Collections- New England

Harry Levine, 2nd from left, dancing at Simchat Torah festivities at Kvar Chabad, October 6, 1966. From the Papers of Harry Levine, P-592.

The New England Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society holds the records and papers of Jewish organizations and individuals from the Greater Boston metropolitan area and New England. For records of organizations and individuals outside of New England, please visit the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, located at The Center for Jewish History.

Our collections are cataloged as “institutional” or “personal.” Institutional records (denoted by an “I”-number) are from congregations, community service organizations, trade associations, Zionist organizations, burial societies, and academic and cultural organizations. Personal papers (denoted by a “P”-number) are from individuals or families, and in many cases, correspond to some of our institutional collections.

Some of our collections are off-site. These collections are noted with an asterisk (*). If you are interested in any of the off-site collections, please contact an archivist at least two weeks prior to your visit. With any collection, you must make an appointment with an archivist prior to your visit. Visit the Contact Us page for more information.

Please select a category to view our collections and available finding aids.

Institutional Collections

Personal Collections

Unprocessed Collections


Subject Files

Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) Database: Select “advanced search” and that will provide you with a drop-down menu of all available databases. You will find JCAM under ““American Jewish Historical Society-New England Archives: Jewish Cemeteries of Massachusetts.”

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Boston, Massachusetts (I-96):  NOTE: When requesting information from the HIAS collection, please provide the box number, folder number, names and dates for each person.)