Central Archives of the History of the Jewish People

This site, located at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, contains “the archives of hundreds of Jewish communities, as well as of local, national and international Jewish organizations and the private collections of many outstanding Jewish personalities.” You can search the holdings

World ORT Archives

“On this site, you can browse image galleries by place or date range; learn about ORT’s history and activities in different countries; browse ORT's document collection; view highlights from our film collection; and search the documents, photos and films available in the archive.”

Blavatnik Archive

“The Blavatnik Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating materials that contribute to the study of 20th-century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on World War I, World War II, and Soviet Russia.” The collection contains 10,000 Judaica-themed postcards and 74 posters in 2005, the Archive has substantially expanded the thematic scope of its holdings. Major additions were made through the Veteran Oral History Project (2006–2014) and through the 2014 acquisitions of 52,000 World War I postcards; 22,000 National Socialist Party ephemera; 5,000 World War II ephemera; and 1,300 Leningrad Siege postcards. Currently the Archive comprises over 113,000 items across 15 collections, including video testimonies, postcards, photographs, posters, drawings, illustrations, diaries, letters, state-issued documents, leaflets, periodicals, and books.

Houston Jewish History Archive

Housed at Rice University, “The mission of the Houston Jewish History Archive (HJHA) is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the documents, photographs, and memories that tell the story of Jewish life in Greater Houston and South Texas.” The website provides information about the collections that include those of individuals, organizations, synagogues, books and cookbooks.

Hidden Treasures: Celebrating Jewish Archives in Britain

“Search by theme or browse through Britain's leading Jewish history collections.”

Yerusha: Jewish Archives in Europe

“Yerusha (Hebrew for "inheritance") is an online platform which unites Jewish archival heritage held in hundreds of archives, libraries and museums across Europe. An initiative of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, Yerusha features thousands of in-depth archival descriptions giving researchers access to a wealth of records covering all major subjects of Jewish history. “

Jewish Archives of Piedmont

This site in Italian provides information about 19 Jewish communities in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey

Archival repository of the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest, encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and portions of Somerset counties of New Jersey.

Dallas Jewish Historical Society

Information about and access to the collections of this organization devoted to preserving the history of Jews in Dallas, Texas.

Jewish Historical Society of Delaware

Information about the activities, publications and archives of this group that chronicles Jewish life in Delaware.

Archives of the State of Israel

Searchable database in English and Hebrew of materials related to the history of Israel. Many of the materials have been digitized and can be viewed online.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

“Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a collection of 2,500 videos.”

Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

The Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives (UMJA) located within the Social Welfare Archives suite at the University of Minnesota contain important archival holdings of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM), which preserves the records, photographs and stories of the earliest Jewish settlers in the Midwest.

Washington State Jewish Archives Photograph Collections Database

The Washington State Jewish Archives (WSJA) has over 350 photograph collections containing over 4000 photographs dating from the mid 1800s to present day, that relate to Jewish life and history in the Pacific Northwest.

YIVO Institute's Libraries and Archives

Access to and information about the world's largest collection of Yiddish books. The YIVO Archives and Library represent the single largest and most comprehensive collection of materials on East European Jewish civilization in the world.

American Jewish Archives

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry. Its searchable site features a wealth of material including a guide to the archives' major papers and details about how to establish a synagogue archive. Of particular interest is its library catalog that can be searched online and the full text of First American Jewish Families 1644-1988 by Malcolm Stern whose genealogies and bibliography can be searched as well. Online exhibits are offered too. The American Jewish Archives Journal is available in full text, as well as archives going back to volume 52. This is an outstanding site for research in American Jewish history.

Anglo-Jewish Archives

Housed at the University of Southampton, this collection houses material related to the study of Anglo-Jewish history in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Blavatnik Archive

Founded by Len Blavatnik, the archive in New York houses photos, letters, documents and oral histories of Jews who fought in the Russian and Soviet Armies during World War I and World War II. You can explore video clips by subject, read some of the biographies, and view some of the ephemeral material.

Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People

Reconstituted in 1969, the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) were originally founded in 1938 as the Jewish Historical General Archives. Their aim is the reconstruction of an unbroken chain of historical documentation, reflecting the collective past of the Jewish people: a “Jewish National Archives." The website provides information about and samples of the holdings of the archives.

Central Zionist Archives

This site, in English and Hebrew, describes the holdings of this library in Jerusalem devoted to the history of Zionism. There are sections on the various collections, family research and Theodore Herzl.

Cleveland Jewish Archives

Part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, this collection documents the history of Jews in this part of Ohio.

Historical Archive of Jewish Brazil 

This Portuguese language site of the Arquivo Historico Judaico Brasileiro has information about the archives and its holdings.

Israel Defense Forces and Security Services Archives

This Hebrew language site provides simple and advanced searching of the archives of the Israeli army and security service housed in Tel Aviv.

Israeli Archives

Hebrew language site for conducting a federated search of many libraries and archives in Israel.

Jabotinsky Institute Archives

The Jabotinsky Institute in Israel was founded in 1933 with the aim of collecting and keeping documents, publications and photographic material connected with Ze'ev Jabotinsky and the Revisionist Movement. The website provides a list of sources owned by the archive.

New Zealand Jewish Archives

Basic information about the archives and several relevant links to resources about Jewish life in Australia and New Zealand.

Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center

The site provides details about the activities, new accessions, genealogy materials, collections, and exhibits of this organization dedicated to Jewish history in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of particular note is the link to the Blitzstein Bank Passage Book Order database recording arrivals in the port of Philadelphia. Links to other websites in Jewish Philadelphia are provided as well.

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

"Founded in 1987 and based in Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow (the oldest in Scotland), the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre aims to document and illustrate the religious, organisational, social, economic, political, cultural and family life of Jews in Scotland since the eighteenth century. "

Southwest Jewish Archives

Housed at the University of Arizona, this site provides information about the synagogues, pioneers, and crypto-Jews of West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California, along with oral histories.

Survey of Jewish Archives in the UK and Ireland

From the University of Southampton comes this searchable database of Jewish archival materials, arranged by papers of Jewish individuals and families, papers of Jewish organizations and congregations, and papers relating to communities and to Jewish related subjects.

The Ben Gurion Archives

Part of the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute, the archives and the library are searchable online by keyword, subject, language, and date.