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Jewish Archival Repositories

Links to many digitized repositories of Jewish interest from Cairo Geniza to Gersohom Scholem, Einstein, Hannah Arendt papers and much more. These links allow students to cite box numbers, manuscript numbers, folder numbers, etc.

A Revolution for Scholarship in Digitization

Digitization is allowing greater access to archival documents that have not been published before for scholars, independent and affiliated, who may not be able to geographically travel to the location of the archival repository, or afford to reside nearby the archive for research or receive a grant to do so. This revolutionary technology of digitization is therefore leveling the playing field allowing for scholars out of the blue, many independent and unafilitated with institutions or from far away geographical home locations, to publish seminal work using unpublished archival documents. Archival documents are primary resources and allow for more original scholarship than only relying on published materials. 

Primary sources are original documents or other first hand evidence written and created during the time you are studying.
  • Diaries
  • Notes
  • Letters
  • Autobiographies
  • lnterviews
  • Statistics
  • Photographs
  • Original Works of Art
  • Works of Literature
  • Public Documents/Records/Bills of Sale
  • Center for Jewish History

Center For Jewish History

Power point on Judaica Information literacy

Link to AJL Seattle Conference Power point on Introduction to Jewish Information Literacy.

(1) Database examples include Bar Ilan, Otzar HaHokmah, RAMBI, JSTOR; (2) Digitized Historical Archives include: Cairo Geniza, JNUL Ketubbot, JTSA wedding sonnets, CJH; Ebooks include yizkor books etc.; (3) Websites include Shamesh, Webshas,H-Judaic, Dinur Center, etc.

History of Jewish Archives and textual Collections in the Medieval Ages

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