Online Resources in American Jewish History
The following alphabetical list includes selected Internet resources on American Jewish history.
- American Jewish Historical Society
The American Jewish Historical Society's holdings include documents, books, paintings and other objects that bear witness to the remarkable contributions of the American Jewish community to life in the Americas from the 16th century to the present.
- American Jewess Project
The American Jewess was the first English-language periodical targeted to American Jewish women, covering an evocative range of topics that ranged from women's place in the synagogue to whether women should ride bicycles. Assembled and digitized for online access by the Jewish Women's Archive, this digital reproduction of the 8 volumes of The American Jewess.
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives
Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over documents, photographs, a research library, audio recordings including oral histories, and a video collection.
- Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Open access to a growing library of 14,000+ policy-relevant documents from leading authors, journals, and organizations on the voting behavior of American Jews.
- Casden Center for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life
Established by and affiliated with the University of Southern California, the Casden Institute is dedicated to studying contemporary issues of Jewish life in the Western United States. Resources include the Jewish Heritage Video Collection.
- Center for Jewish History
Located in New York City, the Center for Jewish History (CJH) is a partnership of five major institutions of Jewish scholarship, history and art: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
- Cleveland Jewish Archives
The Cleveland Jewish Archives (CJA) collects and makes available for research print and non-print material that documents the history of the Jewish community of Greater Cleveland.
- Cyndi's List - Jewish
Cyndi's List, a categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, includes a comprehensive listing of Jewish genealogy resources available online.
DigiBaeck is a gateway to the Leo Baeck Institute's digital collections, a growing treasury of artifacts that document the rich heritage of German-speaking Jewry in the modern era.
- Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History was created to promote the study of the Jewish experience in America..
- H-Judaic - The Jewish Studies Network
With over 2000 subscribers worldwide, JSN is the premier electronic source concerning Judaica and the academic study and discussion of Judaism ancient, mediaeval, and modern. All services of JSN are provided free of charge. The site also links to discussion logs, reviews, newsletters, syllabi, and related discussion lists such as H-Holocaust and H-Antisemitism.
- Jewish Buffalo Archives Project
The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project collects mainly twentieth century documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties.
- Jewish Heritage Collection - College of Charleston
This collection documents the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial times to the present and includes books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and oral histories.
- 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, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and the restoration and preservation of the oldest synagogue building in the nation's capital.
- Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
The JHSUM promotes the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education. The Society is a repository for regional Jewish historical materials that provide a window to the unique challenges and contributions of Jews to the history of the Upper Midwest.
- Jewish Life in Western North Carolina
Part of the University of North Carolina, Ashville, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections & University Archives, the Jewish Life in Western North Carolina collections contain photographs, newspaper clippings, oral histories, and miscellaneous materials that describe various individuals, organizations and businesses in the region.
- Jewish Women's Archive
The mission of the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women. The JWA presents the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America, creating and disseminating educational materials, developing partnerships, and maintaining an innovative website designed to help understand our past and shape our future.
JewishGen, Inc. is the primary Internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide. Its most popular components are the JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder (a database of 400,000 surnames and towns), the comprehensive directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks for over 200 communities, Yizkor Book translations, and databases such as the JewishGen Communities Database and the All Country Databases.
- National Museum of American Jewish History
Located in Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers education, exhibits and programs dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Jewish people in America. Website includes virtual exhibits.
- The Occident and American Jewish Advocate
A full-text transcription of this nineteenth century American Jewish periodical. This is a work in progress, and issues covering the years 1843-1853 are currently available.
- Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project makes available more than one hundred years of Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh. Digitized page images capture daily life in Pittsburgh from the 1890s to the present, with particular focus on Jewish communities.
- Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center
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 is 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.
- Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism
The Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism is an archive and research center located at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. It pursues three goals: to rescue and preserve the historical records of the Conservative Movement, to foster research on the Conservative Movement both past and present, and to educate and link Conservative Jews as the Movement enters its second century. The Ratner Center holds the historical records of more than one hundred Conservative synagogues and rabbis from around the country, dating from the early nineteenth century to the present. The archives also contains the historical records of the Jewish Theological Seminary from its reorganization in 1902 up to the present.
- Rauh Jewish Archives
The Rauh Jewish Archives is located at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials relating to the Jewish people and communities of Western Pennsylvania.
- Shapell Manuscript Foundation
The Shapell Manuscript Foundation is an independent educational organization dedicated to the research, collection, and exhibition of original manuscripts and historical documents. The Foundation’s focus is on the histories of the United States and the Holy Land, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Southern Jewish Archives, Manuscripts Department, Tulane University
The Southern Jewish Archives includes an alphabetized listing with short descriptions of manuscript collections relating to Southern Jewish history. Links connect the collections with the broader collections for art, medicine, business, literature and politics.
- Southwest Jewish Archives at the University of Arizona
U. S. Southwestern history has traditionally focused on the contributions of Native Americans, and people whose ancestral roots are in Mexico and Europe. Until recently, little has been written documenting the pioneer Jewish experience. Visitors to this website learn that Jewish pioneers not only built Jewish communities, but that they also made significant contributions to the development of the U. S. Southwest.
- Special Collections, Brandeis University
The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department's website provides both links to the online catalog and searchable bibliographies for Judaic research, as well as digital collections and online exhibits.
- University of Washington Jewish Archives
The Washington State Jewish Archives tell the fascinating stories of early Jewish families who settled this region and the unique Jewish experience in Washington State in subsequent years. The invaluable holdings include personal papers, correspondence, organizational and business records, diaries, oral histories, photographs and films. The archives serve as a major resource for scholars, students and the public at large.
- Wisconsin Small Jewish Communities History Project
The Project was established in 2001 by the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning to research, preserve, and educate the Jewish and general public about the history of Wisconsin Jewish communities. On the site, researchers can search for information on communities in a database, read a detailed history on Wisconsin Jewry and contact the Project with pertinent personal history.