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Jack Jacobs Papers

Identifier: P-1020

Scope and Content Note

This collection is mostly made up of publications from Jewish Left organizations and materials related to the establishment of the New Jewish Agenda, a progressive multi-issue Jewish organization that focused on nuclear disarmament; peace in the Middle East, Central America, and South America; equal rights for women, gays, and lesbians; and the fight against racism and anti-Semitism. Jacobs was heavily involved in the Argentinean Jewry project, which worked against anti-Semitism and violence toward the Jewish community in Argentina. Materials related to the Argentinean Jewry include articles written by Jacobs and published by the Jewish Student Press Service, clippings, reports, materials related to the Anti-Defamation League’s prisoner project, and New Jewish Agenda Argentinean Jewry committee documents. Other organizations documented in the collection include Medem Jewish Socialist Group and the Jewish Socialist Community.


  • 1971-1986


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Biographical Note

Jack Jacobs is an American Jewish academic. In the 1980s, Jacobs was a member of the New Jewish Agenda and focused his work for the organization on raising awareness of anti-Semitism towards Jews in Argentina. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1983. Jacobs’ studies focus on Eastern European socialist political parties and the Jewish Labor Bund. As of this writing (2016), he is a professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.


3 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes and 5 folders in a shared OS1 box)

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This collection contains the papers of Jack Jacobs, a Jewish academic and former member of the New Jewish Agenda. The collection mostly contains Jewish leftist publications, materials from the founding of the New Jewish Agenda, and documents related to anti-Semitism in Argentina from the 1970s and 1980s.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to AJHS in 2003 by Jack Jacobs. The accession number associated with this collection is 2003.037.

Processing Information

In 2016, a full DACS compliant finding aid was written for the collection.

Guide to the Jack Jacobs Papers, 1971-1986 P-1020
Processed by Nicole Greenhouse
© 2016
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Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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