19 February 2009

San Diego: Jewish archives catalog online

Family roots in San Diego, California? If so, the new searchable website of The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego may help you add leaves to your family tree.

The JHSSD offers more than 50 collections of personal and communal papers, documents and photos, local Jewish newspapers, including significant collections on pioneer Jews. Materials date from the 1850s-late 20th century, with original material from the 1910s through today.

The personal papers of Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, a Reform rabbi in San Diego from the 1940s-1980s, was the first and largest component of the collection.

The 19th century holdings include published and unpublished papers on local Jewish history and copies of primary source material.

Other materials include women's and men's communal organizations, clerical papers, Jewish Community Center, San Diego Jewish newspapers, family collections, oral histories, synagogue papers and much more.

Click here for a list of the collections.

The JHSSD, located at San Diego State University campus,We work in partnership with the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. The Archives is located on the campus, in the Love Library.

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