Historical Societies

Historical Societies and Other Archival Sources

On this page we have listed a number of historical societies, community organizations, museums, and archives which are dedicated to preserving and celebrating American Jewish life or which have archival resources on North American Jewish history. To view information about the materials in each of these archives please visit the Portal to American Jewish History Resources page. We thank our volunteers who worked on and updated the list, and the Feinstein Center of Temple University which shared their repository database. This list is by no means comprehensive, and focuses on societies with a web presence.

When doing research in American Jewish history, 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, religious, civil rights, and philanthropic archives all of which may have Jewish content. 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.


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Arizona

Arizona Jewish Historical Society
122 East Culver St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 241-7870
E-mail: azjhs@aol.com

University of Arizona, Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives
P.O. Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
520-626-5347


California

Jewish Historical Society of San Diego
Schwartz Judaica
1934 Pentuckett Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104-5732
Phone: (619) 232-5888
Fax: (619) 233-5833
E-mail: stanschwartz@cox.net

Jewish Historical Society of Southern California
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 370
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-761-8950

Judah L. Magnes Museum, Western Jewish History Center
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
University of California, Berkeley
2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-6300  
510.643.2526

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Historical Society
c/o Robert Weiss
3916 Louis Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: (650) 424-1622

Tauber Holocaust Library
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-449-3717

Western States Jewish History Archives & Journal
4411 Park Mallorca
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-222-4694


Colorado

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society
Jeanne Abrams
Center for Judaic Studies
2000 East Asbury, Suite 157
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: (303) 871-3020
Fax: (303) 871-3037
E-mail: jabrams@du.edu


Connecticut

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Estelle Kafer
333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 727-6171
Fax: (860) 232-5221
E-mail: ekafer@jewishhartford.org

Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven
270 Fitch Street
New Haven, CT 06515
203-392-6125

Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County
P.O. Box 16918
Stamford, CT 06905-8901
Phone: (203) 359-2196
E-mail: jhslfc@gmail.com

Jewish Historical Society of Waterbury
P.O. Box F
Waterbury, CT 06798

University of Connecticut, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Rd., Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205
860-486-4507


Delaware

Jewish Historical Society of Delaware
Archives and Research Library
Historical Society of Delaware
505 Market Street Mall
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-655-6232


District of Columbia

B'nai Brith Philip Lax Archive
Klutznick National Jewish Museum
2020 K Street NW 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
202-857-6647

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
701 4th St. NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 789-0900
Fax: (202) 789-0485
E-mail: info@jhsgw.org

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
202-488-0400


Florida

Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc.
13899 Biscayne Blvd. #404
North Miami Beach, FL 33179
305-919-5690

Jewish Historical Society of South Florida
4200 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 573-8115

Price Library of Judaica, Dept. of Special & Area Studies
George A. Smathers Libraries
Education Library
Norman Hall
P.O. Box 117016
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7016
352-392-0308


Georgia

Ida Pearle & Joseph Cuba Community Archives
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
1440 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-870-1862

Southern Jewish Historical Society
P.O. Box 71601
Marietta, GA 30007-1601
E-mail: info@jewishsouth.org


Illinois

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 322-1700

Chicago Library and Archives of the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 322-1712


Indiana

Indiana Jewish Historical Society
6301 Constitution Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Phone: (260) 459-6862
E-mail: indiana.jhs@frontier.com


Iowa

Iowa Jewish Historical Society
33158 Ute Avenue
Waukee, IA 50263-7538
Phone: (515) 987-0899 x216
E-mail: IJHS@dmjfed.org


Kansas

Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
5801 West 115 Street
Suite 106
Overland Park, KS 66211
913-327-8190


Louisiana

Louisiana Jewish Historical Society
Temple Sinai
6227 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 861-3693
Fax: (504) 861-3102
E-mail: sinai@usa.net


Maryland

The Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-732-640


Massachusetts

Berkshire Jewish Archives Council
75 Mountain Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts
The Old Firehouse
7 Sugarloaf St.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Phone: (413) 665-0066
E-mail: info@jhswm.org

Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore
Two East India Square
Ste 200
Salem, MA 01970
978 564-0741

Rae and Joseph Gann Library of Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton, MA 02459
617-559-8750


Michigan

Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738
248-553-2400

Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
6600 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322-3003
248-432.5517

Temple Beth El, Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
248-851-1100

University of Michigan, Dearborn Voice Vision Project
Mardigian Library
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128-1491
313-593-5400


Minnesota

Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota & the Dakotas
12 N. 12th Street, Suite 480
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-338-7816

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
4330 South Cedar Lake Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 381-3360
Fax: (952) 381-3361


Mississippi

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
P.O. Box 16528
Jackson, MS 39236-0528
Phone: (601) 362-6357
Fax: (601) 366-6293
E-mail: information@isjl.org


Missouri

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
314-432-0020

Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library & Archives
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
314-442-3720

Western Historical Manuscript Collection of the Jewish Community Archives of Greater Kansas City
302 Newcomb Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
816-235-1543


Nebraska

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society
333 South 132nd Street
Omaha, NE 68154
Phone: (403) 334-6441
E-mail: njhs@jewishomaha.org


