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What is the JDC Archives Indexing Project?

The goal of the ongoing JDC Archives Indexing Project is to index significant lists of individuals who received JDC assistance and to make them available to researchers in digital format. To search for an individual on these lists, please click here. You will also be able to access the original...

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Making Connections: Linking Finding Aids and Digitized Records

The JDC Archives provides detailed finding aids for all of our digitized collections. These resources provide detailed descriptive and contextual information for our full-text digitized historic records, dating from JDC’s founding in 1914. The finding aids are vital for researchers across disciplines searching among JDC’s 2.8 million digitized original records for primary source material pertinent to their topic. When the finding aids were originally developed, for various technical reasons they did not include direct links to the digitized materials. We included specific language on our website to help users understand how to locate the title of the the folders they...

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The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

    The SS Serpa Pinto, a ship named after a Portuguese explorer and sailing under the Portuguese flag, became the leading bearer of refugees across the Atlantic during World War II.  JDC financed or shared in the financing of these trips by purchasing tickets and providing guarantees, which enabled thousands of refugees to reach safety. JDC passenger lists for the vessel’s journeys between 1941 and 1944 are available to peruse in their entirety in the Lists from the Nazi Period and its Aftermath, and to search by name in the JDC Archives Names Index. They provide a rich...

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Explore JDC’s Extensive Photo Resources

JDC’s archival holdings include a 100,000-plus image collection, which testifies to the stunning scope and diversity of the global Jewish communities with whom JDC has worked throughout the past 100 years. Encompassing JDC’s support for pre-World War I communities in Palestine to its life-saving relief in Displaced Persons camps across Europe after World War II to rescue operations in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe and numerous humanitarian interventions at historic junctures, JDC’s image collection serves as a priceless window onto JDC’s operations around the world and the communities and individuals it continues to serve. The “Photographs” web resource...

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