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.
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 212-415-5544
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
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 212-891-6794
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 212-294-8350
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 615-356-3242
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 212-998-7564
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 804-353-2668
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 202-857-6647
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
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 515-205-0379
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 312-322-1741
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
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 214-369-8373
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
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 305-919-5690
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 248-553-2400
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 314-432-0020
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 404-870-1862
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
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 505-883-1818
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 Canada 780-489-2809
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 612-338-7816
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 204-477-7461
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 843-953-8028
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 732-249-4894
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 302-655-6232
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 860-231-6341
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 203-392-6125
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 973-929-2995
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 248-432.5517
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 323-761-8950
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 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 604-638-7286
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 Canada 514-345-2627 x 3015
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 212-280-6011
Archival collections of the Jewish community in the San Francisco Bay Area from California Gold Rush to the present, including oral histories, Jewish newspaper clippings from the 1800's and onwards, personal letters, diaries, essays, photographs, and records and artifacts of Jewish families and individuals, congregations and social-cultural organizations.
2911 Russell Street Berkeley, CA 94705 510-549-6956
Materials include: Records of Dropsie College & the Annenberg Research Institute in Philadelphia. 19th & 20th century personal papers of Cyrus Adler, Emily & Solomon Solis-Cohn, Mary M. Cohen, Moses Aaron Dropsie, Ben-Zion Halper, Henry Malter, Max Margolis, Joseph Medoff, Sabato Morais, Nathaniel Reich, Joseph Reider, Mayer Sulzberger, & Solomon Skoss. Robert & Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive and the Harvey Sheldon Jewish-American Music Video Research library. 19th century American Judaica: Isaac Leeser Library: letters from Rebecca Gratz to Leeser, correspondence to Leeser (Occident editor, publisher & translator of Jewish religious works). Mayer Sulzberger Papers: correspondence with Judah Magnes, Louis Marshall, & Israel Zangwill. Max Margolis Collection: chief editor of 1917 Jewish Publication Society Bible translation. Personal scrapbooks of Mary M. Cohen & Saboto Morais plus his sermons & correspondence. Cyrus Adler Collection: correspondence from Bernard Levinthal.
420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-238-1290
The Center documents the Holocaust. Their holdings include videotaped survivor testimonies and books.
5801 West 115 Street Suite 106 Overland Park, KS 66211 913-327-8190
Specialty topics include: Jewish philanthropy--New York City, health care--Jewish, medical education, nursing education, healthcare--New York City, biomedical research. History and activities of The Mount Sinai Hospital, chartered in 1852 as the Jews' Hospital in New York, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, chartered in 1963, the Mount Sinai Medical Center and The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing (1881-1971). Administrative records (minutes, reports, office files of the President, Dean, and Director, handbooks, syllabi, manuals),staff physician manuscripts, paper files, photographs, memorabilia, films, oral history interviews and audio tapes of important Mount Sinai events: dedications, investitures, grand rounds, memorial services.
Box 1102 Mt. Sinai Medical Center One Gustave Levy Place New York, NY 10029-6574 212-241-7239
Spcialty topics include: Philadelphia, Samuel Goudsmit. Dr. Solomon Solis-Cohen's papers, a physician & activist in Jewish & other charitable causes. Medical records, correspondence, photos, books, family papers 1814 - 1940. Landsmanschaften, charities, Female Hebrew Benevolent Society, Talmud Torah, fraternal organizations. Emily Solis-Cohen papers.
55 North 5th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-923-3811 ext.124
Materials include: Jewish pioneer family papers, ledgers & articles pertaining to these families. Charles Gross (Holocaust survivor), Solomon Bibo (Indian trader). Families: Herzstein (Clayton); Gusdorf (Taos); Kahn & Spiegelbergs (Santa Fe); Kohns & Calisch (Tucumcari); Nahm, Ilfeld, Taichert & Shipman (Las Vegas); Klein, Spark & Sterns(Carlsbad & Las Cruces). Subject files: Congregation Montefiore (Las Vegas). Papers of various contemporary New Mexico Jewish artists. Society records include administrative, Board, membership, event, program/project & financial records.
5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-348-4471
Specialty topics include: Jewish life, Jewish Museum, ethnic, historical, Portland, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, immigration. Special Collections Archives: personal papers, institutional records, oral history interviews, ephemera from 1850-present of individuals, families, organizations & businesses. Photograph collection: Oregon Jews, Jewish-owned businesses, buildings & clubs. Artifact Collection: objects, textiles & flat works of judaica, Oregon Jewish history & works by Oregon Jewish artists. Research File: clippings, invitations, announcements, programs & notes from conversations with community members.
