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Indiana Jewish History Now Available Online

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, the entire 41-volume set of Indiana Jewish History is available for viewing through the IHS Digital Image Collections.

Indiana Jewish History is the annual publication of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, which was founded in 1972 to preserve and promote an interest in the Hoosier Jewish community. IJHS issued its first volume in March 1973, with an article by founder Joseph Levine titled, “John Jacob Hayes: The First Known Jewish Resident of Fort Wayne.” The series includes articles that describe the lives of Jewish Hoosiers, document aspects of Jewish life, record events and highlight the Jewish experience throughout the state. The volumes were scanned with optical character recognition – OCR – software which allows full text searching.

The project was made possible by a grant from The Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation. The foundation wanted to make these publications accessible to everyone from any location.