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, 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 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 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.
Visit us at our website – http://www.cla.temple.edu/feinsteincenter/
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 (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: http://jhc.cofc.edu/oral-history-archives. For descriptions and finding aids of manuscript materials, search the College of Charleston library’s online catalog, http://www.cofc.edu/library.
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, 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 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, 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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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) and National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives (NJH) collections, which shed light on immigration, health, and ethnic history in America.
Western Reserve Historical Society is a private, non-profit institution focusing on the history of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Jewish Archives, a cooperative effort of WRHS and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, was formed in 1976 as part of the WRHS Research Library. The primary activity of the Cleveland Jewish Archives is to collect print and non-print material that documents the history of the Jewish community of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. This material is then made available to the public for educational purposes. The Cleveland Jewish Archives houses over three hundred manuscript collections consisting of personal papers of individuals and families, Holocaust testimonies, and institutional records including those of businesses, congregations, and educational, political, social, charitable, and welfare organizations. Materials include items such as minutes, letters, ledgers, photographs, tapes and films, books, and newspapers. WRHS is a founding partner of the Maltz Museum for Jewish Heritage, which displays many photographs, documents, and artifacts from WRHS collections.
The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center was established in 1972, as a joint project of the Philadelphia Chapter of American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Its mission was to collect, preserve, and organize the records of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community and make them available to scholars, students, researchers, and the general public. PJAC collections document the individuals and organizations that participated in Jewish communities and Jewish life in the greater Philadelphia region, including Southern New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania as far West as Harrisburg.
In 2009, the PJAC board transferred ownership of its over 800 archival collections to Temple University where they became a part of the holdings of Temple University Libraries' Urban Archives, where PJAC's holding continue to grow. Temple established the Urban Archives in 1967 to document the social, economic, and physical development of the Philadelphia region from the mid-19th century to the present. It is one of the most extensive archives in the national documenting the development of an urban region during this time period and is a department within the Temple University Libraries' Special Collections Division.