Jewish History Resources
College and University Archives in New York State
College and university archives maintain administrative records with potential value to the descendants of the institution's alumni, faculty and staff. Genealogists can contact their family member's alma mater for specific information on attendance dates, college activities, etc. The colleges and universities identified in this guide also maintain special collections specific to the history of Jewish individuals, communities and organizations. In general, the collections are not maintained to support genealogical research, but might contain information valuable to a specific genealogy project. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the individual repository for specific information on their holdings and access services.
- Columbia University Libraries, Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers
406 International Affairs Bldg.
New York, NY 10027
The Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers maintain the private and personal papers of Herbert H. Lehman, former New York State lieutenant governor, governor, and senator, as well as Director General of the United Nations' Relief and Rehabilitation Administration during World War II. The Lehman papers and related collections include correspondence, manuscripts, documents, microfilm, photographs sound recordings, video recordings and oral histories. Guides to the papers include the following: Herbert H. Lehman Papers, The Paul Baerwald Papers, The Hugh Jackson Papers, The Edith A. Lehman Papers, The Charles Poletti Papers, The Robert Jackson Papers, The Overbook Press Papers, the Frank Altschul Papers and the James G. McDonald papers. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Library prior to visiting.
University Libraries, Oral History Research Office
801 Butler Library
New York, NY 10027
The Oral History collection consists of over 5,000 interviews covering many areas of United States history. The Interviews are transcribed. Researchers can also access collection descriptions through RLIN.
University, Rare Books and Manuscript Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
The Rare Books and Manuscript Library collecting area includes English and American literature and history, classical authors, children's literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. The collections include manuscripts, photographs and oral history. The Rare Book and Manuscripts Library also maintains special collections including the Bakhmeteff Archive which focuses on émigré communities from Russia and Eastern Europe. The Archive contains approximately 1.2 million items in 900 collections dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.
- New York University,
Tamiment Institute Library and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10003
The Library and Archives maintains records relating to New York City Labor movements, U.S. socialist, communist, and anarchist movements as well as their leaders. In addition, the Library maintains manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, and videos. The collections are described in RLIN and several specialized guides prepared by the University.
University, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections
Room 600, Bird Library
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
The Arents Library houses the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collections as well as the University Archives. The manuscript collections contain the papers of individuals and organizations involved with the major University graduate and research programs. The Library maintains a name index and guides to individual collections.