Reference Requests

The Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS welcomes reference questions about our collections. Please visit our Collections page to learn more about the materials located at our archive. If you have a specific reference question and do not require more extensive research, you may contact us at 617-226-1245 or and we will be happy to assist you. You can also submit your reference question to us using the form provided below.

Visiting the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

Scheduling an appointment is required. Although many of our collections have been digitized, several are stored in an off-site facility and we require at least two weeks to ensure the collection you need can be delivered in time for your appointment.  Please call 617-226-1245 or email for more information and to schedule your appointment.

Reading Room Hours

Our reading room hours are Monday through Thursday, 9AM-5 PM, and Friday 9AM-2PM.


The staff is available to help researchers with their photocopying, research, photography and genealogy requests. Due to the additional time involved in satisfying these requests, we must charge fees for certain services.

We accept payments by cash or check.

Research Services

Staff time is limited to 20 minutes per patron for reference questions. More extensive or intensive research services are available on a fee-for-service basis for individuals and institutions. Please contact us at 617-226-1245 or at for more information.

$50 per hour for research services
1 hour minimum

Photocopy and Digital Archive Services

Hourly labor charge for copying and/or researching the digital archives- $25 per hour

$0.25 per photocopied or PDF page, plus postage, if applicable.
$5.00 minimum for all photocopy/PDF orders requested from off-site.

Please note that certain restrictions may be placed on photocopy requests. These include restrictions based upon the condition of material and copyright compliance. In some cases, written permission of a donor or author of the document is required. Staff members have the final authority regarding what may or may not be photocopied.