The Rochlin Guide to Western Jewish Historical Societies, Museums & Archives

I began www.rochlin-roots-west.com seventeen years ago to offer worldwide my own works on Western Jewish history in fact and fiction. While doing the extensive research each required, I relied heavily on the ever-growing collections of Western Jewish historical societies, archives, and museums cropping up throughout the region. Eager to share these invaluable sources with other seekers, I dedicated a section of my website to the names and contact numbers of each. When researchers query, I'm pleased to direct them to one of these sources. I take pride in keeping this information current. Please advise me of any changes in contact names and numbers and of any societies or collections that merit inclusion but have been left off our list.
- Harriet Rochlin. RochlinRootsWest@gmail.com

Western Jewish Historical Societies

 

ARIZONA

Arizona Jewish Historical Society &
Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

122 E. Culver Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hours: M-F 10:30am-4:00pm
Lawrence Bell, Ph.D. Executive Director
Jack Fradin, Archivist/Administrator

Tel: (602) 241-7870
Fax: (602) 264-9773
Email: azjhs@aol.com
Website: http://www.azjhs.org/
See ARCHIVES for AJHS collections, finding aids and contact numbers.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society seeks to preserve the rich heritage of Arizona's Jewish Communities and educate the public about the Jewish contribution to Arizona life. Their collections include oral histories, photos, sound excerpts and music.

The Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage center is located in a restored synagogue and annex that served as a sanctuary, religious school and social center for the local Jewish community from 1922-1949, and then as a Baptist church for Chinese- and Spanish-speaking residents, before falling into disrepair. It is now available to people of all faiths for educational and social functions. Call (602) 241-2870 for information and reservations.

CALIFORNIA

Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley
P.O. Box 6753
Napa, CA 94581
Donna Mendelsohn, Co-Chair
Email: donna@dmendee.com
Tel: (707) 251-9092
Zoe Kahn, Second Co-Chair
Email: info@jhsnv.org
Founding Date: 2002
Website: http://www.jhsnv.org/contact.html

The Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve its Jewish heritage by providing programming and education to the Napa Valley. Its diversity is represented in the selection of programs, films and other content. It created a permanent exhibit, "The Jews of the Valley," at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville and commissioned the book, Under the Vine and Fig Tree: The Jews of Napa Valley, available from the society for a total of $26.00, tax, shipping and handling included.

Jewish Historical Society of San Diego
1934 Pentuckett Avenue

San Diego, CA 92104-5732
Laurel Schwartz, Archives Curator
Tel: (619) 232-5888
Fax: (619) 233-5833
Email: laurelschwartz@cox.net
Website: http://jewishstudies.sdsu.edu/archives.htm
Founding Date: 1980
See ARCHIVES for JHSSD collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

Founded in 1980, the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate information about San Diego's Jewish past. It is the only organization dedicated to this purpose. The Society maintains a local Jewish community archives which was established in 1999. The Archives is a repository for the documents, records, photographs and papers of the Jewish community. The Archives accepts both personal and communal materials relating to the Jewish community of San Diego. Donated materials will be organized, stored in archival cartons, cataloged and made available to researchers and to the community.

Jewish Historical Society of Southern California
6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 370
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Stephen J. Sass, President of the JHSSC, The Breed Street Shul Project, & Vice-Chair of the L.A. County Historical Landmarks & Records Commission
Tel: (323)761-8950
Fax: (323)761-8952
Email: JHSociety@aol.com
Website: http://www.jewishhistoricalsociety.org/
Breed Street Shul Project
247 N. Breed St.
Los Angeles CA, 90033
Tel: (323) 881-4850
Sherry Marks, Executive Director of BSS Project
Email: smarks@breedstreetshul.org
Website: http://www.breedstreetshul.org
Founding Date: 1952

The Jewish Historical Society of Southern California has produced lectures, exhibits, publications and oral histories concerning Jewish life and culture in Southern California. In 1996 they produced a film, "Meet Me at Brooklyn and Soto," celebrating the Jewish community of East Los Angeles. A current major project is the rehabilitation of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. Sass has also agreed to write a monthly article on Los Angeles Jewish History for the JEWISH JOURNAL.

