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This week, CJH Archivists participated in #1Lib1Ref, a collaborative Wikipedia project encouraging all information professionals around the country to edit one page, add at least one new link or citation, or start a brand new page to further the reach of their archival holdings. Here’s a breakdown of the amazing CJH partner collections that are now immeasurably more accessible thanks to their efforts!: Georg…

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Folktale Friday

Do you want to read some Jewish Folktales? Well, you are in luck… we have plenty in the collections at the Center for Jewish History! There are over 400 books categorized under the “Jews—Folklore” category; and nearly 700 under the “Folklore” category. Some highlights you can read here at the Center for Jewish History –  (Note these are all in English. We have many…

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From Bags to Riches: The Life of a Rare Book Collection

Bagged Sobel Collection books in the American Jewish Historical Society stacks. The Sobel collection of early American Jewish printing was donated by the late Morris Sobel, former president of the American Jewish Historical Society, and his wife, Eleanor. Here in the Werner J. and Gisella Levi Cahnman Conservation Laboratory we aim to prolong the life of the Center’s extensive paper-based collections. Flattening, cleaning and…

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Family History Today 2016

Free Events for Genealogists of All Levels May 15 – 24, 2016 The Center for Jewish History invites family historians of all backgrounds to explore their roots at the landmark Ackman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. Participants can learn how to begin family history research with the guidance of expert genealogists, delve into federal records and safely store family photos, documents and digital files….

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin & “How to Make it in a Man’s World“

Image: Signed First Edition of How to Make it in a Man’s World from the library of The American Jewish Historical Society By ​​Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Librarian for Special Collections, Reference, and Instruction, Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Center For Jewish History Before Sheryl Sandberg told women to Lean In, Letty Cottin Pogrebin (Born June 9, 1939) was giving women the scoop on…

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The Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage.The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The Center’s experts…

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Your Family History, Our Incredible Archives: A Story in the New York Press

A human-family tree stands by the renovated genealogy institute at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. Photographs of couples, children, families, molecular matter, and, atop the trunk, Rosalind Franklin—the British Jewish scientist whose work helped Watson and Crick imagine the double helix—adorn the branches. (Description via the New York Press.)  We’re thrilled to see today’s New York Press story about “the intensity of personal…

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Letter from Willy Hellpach to Martha Kubatzki on Reichstag stationery, 1930 Out of the ArchivesAn Epistolary Romanceby Catherine Greer, Archival Processing Fellow, Center for Jewish History I spent two weeks at the Center for Jewish History as a Graduate Archival Processing Fellow. The twelve-day program provided me with a wealth of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience in archival processing–and an unexpected historical intrigue.  On the first…

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Your Digital Family Album: A System for Safekeeping | Preservation Week 2014

We’re honoring National Preservation Week (April 26 through May 3) with a series of posts from our archival experts about the best way to take care of your precious artifacts at home.  by Moriah Amit, Reference Services Librarian and Genealogy Specialist, Center for Jewish History, and Tracey Beck, Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Periodicals, Leo Baeck Institute If you’re like us, you’ve probably accumulated tons of digital photos and documents…

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Where Are the Jewish Women on Wikipedia? Add Them! Free Event Sunday, May 4th

Have you ever been surprised that Wikipedia doesn’t cover a particular Jewish woman of note? Maybe you’ve been tempted to improve existing Wikipedia articles about Jewish women, or you’re curious about Wikipedia in general. Perhaps you’d like to check out some of the resources the Center’s partners hold on Jewish women. The Center for Jewish History invites you to join us, either on-site in New…

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For Delicate Books, Safe and Snug Houses | Preservation Week 2014

We’re honoring National Preservation Week (April 26 through May 3) with a series of posts from our archival experts about the best way to take care of your precious artifacts at home. From April 29 to April 30, we’re also holding free events at the Center. Come by to learn more in person!  Above: A protective enclosure for a fragile book. by Felicity Corkill, Associate Conservator, Center…

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