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American Ancestors
AJHS - New England Archives

Digital Collections

American Ancestors Digital Collections contains digitized collections from the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives (Jewish Heritage Center) and the Library and R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The digital collections include letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers, business records, organizational records, and other materials for historians and genealogists, focusing on the Jewish community in New England and the study of family history in America.

American Jewish Historical Society - New England Archives, Jewish Heritage Center

To request access, please complete the Special Researchers request form. You will be redirected to another website.  

The American Jewish Historical Society-New England Archives (AJHS-NEA) is the cornerstone of the Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. It is associated with the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, the nation's oldest ethnic historical society.

AJHS-NEA serves as the archival repository for the documentary record of Jewish life in the Greater Boston area and New England communities, and the home of the reference library of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. The Society’s extensive holdings include personal papers, organizational records, photographs, reports and other materials for researching the history of the Jewish community of Boston, including the records of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council, the Rabb Family/Stop & Shop archive, and the personal papers of Abraham C. Ratshetsky, Rabbi Albert I. Gordon and many others.

AJHS-NEA/Jewish Heritage Center
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts
617-226-1245
jhcreference@nehgs.org
https://www.americanancestors.org/jhc

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Library and R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society began collecting books, manuscripts, and other materials shortly after it was founded in 1845. Unpublished manuscripts are held by the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, and include family and personal papers, the records of family associations, the papers of professional and amateur genealogists, military records, town and government records, church records, and other original manuscript collections. The collections include letters, diaries, genealogies, family Bible records, photographs, scrapbooks, account books, muster rolls, wills, deeds, and other documents from New England, the United States, and Europe.

In addition to manuscripts, the NEHGS Library in Boston holds published works, including genealogies, local histories, reference works, and periodicals. The Library also has an extensive collection of rare books and microfilms, and provides access to electronic resources and online databases.

For additional information, please contact:

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
1-888-296-3447
library@nehgs.org
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