Orange County Jewish Historical Society
Jewish Federation & Family Services
1 Federation Way, Suite 210
Irvine, CA 92603
Dalia Taft, Archivist 

Tel: (949) 435-3484 ext. 296
Fax: (949) 435-3485
Email: historical@jffs.org
Website: http://www.JewishOrangeCounty.org/historical
Founding Date: 1999
See ARCHIVES for OCJHS collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

The society was established in 1999 in order to discover and preserve the history of the Jewish community in Orange County, and to promote public awareness of Jewish contributions to the Orange County way of life. The society's ongoing projects include the Living History Program and the digitizing of images from their archives. Additionally, it publishes a monthly column in Orange County Jewish Life on local Jewish history and activities. The society's documentary California Orange Jews: The Story of the Jews of Orange County was recently featured in the International Film Festival at the 30th Annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
333 Washington Blvd. #336
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Dolores Sloan, President
Email: dsloanauthor@gmail.com
Arthur Benveniste, Vice-President/ Membership
Email: artbenven@aol.com
Lillooet Nordlinger, Vice President/ Communications
Email: lillooetster@gmail.com
General Inquiry: cryptojews@pop.powweb.com
Website: http://www.cryptojews.com/
Founding Date: 1990

The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) fosters the research of the historical and contemporary development of crypto-Jews of Iberian origin. Additionally, it provides a venue for the descendants of crypto-Jews, scholars, and other interested parties to network and discuss pertinent issues. The society also has an annual conference, a quarterly journal, HaLapid, and an online newsletter, La Granada, starting in Fall 2011. HaLapid includes includes articles, personal stories, reviews of conferences and books and member interviews. Past issues can be found on the society's website. La Granada covers announcements, current events and issues. The society also joins Florida International University in publishing the annual Journal of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto Jews.

COLORADO

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives, part of the Center for Judaic Studies and Special Collections, Penrose Library, University of Denver

University of Denver:
Penrose Library, Special Collections
2150 E. Evans Ave.

Denver, CO 80208
Dr. Jeanne Abrams, Director Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society & Beck Archives
Tel: (303) 871-3016
Fax: (303) 871-3037
Email: jeanne.abrams@du.edu
Website: http://www.du.edu/cjs/rocky_mountain_jewish_historical_society.html
Founding Date: 1976
See ARCHIVES for RMJHS collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

Together with its Beck Memorial Archives, the Historical Society preserves the history of Jews in the West through exhibits, lectures, regional field trips, publications and a video documentary to serve the needs of scholars and other individuals interested in Jewish Western history.

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Naomi Sandweiss, President
Tel: (505) 348-4471
Fax: (505) 821-3974
Email: admin@nmjhs.org
Website: http://www.nmjhs.org
Founding Date: 1985
See ARCHIVES for NMJHS collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

The Society is a secular organization which solicits membership and participation of all people interested in a greater understanding of New Mexico's Jewish heritage in all its diversity and strives to present this heritage within a broad cultural context. NMJHS publishes a Newsletter quarterly and holds genealogy programs and annual meetings.

TEXAS

Dallas Jewish Historical Society
Dallas Jewish Community Center

7900 Northaven Road
Dallas, TX 75230
Debra Polsky, Executive Director
Tel: (214) 239-7108
Email: dpolsky@djhs.org
Alexis Ferguson, Archivist
Tel: (214) 239-7116
Email: aferguson@djhs.org
Website: www.djhs.org
Founding Date: 1970
See ARCHIVES for DJHS collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

Founded in 1970, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society serves as a repository for materials spanning the entire 20th century. Among its holdings are records of major Jewish organizations, personal papers of Jewish individuals and families, and records of some Jewish-owned businesses. A growing oral history collection consists of more than 300 interviews, some with transcripts. The Society continues to actively pursue new acquisitions that demonstrate the contributions and growth of the Jewish community in the greater Dallas area. It also has a genealogy component for those interested in tracing their family roots.

Texas Jewish Historical Society
P.O. Box 10193

Austin, TX 78766-0193
Howard Milstein, President
Tel:(903) 757-4036
Email: president@txjhs.org
Website: http://www.txjhs.org/
Founding Date: 1980
See ARCHIVES for TJHS collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

The purpose of the Society is to collect, preserve, publish and disseminate materials having relevance to the settlement and history of Jews in Texas and their participation in its social, economic, religious, political, professional and cultural growth. A quarterly Newsletter and a Speakers Bureau are available, as well as two traveling exhibits for schools, congregations and organizations.

