Located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the archives houses the records of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, American Jewish communities (in particular, Cincinnati), records pertaining to American Reform Judaism, and Jewish institutions and individuals.
The American Jewish Historical Society provides access to more than 20 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present. Among the treasures of this heritage are the first American book published in Hebrew; the handwritten original of Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, which graces the Statue of Liberty; records of the nation’s leading Jewish communal organizations and important collections in the fields of education, philanthropy, science, sports, business and the arts. Founded in 1892, AJHS is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the nation. AJHS is one of five partner organizations at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.
Includes the National Sephardic Jewish Library, which collects resources pertaining to the Jewish history of Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Orient.
Includes archives documenting the history of Jewish communities on the North Shore of Boston, as well as books and videos. Please note that most of their collections are now housed at AJHS-NEA.
The Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts is a non-profit (501c3) organization whose goals are educational and cultural.
Offers a comprehensive archive of modern Jewish history as seen through the lens of journalists. It holds over a quarter-million articles that can be accessed for free on their website.
Enables archives and other resources pertaining to Jewish women to be available online. Their website also includes lesson plans, an encyclopedia of Jewish women, exhibits and oral histories.
The Leo Baeck Institute has an archive dedicated to the German-Jewish experience, and holds in its collections memoirs, art, and photographs.
Contains the Judaica collection of Rabbi Rosenthall, who began collecting Jewish art, postcards, books, illustrated journals, broadsides and other ephemera portraying Jewish life, custom, and culture.
The Yeshiva University Museum includes a repository for Jewish art and artifacts, including models of synagogues, Jewish children’s books, and early Israeli art.
YIVO’s library and archives holds collections pertaining to East European Jewry and holds an extensive collection of books and documents in Yiddish. They also hold materials on the Holocaust, the American immigration experience, European history and Jewish genealogy. Also worth an online visit is YIVO’s Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland.
A free genealogical website with databases and research tools to assist beginning and experienced genealogists in learning more about their Jewish heritage and families.
A non-profit organization, primarily supported by volunteers, that conducts meetings and promotes the study of genealogy.
A non-profit organization for people interested in exploring their Jewish genealogy. JGSGB conducts monthly workshops, meetings and seminars on a variety of topics related to Jewish genealogy and research.
Their website offers extensive databases for genealogists, as well as the NEHGS library catalog and information on seminars and lectures. NEHGS has a variety of resources for Jewish genealogists, too.
Boston Area Synagogue Archives
Temple Emanuel, Newton (please contact the Rabbi Marshall R. Lifson Library for more information)
New England State Archives
New England State Historical Societies
The website provides histories of all of the houses in the residential district of the Back Bay section of Boston. A useful resource for those doing research on the area.
The society, which was founded in Baltimore in 1901 by relatives of Yehuda Laib Romm and Rabbi Abraham Abramson, is believed to be oldest Jewish family society in the world.
The Center for Jewish History houses five institutions, each listed separately here: The American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardic Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
This website offers a wealth of resources, oral histories, photographs, databases and general information about Maine’s Jewish history.
This database contains records of over 19,000 burials in 21 Jewish cemeteries in the Western Massachusetts counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire.
The names in this extensive database cover the years 1844 to the present, and, when completed later this year, will offer access to more than 100,000 names of Jewish Americans buried in Massachusetts.
The Jewish Times (alternate titles: Boston Jewish Times, The Jewish Weekly Times) was a weekly paper that ran from 1945 to 1992. It covered much of the same ground as The Jewish Advocate but is another perspective on events impacting the Jewish community. It is also a rich source of information for genealogists.
The State Library has completed the digitization of the majority of its Massachusetts real estate atlas collection. The digitized collection of atlases includes 167 volumes with over 6,000 maps and other illustrations. They include statewide, county and municipal atlases from throughout the commonwealth, with the majority published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
The National Archives is a resource for vital records, ship manifests, immigration records, land records, and other materials of interest for genealogists.
This database is a listing of all organized Jewish group activities that appeared in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during the 19th century. Where possible, the founding or chartered date of the organization is provided, as well as the purpose, location of meetings, the length of the organization’s lifespan, and a listing of the more prominent members and officials.
The American Sephardi Federation (ASF) survey will focus on locations where Sephardim and Mizrahim are currently living; or where they are known to have resided in the past; and existing and defunct institutions that have served Sephardic populations.
The USHMM Archives contains microform reproductions of records from European countries, the former Soviet Union, Israel, Argentina, the United States and others, as well as the personal papers of Holocaust survivors, historians, and the staff of the International Military Tribunal. The archive also holds the records of the International Tracing Service.
Resources for Researchers
Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research (Society of American Archivists)