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YIVO Landsmanshaftn Records

Identifier: LDSFT

Scope and Contents

This resource is a list of all of the landsmanshaftn for which there are records at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The list is organized by ancestral town (that is, the town from which the founders of the organizations originally immigrated from).
YIVO has the records of over 1,500 individual landsmanshaftn. Some landsmanshaftn records comprise stand-alone collections with their own Record Group numbers. Some records are in a folder that is included in a larger collection.

Once you have identified organizations you’re interested in, check the “Physical Location” note for information on which YIVO Record Group contains the material. You can then use the ArchivesSpace toolbar to search for that record group and get more information about the contents of the collection.


  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 2017

Biographical / Historical

Landsmanshaftn were Jewish benevolent societies that were formed to aid new immigrants in their transition from Eastern Europe to America.


100 Linear Feet

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Related Materials

RG 123: Landsmanshaftn
RG 335.7: AJDC Landsmanshaftn Department


This resource was made possible thanks to a John Stedman Memorial Grant from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

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Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

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