WASHINGTON

Washington State Jewish Historical Society
2031 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Lisa Kranseler, Executive Director
Tel: (206) 774-2277
Email: lkranseler@wsjhs.org
Website: http://www.wsjhs.org/
Founding Date: 1968
See ARCHIVES for WSJHS collections, finding aids and contact numbers.

The Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington State. This history is shared through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, and tours in collaboration with the University of Washington libraries.

 

Western Jewish Museums

ARIZONA

Congregation Beth Israel, Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum
10460 N. 56th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Carol Reynolds, Director
Tel: (480) 951-0323 ext. 121
Email: creynolds@cbiaz.org
Website: http://www.cbiaz.org/about/museum

Founded in 1967 at Congregation Beth Israel, the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum has grown to be one of the Southwest's most important institutions of education in the Jewish heritage. With a full program of exhibits, events and activities, the Museum offers all audiences a unique insight into the 5,000 years of Jewish culture.

Jewish History Museum
564 South Stone Avenue
P.O. Box 889
Tucson, AZ 85701
Judy Rose Sensibar, Executive Director
Tel: (520) 670-9073
Fax: (520) 670-9078
Email: JHMTucson@gmail.com
Website: http://jewishhistorymuseum.org/index.php

Museum hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
                                  Friday: Noon - 3 pm

Housed in the oldest synagogue building in Arizona, the collections of the Jewish History Museum include papers, photographs, oral histories, textiles, books and religious objects from the pioneer period 1854 through the modern era. The collection is being catalogued and will in the near future be accessible online. Researchers may access the collections via the museum office

CALIFORNIA

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 655-7800
Email:info@thecjm.org
Public Relations: Nina Sazevich
Tel: (415) 752-2483
Email: nina@sazevichpr.com
Website: http://www.thecjm.org/

Museum hours: Monday: 11 am - 5 pm
                                  Tuesday: 11 am - 5 pm
                                  Wednesday: Closed
                                  Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm
                                  Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
                                  Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
                                  Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.

Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.

The CJM makes the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience. We accomplish this through innovative exhibitions and programs that educate, challenge, and inspire

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 93710
Tel: (510) 643-2526
Email: (General Inquiries): magnes@library.berkeley.edu
Email: (Research & Collections): magnesresearch@library.berkeley.edu
Press Contact: Jose Rodriguez
Email: rodriguez@berkeley.edu
Tel: (510) 643 -7123
Website: http://www.magnes.org/
See ARCHIVES for the Magnes collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

Museum hours: Tueday - Friday: 11 am - 4 pm

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is based on the holdings of the former Judah L. Magnes Museum, one of the first Jewish museums in the United States, founded in Berkeley in 1962 by Seymour Fromer and his wife, Rebecca Camhi Fromer.

Reflecting the guiding concerns of American Jewry after the Holocaust, the Magnes focused on preserving the legacy of vanishing communities around the world. Its founding paralleled the establishment of Jewish studies as an academic field, and the museum continued to involve leading scholars, including UC Berkeley faculty and students, in the development and interpretation of its holdings. Responding to the ethos of pluralism of the 1960's, the Magnes expanded the canon of Jewish cultural history, integrating visual, musical and material cultures with traditional text-focused approaches.
The museum's first significant acquisition, in 1967, was the Siegfried S. Strauss Collection, which included hundreds of Jewish ritual objects, documents, rare books and manuscripts from Europe. Subsequently, its unique perspective led to collecting beyond the boundaries of Western societies, and embraced the Jewish cultures of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. At the same time, the Magnes pioneered the study and documentation of regional Jewish history in the American West.

Over the years, through purchases and generous gifts, the Magnes has continued to expand the scope of its collection including modern and contemporary art, music, and rare books and manuscripts in Hebrew and other Jewish languages.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tel: (310) 440-4500
Email: info@skirball.org
Website: http://www.skirball.org/

The Skirball's mission is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life.

The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs, Zeidler's Café, and Audrey's Museum store, and a new interactive family destination inspired by the Noah's Ark story-all in a stunning architectural setting designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. More than 600,000 people visit the Skirball each year. They may be coming to enjoy an exhibition, attend a music program, participate in a meeting hosted by a community organization, educational institution, or local business, or partake in a life-cycle event such as a baby naming, wedding, or memorial service. The Skirball's acclaimed school program serves more than 60,000 children and teachers annually from public, private, and parochial schools.

