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Territorial (Vilna Archives) Collection

Identifier: RG 33

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of fragmentary and ephemeral materials relating to Jewish life in countries around the world. The following countries and regions are included: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bessarabia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Israel (Palestine), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, USSR, and Yugoslavia. Materials include correspondence, reports, memoranda, minutes of meetings, printed materials, posters, legal documents, newspaper clippings, financial records, and other documents relating to Jewish life in countries all over the world between the years 1778-1957. Topics relate to cultural and educational activities and organizations, libraries, financial matters, political parties and elections, charitable institutions and aid societies, labor organizations and trade unions, religious life, social and youth clubs, and blood libel trials.


  • undated, 1778-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1809-1942

Language of Materials

English, Hebrew, German, Yiddish, Russian, Czech, French, Polish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Serbian, Croatian, Latvian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Latin

Access Restrictions

The collection has been digitized and is available online without restrictions. The physical collection is closed.

Use Restrictions

The images, documents, film footage, audio materials, and texts displayed in any portion of this web site may be copyrighted. Permission to use this web site is given on condition that the user agrees to follow U.S. copyright laws. The user agrees that she or he assumes liability for any copyright violations resulting from unauthorized use of items appearing on this web site and to hold YIVO harmless from any action involving copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the user to carry out a due diligence search under U.S. copyright laws to determine the copyright status of items displayed on this web site.

Historical Note

There have been Jewish communities all over the world and Jews have spoken all sorts of languages, including the 37 countries and 18 languages represented in this collection.


8.6 Linear Feet


This collection consists of materials relating to Jewish life in countries around the world from 1778-1957. Topics include cultural and educational organizations, political parties and elections, charitable institutions, labor, and religious life.


Arranged in a single series. Folders are labeled by country and then by topic, organization, or by city or town.

Acquisition Information

This collection was gathered by YIVO when it was headquartered in Vilna and later organized as a record group in YIVO’s headquarters in New York City. It was part of the YIVO, Vilna Archives which was taken by the Germans during World War II and recovered by YIVO, New York City after the war.

Related Materials

This collection was part of the pre-World War II collections of the YIVO Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania and is included in the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections.

Processing Information

The collection was put in new folders and new boxes and given more precise folder titles and dates and collection description was updated by Rachel S. Harrison in 2020.

Guide to the Territorial (Vilna Archives) Collection undated, 1778-1957 RG 33
Processed by YIVO archivists and Rachel S. Harrison.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processed, conserved and digitized as part of the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project (2015-2022).

Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

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