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American Jewish Historical Society
2 Thornton Road
Waltham MA , 02154
Phone: (781)891-8110
FAX: (781)899-9208
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Katrin D. Hardikar, Processing Archivist (781)891-8110
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-4:30PM
Closings: Closed on Jewish holidays.
Online Catalog:
Other Services:
  Coat room/lockers
Monographs: "An Index to Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society" "An Index to American Jewish Historical Quarterly/American Jewish History" "The Jewish People In America" edited by Henry Feingold "Aaron Levy: Founder of Aaronsburg" by Sidney M. Fish "The writing of American Jewish History" by Moshe Davis and Isidore S. Meyer "Wills of Early New York Jews" edited by Leo M. Hershkowitz "Judaica Americana" by Nathan M. Kaganoff "An American Jewish Community, 50 Years, 1889-1939: The Sociology of the Jewish Community In Stamford, Ct." by Samuel Koenig, Ph.D. "Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West" by Harriet and Fred Rochlin "The German Jew in America" "Haym Salomon: A Gentleman of Precision and Integrity" "Catalogue of the Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Collection of Yiddish Theater and Motion Picture Posters" "On Common Ground: The Boston Jewish Experience" "The Sang Collection of American Judaica"
Journals: "American Jewish History" "Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society"
Bibliographic Utility:
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Katrin D. Hardikar, Processing Archivist (781)891-8110
FAX: (781)899-9208
Collections: 500
Formats: 6,000 linear feet of manuscripts 6,000 linear feet of archives 30,000 volumes of monographs 1,804 linear feet of newspapers 30 maps 10,000 photographs 500 reels of microforms 100 reels of audio tapes 30 reels of video tapes
Collection Description:
  Documents Collection, some rare (including such rare ones as the original handwritten poem by Emma Lazarus, the "New Colossus", now inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty)
Book Collection, some rare (including the first Hebrew books and Jewish prayer books published in America)
Newspaper and Periodical Collection (including 600 titles, many of them the last remaining ones still in print, including the "Occident", America's first Jewish newspaper published in 1843)
Art Collection (paintings, artifacts and art objects, including such renowned portraits as those of the Levy-Franks portraits, painted in the 1730's, the oldest surviving suite of family portraits of any Americans still in th
Archival Records (including many of the nation's major Jewish communal organizations, such as the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJF); the American Jewish Congress; the National Jewish Welfare Board (JWB); t (Finding Aid)
Papers of 18th and 19th century American political and communal Jewish leaders, such as Haym Salomon, financier of the American Revolution; Uriah P. Levy, the nation's first Jewish Commodore and savior of Monticello, Thomas J (Finding Aid)
Papers of 20th century political leaders such as Oscar Straus, the first Jewish Cabinet Secretary; Zionist leader Rabbi Stephen S. Wise; Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis; Louis Marshall (advisor to President Theodore R (Finding Aid)
Access: Access only in reading room, supervised All or part of the collection(s) not accessible Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras Restrictions on tape recorders
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guide to monographic collection Guides for manuscript collection Specialized indexes
Directions: FROM I-90 (MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE) EASTBOUND: Take exit 14 for I-95/Route 128. After the toll, keep left for exit 24, Route 30. Take exit 24 immediately. At end of ramp, turn left onto Route 30. Turn right at the first traffic light. Brandeis is two miles ahead on the left (Library is adjacent to campus). FROM I-90 (MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE) WESTBOUND: Take exit 15 for I-95/Route 128 and Route 30. After the toll, proceed straight for Route 30. Turn right at the end of the ramp and then right again at the first traffic light onto Route 30. Turn left at the next traffic light. Brandeis is two miles ahead on the left (Library is adjacent to campus). FROM I-95 / ROUTE 128 SOUTHBOUND: Take exit 24 for Route 30 and proceed straight across Route 30 through traffic light at end of the ramp. Brandeis is two miles ahead on the left (Library is adjacent to campus). FROM I-95 / ROUTE 128 NORTHBOUND: Take exit 24 for Route 30. Route 30 is one of several options at this exit, so follow signs carefully. Turn left at the top of the ramp onto Route 30. Turn right at the first traffic light. Brandeis is two miles ahead on the left (Library is adjacent to campus). *Stop at guard booth for parking permit and further directions.
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