The Skirball's core exhibition, Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America, traces the experiences and accomplishments of the Jewish people over four thousand years. The galleries include multimedia installations, rare artifacts, photographs, interactive computer stations, and sound recordings that lead visitors on the Jewish people's journey, culminating with their history in the United States. The story presented is about retaining one's own culture while adapting to life in America. As with all Skirball exhibitions and programs, it seeks to communicate universal themes to people of all heritages and beliefs.

The Jewish Museum of the American West
22711 Cass Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel: (818) 225-9631
Email: Curator@jmaw.org
Website: http://www.jmaw.org/

This virtual museum was created by the Western States Jewish History Association, an organization started in 1968, whose primary focus is the involvement of the Jews in the development of the American West. As the association expanded, it created the Jewish Museum of the American West, beginning with an archive of photographs gathered by Dr. Norton Stern and Rabbi William Kramer. The museum consists of online exhibition halls specific to each state (with Alaska and Hawaii soon to come). Headed by David Epstein, the collection is an excellent, modern way of accessing information on the rich and abundant Western Jewish pioneer past.

COLORADO

Mizel Museum
400 South Kearney Street
Denver, CO 80224-1238
Ellen Premack, Executive Director
Tel: (303) 749-5011
Email: ellen@mizelmuseum.org
Georgina Kolber, Curator of Exhibitions,
Collections and Programs
Tel: (303) 749-5014
Email: gkolber@mizelmuseum.org
Website: http://www.mizelmuseum.org/

Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 am - 4:30 pm
                                  Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm (Free admission from 5-8 pm
                                  Friday: 9 am - 4:30 pm
                                  First Sunday of the month 11 am - 4 pm

Jewish and national holidays are observed.

The Mizel Museum was founded by Dr. Rabbi Stanley Wagner and Denver philanthropists Carol and Larry A. Mizel in 1982 to bring attention to Jewish art, history, culture, and Jewish life in Colorado. Its inaugural exhibition was titled "Denver Jewry Through the Years: A Family Album." Over the years, it has grown from a small ethnic museum to a nationally-recognized, award-winning institution reaching broad local and regional audiences with cross-cultural programs that promote dialogue, reflection and creativity. A sampling of its many exhibitions and outreach programs includes: "Bridges of Understanding," which focuses on the ceremonies and festivals of major cultural groups worldwide, including the Jewish people; and "Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)," which featured sayings of 54 participants from 27 countries, each expressed in its own language. The Mizel Museum also offers family events, summer camps, and classes in art, dance, and crafts for children of all faiths.

OREGON

Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney Street
Portland, OR 97209-3925
Judith Margles, Executive Director
Tel: (503) 226-3600 ext.103
Fax: (503) 226-1800
Email: judy@ojm.org
Website: http://www.ojm.org
Museum hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10:30 am - 4 pm
                                  Friday 10:30 am - 3 pm
                                  Saturday & Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Admission: $6, $4 for students and seniors,
free for members and children under 12.
See ARCHIVES for OJM collections, finding aids, and contact numbers.

The history of the Oregon Jewish Museum began in 1974 when a group of volunteers formed the Oregon Jewish Historical Society and embarked on an extensive oral history project. Two decades later, this archival collection was acquired by and served as the foundation for the then homeless museum. In need of a space to house its ever-growing collection, the Oregon Jewish Museum moved first to a donated office suite in Northwest Portland and then to a small, storefront location in Portland's Old Town. At these locations the museum established itself through several successful exhibitions, public programs, and the publication of a quarterly newsletter. Most recently, the Museum relocated to a new 6,400 square-foot facility in Northwest Portland, where, for the first time, it hosts multiple, concurrent exhibitions. A newly equipped auditorium with multimedia equipment has become the site of new programs that include films, lectures, chamber music, poetry readings, and intimate theatre experiences.

 

Western Jewish Archives

ARIZONA

Arizona Jewish Historical Society Archives
122 E. Culver Street.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hours: M-F 10:30-4pm
Lawrence Bell, Ph.D. Executive Director
Email: azjhs@aol.com
Jack Fradin, Archivist/ Administrator

Tel: (602) 241-7870 
Fax: (602) 264-9773 
Email: jaxnice@aol.com
Website: http://www.azjhs.org/
Finding Aid: https://azjhs.org/Online_Exhibits.html
Collection: More than 200 linear feet.

