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Jewish Studies in the Manuscripts and Archives division: Introduction to the Guide

This guide was created by Michelle McCarthy-Behler, Manager of Public Services, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books


This research guide provides an introduction to collections related to Jewish life in the United States from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries that are held by the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

This guide provides an entry point into personal stories, letters, and accounts of individuals, activities of Jewish and affiliated organizations, as well as collections related to the Holocaust. Genres represented here include contributions to theatre, literature, journalism, labor, and education.

The guide also includes information on how to create a Special Collections Account and request materials to view in the Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room.

From the collections...

Women's Division of the Hebrew Immigrant Society presents Scroll of Honor to Professor Raphael Lemkin. Raphael Lemkin papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Types of archives included in this guide

The collections included here document the lives of individuals and families, as well as the activities of organizations engaged in Jewish philanthropy and welfare. Formats include letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, printed material, files, financial records, and oral histories. ​​​​​​

You can explore this guide by theme/subject and click through to learn more about individual collections. To learn more about using these collections, go to Access.