310 NW Davis Street Portland, OR 97209 503-226-3600
Specialty topics include: Ottawa Jewish organizations, education, Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. Marriage registers. Congregations: Adath Jeshurun, Adath Shalom, Agudath Achim, Agudath Israel, Associated Synagogues, Beth Shalom, Beth Shalom West, B'nai Jacob, Machzikei Hadas, Temple Israel, Young Israel. Education: Carleton University, College of the Humanities, J. Studies Program, J. People's School, Jewish Community High School, Modern Jewish School, Talmud Torah. Communal: Ami Hai Israeli Dance Company, B'nai B'rith, Canadian J. Times, Habonim-Dror, Emunah Women, Israeli Forum, JCC, J. Community Council, J. Family Services, J. Immigrant Aid Services Committee, J. National Fund, J. Philosophy & Ethics Study Group, J. Stage Players, J. War Veterans, Labour Zionists, Men's Zionists, Mizrachi, Montefiore Club, Na'amat Pioneer Women, Nat'l Council of J. Women, Chevra Kadisha, Hadassah-WIZO, Hebrew Benefit Soc., Hebrew Free Loan, Hebrew Senior Association, cemeteries, Community Found', J. Historical Soc., Men's Softball League, Vaad Hakashruth, Women's ORT, Reception Committee for Newcomers, Tel Aviv Tennis Club, Jewish War Veterans, 39th Henry Hank Torontow Scouts, Young Jewish People's Assoc., Young Judaea, YMHA. Business: B. Applebaum & Son, Bonnie Cleaners, Rideau Bakery, Shaffer's, Sinclair School of Dancing, United Kosher Meat & Deli. Many personal and Family papers.
21 Nadolny Sachs Private Ottawa, ON K2A 1R9 Canada 613-798-4696 x260
The collcetion documents Jewish communities, synagogues, and memorial books. The core collection is the Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin Library of Judaica and Hebraica, Shlomo Marenof Library and the inventory of Bernard Margenstern's bookstore from the Lower East Side of New York. Materials relevant to the ancient, medieval and modern periods include uncommon pamphlets and ephemera, serials, histories of Jewish communities and synagogues, Holocaust and memorial books of extinguished East European Jewish communities.
George A. Smathers Libraries Education Library Norman Hall P.O. Box 117016 University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611-7016 352-392-0308
Princeton University Digital Library; The Sid Lapidus '59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution
The Sid Lapidus '59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution features more than 150 recently gifted important books, pamphlets and prints representing the major themes of Lapidus' collecting: the intellectual origins of the American Revolution; the Revolution itself; the early years of the republic; the resulting spread of democratic ideas in the Atlantic world; and the effort to abolish the slave trade in both Great Britain and the United States. The Sid Lapidus Collection examines the expansion of secular rights for Jews in Western Europe and America. The Princeton collection is digitized and available on-line as PDF documents.
One Washington Road Princeton, New Jersey 08544 609-258-1470
The library includes material on Jewish music, Cyrus Gordon, and Temple Israel of Boston. Hebrew College course catalogs, registers, photographs, architectural blueprints, minutes of meetings. The Hebrew College Bulletin, 1945-1986, Hebrew College Today, 1986-present, Camp Yavneh yearbook, Prozdor Yearbook publications of various College departments; history of Boston Jewish community & Jewish education in Boston.
160 Herrick Road Newton, MA 02459 617-559-8750
The archives documents Jewish life in Western Pennsylvania. Archival materials, periodicals, maps & atlases, Pittsburgh, surrounding areas, & Hill District wards, Pittsburgh City Directories, death notices indexed 1786-1912. Publications: Y Weekly, Jewish Criterion, Jewish Outlook, Jewish Chronicle, Z'Chor Jewish Genealogy Soc. of Pgh. Books: Pgh Area Jewish Cemeteries, Pgh Jewish Communities Book 1924, Pittsburgh Tri-State Pinkhas 1949. Collections: Corinne Krause Photos & MSS, Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky, Irene Kaufmann Settlement, YM&WHA, United Jewish Fund, Jewish Comm. Center, Bnai Brith, Hadassah. Booklets: Pittsburgh synagogues, Western PA towns: Erie, Ambridge, McKeesport. Records: Jewish Family & Children's Service, Hebrew Free Loan Assn. 1908, Mayview, Hebrew Burial Assn. 1906-1999, Bnai Israel Congregation Yahrzeit Records, Bnai Israel Congregation Religious School Records. Transcripts & Tapes: NCJW Oral History Project, Perlman's Records for his book Milltown, Corinne Krause Oral History Project. Ongoing: Cemetery Project. Rauh also maintains an online resource page with an interactive timeline and educational resources, A Tradition of Giving: The History of Jewish Philanthropy in Pittsburg.
Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center 1212 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4200 412-454-6364
The Archives includes Records of the Congregation from founding in 1847-present: Board of Trustees minutes 1847-1892, Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf's diary of 1894 trip to Russia, sermons & notes of Rabbi Bertram W. Korn, correspondence of Dr. William H. Fineshriber, original 1847 constitution of Keneseth Israel. Recent lectures, sermons, & writings of Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin & Lance J. Sussman, records of the Congregation's Presidents & Auxiliary groups & photos.
8339 Old York Road Elkins Park, PA 19027 215-887-8700
Collections include more than 5,000 photographs, manuscripts, a complete run of Rhode Island Jewish Herald, additional obituary files, congregational and organizational records, city directories, oral history recordings, and a small number of artifacts.
130 Sessions Street Providence, RI 02906 401-331-1360
The archives contains materials on Jewish life in St. Louis, from the early 19th century to the present. It is a permanent ethnic, social and historical resource. Collections include historical records of secular and religious institutions, family and personal memoirs, business records and local Jewish newspapers. Among the most significant of the Archive's collections are the papers of the Carnovsky family(1923-1976), the Cook family and Cook Carriage Company(1899-1954), the Freund family and Freund Bakery(1900-1954), the Hesse family(1899-1942) and the Schweich family and Schweich Printing Company(1902-1954).
12 Millstone Campus Drive St. Louis, MO 63146 314-442-3720
specialty topics include: New Brunswick, Canada Jewish community & communal organizations, Museum records, photos & art. Synagogues: Ahavith Achim, Hazen Avenue Syn., & Shaarei Zedek. Congregational histories, constitutions, minutes, committee reports, finances, newsletters, programs, membership lists, rabbis, Hebrew school history, bar/bas mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, news clippings, & Jewish customs & holidays. Cemetary database: from 1882 includes dates of birth, death & burial, family information, obituaries, & gravestone photos. Community: immigration, education, lists of Jewish families, histories of the Saint John Community, community reunion. Genealogy: family trees, histories, personal information, & taped interviews with cummunity members. Photographs: synagogues, congregation presidents, Hebrew School, weddings, immigration, public school, war veterans, businesses, personal & community events.
29 Wellington Road St. John, New Brunswick E2L 3H4 Canada 506-633-1833
The Oral History Project displays persecution, occupation, deportation, camp life, liberation and post-war experiences of labor and death camp survivors, refugees, hidden children, rescuers, liberators, and witnesses who survived the Nazis' attempt to exterminate European Jewry. The Historical Pamphlet Collection (1919-1983) includes World War II, the Holocaust, the world's reaction to events in Nazi Germany, and the type of information that was available outside of occupied Europe. The Archive records show German government-sponsored persecution and deportation, post-war Allied occupying forces conditions and treatment of German nationals, Nazi press photographs, deportation scenes, and US Army Signal Corps photos of concentration camp liberations. Artifacts include Nazi regalia. Periodicals Collection (1928-1947) includes Nazi publications; resistance periodicals from France, Holland and Belgium; Austrian, German and French publications in exile; and American and British newspapers and magazines, and Nazi propaganda newspapers Der Stürmer, Der Angriff, Volkische Beobachter, and Das Reich.
2245 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115 415-449-3717
The collection includes religious textiles, photographs, a/v, newspapers, Michigan Jewish community family files, Rabbi Franklin, Temple Beth El records: Sisterhood, Brotherhood, & Young People's Society, rabbi & staff collections, Temple programs, events, publications, history. Other Michigan Jewish groups, institutions, communities, family files. Cemetery & Marriage records, membership files. Detroit Jewish Community, Montefiore Lodge, North End Clinic.
7400 Telegraph Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 248-851-1100
The museum houses an impressive collection of Judaica artifacts. Much of the collection has been donated and bequeathed by congregants. The exhibits are rotated, providing viewing according to the holidays. The Museum is open for browsing and study whenever the building is open, or by appointment.
805 Delaware Avenue Amherst, NY 14226-1497 716-886-7150 x28
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 410-732-640
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 212-423-3352
The archive has articles from after World War I, rise of Nazi Germany, Holocaust, up to today. Highlights include Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, including the Babi Yar massacre, founding of the State of Israel, the Soviet Jewry movement, and roles and responsibilities of Jewish women.