The society houses a large archival collection, consisting of more than 200 linear feet of documents, photographs, oral histories, artifacts, and other memorabilia and has posted photos on the Arizona Memory Project. These materials are available to the public for research and educational purposes. Their online collections can be accessed on their website.

The Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives
University of Arizona Library, Special Collections
University of Arizona Libraries
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055 
Tel: (520) 621-6423
Fax: (520) 621-2709
Email: askspcoll@u.library.arizona.edu
Stuart Glogoff
Email: stuartg@email.arizona.edu
Website: http://swja.arizona.edu/
Finding Aid: http://swja.arizona.edu/content/university-arizona-library-manuscript-collection-finding-aids

The Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives at the University of Arizona Library is a research collection dedicated to collecting and recording the dramatic history of pioneer Jews in the Desert Southwest, covering Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas.

Papers of David A. and Leona G. Bloom, ca. 1980 - 1995
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/papers-david-a1916-2001-and-leona-g-bloom-1913-1995-ca-1980-1995
4 Boxes, 3 Linear Feet, Four Scrapbooks, 77 Names and Subjects, 8 Subject Fields.

Capin Family Business Records, 1895-1995
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/capin-family-business-records-1895-1995-bulk-1930-1992
13 Boxes, Approx. 15 Linear Feet, 10 Names and Subjects, 10 Subject Fields.

Papers of Floyd S. Fierman, ca. 1850 - 1995 
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/floyd-s-fierman-1917-1989
7 Boxes, 8.5 Linear Feet, 377 Names and Subjects, 16 Subject Fields.

Arizona Reference Files, ca. 1850 - 1998
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/arizona-reference-files-ca-1850-1998-bulk-1870-1970
9 Boxes, 11 Linear Feet, 1219 Names and Subjects, 11 Subject Fields.

Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives Audiotapes Collection 1980s-1990s
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/bloom-southwest-jewish-archives-audio-tapes-collection-1980s-1990s-nd
47 Taped Programs (some programs consist of more than one cassette),
Approx. 1.5 Linear Feet, 47 Subjects, 8 Subject Fields.

Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives Photograph Collection, ca. 1850 - ca. 1995
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/bloom-southwest-jewish-archives-photograph-collection-ca-1850-ca-1995
7 Boxes, Approx. 2.8 Linear Feet, 245 Names and Subjects, 13 Subject Fields.

Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives Videocassettes, 1986 - [ongoing]
http://swja.arizona.edu/content/bloom-southwest-jewish-archives-videocassettes-1986-ongoing
19 Video Tapes (program number 1 contains three tapes; tape number 17 contains two programs), 17 Total Subjects, 6 Subject Fields.

Fred Rochlin Papers
University of Arizona Library, Special Collections
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Tel: (520) 621-6423 
Fax: (520) 621-9733 
Erika Castaño, Digital Archivist, Special Collections
Tel: (520) 307-4227 
Fax: (520) 621-2709
Email: castanoe@u.library.arizona.edu
Finding Aid:
http://www.azarchivesonline.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/uoa/UAMS401.xml;query=;brand=default
Collection # MS401, 63.75 linear ft.

The Fred Rochlin Papers contain material relating to his research on the southwestern Jewish community. The collection includes photographs, historical books, and early picture postcards, in addition to abundant material relevant to the history of Jewish individuals, families, commercial operations, and communal institutions in Arizona, principally southern Arizona.

CALIFORNIA

Harriet Rochlin Collection of Western Jewish History 
A1713 UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575 
Tel: (310) 825-4988 
Fax: (310) 206-1864
Email: speccoll-paging@library.ucla.edu
Finding Aid: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt9p3022wh 
Availability: Collection stored off-site at SRLF. Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Collection #1689, 41 Linear Ft., 82 boxes, 1 oversize box

The collection consists of biographical information relating to Jewish individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the American Far West. It includes interviews, memoirs, oral histories, a hand-written book of business records, personal correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, book excerpts, advertisements, professional listings, affidavits, notes, maps, brochures, photographs, and taped interviews. She started the collection with materials gathered in the 1960s and 1970s to write eleven articles on Jewish life in California, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico. The collection grew significantly after she and her husband, Fred Rochlin, contracted in 1982 with Houghton Mifflin to write an illustrated social history, Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West. She wrote the text; he created the three illustrated two-page spreads and collected images. A 268-page inventory serves as a guide and can be found with the finding aid.

