Ames.

    206 -950 West 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7 Canada

  • The Jewish Museum of Maryland

    The museum includes regional Jewish Americana such as archives, books, periodicals, photos, oral histories, rare textiles, ceremonial objects, artifacts of everyday Jewish life in Maryland. Paintings by Reuben Kramer, Aaron Sopher, & Jacob Glushakow. Records of local families, community groups, religious organizations, & businesses. Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center contains Baltimore City directories 1752-1935, Baltimore census 1900-1930, Port of Baltimore passenger index 1820-1952, passenger ship manifests 1840-1920, Baltimore Jewish Times obituaries 1919-present, circumcision 1836-1870, 1940-1967, midwife 1892-1919, and marriage 1850-1944 records. Synagogue records, Jack Lewis Funeral Home 1924-1939, 1956-1965, Greater Baltimore Jewish cemeteries, HIAS arrivals 1911-1914, 1938-1953, WW II restitutions 1946-1990, Hebrew Orphan Asylum 1873-1917, Maryland Jewish family genealogies, Yizkor books, Pinkas books, registries of Maryland military personnel in World Wars I and II.

    15 Lloyd Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202

  • The Jewish Museum

    The Museum's Judaica includes ceremonial and decorative objects, antiquities, numismatics and new media. The Fine Arts collection consists of paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs. It has the largest collection of Israeli art in the United States. The National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB) Collection consists of television and radio broadcast materials.

    1109 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10128

  • Jewish Public Library of Montreal, Archives

    Materials include: Collections of individuals, institutions, associations, & schools depicting Montreal Jewish communal history & life during the past 200 years. The collections include minutes, correspondence, programs, flyers, posters, manuscripts, artifacts, a/v materials, photographs, ephemera, Jewish newspapers, Jewish and non-Jewish 20th century sheet music including traditional folk, classical, and popular song in Yiddish, Hebrew, French and English. Personal and professional records from authors, poets, artists, politicians, religious & community leaders, and families. Records of associations, organizations, camps, community schools (United Talmud Torahs, Jewish Peoples' School and Jewish Peretz School). Posters are in Yiddish, Hebrew and English, early 20th century to present. Collection of antiquated books dating from the 15th century. The subject matter of the majority of the collection consists mainly of religious texts and history.

    1 Carre Cummings Square
    5151 Cote Ste-Catherine
    Montreal, Quebec H3W 1M6
    514-345-2627 x 3015

  • Jewish Theological Seminary Archives

    The Archives documents the history of the Conservative movement in America, records of Jewish communities and families in Europe and North Africa, development of modern Jewish scholarship in Germany and its transfer to the United States, development of Yiddish literature in America. Includes papers of Solomon Schechter, Louis Ginzberg and Cyrus Adler. French Jewish Communities archive has original documents from 1648. Collections contain correspondence, manuscripts, microfilm, photographs and ephemera.

    3080 Broadway
    New York, NY 10027