The HIAS collection, though one of the Society’s most significant and popular, is restricted to researchers because it is physically fragile. In order to make the HIAS case files and other documents easily available to anyone wishing to search them, the AJHS-NEA is seeking funds to digitize the entire collection, which includes thousands of individual case files and arrival cards. The collection also includes photographs, correspondence, and other documents, mostly dating from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Digitizing the HIAS archive would open a wealth of genealogical information up to a wider audience. Much of the information in the HIAS collection is unavailable elsewhere, and the AJHS believes that offering the collection to the public, free of charge, will increase its usage in research of the Holocaust, US immigration policies, WWII, and individual family histories.
The completion of this project would allow anyone to keyword search, download, print, or save records as well as to share information and communicate with other researchers using the collection.
If you would like to contribute to the AJHS-NEA’s effort to preserve the HIAS collection, please visit our website to donate online.