Harriet Rochlin Collection of Photographs of Western Jewish Life
A1713 UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575 
Tel: (310) 825-4988 

Fax: (310) 206-1864
Email: speccoll-paging@library.ucla.edu
Finding Aid: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt1q2nc9vr
Collection #441: 2248 photographs, 1623 photocopies in fourteen boxes, 7 linear feet, and 36 exhibition photographs in four oversize boxes.

Harriet Rochlin began collecting Western Jewish photographs to illustrate the essays and articles she was writing on Jewish pioneering in the West and northern Mexico. The collection rapidly expanded after 1982 when she and her husband, Fred Rochlin, contracted with Houghton Mifflin to compose an illustrated social history, Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West, a work spanning Jewish life in the Spanish, Mexican, and American Far West from 1571 to 1912. She is currently completing a documentary, social, and pictorial history titled A Mixed Chorus: Jewish Women in the American West 1849 to 1924.

Jewish Historical Society of San Diego Archives in Conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program
Located in the Irving and Sylvia Snyder Reading Room, #363
and Special Collections & University Archives
Malcolm Love Library, San Diego State University
Laurel Schwartz, Archivist & Curator
Tel: (619) 232-5888
Email: laurelschwartz@cox.net
Website: http://www.jewishstudies.sdsu.edu/archives.htm
Search Page: http://jhssandiego.pastperfect-online.com
Collections: 51.27 linear feet.

As the repository for the papers of the local Jewish community, the Archives house both personal and communal materials from the mid-19th century to the late-20th century, which are available to all researchers. Though the collections are comprised of material about the San Diego area, their substance embraces many disciplines, transcending local Jewish history. Plans are underway to house the collections in the Special Collections and University Archives Department of the Library. In order to browse the collection, go to the website listed above. Additional information on the collections can be accessed through the search page. To view the collections call (619) 232-5888 for an appointment.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library
Western Jewish Americana Archives

The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Tel. Administration Office: (510) 642-3781
Tel. Reference Desk: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: (General Inquiries): magnes@library.berkeley.edu
Email: (Research & Collections): magnesresearch@library.berkeley.edu
Website: http://www.magnes.org/collections/archives/western-jewish-americana 
Collection: Approximately 2500 linear feet.

In 2010 the Judah L. Magnes Museum and the Western Jewish History Center became part of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The voluminous collection of Jewish Western Americana is now being processed for renewed public access. Researchers who wish to acquaint themselves with the holdings may browse the website noted above, which includes a list of the portions currently open to researchers.  The list is updated approximately every two weeks as additional collections become accessible.

These 500+ collections document Jewish life in the Western United States (especially California) since the Gold Rush. A description of each collection may be browsed by Creator name. Individuals and family creators are listed by last name (for example: Kahn, Julius or Lilienthal family). Institutional creators are listed by full name (for example: Eureka Benevolent Society or Jewish Council of 1933). Congregational records are listed under the proper name of the Congregation (for example: Emanu-El or Beth Israel).

Until the reorganization of the Magnes Collection of Western Jewish Americana at the Bancroft has been completed, historians may also search for materials on individuals, families and organizations listed in theWJHC Guide to Archival and Oral History Collections (1987) and The Jews of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, 1849-1919 (1973).

The Orange County Jewish Historical Society Archive
Samueli Jewish Campus
Jewish Federation & Family Services
1 Federation Way, Suite 210
Irvine, CA 92603
Dalia Taft, Archivist
Tel: (949) 435-3484 ext. 296
Fax: (949) 435-3485
Email: historical@jfoc.org
Website: http://www.JewishOrangeCounty.org/historical

The archives consist of both personal and community materials relating to the history of the Jewish community of Orange County, dating back to 1858. They are in the process of being organized and digitized. The archives are currently unavailable to the public, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.

Western States Jewish History Archive, 1800-2004
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575 
Tel: (310) 825-2930
Fax: (310) 206-1864
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
Finding Aid: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt796nf323
Availability: Collection stored off-site at SRLF. Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information
Collection #1739, 93 Linear Ft., 186 boxes.

