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American Jewish Historical Society websites


Scope and Contents

American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. It 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’s The New Colossus, which is the poem that 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.


  • 2016-

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The collection is in English, with some German, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Eastern European languages.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers.

To access the archived websites, click on the "Archived Website/Collection" link in the Scope and Content note of the described website/collection. This link will take the user to the Wayback Machine landing page for the seed URL/group. From there, clicking on the dated link will take the user to the crawl of the website from that date.


From the Collection: 1.4 Terabytes (14,402,400 documents)

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Jewish History Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States