The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People Jerusalem / הארכיון לתולדות העם היהודי, ירושלים

  • CAHJP

History

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) were established in 1939. They hold the archives of hundreds of Jewish communities, as well as of local, national and international Jewish organizations and the private collections of many outstanding Jewish personalities. The Archives now hold the most extensive collection of documents, pinkassim (registers) and other records of Jewish history from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the Government of Israel, The Historical Society of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University.On January 30, 2013 The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the National Library of Israel (NLI) signed an agreement to implement a merger between the Archives and the Library. By joining the Library the Archives will be able to avail themselves of the Library’s resources and facilities to gain access to more and more repositories of Jewish archival material and to make the contents of their vast holdings more available to a wider public

Geographical and Cultural Context

History of the Jewish People all over the World

Archival and Other Holdings

The Archives hold papers of numerous international, national and local organizations and over 300 private collections from the 16th - 20th century from all over the world. The Archives in Figures:6,000 linear meters of documents, records and files (60,000,000 pages of documentation) 1,600 archives of communities, organizations and individuals11,000,000 frames of microfilmed documents 2000 lists and inventories of documents and files concerning Jews, held in other archives15,000 photographs of Jewish personalities and sites 8,000 printed statutes, reports, leaflets, posters and handbills1,200,000 newspaper clippings on various subjects 14,000 books and publications on Jewish history

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The Archives hold papers of numerous international, national and local organizations and over 300 private collections from the 16th - 20th century from all over the world. The Archives in Figures:6,000 linear meters of documents, records and files (60,000,000 pages of documentation) 1,600 archives of communities, organizations and individuals11,000,000 frames of microfilmed documents 2000 lists and inventories of documents and files concerning Jews, held in other archives15,000 photographs of Jewish personalities and sites 8,000 printed statutes, reports, leaflets, posters and handbills1,200,000 newspaper clippings on various subjects 14,000 books and publications on Jewish history

Detailed lists for some of the materials related to the organizations are available on the site of the archives: http://icaatom.ehri-project.eu/index.php/the-central-archives-for-the-history-of-the-jewish-people-jerusalem; The site gives also short descriptions on each of the private collections and detailed lists of many of these collections. The lists and descriptions are partial. In order to fully explore the archives holdings one must visit the Archives

Opening Times

The Archives are open Sundays through Thursday from 8:15–15:15

Sources

  • YV/ClaimsCon'06