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: The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) is a non-profit Jewish cemetery association that owns and manages more than 105 cemeteries in the Greater Boston area. This is an ongoing project.

Organized Jewish Group Activity in 19th Century Massachusetts Database: 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.

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.)