Donate Your Family Papers to AJHS

You can assure that the proud history of your family and/or family business is recorded, maintained and made accessible to generations of your descendants.

Storing old photos in your attic or cellar?

Moving from a large house to an apartment and wondering what will happen to your correspondence, scrapbooks and albums?

Above all, concerned that your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren won’t know where they come from, or who came before them?

The American Jewish Historical Society’s expanded New England Archive at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), 101 Newbury Street in Boston, can help solve these problems. The Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and make available the historical record of the Jewish community of Greater Boston and New England, and document the important contributions Jews have made to this city and region.

What We Offer for Your Records

Our trained staff of professional archivists can help you gather and organize your family papers and memorabilia. They can come to your home or office, or you can bring materials to our office for assessment. We can professionally process your precious letters, photographs or other items so that they are preserved for the next generations. We can arrange for an appraisal that will allow you, subject to professional tax advice, to deduct the fair market value of the collection if and when you donate to the American Jewish Historical Society.

Donating your collection has two advantages: You know it will be kept safe in perpetuity for future generations of your family, and you will receive a charitable deduction for doing so.

With your approval, the materials you donate to AJHS will be digitized and made available on the AJHS website for researchers from around the world. You may also choose to restrict access to approved researchers. Should you not wish to donate your collections to AJHS at this time, we can still digitize every item and make an image of it available on DVD for any member of your family.

Project Costs

Archivist services, including collection assessment, organization, preservation and scanning, are billed at $50.00/hour, including travel time.

Special Family History Memberships at AJHS

AJHS offers Family History Memberships (tax deductible) at the Sponsor, Sustainer and Benefactor level that grant you special access to services and privileges at AJHS. For more information, see Membership and Gifts.

About the images:

Top left: Page from the notes of Samuel Gurvitz. Gurvitz visited Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Paris in January and February 1939 with the American Joint Distribution Committee. Gurvitz writes, “The last four days have been the most hectic of my entire life, three of them was spent, I should say suffered in Berlin and to-day at this Border Camp. Due to the political situation and the Nazi terror of Germany- it will be impossible for me to give names, places or my source of information- suffice to say, everything I record, I actually witnessed, was told me by the people that were tortured, or I received on impeachable authority.” His experiences that week included dining on a train with Nazi officials. Papers of Samuel Gurvitz, P-352.

Center, Right: Photograph of the Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, circa 1908. From the Papers of the Taylor-Tatelbaum Family, P-213.

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