The Western States Jewish History Archive contains the compiled research and activities of the Society's two founders, Dr. Norton Stern and Rabbi William Kramer. The bulk of the collection includes research files on individuals, institutions and organizations, and synagogues throughout the western states with an emphasis on California. Some offer original primary source materials, while others are largely comprised of newspaper clippings and research notes. Some files contain internal documents -- meeting minutes, memos, and legal and financial records -- in addition to newsletters, pamphlets and other public materials. Kramer's personal and professional papers are also in the collection.

COLORADO

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Archives & Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, Part of the Center for Judaic Studies and Special Collections, Penrose Library, University of Denver 
University of Denver:
Penrose Library, Special Collections
2150 E. Evans Ave. 
Denver, CO 80208
Dr. Jeanne Abrams, Director Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society & Beck Society
Tel: (303) 871-3016 
Fax: (303) 871-3037
Email: jabrams@du.edu 
Website: http://libguides.du.edu/content.php?pid=102320&sid=771347
Collection: Approximately 2100 linear feet.

Together with its Beck Memorial Archives, the Historical Society preserves a variety of materials including manuscripts, private papers, institutional records, oral histories, photographs, newspapers, memorabilia and microfilmed documents which reflect the history of organizations, businesses and the lives of individuals who have contributed to the building of Jewish life in the Rocky Mountains.

HAWAII

Hon. Bernard H. Levinson Hawaii Jewish Archives
Temple Emanu-El
2550 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
Richard Field, Executive Director
Larry Seth Steinberg, Archivist
Tel: (808) 595-7521 ext. 215
Fax: (808) 595-6306
Email: executivedirector@shaloha.com
Website: http://www.shaloha.com
Collection: 40.2 linear feet.

Availability: Queries accepted by email, mail or telephone. Visits by appointment.
Bernard H. Levinson was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii from 1967-1974. This distinctive collection, possibly the only one of its kind, traces Jewish life in Hawaii. Documents date back to the 1840s; Jewish settlers began to arrive in the 1850s. The collection includes letters, articles, photographs, cassette tapes, and miscellaneous slides.

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Archives
New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
1205 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Melissa Salazar, AHS Division Director 
Tel: (505) 476-7951
Email: melissa.salazar@state.nm.us
Tel: (505) 476-7908
Fax: (505) 476-7909
Email: archives@rain.state.nm.us
Website: http://www.nmjhs.org/archives.html
Hours: 12:00 pm -- 4:30 pm, Monday -- Friday
Collection: 25.5 linear feet.

The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society's collection includes historical materials that document the Jewish presence in New Mexico. It includes documents, photographs, maps, record books, audio and videotapes that have both Jewish and New Mexican content and significance.

OREGON

Oregon Jewish Museum Archive
1953 NW Kearney Street
Portland, OR 97209-3925
Anne Levant Prahl, Curator of Collections
Tel: (503) 226-3600 ext. 102
Fax: (503) 226-1800
Email: curator@ojm.org
Website: http://www.ojm.org
Onsite research: by appointment
Museum hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10:30 am -- 4:00 pm 
Friday 10:30 am -- 3:00 pm 
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Admission: $6, $4 for students and seniors, free for members
Collection: 180 linear feet.

The Archives Collection includes approximately 180 linear feet of personal papers, institutional records, and ephemeral material dating from 1850 to present, representing 500 individuals, families, organizations and business. It is the largest collection of the documented and visual history of the Jewish people in Oregon in existence. Materials include documents, manuscripts, records, photographs (around 4500), diaries, albums, prints, various media and other historical source material.

TEXAS

Dallas Jewish Historical Society Archives
Dallas Jewish Community Center 
7900 Northaven Road 
Dallas, TX 75230
Alexis Ferguson, Archivist
Tel: (214) 239-7116 
Email: aferguson@djhs.org
Website: http://www.djhs.org/archival-holdings
Collection: Approximately 550 linear feet.

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society began as the Dallas Jewish Archives in 1970 under the umbrella of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. The organization evolved into the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and is now independent from the Federation. While their offices and state-of-the-art archival vault are in the Jewish Community Center, they operate independently. They house the records of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and of the Jewish Community Center, as well as those of many other Jewish organizations and Jewish-run businesses in Dallas. Their holdings also include personal papers of many of Dallas's outstanding Jewish individuals and families and span more than a century of Jewish history in Dallas. Historical queries are welcomed.

