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, ceremonial objects and more.

The Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History

The Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History promotes the study of Jewish experience in America. Founded in May 1990, the Feinstein Center is part of Temple University's Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts. The Feinstein Center is dedicated to pursuing new avenues for research and teaching in the field of American Jewish history. It sponsors conferences, symposia, academic fellowships, publications, and public events all devoted to new approaches to understanding the many dimensions of Jewish experience in the United States. The Feinstein Center aims to serve the scholarly community and also engage with the broader public in its mission.

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    Features include:
  • A database of archives related to American Jewish history.
  • Syllabi from courses on American Jewish history and experience.
  • Information about all of our events—past, present, and future.
  • Visual recordings of recent conferences.

Jewish Buffalo Archives Project, University at Buffalo Archives

The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP) was established in 2007 to collect, preserve and organize documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo and Niagara area of Western New York. Through the projects' partner, University Archives at the University at Buffalo, it is the primary repository for archival material about the Jewish experience in the Niagara Frontier from 1847 to the present day and is open to scholars, family historians, researchers and the general public.

Collections include manuscripts, private papers, institutional records, photographs, newspapers, personal letters, posters, sketches, architectural plans and renderings, ceremonial textiles, media, memorabilia, and digital collections. These sources reflect the history of a wide range of Jewish organizations, congregations and businesses, as well as the individuals who participated in the building of city and suburban life.

The Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library

The Jewish Heritage Collection (JHC) documents the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial times to the present day. Located in Special Collections at the College's Addlestone Library, JHC emphasizes individuals over institutions. The archives includes recorded interviews, photographs, correspondence, documents, business, organizational, and congregation records, genealogies, memoirs, and other primary sources. Our oral history interviews offer an inside perspective of the lives of Jewish residents of South Carolina’s cities and small towns, and address topics such as immigration, assimilation, anti-Semitism, making a living, and religious life. The collection also contains interviews with World War II liberators and survivors of the Holocaust who have come to live in South Carolina. For a listing of other oral histories in our archives, go to: For descriptions and finding aids of manuscript materials, search the College of Charleston library’s online catalog,

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, founded in 1983, is the largest secular Jewish organization in the area. We preserve the Jewish history of the country from long before the American Revolution to the present. Our archive collections include original documents, photos and family records dating back to the 1800s. We sponsor programs to ensure the continuity of our community. Join us to enjoy and learn from our programs while helping build bridges to the future.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, founded in 1971, is a non-profit beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. The Society's primary function is to collect, organize, preserve, publish and exhibit historical documents, photographs, memorabilia and oral histories as they relate to the Jewish community of Greater Hartford. By providing historical information and resources to individuals, educational institutions, and civic and social organizations, the JHSGH hopes to promote historical research and create community awareness and understanding of the growth and development of the Jewish contributions to the Greater Hartford area. The Society's main commitment is to reach the largest audience through exhibitions, publications and educational programming.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and its Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum preserve, chronicle and present the story of the local Jewish community through archival collections, exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and the restoration and preservation of the oldest synagogue building in the nation's capital.

The Rauh Jewish Archives

The Rauh Jewish Archives, of the Detre Library and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, is dedicated to preserving and making accessible the documentary history of Jews who settled here, established communities, and helped to build Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. The Rauh Jewish Archives is recognized as the primary resource for the study of local Jewish history by scholars, family historians, students, and journalists. The archival collections and holdings chronicle more 150 years of regional Jewish history and include personal papers, photographs, and records from synagogues, organizations, and businesses. Rauh Jewish Archives activities include programming, exhibits, and educational outreach.

Online exhibitions and sites providing access to Rauh Jewish Archives materials include Generation to Generation: family stories drawn from the Rauh Jewish Archives; A Tradition of Giving: the history of Jewish philanthropy in Pittsburgh; The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project; and Historic Pittsburgh.

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Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver

The Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives was established in 1976 in memory of Ira M. Beck, a prominent Denver businessman devoted to cultural arts and Jewish communal life. The Beck Archives and the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society work together in tandem to preserve and publicize the vibrant Jewish experience in the Rocky Mountain Region.

The Archives contain a variety of materials including manuscripts, private papers, institutional records, oral histories, photographs, newspapers, memorabilia and microfilmed documents that reflect the history of organizations and businesses, and the lives of individuals who have contributed to the building of Jewish life in the area. Of special interest are the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS)