26 December 2006

Center for Jewish History: Online catalog

The online catalog of the Center for Jewish History is now available via a link from the CJH's home page.

Included are the combined library and archives collections of the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish History Genealogy Institute.

For a basic search, click on "Search the CJH Catalog" at the lower left corner of the home page. From that page's top banner, choose Advanced Search, Browse, Search History; researchers can print, save or e-mail selected items.

From basic search, look through the entire catalog or choose one repository. In Advanced mode, search by language, year, format (such as archives, manuscripts, books, journals).

From the results list, click a left-hand column item number to see the full record. From the same list, click on a repository link, for a screen to place a hold request. Before placing a hold, readers must complete an online library card registration form.

In the collection are links to online finding aids and searchable databases previously available only at the CJH, such as Industrial Removal Office records.

Among extensive digital images are hundreds from the Leo Baeck Institute's Albert Einstein Collection. The bottom of each screen shows a "CJH Resources" link for more resources.

The catalog reflects years of work in the United States and Israel by teams at libraries, archives, museums and information technology experts, funded by a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Readers are encouraged to provide feedback about the catalog through the Comments link at the bottom of each screen.

Happy hunting!

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