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Guide to Jewish History Materials

IHS has more than 40 manuscript collections primarily relating to the history of Jews in Indiana. This document serves as a guide for researchers in navigating these collections. Information provided in this guide includes the collection number, name, date range and size of each collection, along with short historical background and content statements. Collections have been organized into five categories: Organizations, Congregations, Businesses, Individuals and Projects/Collections.

Two collections stand out from this list as the largest general collections of Indiana Jewish materials at IHS. They serve as a great starting point for general research:

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Records, 1880–Ongoing (M0463, M0967, M1017)
  • Indiana Jewish Historical Society Collection, 1845–2009 (M0743, M1016)

For more specific research into the Jewish History Collections at the Indiana Historical Society, researchers can refer to the following lists of Jewish-related collections. These collections have been divided into five categories: Organizations, Congregations, Businesses, Individuals and Projects/Collections. These lists are organized alphabetically by collection name. For more complete historical/bibliographic background information and details about the contents of each collection, refer to the individual collection guides. Find full collection guides by searching for the collection number in the Library Catalog.