Archive - American Jewish History Center Regional History Series Records
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
- Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Organization)
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: email@example.com.
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Materials in the Cleveland historical documents are fragile; microfilm of these materials must be used (MIC ARC 4).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.
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)
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 Cleveland, OH Historical Documents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 Milwaukee, WI Historical Documents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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
- American Jewish History Center (Organization)
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service (Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Jewish Social Service Association (Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Hebrew Relief Association (Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Federated Jewish Charities (Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Milwaukee Jewish Council. (Organization)
- Chevra Bikur Cholim (Congregation : Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Congregation B’ne Jeshurun (Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Congregation Emanu-El (Milwaukee, Wis.) (Organization)
- Crystal, Jacob (Person)
- Freibart, Edward (Person)
- Resnikoff, Charles (Person)
- Brandes, Joseph (Person)
- Swichkow, Louis J. (Person)
Genre / Form
- Cleveland (Ohio) -- Religious and ecclesiastical institutions
- Cleveland (Ohio) -- Religious life and customs
- Cleveland (Ohio) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Jews -- New Jersey -- Vineland
- Jews -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Religious life and customs
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
- Milwaukee (Wis.) -- History.
- Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Religious and ecclesiastical institutions.
- Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Religious life and customs.
- Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
- Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Genealogy
- Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Religious and ecclesiastical institutions
- Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Religious life and customs
- Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Statistics, Vital
- Vineland (N.J.) -- History
- Anshe Chesed Congregation (Cleveland, Ohio) Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland
- Benevolent societies -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
- Congregation Beth Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Finance
- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Milwaukee Chapter
- Insurance, Burial -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
- Jewish learning and scholarship.
- Jewish women -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Societies and clubs
- Jewish women -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- Societies and clubs.
- Jews -- California -- Los Angeles -- History
- Jews -- Charities -- Societies, etc.
- Jews -- New Jersey -- History
- Jews -- New Jersey -- Woodbine
- Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
- Jews -- United States -- History.
- Labor Zionism -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
- New Jersey -- Relgious life and customs
- Vineland (N.J.) -- Religious life and customs
- Woodbine (N.J.) -- Religious life and customs
- 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.