New Jersey

Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey
222 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-249-4894

Jewish Historical Society of Metrowest
901 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981
973-929-2995

Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey
Barnert Medical Center
680 Broadway, Suite 2
Paterson, NJ 07514
E-mail: jhsnnj@yahoo.com

Trenton Jewish Historical Society
Arthur L. Finkle
282 Glenn Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: (609) 883-0251


New Mexico

Israel C. Carmel Archive of the Congregation Albert
3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505-883-1818

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
505-348-4471


New York

92nd Street Y Archives
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212-415-5544

American Jewish Committee
165 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022
212-891-6794

American Sephardi Federation
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-294-8350

Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
New York University
295 Lafayette St. 2nd Floor, #3013
New York, NY 10012
212-998-7564

Jewish Historical Society of New York
8 West 70th Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (718) 384-8245
Fax: (718) 254-8541
Email: jgoldman@citytech.cuny.edu

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212-423-3352

Jewish Theological Seminary Archives
3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
212-280-6011

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) Archive
330 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-643-1890

Mt. Sinai Medical Center Archives
Box 1102
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
One Gustave Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574
212-241-7239

Orthodox Jewish Archives of Agudath Israel
42 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 797-9000

Temple Beth Zion, Benjamin & Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Museum
805 Delaware Avenue
Amherst, NY 14226-1497
716-886-7150 x28

Yeshiva University Archives
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5451


North Carolina

Charlotte Jewish Archive
Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center
5007 Providence Road, Suite 107
Charlotte, NC 28226
Phone: (704) 944-6783
E-mail: library@shalomcharlotte.org

Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina
P.O. Box 51245
Durham, NC 27717-1245
Phone & Fax: (919) 668-5839
E-mail: info@jhfnc.org


North Dakota

North Dakota Jewish Historical Project
P.O. Box 2431
Fargo, ND 58102


Ohio

American Jewish Archives at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center
3101 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220-2488
513 221-1875 ext. 304

Cleveland Jewish Archives
Sean Martin, Associate Curator for Jewish History
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106-1777
Phone: (216) 721-5722 X1514
E-mail: smartin@wrhs.org

Columbus Jewish Historical Society
1175 College Ave.
Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: (614) 238-6977
Fax: (614) 237-2221
E-mail: history@tcjf.org


Oregon

Oregon Jewish Genealogical and Historical Society is held at:
Congregation Ahavath Achim
3225 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: (503) 227-0010
Website 1: http://www.nwfam.org/jgswvo.html
Website 2: http://www.ahavathachim.com

Oregon Jewish Museum
310 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209
503-226-3600


Pennsylvania

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

Ira & Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives
1299 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095
215-576-0800 x258

Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-238-1290

National Museum of American Jewish History
55 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-923-3811 ext.124

Rauh Jewish Archives, Historical Society of Western PA
Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4200
412-454-6364

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Archives
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
215-887-8700


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
130 Sessions Street
Providence, RI 02906
401-331-1360

Touro Synagogue Foundation
Meryle Cawley
85 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 847-4794 X207
E-mail: Meryle@tourosynagogue.org


South Carolina

Jewish Heritage Collection
Special Collections Dept.
Addlestone Library
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
843-953-8028

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina
Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center
96 Wentworth St., Room 215
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-3918
E-mail: jhssc@cofc.edu


Tennessee

Archives of the Jewish Federation of Nashville
801 Percy Warner Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37205
615-356-3242

Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South
MJCC
6560 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38138


Texas

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

Dallas Jewish Historical Society
7900 Northaven Road
Dallas, TX 75230
214-369-8373

Galveston County Jewish Historical Association
2613 Oak St.
Galveston, TX 77551

Texas Jewish Historical Society
P.O. Box 10193
Austin, TX 78766-0193
Phone: (817) 927-8765
E-mail: president@txjhs.org


Virginia

Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives
1109 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-353-2668

United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula
Peninsula Jewish Historical Society
2700 Spring Road
Newport News, VA 23606
804-930-1422


Washington

Washington State Jewish Historical Society
2031 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 774-2277
E-mail: info@wsjhs.org


Wisconsin

Wisconsin Jewish Archives
816 State St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 264-6460


Canada

Association for Canadian Jewish Studies
Department of Religion
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Phone: (514) 848-2424 X2074
Fax: (514) 848-4541
E-mail: secretary@acjhs-aejc.ca

Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives
1590 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1C5 Canada
514-931-7531 x2

Jewish Archives & Historical Society of Edmonton & Northern Alberta
7200 - 156 Street
Edmonton, AB T5R 1X3
Canada
780-489-2809

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
C116 - 123 Doncaster Street
Winnipeg, MB R3N 2B2 Canada
204-477-7461

Jewish Public Library of Montreal, Archives
Carre Cummings Square
5151 Cote Ste-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec H3W 1M6
Canada
514-345-2627 x 3015

Ottawa Jewish Archives
21 Nadolny Sachs Private
Ottawa, ON K2A 1R9 Canada
613-798-4696 x260

St. John Jewish Museum, Louis I. Michelson Archives
29 Wellington Road
St. John, New Brunswick E2L 3p
Canada
506-633-1833