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Jewish Studies

A Subject Guide to research in all fields related to Jewish Studies, on campus and beyond

Research Databases: Text Documents, Photos, Videos, Books

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (1914-present): The JDC Archive includes records of the American Jewish community's overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation activities. The database provides access to digitized text documents, photographs, and curated exhibits.

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book (1460-1960): A detailed description of all the literature printed in the Hebrew alphabet, across the world in all languages, in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic and other Judeo languages.

DigiBaeck (16th Century-present): Digitized collections of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, documenting the heritage of German-speaking Jews. Includes archival materials, photos, memoirs and manuscripts, books, periodicals, art objects, and audio recordings. Highlights include Albert Einstein's personal photos, 20th century philosophers (Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber), Joseph Roth archive, the Mendelssohn family.

Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism: Includes books, dissertations, master's theses, and articles from periodicals and collections. Does not include newspaper articles, reviews, and works of fiction, or anti-Semitic publications.

Jewish Soldiers in the American Civil War, the Shapell Roster: Includs Jewish soldiers’ detailed military history, photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, diaries and more. The body of the research is amassed from hundreds of primary and secondary sources, descendants, historians, and genealogists. 

Judaism and Rome:This database explores the ideology of the Roman Empire and the responses to it, as documented in Jewish, Greek, Egyptian and Christian sources. Included are literary records, epigraphy, numismatics, monuments, statues and other material. Sponsored by the European Research Council.

Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950: Offers primary source documents about post-war Europe and the refugees: surveys, leaflets, reports of relief workers, US zone reports, War office memos, Exodus Camp records, Displaced Persons Assembly Centre weekly reports, and correspondence of relief organizations.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: An online exhibit from Cornell University's Kheel Center.

YIVO Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland: From YIVO's archival collections on pre-war Polish Jewry. Thousands of documents, posters, and photographs, as well as background essays.

Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926: Includes pre-1926 treatises and similar monographs, sourced from the collections of the Yale, George Washington University, and Columbia law libraries, in the following areas: International Law; Comparative Law; Foreign Law; Roman Law; Islamic Law; Jewish Law; and Ancient Law.

New York Synagogue Bulletins Collection (1925-): A digital collection of historic bulletins published by several prominent Modern Orthodox synagogues in the New York City area. Yeshiva University Libraries.

Yiddish Book Center: A digital library of Yiddish books, audiobooks, archival recordings, oral histories, Yizkor Books, and children's literature.

German Refugee Rabbis in the United States of America, 1933–1990: Traces migration paths of German rabbis who fled to the USA from Nazi Germany after 1933. The database seeks to explore their impact on American Judaism and American Jewish communities. This digital humanities project is based on a collaborative project of Dr. Cornelia Wilhelm of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU, and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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