Texas Jewish Historical Society Archives
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
University of Texas Center for American History
Sid Richardson Hall 2.101

1 University Station D1100
Austin, TX 78712-0335
Stephanie Malmros, Head of Archives
Tel: (512) 495-4557
Email: smalmros@austin.utexas.edu
Website: www.cah.utexas.edu
Finding Aid: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00255/cah-00255.html
Collection: 78 linear feet, 3 inches.

The Texas Jewish Historical Society Records document the mission of the organization to collect, publish, and preserve Jewish history in all areas of Texas and Texas life. The collection is arranged into sixteen series: administration; family history; people by occupation; communities; Texas State Jewish organizations; religion/rabbis and cantors; religious congregations; cemeteries; photographic material; audio, video and film; sheet music; Faye Brachman papers; Howard Lackman files; Rabbi Levi Olan sermons; and Assorted files. The administration series contains the administrative records of the Texas Jewish Historical Society and includes a substantial amount of material from the 1990 TJHS publication, Deep In the Heart: Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, by Ruthe Winegarten and Cathy Schechter. Materials relating to Family History, People by Occupation, Communities, Texas State Jewish Organizations, Religion/Rabbis and Cantors, Religious Congregations can also be found in the project files of the Administration series.

UTAH

Utah Jewish Archives
University of Utah, Marriott Library Special Collections
295 S. 1500 E. RM Dock
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860

Stan Larson, Curator of Manuscripts 
Tel: (801) 581-8863 
Fax: (801) 585-3464
 
Email: stan.larson@utah.edu 
Website: www.lib.utah.edu/collections/manuscripts.php
Finding Aid: http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv05032
Collection: 18 linear ft.

The Jewish Archives (1831-1990) is largely comprised of records from three Salt Lake City congregations: B'nai Israel, Montefiore, and Kol Ami. Included in the collection are correspondence, meeting minutes, ledgers, financial records, scrapbooks, and historical and biographical materials. Also present is a copy of the 1990 proclamation by Salt Lake City concerning the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. Additional materials regarding the Jewish community in Utah include documents from the Mutual Progressive Association from the 1920s and 1930s, scrapbooks representing the activities of Hadassah, and various materials documenting the activities of other Jewish community organizations.

WASHINGTON

Washington State Jewish Archives 
University of Washington
Allen Library, Special Collections
P.O. Box 352900 
Seattle, WA 98195
Melinda Van Wingen, Archivist
Tel: (206) 543-1895
Fax: (206) 685-8049
Email: mvanwin@uw.edu
Website: http://guides.lib.washington.edu/jewish

The Jewish Archives documents the history of Jewish communities in Washington State, beginning with the earliest settlers in 1853. The Archives consist of organizational records, personal papers, memoirs, correspondence, photographs, and over 300 taped and transcribed oral interviews with members of Jewish communities throughout the state. The holdings are preserved in a climate-controlled, closed-access setting in Special Collections in the basement of Allen Library at the University of Washington. The University of Washington provides staff who administer the materials. The Archivist, Mindy Van Wingen, will be available to assist you in your research.

 

 

 

National Jewish Archives

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Professor Gary P. Zola, Executive Director
Kevin Proffitt, Senior Archivist for Research and Collections 

Tel: (513) 221-1875    
Fax: (513) 221-7812

Email: kproffitt@huc.edu
Website:http://americanjewisharchives.org/collections/catalog.php

Reference requests:http://americanjewisharchives.org/collections/catalog.phpThe Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, houses over ten million pages of documentation. It contains nearly 8,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, near-print materials, photographs, audio and video tapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials pertaining to American Jewish life across the U.S. from the 17th century to the present.

American Jewish Historical Society
AJHS in New York
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
Jonathon Karp, Executive Director
Tanya Elder, Archivist
Tel: (212) 294-6160
Fax: (212) 294-6161
Email: telder@ajhs.cjh.org
Website: http://www.ajhs.org/about/contact.cfm
AJHS in Boston
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3062
Judy Garner, Archivist
Tel: (617) 559-8880
Fax: (617) 559-8881
Website: http://www.ajhsboston.org

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 and has a branch in Boston.

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