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Archive - American Jewish History Center Regional History Series Records

Identifier: ARC-10-/R.G-20

Scope and Contents Note

The American Jewish History Center was established in 1953 and aims, through the writing and publishing of histories of Jewish communities in America, to stress the spiritual contributions of Judaism to America and of America to Judaism. The records include minutes of Collegium, 1958–1960; newsletter of the Center, 1961; miscellaneous pamphlets, reports, and other material on American Jewish history, 1948–1967; and manuscript compilation of "American Jewish History Source Material." Specific types of records include: annual reports, birth register, certificates of membership, clippings, conference proceedings, constitution, correspondence, draft histories, financial records, history, newsletter, ledgers, manuscripts, minutes, notes, pamphlets, photographs, reports, scrapbooks, and a transcript of an interview.


  • Creation: 1948 - circa 1970


Languages or Scripts Used

Some materials are in Hebrew or Yiddish.


Materials are available by appointment only. To make an appointment and request materials in advance, contact the Librarian in charge of archival materials at: 212.678.8973 or via E-mail:

Portions of the collection which are microfilmed are closed for use; please use microfilm. The microfilm can be accessed at the circulation desk of The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary.


Materials in the Cleveland historical documents are fragile; microfilm of these materials must be used (MIC ARC 4). There are no other restrictions to accessing this collection, however, written permission is required to print or publish.

Historical Note

The American Jewish History Center was established in 1953 with a grant from the late Louis M. Rabinowitz. Its intentions were to interpret the impact of Judaism upon America and of America upon the Jews. A first step to achieving this goal is the publication of a series of regional histories of Jewish communities. The pilot project intended to study those of Cleveland, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the agricultural communities surrounding Vineland, New Jersey, southern Florida, and southern California, and Montreal, Canada. Four volumes in the series have been published.


11.97 Linear Feet (in 28.5 document boxes)

Collection Arrangement

The material is gathered by region as follows:

I. History of Jews of Los Angeles

II. Cleveland, OH Historical Documents

II. Milwaukee, WI Historical Documents

IV. Vineland, NJ Historical Documents

V. Philadelphia, PA Historical Documents

VI. AJHC Miscellany

Location Note

Materials are available (by appointment only) at The Special Collections Reading Room, The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Phone: 212.678.8973 or via E-mail:

Source of Acquisition

The records for this collection come from diverse sources, many of which are currently are undocumented. The materials about Vineland, N.J. were donated by Dr. Joseph Brandes of Fair Lawn, N.J.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm copies available for Cleveland historical documents, call # MIC ARC 4. In-house use only.

Related Materials Note

The following volumes were produced by the American Jewish History Center, Regional History Series:

Immigrants to Freedom : Jewish communities in rural New Jersey since 1882 by Joseph. Brandes, call # F145.J5 B7 1971 c.3

The History of the Jews of Los Angeles by Max. Vorspan, Lloyd P. Gartner, 1927-; Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 1970, call # F869 L8V6 1970 c.3

The History of the Jews in Milwaukee by Louis J. Swichkow and Lloyd P. Gartner; call # F589.M6 S85

The History of the Jews of Cleveland by Lloyd P. Gartner, Call # Reference F499.C6 G3

Processing Information Note

The initial survey of materials was conducted by Daniel Soyer in September of 1986. Sometime later the material was sorted into acid-free folders and boxes, but photocopying of acidic materials has not been carried out and folders were not numbered. The box list does not reflect folder titles, but the general content of each box.

Genre / Form



Guide to the American Jewish History Center Regional History Series Records
1948 - circa 1970
Daniel Soyer; rev. Michala Biondi.
October 1986.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Funding for the retrospective conversion of the original finding aid documents to produce this guide using Archivists’ Toolkit was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Edition statement
2nd edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary Repository

3080 Broadway
New York N.Y. 10027 USA