330 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10001 212-643-1890
The collection includes materials on the Jewish Community-Virginia Peninsula and Jewish organizations. Small oral histories collection contains 3 video tapes and transcriptions; small collection of family and Jewish organizational photographs; one set of congregational minutes.
2700 Spring Road Newport News, VA 23606 804-930-1422
Specialty topics include: Pioneers, Frontier, Synagogues, Rabbis, Banks & banking, Retail trade, Jewish business people. Jews & Jewish institutions in Arizona. Newspaper clippings, obituaries, autobiographical reminiscences, historical records & correspondence, secondary sources.
P.O. Box 210055 Tucson, AZ 85721-0055 520-626-5347
Specialty topics include: Anti-Jewish policy in Nazi Germany and Austria, including the despoliation of Jewish property; Refugees; Nazi occupation policies and conditions in occupied Europe; creation and administration of ghettos; deportations and mass executions of Jews and other targeted groups; treatment of Jews and other targeted groups in countries allied with Nazi Germany; construction and administration of concentration camps; Resistance activities; War crimes trials and trial evidence; Restitution
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 202-488-0400
The Center collects oral histories from Connecticut Holocaust survivors. Oral history interview transcripts & tapes Connecticut residents who survived the Holocaust or are children of survivors. Interviews of witnesses to the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
405 Babbidge Rd., Unit 1205 Storrs, CT 06269-1205 860-486-4507
Erwin & Riva Baker Memorial Collection. Izak Bebczuk and Rivka Burko were the only members of their immediate families to survive the Holocaust in the Ukraine. Although the bulk of the collection centers on Holocaust survivor memoirs and diaries, it also focuses on monographs, pictorial works and documentary sources concerning the Holocaust.
Mardigian Library 4901 Evergreen Road Dearborn, MI 48128-1491 313-593-5400
Specialty topics include: Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner (BIAV), Beth Shalom, Kehilath Israel, B'nai Jehudah, Ohev Sholom, Kansas City Council of Syn. & Temple Sisterhoods, Nat'l Council of Jewish Women, Heart of America J. Historical Soc., Hyman Brand Hebrew Acad., Iarai Club, Isaacs & Co., Jewish Cemetery Project. Collections: Campus Oral History, Seligson Architectural. Businesses: Cahn & Block, Katz Drug Stores, Kivett & Myers, Kohn & Co., H. Levi Co., Menorah Medical Center, Milgram Food Stores, Minkin Real Estate, Oakwood Country Club, Woolf Brothers Co. Personal: S. Abend, E. Berkley, W. Berkowitz, A. Bograd, A. Bordy, L. Bradley, J. Brown, J. Cohen, E. Eppstein, B. Fremerman, R. Goldstein, H. Goller, S. Gould, D. Jacobs, C. Klausner, K. Krakauer, L. Kranitz, B. & L. Lesky, E. Levin, R. Levine, L. Lighton, S. Lerner, A. B. Loeb, S. Lorsch, Luke Sisters, A. Mag, Mallin Family, Rab. M. Margolies, S. Montague, N. Novak, R. Pachter, S. Pener, I. Ringolsky & J.H. White, D. & R. Rosenwald, H. Sachs, E. Sackin, R. Salasche-Kaseff, M. B. Saper, I. Silverman, M. Silverman, Rab. M. Solomon, S. Statland, I. Starr, N. Stiefel, R. Stolowy, H. Vile, S. White, S. Willens.
302 Newcomb Hall University of Missouri-Kansas City 5100 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110-2499 816-235-1543
Specialty topics include: California, Arizona. Jewish pioneering & development of American West, Canada, Mexico, & the Pacific Rim. Archives. Western States Jewish History Quarterly Journal archives.
4411 Park Mallorca Calabasas, CA 91302 818-222-4694
Materials include: Yeshiva University Records, papers of Vaad Hatzala 1939 - 1963, Central Relief Committee 1914 - 1985, Central Orthodox Committee, Henry S. Morais, Institutional Synagogue, Shelley Ray Saphire, Mordecai Bernstein, Jamie Lehmann Memorial Collection. Records of Jewish Community of Cairo 1886 - 1961, French Consistorial Collection, Chevrah Poel Zedek Illia Collection, Peter & Bertha Wiernik Collection, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1916 - 1946.
500 West 185th Street New York, NY 10033 212-960-5451